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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 05-24-2007, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question JSX Combo vs Head

I'm sure this has already been discussed, but I didn't really have any luck finding anything when I searched...

Could someone explain the big differences between the JSX 212 Combo and the head? I know the obvious, like the fact that the head is just a head and the combo is a combo...but I guess I'm looking for any differences in tone or options. The combo is much more in my price range as opposed to buying a head AND a cab to go with it, since I have no cab...

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I'm sure this has already been discussed, but I didn't really have any luck finding anything when I searched...

Could someone explain the big differences between the JSX 212 Combo and the head? I know the obvious, like the fact that the head is just a head and the combo is a combo...but I guess I'm looking for any differences in tone or options. The combo is much more in my price range as opposed to buying a head AND a cab to go with it, since I have no cab...

Thanks!
I have a Marshall 1960A cab for sale pretty cheap. Lemme know.
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Re: JSX Combo vs Head

Unfortunately I won't be making any amp purchases until later on in the summer - I plan on picking up a new RG550 first. But if you've still got it for sale in a couple of months, let me know. Thanks!
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Re: JSX Combo vs Head

The differences between the head and the combo are:

The Combo has a full/half power switch and a reverb

Both amps are able to drive external cabs and they both have the same power ratings. If a head/cab rig is not your thing, you can always get the combo. Most people these days can get away with using a combo amp at a gig and the 212 is loud enough that you won't need anything else.

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Re: JSX Combo vs Head

The combo doesn't have the cool "S" thing going on with the face plate. Other than that the combo seem like the way to go... I have been eyeballin' one myself...
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I want the combo, too. But it costs a rediculous amount of money, so it'll probably be a l-o-n-g time before I have one.

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I want the combo, too. But it costs a rediculous amount of money, so it'll probably be a l-o-n-g time before I have one.

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Re: JSX Combo vs Head

If you guys haven't checked out the sound samples, on the combo's section on the Peavey site; you should. It sounds phenomonal.

You could click on the pic to go there.



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those clips are SICKO!
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Re: JSX Combo vs Head

To be honest, I've always thought the head/cab setup is just a whole lot cooler than a combo.

And you can get a used JSX head and a good cab (I have an Avatar 2x12) for about the price of the combo (I paid $850 for the head, $350 for the cab).

I'd strongly recommend buying used. You're talking about nearly $700 off the list price compared to what the head sells for new.
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To be honest, I've always thought the head/cab setup is just a whole lot cooler than a combo.

And you can get a used JSX head and a good cab (I have an Avatar 2x12) for about the price of the combo (I paid $850 for the head, $350 for the cab).

I'd strongly recommend buying used. You're talking about nearly $700 off the list price compared to what the head sells for new.
Yeah but, that's another different debate. It's a P.I.T.A. to haul the head, cab and whatever else when you can carry the combo, stick it in the trunk and you're done. Most musicians these days don't really use the head/cab combination. Don't get me wrong, I wish I had a JSX half stack in addition to my 212 but, having a combo is just more functional IMO.

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Re: JSX Combo vs Head

to anyone who has the combo does it really weigh 85lbs like the websit says? thats just rediculous for a 212 ... my carvin 212 is less than half that weight

Why they have to make these things so damn heavy.. dot they realise that lugging that weight around with one hand isnt very conducive to being able to play guitar.
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I vote head and a nice avatar cab, they are high quality and very inexpensive. Another alternative is the carvin legacy cab, they are pretty cheap on **** and very very good. I like the idea of being able to mix and match amps with different cabs, and I'd much rather carry a head and roll in a cab than lug around a heavy ass combo
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Re: JSX Combo vs Head

I bought my JSX head new locally for about 925. They matched pricing with one that was on E**y. I already had a pair of 1960 cabs from my Marshall I bought in 72' that work just fine with the head. If I had not already had the stack, I would have opted for the combo for the added advantage of the reverb.
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to anyone who has the combo does it really weigh 85lbs like the websit says? thats just rediculous for a 212 ... my carvin 212 is less than half that weight

Why they have to make these things so damn heavy.. dot they realise that lugging that weight around with one hand isnt very conducive to being able to play guitar.
It's close to 90 lbs. I guess 85 is a fair number. I haven't really put mine on a scale but it's heavy enough. The reason why is so heavy? Well, let's put this into perspective, the JSX head is about 65 lbs, add 2 12" speakers and you're somewhere between 85-90 lbs.

The reason why your Carvin may be lighter is probably because of the speakers. Also, the dimensions of the JSX212 are bigger in comparison to the carvin.

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