The moment I saw Jason Tong's teaser video of his Jose Cali amp I went into lust overdrive. I touched base with Jason and he was kind enough to bring the amp over for a look and a chat. He left without the amp and I'm one Charvel Super Stock less. This amp is KILLER! No, it doesn't do cleans. Just means. Three types of means and they're all great. The build quality is just as solid as the sounds. Jason is a fantastic bloke full of cool stories and the work he does is stellar. If you're an amp-building type you might want to check out his site just for his pre-fab PCB's.
I will make a clinical demo of the Jose Cali in the coming weeks to show its sound and mod switching options, but in the meantime, please enjoy this lengthy (but engaging, I hope) video that also features my long-time friend, Dave Leslie, at the end. Dave was unceremoniously ambushed when he dropped in to say hi. (Sorry mate!)
This video was made as a favour to Jason to help spread his very good word around the planet. The amp does belong to me now as a result of a trade. (Yahoo!)
Guitar: 2009 Music Man Ernie Ball Axis (my intro); Charvel Super Stock Sunset Orange San Dimas (Jason and Dave) That guitar now belongs to Jason.
Amp: 2020 Headfirst Amplification Jose Cali SN#1. For my intro I used the Fractal X-Load to feed an Axe-FX III running OwnHammer Friedman IR's and some delay/verb. The longer part of the video was made using the Boss Waza Tube Expander and their own V30 IR.
Mic: Samson Airline77 (me)
Camera: iPhone 11 Pro and Canon D60
Soundcard: PreSonus Quantum & Fractal Audio Systems Axe-FX III (guitar, mixing and bouncing).
Monitors: Blue Sky Media Desk 2.1
Computer: 2017 Apple iMac Pro, 2.5 GHz 14-Core Intel Xeon W, 64 GB 2666 MHz DDR4, Radeon Pro Vega 64X 16 GB
Software: Logic Pro X, Apple Final Cut Pro X, Compressor.