Roland Jazz Chorus JC-160
Roland Jazz Chorus JC-160

Jazz Chorus JC-160, Solid-State Combo Guitar Amp from Roland in the Jazz Chorus series.

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iamqman 06/24/2011

Roland Jazz Chorus JC-160 : iamqman のユーザーレビュー (content in English)

"Made in Japan"

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This is the best clean tone in the world. Many artist have used the Roland JC amps for their recorded clean tone and their live tone as well. The 160 is much like the 120 with a different set of speakers and a larger cabinet. You get the same features and tone but you have four 10 inch speaker instead of two 12 inch and the wattage is bumped up to 160 instead of 120.

The Jazz Chorus probably the most recognizable Roland amp ever created. Also probably the most highly sought after solid state amp on the planet. And maybe the most highly used clean tone that has ever been created!

From studios to stages this amp has seen a number of uses and major users, such as Metallica and many others. This amp has a clean tone that is perfect for recording as well as running a pedals in front of.


Roland JC-160:
The Jazz-Chorus 160
4x10 Combo
160 Watts - Solid State
2 Channel; Chorus / Reverb / Vibrato / On Wheels

The amp is extremely easy to use and an idiot an figure out how to get this thing a decent tone. The amp takes pedals very well, and if you need to bust it out of your house then be prepare to hear some loud tone. Rated at 160 watts of solid state power this thing is going to be insanely loud. Probably why they didn't make them that long because who needs more than 120 watts right?


The tone from this amp is so legendary! The clean is really the reason you buy this amp but the ability to take distortion pedals is a huge bonus. The amp takes on your favorite pedal quite well and amplifies the natural harmonics of your guitar and playing style.

For me there is only one reason to own this amp...and that is to use it on a recording for clean tone. The chorus is very lush and smooth! It sounds great with just about any guitar you throw at it. If you have listened to any Metallica album then you have heard this amp.


I would recommend this amp to anyone who needs the best clean tone you could get out of an amp. I am partial to solid state cleans as I feel that they have a sparkle that tubes cannot match. Distortion is a whole different ball game but the cleans will get you the best chimey sparkle you have ever heard.

You can only find these amps on the used market at this point. They are highly rare as I think they were only sold in Japan. I have seen them for around $500 or so. A little bit on the high side for a solid state amps. If you really want to gig with this amp then it is a good purchase, but if you just want to use it for recording a particularly the clean then save several hundred dollars and get a Cube amp from Roland that has the JC Clean. But this amp is so classic anyway that it is a must own!