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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 08-29-2007, 04:55 PM Thread Starter
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JSX Mod? Unusable Ultra channel? Not anymore.

Ok, where do I start? I did a full JSX review a while back.

Here it is.
http://www.jemsite.com/forums/showth...ghlight=Review

Any clips in the review hosted on the "chriswoowardmusic" server are gone, as is my server space there. If you click them, they will not work.

Now, many people that have demo'ed the JSX hate it because it can be a bit buzzy/fizzy on the lead channel. I never used the Ultra channel, it was unusable for anything, even with the gain rolled down to almost off.

I broke a few pot shafts transporting the head recently. I got those pot replaced. I asked the guy if he could just make the Ultra channel the SAME as the Crunch channel. Then I'd have 2 crunch channels I could run at different levels and gain settings, which makes a much better lead channel than the ultra. Thicker smoother distortion. He said he'd look at it. What he found was, the major difference was not much more than the gain POT. The gain pot on the Ultra was a 1meg and the gain pot on the Crunch is a 50k. He found an old 50k Peavey gain pot laying around, replaced the Ultra gain pot with it. Oh dear. Now, not just a usable channel. but a freakin KILLER channel. It's a tad thinner than the crunch channel, which is WAY cool for the Strat and my daughters unusually thick toned Schecter. The JSX tends to be on the 'thick' side tonally.

Now my JSX is what I wanted it to be when I bought, 3 usable channels. Here's the great part. I use a Blues Driver, BD-2 on the clean with teensy weense amount of gain, just so it's not clean. The BD-2 is nice and transparent for that. Now, kick on the BD-2 while on either gain channel and stand back brother.

Here's a clip I just made. It's about 2 mins long mp3, just a guitar. Just the JSX with no EQ added. A little verb in Cubase to wetten it up a tad. It's only the Ultra Channel. Guitars in order, G&L Legacy (strat like), PRS Tremonti SE, and Fender Tele. The first half is gain at about 9 o'clock then turned up to about 2 o'clock then back for the tele. There is vibration at one point from mic against the Carvin Legacy's metal grill, ignore that if you would.

But for those that have had the same problem with the unusable Ultra channel, this may interest you.

The clip is here:
http://www.christianbattleofthebands...gain%20pot.mp3
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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 08-29-2007, 04:58 PM
 
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Re: JSX Mod? Unusable Ultra channel? Not anymore.

the link no work! btw, why isn't ur daughter on jemsite??
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Fixed. No she's not.
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But here she is.
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Both my daughters, one on bass, one on guitar.
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She even lets ME play my PRS from time to time.
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i LOVE that PRS. i really want one bad. how much are they??

was she playing for in a band in that pic?? that's cool if she's in a band.. i'm trying to make one. but none of my friends want to commit.
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They are under $500. $488 locally. www.wrays.com has a Black Tremonti in there now.

Yes they were in a band at the time. It was a temp band they threw together for the event. But they sounded great.
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Re: JSX Mod? Unusable Ultra channel? Not anymore.

I always felt that the ultra gain channel was awesome for legato and certain things, one of the highest gain channels obviously available. I hear theirs a revision of it in the works, but i really liked the amp as a whole . I mean kudos to you for getting the sound you want obviously though.
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They are under $500. $488 locally. www.wrays.com has a Black Tremonti in there now.

Yes they were in a band at the time. It was a temp band they threw together for the event. But they sounded great.
i've thrown together a band liek that before. Funny tho, i had only met the drummer the night before the gig.... lol. we had one practice... we weren't too bad.

you should get ur daughter on here. as far as i know, it's just me and waylay who are the young teens here...
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God dammit!!! double post!!
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as far as i know, it's just me and waylay who are the young teens here...
And me!
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oh right lol. remember, she's mine
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Nice mod Darin, I'm glad to hear that you were able to mod the amp the way you wanted. I personally have done sort of the opposite with my combo. I've found myself playing the ultra channel with very little gain and leaving the crunch a little thinner tonewise for more jazz/blues kind of stuff.

I really dug the demo, it's always good to hear your recordings with that JSX. Now I've gotta plug my Crystal Planet and record some stuff with the GT-Pro.

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Nice mod Darin, I'm glad to hear that you were able to mod the amp the way you wanted. I personally have done sort of the opposite with my combo. I've found myself playing the ultra channel with very little gain and leaving the crunch a little thinner tonewise for more jazz/blues kind of stuff.

I really dug the demo, it's always good to hear your recordings with that JSX. Now I've gotta plug my Crystal Planet and record some stuff with the GT-Pro.

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How does the Crystal P. sound compared to the JS1000? Looking forward to hearing it.
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