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Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp  

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Overview

  • Legendary combo with 2 separate 60W RMS power amps for true stereo chorus
  • Classic silver-cone speakers for vintage Roland Jazz Chorus sound
  • 2 input channels
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The Roland classic!

For over 30 years, its sound quality and built-in effects have made the Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp the choice of pro players everywhere. It features 2 independent 60W amps, 2 input channels (Normal and Effects) with 3-band EQ for each, and a pair of 12" speakers. Effects include reverb, distortion, adjustable vibrato, and true stereo chorus. Distortion, reverb, and chorus are footswitchable.

Dimensions: 30"W x 24-1/2"H x 11-1/4"D
Weight: 62 lbs.
Output: 120W (60W + 60W)
Speakers: 2x12"

Features

  • Legendary combo with 2 separate 60W RMS power amps for true stereo chorus
  • Classic silver-cone speakers for vintage Roland Jazz Chorus sound
  • 2 input channels
  • 3-band EQ per channel
  • One high and one low input per channel
  • Reverb, distortion, adjustable vibrato, plus true stereo chorus
  • Stereo effects loop

For those in the know, this is a must-have combo! BUY NOW AND SAVE!

 

JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 30"W x 24-1/2"H x 11-1/4"D
  • Weight: 62 lbs.
  • Output: 120W (60W + 60W)
  • Speakers: 2x12"
  • Controls (front):
  • Channel 1: Bright on/off, volume, treble, middle, and bass
  • Channel 2: Bright on/off, volume, treble, middle, bass, distortion, reverb, vibrato speed, vibrato depth, chorus; on/off, and vibrato
  • Controls (rear):
  • Channel 2: effect loop serial/parallel
  • Effect level: +4dBm/-10dBm
  • Rear jacks:
  • Chorus/vibrato footswitch
  • Reverb footswitch
  • Distortion footswitch
  • Channel 2 effect loop send/effect loop returns (L/R)
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RolandJC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp
 
4.9

(based on 62 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (56)

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    (4)

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    (2)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (4)
  • Good power output (3)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Professional recording (5)
    • Home studio (4)
    • Performances (4)
    • Amateur recording (3)
    • Outdoor events / games (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Cheesy but still a worthy legend

    It's a legend and nothing else does what this amp does but c'mon Roland enough bean counting! First the bad: ALL the effects are terrible - useless. The reverb is the least offensive....Read complete review

    It's a legend and nothing else does what this amp does but c'mon Roland enough bean counting! First the bad: ALL the effects are terrible - useless. The reverb is the least offensive. The cabinet is total fibreboard junk. The means used to secure the speaker wires inside the cabinet? A wire bread wrap stapled to the baffle! If you like to change speakers, you will hate this cabinet. The speakers mount to studs that will soon crumble the fibreboard material and pull out and fibreboard does not lend itself to easy repair nor to hard knocks. The plastic nuts that secure the jacks to the chassis will break easily - probably intentionally so to prevent you from overtightening them and breaking the PCB connections. The onboard distortion? Think of the cheapest no-name practice amp you ever heard - it's better than the Roland. The chorus? One speed, one depth, one sound - mediocre.
    Nevertheless, I still love the JC-120. It has a stereo effects loop and stereo power amps. It is the ultimate pedal platform. It is also the ultimate clean amp - even better than a Blackface twin. Smooth, transparent articulation of every nuance. Add a decent stereo reverb and nothing in the world will touch the depth and ambiance of this amp. I have vintage Fenders and I prefer the Roland. It will do pedals but be warned: Like your playing, it will articulate the best and worst like nothing else will. With a stereo pedal no other amp sounds as big and spacious as the JC-120. If these go out of production I would be very hard pressed to find a replacement. A rack system perhaps, but no combo could do it. Still a great amp but it is an insult to the legend the way Roland has persistently decreased the build quality - especially in its current price range.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not what they used to be

    Bought it, tried it, returned it. Good cleans, but the FX loop was extremely noisy, and a hissy amp over all.

    Got an old one from 80s, much quieter,...Read complete review

    Bought it, tried it, returned it. Good cleans, but the FX loop was extremely noisy, and a hissy amp over all.

    Got an old one from 80s, much quieter, better quality switches (no plastic push buttons), and just over all sounded better. I believe they need to try to revisit their quality control, and maybe make a "Vintage Reissue"
    Bought it, tried it, returned it. Good cleans, but the FX loop was extremely noisy, and a hissy amp over all. Got an old one from 80s, much quieter, better quality switches (no plastic push buttons), and just over all sounded better. I believe they need to try to revisit their quality control, and maybe make a "Vintage Reissue"

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    5.0

    Secret Weapon

    By Deafener

    from Northern CA

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

      True story: In 1985 I was using a JC-120 to play heavy punk-metal in California. Trying to be different, I was also using EMG pickups, which back then (like the JC-120) were associated with jangly new-wave players. My tone involved both a Pro-Co Rat and the amp's distortion on 10.

      My band opened for a famous metal band one night and afterwards the guitarists approached me about my tone, asked to see my gear, etc. They couldn't believe the sound I was getting with that amp. With them was a Mesa-Boogie artist-relations guy, because the famous band endorsed those amps. Anyhow the Mesa guy and me got to be friends and later he told me that the band (by then absolutely huge) had used JC-120s and a Pro-Co Rat to record their latest multi-platinum record. They kept the amps a secret (still used stacks on stage) but they did switch to EMGs from then on.

      Anyways, it's an amazing amp. I used to put Electro-Voice speakers in them for a bassier, tighter sound.

      Comment on this review

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      damaged in shipping

      By Junior Ranger

      from New Orleans, LA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Warmth

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

      The amp sounds good but was damaged during shipping with structural damage and cracks to the cabinet and the reverb does not work

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      One of the best amplifiers ever made

      By adkguitardude

      from Fredericksburg, VA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful
      • Reliability
      • True Stereo

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Guitar Amp
      • Home Studio
      • Keyboard amp
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

      This is a truly one of a kind amp. I feel every guitar player should try one of these. Try one out and see for yourself just bring your own distortion and noise suppressor*. I think alot of people complaining about these being noisy dont have some kind of noise gate. The reverb is great the vibrato is very dark sounding and unique. The chorus is what real chorus should sound like. Even the distortion on the amp has its uses some people just barely turn it on to give the amp a little more juice. I have a newer model with the fx loop and it is totally awesome trying out different effects especially if they have stereo outs. Ok this is my set up a boss ns2 noise gate with a rat2 distortion running thru the ns2 return/send loop then into the front of the amp. I tried this thru the effects loop on the jc120 and it sounded alot better ran in front with the color of the preamp. And heres the really cool part i have a boss dd3 delay in the effects loop of the jc120 with the effect going to the right(speaker)return and the direct out going to the left(speaker)return. Ok but heres how you make it sound true stereo. Do not have the effects on the amp off or it is still in mono instead turn the vibrato on and turn the depth knob to zero so its still in stereo but the vibrato is off. What happens is the left speaker is dry with no delay and the right speaker is wet. Then its in stereo or turn on the chorus if you like but the vibrato works better cause you can turn it on and off by the depth knob. It sounds so cool and every guitar player that heres my simple 3 pedal set up loves it. Sometimes delay can be very overpowering but this way it sounds so good because its just the right amount. But quite simply this is the cleanest amp to build your own sound from so get one and have fun finding YOUR TONE...Peace out

      Comment on this review

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      30 Years and Zero Problems

      By Winobob Wetpants

      from Jug Bottom

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

        I've been playing through mine since the mid 80's and never had a single problem with it. The clean sound is fantastic. the reverb and chorus/vibe are better than any pedal. It's very loud and the sound maintains its quality even when cranked. Had no problem clearly cutting through the other guitarists' bigger, badder Marshalls. The pots are quiet and don't make any noise when turned. The only downfall is the distortion is pretty bad. I use a Rat stomper and the on-board distortion in unison and that's taken care of.

        Comment on this review

        (14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Cheesy but still a worthy legend

        By PartialtoMarshall

        from New Mexico

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Like nothing else
        • Powerful
        • Uniquely stereo

        Cons

        • Cheesy build quality

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

        It's a legend and nothing else does what this amp does but c'mon Roland enough bean counting! First the bad: ALL the effects are terrible - useless. The reverb is the least offensive. The cabinet is total fibreboard junk. The means used to secure the speaker wires inside the cabinet? A wire bread wrap stapled to the baffle! If you like to change speakers, you will hate this cabinet. The speakers mount to studs that will soon crumble the fibreboard material and pull out and fibreboard does not lend itself to easy repair nor to hard knocks. The plastic nuts that secure the jacks to the chassis will break easily - probably intentionally so to prevent you from overtightening them and breaking the PCB connections. The onboard distortion? Think of the cheapest no-name practice amp you ever heard - it's better than the Roland. The chorus? One speed, one depth, one sound - mediocre.
        Nevertheless, I still love the JC-120. It has a stereo effects loop and stereo power amps. It is the ultimate pedal platform. It is also the ultimate clean amp - even better than a Blackface twin. Smooth, transparent articulation of every nuance. Add a decent stereo reverb and nothing in the world will touch the depth and ambiance of this amp. I have vintage Fenders and I prefer the Roland. It will do pedals but be warned: Like your playing, it will articulate the best and worst like nothing else will. With a stereo pedal no other amp sounds as big and spacious as the JC-120. If these go out of production I would be very hard pressed to find a replacement. A rack system perhaps, but no combo could do it. Still a great amp but it is an insult to the legend the way Roland has persistently decreased the build quality - especially in its current price range.

        Comment on this review

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Lots of Clean Power

        By ALVARO RAMON

        from Texas

        Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

        This Amp Will Do Pretty Much Any Sound With the Right Pedals
        Cleans and Chorus Sound Great
        Built Solid
        Expensive But Worth it

        Comment on this review

        (6 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Not what they used to be

        By Phil Escobedo

        from Los Angeles, CA

        Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

        Bought it, tried it, returned it. Good cleans, but the FX loop was extremely noisy, and a hissy amp over all.

        Got an old one from 80s, much quieter, better quality switches (no plastic push buttons), and just over all sounded better. I believe they need to try to revisit their quality control, and maybe make a "Vintage Reissue"
        Bought it, tried it, returned it. Good cleans, but the FX loop was extremely noisy, and a hissy amp over all. Got an old one from 80s, much quieter, better quality switches (no plastic push buttons), and just over all sounded better. I believe they need to try to revisit their quality control, and maybe make a "Vintage Reissue"

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Amp!

        By Jerry

        from Northern California

        Ask me a question

        Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

        Overall this is a great amp. Don't count on the distortion though, it is less than desirable; however, with this amp all your distortion pedals and effect pedals will sound great!It's loud, has great effects, and sound beatuiful and clear! I highly recomend this product
        The effects on this amp are amazing! The chorus sounds much better than any chorus pedal I've ever encountered. The ony reason I do not give it a 10 is because the distortion is less than perfect! However, any distortion pedal will sound beautiful through this clean and clear amplifier
        Built strong! Casters are a great feature as well. Since it's a solid state amp with minimal onboard effects, you know most of the money went towards creating a great amp with a great tone!
        In order to get anywhere close to the sound of this amp I feel one would have to purchase an expensive tube amp.

        Comment on this review

        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It's the Rolls Royce of Amps.

        By HBaxepicker

        from New York City

        Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

        I have owned one since the early 80's. For over 20 years, we were doing 100-150 gigs/year. That's a lot of moving, banging around, and hard use. many shows were outdoor Concerts. This amp is still in superb condition. It lost it's cover long, long ago, but still shown no real wear. The speakers (Silver Dome Roland 'Transducers') are still perfect. The amp has required ZERO repairs. The pots are not even noisy! It still has the same pristine sound as it had when first plugged in, and the chorus is the standard against which all others are measured. This is an amp that forces you to play better, as it captures every nuance, every sound of your guitar. It serves up incredible sound on my Gibson Gold Top, as well as my EMG pickup Strat, and it also is fabulous for my Midi guitar, where one channel is guitar, the other is synth. But the real value of this beautiful machine is the reliability. What other amp can anyone say has over 25 years of rugged use, yet has never failed, never needed repair, and inspires the player and audience with the same sound today as when it was first used. It might be expensive at first, but over the long lifespan, it's also the lowest cost. If I sold it today, I'd easily get over $800 for it. Heck, since it was the first build, it might even fetch more next year!

        Comment on this review

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        From Beautiful to Beasting

        By LoveMyJC-120

        from El Paso, TX

        Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

        There are many contenders in the 'best all around amp' competition, but none can do so many things as well as the JC-120. Not only that, but the JC can do them at bedroom or stage volume levels.I believe the JC-120 was intended to be a solid state alternative to the Fender Twin. IMO, they definitely met this goal and managed to accomplish this while making the JC-120 half the weight and twice as reliable as a working musicians amp. Granted, the tone may not be quite as warm and sweet as that of a cranked up Twin, but the JC-120 does have a quality of tone and expression that provides a similar musical connectedness between you, your guitar and your amp. It not only sounds good. It FEELS good to play.The versatility of this amp has been well documented. It will take you from warm jazz, to airy chorused finger-picked ballads, to a classic Fender-ish breakup perfect for classic rock and blues, all with the built-in effects and proper use of the various tone controls and effects (Bright, Reverb, Chorus, and vibrato). If you want to get Heavy, the JC-120 can do that too. Just add your favorite stomp-boxes and you are in Metal Heaven, or whichever kind of musical heaven you are looking for.All-in-all, the JC-120 is a great sounding, rugged, and reasonably priced alternative to all the trendy tube amps out there. The staying power of the JC-120 has proven its value, toughness, versatility and quality of sound.

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