SarnoMusicSolutions wrote:A Roland JC amp for lead guitar will leave you with a brutal earache and headache after a long gig. There'a a dynamic transient compression factor as well as a harmonic content factor that also makes tubes rule and makes the guitar more warm, sweet, and audible thru a loud, dense stage mix. The JC series amps use FET transistors in the preamp to do that attempt at faking tubes, but it just never wins, never. The tone just won't easily sit in a big mix without trying to slice thru with power and bite, and that fatigues the ears and just doesn't feel right to the picking hand.
+1 on this. I only used the JC 120 for two or three gigs and got a few complaints from the band members about earaches, headaches, etc.... had to go back to the fender tube amps. I always thought it was because the JC 120 was just too powerful and loud, but I guess it wasn't volume, as I only had it on 2 or 3 tops, volume wise. I have had amazing success recording with the roland jazz chorus amps chorus effect, though. sounds awesome in the studio, but nothing replaces the good old fenderish tube amp (or fender-like amps). the natural compression can't be beat. it would be interesting to try a fender type pre into the power section of one of these amps, i guess it's probably pretty similar to all the other transistor power sections people are using with their tube pre amps? except for a mac? or to take it further, a combo amp, with a fender type pre section and a solid state power section that was designed to be a jerry type rig for those who don't want to deal with extra gear and cables? I'm sure there is probably already a combo out there like this and i am just not in the know. I really appreciate being able to carry one piece of gear (combo), not two or three, to a gig, and put it on a tilted amp stand, or put a two by 4 under it all as one unit. just makes things easier, even if it is one heavy piece of gear, especially with the e 120s.