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Sound — 10
I've ran a few guitars into this amp, including an Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus, a PRS Custom 22, and an Ibanez RG1570. With the noise gate activated, the amp is almost silent. It is extremely versatile, which is the amps strongest quality. The cleans are modelled after the Peavey Classic 50, and are crystal clear. The clean channel also takes pedals extremely well. The Crunch channel is nice, but has a little bit too much gain for crunch. I was able to get a nice metallica tone on this channel, and also found that it has a fuller tone than the Ultra channel. With the 'fat' switch engaged, the tone gets a boost in bottom end, and also has the mids boosted. This causes the amp to take on a darker voicing, which is great for playing british rock, etc. The Ultra channel is pretty thin, which is great for shredding. It also has more gain than the Crunch channel. With the 'fat' switch engaged, the channel loses it's thin sound, and takes on more of a conventional lead tone. All in all, the sound of the JSX is great.
Overall Impression — 10
The JSX makes a great first impression, and the good news is, that that impression lasts. It's great for almost any style of music (I play blues, metal, pregressive rock, classic rock, and virtuoso and it suites me great). If you're in the market for an all-tube half-stack, and you want something with great tone and a ton of versatility, then the JSX is deffineately worth a look.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This amp is very dependable, and is well built. I'd deffinately trust it to gig with.
Features — 9
The JSX features 3 channels, clan, crunch and ultra (lead). It has channel switching and an effects loop, along with a built-in noise gate. It is 120 watts, all-tube, and has more power than you'd ever need for conventional gigs. It features a 'fat' switch on both of the distortion channel.