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    Roland JC-120

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    Hey

    I've been having trouble recording distorted guitar with this amp

    It either comes out too bright or too muddy and dark

    Any Suggestions?


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    Got to admit that I used to have a JC77, but the distortion wasn't up to much.

    What mics are you using?
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    jc 120 in combi with GT-3

    Hi dude, I occasionally use a JC-120 in a rehearsal room, but I hook up my floorboard multi-fx GT-3 to it. When using the 15-1 Metal solo-patch, the sound is really tight and fat!
    I dunno whether you play that kind of metal (At the gates, Dark Angel, Slayer, The Haunted), but I think JC-120 with Boss GT-3 is a killer combo!

    Try micing it with a SM57, a Sennheiser MD421, and maybe for distant room micing, a LD condenser...

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    That amp is really known for it's great clean sound. What's your distortion box?

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    I'm using a BOSS DS-1 distortion pedal

    And a behringer xm8500 microphone

    Is it my mic that is the problem?

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    Try an SM57 Dude!

    Failing that, if your sound's a little dull and lacking in focus, try running a DI out from the back of the amp and mixing it with the mic'd sound. I did that a coupla times and it wasn't too bad - I was micing with a 58 at the time (all I had!).

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    back in the day....

    one of the guitarist's I used to tour with (late 80's early 90's) had a JC-120 cuz he was into clean playing, Smiths type stuff. When he joined the band I was in, the music was more aggressive, and we always had problems getting his guitar tone to toughen up. He eventually bought a Marshall Guv'nor pedal which helped (he had one of those orange boss DS-1 and a Rat as well neither of which did it) but no matter what you do, you will never get a JC-120 (or JC77) to sound like a Marshall JCM or any Mesa Boogie amp. That amp is truly designed to be super clean and chorus-y. The closest you'll get is like an overdriven Fender Twin. Which may work you depending on the music you are doing. ..

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    If you are really committed to distortion trade in the amp on a marshall or Ampeg. Those amps are more known for distortion. I have a friend with an Ampeg and he actually prefers clean sounds. If you want to work a trade or something let me know.

    The JC120 is a valued amp so you can probably get a pretty good trade or resell on it.

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    I used to have a JC and I sold it and I have regretted it ever since. I wouldnt sell it as its one the best clean sounds you can get (opinion). I never used it for distortion though as it didnt sound that great distorted. Its a solid state amp on top of that.
    If you do want to try to get a good distortion out of it though, try some of the new tube distortion pedals that are coming out. Ive got a mesa boogie V-Twin at home and that things sounds amazing. Its running 2 12ax7's in the chasis and has 4 different modes it can run in. Very versatile, very gritty and yet smooth at the same time.
    good luck

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    Thanks for the replies

    I'll have a look for a marshall

    and see how much i'll get for JC-120


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