Roland Blues Cube

cf1988cf1988 Frets: 6
edited December 2016 in Amp Reviews
Has anyone got any experience of these?

I picked one up at the weekend for a couple of reasons:

1) I'm sick of lugging a heavy head and 4x12 cab to gigs

2) I can tell the difference between a valve and solid state amp really easily, but from the videos I've seen this amp sounded pretty nice to me. 
I decided to go for the Blues Cube artist, mainly because I want to gig the amp and have it for home use as well. 

First impressions 

Really easy to pick up. Having thrown my back out a couple of years ago trying to carry a Mesa Lodestar classic 2x12 up a flight of stairs I've always had an aversion to heavy amps. This one however weighs absolutely nothing and should be really easy to carry around for gigs. 

tone wise, it's really easy to get a nice sound pretty quickly. I record this video to demonstrate a lead tone I was playing around with. No tweaking was necessary really, this was recorded pretty much straight out of the box.




Roland are really pushing this amp at the moment, by saying it's pretty much the closest you can get to a tube amp sound from a solid state amplifier. I'm not sure that it sounds exactly like a tube amp, but it's certainly not far off, and at gig volumes the audience probably wouldn't be able to tell. 
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  • ennspekennspek Frets: 675
    Nice playing and great amp.
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  • Video link doesn't work for me :(
    Link to my trading feedback:  http://www.thefretboard.co.uk/discussion/59452/
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  • Thanks mate!
    Should be working now!
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  • Great review thanks @cf1988 ; I thinking of changing my tube amp for the reasons - bad back.......

    How are you getting on with the blues cube now? Have you gigged it? What's it like with pedals? I really only use a clean tone on an amp live - how does this compare to the classic fender amps do you think?
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  • HI mate, I'm really impressed by it to be honest. I gigged with it the other day and completely forgot it was solid state!

    It's got loads of headroom and the clean channel sounds awesome. 

    I recorded this video on the amps clean channel with a bit of boost:





    In terms of pedals it seems to take them well, it's hard to describe but after a while you just forget that it is solid state. In all of these videos where I'm demoing the pedals, they are all going through the blues cube.









    It does remind me of classic fender amps but you can also change the amps feel with the tone capsules. I'm probably going to get the Eric Johnson one which supposedly changes it to more of a Marshall type setting. 
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  • Great stuff @cf1988 - thank you. You should probably get some commission from Roland cus I am pretty convinced!
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  • fields5069fields5069 Frets: 542
    I keep umming and ahing over my Artist. Picked it up in a slightly relic'ed state for a song, and now somebody wants to offer me more for it. I find I have to be quite careful with the EQ on the crunch channel, otherwise there's too much honk with my Tele. But comparing it with a Yamaha THR100 (apples and oranges), it just has something else I can't put my finger on. I'm wondering whether to get the "Vox-y" New York Blues tone capsule.
    Some folks like water, some folks like wine.
    My feedback thread is here.
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