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I can not do without

By TrioK, 24/06/2011
Transistor. The best of history.
Standard power: real amp together. Be careful though to lower the volume to beginners (at least the old models) perhaps the new one is wiser


Yes, a fantastic clear sound. For saturation should be a good rgler its effects, but there is no secret: if the effects are good, the sound will be good


It should be all kinds of music (with the effects ad hoc) again, out of the lens (The Police), he has no real characters, such as a light amplifier, but what a potato! and will have the characters of what comes. With a guitar and a low-end pdalier simple, without waiting for a miracle, you may be surprised. So with the quality ....


Yes, a lot, and I sold my Orange (80) of the era.
I like everything with a BMOL for breath and fool quality of distortion intgre. but it gives so much cash and so I forgive him

The best clean tone ever created!!!!

By iamqman, 23/06/2011
Probably the most recognizable Roland amp ever created. Also probably the most highly sought after solid state amp on the planet. And maybe the most highly used clean tone that has ever been created!

From studios to stages this amp has seen a number of uses and major users, such as Metallica and many others. This amp has a clean tone that is perfect for recording as well as running a pedals in front of.

Notable JC-120 Users

James Hetfield
Wes Borland
Andy Summers
Nick McCabe
Robert Fripp
Adrian Belew
Gustavo Cerati

The Jazz Chorus is one of the few 1970s solid-state amplifiers from Japan that "continues to thrive," and fans of its "powerful, clean tone" include Andy Summers.[2] Summers' use of the amp in turn inspired, for instance, Jeff Buckley, whose first amplifier was a Jazz Chorus.[3]

Most models have controls based on the JC-120's standard setup. There are two channels, one clean, the other with effects. The built-in effects include stereo chorus, vibrato, reverb, and distortion. The amplifier features high and low inputs, as well as a three band equalizer and volume for each channel.
Roland JC-120 Jazz Chorus Amplifier Features:

* The classic and most popular "JC" since 1975
* 60W + 60W (RMS)/12" x 2 speakers
* Distinctive "JC" stereo chorus
* Vibrato with rate and depth control
* Two input channels (normal/effect); 3-band EQ per channel
* Stereo effect loop
* Three footswitch jacks for chorus/vibrato, reverb and distortion


Type Solid State
Number of Channels 2
Power 120W
Speakers 2 x 12"
Reverb Yes
EQ Treble, Middle, Bass
No Amp Modeling
Number of Tubes 0
Preamp Tubes No Tubes
Power Tubes No Tubes
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 2 x Line (1/4")
Footswitch I/O Yes
Effects Loop Yes
Height 24.49"
Width 29.92"
Depth 11"
Weight .61.73 lbs.


The tone from this amp is so legendary! The clean is really the reason you buy this amp but the ability to take distortion pedals is a huge bonus. The amp takes on your favorite pedal quite well and amplifies the natural harmonics of your guitar and playing style.

For me there is only one reason to own this amp...and that is to use it on a recording for clean tone. The chorus is very lush and smooth! It sounds great with just about any guitar you throw at it. If you have listened to any Metallica album then you have heard this amp.


I would recommend this amp to anyone who needs the best clean tone you could get out of an amp. I am partial to solid state cleans as I feel that they have a sparkle that tubes cannot match. Distortion is a whole different ball game but the cleans will get you the best chimey sparkle you have ever heard.

At new these amps come in at around $1200. A little bit on the high side for a solid state amps. I have seen these amps on the used market for around $500. This is going to be for a older one which is just as good as the newer ones and really the reason for the hysteria behind the tone of this amp.

If you really want to gig with this amp then it is a good purchase, but if you just want to use it for recording a particularly the clean then save several hundred dollars and get a Cube amp from Roland that has the JC Clean. But this amp is so classic anyway that it is a must own!

Classic solid-state amp is very versatile

By mooseherman, 09/01/2011
This is a pretty classic amplifier. It's been around since the mid-70s and has been a staple of the music industry ever since. It's a solid-state amp, and was one of the first solid-state amps to really make a name for itself. It's also notable for its chorus effect, which was unique in amplifiers at the time. It has 60 watts of power and 2 channels. There are controls for EQ in both channels, and the second channel has chorus, vibrato, and reverb and distortion controls. There are four 1/4" inputs (two for each channel, high and low) and there is also an effects loop in the back.


Getting a good sound out of this is great if you like your tones super clean. There are many people who really like that quality in an amplifier, and don't really want a lot of bluesy grit out of their amplifier. I personally tend to prefer a bluesier sound when playing with my band, but there are a few sessions I've played that I've used this instead, as it's ultra-smooth and great for jazz as well as lighter rock and stuff. Using the chorus and reverb (which is a nice spring reverb, by the way) is really easy as well as convenient, though you must use the second channel for these. I haven't read a manual but I don't really need it either.


I've used this amp with my Strat, my Tele, and a Les Paul, and I like the Strat and Tele the best, mainly because they do clean tones much better, and that's where this amp shines. I can also plug in a lot of different pedals and get next to no noise from them, which is nice with a single-coil guitar like a Strat. Therefore the versatility of this amp is really extraordinary. I will say that I prefer the sound of tube amps in general, as they have a lot more character, but they are limited in their applications, making this a more practical amp for somebody looking to play a lot of different stuff. With the high and low channel inputs, this also can handle some crazy signals, so players with tons of effects would do well to try it out.


I like the practicality and certain effects on this amp the best. I don't like the super-polished wussy-sounding clean tone, but I'll admit that sometimes such a sound is necessary and even superior to that of a tube amp. Overall, while I have a few beefs with this thing, I'll admit it's pretty great. It's certainly the best solid-state amp I've played in quite some time. It's a little expensive but I've certainly seen worse amps for more money.

voutou's review

By voutou, 01/01/2011
Amp transistor 2x60watts stereo, 2 channels each with an independent high and low input impedance. Channel 2 has the classic volume control, low, medium, high, a switch to boost treble, reverb settings and distortion (to forget ...) + chorus / tremolo with speed and depth . Channel 1 only entitled him only as a volume control, bass, mid and treble. on the other hand, it is totally independent of channel 2 and can be used at the same time.


There is no easier for utililsation since this is a real amp and not a gadget full of gadgets !!!!!


Beautiful clear sound and masterful chorus.
I put only 9 / 10 because not done too much for the distortion ......


I use it for 10 years and if I miss one day without them.
You can plug anything above, guitar, keyboard, electric piano, it's perfect for whatever the instrument.
Slightly bulky for transport, but no free lunches.
The HP (if original) is the height of the reputation.
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Roland Jazz Chorus JC-120 (Vintage) tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Roland
  • Model:Jazz Chorus JC-120 (Vintage)
  • Series:Jazz Chorus
  • Category:Solid-State Combo Guitar Amps
  • Added in our database on: 11/10/2002

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