I have waited a while to write you on how much I love my JOAT 20 as I wanted to let the “honeymoon period” wear off and give it a truly honest assessment:
Simply stated this is the very finest, best sounding amp that I’ve ever owned!!!! It makes me smile inside and out every time I plug it in. I’ve owned old tweeds, Marshalls, Hiwatts, Blackfaces, Dumble clones, Vox amps; this beats them all! If you are a tone head that wants to get every bit of sweetness from every note you play – this is it. It has the absolute hands down best reverb that I’ve ever plugged into, and it has a classic tremolo as well.
I have plugged Les Pauls, Tele’s, Strats, 335’s, Firebirds, P-90 guitars into the JOAT 20; I got a terrific sound with each axe. The amp excels with single coil pick-up guitars, but it eats up humbuckers as well. It also plays well with my pedalboard. The two specifically voiced inputs are a great usable tone tool. The tone controls are totally unique and work really well. The cherry wood head and cab are a thing of beauty, and the 2 x 12 cab is so very resonant and pleasing to the ears. The volume of the amp is perfect for most of the venues in my area. It sits well in the band mix.
I think what I like the most about this amp is its touch response. I can finally hear everything that I’m trying to say. When you play it just lets you hear all the nuances coming out of your axe. After plugging into this amp, one of my guitar students commented; “I never realized that my guitar could sound like that. I never heard all those highs and lows – all those tones before!”
Todd, I give your amp (on a scale of 1 – 10) – a score of 25! I strongly recommend this amp without any reservations!!! I was also impressed on how you sincerely cared about the whole customer experience; during the build, the on-time delivery, as well as the interest in my total satisfaction with the amplifier. Thanks so much!
JOAT 20RT & Model A 2×12″ Cabinet owner