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So I was up in Rochester, NY visiting some of my family, and my uncle just recently started playing guitar so he has GAS like none other...the only thing that seperates him from a teenager is that he has money so he took me to some guitar stores.

Anyway, we went to two stores. The first we went to was called House of Guitars. I tried out the new Epiphone Wilshire reissue, a Blues Junior, and Hot Rod Deluxe. The next day, we went to the Rochester Guitar Center and I played a MIM Strat through the new VOX Night Train, the Jet City JCA20H, and the Egnater Rebel 20.

Epiphone Wilshire Reissue
Definitely a solid guitar. Not by any means a high-quality guitar, but I'd definitely buy one. I really liked the feel of the body, it was really easy to hit the high frets. Neck was a little bit chunkier than my Strat, but I liked it. I REALLY liked the sound of the mini-humbuckers. A good medium between single-coils and regular humbuckers. All in all, a good guitar. Like I said, I'd definitely buy one.

Fender Blues Junior
Not really much to say about this because I couldn't crank it. Cleans and reverb were pristine though.

Fender Hot Rod Deluxe
The cleans, were alot like the Blues Junior, but with more bass. Reverb was the same. Overdrive settings were surprisingly nice, really thick and fluid. The Drive channel gave you some good dirty blues and rock settings, and the More Drive channel gave just picked up where the Drive channel left off. I could get a really good Neil Young type "amp-about-to-explode" setting. Final evaluation: Great amp. Pretty good price for what it does. I'm probably going to buy one once I get the money.

VOX Night Train
With my fascination with VOX, this amp is somewhat of a disappointment. While it sounded REALLY good, there wasn't much I could do to tweak the sound. The EQ was MUCH too subtle to really hear much of a change. Cleans were alot less chimey than I would expect from a VOX, but the cleans and overdrive were still pretty nice. The bright switch gave me a bit more of that chime I was looking for. I didn't mess around too much with the thick switch so I can't tell you much about that. Final evaluation: One trick pony. Hands down. It does that trick great, but you can get amps with alot more features for the price.

Jet City JCA20H
I know that this amp has been getting alot of great publicity on this site, so when I saw it in GC, I HAD to try it out. I can definitely see why people like it. Sounds really great. A little less thick than the Night Train, but still a really great rock/blues, indie, anything you want. It could do metal, but you'd need a pedal in front. The only gripe I have with it is that you need to have the gain down quite a bit to get clean. Final evaluation: Wow. Fantastic amp for the price range. Pretty much on par with the Night Train tonally but $200 USD cheaper. This will most likely be my next amp.

Egnater Rebel 20
I can't really say much about this because I couldn't spend much time with it because I had to leave. It can get pretty agressive pretty fast metal would be a breeze for this. The Tube Mix knob is REALLY cool. Provides for alot of different tones. Also, the Output Level knob lets you bring the volume down alot. It would be fine for home practice because you can bring it down to 1 watt. Final evaluation: Good amp. Alot of potential tone tweaking due to the Tube Mix, OP knob, bright, and thick switches. It's a bit too high gain for me, so I couldn't really see myself buying it. However, if I did play metal, I would buy this.

I hope these were helpful to anyone, or at the very least, entertaining to read.

-Luke
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WOOT! Welcome to the JCA fan club mate!

I might just start a thread for em, if enough people start to own them here on UG. I agree with your take on the cleans, that was my only beef as well. Aside from that, fantastic amplifier for the price.
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Fender Blues Junior
Not really much to say about this because I couldn't crank it. Cleans and reverb were pristine though.


+1

This is my main amp. Distortion is pretty much impossible on it without pedals, but you can't be the clean sound of it. Sounds like windchimes. And it's pretty loud for its size.
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Egnater Rebel 20 can do metal?

good reviews nonetheless!
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Egnater Rebel 20 can do metal?

good reviews nonetheless!


+1

I didn't think it had nearly enough gain. But I'm used to my XXX I guess. I liked the OD on the Egnater more than the Night Train...but ended up buying the NT instead. Cheaper and better cleans IMO...although the thick setting is kind of muddy; I use an EQ pedal and a boost to fix that though. Neither amp is nearly as muddy as the Orange TT though.


Cool reviews
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Wow, you liked the drive on the HRD? I pretty much ignore it entirely on mine, and use it for the cleans exclusively, and the fact that it takes pedals like the fat kid eats cake.

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Wow, you liked the drive on the HRD? I pretty much ignore it entirely on mine, and use it for the cleans exclusively, and the fact that it takes pedals like the fat kid eats cake.


+1

I would never consider using the distortion on mine for anything.
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DUDE!

So, my grandma lives in that area, and I bought my first guitar from house of guitars!

What a fantastic store..

yeah apparently the guy who owns House of Guitars has a collection with a bunch of the guitars that the Beatles used. It's pretty sweet. Insanely cramped and dusty in there though. I was coughing and sneezing so much.
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VOX Night Train
With my fascination with VOX, this amp is somewhat of a disappointment. While it sounded REALLY good, there wasn't much I could do to tweak the sound. The EQ was MUCH too subtle to really hear much of a change. Cleans were alot less chimey than I would expect from a VOX, but the cleans and overdrive were still pretty nice. The bright switch gave me a bit more of that chime I was looking for. I didn't mess around too much with the thick switch so I can't tell you much about that. Final evaluation: One trick pony. Hands down. It does that trick great, but you can get amps with alot more features for the price.


you realize that the thick mode bypasses the entire tone stack right. I guess that would make the eq subtle or in this case non-existent.
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you realize that the thick mode bypasses the entire tone stack right. I guess that would make the eq subtle or in this case non-existent.

well even so, with the thick switch off it was still very subtle.
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well even so, with the thick switch off it was still very subtle.



are we playing the same amp??
because it's tone stack works exactly how a pot based tone stack should work. There is no sound when all the pots are off and almost full bypass when the pots are on all the way. Admit it..you scooped it didn't you and that's all you did.
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Quote by AcousticMirror
are we playing the same amp??
because it's tone stack works exactly how a pot based tone stack should work. There is no sound when all the pots are off and almost full bypass when the pots are on all the way. Admit it..you scooped it didn't you and that's all you did.

I'm just saying that the EQ was too subtle for my tastes. Now that means different things to different people. It's just my opinion.
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The resonant frequency of the clitoris is too low for the guitar players to take care of.


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you sir, have just won for this statement. =D


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^ Yeah VOX seems to be doing alot of complicated things so that you can get different tones such as adding the Tone Cut knob and Bass Shift switch, but they could solve the problem by just making the EQ pots a bit more potent.
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Quote by dullsilver_mike
The resonant frequency of the clitoris is too low for the guitar players to take care of.


Quote by jackers1234
you sir, have just won for this statement. =D


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