I looked at both the POD and V-Amp, but for the money, I couldn't go wrong with the J Station. It is one of the best purchase decisions I've ever made. Recording on your PC is simple with this unit. I can even have silent practices with the headphone jack for sessions that run into the wee hours of the night. I wish they were still in production. Unfortunately, Harmon (owns Digitech) bought the company and incorporated into the GNX series. Check eBay out - they ususally go for about $100.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $89.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musicians Friend
24 amp models including bass and accoustic models.
Chorus, reverb, auto-wah, flange, delay
18 cabinet models
S/PDIF digital output
Midi In & Out
I use a Les Paul Studio with EMG 81 & 85 pickups and a cheap Squire Bullet. Both sound impressive through this unit. The Rectified and J Solo models offer the most impressive distortion. The Black Face gets close to Fender's beautiful clean sound. Even the accoustic models are pretty good. The unit is remarkably quiet. The noise gate is great! Effects are good as well with exception to the auto-wah. I haven't found much use for it.
You really can use it straight out of the box! Just turn on the power, select a preset, and jam! However, the real power is in the J-Edit software. You can customize everything to your liking with this invaluable tool through your PC!
I've had it for about six months now and I play at least an hour everyday (several hours on the weekend) and this unit answers the call everytime. Sturdy metal chasis. Well built!
I figured for the price, and what it offers, it's a great bargain....And, as it turns out, I was right.
Favorite aspect....Once you turn it on, you're rockin!
Yeah, go get one!
Model Year: 2003
Price: $90.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Friend
Gain, Bass, Mid, treb, Lev, Master Vol...
1) MANY awesome cab simulations! From Fane speakers, Tweed tones, Acoustic, Hot Rod, Rectifier tones, Boutique, Fuzztones, classic rock tones, blues tones, SRV tones...and everything else in between
Chorus, Flange, Roto, Pitch, Wah, tremelo, Phaser....
AC powered...Comes with power supply.
Anything I wish it had?
No, not really!
Well, I love the classic Fender Tweed tones, solo tone, and all the effects it offers are really damn good quality.
*Beats most multi-efects units by a mile...In this pricerange.
*Not noisy at all!
*Great for computer recording!
it's a killer little unit!
It's fairly easy to use. Doesn't take a rocket-scientist to use, but helpful to read the instructions.
From the minute you turn it on, you can obtain great tones!
It's all steel construction....However, I probably wouldn't use it on-stage for weekly gigs. It's not a stomp-box, and has NO footswitches at all.