Cube-15 review by Roland

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.6 (103 votes)
Roland: Cube-15
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Price paid: $ 138.6

Purchased from: Euromusica

Sound — 9
I use an Epiphone G-400 (SG '61 Reissue), and a Stagg Guitar (Strat replica), wich can "outrun" any Squiers, with a basic "static-reduction" shielding/grounding. As for pedalboards, I use a Korg ToneWorks AX1500G which is a great pedalboard for it's market price), through the clean channel only. With the SG, I can easilly go from pure Rock 'n Roll sounds, like Elvis or Chuck Berry, to Slayer, Tool or Ramstein-like sounds, all with great quality and fidelity (depending on the roon where I'm playing, obviously). With the Stagg, I can easilly be mistaken for Stevie Ray Vaugham. The Clean Channel is extremely reliable, reaching a slight overdrive is it's max, and the distortion array covers almost everything, although it's reaaly a problem to switch effects through songs, and it can't be eqquiped with a footswitch. It has 4 base overdriving modules: standart overdrive, perfect for playing classic punk and rock; distortion, wich can fit you everyday Black Sabbath/Iron Maiden/AC-DC needs; metal, good for nu-metal, power metal, etc; metal stack, which is up to you to decide when/where you want to use it. One thing that might be worth your money, is that it really plays loud. It can surelly overpass any other 15watt amp, and with a pedal/pedalboard, it pairs with 25watt amps (in my band, our other guitarrist plays with a Behringer 15watt/Peavey 25watt, and this baby makes his "statement" to both).

Overall Impression — 10
Ok, you can't use on a world tour. You can't hear it that well across a stadium. It's not that big, or mean-looking. It's really not expensive, if you look around a bit, and is kind of heavy for it's size. It can be described as a "Newbie's amplifier." But you can be sure of one thing: it will give the sound volume that will make you parents yell "turn that damn thing down!" and possibly get you banished from home. So, it's that worthy.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Have you ever seen the US Army tank, the Abraham? Those wich create havoc in batttlefields? This is as though as one! The only weak point is the front grid, wich is made out of plastic. But if you have minimun caution when moving it around, it really doesn't matter. Mine is always travelling in trunks and all, and is in perfect shape. You can also use it outdoors without any concerns (unless it's raining! Water + electricity = bad), and it makes you feel you are playing in Woodstock, in the '70s. You can trust you life on this amp, really!

Features — 8
I have no ideia when was this amp built, but I'm pretty sure mine is from the 21st Century. Quickly speaking, it's a standart solid state, 2 channel, 4 overdrive tipes, starting amp (and cheap too). I use to play a lot of music styles, mainly from The Who to Black Sabbath/Ozzy Osbourne, with an Epi SG and a Stagg guitar (it's not perfect, because you need to get a couple of "patching" effects to compensate the lack of a compressor, or chorus, for example).

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