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Old April 27th, 2012, 11:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The only SS amp I'd even consider buying.

I'm so tempted to E-mail this guy on Craigslist. He has a version 1 Roland JC-120 for sale for $750. It's in great condition, and it's a great deal for that price, but I don't have the money right now. That is probably the only solid state amp I'd even want to buy. Maybe somebody else on TDPRI can go grab it. Check Tampa FL. Craigslist. I can't post the link because for some reason it never works. I can post pics fine, but I can't post links correctly for some reason. Keep an eye out for that JC-120. It looks awesome, especialy for the price.

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Old April 27th, 2012, 12:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Why is this the only SS amp you'd consider? Just curious, as I've never been a fan of them. You can assemble a (IMO) much more musical and versatile ensemble with superior components for less cash, less weight, and have something repairable almost anywhere.

Even so, that's not a real good price for a JC120
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Old April 27th, 2012, 02:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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$750 is kind of high for any used JC120. In really good condition I have seen them go for $500 tops.

I think this is probably the best Solid State amp on the market right now next to Pritchard Amps
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I prefer tube amps as well, but my favorite SS amps are the Roland Cube 60 (I have one I use for jazz) and the Lab Series L5, which is a great sounding 100 watt 2x12 monster. They often sell for under $500, if you can find one.
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Lab, with the 15" ElectroVoice speaker. Always forget the model number. Had one years ago, and abdo-lutely loved it for both Tele and pedal steel.
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Old April 27th, 2012, 02:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The reissue JC-120's are $1000. This isn't the one that goes for $500, it's the original 1975-79 JC-120. It's actualy the only SS amp that I've played through and realy liked. It has the same chorus as the Boss CE-1. It's an almost identical circuit.
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The 1x15 Lab Series is a great one too! L7 or L9, I think. Ray Flacke used one with Ricky Skaggs. There's also a 4x10 model that I've heard great things about. They have a big smooth clean sound.
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Old April 27th, 2012, 02:55 PM   #8 (permalink)
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The reissue JC-120's are $1000. This isn't the one that goes for $500, it's the original 1975-79 JC-120. It's actualy the only SS amp that I've played through and realy liked. It has the same chorus as the Boss CE-1. It's an almost identical circuit.
I guess its down to location then. Where I am they do not fetch much cash.

But $750 is still a little high for a used JC120 that's 30 years old. It would probably need some work.
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I had an old SS Polytone with a 15" and it was AWESOME
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Old April 27th, 2012, 03:12 PM   #10 (permalink)
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1rst gen JC! I would do it if you have the space
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Old April 27th, 2012, 03:24 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Is that really a good price?
Here's one on our local classifieds:
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prices are all over the map on used JC's.. its worth what someone will pay locally
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Old April 27th, 2012, 03:36 PM   #13 (permalink)
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$750 isn't high for a 75/79 JC-120, not where I live. I'd be all over it if I needed one, but...oh yeah, I just borrow my brother's!

Work costs? Nope, they're pretty well unkillable. If it works right now it will work forever.

There are a few other SS amps I'd play - I use a Fender M80 myself and like it - but nothing sounds like that JC. Those amps are something special and do something no other SS amp does - have their own very unique and distinctive tone.
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I have a 70's JC77 2x10. Smaller lighter, but still clean and sparkly and still very very loud. They can be had for like $250-$300.
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Arbiter back in high school a friend of mine stole a Fender M80 head from the highschool band department and I always thought it sounded great
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I guess the prices on the JC-120 are all over the place. I don't have the cash anyway, I do have the space though. It seems like a pretty good deal to me.
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Is that really a good price?
Here's one on our local classifieds:
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That's not a 1st generation. The early ones didn't have an effects loop.
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$750 isn't high for a 75/79 JC-120, not where I live. I'd be all over it if I needed one, but...oh yeah, I just borrow my brother's!

Work costs? Nope, they're pretty well unkillable. If it works right now it will work forever.

There are a few other SS amps I'd play - I use a Fender M80 myself and like it - but nothing sounds like that JC. Those amps are something special and do something no other SS amp does - have their own very unique and distinctive tone.
Well I am of the belief that nothing lasts forever and components do drift out of spec over a period of time.
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Old April 27th, 2012, 07:39 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Not all JC-120's are created the same. Just like with Fender amps, some models are more rare and/or more desirable than others. I just thought I'd reinforce that point. To make a general statement like JC-120's aren't worth that much, and then pull up prices on other JC-120's is misleading, because there are multiple models of them that are of greater or lesser worth to people. And the one the OP is talking about is the one that is typically of the greatest worth.

To me that sounds like a reasonable deal for an original JC-120 with the black "Jazz CHorus-120" text, if it's really clean.
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There are lots of good SS amps. If people would learn to listen with their ears instead of their eyes a lot more people would be playing them. Blind testing is the only way to really know. Old enough to remember Coke vs: Pepsi?
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