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Roland Cube

I need some help I'm looking at a Marshall MG30FX and a Roland cube 40XL. What are your thoughts on these amps?
Thanks Paul
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8/2/2011 10:22 AM

Randy Hano (12149) wrote:

What is your musical application? I personally have found Rolands to be sterile sounding while Marshall SS type amps sound like buzzsaws when using the Distortion mode. Cleans sound from both are decent and really voiced differently for users usage.



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8/2/2011 10:25 AM

Paul Ciampaglia (3641) wrote:

Hi Randy
Mostly play in church, not a lot of distortion used. Looking for a clean jazz sound.



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8/3/2011 9:55 AM

Randy Hano (12149) wrote:

Go with the Roland.





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8/3/2011 12:27 PM

Rick Kelly (2659) wrote:

I found the Roland Cube to be somewhat tolerable for a SS amp. I usually like using the distortion channel but with gain turned down until it just had a hair of overdrive crunch to it when picking hard, and backed off for any "clean" I needed, and used a Tube Screamer as a lead boost.





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8/3/2011 10:41 PM

Randy Hano (12149) wrote:

The clean would be perfect for what Paul wants to do. I have a difficult time running distortions and OD's with SS type amps. With modeling I now can get away with that.





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8/5/2011 11:06 AM

Rick Kelly (2659) wrote:

Heh, yeah not ideal, but I spent years running around to so many jams and open mic's, never knowing what I'd be plugging into, that I think I've developed a somewhat unique skill of dialing in something good from my bag'o'tones from just about any amp and a couple of pedals/boxes I always bring with me.

I still don't have a modeling box of any kind, maybe those make it even easier now.





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8/5/2011 11:08 PM

Randy Hano (12149) wrote:

The same goes for me at the blues jams that I attend. The only difference is that the amp are low powered all tube amps. I too have gotten pretty good about dialing in a sound and it is usually just a clean tone on the verge of breakup. As for pedals, I will use them sometimes depending on the type of amp and whether I will be able to push it. Lately I have just been carrying my Xotic EP or RC Boost to the jams.



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8/3/2011 8:16 PM

Warren Hunt (5730) wrote:

The Cube would be great for Church type of stuff. Plus they are robust.



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8/5/2011 4:47 PM

Dan Klotz (395) wrote:

I have a small pedal board that sounds good in front of any amp (the better the amp, the better it sounds)

The main piece that makes it work is the Jekyl & Hyde. I even run in front of my POD when I'm running direct because the distortion?OD sounds better than the POD's.



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8/6/2011 12:31 AM

Dan Klotz (395) wrote:

Sorry for the type-o'.. that was supposed to be distortion/OD... (was in a bit of a hurry when I wrote that)

Anyhow, my point is that I have small pedal board that I can use in front of just about any amp and still get a decent tone. It's small & portable, so the blues guys don't give me the stink eye for bringing a monster board:-D...yet it has all the basics ..(tuner-phase 90-keeley DS1-jekyll/hyde- chorus-delay).

Of course it's sounds better in front of a good amp, but it still sounds decent in front of a ...not so good amp.



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8/6/2011 12:40 AM

Randy Hano (12149) wrote:

How goes it bro. As for me at the blues jams, I try to bring a minimum of one pedal. If I can get away with it, I will not use it.



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8/6/2011 1:27 AM

Dan Klotz (395) wrote:

I'm doing well my friend. I hope you are too.

..I was making a tongue-in-cheek remark about the blues jams, just because some of those guys turn their nose up at certain gear:-)

But I hear ya, if the licks don't sound good on their own....using FX is like putting lipstick on a pig.

..but I've been to other jams or situations, and it's nice to have a mini- Swiss Army pedal board.... not too much, just enough.

Funny thing is, my Furman pedal board is really the same thing, but it's bigger, and some of the pedals are bigger (DL4, V Twin) I think people react more to the size than the number of pedals before I even use them. But that's a whole 'nother thread...



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8/6/2011 11:15 AM

Randy Hano (12149) wrote:

No worries bro. I see it all the time and "lol" sometimes I feel like I fell into that catagory as well since I have been doing it consistantly for the past 1.5 years. I gotta say though that personally I have grown leaps and bounds and don't need to rely on overdrive and distortion to get a good sound and tone anymore. Actually my tone has improved because my overdrive tones have improved as well.



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8/9/2011 12:24 PM

Ken Richardson (9051) wrote:

I am a little late to the party on this one....

The Roland Cube is an amp I usually hear good things about.

An amp I have gotten to play lately is the Vox Pathfinder 15. The Vox has a really good tone for the money, 15 watts, 8" speaker. I tried an older one with no reverb. They only make the 15R version now, so the amp has both reverb and tremolo these days. Its SS, but a really good sound for an SS amp. It has a speaker output jack, line out and headphone jack.

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