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Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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!

SPECIFICATIONS

JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp

  • 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)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (56)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

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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

No 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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(18 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Cheesy but still a worthy legend

By PartialtoMarshall

from New Mexico

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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.

(13 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

    (11 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Not what they used to be

    By Phil Escobedo

    from Los Angeles, CA

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    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"

    (10 of 10 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

    (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    It's the Rolls Royce of Amps.

    By HBaxepicker

    from New York City

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    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!

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    From Beautiful to Beasting

    By DanInJax

    from Jacksonville, FL

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    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.

    (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    30 Years and Zero Problems

    By Winobob Wetpants

    from Jug Bottom

    About Me Professional Musician

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    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.

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      This is the one.

      By Ford

      from Wacka Wacka

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      Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

      If roland ever stops making this amp before i have the money for one, I'm going to die! not really, but i will be very sad. this amp is a classic! best tones, best chorus, great vibrato, mmmmm. distortion is all right, but this amp isn't made for super distortion. it's made for beautiful, clean, amazing, pure tones. it'll take any pedal you throw at it, and can produce a guitar tone that i've only heard on records. i played this in a local music store, and was stunned! you can go buy all of your fender, marshal, orange, and whatever other tube amp (not that i have anything against these amp makers), but you'll never reproduce this amp's sound with one of those. it just has a sound all on it's own. and you can get the volume waaaay up there without unwanted over drive! (because it's solid state) but if you want a nice, warm overdrive, just step on a pedal and there you go. it handles everything fine. will def. be my next amp. THANKS ROLAND! o, yeah, and great reverb, too.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      The Great

      By Rockin with a Purpose

      from Highlands Ranch, CO

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      Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

      I first played the JC120 at a music store in the mid 80's and was amazed back then at the sound quality and sheer volume of this amp. The built-in chorus is one of the best available still today. I have moved on since and have owned all of the industry standards, i.e, Fender, Marshall, Mesa, Line 6, etc...About a year ago, I purchased a Vox Tonelab SE multi-effects pedal to replace all of my extensive effects pedals for mobility purposes and ease of stage to studio applications. After spending weeks tweeking the effects unit, I realized that I did not need the additional flavor that my favorite tube amps were adding to my tone. In fact, it was muddying up my tone. Too much of a good thing can be too much. I remembered my experience with the Roland JC120 and how clean it sounded. I immediately came to MF and purchased the JC120. It is PERFECT. My tone is better than I can ever remember and the line-out on the JC120 sends a true signal to the board. My full sweet tone is intact and has plenty of volume and clips just right.Simply put, if you use top quality effects and know how to tweek your tone, this is the amp to run them through. I highly recommend the Vox Tonelab SE with this amp. Oh, by the way, I also run a Taylor acoustic-electric through the 2nd channel with superb results.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      a workhorse

      By Wesman11483

      from NE Pennsylvania

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      Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

      This is an incredible amp. I bought it used about five years ago and have used it for everything from punk to alternative to rock to using it at my church for worship. The distortion, lets face it, sucks...but the chorus effect more than makes up for it. I have a 1972 Fender Telecaster custom, and the two of them together are simply amazing. Any effect pedal that I have tried with this amp, with a little EQ adjustment, has sounded amazing. Even though you need to get into a gym to work out your back before a lot of transporting, this amp takes a beating and is the most reliable amp I have ever owned. At some point I would love to upgrade to a Soldano SLO 100 for my dirty tone, but I would keep this puppy in my rotation for its gorgeous clean tone!and if the price tag scares you, try and find one used. I got mine for three bills.

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