As a little practice amp, this thing is great. Only 2 watts, but it puts out plenty of sound. The effects are fine, but face it, if you need to practice with a lot of different effects, chances are youll have stomp boxes lined up ever where. If you have limited space, a small apartment, or roommates that think sleep is important, the Micro Cube is an amp to concider.
Model Year: 2006
Price: $125.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Very good amp modeling. Gain that can give you wicked distortion when cranked up. You can combine delay or reverb with either chorus, flanger, phaser, or tremolo. It has a built in tuning fork that can be set to A, A-flat, or A-flat-flat. Powered by either 6 AA batteries, or an AC adapter (included). Jacks for auxiliary in for a CD player or drum machine, and output to headphones or external speakers.
For an amp with only 2 watts, I am still amazed. The Micro Cube is not meant to shake the walls, but it puts out good sound quality. With the tone dial set at mid range, I find the speaker has more base than high end, but thats why there is a tone dial, you set it where you like it. The speaker is also very directional. When the speaker is aimed at you rather that you roommates, they really will not hear it over the sound of their Play Station.
Plug and play. What could get easier? The dials are well labeled. The instructions tell you what the different amp models are patterned after, but honestly, you are just going to turn the dials until you find a sound you like. The tuning fork is a little difficult for me, I would still use an electronic tuner.
The Micro Cube is built to be portable. The strap/handle feels a little cheap, but the amp only weighs 7 pounds. It has an all plastic case with a metal grill over the speaker. The dials and switches are pretty well recessed to keep them from getting smashed when you move it or store it. I have not tried to drop it yet, but it does feel sturdy.
For guitarists of any skill level, this is an excellent amp to have. Those on an especially tight budget would marvel at this amp, as it sounds like an amp that costs twice as much. It's a great size to bring to practices or even to use as a preamp. It's wonderful for the beginning guitarist, as it's a very versatile, yet easy to use modeling amp. The tone you achieve from each amp setting is superb, along with great built-in effects. An excellent amp for any guitarist to have.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $150.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Hot Licks Guitars
This amp features a host of modeling amp settings and effects. It includes a variety of models for many styles of playing, including a clean Roland amp, dirtier Marshall and Mesa Boogie settings, and some in-betweens like the Fender and Vox settings, along with an acoustic setting as well. It includes Chorus, Flanger, Reverb, etc. effects that are actually very good, considering these are onboard effects (this is due to the fact that these are basically Boss effects, due to the fact of Roland and Boss being the same entity). It's AC/DC so you can plug in as well as play off of batties. It has a fairly large handle that makes it convenient to carry.
The tone that you can achieve with this little amp is surprisingly good. It's fairly loud for a little amp, but works really well when used as a preamp and plugged into another speaker or PA (I use it in this way). As a Roland, the best achieved tones out of this little amp, in my opinion, are the cleaner ones, and it does an excellent job of that (though the dirty amp models are surprisingly good as well). It rivals much larger amps of much greater cost when used as a preamp, as the tone from this little beast is excellent.
Fairly straightforward knobs to adjust amp settings. Unfortunately you can't combine many of the built-in effects (you'd want to do this too, as the effects are pretty nice). The two effects knobs each control 2-3 effects, so you can't combine, say, Chorus and Flanger at the same time. I'm sure they did this so you go out and buy the Boss pedals, but still. Otherwise a pretty versatile amp for any skill level player.
For being a cheap, small amp it feels pretty solid. It has a metal grate in front of the speaker and not a cheap cloth or anything. The frame itself doesn't feel like you could break it with your pinky finger, which is always a good thing. Reliable in the sound it produces so far.
Trying to find a portable amp for playing "clean" jazz can be difficult. Mainly because of the distortion when playing chords. The "belt clip" amps are okay for soloing notes but typically the chords are distorted. Sooooo when I tried this little guy out I was totally impressed. It doesn't have a belt clip but it's as portable as it can be. It has a nice strap and the salesman even suggested using a guitar strap if you wanted to "strap it on yourself" and play. All in all if you need something portable or just a really great sounding amp for home/studio then this is a great pick.
If you want a great sounding portable amp then this one is for you. If you play jazz it has an incredible chorus effect and when played with reverb it's even better....like having a mini JC120. It can be used as a preamp so the effects can be used through another amp.....not bad :^) This little guy is something else.
I use this amp with my electric hollowbody, Oscar Schmidt by Washburn OE40, for playing jazz. However, it is not just for jazz.....it is for many styles. Whatever you play this is a fantastic portable amp.
I looked, or rather tried to look at the Yamaha AA5, however, I couldn't find one to compare with it. There is nothing on the market that compares with it...
Model Year: 2004
Price: $115.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Local Music Store
This amp has the basic controls:
* Amp Model Selector
There is no foot switch or effects loop.
It's a great solid state amp with 2 watts of power designed for being a portable practice device.
I use this with several guitars, single coils, humbuckers, and silent acoustic guitars... It works well for jazz, classical and rock.
There is not a lot of noice, however it does distort some at lower tones.
This amp is not programmable, but it's very easy to create the sound that you need.
This amp looks like it's designed to be thrown in the back of the car and dragged up to the highest mountains and used on camp outs.
I would consider the new Vox Valvetronix 15-watt combo (AD15VT), but I
wanted a simple small amp with some effects and amp modeling I could
use right away. As a novice electric guitar player, it's perfect for my
Model Year: 2004
Price: $122.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guiatr Center
This little 2 watt! practice amp has plenty of power. I use it in my
classroom for my music classes. The amp models are great, including
some classic Fender, Vox, and Mesa Boogie amps. Effects include Chorus,
Flanger, Phaser and Tremolo and Delay and Reverb all easily dialed in
with big knobs at the top. Battery or DC power.
It has your typical gain and volume switch. I use it with my Epiphone SG
special, set it to the Mesa Boogie Amp model, crank the gain and it has
an awesome distortion for most styles of rock.
Easy to switch between amp models and effects. With the aux out, I have
hooked this little guy up to a powered JBL speaker when I want it really