Submitted January 14, 2016 by Vanessa P in Medford, OR
"Awesome sound; questionable build"
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In summary, this amp meets every expectation I had for sound quality, but falls a little short on build quality.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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