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Jet City Amplification JCA50H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head   

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Lots of distortion in a lightweight 50-watt amp head, great for taking out on the road.

Unleashing 50 watts from a pair of 6L6 power tubes and all the features of the JCA100H, the JCA50H 50W tube guitar amp head from Jet City is ideal for gigging musicians who need plenty of stage volume with some nice power amp distortion. The Normal channel on this Jet City amp head can range from clean tones to dirty Rock riffs. The Overdrive channel is the Soldano high-gain lead tone. Pair it up with the Jet City JCA48S for a powerful half-stack, or one or two of the JCA24S 2x12 cabs for extra versatility.

FEATURES
  • Amp Head Channels: Normal and Overdrive, footswitchable with included footswitch
  • Controls: Normal and Overdrive Preamps, Bass, Middle, Treble, Normal and Overdrive Masters, Presence
  • Effects Loop: Tube buffered serial
SPECIFICATIONS

JCA50H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head

  • Tubes: 5 x 12AX7 Preamp / 2 x 6L6 Power
    Cabinetry: Multi-ply, void-free hardwood
    Chassis: 16-gauge, cold-rolled steel
    Output Power: 50W into 16 ohm or 2 x 8ohm speaker outputs
    Input Power: Multi-tapped power transformer at 100v/120v/220v/240v and standard IEC connector
    Dimensions: 9-1/2" x 9-1/2? x 25?
    Weight: 40lb.
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Jet City AmplificationJCA50H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.6

(based on 15 reviews)

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    (3)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Excellent sound (8)
  • Good power output (6)
  • Warm / comfy (5)
  • Portable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (9)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
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    • Experienced (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great out of the box, excellent with mod

I bought this amp about 6 months ago and it sounded great out of the box. I've been playing a custom Warmoth Strat through this amp and the matching 2x12 cab. Both the amp...Read complete review

I bought this amp about 6 months ago and it sounded great out of the box. I've been playing a custom Warmoth Strat through this amp and the matching 2x12 cab. Both the amp and the cab are excellent.

Out of the box, I was most impressed by the high gain sound and mid-gain sounds. The clean was alright, though a bit hard to dial in. The amp sounds great across its full range of gain. I play in a metal band and in a contemporary worship band at church and this amp performs with clarity in both settings.

The biggest issue I had out of the box with this amp was the darkness of the gain channel and trebliness of the clean channel. Both can be dialed in very well using the eq, but since the eq is shared, it's hard to get both a good clean and high-gain sound, although two midgain sounds work better with the eq. A dark gain channel tends to make things muddy while a bright clean channel can be a little unpleasant.

Additionally the effects loop is designed for line level effects and doesn't handle most pedals very well. This is easily fixed.

I made a couple mods to the amp a few weeks ago. Changing the preamp tubes to Teslas and Tung Sols made things sound better to me. Less bright, almost less cliche. I changed the power tubes to JJ KT66s, which make the amp sound bigger. The preamp circuit is very closely based on the SLO100, however a couple resistor and capacitor values have been changed. I assume this is to keep the SLO100 circuit "special". It took five minutes to convert the circuit back to the Soldano version, which made everything sound better. The channels balance each other better now. The gain channel has more of that "alive" sound people say Soladanos have. (Please pardon the inconcrete language. I'm really only going for impressions because this language is thrown around so much most people understand more or less what it's referring to.) I took the mod a little further and changed the cathode bypass cap on the second valve to make the gain channel a little less muddy. I also brought the effects loop back down to normal pedal impedance, which required changing all of two components. Finally, I added a depth control, which shapes the low-mids much more effectively. It's easier to get the sounds you want and it's got more of that low-mid punch without bottom end flub that can make or break a good metal tone. Call it a balls control. It doesn't make so much of a difference for lead-playing but it revolutionizes rhythm playing. None of these mods were expensive or difficult. Anyone who knows much about soldering can find and do them in a day.

In conclusion, this amp sounds great out of the box. With mods, you end up with Soldano's circuit and the amp sounds fantastic. They also make the amp easier to live with and I'm very satisfied with mine now. On the other hand, the amp sounds very good without the mods. The only issues are the difference in the channel voicings, which can be frustrating, and the effects loop irregularity, which can be even more frustrating. If you can't do mods and have lots of pedals to put in your effects loop that don't work with line-level impedance, this could be a problem for you. Otherwise, the amp will be great without changing anything and only better if you get a chance to make a couple modifications. Be sure to change tubes out if you get a chance. That's easy.

A word about the cab. It sounds good with the eminence speakers. They're very flat, which makes the low end sound better. However, they can lack some of the (potentially annoying) peakiness that vintage 30s or something similar offer. I'm planning on swapping one of the cabs out for a speaker more in that vein because I'm expecting the blended sounds to be better than the eminence on its own. That being said, I like the eminence driver better than vintage 30s.

Both the head and cab are extremely well-built. Sturdy. Heavy in a good way. The knobs are quality, as are all the components on the board so far as I can tell. The transformers are big and while not the famous O'netics used in real SLOs, I imagine they do the job about as well as they were specced out by Soldano himself. The amp sounds fantastic. I highly recommend it as you get a lot of amp for your money, all of it operating on the same basic schematic as the SLO100, Double Rectifier, 5150, etc. etc. The thing sound great.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Piece of junk.

I bought it because it's supposed to sound like a slo-100. My peavey 120 sounds much better. Lacks sustain. Why buy it if you have a Marshall and a Mesa?

I bought it because it's supposed to sound like a slo-100. My peavey 120 sounds much better. Lacks sustain. Why buy it if you have a Marshall and a Mesa?

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2.0

Piece of junk.

By S.R.K.

from Huntsville AL

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • cheap

Cons

  • Limited Functions
  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

  • back up power amp

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA50H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I bought it because it's supposed to sound like a slo-100. My peavey 120 sounds much better. Lacks sustain. Why buy it if you have a Marshall and a Mesa?

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4.0

What are you looking for?

By Good old what's his name

from Boston

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA50H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    I was looking for a guitar tone similar to George Lynch Warren D,V Campbell,etc... Search is over! No overdrive,rats,tube screamers needed!!Real simple,plug and play!!

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    5.0

    Jet city JCA50H 50W Tube guitar amp Head

    By Dug Rock

    from Hillman, Minnesota

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA50H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      So far this amp is awesome! I've only had it for about a month so cant say how it will stand the test of time. Does it have power? For 50 watts it is unbelievable! Haven't had the volume over three yet, as I don't want to blow the windows out of the house! The shared EQ is a bit of a drag but overall I am very happy with this amp!

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      4.0

      DJENT MELT YOUR FACE OFF

      By Zachary

      from Wilmington NC

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA50H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I am very impressed with this amp! I mainly bought this amp for metal and man I am glad I did. If you want super sludgey deep powerful sounding riffs this is the amp for you, if you want punchy punk sounding riffs or just classic metal melt your face off sound then look no further. You can seriously dial in ANY metal sound you want with this baby. The clean channel is also AWESOME. I am playing through a 2 12 Marshall cab an I can't turn it up past 4 because it's just SO LOUD IT WILL MELT YOUR FACE OFF. SO MUCH DJENT. Although there is no reverb :(

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        (11 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        JCA50H

        By suneater

        from mordor

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA50H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          Okay so let's get to the point here, I picked one up second hand at a good price. I bought one because of the price and knowing job for a cowboy use these things so it must be metal right?

          THIS THING WILL LIQUIFY YOUR INTESTINES
          Its so insanely loud my house almost caved in and fell into mordor! the 100watt version would make people simply disappear like something from an x files episode.

          Gain? Oh it has gain. I wanted some chicken wings real quick for dinner. I sat them in front of it and put on some corpse paint and turned it up. They were cooked instantly. This thing literally breathes fire.

          Does it djent?
          Well ask yourself does a chicken have lips?

          It's self explanatory really. If you're one of the chosen morsels like myself to have such a fantastic artifact in your possession, you are indeed touched by the gods.

          if you have found one, the search is over my friend.

          (Btw I play stuff like jfac, conquering dystopia, periphery, architects ect)

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          good sounding head

          By tom

          from union city,pa

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Low End
          • Low Noise

          Cons

          • Could Be Warmer
          • Slightly Harsh

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Gigs
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording
          • Rehearsals

          Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA50H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          The amp is very good for the price, could be warmer with clean tones. I do not buy the replacing the tubes without re-biasing is okay. wuality seems to be a solid build. longevity is the question to yet be answered ...

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          JCA50H AMP HEAD

          By Nsanity

          from Augusta, Ga

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA50H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            great tone, very easy to dial in what your looking for.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Kick axe amp!

            By Joe

            from Peoria, IL

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA50H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              I bought two. I am a very lucky man.

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              (20 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great out of the box, excellent with mod

              By Somesense

              from College Station, TX

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Better With Mods
              • Excellent Sound
              • Spans Multiple Genres
              • Well-built

              Cons

              • Channels Do Not Cooperate
              • Finicky Effects Loop

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA50H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              I bought this amp about 6 months ago and it sounded great out of the box. I've been playing a custom Warmoth Strat through this amp and the matching 2x12 cab. Both the amp and the cab are excellent.

              Out of the box, I was most impressed by the high gain sound and mid-gain sounds. The clean was alright, though a bit hard to dial in. The amp sounds great across its full range of gain. I play in a metal band and in a contemporary worship band at church and this amp performs with clarity in both settings.

              The biggest issue I had out of the box with this amp was the darkness of the gain channel and trebliness of the clean channel. Both can be dialed in very well using the eq, but since the eq is shared, it's hard to get both a good clean and high-gain sound, although two midgain sounds work better with the eq. A dark gain channel tends to make things muddy while a bright clean channel can be a little unpleasant.

              Additionally the effects loop is designed for line level effects and doesn't handle most pedals very well. This is easily fixed.

              I made a couple mods to the amp a few weeks ago. Changing the preamp tubes to Teslas and Tung Sols made things sound better to me. Less bright, almost less cliche. I changed the power tubes to JJ KT66s, which make the amp sound bigger. The preamp circuit is very closely based on the SLO100, however a couple resistor and capacitor values have been changed. I assume this is to keep the SLO100 circuit "special". It took five minutes to convert the circuit back to the Soldano version, which made everything sound better. The channels balance each other better now. The gain channel has more of that "alive" sound people say Soladanos have. (Please pardon the inconcrete language. I'm really only going for impressions because this language is thrown around so much most people understand more or less what it's referring to.) I took the mod a little further and changed the cathode bypass cap on the second valve to make the gain channel a little less muddy. I also brought the effects loop back down to normal pedal impedance, which required changing all of two components. Finally, I added a depth control, which shapes the low-mids much more effectively. It's easier to get the sounds you want and it's got more of that low-mid punch without bottom end flub that can make or break a good metal tone. Call it a balls control. It doesn't make so much of a difference for lead-playing but it revolutionizes rhythm playing. None of these mods were expensive or difficult. Anyone who knows much about soldering can find and do them in a day.

              In conclusion, this amp sounds great out of the box. With mods, you end up with Soldano's circuit and the amp sounds fantastic. They also make the amp easier to live with and I'm very satisfied with mine now. On the other hand, the amp sounds very good without the mods. The only issues are the difference in the channel voicings, which can be frustrating, and the effects loop irregularity, which can be even more frustrating. If you can't do mods and have lots of pedals to put in your effects loop that don't work with line-level impedance, this could be a problem for you. Otherwise, the amp will be great without changing anything and only better if you get a chance to make a couple modifications. Be sure to change tubes out if you get a chance. That's easy.

              A word about the cab. It sounds good with the eminence speakers. They're very flat, which makes the low end sound better. However, they can lack some of the (potentially annoying) peakiness that vintage 30s or something similar offer. I'm planning on swapping one of the cabs out for a speaker more in that vein because I'm expecting the blended sounds to be better than the eminence on its own. That being said, I like the eminence driver better than vintage 30s.

              Both the head and cab are extremely well-built. Sturdy. Heavy in a good way. The knobs are quality, as are all the components on the board so far as I can tell. The transformers are big and while not the famous O'netics used in real SLOs, I imagine they do the job about as well as they were specced out by Soldano himself. The amp sounds fantastic. I highly recommend it as you get a lot of amp for your money, all of it operating on the same basic schematic as the SLO100, Double Rectifier, 5150, etc. etc. The thing sound great.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              JCA50

              By chop883-t3zpx

              from Traverse City, MI

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • Limited Functions

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA50H 50W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              Mike Soldano's involvement in Jet City is evident. This is amazing, and I mean truly amazing. It is a professional looking and professional sounding amplifier. It responds to each of my guitars properly, has the perfect amount of midrange. I am just overjoyed that Jet City has proven it is possible to have and excellent sounding tube amplifier at a great price. Mine is bone stock, with the stock chinese tubes in it still and I do not want to change a thing. I spend 90% of my time on the hi gain lead channel. WIth the Gain dimed, it is very low noise compared to other amps. I have owned pretty much all of them and still have some very expensive heads and rack gear, and yet I plug in to my little Jet City 50 daily while the Rectifiers and Marshalls stay idle. Everyone has different needs and wants different features. For me, if the effects loop was footswitchable, this would be the only amp I would need. I might just mod it to have a footswitchable effects loop. If I do, I can sell about 6 other amps in my collection. I really dig this. Up to now, I was also very impressed with the B-52 AT-100 designed by Egnater for B-52. They made a hot rod marshall in a cheap price point. Just because it has a rectifier tube does not make it a Mesa clone, it is a Marshall preamp circuit almost exactly. But the Jet City is much better in terms of quality, fit, finish and tone. The SLO-100 preamp sounds great and I am getting addicted to it. The clean channel can sound a little thin by itself, but I don't knock it for this because most people will be using thier own pedals in front of this channel so no problem there. I recommend this amp. I play high gain 90s grunge like Tool and Alice in Chains and this amp delivers perfectly. It sounds good with a Les Paul for Grunge, and can even do SRV tones with a strat without pedals if you get your EQ right. The shared EQ is kind of a drag sometimes, but again, if I remind myself of the price point, I get over it quick. Buy one.

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