Roland Cube 30

30W Mini/Headphone Amp (1 x 1")

Made by Roland

Description Mini amp with t30 watts of power and the ability to model 8 different amplifiers, with an abundance of punch
Posted By David Comstock (15)
Directory Equipment: Amplifiers
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On 12/2/2004, John Chamley (252) posted:
Overall Rating:
For my purposes - mixed electric, acoustic, classical guitars- church band - superb!
Price: $0.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Ebay
Features:
Bass, Middle, Treble Has channel switch jack but I don't use it This amp is used in a church band and is miked into the mixer Volume is rarely turned more than half way. I sometimes play a lead guitar solo with that just going into distortion sound of my generation. It sears through the PA nicely. During practice this amp holds its own against bass, drums, keyboard and another guitarist, with volume to spare. We are not the noisiest, being a church band, but we do get to rock a little sometimes.
Sound Quality:
Clean sound - super - excellent. I use the clean for classical/electric and an acoustic/electric. The digital sounds and amp modelling work well playing live. I play a Godin electric and use mostly the Marshall combo setting (it's not called that on the amp). There are various modelling sounds that emulate various fenders and stacks. Another prefered setting is "acoustic" which gets occasional use when playing my electric. Do not even think about using this for recording - the digital effects sound so noisy during quiet passages. Even with headphones - I almost got rid of this amp when I first bought it. However, live and with a band, the background noise is not noticable. If I were playing profesionally, I would want something with a little fuller sound, but going through the PA this works just fine.
Ease of Use:
The amp is not programmable. No patches - just turn the knobs and play. After being a tube kind of guy, I settled on this amp for portability and super convenience. I was not happy with the sound I got for a while. Then I settled on just turning the three tones all the way up, cutting back a little on the treble and using the guitar's tone. I really believe in the KISS principle (Keep It Simple and Smile). I was using a BOSS multipedal, before this amp, but now I just go direct into the amp, even though the effects are not as tweakable. Oh - but sometimes I place my Fish N Chips (equalizer) pedal in between so that I can fine tune some of the middle frequencies. The master and slave volume work excellent. I set up with very slight overdrive, with the guitar volume not all the way up. Then for a solo I turn it up and the amp raunches away quite nicely.
Durability:
Very reliable - built like a tank. So far in its second year using it twice a week. If I was getting paid for my playing I would be a little more concerned about having a backup. Usually we have another amp around anyway - just in case. However, I would not anticipate any problems unless it was dropped from a great height.
On 9/17/2004, Chris Hargreaves (217) posted:
Overall Rating:
Overall I feel this a great amp for a small price.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $300.00 (new)
Where Obtained: AZ music in Phoenix AZ.
Features:
This is a great practice amp with alot of punch and effects to keep most players going for a long time. Everything from acoustic sounds to the most extreme metal and almost everything in between can be played on this little amp. Floor pedals can also be plugged in and controlled. All in all a great but for the cash.
Sound Quality:
I use a dean electric guitar with no effects with it and I play metal music on it with no problem. But it also can handle and perform many styles.
Ease of Use:
Using this amp is easy as all the selection choices are right on top of it instead of the front.
Durability:
So far I've had no issues or problems with it and it is a sturdy anp.
On 4/20/2004, Jeff Broll (66) posted:
Overall Rating:
I tried a bunch of amps - just about every amp in that price range (and up to $150 higher). Nothing touched it. Marshall and Fender practice combos weren't nearly up to my standards; nothing else provided the value of this Cube; the only other amp I considered was the Vox 'Deacy', but I chose the Cube for versatility.

The only thing I would change about it would be the digital FX. They sound really digital and cheesier than the entire state of Wisconsin, so I'd recommend either ditching them entirely or making them better. Also, an FX loop would be nice and a switch to mute the amp, so plugging it into a comp or recorder won't mute it (I hate headphones, I prefer hearing the amp along with everything else). Apart from the usual 'tubes are better' droning, there's really nothing I can complain about. Get this amp!
Price: $225.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Century Music
Features:
Solid state; 30 Watts; 10" speaker; Two channels (Clean and Drive, which emulates eight amplifiers); Digital effects (Flanger, Chorus, Phaser, Tremolo) and separate Delay/Reverb FX loop would have been nice, but you can't have everything. Yet.
Sound Quality:
I use my Dean ML Phantom XT with only a Sovtek Big Muff. I play mostly blues and jazz/fusion with some classic rock, and I get all the tones I need with either the blackface (Fender Twin Reverb) or Brit Combo (Vox AC30 - think Queen). Acoustic, Metal (5150) and R-Fier(Mesa Boogie) aren't very well done, but I never use them and the other excellent modes more than make up for them. Clean channel is great, but if you use a Big Muff like me you want to use either the Blackface with gain around 3:00 or the AC30 with no gain.
Ease of Use:
Not programmable, but it's fairly easy to get a good tone with a decent guitar (don't even try with a Squier or a cheap Epi, though, there isn't an amp out there that can make those sound good so don't smash this amp when you can't get Eric Johnson's clean or Billy Corgan's distortion). If you spend some time to get to know it, it will definitely pay off.
On 1/26/2004, Matt Berning (235) posted:
Overall Rating:
This amp is awesome, especially for the price. All of the different effects and control you have on your sound will save you even more money because you won't need pedals or effects boxes to help get you your sound. It's loud enough to play a small gig and it has great tone. For $225, it's got to be the best way to go.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $225.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Portland Music Company
Features:
-30 Watt Solid State
-Jazz Clean Channel
-7 Modeled Amps: Acoustic, Fender Black Face, British Combo, Tweed, Classic Stack, Metal Stack, Rectifier
-Seperate volume knobs for JC and the 7 models
-Gain knob for 7 models
-3 EQ knobs
-Chorus/Flanger/Phaser/Tremelo knob
-Delay/Reverb knob
-Footswitch input jack
-Secondary input jack(for backing sample, etc)
-Output jack (to recording or headphones)
Sound Quality:
Wide range of options for your sound. Very powerful amp-- you can crank it up if you need to. All of the tone, volume, gain, and effect controls work fine and sound great
Ease of Use:
Very easy to use. All of the options are straightforward so it's very easy to get the sound you want
Durability:
Seems fairly sturdy so far...the back is all enclosed. Still have to see how it goes in the long run but its structure doesn't suggest it is prone to damage
On 1/7/2004, Todd Kelley (104) posted:
Overall Rating:
I compared the Peavey Blazer, Marshall AVT20, Marshall DFX15, and several Fenders; and for the price, this amp is clearly the only one you need for practice/portability. I would definitely replace it if lost. The best part of this amp is its weight and effects, with sound a close third. It could be better with a totally separate reverb knob instead of being combined with delay. Buy this and the Boss Loop Station and you can do ANYTHING you want!
Model Year: 2003
Price: $225.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Absolute Music, Fairborn OH
Features:
For this price, the features are unmatched! It will save ~$200 on pedals alone, not to mention the modeling on this amp. Foot switchable clean/lead, CD input, headphones, separate bass, midrange, and treble knobs.
Sound Quality:
This is a Roland, so it sounds great. I play it with a Fender Tele mostly, but also with acoustics through my Boss Loop Station. It will handle any style of music well, especially good for metal, blues, and classic rock. With the knobs set right, you can get a very nice jazz tone as well.
Ease of Use:
It is not programmable, but it only $225 brand new, with 30W power! Very easy to use with all the knobs. Also is very light, so it is the ultimate practice/recording amp.
Durability:
This is a roland, so it is made to withstand abuse. The effects are digital, so they are sturdy as well. Functions very well as a portable practice amp.
On 9/3/2003, David Comstock (15) posted:
Overall Rating:
Marshall, Berringer Fender Vox & kustom were some of the amps I looked at. This Roland Cube 30 gave me the most "bang for the buck."

Yes I would rplace this with another one if it were lost or stolen.

Put tubes in it in the same price range.

Favorite: For a beginner like me, it has just about everything I need. Worst: For the money, I just can't think of anything to slam this amp. Above I mentioned offering tubes, but realistically, for the money I spent on this amp, it "ain't" going to happen.

If someone is starting out, like me or looking for a great practice amp, has what it takes and then some.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $300.00 (new)
Where Obtained: BPMusic (online)
Features:
30 watt output,10 inch speaker, models 8different amps,switchable channel between "clean" & "lead." Switching can be done via foot switch. 3 band EQ, 4 types Digital effects (chorus flanger phaser and tremlo, all of which can operated via foot switch. Separate "delay" and "reverb." Also has "recording out" jack. External input jack allows hookinhg up a CD or other backing device. This amp is plenty powerful enough for me at this time. With only one speaker, it is not stereo. It is all solid state.
Sound Quality:
I have a Brawley A222 electric guitar and an Ibanez AW200 acoustic.(w/o pickup) The amp performs well for me. I can model other types of amps getting some really different sounds. It ranges from an acoustic sound to heavy metal. This is the first and only amp I have used or owned, as I am new to playing. I did, however, do a lot of comparison shopping for amps. Once I settled on the one I wanted, BPMusic provided the best price. (note:I also bought my Ibanez acoustic from them. They beat everyone else's price) I haven't noticed any untold "noise" from the amp. It distorts as well as I could ask. As to the volume, its clean and a window shaker.
Ease of Use:
I don't believe this amp is programable. It takes very little fiddling to obtain a good sound. Its the only amp I've used
Durability:
I believe this would be very reliable for steady playing. My amp is new so I have had no issues with repair. The construction is VERY heavy duty.