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Old 01-08-2013, 04:31 PM   #1
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Ngd!!

So I've had this gear for a few weeks now, so I figured I'd post a NGD, along with a mini review.

First up, Jet City JCA50H:



Specs:

-Tubes: 5 x 12AX7 Preamp / 2 x 6L6 Power
-Cabinetry: Multi-ply, void-free hardwood
-Chassis: 16-gauge, cold-rolled steel
-Output Power: 50W into 16 ohm or 2 x 8ohm speaker outputs
-Input Power: Multi-tapped power transformer at 100v/120v/220v/240v and standard -IEC connector
-Dimensions: 9-1/2" x 9-1/2″ x 25″
-Weight: 40lb.

So my GF gave me some cash for x-mas to put towards this baby, and am I ever glad I picked this thing up! I bought it mainly for the gain channel, but I have been able to get a surprisingly sweet clean tone out of this thing, regardless of how much everyone warned me how shitty it would be

I got wind of this amp after playing a JCA20H (single channel EL84 version) in the studio. I actually wanted to pick up a JCA22H (20 watt version) but they were back-ordered for at least 3 months. I am glad I ended up with the 50H, because I do believe it would have been a lot more challenging for me to keep the 22H clean.

As you all probably know, this amp is based off of the Soldano circuit. I am totally in love with the lead channel on this thing. it is so rich and heavy. My only complaint is that this thing is pretty bright, but I'm able to EQ it pretty good with my 10-band.

Everywhere I go, I'm always getting compliments on my tone. Everyone is completely blown away with he tone I'm getting out of this thing, for the price of the head. I've beeing running it into my mesa 212 (v30's), but just yesterday, I swapped one of the v30's in my cab for a C-Rex. The two speakers work very well with this amp. The C-Rex helps tame the treble.

Next up: Korg Pitchback



My bro picked this up for me for x-mas. Not a lot I can say other then its super accurate, and really easy to see Its exactly what I wanted in a floor tuner.

Finally: SKB pedal board



My parents got me this for x-mas, so I can finally take my pedals off of the board I had them attached to Its not the fanciest board, but it works! The built in power supply is convenient and not noisy at all! It has tons of room for my pedals, plus a little extra expansion room




Well theres my X-mas haul!

Thanks for reading,

Cheers

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Old 01-08-2013, 04:52 PM   #2
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awesome. i wish jet city stocked down here. happy jamming
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Old 01-08-2013, 04:55 PM   #3
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:23 PM   #4
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awesome. i wish jet city stocked down here. happy jamming


Thats a shame man. These truly are great amps, for the price.

If you follow my bands link, in my sig, you can hear a song (two sides) that I just recorded with this amp.

I actually used a JCA20H into a mesa 212 cranked up along with my JCA50h into a mesa 412 with the clean channel cranked up a little. I think it sounds awesome, for a light distortion.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:30 PM   #5
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HNAD! Why the lack of mids and Treble? Is it a bright amp?
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:49 PM   #6
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Nice haul. Congrats!

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Old 01-09-2013, 06:42 AM   #7
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I bought it mainly for the gain channel, but I have been able to get a surprisingly sweet clean tone out of this thing, regardless of how much everyone warned me how shitty it would be


ahahahaha sorry about that Still, better to go in not expecting much and then being pleasantly surprised than vice-versa, i guess. I'd rather undersell something than oversell it.

Nice scores Now I'm off to steal your settings I liked the tones on your clip
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:32 AM   #8
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HNAD! Why the lack of mids and Treble? Is it a bright amp?


Yeah, its a super bright amp.

I'm actually going to look at a Randall 212-115 cab with eminence legends hoping it may tame the amp a bit.

I do have admit the amp sounds pretty awesome when I run it through my mesa with 1 V30 and 1 C-rex, using my 10-band to eq it properly.
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^ yeah it's on the bright side of things for sure. i run the treble at like 4 and that's well into 80s hair metal levels of brightness
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ahahahaha sorry about that Still, better to go in not expecting much and then being pleasantly surprised than vice-versa, i guess. I'd rather undersell something than oversell it.

Nice scores Now I'm off to steal your settings I liked the tones on your clip


Thats true!

Its not fender clean, but its more then sufficient for what I want.

Just as a heads up, I using the clean channel in that clip, but you can get pretty much the same level of OD if you really dial back the gain on the dist channel.


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^ yeah it's on the bright side of things for sure. i run the treble at like 4 and that's well into 80s hair metal levels of brightness


Yeah this amp is bright for sure, but once you figure out how to eq it properly, it sounds sweet

EDIT: I have a question for you, Dave.

Why are there 2 speaker outs on back that say 4ohm loads, but in the manuals, and online specs, it only says this amp can handle 16ohm or 8ohm? Also, do you know what it means by "class 2 wiring" that is written under the 2 8ohm outs, and 2 4ohm outs?
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:06 AM   #11
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(a) Thats true!

Its not fender clean, but its more then sufficient for what I want.

Just as a heads up, I using the clean channel in that clip, but you can get pretty much the same level of OD if you really dial back the gain on the dist channel.




(b) Yeah this amp is bright for sure, but once you figure out how to eq it properly, it sounds sweet

(c) EDIT: I have a question for you, Dave.

Why are there 2 speaker outs on back that say 4ohm loads, but in the manuals, and online specs, it only says this amp can handle 16ohm or 8ohm? Also, do you know what it means by "class 2 wiring" that is written under the 2 8ohm outs, and 2 4ohm outs?


(a) ah ok, thanks

(b) yeah that's true

(c) i'm guessing they just duffed up the manual and online specs. I hope so, anyway, because the 2x12 with emi v12s i use is 4 ohms

i'm not sure what class 2 wiring is. i'm guessing just parallel wiring of the jacks?
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:13 AM   #12
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(c) i'm guessing they just duffed up the manual and online specs. I hope so, anyway, because the 2x12 with emi v12s i use is 4 ohms


Thats sorta what I was thinking


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i'm not sure what class 2 wiring is. i'm guessing just parallel wiring of the jacks?


That makes sense.
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don't quote me on the wiring thing, though. just had a quick look on wikipedia... it says class 2 insulation is doubly insulated, but whether that's the same thing, i dunno. EDIT: actually just looked further and it might be double switching. that'd make more sense.
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Old 01-09-2013, 10:26 AM   #14
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don't quote me on the wiring thing, though. just had a quick look on wikipedia... it says class 2 insulation is doubly insulated, but whether that's the same thing, i dunno. EDIT: actually just looked further and it might be double switching. that'd make more sense.


Here is an explanation I found on another forum:

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It's a low voltage cable. When it's rated Class 2 it meets specific criteria for certain uses without a conduit, inside or outside of a wall, etc. It has insulation that will meet the Fire Code and/or National Electric Code. It's on the amp so we know how to do it up right and proper... with safety in mind.

Here's another basic explanation: "What is CL-2 and CL-3? CL-2 is an abbreviation for "Class 2" as it refers to the wiring code in the USA. Many states require low voltage cables to be "CL-2" rated in order for them to be installed inside the wall. A CL-2 rated cable has a slightly different outer insulation with a different fire rating. A CL-2 rated cable can be used outside the wall. Class 3 is a rating for cables over 300 volts. "


Read more: http://ztalk.proboards.com/index.cg...4#ixzz2HULcfdgN
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ah right, thanks
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