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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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Overview

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
  • Footswitch jacks control chorus, reverb, and distortion
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
     
    4.5

    (based on 17 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Superb Performance

    I have had my new Roland JC-120 just over 2 weeks now. I bought it specifically for use with a new Rickenbacker 360-12 that I had bought a month earlier. The Ric...Read complete review

    I have had my new Roland JC-120 just over 2 weeks now. I bought it specifically for use with a new Rickenbacker 360-12 that I had bought a month earlier. The Ric has a stereo output splitting the two pick ups and the JC-120 seemed like the perfect 2 channel stereo chorus amp for this feature. (Recommended by Roger McGuinn as the best amp made for a Rickenbacker 12 string on his Byrds site.) I also have a strat, a tele, a les paul studio and a danelctro that all sound amazing through this amp. It has super clean volume, beautifully chiming reverb and chorus, hauntingly beautiful tremelo and a punchy fat distortion. This amp will fill a large hall or rock your living room just as well. I'm told the Roland JC-120 is a studio standard in the recording industry. I've also been running a Boss (Roland) ME-50 effects rig through this amp. On the back there are jacks for effects loop send and return, serial and parallel connections so that you can mix or separate processed and unprocessed sounds. You name it and the JC-120 performs for you. The local Guitar Center where I bought this didn't stock it and had to order it in for me. They had it in 2 days from request. Most of the guys at the shop had never seen the JC-120 before and they all had to try it out the night before I picked it up. Everyone of them expressed their envy and look at all the other in store options they have to play with. It's also just a really good looking amp as well.

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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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    (17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Superb Performance

    By Ric N. Backer

    from Des Moines, IA

    Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

    I have had my new Roland JC-120 just over 2 weeks now. I bought it specifically for use with a new Rickenbacker 360-12 that I had bought a month earlier. The Ric has a stereo output splitting the two pick ups and the JC-120 seemed like the perfect 2 channel stereo chorus amp for this feature. (Recommended by Roger McGuinn as the best amp made for a Rickenbacker 12 string on his Byrds site.) I also have a strat, a tele, a les paul studio and a danelctro that all sound amazing through this amp. It has super clean volume, beautifully chiming reverb and chorus, hauntingly beautiful tremelo and a punchy fat distortion. This amp will fill a large hall or rock your living room just as well. I'm told the Roland JC-120 is a studio standard in the recording industry. I've also been running a Boss (Roland) ME-50 effects rig through this amp. On the back there are jacks for effects loop send and return, serial and parallel connections so that you can mix or separate processed and unprocessed sounds. You name it and the JC-120 performs for you. The local Guitar Center where I bought this didn't stock it and had to order it in for me. They had it in 2 days from request. Most of the guys at the shop had never seen the JC-120 before and they all had to try it out the night before I picked it up. Everyone of them expressed their envy and look at all the other in store options they have to play with. It's also just a really good looking amp as well.

    (16 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Cheaply made and noisy

    By disappointed1

    from Burrillville , RI

    Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

    I purchased this brand new-sounded beautiful in the store, but that was a noisy environment. I took home and there is white noise galore (oddly enough more so when effects are off) even when the volume is only at one with or without anything plugged in. Great clean sound if you can get rid of the white noise. I am in the process of taking it to a service center, the guy there tells me over the phone that these amps are notorious for being noisy????!!! At this price??? My 250 dollar behringer is more versatile,dead quiet and models amps very well. Lot of corners cut in construction. Plastic nuts on all inputs(one of them is stripped)Plastic corners. However the design encompasses metal rivets, which i can best call cosmetic, all around the front and back. Use the metal where needed please. Chorus is excellent, but again, what good is it if amp is noisy as heck?

    (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I Miss My JC!

    By Rugburn

    from Summerville, SC

    Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

    The JC120 was the first real amp I ever owned (bought it brand new in '84 or '85). It was the cleanest, sweetest sound...I played an Ibanez Roadstar thru it - straight and with pedals, a Yamaha Acoustic, and an Aria Pro II Tri-sound. It did all of them justice, the sweetest being the acoustic or the Ibanez, neck pick-up, tones set for jazz. I wasn't crazy about the distortion until I learned how to use it for that perfect jazzy sound, then fell in love! The chorus was great, balanced, easy to control. I sold it due to not needing the (VERY) high volume it could create (at home practicing, never had to go to even .5, let alone 1. Cranked up, it sounded great for gigs, mic'ed for larger venues. I would buy this one again, first choice, if I had the need for it again. I miss her!

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    JC 120

    By Roland Junkie

    from shout bma lama

    Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

    I can't believe all the bad stuff are saying about this amp. It does have a little hum, but that is an easy fix. Put a Boss RT-20 on it and welcome to leslie land!! I have never owned a Roland product that has disappointed me. This amp is L_O_U_D! Not for playing in your rocking chair.

    (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Roland JC-120

    By Mike

    from North Port, FL

    Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

    I've been playing on the amp in Jazz Class for about three weeks now. After that period of time, I feel I can acrruately review it. This amp is great. The clean sounds really great and is great for jazz. But the plus side is its versitility. Not only can it play jazz, but the gain on it sounds great as well. Overall, this amp plays great not only for jazz, but for metal and pretty much any genre. At the volumes that this amplifier puts out, I feel it's a great buy.

    (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A good Indie Rock amp, with minor flaws

    By The Book Slave

    from Northford, CT

    Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

    I came to the store with no idea what kind of amp I wanted and came out with this beautiful machine. The JC-120 is renowned for its god-like clean tone, but often takes criticism for having a weak Distortion tone. This latter fact is true, but for anyone who's heard this amp's brilliant clean sound it should more than make up for it. That being said the amp sounds nice with a Distortion Pedal, so one may be worth investing into. The Amp's Chorus effect is about as good as it gets, but unfortunately my particular amp's reverb effect was completely fried. This was fixed with the purchase of a Boss RV-2 (off Ebay) but it still left me a little ticked. Overall a good amp and worth it if you are getting into recording.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Cleanest amp ever!

    By Izzy

    from Dallas, TX

    Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

    Without a doubt, the JC-120 is as clean as clean can be. I play jazz, and this amp is the ticket for the warmth one wants to hear when chord comping & solo picking. It's no wonder the JC-120 has been the pro's choice on countless recordings. Chorus feature is awesome, as is the vibrato. Heavy as all get out, but the casters help. Distortion feature OK, but I never use it. If you're serious about owning an amp that will produce a true, clean sound, regardless of the axe you're using, the JC-120 is the ONE!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Just don't make em like they used to.

    By Philip Escobedo

    from santa ana, cA

    Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

    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.

    (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.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Work Horse!

    By whycalvary

    from Jacksonville, Florida

    Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

    The JC-120 is a staple in the recording studio, in clubs, on stage with the jazz band or orchestra, even during worship at church! It is almost impossible to watch a television show with a house band and not see at least one JC-120 on stage. Notabley, this amp seems to make its way into every "Amp Simulator" product known to man kind- and for good reason! The amp is primarily famous for it's rich, powerful chorus and vibrato. The sound is so recognizable that friends who plug in an electric guitar and fire it up for the first time, always have the same reaction... oh, that was the JC-120! Warm, reliable (15 years of non-stop use without a problem), powerful (never turn this amp up past 3 or 4 if anyone at home is sleeping), flexible (try plugging in some of your favorite effect pedals) and affordable, this amp will serve you well as a primary gig/precording partner for as long as you play guitar. I should add that Bass and keys sounds awesome through this thing as well!

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Long Lasting

    By TheTenacious

    from OC, CA

    Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

    PROs: I use this amp during my weekly practices at church, for about a year now. The guy who owns it has had it for ten years, and it is in excellent condition!! It can be very soft, but if you turn it up it plays over the house amps. It sounds good with all the guitars I've used with it (Strats, LP's, Teles, ect.) CONs: The distortion tone is weak, and the reverb is'nt so hot either. But hey!, should'nt you have a pedal board?

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Amp you'll ever Need!!!!!!

    By The Band!

    from New York

    Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

    I ve been on tour with this baby and all i have to say is that this amp is as real as its gonna get! i own to of this babys!! I run them stereo pair with the new line6 X3 WOW AMAZING sound!!! This amp has the best clean sound out there and used with big professional bands!! all i have to say is that you wont regret ever buying this amp!

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing

    By asdfcrow

    from Ballwin

    Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

    The only amp I'll ever need. It gets PERFECT Clean tones, and with a superb built in chorus and vibratone, while getting screaming leads with an external distortion. The only flaw I can find in it is that it's distortion is just terrible, but any serious guitarist should have their own distortion. Even though it's made for jazz, it's great for just about anything else you might want to play.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Classic standard and for good reason.

    By Austin

    from St. Louis Missouri

    Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

    This is probably one of my favorite amps. I found it in a dumpster in terrible condition. One speaker blown, most of the knobs missing completely and the head falling out of the chassis. Took it to a shop that would repair it for me, and after that it's still rocking for me. This thing has amazing clean tones like you'll NEVER find in a normal solid state amp. The reverb is great and the chorus and vibrato are great tools. The distortion on it isn't much, as it's more of a blues kind of drive, so it doesn't get to heavy, but that's fine, as I have a Fulltone OCD pedal anyway, which handles all my distortion needs. This thing is LOUD too. It gives my 100w tube Marshall half-stack a run for its money. It has high and low inputs which help with that depending on the situation. The newer models have wheels, but this model is much older and looks very different and has no wheels, so just as a warning, this monster is HEAVY. Also, it is very good looking. Looks very vintage and rough without being too flash. I call this thing my zombie amp cause I brought it back from the dead, and it's almost ready to retire again. It has started to cut out for moments. If it turns out that I can't fix it and have to retire it, I'm definitely buying a new one. I truly recommend anyone to play one of these if you get the opportunity.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent professional transaction and love the tone of this

    By Ddog

    from dublin Ireland

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    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...

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      GREAT AMP!!!

      By jpl

      from CA

      Comments about Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amp:

      seriously this is the best non tube amp ever. it's clean tones are unparalleled. it's chorus is very good as well. the only compliant i have is that it's distortion isn't very good. if you use this amp it's for the cleans!

       
      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.

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