Small design decisions have consequences. I am no longer recommending the DigiTech JamMan Express XT, for the reason you see in the photo: the jamsync IN port on the Express…

Small design decisions have consequences. I am no longer recommending the DigiTech JamMan Express XT, for the reason you see in the photo: the jamsync IN port on the Express is not supported all the way around by sheet metal, so it breaks off if you exert even the slightest downward pressure on it. (Note: there’s a workaround for the problem, as described below, and if you’re willing to use that workaround the device is still usable.)


In the slightly more expensive JamMan Solo XT, the port is completely surrounded by metal, so it can’t break off the way it does in the Express XT.

If you’re considering an XT looper for the jamsync feature, go with the Solo XT–it’s only about $30 more, and it’s made to last. In the meantime, I’ve epoxied the port in place on my remaining Express; if that one breaks I won’t replace it.

UPDATE: I returned the JamMan Express XT to Guitar Center, which is where I get almost all my used gear (and this is why), and I used my refund to buy another one. I’ve epoxied the JamSync ports on both my Express XTs, and that should work until they die (hopefully from other causes than broken Jamsync ports). You’d think they’d do that at the factory, but whatever. Epoxy is cheap, and it doesn’t take long. Not very helpful if you have to open the thing up to service it, but given the cost for servicing one once it’s out of warranty, you might as well just get another one or take it out of the rig.

I’m not used to this kind of corner-cutting with Digitech gear, which generally is pretty durable. The Jamsync ports on my Express XTs both broke within a few months of light use. I have other Digitech gear that’s been running fine for 30 years. I hope the obviously poor design decision (or was it a manufacturing decision?) that makes these Express XTs so breakable isn’t representative of a change in the company’s attitude toward build quality.

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