Questions about a LEE JACKSON head...

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by fcortex, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. fcortex

    fcortex Member

    Messages:
    146
    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2006
    I recently ran across a Lee Jackson XLA 50 watt head and, before I buy it, I thought that I would check and see if someone here could give me some info on it. Does the 50 watt have a tube-driven effects loop? Does it have the tube-swapping features? How about an approximate idea of what one is worth in a preety good, but certainly not mint, condition.
    I have searched the LJ website and other internet places, but I can't find the answers to these questions, so I was hoping that there would be an expert here that could. Any help would be appreciated...
     
  2. HEAVENandHELL

    HEAVENandHELL Member

    Messages:
    466
    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2007
    Location:
    McCordsville
    Sorry I can't answer your specific questions. I do have the XLS1000 which is a killer amp. And emailing Lee Jackson has always gotten a response with good information.

    Good luck,
    Gregg
     
  3. mach5

    mach5 Member

    Messages:
    107
    Joined:
    Jan 15, 2008
    Can you elaborate on your XLS1000? I saw one used but I'm not familiar with them.
     
  4. telewacker

    telewacker Supporting Member

    Messages:
    2,283
    Joined:
    Jan 10, 2005
    Location:
    Clayton, CA
    I have an XLS1000 too. I'm not sure what the difference is between the XLA and XLS, but the XLS has a tube driven FX loop with trim pots. It is a great amp with awesome clean and gain tones and sounds good at any volume. It will take EL34s, 6550s, KT88s, or 6L6s. The XLS1000 generally fetches about $1500. If you can get the amp at a reasonable price you should snag it. They're hard to find and sound killer.
     
  5. seeker

    seeker Member

    Messages:
    217
    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2007
    I had the XLS 1000 combo for ten years, then sold it on Ebay. Paid $550 new , sold it for close to $ 1400. Great amp, built in attenuator, self biasing. It just wasn't a great bedroom amp at 100 watts ...LOL Can't help you on the XLA 50, but Lee Jackson amps rock. He designed amps for Ampeg, Crate ( I think) and I wish I had not sold mine !

    UPDATE- I found this manual on the L J web site ( you didn't look did you ? ) LOL

    http://www.leejackson.com/XLA.pdf

    H
     
  6. HEAVENandHELL

    HEAVENandHELL Member

    Messages:
    466
    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2007
    Location:
    McCordsville
    XLS1000 is the flagship amp built by Lee Jackson under his own name. It is a 2 channel amp with features similar to the Ampeg built Lee Jackson amps of the late 80s/early 90s except, in my experience, the clean channel is much better. Unlike those Ampegs, the XLS1000 has no reverb and a different master volume layout. The amp will allow you to pull 1 pair of tubes to run at 50W which is a cool feature that saves on tube costs. This is one of the amps that has the famous "Preamp" knob that runs from 0 - 10 with the "More" knob that runs from 11-20! Fantastic sounding hot-rod Marshall type of amp! Great attenuator too! This amp definitely has my favorite rhythm sound.

    As for the XLA, isn't that the amp that has 2 identical channels?

    Gregg
     
  7. burner

    burner Member

    Messages:
    3,062
    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2007
    Location:
    USA
    Every push-pull amp will.....

    Am I wrong?
     
  8. HEAVENandHELL

    HEAVENandHELL Member

    Messages:
    466
    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2007
    Location:
    McCordsville
    I know my Dual Rec also allows for this but, when using the tube rectifiers, 1 rec tube must be pulled as well.
     

Share This Page

  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice