Good Jazz Amp for under $600

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  1. thealexkru

    thealexkru TDPRI Member

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    Hey!
    I'll be shipping up to a music school next fall to study jazz composition and performance, I'm starting to search around to find an amp with a great clean sound and that can take pedals for under $600. i'm not too picky as to solid state or tube.
    thanks!
     
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    I like my Roland Cube 80XL for jazz.
     
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    I would have also recommended one of the Roland cubes for jazz.
     
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    Roland cube is a good suggestion as is a used Roland jazz chorus amp (heavy though). Probably not a practical suggestion but a used musicman or fender twin reverb is what I personally would buy.
     
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    You'll have to bring it along often, so weight is essential !
    Roland Cube 60 or 80, Fender Mustang III or TECH 21 Trademark 60 are great loud amps but are around 16kg...

    I'd go with The Club from ZT Amplifiers, you just need a great clean tone and it's only 22 lbs (less than 10kg) !!!
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    A Roland Jazz Chorus. A JC-120, or, if that's too big for you, a JC-77. I have a 120 and love it.
     
  7. thealexkru

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    Thanks guys, I was looking pretty heavily at the cubes as well as the ZT lunchbox and then a lunchbox extension cab. I personally own a fender mustang floor that I run into a PA system and absolutely love it, but the mustang III didn't even cross my mind. The Peavy Classic 50 is a personal favorite for the money, I just won't be able to keep that in a dorm. I'll look into the JC-77, that seems like a viable option as well. Thanks!
     
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    I went to music school, and I ended up with a GK 250ml. Reason being I did a lot of walking with guitar and amp, and it had a gig bag so I'd have guitar in gig bag over one shoulder, amp over the other. I honestly don't remember if it sounded great, but at the time it was easily portable so it was good. Most of the jazz players I knew hardly ever talked about tone. And typically it is a drier darker sound, so I guess you can do it with a lot of amps.
    Point being, buy something where you can imagine yourself walking a half mile with it lol, depending on the arrangements at your particular school.
    A Princeton/Reverb would be good I think. You'd have to go used and find a deal on one of those to stay in your budget. A lot of the old school jazz guys use Polytone mini brutes, they are pretty small and sound good for the typical treble deficient jazz tone. One of my teachers used to cart one of those around on a little airport luggage cart with two wheels and a handle.
    If I were to do it again, I'd go with a Tele and Princeton Reverb on a luggage cart.
     
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    The Roland Cube series as said above will be perfect for this setting.
     
  10. jefrs

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    Ok, just what is a jazz amp?
    - an amp with a fairly hi-fi response and a set of good tone controls that gets to the right volume. Not 100% clean neither, just a hint of grit and a punchy speaker for fast attack and note definition.

    Old Selmer? - as used by Django. Underpowered and noisy.
    Peterson 100W jazz amp - solid-state, perfect, and unobtainable.
    Roland Cube or JC120

    Me? - Roland Cube20X, Vox AD30VT or WEM Dominator "25 MK.II Bass" 1x15 (massive magnet, punchy and clear). The latter is a 2xECL82 with a fairly hi-fi response, which is wanted for bass or jazz, and is a fairly sought-after amp for jazz.

    There again my 5 watt Laney L5T-112 (55Hz G12H-30) parlour amp is pretty good for jazz too (and anything else).
     
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    I'm getting a good jazz tone from my Bass Cube 30.
     
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    Lots of amps can work... in addition to the above, you might also want to look at...

    Fender Blues Jr with an Emi Cannabis Rex speaker
    Fender HRDX (if you have a way to move it easily)
    Some of the Fender Frontmans, 65R I'm thinking about specifically... also some of the Fender SS amps could be nice...

    Franc Robert
     
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    Peavey makes several combos............

    and has for many years that have 15" speakers in them and sound great for jazz such as the Nashville 400, Session 400, etc..........JH in Va.
     
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    definitely... can't go wrong with the peavey SS for crispy cleans. and i second the vote for the fender frontman amps. they do a great "fender tone" in a very lightweight, SS package
     
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    Thanks, I was thinking solid state as opposed to tubes: less maintenance, more consistency, more clean headroom. Thanks for the suggestions! I'm going to shop around for a little, I play solid bodies so if that's a point for more suggestions.
    Thanks
     
  16. thealexkru

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    That looks like a cool amp, I'm not going to buy just yet, I was wondering what my fellow tele players thought.
     
  17. Larry F

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    I'd recommend trying a certain thing with any amp you look at. Turn it up loud enough so that it is too loud when your guitar is at 10. When you turn the guitar's volume down to at least 7-8, you can get a good jazz tone. I have even gotten a better jazz tone when having the amp in OD range, with or without an OD pedal, but turn the guitar volume down to 2-3. It sounds crazy, but you should try to experience this and see what you think. The effect of this really floored me. I don't play jazz anymore, so I haven't pursued this, but you should give it a shot. I think weight might be a concern for you. I have had good luck with neo-dymium speakers. I have a 12" that weighs 6 lbs.
     
  18. soulman969

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    School? Small dorm room? A Roland Cube 40xl is about $250 and has incredible cleans. I actually like it better than the 80w version and I doubt you need that much output for a jazz amp anyway.

    Weighs about 20lbs, small footprint and takes pedals very well but also has on board effect, amp models, a looper, and reverb and delay. I've had one for a couple of years and I can't say enough good things about it.
     
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    what is it about guys that just have to exaggerate? :lol:
     
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