After reading all the past posts on the Roland JC-77 and the rave reviews about it for that "Bobby" tone. I went out a week ago and found one in great shape in Arizona, bought it and had it shipped to me. I figured for a $300 amp, the cost of a hot, boutique pedal of the day, why not give it a shot.
Showed up Thurs. I just got to try it out for the last hour. I have to say, you guys are right, lol. This is like a Bobby in a Box if I ever saw/heard one. I plugged straight in, no other effects, buffers or anything. I was a little skeptical when reading your posts on it, as I am typically not a fan of S.S. amps. I am a tube guy all the way.
But this little amp puts out a clean tone that reminds me of the old fender clean amps that dont have a master volume.
The chorus is a star. the way it modulates between the two 10 in speakers (my first time with a 10 in speaker , always used 12's). Very lush . Distortion is useless and will never get turned on.
I am very much looking forward to trying this out at our next couple gigs later this month. I will be interested to see how well it takes pedals, I can see a nice overdrive used for a more vox styled tone on the edge of breakup. But for cleans, this amp sings BOB WEIR from 1977 to my ears. You guys were right . Glad I took a chance on it, now let see how it does in a band situation. I migh have to sell my analogman chorus if I use this as my #1 amp.
I do have some questions on settings and I just wanted to ask you guys if you have fine tuned those settings since you posted on it. Curious to see how you set the two "highs" and midrange. Bass is best left on one or zero it appears.
I would never have thought.............a little solid state amp would deliver that kind of tone. Very impressed.
this forum is such a great wealth of info . really. Thanks.