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Seems to be a very highly recommended amp on here (and elsewhere). So much so that I started checking out demos and it seems like it does everything pretty well. I've seen a few demos of it doing everything from jazz to metal, and doing a good job of it. Also seems to sound good at lower volumes.

So what does this amp NOT do well?
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blues and low gain tones. i struggled to get a low gain crunch (ala thin lizzy, kansas) and it just wouldn't do it. there was too much or not enough. blues like SRV or clapton is hard as well.

but with a OD into the clean channel the possibilities are endless.

oh wait.
it has a low gain input doesn't it?
i didn't that, but unless you're willing to A/B the two channels, then
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My only gripe with my old JSX was the Noise gate sucks and it sounds best with KT77 tubes
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It's not a 6505. It can do certain types of metal very well, but it's not a 6505. You can't get that massive palm mute sound out of it without running some pedlage in front.
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I used to be an amplifier like you. Then I took an arrow in the knee.

As for the TS, a good example would be the Egnater Vengeance and 5153. They both cover similar ground in terms of versatility, but each has different voicings in terms of both cleans and overdrive, so each one suits different things. The JSX would fall into that too.
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Quote by ihartfood
blues and low gain tones. i struggled to get a low gain crunch (ala thin lizzy, kansas) and it just wouldn't do it. there was too much or not enough. blues like SRV or clapton is hard as well.

but with a OD into the clean channel the possibilities are endless.

oh wait.
it has a low gain input doesn't it?
i didn't that, but unless you're willing to A/B the two channels, then


Yeah, it has a low gain input. I kinda dig this dude's blues tone. It's not a vintage blues tone; more along the lines of a Bonamassa or Eric Johnson or something (both of whom I really like).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RiCW006_b1M

And I'm guessing this guy is using an OD of some kind, but this tone would be a passable SRV, yes?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rh-cSZ9Kvyw
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And I'm guessing one of the ODs in my sig might be nice in front of it...?
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A friend has a JSX and IMO it covers an amazin ground with a really nice tone! The clean channel when it's on break up sounds pretty neat, I dig its hard rock/metal tone a lot too. I do believe it's a keeper for what I like.

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haha yes, quite nice. but seeing as you have a JVM and a HRD...do you really need a jsx?


Need? What does that have to do with anything?

JVM is for sale though. Not sure if it'll sell but if it doesn't, I could think of worse pairs.
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Quote by Deadpool_25
Seems to be a very highly recommended amp on here (and elsewhere). So much so that I started checking out demos and it seems like it does everything pretty well. I've seen a few demos of it doing everything from jazz to metal, and doing a good job of it. Also seems to sound good at lower volumes.

So what does this amp NOT do well?


It does not do 6505 well.
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Need? What does that have to do with anything?

JVM is for sale though. Not sure if it'll sell but if it doesn't, I could think of worse pairs.

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i like them. i haven't played enough to really find a weakness while i am playing the guitar, but an old band mate had one and i liked how it sounded. i played one at GC for a while and messed around with it, but from what i have played/heard/demo, it is a pretty good three channel amp, and at a reasonable price.

honestly the only weakness has been stated its not a 6505, but i don't like 6505's all that much so no debate there.

only major thing not to do would be use too much gain especially on the ultra channel. and hit it with a boost of some form.

tim is a great guy (toyroom) and i am sure you know him on here. he has built some nice OD's for me, and i bet he could help you with that aspect.
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haha yes, quite nice. but seeing as you have a JVM and a HRD...do you really need a jsx?


seriously? i guess you don't look on too many people's profile page
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haha yes, quite nice. but seeing as you have a JVM and a HRD...do you really need a jsx?


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HRD just sold btw.

So...back to blues on the JSX...

Clean + Fulldrive 2 or OCD seem like a good match? I'm asking because the JSX is on the way and I'm getting all excited but I can't try it out yet lol.
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Yup.
Then there's this band called Slice The Cake...

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I actually found an OD pedal pushing the gain on the JSX makes the amp sound worse than straight in.
I can also get the same deep concusion like palm mutes from my JSX as I can from my 6505. Ohly JSX is smoother and more compressed, while the 6505 gain is more jagged and acidic sounding.
I own both for a reason. They do their own thing better than the other.
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I actually found an OD pedal pushing the gain on the JSX makes the amp sound worse than straight in.
I can also get the same deep concusion like palm mutes from my JSX as I can from my 6505. Ohly JSX is smoother and more compressed, while the 6505 gain is more jagged and acidic sounding.
I own both for a reason. They do their own thing better than the other.



Yeah, from what I can tell (just from YT vids) I like the character of the JSX as much even with heavier palm muting. I'm not a metalcore/death/doom metal guy though ao I tend to ignore that end of the spectrum.

Were you using the drive on the OD you tried? Or more as a clean boost?
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Just a clean boost, maybe a touch of gain from the OD pedal like at 1/10.
I don't boost amps anymore though. All my OD pedals are packed up. I've learned to make an amp sound great with no front end help.
But when I did boost amps, the JSX was the only amp I didn't boost.
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Gotcha. I'll keep that in mind. Maybe just use it for blues on the clean channel. Thanks.
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If it is for blues then you don't need any od pedals with that amp, believe me.

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I traded a Jet City JCA100H for one. Definitely a cool amp, but everything sounded a little sterile and not quite right to me. Almost like everything was being run through a SS preamp stage or something, it didn't sound organic in the slightest.

Those are minor points though, it would make a terrific gigging amp. The only two complaints I had about it were the pointless noise gate, and it was harder than hell to get a good solid low gain tone out of. The clean channel cranked would barely break up, and the 2nd channel with the gain real low and volume cranked sounded too aggressive for classic rock and blues.

For me and my playing style, I found the Jet City to be the better suited amp and it dished better organic/natural tones. The JSX is a fine amp though!
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I have to say I could get great blues tones from the amp myself. With a bit of delay in the loop, rhythmn channel with the gain dialed back to like 2, it sounds brilliant.

The only thing I couldn't get was the 6505 sound. It had its own thing kind of going on, so to me it was its only weakness.
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The JSX is very sensitive to preamp tubes. Unless you can afford NOS tubes it's JJ or gtfo.
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Oh yeah, mine has JJ pre's in it for nearly 8 years now. Best tubes for the amp. Worst thing you can do is use EH, Sovtek or Tungsol tubes in the first three spots. Things will get shrill, plastic and sterile sounding fast.

Regarding the noise gate, the complaints are justified, but only because Peavey used the word "gate".
They should have called it a "Noise Reducer" since this control has NO CLAMPING CAPABILITY.
It only reduces/eliminates hiss & hum from the preamp. It does it really well actually. It's simple and transparent.
I have always used an external noise gate with my JSX as a result. No complaints on my end.
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I actually had decent luck getting a Bonamassa/Gibbons type tone on the crunch channel. I ended up with some really odd EQ settings (dimed bass mids and presence had the treble nearly off and the resonance to taste. I was surprised at how well it actually cut. Either way it's one of those amps where you can actually use extreme EQ settings and still get functional tones.

Weaknesses? If we're talking the combo... It's heavy and I wasn't very fond of the stock Peavey speakers.

Otherwise, unless you've got the gain really really low it's very compressed and not very dynamic.
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I have owned a JSX since they came out. Can't remember when that was. I had tried out the Peavey Penta, Marshall TSL, Peavey 6505 and the JSX. I found the JSX could mostly accomplish what the 6505 could do, not as extreme metal, but close enough for me, and having 3 channels. The sound beat the marshall. And the Penta just couldn't do a good heavy but I still have an empty spot waiting for me to find another penta. It had the tone that the jsx was missing, the blues and more classic rock low gain stuff.
So faults the noise gate is useless. Without a proper noise suppressor like the Boss ns-2 it squeals like a pig at high volumes the second you take your off the strings or let a note ring too long. And then the lack of reverb. But for the price and the sound I was able to overlook those and thing it is a fantastic amp. Haven't had any problems with it. And I like how you can use the effects loop if you got nothing in it as a volume boost. Also it has a great clean channel that could handle your multieffects units well.
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Great feedback, all. Thanks for sharing some settings. So a gate is a good idea--I can see that already. NS-1 or Decimator? I've heard great things about the Decimator. Oh. M13 has a built in gate. Guess I should try that first lol
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