Mesa/Boogie JP-2C Mark IIC+ 60/100-watt Tube Head - Black with Black Face

60/100W Tube Guitar Amplifier Head with 3 Channels, Dual 5-band EQs, Reverb, Footswitch, MIDI-switchable Effects Loop, CabClone Output, and MIDI Switchable
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Mesa and Petrucci Bring You the Return of the IIC+

The Mesa John Petrucci Signature JP-2C tube electric guitar amplifier head gives you all of the tonal variety and power of a Mark IIC+ with powerful additions specified by John. It's a celebration of John and Mesa's 30-year relationship and is based on one of Mesa's fan-favorites. And the JP-2C features additions like dual footswitchable 5-band EQs and a CabClone output, making it an even more powerful animal. The Mesa/Boogie JP-2C Mark IIC+ brings back a legendary amplifier design with new powerful additions.

Mesa/Boogie JP-2C Mark IIC+ Tube Electric Guitar Amplifier Head at a Glance:
  • A Hard-rocking History
  • Sonic versatility
  • Amp adjusts to your needs
A Hard-rocking History

John Petrucci has been using Mesa/Boogies tube amplifiers since the very early days of Dream Theater, and the JP-2C is a celebration of those three decades. The amp is based on Mesa's highly sought after Mark IIC+ that was the identifiable sound of John's guitar for many of those years. It has also been used by other well-known hard rock acts, as well as session musicians who have come to rely on the amps' liquidy overdriven tone. Sweetwater is extremely happy to offer these amps and be part of the legacy.

Sonic versatility

The original Mark IIC+ amps were beloved for their high-gain sound and clear cleans. Both of those sounds are very much on display in the JP-2C. But the amp's three completely independent channels with five modes each let you dial in any shade of tone from mild crunch to over the top, from warm and round to aggressive and cutting. And the onboard 5-band equalizers let you further sculpt your tone to taste. And even with all of this control, the layout is done to make pulling up your favorite sounds intuitive and fast.

Amp adjusts to your needs

The original Mark IIC+ amps were just the springboard for John Petrucci when designing the JP-2C. John also included features like a CabClone speaker-emulated line output, 60- and 100-watt operation, and MIDI programmability to make the amplifier even more versatile, and a great tool for the recording and touring guitarist. Dual 5-band equalizers are footswitchable to get three distinct sounds for each channel at the tap of a toe. And the included footswitch also controls reverb, channel switching, and much more.

Mesa/Boogie JP-2C Mark IIC+ Tube Electric Guitar Amplifier Head Features:
  • John Petrucci Signature Mark IIC+ amp head from Mesa/Boogie
  • Tones based on the legendary Mark IIC+ amp heads
  • Three fully independent channels
  • Five modes per channel for even more tonal options
  • Dual footswitchable 5-band EQs
  • True spring reverb
  • 100- and 60-watt operation
  • MIDI switchable and programmable
  • Buffered tube effects loop
  • Important Notice for International Customers: Mesa/Boogie products sold by Sweetwater are intended for use within the United States. We are unable to ship any Mesa/Boogie products outside of the US.
The JP-2C Mark IIC+ delivers iconic amp tones with modern features.

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Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 3
Total Power 100W/60W
Reverb Yes, long tank spring reverb
EQ 3-band EQ per channel, dual 5-band graphic EQ
Preamp Tubes 5 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 4 x 6L6
Inputs 1 x 1/4"
Outputs 4 x 1/4" (4/8/16 ohms), 1 x 1/4" (headphones), 1 x 1/4" (slave out), 1 x XLR (Cab Clone DI)
Effects Loop Yes, buffered tube driven
MIDI I/O In, Out/Thru
Footswitch I/O Yes, (Ch 1, Ch 2, Ch 3, Reverb, EQ 1 & EQ 2)
Height 9.25"
Width 18.75"
Depth 10.87"
Weight 40 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number 2.M2C.BB

Customer Reviews

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Great choice

I have played on an Egnater Tourmaster 4100 for the past 5 years or so and on solid state amps for 20 years or so prior to that. I knew there was something missing in my sound that I could never quite put my finger on, especially after jumping from SS to tube. I would try to practice and would always find myself sitting in front of the amp tweaking knobs instead of playing. I have heard about Boogie stuff for years, but never thought of buying, thinking so much stuff was "basically the same" as other stuff. Boy was I WRONG!! I was ignorant to the British Metal VS American Metal sound difference. Out of the box this thing is a beast, I am running a Boss GT-8 MIDI to it and putting the BOSS in the effects loop. MIDI allows me to switch channels and I can use the volume pedal on the Boss to control that overall. I do find that I have to put my Wah pedal in front of the guitar input so that it sounds "right" and that I lose a tiny bit of gain when I do. I dont like that, but that is how precise this head is and I can live with it. Im using a classic Cry Baby so I dont know if there is anything further that I can do. The only issue that I do see at this point is that the bass adjustments on the distortion channels are VERY sensitive and if not careful, you can get that "woofing" or "bottoming out" sound from your cabinet if you go much past 50% or even at 50%. Great thing though is that there is a 5 band graphic that you can further shape the sound with. Im sure in time I will get it exactly where I want it. I had this head for 3 days and played a live show with it without so much as an afterthought. Our list includes stuff like Slipknot, Godsmack, Fear Factory, Disturbed, Rage, Temple of The Dog, and all the way to Weezer, Blue October and the like on the other end so I have quite a number of patches set up. I do have to say, that Im a Boogie fan for life!
Music background: No lessons, completely self taught, playing since '89. Influnces like 80's New Wave./Electronic, Hair Metal, Power Metal, Goth/Prog Rock etc.

Just. Wow.

Well, the rating section said it best: I'm absolutely blown away by this monster of an amp. I've played a number of Mesa Boogie amps, but none of them quite stack up to the JP-2C. I had originally been saving up for a Mark V and luckily the JP-2C was announced a few months before GearFest. When I played it in that tent I knew it was the one for me. As someone who is still new to dialing in a tube amp well, I found that it was pretty easy to achieve whatever sound I was looking for with a little tweaking. Plus, 3 separate channels, TWO graphic EQ's, MIDI footswitching, and the best clean channel I've ever heard? Deal. I can't say the CabClone is fantastic, but having used it in a few live settings, it does the job. Overall, the cleans are beautiful, rhythm work comes through tight and punchy, and the leads have all the sustain/overtones/harmonics you could ask for. This is the modern upgrade the iconic IIC+ needed, and probably the last amp I'll ever need.

Love it

Played one. Played a Jcm 800 played Johns line of 2c+ amazing great clean tight gain crunch real punchy. One day I'll own this or the mark v
Music background: Blues Classic rock hair metal thrash metal,metalcore

Best Mark Series amp so far.

I have owned many Mesa amps in my time and some of them I still have (Mark III, Mark IV, Mark V, Roadster, RA100). Now that I have experienced the JP-2C, I must be in heaven. I am totally blown away how well this amp reacts to guitar volume settings, very responsive to pick attack. The tonal range of this amp is amazing. It will definitely blend with the Recto series amps. Definitely a great companion to use with the Roadster or on its own. You can set the gain just past mid point on CH2 or CH3 and dial back on your guitar volume and now you have a vintage clip. Drop even lower on your guitar volume and it cleans up nicely. Hint, to some of those who want to get to the sweet spot but do not want to play that loud, use the shred mode for low volume playing. Amp sounds great with or without the 5 band EQs. Midi control is a great feature. The footswitch works flawlessly which I believe works off of one of the midi channels. What may seem simple on the front panel there is so much to explore with this amp that what meets the eye. Very easy and intuitive controls. One of the easiest Mark amps to dial in, almost as easy as an RA100. This amp works great with different types of guitars. Single coil pickups to humbuckers, passive to active. Does incredibly well with many effects pedals in the loop. I have tried the Mesa Flux drive on the front end and that really sounded good too. Awesome amp for heavy metal and other styles of Rock. Lets not forget about the clean channel as this amp has one of the better sounding cleans I have heard. What is there not to like about this amp? I probably could have come up with something but after getting used to the amp for a few weeks there is nothing I dislike about it. Very light in weight (41lbs) and compact size makes moving the amp quite easy. Responsive and dynamic to what I am playing or how I am playing. It is more forward and unforgiving and will exploit your mistakes with ease. Some may not like that but to me that is an excellent quality. When I plug in, I have a hard time stopping.
Music background: Played guitar for 30+ years, Drums and Bass for about 2.

Best Amp I Have Ever Owned

I have owned many different amps over the years, Marshalls, Peavey, Carvin, various Blackstar amps including the HT Club 40 and HT Metal 60. Although some of them were good amps in their own right, noneof these amps can hold a candle to this Mesa Boogie. Every other review I have read and John Petrucci's own insight is dead on when they say that a Mesa Boogie has a sound all its own. First of all, it is a sonic beast. I still have not had the volume past 3 on 60 watt function and it is loud. The volume is very sensitive so you do not actually turn the knob and go from soft and blaring. This amp is very versatile in that there are three distinctive channels. I set all of them up just as John Petrucci would. I use the first channel for cleans (no EQ), channel 2 as a crunch channel (EQ1) and the third channel as the lead channel (EQ2). Each channel has its own reverb, which again gives you sound options you do not get with other amps and the said can be said for the two EQ channels. Sometimes you do not want to share the same EQ with 2 different channels. With this amp, you don't need to. The Footswitch that comes with the amp is very helpful makes switching between channels, reverb and EQ a snap. For practicing purposes, how many amps of this power give you a headphone jack? Usually you need a tube performance amp and a solid state practice amp in order to get the headphone option; not this beast. Pair this amp with Mesa Boogie's 2x12 horizontal rectifier cabinet and this thing will soar. Mesa Boogie support is top notch and they tell you to call them anytime even after purchasing the amp. Sweetwater staff are awesome. My rep is Dave Walent and he takes the time to explain a product and will not push something on you in order to make money if another product will suffice that is less money and a better product. I could not ask for a better rep in the way Dave deals with you. In conclusion, this is the best amp I have ever played and you can hear chime in chords with this amp that I have not gotten out of other amplifiers. In this particular case, you get what you pay for. It is solid construction and I should get years enjoyment out of this amp. I will be reviewing the cabinet as well.
Music background: Musician / Hobbyist
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