Roland Jazz Chorus

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About Roland Jazz Chorus

The legendary Roland Jazz Chorus is rightfully one of the most famous amp ranges in modern music history, and represents on the few guitar amps with a truly definable sound and style. First introduced in 1975 with Jazz players in mind, this solid state powerhouse boasts an exceptionally powerful clean tone with crisp highs and a well defined bottom end and tons of headroom. The sound was augmented with the amps built-in dimensional space chorus effect that proved so popular it was isolated and sold as a standalone unit: the Boss CE-1!

The Jazz Chorus' exceptional clean sound makes it particularly ideal as a platform for mono or stereo effects, from your own stompbox pedals and multi effects or outboard units. As a result its also perfect for guitar synths, faithfully recreating the wild and varied sounds such devices can produce. Tone shaping comes courtesy of the two input channels, three band EQ and versatile connectivity. The series is also built super tough to stand up to the rigors of touring and gigging, with solid, dependable cabinets, high impact corner brackets and top quality casters to ensure reliable operation, gig after gig, night after night.

The original Jazz Chorus amp, the JC-120, has been used by artists as diverse as Andy Summers and James Hetfield. The stereo Chorus effect that was built in to the amp contributed to its reputation for a lush, clean tone.

This reputation carries over to newer models like the JC-22. This newer model retains the sound, style and function of the original but offers it in a smaller, less loud package. These amps are popular because they provide a large, spacious, clean sound with lots of headroom.

The Roland Jazz Chorus comes in a range of sizes, powers and speaker configurations to suit a range of players, gigs and venues. some would argue it's possibly the best clean amp ever.

Why Should I Choose Roland Jazz Chorus?

  • Legendary performance and reliability
  • Dependable tone across a range of styles
  • Iconic clean sounds and headroom

Frequently Asked Questions about Roland Jazz Chorus

Question: What is the Roland Jazz Chorus series?
The Roland Jazz Chorus series of amps is Roland's iconic series.
Question: Are Roland Jazz Chorus amps any good?
Yes they are! The iconic Jazz Chorus series offer crisp cleans and tons of headroom making them perfect for pedals.
Question: How many amps are in the Roland JC range?
As of writing, there are a total of three models in the range: the original 120 watt JC-120, the 40 watt JC-40 and the 30 watt JC-22.
Question: Who uses a Roland JC amp?
A host of iconic players across a range of genres, including Andy Summers, Robert Fripp, Prince and Johnny Marr, just to name a few. Even the boys in Metallica use the Jazz Chorus!
Question: Are the Roland JC amps valve or solid state?
Roland JC amps are, and always have been, solid state in terms of their technology.
Question: What does the 'chorus' effect add to the sound?
The Chorus effect on the Roland JC amps adds depth, dimension, space and colour to the sound. It can be dialled in to sound as subtle or as thick as you like it. Chorus is a very distinctive sound and is often used along with reverb and delay to make a very 'produced' 1980s clean guitar sound.