The new Roland JC-22 Jazz Chorus guitar amp is the latest version of their long-running Jazz Chorus range of amplifiers, famed for their super-cool, ultra-clean sound and used by many famous guitar players over the years.
With stereo chorus and reverb guitar effects onboard, this new model is set to be popular with players looking for a cool, clean tone that takes pedals well and can handle the spread of sound associated with effects like reverb and delay.
The stereo functionality is a welcome feature and should help players looking for a big sound in a small box. Aimed at home players, the 30W combo is solid state and can take a stereo input. Again, that makes it great to use with delays and ambience effects. The built-in chorus and reverb effects will give it a ‘wider’ tone. Roland has even put a stereo pair of jack outputs on the rear of the JC-22 so you can feed it into larger cabinets and widen the stereo spread by using two cabs and spacing them apart. That sounds like a lot of fun for such a diminutive guitar amp.
Players like Billy Duffy used the Jazz Chorus on She Sells Sanctuary and got huge sounds on record by utilising its clean stereo sounds and then blending those with the more usual Marshall and Vox tone. They achieved a swirling stereo effect that you couldn’t get with big old valve amps.
It’s so cute, I think I want one. Those clean tones are a great platform for pedals as well. Don’t be put off by all this talk about clean tone as when used creatively these sorts of amps can sound massive!
The Roland JC-22 is available at the end of November for GBP £409