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The Jet City JCA20H tube amp head delivers pure tube tone from a single-channel amplifier with absolutely no gimmick features to dilute the all-tube signal path. Elegance of design both inside and out... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Jet City JCA20H tube amp head delivers pure tube tone from a single-channel amplifier with absolutely no gimmick features to dilute the all-tube signal path. Elegance of design both inside and out deliver unflinching reliability in a guitar amp good-looking enough to make a girlfriend jealous. With full EQ control and separate Preamp and Master volumes, Jet City JCA20H can deliver spanky cleans through crunchy overdrive.

Jet City Amplification delivers the utmost in tone, while being affordable enough for musicians slugging out a living on the small stage.

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Controls: Preamp, Bass, Middle, Treble, Master, Presence
Tubes: 3x 12AX7 Preamp / 2x EL84 Power
Rectifier: Solid State
Cabinet: Multi-ply, void-free hardwood
Chassis: 16 gauge, cold-rolled steel
Output Power: 20W into 16 ohm or 2 x 8 ohm speaker outputs
Input Power: Multi-tapped power transformer at 100v/120v/220v/240v and standard IEC connector
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Jet City AmplificationJCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.9

(based on 28 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazing Soldano Tone!!!

I've had my JCA20H for about a month now, and I've been waiting to get some JJ tubes to throw in it before I review, but decided it would be better to do it...Read complete review

I've had my JCA20H for about a month now, and I've been waiting to get some JJ tubes to throw in it before I review, but decided it would be better to do it with the stock amp. A lot of players complain about the lack of clean headroom, and if you want a super super loud clean then this might not suit you. Despite the lack of headroom, I must say that the clean sound is great. I really couldn't be happier with it. On the neck pickup it is bassey and punchy and perfectly compressed in the highs. The crunch and lead is the real reason you buy this amp though. There is not a bad sound in the amp(except maybe when you run the presence above noon), and it will do everything up to hard rock. My favorite setting is gain about 2:30 and master at 12:00. This gives you enough gain for solos, but still requires you to "dig in," giving you a super expressive feel but with enough gain to not feel like it is lacking. It responds fantastically to difference in pick attack. It also distorts very naturally... meaning lower notes distort first and more than higher notes. This amp sounds best with master above 1:00. With a 2x12 cab you can feel the bass in your chest, which is awesome! All and all I love this amp. Soldano did an amazing job with the quality of the components and the sound. Everything you dream about when buying a tube amp the JCA20H does well. I did a lot of research before choosing a low watt all tube amp, and I believe that this is the best bang for the buck, and sounds better than most amps twice as much. Even cranked the JCA20H is quiet. I never even run a noise gate. Cleans up great when you roll the volume down. Live I only put a Electro Harmonix Power Boost and a Crybaby Wah in front. Run it crunchy, boost for solo, roll down the volume for clean. Sounds great. I don't miss having an effects loop at all. I prefer having an all tube signal path than trying to run a loop. I prefer no loop instead of a "series" style loop, a huge potential tone sucker. Those are my thoughts. My review sounds pretty "rave," but I figure to give credit where credit is do. I think Jet City is a great company. On their facebook you can find the whole story of the JCA20H from design to production. I also recommend checking out their facebook to see the new baffles they are coming out with for these. They look amazing. Buy it and don't look back!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I thought it was the BEST....When I bought it.

I bought this amp and played the heck out of it. It had good tone and, for a real tube amp, it was easy to sneak into the family budget. I got together...Read complete review

I bought this amp and played the heck out of it. It had good tone and, for a real tube amp, it was easy to sneak into the family budget. I got together with an old friend, to play and reminisce. and he brought along an amp from a manufacturer I'd never heard of. It was a TAF14R from Tube Amp Factory. My amp put out a little more volume, but we actually had to measure it in order to tell. Besides, when have you ever had good reason for cranking it up to 11? The sound quality was the REAL difference. I don't know how they're making this amp weigh so little, but put out so much high quality sound. I looked for one on the used market, but they're not there. As it turns out, a new TAF is a little less expensive than the JC. If you look them up on line and call them, you can talk to the guy who will build the amp and, if you buy one, he will sign it for you as well. These little amps are going to be a big deal when the rest of the country finds out about them.

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(20 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This amp rocks!!!

By Jesse AKA "Truth"

from Corpus Christi,

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

Ive had this amp for a few weeks ,and i gotta say, Jet City Amplification blows Blackheart and Epiphone away! The JCA20H is the perfect all tube solution for smaller gigs. I can go from squeaky clean to raging distortion on this bad boy...and yes it can do metal! I run mine through a Marshall 1936 cab with G12T75 speakers...AND IT SINGS! I set it slightly overdriven and i boost it with my Ibanez TS9 for solos and it just sounds beautiful. The guitars i use with it are as follows: modded Gibson SG Special, Fender American Strat S/S/S, and a modded Fender Deluxe Nashville Tele {mexican}. For pedals I use a Rocktron Short Timer, Ernie Ball VPjr, Ibanez TS9 [as mentioned above], and a Boss tuner with it...this amp loves pedals! I do wish it had an effects loop though, thats the only draw back i could see...but for this price..it still rocks! I thought for sure this thing would not sound good...but i saw "designed by SOLDANO" written on it and i said..."sure, i'll try it". Thank God i did. Better buy one before the price goes up just like the Epiphone and Bleakheart amps did!

(17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Soldano Tone!!!

By Zach Rawlings

from American Fork, UT

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I've had my JCA20H for about a month now, and I've been waiting to get some JJ tubes to throw in it before I review, but decided it would be better to do it with the stock amp. A lot of players complain about the lack of clean headroom, and if you want a super super loud clean then this might not suit you. Despite the lack of headroom, I must say that the clean sound is great. I really couldn't be happier with it. On the neck pickup it is bassey and punchy and perfectly compressed in the highs. The crunch and lead is the real reason you buy this amp though. There is not a bad sound in the amp(except maybe when you run the presence above noon), and it will do everything up to hard rock. My favorite setting is gain about 2:30 and master at 12:00. This gives you enough gain for solos, but still requires you to "dig in," giving you a super expressive feel but with enough gain to not feel like it is lacking. It responds fantastically to difference in pick attack. It also distorts very naturally... meaning lower notes distort first and more than higher notes. This amp sounds best with master above 1:00. With a 2x12 cab you can feel the bass in your chest, which is awesome! All and all I love this amp. Soldano did an amazing job with the quality of the components and the sound. Everything you dream about when buying a tube amp the JCA20H does well. I did a lot of research before choosing a low watt all tube amp, and I believe that this is the best bang for the buck, and sounds better than most amps twice as much. Even cranked the JCA20H is quiet. I never even run a noise gate. Cleans up great when you roll the volume down. Live I only put a Electro Harmonix Power Boost and a Crybaby Wah in front. Run it crunchy, boost for solo, roll down the volume for clean. Sounds great. I don't miss having an effects loop at all. I prefer having an all tube signal path than trying to run a loop. I prefer no loop instead of a "series" style loop, a huge potential tone sucker. Those are my thoughts. My review sounds pretty "rave," but I figure to give credit where credit is do. I think Jet City is a great company. On their facebook you can find the whole story of the JCA20H from design to production. I also recommend checking out their facebook to see the new baffles they are coming out with for these. They look amazing. Buy it and don't look back!

(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Insane Value, Unbelievable Tone

By ToneDaddy

from Berkeley, CA

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I went into my local GC where I've become acquainted with some of the staff. I was there to try a guitar and they strongly recommended I plug into the JCA20H and matching cab. I immediately forgot all about the guitar and zeroed in on this amazing amp I was playing through. I have tried the Egnaters, the Vox Night Train and the Orange Tiny Terror. In my opinion, the Jet City amp kills all of them. The tone is so much richer and more soulful, and the amp is so much more responsive to pick attack and changes to thhe volume knob on the guitar. It made me want to keep playing - just completely forgot why I had come to GC in the first place. I would have bought this on the spot, but the guys informed me that the combo version with rever was going too be available soon, so I want to compare before I decide, but I am definitely getting one of these amps.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

unbelievable amp, unbelievable price

By jc

from terre haute, IN

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

i bought this after my ac30 was struck by lightning and rendered useless. i needed an amp, and quick, so i bought this head to perch atop my 5150 cabinet. i figured it'd be good enough to get me through til tax time when i'd buy a bigger, better head, but i've grown so attached to this amp that i don't even want to replace it. twenty watts is probably louder than you think, and most if not all of the venues i play at mic guitar cabs- thus rendering a 100 watt head to be overkill anyway. i get to crank this baby up loud to get some serious power tube overdrive that sounds absolutely killer. sometimes i turn this thing on just to bang out a couple of chords (way too loud for my neighborhood) just so i can bask in the tone... its only drawbacks are lack of multiple channels and lack of an effects loop, but at this price point i'm not complaining about it. i like this amp as much as my old amp, which cost many times as much. i kind of wish this amp wouldn't get popular so i could keep it as my secret weapon...

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

JCA20H Tube Amp

By LKN

from Portland ,OR

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

If you're looking to add some warm, midrange harmonic content to your guitar rig, buy this amp. The pre amp gain can be dialed just so as to take you where you want to be; Either on the 'White Cliffs of Dover' or the 'Hard Road'. Seriously, you can sculpt tones like Peter Green to Slash to Johnson to VH to, Clapton to Young on this bad boy. I am so satisfied. I can not say enough good things about this fine amp. check one out asap.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

they should call it TONE city

By JT

from Seven Corners, Virginia

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

this little bad boy can do it all. i got this cause i wanted an amp that was small, but good go really loud when asked. what i got was that plus so much more. the 3 band eq on tube amps is so much better than solid-state or modeling amps. the gain is chunky, and in moderation, is what perfects the tone. it can also go to a blues roar, the type that makes you grimace but smile at the same time. it can also go to red hot electric if you turn the treble and presence up. and speaking of presence, that is probly the most important knob on the amp. its what you want to focus on the most when trying to find your tone. this is the amp that helped me find my sound. its incredible. the one problem: no reverb. for that you might want to check out the combo version. also, for higher wattage and a classic soldano overdrive channel, you want the 50 or 100 watt. but even without those, this is a great buy all around

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great buy

By adam

from Illinois

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

just got this amp from G.C. in rockford il today (the staff was very helpful). it is very responsive to pick attacks and when dirty it sounds great and good when clean also (not quite as good as my fender though). as good or better than anything in its price range. I played a lot of amps before settling on this one. my only beef is no reverb, but you can get it with the combo. but i wanted the stack. it is also plenty loud to jam with a drummer and sounds especially good when its loud. should be good for a variety of styles (maybe not metal). definitely an attractive price, tone and looks. i certainly recommend this one.

(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Deal of the year!

By PastorKev

from Lapeer, MI

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

The Jet City JCA20H is the best sounding amp I've ever had the opportunity to play threw! I went to the guitar center in flint for a few hours of jamming with the possibility of a purchase. I that very day was researching this head a watching reviews on youtube and I walk in there with my modified strat to find this gem in there. The clean and dirty sound is amazing. There is alot of gain on tap but not enough for metal. The eq is extremely responsive as is the amp itself. The amp responds very well to pick attack and the volume knob. Amazing headroom reminded me of a dumble amp with more bark and high mids do to the el84's. This amp is perfect for jazz, blues, rock, hard rock and fusion, etc. This amp should do very well with pedals. Buy this amp and you will not be disseminated! -PK

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Mighty Blue Bomber

By G34RH34D

from Missouri

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I initially wanted an amp to fill the need and give me low watt valve power until I could afford a more expensive and expressive amp, but have so far not purchased anything else. The staff at the local GC were great as well. I play mine through a Marshall 4x12 top cab with Celestion vintage 30s. I will say this. If you are a ham fisted dolt, or play cheap junky guitars, you will hate this amp. It will not cover cheap pickups, poor setup, bad technique, or unrealistic expectations. That being said, an expressive lively player with a good instrument will sound great through this amp. It is a one trick pony in my humble opinion, but does so in the tradition of it's classic forebearers. Crank the volume, pull back on the presence and play. It's that simple. The only thing I could add is that if they were going to deny us a head with reverb and effects loop they should have gone full bore classic and made it non master as well. This would have made it more like the old jtm 45s or superleads. However I do really like the amp and wish I had had something like this back when I first picked up a guitar. It's worth the money, but put new tubes in it if you want to get the most out of it.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great buy

By dusterdon

from bellevue wa

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

you cant go wrong with this little guy designed bysoldano it is all quaility pair it up withh there cab you get grat blues sonds crank it a little higher you get that down and dirty heavey sound at this price you cant go wrong AAA rating

(3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

WOW

By JD

from wyoming , mi

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

got the JET this week from GC off the floor . one of the sales person did not look happy about it , I think he was planing to buy it . they only had one to test with . sad no info no box but it sounds great . most of the time I get a tube amp I have to replace the tube with good ones but not this one . clean sounds very good and dime it and wow this thing rocks . I am running it with 4 lady lucks 12 in. speakers . I am going to get a 2nd one as soon as they come in .

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This amp totally rocks crunch that guitarts crave

By Dave

from Cleveland, ohio

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

This amp just blows your 300 dollar amp into an amp sounding 5 possibly 6XXX the price. WOW, just WOW. This amp is so perfect for anyone that wants nice cleans and pure ROCK distortion. Playing it every time is just like the first. Its just magic. Pair it up with the jet city 2x12 and wow she just smokes. Pair it with the Blackstar artisan 2x12 and wow she smokes in a slightly different but great way. I love my JET 20 If i needed a replacement I would get another asap

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Small Amp Big Sound

By Jesus M

from Pompano Beach FL

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

For the given price you really cant ask much from this amp, but when u plug it in all you can really say is WOW.... i have this head running thru a Marshall MG 412 Cab, the tone to me is very Randy Rhoads like, so if your in a cover band looking for the Crazy Train sound buy this amp, but for me its not exactly my kind of tone... yet, the amp offers alot of treble, especially when i run my Epi LP with EMGs thru an SD-1 into it. altough i have been reading around and it seems to me that the main cause of this is the tubes, so i plan to chage those asap, the amp looks pretty simple, simple knobs the pre amp, bass mids treb master and presence, with the presense, if you turn it it past three your really setting your ears up for pain.. its seems to me this little amp has a lot of potential, it really depends on how you look at it and what you plan to do with it, but again given the price theres really not much u can complain about, its simple things one has to fix before you can like it, but its still a great amp

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bedroom Beauty

By Rob

from Albuquerque, NM

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

Great amp for the bedroom. Doesn't take up as much room as a half-stack, but gives you some of the same dynamics at moderate volumes. Would love to see channel switching, but very satisfied with the "Soldano" crunch!!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Killer Tone that won't break the bank!

By Dan

from Issaquah, WA

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

My wife supprised me with this amp for Christmas. I was looking for something that I could use in both my Friday and Sunday morning gigs, deliver great tone without earsplitting volumes and easy to move. This head and a 2x12 cab, has replaced by 50 watt half stack. It is simple to operate, and easy to dial in a great sound. Plus it takes pedals well. I dial it at just the point of breakup. For clean I back off the guitar volume, if I need more, I kick in an overdrive pedal. That combo delivers the sound of ROCK! At this price, you can't go wrong!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SWEET!!!!!

By Jackster

from Vidor Texas

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I have waited to write my review because I wanted to put some different tubes in it and see if there was any difference in the tone. I looked for quite a while before I bought some tubes, and I beleave that I got some good tubes. I went with the Ruby tubes all the way they are the same tubes that Santana uses in his amp. At first when I turned it on there was tube breakup right away. After about an hour the tube's settled down and got very warm sounding. The EQ was more responcive and the presence was also quite a bit more responcive. It did sound better with new tubes the stock tubes are very cheep I guess they had to cut some cost some where to keep the price down. Anyway I'm very happy with the amp I have it setting on top of a half stack with 4 12's at 16 olms. I havent had a chance to crank yet with the new tubes my old lady would have a fit , you guys know what I'm talking about. But sooner or later she will have to go out and then watch out baby cause it's on then loud and proud. I have a Fender Strat Plus with Samarian Cobalt Pickups that I installed it rocks ,and the I have a Gibson SG it has some real attitude. I recently got a Fender Thin line Telecaster its got one of the best necks that I have ever held, and they sound amazing through this JET CITY AMP 20 watts of thunder just amazing I couldn't be more happy than I am with this little amp.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect.

By bob

from norwalk, connecticut

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

i got this amp and the matching cab (jca12s) just after christmas and it is simply amazing. it has a very unique sound, with great clean tones and amazing overdrive. the eq section is very usable, and makes this amp extremely versatile. the 20 watt power rating makes it quiet enough for bedroom use with a 112 cabinet, but it's easily loud enough for a small club or band practice with a 412. the amp is solidly constructed, and pretty light for its size. i definitely reccommend it.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An Affordable Tiny Terror

By Garrett Zimmerman

from Cincinnati, OH

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

As Im writing this review I am in the studio recording and using the JCA20H. I was originally in a metal band and loved the distortion on this head. But that band has broken up and I have since joined a more folk rock band as their bassist so I haven't touched this head in months. Today I decided to bring it to recording with my new band just incase someone needed it. As it turns out we did and I just listened to two different recordings (clean tone) one using a Tiny Terror and the other with the JCA20H. The tones are almost Identical. The only difference is the JCA20H is slightly less bright by an almost unnoticeable level. Literally we bled the two different recordings together and could barley notice the difference if at all. Im here to say that this head is amazing and is by far unbeatable for the price. Only drawback is that it only has one channel but beyond that its nothing short of perfection and by far the best bang for the buck.

(1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

simple but great

By JT

from washington, dc

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

i had a modeling amp that had a terrible clean (peavey). i play mostly clean acoustic stuff or good 70s aerosmith-like hard rock. i saw the "DESIGN BY SOLDANO" in the magazine and went to my local GC to try it. this amp has the perfect amount of gain for that. however if you want to play anything harder than van halen (and even that is pushing it) you should go with a marshall.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What a Steal!

By Nicholas

from Redlands, CA

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA20H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

ok, I'm not the type of person to sit and write a review on gear... Honestly the second I think of how much I like whatever it is I've got, I go into the next room and play it. I played this head about a month ago and could not stop thinking about it, so this weekend I finally went and picked one up. Man am I glad I did, this is honestly the best 250 bucks I have spent on gear. I mean I just picked up a Boss DD20 and that thing nearly cost the same price as this head! The gain on it is great and for the price you can't go wrong. It's not going to replace my Orange, but for jamming, practices heck I'd even gig with it, it gets the job done and it does it WELL! I'm still wondering why the cost is so low, even if it is made in China who cares? It's a tone monster! People are going to hate on it because it costs $250 and not $2500. Soldano and the guys at Jet City have hit a homerun with their line of amps, I'm now thinking of getting the 50watt head or the even 100 watt head and who knows, maybe one of those will replace my Orange AD30 as my main amp!

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