Cube-30X review by Roland

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.2 (220 votes)
Roland: Cube-30X

Price paid: $ 249

Purchased from: Cornerstone Music

Sound — 9
It has good sound for all amp models. Effects are good. This is my first good amp and I love it. I miss home high notes on the metal and classic settings, but this may be the Guitar. The effects must be truned off to get a clean sound on the clean channel.

Overall Impression — 9
Excellent amp, it could have more efficient controls or even have three or four presets so you could change to pre-defined sounds. Overall, it is a good value. For an amp you drag around to practice, it provides a one stop for amp models and effects. A guitar modeling machine or series of pedals with a standard amp, or this one with the effects turned off, will provide a better chance of reproducing a sound you like.

Reliability & Durability — 9
I have just had it a couple of months, but I have banged it around quite abit and it has held up fine. It has padded corners to protect the amp. The handle is heavy-duty and easy to grip. It seems to be sturdy and heavy enough to take the abuse. I have used it for long practice sessions with the gain pretty high and the volume up and it seems to endure under these circumstances.

Features — 9
This is a new combo amp from Roland. It is 30W, has 2 channels, tuner, different amp models, re-verb, delay, and 4 effects. It has an accessory input for playing CD or other device, and a headphone jack. Negative: I do wish the effects were controlled by seperate controls (reverb and delay use one knob, the four effects share one knob). You have the choice of one and you have to listen to adjust and keep from switching effects. If you loose the setting or need a different effect, you have to expirement to find your settings for other songs. One of the best features is it has a button that allows you to get good sound and sustain without having the volume cranked.

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    My favorite amp: small, basic but with the necessary stuff on board and incredibly sturdy. Greetz, moi
    I have the old version of it, without the power sqeezer and the tuner.. and i love it
    Scarlatti wrote: I have the old version of it, without the power sqeezer and the tuner.. and i love it
    Yeah same. Damn good amp.
    I have the mini cube as my practice amp but its still loud just for a small amp, really good amp
    i have this amp, it is awesome. you get some problems trying to refine the sound to an in between level of volume, but it is an awesome amp. the effects are awesome. being only 14, my parents weren't prepared to go spending large amounts of money on me, and this amp was great for it, the valve is unimaginable. if you bought all things seprate, you would be looking maybe..... $500, so yeah, awesome valve... great for band practice.... while it wont stand up to a marshall stack, it will kick the ass of someone unexspectent.... in closing great amp, awesome effects, great valve, aweosme for metal bands, lol
    Personally i love this amp. Both lead and clean channels have the most diverse tones and a range of different sounds. The only problem i had was that it easily sucumbs to surrounding electrical interference whic creates a feedback with a buzz. But overall it is a beauty.