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Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head   

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

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.

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
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Jet City AmplificationJCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.6

(based on 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (10)
  • Excellent sound (9)
  • Portable (9)
  • Warm / comfy (8)
  • Good power output (6)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (8)
  • Performances (8)
  • Outdoor events / games (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Professional recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9)

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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5.0

Great sounding Amp

By 

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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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Good but not great

    By 

    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.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great lil amp!

      By 

      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!!

        Comment on this review

        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing Tone and Power for the money

        By 

        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 

        from Undisclosed

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        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!

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Tube Smart Designed

          By 

          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 

          from Colorado

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          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                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...

                Comment on this review

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                What you need!

                By 

                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.

                  Comment on this review

                  (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  FIRST CLASS and then some.

                  By 

                  from Birmingham, AL

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Good Warmth
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful
                  • Takes Pedals Great

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    I've played VOX's, Fender's, Boogies', Orange's, Marshalls', etc. The head isn't heavy. I ran my Gibson SG Classic (P90's) into my Dunlop wah-Line6 m9(overdrive-delay-reverb) setup. That went into the head; I raw wired the head to a 12" Eminence speaker sitting in a cardboard box (matching cab isn't here yet). With gain-2, bass-6, mid-5, treble-8, volume-1, and presence-6 all I did was switch my scenes on the m9 to sound like Coldplay, SnowPatrol, SafetySuit, Anberlin, FlyLeaf, WCAR, and Explosions in the Sky. Light, versatile, takes pedals great, responds to pick attack like a VOX without losing its VOX light chime, can give you tones from light ambience to metalcore, and my 20H had the thick plastic switches like the 22H, instead of the thin metal flip switches. Turn the gain up and no need for pedals, and turning the volume up doesn't change the sound...just how many neighbors can hear you rockin' out.

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                    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    GREAT VALUE ON A WELL BUILT ROCK AMP!!!

                    By 

                    from NE(hell)

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                    Pros

                    • Amazing gain and volume
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Excellent Sound
                    • Good Warmth
                    • Portable
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                    • Limited Functions

                    Best Uses

                    • Events
                    • Performances
                    • Saturation at lower level

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

                    This is a great design. If you want classic Soldano gain sounds at a less than SuperDome volume this is the amp for you. It gets the power saturation that alot of these amateur reviewers have probably never experienced in a large setting at club volumes. It's not an SLO, and at the price did you really expect that? For Rockers who want to get close for a paultry sum of money this can't be beat. Doesn't have the 'complexity' of a boutique but it doesn't have the price tag either. And for you parents out there who's kid is trying to get you to buy them an SLO or a Mesa Recto, steer them this way. At least you won't have to mortgage the house to buy it. And that kind of power is NOT needed for practice or small gigs. This is the perfect Rock amp head for small venues.

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