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Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head Black  (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

The Jet City JCA20H tube amp head delivers pure tube tone from a single-channel amplifier with absolutely no gimmick features to dilute the all-tube signal path. Elegance of design both inside and out deliver unflinching reliability in a guitar amp good-looking enough to make a girlfriend jealous. With full EQ control and separate Preamp and Master volumes, Jet City JCA20H can deliver spanky cleans through crunchy overdrive.

Jet City Amplification delivers the utmost in tone, while being affordable enough for musicians slugging out a living on the small stage.

Jet City has the power plant you need to deliver great guitar tone.

FEATURES
  • Controls: Preamp, Bass, Middle, Treble, Master, Presence
  • Tubes: 3x 12AX7 Preamp / 2x EL84 Power
  • Rectifier: Solid State
  • Cabinet: Multi-ply, void-free hardwood
  • Chassis: 16 gauge, cold-rolled steel
  • Output Power: 20W into 16 ohm or 2 x 8 ohm speaker outputs
  • Input Power: Multi-tapped power transformer at 100v/120v/220v/240v and standard IEC connector
  • DIMS
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Jet City AmplificationJCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.6

(based on 49 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (37)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (11)
  • Excellent sound (10)
  • Portable (10)
  • Warm / comfy (9)
  • Good power output (8)

Cons

  • Limited functions (4)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (9)
  • Performances (9)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

I'd buy another if it was stolen

I've owned this head and two 1X12 cabs for a couple of years as my gigging amp. I get out about three times a month with the band and everywhere we play the sound...Read complete review

I've owned this head and two 1X12 cabs for a couple of years as my gigging amp. I get out about three times a month with the band and everywhere we play the sound guys just love this thing. They are always asking me about the amp and telling me how good it sounds. I asked the last guy how much he thought I spent on it. After looking it over and seeing Soldano on it he guessed about 4 times what it cost. I'm telling you this is one of the best amps I've ever owned. I just replaced the stock tubes with some EuroTubes and can't wait for the next gig...

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good but not great

This amp is good for someone who wants a lot of high-gain sounds. I found it difficult to get a nice bluesy kind of overdrive, and the clean sound was not very impressive...Read complete review

This amp is good for someone who wants a lot of high-gain sounds. I found it difficult to get a nice bluesy kind of overdrive, and the clean sound was not very impressive either. I also found the EQ to not be very responsive. It required a dramatic change in the bass, mid, or treble settings to hear a noticeable difference. Overall, its not a bad amp, but I wouldn't say it lives up to all the great reviews it seems to get on here. It deserves 3 or 4 stars in my opinion.

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3.0

Wow, this is LOUD

By Steve

from TN

About Me Novice

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Powerful

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

    Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    Bought this as I was interested in the affordable version of the Soldano and MF had a great sale ongoing. There's only really two downsides to this amp.... It's fairly large for it's features and wattage (about twice the size of my Mesa mini-rec) and you have to use the one-button footswitch to turn on the drive channel. The clean channel has good sounds and the gain/master controls are easy to use. My issue is the drive channel, where once you get the gain/master off the peg, it's instantly VERY loud. Totally different from the clean channel. Not the end of the world for many, but if you wanted to play around with the drive channel controls at home, it's not easy at a comfortable volume.

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    5.0

    Bias and retube. I do that with every amp that I buy

    By Jack

    from Waynesburg Pa.

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • No reverb or effects loop

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    I love these amps and they will get stupid loud. I know people don't like the thought of needing to bias and retube a brand new amp. I do it to every amp I buy. I normally run mine on the clean side and get my O.D. and distortion from pedals but this amp has plenty of bark when the gain is pushed. This is probably not the amp for you if you want ridiculous distortion but it may be achievable with the right pedal. The only real downside to this amp in my opinion is the lack of reverb and effects loop. There are great tones in this amp but you have to work at shaping that as you do with any amp. I like this amp with any guitar or pickup that I plug into it. Single coils sound sweet and chimey and humbuckers give it that extra push.

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    5.0

    Great sounding Amp

    By JGMopar

    from California

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      After seeing video reviews of this Amp i thought i would give it a try. I was impressed, this is a great little amp has nice overdrive and when boosted with my overdrive pedal has great sounding distortion. The clean sound is a little lacking but i didn't buy it to play clean. I wish i would have bought one a long time ago. Basic settings single channel easy to set up the sound i want. I was thinking i would MOD this amp but after playing and using my boss sd-1 to boost i don't need any mods.

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      3.0

      Good but not great

      By sirpsych0

      from Virginia

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Plenty of gain
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Flat Eq
      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

        Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        This amp is good for someone who wants a lot of high-gain sounds. I found it difficult to get a nice bluesy kind of overdrive, and the clean sound was not very impressive either. I also found the EQ to not be very responsive. It required a dramatic change in the bass, mid, or treble settings to hear a noticeable difference. Overall, its not a bad amp, but I wouldn't say it lives up to all the great reviews it seems to get on here. It deserves 3 or 4 stars in my opinion.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great lil amp!

        By Disastero

        from Austin, TX

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          Don't be fooled by the size or the wattage. This thing is a serious beast with amazing tone! I've played 4 gigs with it and it sounds better every time! I play a frankenstrat with a hotrail and run the amp into an Avatar 2x12 with V30s. Pure balls, you need one in your arsenal!!

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          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing Tone and Power for the money

          By DeafRaven Guitarworks

          from Sonoma County California

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Reverb Would Be Nice

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          I've owned this little amp for about two years, and it simply blows me away every time I play it -- it's extremely straight forward, easy to set up and the tone is completely out of the league of the other amps in this price range. For small club gigs it's the perfect choice, it's amazing how much sound 20 all tube watts gives you - I most often play it through an old Randall 4X12 loaded with Celestion speakers and it drives the cab with ease. Of course, with its simplicity, comes a few limitations - if you're a real effects geek, you may miss the an effects loop or on-board modeling capabilities. If you like straight up solid rock tones and don't like messing overly much with the equipment while playing -- this amp will suit your needs wonderfully... Of course, not that you can't run effects through it - but its plug in the guitar input, which is a bit limited compared to a dedicated loop. In conclusion - if you want HUGE rock tube tones in an easily portable, affordable, simply laid out head, you will love this amp. Sure, I'd love to have an Orange Rockerverb head, but you can buy four of the Jet City amps for the price, and really, not be sacrificing a lick in tone!!!

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          BUY ONE YOU WON'T REGRET IT!!!!

          By Andy

          from Undisclosed

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            I have had my jca20h for about 2 years now. I love it so much! It sounds like an ac15 on steroids. It has great cleans and good crunch. I put the retro valves from jet city in the preamp and they sound great. I use mine clean and put all my effects through the front of the amp. I'm sure for people that want to use the gain built in they would want an effects loop. I don't need an effects loop, but it would have been nice to have one. With that being said, it has great tone and it is a great price. Buy it! It is a steal for the price!

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Tube Smart Designed

            By Nofearrockstar

            from Boston

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • No reverb

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            I wanted a back up Amp Head to my aging and fragile 1980's Marshall Mosfet 100 Watt Lead that was light and easy to carry to performances in nightclubs and outdoor venues. This amp has enough power for a Blackstar 2X12 Cabinet miked through a PA and is very pedal friendly. I appreciate the simplicity of design and pre and power amp tube configuration. You can dial in the tone you need both clean and dirty, though you may feel the need to add reverb, tremolo and other effects to get to your nirvana. What is important to me is that the size and light weight and so far, the reliability to act either as a back up or main amp to power the American Deluxe 70th Anniversary Fender Tele, American Stratocaster and Faded Cherryburst Les Paul through a number of Boss Pedals. I purchased on sale through MF with a discount and couldn't be more please with the price. I don't think you will find another Tube Amp Head out there for the money that can provide the tones you need. Highly Recommended!

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I'd buy another if it was stolen

            By Ted Loughry

            from Colorado

            About Me Experienced

            Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            I've owned this head and two 1X12 cabs for a couple of years as my gigging amp. I get out about three times a month with the band and everywhere we play the sound guys just love this thing. They are always asking me about the amp and telling me how good it sounds. I asked the last guy how much he thought I spent on it. After looking it over and seeing Soldano on it he guessed about 4 times what it cost. I'm telling you this is one of the best amps I've ever owned. I just replaced the stock tubes with some EuroTubes and can't wait for the next gig...

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            What you need!

            By Too Little Too Late

            from Tennessee

            About Me Experienced

            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 JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              Sounds great with all my speaker cabs. Go ahead and buy one, You'll find out how much you need it.

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