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Jet City Amplification Vintage 20W Tube Head Guitar Amplifier  

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The Jet City Vintage 20W tube head is based on their popular JCA20H. The 20HV version is a simple, single-channel amp. Completely re-voiced, it's a b...Read More

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A simple to use 20W head with plenty of options.

The Jet City Vintage 20W tube head is based on their popular JCA20H. The 20HV version is a simple, single-channel amp. Completely re-voiced, it's a bit cleaner, a bit darker, and the power section has been opened up. In addition to the Presence control, Jet City has also added a depth switch based on Soldano's famous Depth control. They've also included a post-master effects loop.

FEATURES
  • Controls: Preamp Gain, Bass, Middle, Treble, Master, Presence, Depth switch
  • Solid state effects loop by Mojo
  • 20W
  • Three 12AX7 and Two EL84 tubes

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Jet City AmplificationVintage 20W Tube Head Guitar Amplifier
 
3.8

(based on 5 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Warm / comfy (4)
  • Excellent sound (3)
  • Portable (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur recording (3)
    • Home studio (3)
    • Performances (3)
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      • Professional musician (3)

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Under The Radar Plexi-Like Amp

    By Trahnettilhcs

    from Arizona

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    Pros

    • Clean And Gain
    • Clean Gain
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Pedal Friendly
    • Tone

    Cons

    • Low quality tubes
    • Size

    Best Uses

      Comments about Jet City Amplification Vintage 20W Tube Head Guitar Amplifier:

      Having owned the original JCA20H and finding it to be too gainy and bright, I took a chance on this version which is said to be cleaner and darker. I would agree with that assessment, though I certainly would NOT say this is a "dark" amp. It still has plenty of bite and clarity on tap.

      I liked the original JCA20H's gain, there was just too much of it. The HV is so much more usable across the entire spectrum. Loud-ish cleans are available, but there's also plenty of gain for rhythm players. I don't personally think there's enough on tap for lead guitar, but this thing takes pedals extremely well. I've run my entire board straight into the front end, and it's perfectly capable of handling dirt, modulation, volume, boosts, etc. Haven't tried the effects loop yet, but I don't see a need at this point.

      I went through the following amps before settling on this one: JCA20H (too bright/gainy), Ampeg GVT15 (great cleans, but couldn't find a good edge-of-breakup tone), Vox AC15 (ice-pick, even with the bright cap mod, and didn't take pedals well), Orange OR15H (brutally fizzy, but sat in a mix well; also hated overdrive pedals), Orange Tiny Terror (see: OR15H), Kustom Defender 5H (I actually love this little head, but it's not on the same level as the JCA20HV), Fender Hot Rod Deluxe (beautiful cleans, but too loud and no breakup available), and the Blackheart Handsome Devil (another great amp, but the gain tones on the HV are much better).

      The one thing I will say in the negative is that the stock tubes aren't great. I threw Tung Sol RI's in the preamp and JJ's in the power section and it made a noticeable difference for the better.

      All in all, if you're looking for a less-expensive but not cheaply made Plexi-style amp that does low to medium gain well and takes pedals like a champ, you could do MUCH worse than the JCA20HV.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great amp....garbage tubes

      By Telewhacker

      from Champaign, IL

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • A Little Dark
      • No Channel Switching
      • No reverb
      • Ships With Garbage Tubes

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Jet City Amplification Vintage 20W Tube Head Guitar Amplifier:

      Great little amp, especially at Stupid Deal price. Very simple and straightforward. "Blizzard of nails" Vox'ish tone for days. Tons of mids. Good low end. Amp leans a little on the dark side. Great with Fenders....might need an eq boost with dark guitars.
      The tubes it comes shipped with are the cheapest, most worthless tubes in existence. If you buy this amp, buy new tubes for it....don't even bother firing it up with the tubes it comes with. Yeah.....they're that bad.
      I love this little amp.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Noisy power amp section

      By Duke

      from Raleigh, NC

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

        Comments about Jet City Amplification Vintage 20W Tube Head Guitar Amplifier:

        Tubes are horrible....but even new tubes can't help the hurricane this thing produces above 5. If all you do is play at low volume in your bedroom it's ok, but try to play with a band and you'll tick every body off. The noise is not in the pre-amp (gain) it's in the power section, as you turn up the volume it's rediculously noisy...no effects....no guitar, so nothing else can be blamed....it's sounds like a hurricane. This is definitely a design issue...not just a bad apple.

        I expected better.....it's going back!!!!!!!

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        All hail the Dark Workhorse amp

        By Ryan- Defend Post-Rock

        from Sacramento, CA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Limited Functions
        • Low Gain Break Up

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Secondary Tone Amp

        Comments about Jet City Amplification Vintage 20W Tube Head Guitar Amplifier:

        I recently bought this amp after a friend recommended it to me and seeing as I have been shopping around for a second amp to have in my rig to handle a lot of the darker distortion tones that I've been wanting, this amp seemed like a logical choice.

        As soon as I unboxed it and plugged it in, I loved it. It did take a bit of getting used to and a bit of tone tweaking with my pedals as I switched from my super bright toned Fender Super Reverb to this lord of darkness but needless to say this has replaced my Fender as the lead tone on my rig.

        It is a very versatile amp but does take a bit of tweaking to get right to that sweet sound that you're looking for when switching from jazz to lets say metal but for recording purposes, it's a work horse in my rig now.

        It does get a bit of break up at low gain unfortunately and same with the volume control (especially with a compressor in my board) which is a bit disappointing to me but is still pleasing to a lot of others I know. Possibly switching to a different cab could solve this problem (I have yet to test this)

        I am currently running it in pair with my Fender Super Reverb through two separate effect chains and this pairing is beastly and gets a tone that I never had thought possible and is a really head turner at shows.

        I highly recommend this amp to anyone who is looking for a great dark workhorse amp.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Boutique Dynamics on a Budget

        By Kurt

        from Manhattan IL

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        Pros

        • Dynamic Response
        • Easy To Use
        • Good Warmth
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Blues
          • Classic Rock
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Jet City Amplification Vintage 20W Tube Head Guitar Amplifier:

          This amp is a great versatile one channel amp. It allows you to really work your guitars volume control and your picking attack to control overdriven tones. I also own the Original JCA20H - I would say Jet City's description of darker and less gain when compared to the original JCA20H is pretty accurate. I AB'd the 2 amps and fine that with a traditional strat - the Vintage models gain max'd out equates to about a gain setting of 6 on the original. The amp stays clean at loud volumes (should work in small club settings). With the gain all the way up, and the volume at 3 - the room vibrates (2x12 cab greenback and g12H30). At this setting, you can roll volume all the way down to 2 and the sound retains presence and yet stays warm and interesting. Pick attack is expressed very well also - just a very mature amp. This kind of versatility is just not there on the original Jca20h - I would always back down the gain to 3 and turn the volume to about 7 or more for clean then re-adjust for dirty - 7 on the gain and 3-4 on the volume. Also, Adding gain increases volume more than the original JCA20H. Its voiced darker but still stands out when jamming over music, the depth circuit really pushes air when on neck pickup and volume greater than 3 - you may need to balance with volume roll off of decide to turn the depth off altogether. The amp will cover blues, country, classic rock, and maybe jazz. With a good overdrive you should be able to approach high gain. I would not buy this amp for metal or if you mostly play high gain music (you will need a pedal on most of the time). The EFX loop seems to be ok - I noticed that I had to turn up the level on my reverb and delay a little more as to using in front. If I could change one thing it would be just a tad more gain - taking the amp past grit and approaching crunch. I am still experimenting with tubes and overdrives - OCD works fairly well.. I would give this amp 4.5 stars overall - just a tad more gain and a little more flexibility in the tone knobs could take it to a 5 for me - provided the amp dynamics are not effected. However, when you factor the price its hard to ignore just how much the amp delivers for not a lot of money.

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