#1
I'm thinking about getting myself a good ol Roland JC-120 and running Native Instruments' Guitar Rig 5 through it at gigs. I'm a college student in a band that mainly plays at restaurant/bars, house parties, and small hall stuff. We play a bit of everything (particularly ska, rock, blues, and jazz) and Guitar Rig 5 has been great in getting me the tones I want. I play a Fender Strat on most things and an Epiphone Emperor II (hollowbody) for jazz stuff. The JC-120's full range speakers(ideal for cab simulations, amirite?) and effect loop is what I'm interested in for my rockier stuff with Guitar Rig, but I was thinking I may have use for the amp itself in my jazz playing. I played through one once in a bigband setting and was really happy with how it sounded in that sonic environment. Apparently, a lot of cats like Pat Martino and George Benson use a JC-120.

What do you guys think? Is this the right amp for me? Would this amp get me the best results with Guitar Rig?

EDIT: Anyone know anything about the older JC models(70s-80s?) being better than the newer ones today?
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Last edited by chad120 at Jan 1, 2014,
#2
I'm sure that will work but those amps command somewhat of a premium for what they are. If you are using GR all you need is a good FRFR amp/speaker setup and you may be able to get more bang for your buck by avoiding the popularity/scarcity bubble. I'm thinking a moderately priced PA might give you more flexibility?
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#3
The JC-120 is a very good and popular amp, but maybe it would be better to get a PA. You have cab and speaker models and you can use microphone in front of cab in guitar rig, so yeah, frfr speakers should work good with that.
#4
hmm, valid points. I'm gonna look more into FRFR amplification. Might wind up even being the cheaper option
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