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Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp  

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For over 30 years, its sound quality and built-in effects have made the Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp the choice of pro players everywhere. It features 2 independent 60W amps, 2 input channels (Normal... Click To Read More About This Product

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For over 30 years, its sound quality and built-in effects have made the Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp the choice of pro players everywhere. It features 2 independent 60W amps, 2 input channels (Normal and Effects) with 3-band EQ for each, and a pair of 12" speakers. Effects include reverb, distortion, adjustable vibrato, and true stereo chorus. Distortion, reverb, and chorus are footswitchable.

Dimensions: 30"W x 24-1/2"H x 11-1/4"D
Weight: 62 lbs.
Output: 120W (60W + 60W)
Speakers: 2x12"

Features
  • Legendary combo with 2 separate 60W RMS power amps for true stereo chorus
  • Classic silver-cone speakers for vintage Roland Jazz Chorus sound
  • 2 input channels
  • 3-band EQ per channel
  • One high and one low input per channel
  • Reverb, distortion, adjustable vibrato, plus true stereo chorus
  • Stereo effects loop
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 30"W x 24-1/2"H x 11-1/4"D
    Weight: 62 lbs.
    Output: 120W (60W + 60W)
    Speakers: 2x12"

    Controls (front):
    Channel 1: Bright on/off, volume, treble, middle, and bass
    Channel 2: Bright on/off, volume, treble, middle, bass, distortion, reverb, vibrato speed, vibrato depth, chorus; on/off, and vibrato

    Controls (rear):
    Channel 2: effect loop serial/parallel
    Effect level: +4dBm/-10dBm

    Rear jacks:
    Chorus/vibrato footswitch
    Reverb footswitch
    Distortion footswitch
    Channel 2 effect loop send/effect loop returns (L/R)
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RolandJC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp
 
4.8

(based on 79 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (68)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (6)
  • Good power output (5)
  • Warm / comfy (5)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Professional recording (7)
  • Performances (6)
  • Home studio (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (4), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Cheesy but still a worthy legend

It's a legend and nothing else does what this amp does but c'mon Roland enough bean counting! First the bad: ALL the effects are terrible - useless. The reverb is the least offensive....Read complete review

It's a legend and nothing else does what this amp does but c'mon Roland enough bean counting! First the bad: ALL the effects are terrible - useless. The reverb is the least offensive. The cabinet is total fibreboard junk. The means used to secure the speaker wires inside the cabinet? A wire bread wrap stapled to the baffle! If you like to change speakers, you will hate this cabinet. The speakers mount to studs that will soon crumble the fibreboard material and pull out and fibreboard does not lend itself to easy repair nor to hard knocks. The plastic nuts that secure the jacks to the chassis will break easily - probably intentionally so to prevent you from overtightening them and breaking the PCB connections. The onboard distortion? Think of the cheapest no-name practice amp you ever heard - it's better than the Roland. The chorus? One speed, one depth, one sound - mediocre.
Nevertheless, I still love the JC-120. It has a stereo effects loop and stereo power amps. It is the ultimate pedal platform. It is also the ultimate clean amp - even better than a Blackface twin. Smooth, transparent articulation of every nuance. Add a decent stereo reverb and nothing in the world will touch the depth and ambiance of this amp. I have vintage Fenders and I prefer the Roland. It will do pedals but be warned: Like your playing, it will articulate the best and worst like nothing else will. With a stereo pedal no other amp sounds as big and spacious as the JC-120. If these go out of production I would be very hard pressed to find a replacement. A rack system perhaps, but no combo could do it. Still a great amp but it is an insult to the legend the way Roland has persistently decreased the build quality - especially in its current price range.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Just don't make em like they used to.

Dad had a JC-120 early 80s back in the day that sounded unbelievable. He got rid of it and I wanted one ever since. Finally laid down the scratch for a new...Read complete review

Dad had a JC-120 early 80s back in the day that sounded unbelievable. He got rid of it and I wanted one ever since. Finally laid down the scratch for a new one, and had to take it back. The amp was just too noisy, especially with using the FX Loop. And the FX loop in Parallel did not work at all with stomp boxes. Maybe only good with Rack effects, I don't know. I called Roland Corporate to get their take on it, and they said that the stomp boxes should be run in Series on the -20 db setting. This did work, and the guitar tone sounded great, but the Hiss/hum was still there. Single Coil, Humbuckers, Noiseless, even just guitar into amp with no FX had a slight hiss. I was quite disappointed and took it finally just had to take it back. With that said, if you are just running straight into the guitar and use the on board Chorus, and Reverb with a clean tone. This Amp is where it's at!! I kind of like the distortion too because it's subtle and old school. Good for a studio that just needs a good clean amp, but in my opinion, not very versatile, and noisy. Especially for the $$$ . I got an old school Roland Spirit 50 that still rocks hard.

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5.0

I would definitely buy Roland/Boss products again and again!

By Rocky

from Jacksonville, Florida

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

    Great powerful sound for just about any genre of music.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent professional transaction and love the tone of this

    By Ddog

    from dublin Ireland

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

      With the biggest rock band in the world...

      (12 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Secret Weapon

      By Deafener

      from Northern CA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

        True story: In 1985 I was using a JC-120 to play heavy punk-metal in California. Trying to be different, I was also using EMG pickups, which back then (like the JC-120) were associated with jangly new-wave players. My tone involved both a Pro-Co Rat and the amp's distortion on 10.

        My band opened for a famous metal band one night and afterwards the guitarists approached me about my tone, asked to see my gear, etc. They couldn't believe the sound I was getting with that amp. With them was a Mesa-Boogie artist-relations guy, because the famous band endorsed those amps. Anyhow the Mesa guy and me got to be friends and later he told me that the band (by then absolutely huge) had used JC-120s and a Pro-Co Rat to record their latest multi-platinum record. They kept the amps a secret (still used stacks on stage) but they did switch to EMGs from then on.

        Anyways, it's an amazing amp. I used to put Electro-Voice speakers in them for a bassier, tighter sound.

        (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        damaged in shipping

        By Junior Ranger

        from New Orleans, LA

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Warmth

        Cons

        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

        The amp sounds good but was damaged during shipping with structural damage and cracks to the cabinet and the reverb does not work

        (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        One of the best amplifiers ever made

        By adkguitardude

        from Fredericksburg, VA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful
        • Reliability
        • True Stereo

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Guitar Amp
        • Home Studio
        • Keyboard amp
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

        This is a truly one of a kind amp. I feel every guitar player should try one of these. Try one out and see for yourself just bring your own distortion and noise suppressor*. I think alot of people complaining about these being noisy dont have some kind of noise gate. The reverb is great the vibrato is very dark sounding and unique. The chorus is what real chorus should sound like. Even the distortion on the amp has its uses some people just barely turn it on to give the amp a little more juice. I have a newer model with the fx loop and it is totally awesome trying out different effects especially if they have stereo outs. Ok this is my set up a boss ns2 noise gate with a rat2 distortion running thru the ns2 return/send loop then into the front of the amp. I tried this thru the effects loop on the jc120 and it sounded alot better ran in front with the color of the preamp. And heres the really cool part i have a boss dd3 delay in the effects loop of the jc120 with the effect going to the right(speaker)return and the direct out going to the left(speaker)return. Ok but heres how you make it sound true stereo. Do not have the effects on the amp off or it is still in mono instead turn the vibrato on and turn the depth knob to zero so its still in stereo but the vibrato is off. What happens is the left speaker is dry with no delay and the right speaker is wet. Then its in stereo or turn on the chorus if you like but the vibrato works better cause you can turn it on and off by the depth knob. It sounds so cool and every guitar player that heres my simple 3 pedal set up loves it. Sometimes delay can be very overpowering but this way it sounds so good because its just the right amount. But quite simply this is the cleanest amp to build your own sound from so get one and have fun finding YOUR TONE...Peace out

        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The most versatile rig you'll ever own!!!

        By ANDY PERKEY

        from knoxville, TN

        Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

        I have been playing for about 15 years and owned everything from fender to gibson. I've had several tube amps and currently have a marshall dsl40c.(which I love!) but if you're a serious player and need to jam or play some gigs then you need this in your arsenal. I play a Gibson SG standard into a Boss ME 70 and then into the front of this. You can get to any sound imaginable with this amp and that multi effect unit. IT DELIVERS!!!! the chorus is multi orgasmic, the reverb is awesome for your living room to give it that BIG deep tone and the vibrato is great!! You may experience some noise and feedback but just stick a quality noise gate in there and good to go for the bedroom, studio or stage. have fun and play like you mean it boys and girls.

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        30 Years and Zero Problems

        By Winobob Wetpants

        from Jug Bottom

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

          I've been playing through mine since the mid 80's and never had a single problem with it. The clean sound is fantastic. the reverb and chorus/vibe are better than any pedal. It's very loud and the sound maintains its quality even when cranked. Had no problem clearly cutting through the other guitarists' bigger, badder Marshalls. The pots are quiet and don't make any noise when turned. The only downfall is the distortion is pretty bad. I use a Rat stomper and the on-board distortion in unison and that's taken care of.

          (18 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Cheesy but still a worthy legend

          By PartialtoMarshall

          from New Mexico

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Like nothing else
          • Powerful
          • Uniquely stereo

          Cons

          • Cheesy build quality

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

          It's a legend and nothing else does what this amp does but c'mon Roland enough bean counting! First the bad: ALL the effects are terrible - useless. The reverb is the least offensive. The cabinet is total fibreboard junk. The means used to secure the speaker wires inside the cabinet? A wire bread wrap stapled to the baffle! If you like to change speakers, you will hate this cabinet. The speakers mount to studs that will soon crumble the fibreboard material and pull out and fibreboard does not lend itself to easy repair nor to hard knocks. The plastic nuts that secure the jacks to the chassis will break easily - probably intentionally so to prevent you from overtightening them and breaking the PCB connections. The onboard distortion? Think of the cheapest no-name practice amp you ever heard - it's better than the Roland. The chorus? One speed, one depth, one sound - mediocre.
          Nevertheless, I still love the JC-120. It has a stereo effects loop and stereo power amps. It is the ultimate pedal platform. It is also the ultimate clean amp - even better than a Blackface twin. Smooth, transparent articulation of every nuance. Add a decent stereo reverb and nothing in the world will touch the depth and ambiance of this amp. I have vintage Fenders and I prefer the Roland. It will do pedals but be warned: Like your playing, it will articulate the best and worst like nothing else will. With a stereo pedal no other amp sounds as big and spacious as the JC-120. If these go out of production I would be very hard pressed to find a replacement. A rack system perhaps, but no combo could do it. Still a great amp but it is an insult to the legend the way Roland has persistently decreased the build quality - especially in its current price range.

          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Lots of Clean Power

          By ALVARO RAMON

          from Texas

          Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

          This Amp Will Do Pretty Much Any Sound With the Right Pedals
          Cleans and Chorus Sound Great
          Built Solid
          Expensive But Worth it

          (11 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Not what they used to be

          By Phil Escobedo

          from la la land.

          Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

          Bought it, tried it, returned it. Good cleans, but the FX loop was extremely noisy, and a hissy amp over all.

          Got an old one from 80s, much quieter, better quality switches (no plastic push buttons), and just over all sounded better. I believe they need to try to revisit their quality control, and maybe make a "Vintage Reissue"
          Bought it, tried it, returned it. Good cleans, but the FX loop was extremely noisy, and a hissy amp over all. Got an old one from 80s, much quieter, better quality switches (no plastic push buttons), and just over all sounded better. I believe they need to try to revisit their quality control, and maybe make a "Vintage Reissue"

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