The Jazz Guitar Chord Dictionary

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  • Roland JC 22

    7 14.58%
  • DV Mark Little Jazz

    32 66.67%
  • DV Mark Jazz 12

    9 18.75%
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  1. #26

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    As purely an at-home player, I’ve had both of these and got rid of them pretty quickly. They both have a standing hissing sound that really annoyed me. I don’t see why a solid state amp needs to have a noise floor higher than a tube amp.

    I should add that if you look around on this forum you will see that not all of the LJ units have this hiss — only certain production runs seem to have it. Mine was purchased new in November 2021.

    I would probably go with the LJ if I had to pick one. The line out on the JC didn’t mute the speakers which makes it pretty impractical for home use. The headphone out muted the speakers but sounded bad.

    The LJ has bad reverb but a better overall sound and feature set.
    Last edited by diode; 12-22-2021 at 09:28 AM.

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  3. #27

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    Quote Originally Posted by diode
    As purely an at-home player, I’ve had both of these and got rid of them pretty quickly. They both have a standing hissing sound that really annoyed me. I don’t see why a solid state amp needs to have a noise floor higher than a tube amp like my Princeton Reverb (which is silent).

    I would probably go with the LJ if I had to pick one. The line out on the JC didn’t mute the speakers which makes it pretty impractical for home use. The headphone out muted the speakers but sounded bad.

    The LJ has bad reverb but a better overall sound and feature set.
    I think the LJ reverb sounds okay if you don't turn it up very high. It gives me enough decent sounding reverb.

    If you rotate the reverb control higher (maybe past 10 o'clock or so) the sound gets strange, for want of a better way to describe it. My son likes it. I don't.

    I add reverb with an ME80 in front of the LJ and leave the LJ's reverb control about 9 o'clock. You can hear that on my clip on the Doxy thread in the Improvisation part of this forum.

  4. #28

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpjazzguitar
    If you rotate the reverb control higher (maybe past 10 o'clock or so) the sound gets strange, for want of a better way to describe it. My son likes it. I don't.
    I discovered that turning the reverb knob all the way up on the DVMs gives a chorus-like phase / delay sound that’s a great effect on the right tunes. It’s actually a pretty cool sound for fusion solos a la Bitches’ Brew and even a slightly funked up All Blues. And it’s perfect for Sleepwalk, which I love to play as a medium tempo straight jazz tune.

  5. #29

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    Trip Report.

    Last night I played a quartet gig in a wine bar. Think store front with a bar on one side, tables on the other, and band in the window area on one side of the front door. High ceilings and the room goes back maybe 60 feet?

    We're guitar, kb, electric bass and a tiny drum kit. Took us a while to figure out how to squeeze into the space alloted.

    Kb amp was under the kb, which the pianist thought sounded a little muffled, not just where he was sitting, but also in the audience when another kb player sat in.

    I brought a JC55 and the Little Jazz. I was hoping, but not really expecting, that the LJ would be loud enough to cover the room and that I could use the JC55 only for a vocal mic to sing a couple of tunes and interact with the audience. I was concerned that the vocals wouldn't sound good through the JC55. And, when I had to leave the JC55 on the floor and put the LJ on top of it, my concern was increased.

    I have no idea where the bassist put his amp. He brought something tiny and wedged it someplace.

    The good news is that no soundmen came to the gig, looked at this setup and had apoplexy.

    Further good news is that the LJ covered the club easily and sounded fine. Surprising good news is that the JC55 did a fully reasonable job for the vocals. We had some musicians we knew in the audience tell us that the sound was fine. Bar owner liked the volume. We are now the regular band on the second Friday of every month.

  6. #30

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    Everybody hears thing different. Ihave an early LJ. Ihave recorded and giged this amp in small and medium size rooms many times . Never had a noise complaint . I like the reverb ..so what.The Little Jazz has more warmth than I expected . Again just my personal perspective.I have a Roland Cube 40 that also works well Two Quillter Avaitors For large rooms. Many years of working with various Fender amps.I love the work of many guitar giants of the 1940s and 50s 6os etc.With a few exceptions I didn,t like their tone at all . mickmac

  7. #31

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    I seldom use the reverb in my LJ, because I'm not much into surf music. If I can easily tell that the reverb is on, it's too much. At the 9 o'clock position, it's too much for me. I think the problem that people seem to have with it is because the reverb is so strong. Put it at 12 o'clock and it's more reverb than you get with most amps or pedals, and it goes up from there. The obvious solution is to turn it down. At levels I can abide, it's fine. But everyone has a different, and valid, opinion about reverb, just like with everything else. If you can't live without reverb, and you hate the DV Mark reverb, well, there are other amps available, as well as lots and lots of pedals. It's your money, use it how you want.