Quintessential Jazz Amps

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  1. johmica

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    Just ordered my first true jazz box (an Eastman 503 CE) after spending the last 16 months working on my jazz chops with TrueFire's Jazz Learning Path. It makes me wonder, what are the most popular amps for traditional jazz players (I'm thinking of the traditional, "rounded" tone, rather than the more modern tones of the jazz jammers).

    Anyone want to throw out a list of the top ten (or top five) classic jazz amps? I would have to guess that the Roland Jazz Chorus is going to be on the list, but what else? Which Fender is most often used by jazz players? The Deluxe Reverb? The Twin Reverb?
     
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    I'm not a Jazzer but my Polytone Mega Brute sounds really good with my hollow body guitars.
     
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    Best I've tried: a 20+ year old Evans S150. Upgraded since to 200 watts, now called SE 200. 1x15 combo. Same amp is also available as a 1x12 (RE 200) and 1x10 (JE 200).

    Another great one for jazz tones (assuming you have a speaker can) is the FB Little Mark 50 CMT.
     
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    AER Compact 60 - The go-to amp for many jazz players, can produce a rich, warm tone.
     
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    The Roland Jazz chorus, many different models made, is legendary. The Evans also, as @mad dog mentioned.
     
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    Fender Jazz King sounds good to me.
     
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    +1 Polytone Mini-Brute - especially the earlier ones without a red "distortion" knob.
     
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    It goes without saying, most jazz guitarists don't mind SS amps.
     
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    Ampeg Gemini 1 was all over the NYC studio guitar scene in the 60s. Google "Manhattan Guitar Club" for the story. I imagine a lot of classic jazz tones came out of these.
     
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    Any brownface Fender of the appropriate size for the gig would do great for jazz. Or any tweed amp bigger than a Deluxe.
     
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    You can wander over to
    https://www.jazzguitar.be/forum/
    and scan some of the threads related to amps.. ;)
    (I see some of the forum members here also show up there from time to time).
     
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    The traditional "rounded" jazz tone had a bit of hair on it. Think Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, Tal Farlow, Pat Martino, Howard Roberts, these guys didn't have a squeaky-clean JC120 or Polytone kind of tone on their classic recordings, although some of those guys may have gravitated in that direction in the 1970s.
     
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    There are many classic jazz tones. A lot of jazz amp choices have been dictated by the practical realities of living and working in NYC as much as the need for few overtones when playing complex chords.
     
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