Price paid: $ 249
Purchased from: Musicians Friend
Sound — 10
I play blues, jazz and hard rock/metal. I use an 87 Ibanez 540 power and Ibanez Les Paul copy and American Fender Strat. This 20 watt head can handle these styles. All it takes is tweaking of the knobs. You can cut the mids, lower the bass and raise the presence and you've got Metallica. Crank the master volume and set the pre amp gain on 1 or 2 and you get great cleans. The tones controls are very reactive to tweaking. At low volume it gets extremely saturated. This amp is very loud. Great for small club gigs. Outdoor gigs you have to turn the volume to 3/4. Inside it's plenty loud at halfway. I matched it with one of my 4x12 cabs which I wired from 4ohm to 16ohm to match the heads speaker input. This head can handle BB King to GnR just experiment with the tone controls. Those of you who think this amp is not loud must speak with sign language.
Overall Impression — 10
I compared the head to my Plexi and my Vintage Modern and it comes very close to cloning their sound. If you need death metal distortion it's not the amp for you unless you slap a pedal in front then it is. It takes wah and delay pedals great. If you really know how to use a tube amp you can coax a hundred different tones out of it. I do recommend changing the tubes to the ones you like. For the money it can't be beat.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I had a preamp tube burn out within a short time but sometimes it happens. I replaced the stock tubes with new 12AX7's and a matched pair of JJ EL84's and the amp screams. I have used for gig's indoors and out and never had a problem. I've used it without a backup. When I changed the tubes I took the chassis out and inspected it. It's very well built with very clean soldering and the wiring is very neat and wrapped very clean. High quality job.
Features — 9
Jet City JCA20H 20 WATT HEAD. I got this amp because I was tired of lugging around my other amps to gigs. It's a pretty simple amp, single channel, gain, bass middle, treble, master volume and presence knob's. No effects loop or any extra's. It has a fixed bias. It has two 8ohm and one 16ohm input's. The 8ohm input's are wired in series.