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  • #16
    They are both great amps and very similar in many respects: loud, heavy, mucho clean headroom, take pedals well

    I think each amp is better suited to diffent styles of music.

    Twin: country, classic rock, 70's pop, psychadelic
    JC120: modern rock, 80's pop and 80's alternative

    Play them both and let your ears be the deciding factor

    I would buy used and I wouldn't worry about reliablity issues with either amp -- they've both been around a while and have been toured with extensively.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Kestral
      It's a no brainer - Fender Vibroverb - and make sure you get a TAN one!



      I treid out one of these tan Vibroverbs about 2 weeks ago. I can got a even swap for my amp now. It was a ok amp but wasn't really that impressed. Am I missing something here???
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      • #18
        Any one from the pm crowd got any choices out of these amps. I use a Roland VG-88. If the JC 120 is Boss aka pedal freindly I am thinking the Roland VG88 should work nice with a JC120
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        • #19
          My mesa boogie studio preamp has one of my favorite cleans.
          If I ever get to the point where I can't even turn my own tuning knobs, someboy please shoot my roadie. - Jeremy Skrenes

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          • #20
            i used to play through a twin and a jc-120. they are both great, but i prefer the twin.
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            • #21
              Personally I would prefer the twin.

              I have gigged both in my past spending about 4 years on each.
              My aim was clean headroom. Both will get you clean headroom for any gig.

              I personally think it comes down to player dynamics when choosing between the two.

              The JC120 is hard and up-front with an immediate response. It will not translate sutble picking articulation well. It won't bloom notes like a tube amp.
              The twin will be more dynamic and reflect subtle picking dynamics.

              It really comes down to playing style and approach. Both amps are readily available at some music store in your area and should be played in person.

              The JC120 worked very well for me in the mid-80s.....I later became a more dynamic player and returned to tubes with a twin.
              However, if I were to use a POD, Tonelab, VG-88 type rig I'd seriously consider the JC120 or another SS option (like PA, Key amp, etc...).


              Bb

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              • #22
                I would find a SF twin. They are built far better than the reissues and they are far cheaper, too.

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                • #23
                  One last cry for suggestions then I'll close this thread out.!!
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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by ColorsoundKid
                    I would find a SF twin. They are built far better than the reissues and they are far cheaper, too.


                    +1 on that if your going for a twin. I would go for the jc-120, mainly because I already have two tube amp (fender,mesa) and I love the jc-120 for the clean. As a clean only amp I really love the jc-120, but some have to have a clean tube amp. Not me, tubes have never been "that" clean to me, compared to SS that is.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by KjStrat62
                      One last cry for suggestions then I'll close this thread out.!!
































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                      Originally posted by gethsemane
                      no, no, no. this is a forum where we study the effects of politics and pornography. i never did figure out why it was under the "guitar" heading, though.



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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by hookstrapped


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                        • #27
                          I believe I'll go with the Roland JC-120. This would be my setup.

                          Fender 52 RI Tele
                          Roland VG-88 V Guitar System
                          Roland JC-120 amp

                          Sounds sorta simple but it covers my needs. !! At least till the first of next month!
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                          • #28
                            Sorry I'm late, and glad to hear you chose the JC120.

                            For a VG-88 setup, it's going to sound much more full and hi-fi than a Twin would. Especially if you're using som eof the wilder patches/effects that generate mutliple octaves.

                            The JC120 can't be beat for cleans, and for reproducing broader freq ranges. It's not quite a "full freq range" amp, but it's close. Often used as a keyboard amp for this reason.

                            Rock on. And switch that chorus on every now and then and experience the bliss.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by UncleDig
                              Sorry I'm late, and glad to hear you chose the JC120.

                              For a VG-88 setup, it's going to sound much more full and hi-fi than a Twin would. Especially if you're using som eof the wilder patches/effects that generate mutliple octaves.

                              The JC120 can't be beat for cleans, and for reproducing broader freq ranges. It's not quite a "full freq range" amp, but it's close. Often used as a keyboard amp for this reason.

                              Rock on. And switch that chorus on every now and then and experience the bliss.

                              Dig


                              Dig
                              I know the cleans will be outstanding with the VG88. My concern would be the distortion sounds with the JC-120 using the VG88 distortions. I hope it does not sound too ss. But really I have never found a distortion or od that i like so this may not be to much of a chance.But then again i could use the chorus stereo mode to justify things a bit.
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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by KjStrat62


                                Dig
                                I know the cleans will be outstanding with the VG88. My concern would be the distortion sounds with the JC-120 using the VG88 distortions. I hope it does not sound too ss. But really I have never found a distortion or od that i like so this may not be to much of a chance.But then again i could use the chorus stereo mode to justify things a bit.


                                The VG-88 will do all of the work for you, so the JC-120 should be in a position to just amplify the final signal, without too much overdrive or distortion happening in the amp. The thing has miles of clean headroom.

                                It takes pedals well, but not when you are trying to overdrive the JC120 like you would a tube amp. As long as your od/dist is handled without needing an extra stage of preamp work, it will sound great.

                                I often use a Roland GP-100 into a JC-120, and it sounds amazing (and yes, I'm kind of a tube snob)

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