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Jet City JCA20HV Vintage Guitar Amplifier Head

Building on their JCA20H single-channel guitar amp, Jet City's all-tube 20HV features a re-voiced signal path, depth control, and a post-master effects loop. (2) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Based upon Jet City's highly popular JCA20H, the 20HV version is also a simple, single-channel amp, and the all-tube signal path has been completely re-voiced. It's a bit cleaner, a bit darker, and the power section has been "opened up" more. In addition to the Presence control, Jet City has added a depth switch based upon Soldano's famous Depth control. Finally, they have included a post-master effects loop.

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- Controls: Preamp Gain, Bass, Middle, Treble, Master, Presence, Depth Switch
- Tubes: 3x 12AX7 Preamp / 2x EL84 Power
- Rectifier: Solid State
- Cabinetry: Multi-ply, void-free hardwood
- Chassis: 16 gauge, cold-rolled steel
- Output Power: 20 watts into 16 ohm or 2x 8 ohm speaker outputs
- Effects Loop: solid-state loop by Mojo Tone
- Input Power: Multi-tapped power transformer at 100v/120v/220v/240v and standard IEC connector
- DIMS: 9" H x 9"D x 19.5" W
- Weight: 21.3lbs net
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Killer classic rock tones"
Sound: Love the lower gain and darker sound. The gain is less saturated than the JCA 2112RC that I own, and less trebly. It's a grainier gain that is pure classic rock. Where the 2112RC sounds more like a 1980s Marshall, the 20HV has more of a 1970s sound. The tone really isn't 'dark,' it's just darker than the 2112RC, which is a good thing. The depth switch really kicks in a lot more bass--great for single coil guitars. Get that SRV tone.Also sounds great with my humbucker-equipped guitars.This is NOT a metal amp; although, you could put a metal pedal in front of it. But the cane weave doesn't give it that metal vibe. That V in JCA 20HV stands for vintage. :)Would have preferred a depth knob, rather than a switch, as it would be nice to dial in the amount of depth. Still, it's a very usable feature.I play both the 20HV and the 2112RC together in stereo, and these amps complement each other really well. I love the tone I get from both. Full disclosure: I put a Cannabis Rex into the 2112RC in part to tame the highs, which could get a bit piercing at times.I swapped out the stock tubes with JJs- matched EL84s and ECC803s in the V1 and V2. A Tungsol is in V3.I'm using the HV head through a standard JCA 12s cab with their custom driver. I've got an Eminence Governor on order, so I'll be interested to hear how a more efficient driver sounds with the head. Feature: Shape your tone with the pre-amp, TMB tone controls and the depth switch. Easy to find some killer tones. Jet City should consider a depth knob to allow players to dial in their desired amount of depth. Ease of Use: Easy to use. Pairs really well with the JCA 2112RC. Sounds great with both single coil and humbucker guitars. I didn't find that the amp works really well with a distortion pedal with the gain dialed up. But, it works really well with an overdrive pedal to push it further into break up. I use a MP Sweet Honey clone. I imagine a Bad Monkey or Tube Screamer would work well too. Quality: High quality chassis. Traces on the PCB are thick. Looks well-made. Cabinet looks like void-free thick plywood. Tolex was well applied. Don't know long the amp will last. Only had it for a week...Small detail: The painted stripes on the chicken head knobs were poorly done: very sloppy. Makes the amp look cheap. Will replace with higher quality ones. Value: Good value. A tad more expensive than a similar combo but for me it was worth it. Manufacturer Support: Took a little while to get hold of someone who could help me, but very friendly and helpful once located. The Wow Factor: From interviews I've read, Jet City built this amp for Joe Perry from Aerosmith. I think they got it right. And I dig the new logo, cane weave and white control panel! Overall: This amp is being under-marketed by Jet City--not much promo on YouTube or elsewhere. It's hard to find demos. Lots of questions on forums. Don't let this put you off because this is a great head! I've read a couple of
Style of Music: Rock, blues, bluesy rock, rocky blues
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Wow! Such a great deal!"
Overall: I was overdue for a new amp head, since I play gigs all of the time, however I was looking for something affordable that sounded great (something that is nearly impossible to do.) I started looking into the Jet City JCA20H first, and checked out a bunch of content, and concluded this amp was not right for the style of music I play (indie-rock/ folk-punk) since I use a lot of clean and vintage tones. Then, I found this beauty. Perfect price, great reviews, clean and vintage tones.. I'm in! I ordered the amp, and patiently waited. After about a week, I had a box at my door. Upon opening the box, I immediately notice the quality of the build of this amp. It seems very solid -- something I could haul to a gig in the back of my car seat, solid. I plugged the amp in and wait for it to warm up, took it off standby, switched the depth switch on, and cranked it up. BEAUTIFUL! The first thing I notice, is how much headroom there is in the tone. The tone is warm, roomy, and crystal clear. I then cranked up the gain, all of the way and soon realized, the crunch that the amp produced possesses the same qualities as the clean. Warm, open, and a tad bit saturated tone. I had a solid-state 100 watt amp before, so I was concerned this amp would not be loud enough or have enough headroom, but I was wrong. This amp is loud enough for any medium-sized (400 - 1000 capacity) venue. As a warning to anyone who uses heavy distortion, this is probably not a good amp for you. With the gain cranked all the way up you get a very even crunchy tone, but nothing heavier than that. If you are looking for a cheap, comparable amp, check out the JCA20H or JCA22H. Overall, I was extremely impressed with this amp, and I am very happy I bought it. It was well worth the price. Great build quality, great tones, and overall a great amp.
Style of Music: Folk-punk, indie-rock, punk-rock.
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