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Roland JC-40 Jazz Chorus Guitar Combo Amplifier

Get that classic Jazz Chorus clean tone in a 40-watt amp! Enjoy the same stereo capabilities of its bigger brother with the two inputs and dual 10" speakers. (2) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Roland JC-40 Jazz Chorus Combo Amp

The Roland JC-40 Jazz Chorus delivers Roland's renowned "JC clean" tone and signature stereo chorus effect in a compact combo amp with evolved features for the modern guitarist. Like the flagship JC-120 amp that it's based on, the JC-40 offers a classic stereo clean sound that's a perfect palette for tone shaping with stompbox effects. Now, there's also a true stereo input for enhanced performance with stereo effects pedals, guitar synths, amp modeling gear, and multi-effects. In addition, the JC-40's onboard effects include newly added features and updated sounds to support the needs of today's players.

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JC Clean: The Benchmark in Clean Guitar Tone

For 40 years, players around the world have revered the iconic clean voice and huge stereo sound of the JC-120 Jazz Chorus amplifier. With the JC-40, you can now enjoy this genuine, industry-standard tone in a scaled-down amp with innovative modern refinements. Two independent power amps and custom-designed 10-inch speakers deliver punchy stereo sound that won't get buried in the band, while durable, road-tough construction ensures years of reliable operation on stage and in the studio.

Famous Stereo Chorus and Other Effects

Beyond its stellar clean tone, the JC-40 includes onboard effects, all newly refreshed for enhanced performance. The trademark Dimensional Space Chorus stereo effect fills the stage with immersive 3D sound, and now offers selectable fixed or manual modes for increased tonal range. Renewed vibrato and reverb effects are on-hand, and both operate in stereo for rich, deep performance. There's built-in distortion as well, updated with a smooth, satisfying tone that's great for all types of music.

Stereo Input for Multi-Effects, Modelers, and Synths

With its front-panel stereo input, the JC-40 allows players who use stereo effects devices to achieve wide, inspiring sound without having to carry around two separate amps. The amp's rich clean tone lets you get the most out of external stereo pedals like delays, reverbs, and various modulation effects. It's also perfectly suited for advanced gear that employs amp modeling, multi-effects, and/or synth capabilities, such as the GT-100, GP-10, and ME-80 from BOSS and GR-55 guitar synth from Roland.

Ideal for Pedal-Based Players

If you create your sound with stompbox pedals, there's no better platform than the classic JC clean amp. The rich, neutral sound won't color your basic guitar tone, perfect for hearing exactly what your pedals put out.

Get Connected

The JC-40's rear panel is filled with connectivity options. There's an effects loop for patching in mono or stereo effects, and you even have your choice of serial or parallel operation. Line Out jacks give you a convenient mono or stereo feed to a mixing board or recorder, while the headphones jack is great for quiet practicing with your setup late at night or on the road. There's also support for optional footswitches, allowing you to easily turn the JC-40's chorus/vibrato, reverb, and distortion effects on/off while performing.

Features:

- Legendary Roland "JC clean" tone in a small, gig-ready combo amp
- Stereo 40-watt amp with two 10-inch speakers
- Stereo input enables players to get true stereo sound with modelers and stereo effects pedals
- Signature Dimensional Space Chorus effect for expansive stereo sound
- Built-in vibrato, distortion, and reverb effects, newly evolved for modern styles
- Footswitch jacks for turning onboard effects on/off while performing
- Stereo effects loop for connecting external effects

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- Rated Power Output: 40 W
- Nominal Input Level: INPUT L/MONO, R jacks: -10 dBu (1 M ohm)
- EFFECT RETURN L/MONO, R jacks: -10 dBu (22 k ohms)
- EFFECT RETURN L/MONO only: -10 dBu (11 k ohms)
- Speakers: 25 cm (10 inches) x 2
- Controls: POWER switch, BRI (Bright) Switch, VOLUME knob, TREBLE knob, MIDDLE knob, BASS knob, DISTORTION knob, REVERB knob, SPEED knob, DEPTH knob, VIB/CHORUS switch, EFFECT LOOP switch
- Indicator: POWER

Connectors:
- INPUT L/MONO, R jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
- LINE OUT L/MONO, R jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
- PHONES jack: Stereo 1/4-inch TRS phone type
- FOOT SWITCH (CHORUS VIBRATO, REVERB, and DISTORTION) jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
- EFFECT LOOP SEND jack: 1/4-inch phone type
- EFFECT LOOP RETURN L/MONO, R jacks: 1/4-inch phone type
- AC IN jack
- Power Consumption: 43 W
- Dimensions: (W x D x H) 23-5/16 x 9-15/16 x 17-3/16" (592 x 251 x 436mm)
- Weight: 34 lbs. 14 oz. (15.8 kg)
- Accessories: Owner's manual, Power cord
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 40 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 26 x 20 x 13 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): JC-40
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-890-3700
Customer Reviews
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Overall: The JC-40 combo is one of those amps that's hard to beat!! It does everything well! My acoustics sound great and of course, my electrics too. Responds well to pedals and who can argue about the best chorus sound on the planet !! It's built like a tank, looks beautiful too. I've never had a Roland product in the shop... They just don't break!!
Style of Music: Rock, blues, jazz, country, gospel, fusion and all derivatives there of...
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zZounds has verified that this customer bought this product from us. "Awesome sound; questionable build"
Sound: Well, you buy this amp because you want the ultimate in clean, transparent tone, and that's exactly what it delivers - YOUR guitar, uncolored, just the way you like it. We all like the guitars we play because of their inherent tone, and the JC-40 lets of all that come through. Feature: Stereo signal path! Stereo inputs, stereo returns on the effects loop. And of course, that lush, spatial chorus. All 5-stars (PLUS!!). The distortion is very user friendly, but not something to write home about. It's been upgraded from what they put in the 120's, so it's comparable to their basic distortion pedals (Boss-brand). The Vibrato is standard fare and can give you anything from a soft, tremolo-like wave to a fully contorted warble. The reverb sounds like it has a hint of spring in it, but it's not remarkable. Not great/not bad.There's also a headphone input for privacy or just being quiet for the kids or neighbors.On the downside, no pedal for switching on/off the Chorus, Reverb or distortion. This is a smaller amp with Distortion, Reverb, Chorus and Vibrato. With an initial release price of 6 Benjamin's (Jan 2016), for a smaller amp, I'm a bit disappointed that no pedal is included. The instruction manual gives you options for Boss pedals you can BUY additional. My suggestion is get one at the outset. Boss latch pedals in the FS series is what you want. Ease of Use: As easy as any other combo amp. Quality: The build quality leaves a bit to be desired, unfortunately. The knobs are bigger than what I expected, and they feel solid turning them back and forth. However, they are plastic - another disappointment for a smaller combo amp in this price range. If you're traveling a lot (and you know how equipment gets scuffed and banged up), these knobs strike me as very breakable if you aren't very careful. I would suggest getting something to cover/protect the knobs when traveling.The corner-piece protecters are also a thin, plastic material.Otherwise, the amp is solid, LOUD, and a little heaver than I was expecting. But unless you're playing to a large venue, this beats the JC-120 in terms of size and weight. Value: The value of this amp is very obviously in its top-notch clean, transparent sound and lush chorus. But I do feel that the plastic parts and the lack of a pedal make the JC-40 a bit overpriced. Manufacturer Support: Haven't needed manufacturer support. Just got the amp today (Jan 2016) The Wow Factor: Not much wow, here. Don't get me wrong - the amp sounds AWESOME! But, I was expecting an amp with great clean and transparent sound, with a lush, spatial chorus, and that is what I got. I had high expectations for the sound quality, and those were easily met. Overall: In summary, this amp meets every expectation I had for sound quality, but falls a little short on build quality.
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