So, picked my JCA22H up from the apartment office this morning. UPS sucks on multiple levels, but what can you do?
Box looks a bit beat up...
The only damage to the amp was this small nick in the tolex and light depression in the shell:
Sending an email off to the seller, but going to keep it, since it's a small thing.
On to the amp:
This little beast sounds awesome! Much better for lead tones than rhythm chunk though, IMO. It plays nicely with my RP1000 as long as you don't use the amp models, so I'll have to set up a couple banks for it.
I wouldn't expect metal rhythm tones without a boost. It's not lacking in gain, but it's not the tight grinding gain we're all used to for metal. With a boost it's absolutely killer though. I bought this mostly to have a more 80s "shred/hard-rock/metal" amp, and it fits the bill perfectly.
It is fugly as hell though, that logo needs to go. I think a more script font "Jet City" logo would be better for these amps, but I don't get to pick. I'll get an open metal baffle for it, and put the badge on the inside of it, or leave it off completely.
I should be able to do a couple vid clips over the weekend, probably with a bunch of Maiden.