Johnson J-Station; comments?

Discussion in 'Effects, Pedals, Strings & Things' started by RickC, Nov 7, 2005.

  1. RickC

    RickC Gold Supporting Member

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    Couldn't find *any* discussion of these on the board. First generation modeler, hopelessly outdated I'm sure, but you can grab these for pretty cheap nowadays. Anyone have experiences to share?

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  2. jordanL

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    I still have mine, but have never been much of a recorder. IMHO it compared favorably against the first generation pod-depended on the patch as to which one sounded better.
     
  3. RickB

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    I have two of them. I also have (or have tried at home with the same equipment) the whole Boss GT line, the whole POD line, ToneLab...... you name it. I always come back to the J-Station set to the BlackFace model. For a modeller to run pedals into for direct recording, the J-Station gets it right each time IMO. It has a feel to it that the other modellers can't capture.

    I have two of them so that I can run stereo pedals into them. For the money, I doubt you would be dissapointed in it. The only other model in it that is good is the Rectifier. The effects aren't all that bad but I would never use them. But for just a pure, clean amp sim, it works great.
     
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    it was ok. I prefer the pods.

    Probably because I despise Johnson for their horridly unreliable Johnson Millenium line. I got more negs on those steaming piles of crap than any other amp I ever sold.
     
  5. Ryan

    Ryan Member

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    I had one, don't know where it is now. I liked it better than any of the PODs. Although, I like the Vox Tonelab better than the J or the PODs. And I like my tube amp and analog pedals better than any of them.:D
     
  6. drbob1

    drbob1 Silver Supporting Member

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    Just another amp modeler.

    OK if you just want to play with it and want to have some fun effects, better running into a real tube amp (but then, why do you need modelling). I had one at work for a while, but like my all analog Rockman X100 just as well and it doubles as a stereo...
     
  7. hrowe

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    I only use the Blackface model and use pedals if I want more distortion. Sounds pretty good - much better than the POD IMO.
     
  8. Rock Johnson

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    I still have mine - it's a lot of fun. I'm pretty much a Les Paul into a Marshall kind of guy, but for home recording, doing demos, whatever, it's great. It's dead reliable and gets you most of the way there.
     
  9. StringChucker

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    If I were to get a modeler, it probably wouldn't be for the amp modeler per se, except as a backup. Usually you hear people discuss how good the amp modeling is but not how good the effects are. I might consider using one for effects which aren't too bad on the few I've heard.

    Anyone have opinions on which ones have a good set of effects or which ones are known for particular effects?
     
  10. HammyD

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    I must say I am really impressed with the ease of use and the overall quality of sound. I am using mine specifically for recording to GarageBand using the blackface modeler.

    I have a vintage blackface amp, and no it does not, nor any modeler I have ever heard sound "just" like a BF. But its great for dialing in a sound that most (non guitar/amp obsessed) people would think is exceptional.

    I can blend the effects in very easily to sound as if I am part of the recording of the backing track (as compared to sound like I just dropped a track on top.)

    For me its a bit redundant with the available amp sims for GarageBand, so it may go to Ebay someday.
     
  11. davetcan

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    I'm really pleased with mine. Picked it up for less than $100. Mind you I'm not much of a player and just do it for fun and stress relief. I've got a clip posted right now that was just my LP into the J-Station and straight into the computer. The blackface is the best model to my ears. I don't recall what this was but it's higher gain with some delay and verb added. I warned you about the playing.

    http://www.thegearpage.net/board/showthread.php?t=131099
     

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