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Jet City Amplification JCA22H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head Black

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Jet City took the legendary JCA20H and added a second, footswitch-accessible overdrive channel, along with a tube-buffered, serial effects loop. Poised to change the amp world . . . again, the JCA22H ... Click To Read More About This Product


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Jet City took the legendary JCA20H and added a second, footswitch-accessible overdrive channel, along with a tube-buffered, serial effects loop. Poised to change the amp world . . . again, the JCA22H is elegance in design both inside and out, delivering unflinching reliability and everything youd want in an amp. With full EQ control and separate preamp gain and master volumes, the JCA22H can deliver spanky cleans all the way through saturated, Soldano high-gain overdrive.


Channels: Crunch and Overdrive
Controls: Crunch and Overdrive Gain, Bass, Middle, Treble, Crunch and Overdrive Master, Presence
Effects Loop: Tube Buffered, Serial
Tubes: 5x 12AX7 Preamp / 2x EL84 Power
Heater/Filament Current: DC
Rectifier: Solid State
Cabinetry: Multi-ply, void-free hardwood
Chassis: 16 gauge, cold-rolled steel
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
DIMS: 9?Hx9?Dx19.5?W
Weight: 21.3lbs net
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Jet City AmplificationJCA22H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


I love this amp!

By jeffrey entsminger

from Westminster, CA

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA22H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I owned one of the early Hot Rod 50 Soldanos, and this thing is pretty close to it tone/gain wise. Sounded great right out of the box, though there is some hum from the cheap tubes factory installed. Highly recommend this amp for those looking for a higher gain tube amp on a budget!

(4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


I liked it after modding it

By timothy dempsey

from Prescott, WI

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA22H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I didn't like this amp out of the box. It just sounded a little too schizo. I couldn't get a consistent sound out of it. It has some weird overtones and harsh overdrive sounds. After replacing the tubes ( the stock tubes were literally the worst sounding tubes I have ever heard - I just pitched them in the can)and then putting a 20 henry choke in it (same as AC30) and upgrading the resistors that attach to the tube sockets with Allen Bradley 2 watters, it's a different beast. I made a recording recently in a bedroom with too much glass but it will give you an idea of what it can sound like. I was using an 82 SG for both guitar parts.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


It's Great. 'Nuff Said.

By Kevin Mann

from Birmingham, AL

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA22H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I started out with the JCA20H, and liked it so much that I bumped up to the 22H. Kudos to Guitar Center for being so cool about swapping one for the other (they made a little more on the swap, so hopefully everyone is happy). Seems like a really customer-friendly company, and they seem to do well as a result. The amp is exactly what I wanted (features and price). Apparently the circuits are Soldano designed, with the lead circuit being the Soldano Lead Overdrive (SLO), which frankly I don't know much about, but it's got a great reputation and it sounds awesome even with the stock tubes. I now have a hard time concentrating at work because I want to go home and play this amp. The bump up from 20H to 22H is worth it. It comes with a foot pedal, so it's like getting a great amp and a distortion/overdrive pedal included, except this overdrive is real tube overdrive, with lots of gain. I put a Boss CE-5 chorus pedal in the amp's effects loop and oh my! The "Crunch" (normal) channel is really useful as well. I have a single coil on the neck and humbucker on the bridge, and can switch from clean to crunchy just by switching pickups. With the humbucker, the "Crunch" channel starts to break up at around 2.5-3 (with a single coil it'll break up at ~3.5), but by keeping the gain low and turning the master up it's got a LOT of clean volume (I didn't max it out due to the resulting discomfort in my ears; it's loud). I'd recommend taking a look at the other Jet City products as well if you want even more volume. The 50 watter is not too far off in price, but wasn't what I was looking for. Jet City's only been around for a couple of years, so don't rule them out just because you've never heard the name before. For full disclosure, I am a hobbyist musician with limited performing experience, but I have been playing guitar for ~15 years. I am using a self-built open-back 2x12 cabinet with Celestion G12H-80s, and I have not tested the amp's volume with a drum set yet. If I remember I'll come back and edit this when I do.

(2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Thank YOU JESUS!!!

By michael tuminello

from shreveport, la.

Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA22H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

Sound: i have been a pro player for 30 years. i have had marshalls, hiwatts, carlsbro, soundcity, and many more. they are all great amps in the right setting. but i always had to use a distortion pedal to get enough gain. with the jca22h, i put 1 vintage brimar ecc83 (12ax7) in the first clean tube socket, and 1 electro-harmonix 12ax7 in the 2nd socket of the clean channel, 1 new old stock vintage mullard ecc83 in the 1st tube socket of the gain channel, and 1 vintage brimar ecc83 in the 2nd tube socket of the gain channel. i placed a matched pair of jj el84's in the output sockets. for a standard strat this is a screaming combination. this is the best tone i have ever gotten from any amp ever. the clean is so good because, with a drummer , You are on 1-1/2 gain and 10 on the master of the clean channel. superb dynamics! the clean channel stays clean, and is loud enough for a drummer. it does clean up as You lower the guitar volume. almost all tube amps sound better turned up loud. that is why 40, 50 and 100 watt amps are hard to get great clean tone in smaller venues because they are so loud turned up, hence the recent popularity of the low wattage amp. the gain channel is best at 3 on the gain and 3 on the master, no distortion pedal needed. the presence control has great effect also, just tune to taste. this is a class a/b amp and has more than enough volume for large rooms. the stock tubes are very very noisey. it is best to buy good tubes before deciding whether are not You like this amp. jj el84's sound good in this amp. electro-harmonix would be my choice for a good new 12ax7. this amp does not do modern metal without a pedal. pop or rock is a piece of cake for this one. Feature: for me the most useful feature is 2 channels. 1-my situation is a garage sized jam room with real drums 2- i used 2 marshall cabinets, a 1960a and a 1960b 3-standard strat stock and ibanez rgt42bp w/duncans 4-i am a very heavy handed player 5-contemporary, rock and metal-all CHRISTian Ease of Use: very simple layout, both channels share eq so You will probably have to compromise somewhere. Quality: just got it. seems well built. we will see. china has been making good tube amps for at least 3 or 4 years. Value: You cannot beat this tone for this amount, not yet anyway. Manufacturer Support: have not needed it yet. but they did answer an email in 1 day. The Wow Factor: may have to buy another it is so good. Overall: i use a variac to lower the voltage to 113v.


Love the distortion but all the stock tubes were microphonic

By Joe Jr.

from Portland, Or

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  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Powerful


    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA22H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    Replace the tubes and you have great heavy sounding amp at a good price.


    A great head for a great price - loud & proud in my 4x10 cab


    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA22H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    I'll start off by saying I've be a guitar processor player for over 25 years. Not that I don't like tube amps, I just don't like hauling those awesome sounding heavy weights around and gigging with them. I don't mind the combos, but if something goes wrong with the tubes, spill a beer on top of the amp etc., then I really appreciate a nice small but powerful head like this. At only about 20 pounds and super simple chicken head knobs, it's really easy to tweak this and get great sound from it.

    As a raw head (no processing), the cleans were amazing right out of the box and my hollow gretsch just sang and sang. Great tones overall, but if I had to nit-pick I'd say it's slightly lacking in the lower frequencies, but none that would ever be REQUIRED on stage for me. The preamp gain allows you to overdrive the clean channel so you get that awesome break-up at high volume sound. The second channel was a bit too gritty for my tastes, but it certainly does define the Soldano high gain sound right in your face. So why am I giving it 5 stars if I didn't like the high gain channel? Because of the effects loop.

    I use the 4 cable method with my Boss GT-100 and frankly it is an amazing combo. The blending of the two really make this one of my favorite amps to play. It responds like a tube amp on the cleans, but also lets me get those power solos while adding compression and a little delay. I'll admit I was hoping for a little more of the fender tweed DeVille sound out of the distortion channel, but when i turn the gain down to about 3 and blend in a nice Orange preamp emulation, it really comes to life. I ran this head into 4 MOD Jensen 35 watt 10" 4x10 open back cab and it is plenty loud for our cover tune gigging band. I'll probably eventually turn this into a combo amp and really get a nice combo result.

    Highly recommend this head if you're looking for good clean sound, but do your research and make sure it fits your style of music.


    I highly recommend

    By stephen

    from undisclosed

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    Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA22H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    The amp is exactly as advertised , really like it a lot ! The shipping was prompt , and checkout at local GC was easy and painless ,


    This is the one!

    By Kirk

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Jet City Amplification JCA22H 20W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    This is the Guitar Amp i have been looking for for such a long time.Ive had Marshalls , Fenders , Egnaters but this Jet City is the one.Its gives new tones to all of my Guitars that i have never heard come out of them before. And for this price its unbelievable.I cant put down my guitars because its like teaching them how to talk all over again.

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