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Roland Cube 60 Reviews
My reason for buying this amp was because my band needed ultimate portability so a 100W valve combo was out of the question.
Running my FX board through a cab sim DI box was great but left me at the mercy of sometimes horrendous club sound systems and engineers. I needed something to pump out the watts without breaking my back.
This amp was the answer. It exudes no \"mojo\" but it has a good tone and is reliable and roadworthy. With my Les Paul on my back and my FX board over my shoulder, I wheel this amp about London on a luggage trolley - it\'s been dropped, shunted and scraped but barely has a mark on it!
The clean channel is crystal clear and turning the volume up just gives you a nice loud, clear sound. So top marks for that channel. The effects are really useful for when you just need a bit of reverb or chorus to round out sounds when sketching out ideas. Calling them inspirational is a stretch, but they definitely help with the flow.
The modelled crunch/distortion sounds provide enough variation to get you in the right ball park, but lack inspiration and for live use I found this channel was nowhere near punchy enough. So two marks dropped for that.
However, I bought this for two main reasons: volume and portability. There\'s no faulting it in that regard as I now have a fully mobile gig rig!
First things first - this is a smallish combo highly competitively priced amp, so we\'re not talking about high end Mesa Boogies or whatever, however, this amp sounds simply great. I play a variety of guitars: electric, piezo pick-up nylon, acoustic steel with soundhole pick-up - each performs beautifully through the Cube. I have discovered sounds on my Telecaster that I didn\'t know existed. I have previously always played through Peavey amps, so this was a change. I wanted a portable amp that could sound good when run through a PA but could also produce reasonable sounds for DI recording - no problems here on either count.
The clean sound is just that, with plenty of poke and variation to be found through the EG and Presence controls. The FX are simple to use, with the delay and reverb controlled seperately from the flanegr, chorus, tremelo etc. giving a nice degree of flexibility. Specila mention for the Chorus and Phaser - creamy and rich with sufficient controllable swirl in there.
It comes into its own for practices and song writing as the on board effects reduce the need for linking chains of effects if you simply want to plug and play.
The amp modelling is limited only by the speaker - you\'ll never get a full Marshall stack tone out of a 12\" cone - but they\'re not bad when DI for recording.
Can\'t beat it for performance at a very low cost.
Oh yes, it\'s built to last to - much like a tank.