Purchased from: Local
Features — 8
This is buck for buck one of the best metal/rock tube amps on the market. It was made in the USA, and is rock solid. It is a EL34 based amp, three fully independent channels, and even a noise reduction circuit. It also has a footswitchable loop, clean/dirty, and rhythm/lead. The rhythm and lead channels have a "fat" switch, and there are global master volume, presence, and resonance controls. It is worth noted that these were renamed "XXX II" by Peavey after Joe decided to change over to Marshall.
Sound — 8
The JSX is a great metal/shred/rock amp. The cleans are very nice. Almost sparkling type of bright clean, but can be tamed if needed. Both the rhythm and lead channels have an active EQ, which covers a lot of ground. There are plenty of mids, and the highs aren't piercing at all, you can get a nice round bass tone out of them as well. The lead channel has just a ton of gain (way too much for me) I keep it a little below half. I am using it with a large pedalboard, modulation and delay in the loop, two OD's out front to boost. It is very pedal friendly. I play tech death on it as well as neoclassical type material.
Reliability & Durability — 9
This amp would most definitely hold up to abuse in excess of gigging. Honestly, I haven't gigged it yet, but i am sure it would do fine. The pots seem to feel solid and durable, the switches also seem quite robust, and the jacks are nice and tight.The footswitch is bulletproof as well. As far as gigging without a backup, there is no amp that i would gig without a backup, but that is me. Another thing worth noting is that it is pretty heavy to throw around, but that isn't a big deal to me. Everything was built to last.
Overall Impression — 8
I will quote my opening sentence of this review "This is buck for buck one of the best metal/rock tube amps on the market."
This amp is not only built solid, it is bulletproof. This amp sounds great for just about everything across the board. Cleans are good as well as both OD's. The amp has more gain than I could ever imagine needing. It gets ran usually into orange or mesa cabs (V30/K100 loaded). The only downfall is that you do need a boost (I run a boost with most amps though so its not a big deal). It sees Gibson LP's, Ibanez Prestiges, and a pair of Wolfgangs, and it sounds great with all of them. For what it's worth, I like JJEL34L's (note L at the end), it is a little more bassy and organic than plain EL34's but still manages to cut like "buttah."