Roland JC-22

Electric Guitar ComboRoland's famous Jazz Chorus clean sound and stereo chorus effects in a compact combo amplifier with further developed features for the modern guitarist

  • 30 Watt stereo amplifier
  • Equipped with 2 x 6.5" speakers
  • Stereo input allows real stereo sound with stereo effect pedals and modeling devices
  • Internal Effects: Chorus and Reverb
  • Footswitch connector for switching internal effects (foot switch not included)
  • Mono & stereo effects loop
  • Mono & Stereo Line Out
  • Headphone output
  • Controls: Volume, Treble, Middle, Bass, Reverb, Speed, Depth
  • Bri (Bright) switch
  • Effect loop switch
  • Dimensions (W x T x H): 461 x 239 x 338 mm
  • Weight: 12 kg
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Further information

Power 30 W
Speaker 2x 6.5"
Channels 1
Reverb Yes
Effects Prozessor Yes
External FX Loop Yes
Line Input No
Recording Output Yes
MIDI Interface No
Connection for External Speaker No
Headphone Output Yes
Footswitch Connector Yes
Incl. Footswitch No
Weight 12,0 kg

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The ideal portable jazz guitar combo

David Chamberlain, 18.12.2017
I am mainly a jazz player. For several years I have been using either a Peavey Classic 30 for larger gigs and an AER Compact 60 for smaller gigs. the latter for reasons of portability. I was never that happy with the sound of either although the Peavey was good for the occasional rock/function gig and the AER was good for electro-acoustic guitar or vocals. Neither worked particularly well for semi-acoustic guitar. I recently bought a Roland JC-40 which sounds excellent but is generally too big for jazz gigs in terms of portability, headroom and appearance on the bandstand. I bought the JC-22 a few weeks ago and have used it on a handful of jazz gigs, some of which were quite loud and some of which were much quieter. It has performed extremely well in every situation so far. It has a very clear sound with plenty of projection. It is very portable and looks perfect onstage with a jazz combo. It outstrips my other amps (including previously owned amps such as a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe and a Fender Blues Junior) by a significant margin. I would recommend this amp very highly indeed.
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Shrunken digital JC-120 clone with a few tonal losses.

Wernie, 21.08.2017
The Roland JC 22 is almost a digital replica of the JC 120. Digital, in so far as the internal signal processing with sound control, reverb, chorus, send / return digital takes place. This means you can not hear the chorus noise, which was very pronounced with the old JC 120. Analog is only the input stage and the stereo output stage. The latter delivers about 2x 20 watts to the two 4 ohms / 8 inch speakers (about 16 W RMS, 32 watts peak per channel). At higher frequencies the amp is loud. However, the small speakers do not quite bring the hoped-for heat and pressure in the bass. The amp sounds a little hard and high, especially when the chorus is on.

The chorus effect is a digital simulation of the chorus on the JC-120 classic, which works as follows: With the help of a delay line, a frequency- and phase-modulated signal is generated from the original, which sounds like a whine vibrato. It is known as a double effect in the sirens of passing police. This signal is sent to the right speaker. On the left speaker, on the other hand, the original signal remains unchanged. Mixing and partial extinction of the sound waves of both loudspeakers in the air creates a spatially sounding chorus effect with twice the modulation frequency.

This principle works the better the better the distance between the speakers. With the JC-22, the small distance between the small speakers leads to a clearly audible bass loss as soon as the depth control is turned up only slightly during the chorus. Physically, this is explained by mutual extinction of sound waves with approximately 180 degrees of phase shift. Unfortunately, despite the limitless possibilities of digital signal processing, Roland has not quite managed to make the chorus so delicate and sensitive as with well-designed analog chorus pedals (eg Carl Martin or TC Electronic). There is point deduction for this.

The Hall is, on the other hand, a successful digital simulation of a Fender sound and sounds deceptively genuine. It is the same as the original in mono, ie with stereo connection it is loaded with the sum signal from left and right.

The JC 22 has two stereo inputs: one on the front (high impedance) and one on the back (effect return, low impedance). Correspondingly, it also has two stereo AD converters. The effect return can be used as an additional stereo input eg for a keyboard, with the internal effects (reverb and chorus) remaining effective. In order for the front-end input to be used at the same time, the effect loop must be connected in parallel.

If you connect a stereo signal, the left channel goes to the left speaker and the right channel over the Chorus to the right. The Hall, on the other hand, runs parallel to both channels. Apparently, however, a summation takes place internally, because if you connect a two 180 degrees phase-shifted signals, comes back nix more out. I found that with astonishment, when I wanted to compare an external stereo chorus pedal. The chorus effect of the external pedal was completely lost. So do not throw the chorus pedal as broken!

The JC-22 has a stereo line out and a parallel headphone out with its own DA converter. This produces a mixture of the chorus signal and the direct signal, thus reproducing the mixture that is in the air in the loudspeakers? takes place. Unfortunately, the line-out can not be separately controlled by the loudspeakers. The JC-22 unfortunately unfortunately also the other Roland Amps existing USB connection for recording.

Conclusion:

The JC-22 is a carefully designed and sturdy amp with a space-filling sound. In view of its origin from Malaysia, it is well processed and does not smell of solvents. What I like about this is the enormous volume, the quality of the effect simulation and the low noise. What is less pleasing is the slightly harsh, high-pitched sound, especially in chorus mode. This will hardly disturb the CleanStrat or CleanTele players in a radio rock band, but jazz guitars and acoustic guitars will miss some more warmth in the low frequency range. Crunchy or creamy overdrive sounds are not possible with the JC-22 due to the built-in distortion. But also external dirt pedals do not sound particularly official about the JC-22.

Unfortunately the weight, due to the ceramic magnets of the speakers and the stable MDF housing, is higher than expected. Roland could have saved a lot of weight with neodymium magnets and multiplexed wood. What would also have been desirable: switching the mains transformer from 230 to 115 volts.
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