Roland Jazz Chorus
Roland Jazz Chorus is the name given to a series of solid-state instrument amplifiers produced by the Roland Corporation in Japan since 1975. Its name comes from its built-in analog chorus effect. The Jazz Chorus series became increasingly popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s new wave and post-punk scenes because of its clean yet powerful sound, durability and relatively low cost when compared to the more commonly used amplifiers of the time such as Marshall or Fender. It also found favour amongst funk players in America. It also became popular to use for clean tones in heavy metal, with the most famous users being James Hetfield and Kirk Hammett from Metallica.
The Jazz Chorus is one of the most famous and successful combo amplifiers from its period and its earliest users included Andy Summers (The Police), Robert Smith (The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees) and Pat Metheny. Summers' use of the amp in turn inspired, for instance, Jeff Buckley, whose first amplifier was a Jazz Chorus.
Most models have controls based on the JC-120's standard setup. There are two channels, one clean, the other with effects. The built-in effects include stereo chorus, vibrato, reverb, and distortion. The amplifier features high and low inputs, a bright switch as well as a three band equalizer and volume for each channel.
Notable JC-120 Users
- Carlos Alomar of David Bowie's band and Duran Duran
- James Van Nuys & Bob Van Fahey
- Rostam Batmanglij of Vampire Weekend
- Adrian Belew
- Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit
- Dave Brock of Hawkwind
- Jeff Buckley
- David Byrne of Talking Heads
- Gustavo Cerati of Soda Stereo
- Ian Crighton of Saga
- Chris DeGarmo of Queensrÿche
- Billy Duffy of The Cult
- The Edge of U2
- Peter Frampton
- Robert Fripp
- Charly García
- Michael Gira of Swans
- Rachel Goswell of Slowdive
- Neil Halstead of Slowdive
- Kirk Hammett of Metallica
- James Hetfield of Metallica
- Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits
- Peter Koppes of The Church
- Yogi Lonich of Buckcherry and Fuel
- Johnny Marr of The Smiths
- Curtis Mayfield
- Nick McCabe of The Verve
- John McGeoch of Magazine, Siouxsie & The Banshees, The Armoury Show and Public Image Ltd
- Pat Metheny
- Bradley Nowell of Sublime
- Joe Pass
- Joe Perry of Aerosmith
- John Petrucci of Dream Theater
- Emily Remler
- Paul Reynolds of A Flock of Seagulls
- Steve Rothery of Marillion
- Robert Smith of The Cure and Siouxsie and the Banshees
- Emily Kokal of Warpaint
- Luis Alberto Spinetta
- Joe Strummer of The Clash
- Andy Summers of The Police
- John Sykes of Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake
- Inoran of LUNA SEA
- Michael Wilton of Queensrÿche
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