Review: Jet City Amplification JCA20H

Out of the Box

Right off the bat, the Jet City JCA20H amp is dirty and breaks up nicely at high volumes. This amp sounds very similar to the Soldano custom amplifiers. The JCA 20H is super high gain and has that tube sound that you can’t get enough of.  With the preamp knob turned down you can also get some nice clean tones as well. I was very surprised that this 20 watt amp was this loud. The JCA20H reminds me of a nice cross between a Marshall Super Lead and a Soldano Hot Rod 50.

The Verdict

The JCA20H is a beast of an amplifier! This 20 watt head kicks so much ass, I don’t know what to do with myself. The 100% tube tone of this amp is fresh and crisp. This is a must have amp if your looking for that boutique style sound at a price tag that wont break the bank. Initially, I tested the Jet City JCA20H amp direct without any effects. Then just for fun, I ran it next to my Marshall amp through an A/B switch. The JCA20H tone mixed with the Marshall and sounded like Angus Young and Randy Rhoads in a private Jam session. This is an amp that anybody would dig. It’s simply a monster. It’s easy to dial in and it spits fire right out of the box.

Pro’s: Great all tube tone, Screaming loud, Tube amp, Great price, High gain, Sleek look, Preamp knob.

Cons: Could use a tiny bit more bottom end.

The Specs

  • Controls: Preamp, Bass, Middle, Treble, Master, Presence
  • Tubes: 3x 12AX7 Preamp / 2x EL84 Power
  • Rectifier: Solid State
  • Output Power: 20 watts into 16 ohm or 2x 8 ohm speaker outputs
  • Input Power: Multi-tapped power transformer at 100v/120v/220v/240v and standard IEC connector
  • Weight: 21.3lbs net

MSRP$299.00 – $333.00

Jet City Amplification is a new Amp line from the guys at Soldano Custom Amplification. They wanted to separate their super expensive amps and give the working guitarist an affordable amp. The Idea came from Owner Mike Soldano to create an affordable amp that still has that classic Soldano tone.

Till next week, thanks for reading and keep on shredding!

Nick Arrietta is a staff writer at SMG. Nick is a professional Music teacher from California and has been playing the Guitar for 24 years. Along with teaching music he is a touring guitarist, studio musician and songwriter. Email: nick@sharemyguitar.com

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  • what a kick ass amp for the price!

  • Sorry to disagree. We bought one from Musicians Friend and in 20 minutes had it back in the box. We found the tones to be uninspiring and “artifacty”. I could use it for industrial / noise tones with a bunch of pedals but not a lot else. My 18 Watt Dr. Z is a far superior amp.

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