Roland VGA-3

50W Combo (1 x 1")

Made by Roland

Description Of over 50 amps I have owned this one is the best so far. COSM modeling that breathes like a tube amp.
Posted By Randy Combs (6529)
Directory Equipment: Amplifiers
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On 2/7/2005, Randy Combs (6529) posted:
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BUY ONE !! Enough said. You will not be dissatisfied.
Model Year: 2004
Price: $299.00 (new)
Where Obtained: MusiciansFriend.com
Features:
11 different amp models with delay, chorus, reverb, and flanger effects. Single channel 1x12 with midi capabilities for switching between models and effects and patches. I have used it on 5 gigs so far without miking in clubs up to 200 capacity. It's a solid state amp that will fool tube purists. It has already.
Sound Quality:
With my 1975 Gibson Les Paul equipped with a WCR Shredder in the bridge and a Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates neck pickup this set-up owns all I have ever had or heard, seriously. I have a Marshall JCM-800, a Crate Vintage Club 50, a Roland BC-30, a Traynor TS-100 and the VGA-3 is the best sounding amp of all. Except for just a little noise on the Rectified model in high gain, this amp is dead quiet. With all the models it has you can get any style of music you'd ever want. I absolutely love the modern model(Soldano SLO),it nails the sound and tone. The 5150 model is killer. The JC-120 is so sweet as expected. The Tweed model is just cool. I use the Match model(Matchless 30) for the country stuff and it is tingling to the spine.
Ease of Use:
It is not hard to program. The amp works like a regular amp so that's not a problem. The stock patches with midi are really good. Tweaking is fairly easy. It doesn't take much because most models are dead on.
Durability:
The cab is bulit heavy duty. I always worry about modeling amp electronics. The pots and knobs could have had better and heavier. Though all seem to be OK as long as they are not knocked around. I keep my amps in road cases so that's not a worry. Doing 150-200 gigs a year requires me to have all my stuff in ATA cases.