Jazz Chorus 50 review by Roland

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 5.8 (6 votes)
Roland: Jazz Chorus 50
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Price paid: $ 220

Purchased from: Used

Sound — 10
This amp is the living definition of "clean", never ever distorting or making noises. The distortion is crap, but the cleans are lovely and it takes pedals really well (and I use quite a few). The built-in effects sound great, as you could expect from the mother company of Boss.

Overall Impression — 10
I play a lot of different styles ranging from alternative rock to black metal to blues and jazz, and this is the only amp I use nowadays, having moved on from a Carvin tube amp. If it was lost I'd replace it as soon as possible. I even think about buying another one already. This is ten out of ten, and beyond any doubt one of the best solid-state amplifiers ever made.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This amp is over 30 years old and still feels like new in every way. I don't think it'll ever break down, so I'd have no worries when it comes to gigging without a backup. The pots may require some cleaning after a couple of decades, but that's all there is to it. This is one solid amp.

Features — 8
This amp was built in the late seventies, in Japan. It's a pretty simple amp with two input jacks (high and low gain) and only one channel. There are also a number of effects - distortion, reverb, chorus, tremolo and a "bright" switch that can be pretty useful. It also comes with a footswitch that can be connected to two of the effects.

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