Cube-30X review by Roland

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.2 (220 votes)
Roland: Cube-30X

Price paid: $ 300

Purchased from: Guitar Source

Sound — 8
I'm using it with a Jackson RR3 with Duncan Designed Pups. It suits Metal very well, but its designed with versatility in mind. Not particularly noisy, it does vibrate every now and then, but its really hard to hear. I love the clean sound, its modeled after the Roland JC. I like the distortion, It gets pretty hi gain when you're on the Metal and Recto settings. The distortion on the Recto channel can be a little digital sounding. 8/10 for sound. The occasional Digital-ness bring it down.

Overall Impression — 8
Like I said, Great for Metal, with great cleans, and great classic rock sound. I've been playing for a little over a year. I play a Jackson RR3, I've played and owned several Solid State amps, this is the best out of them for this budget. If it were stolen I would just upgrade to a tube. I like the distortion, cleans, and features of this amp. If you're a beginner or looking for a practice amp for bedroom practice/ jamming. The tone isnt great, it certainly isnt bad, I would call it good. The Recto and Metal settings rock.

Reliability & Durability — 9
I have had this amp for almost a year. I've never had any problems with it breaking down or needing any maintenance or anything. I would not gig with this amp though. Its simply not suited for it. Its a 30W, Solid state, modeling amp. Its great for practice, even jamming, but I would never gig with it.

Features — 8
First off, This amp is just about the best practice amp you can buy. Cheap, versatile, and good sounding. I play Heavy Metal, but I integrate lots of cleans into my sound, this amp will do both great. 2 channels, Clean and Dirty. The Built in effects are Reverb, Delay, Chorus, Flanger, Tremelo, and Phaser. There's a Headphone jack for quieter play, plus a power squeezer (which brings the wattage down to 2.) I wish it came with a Channel changing pedal and sounded a little less bassy and digital when using the headphones. I only use the Delay, Reverb, and Chorus, the other effects are useless to me, I just don't like them. I use this amp for bedroom practice and it stays around 5. Amp models are: Acoustic (quite nice, but I prefer the clean channel), Black Panel (an incredible Fender sound, You need to roll back the gain though or it will sound harsh and like garbage), Brit Combo (I love this one, I use it for Sabbath, and Led Zep sounds) Tweed (I personally don't use it much), Classic Combo (Good for really old school metal, I don't use it), "Metal" (Its meant to imitate the Peavey XXX and I love it, my favorite setting) "Recto" (Made to sound like a Dual Rectifier, my second favorite setting, love it.) 8/10 for Great models and effects, but it is after all an SS Digital Modeller.

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    This is one hell of a muddy sounding amp.....i've tried it with multiple strats.....i've tried it with multiple les pauls....yet still it sounds quite bad! I would recommend the vox vt30 to people like me who like a bit of hard rock,,,,and the vyper 30 for the metal-heads... (but this is my own opinion people, best to try these things out yourself and form your own opinion )
    I've had this amp for some time now, Im not sure if something is wrong with mine, Im using an Ibanez Art-120 Les Paul Single Cut Body Guitar with LoZ Active High Output pickups... The Clean Channel doesn't sound good, very muffy to me, I think it might be my guitar or something wrong with the amp... SOmetimes I plug my guitar into my old Crate FW15r just to use the clean channel... Other than that, GREAT AMP!!
    zip983 wrote: would this work well will a boss metal zone????
    It should... Keep in mind that the metal zone is a shitty pedal
    I personally love this amp. The was what I bought when my other amp (a Drive CD300) broke. This amp is a ton better. I personally have one complaint and that is that you can barely (or not at all in some cases) hear the delay effect at low volumes. This makes it hard for me to play in my house because of my parents. I have a class in school where everybody plays their instruments though, so I get to crank it up when I deem necessary. I also have a set of headphones, in which the effects can be more easily heard. All in all though, GREAT AMP
    My 2 Cents about the Roland Cube 30x: I play my 2 Guitars (Squier Classic Vibe 50's Stratocaster & an Ibanez Art-120 les paul body) through the Roland Cube 30x. Basic Summary: Amazing Tones for the Strat, I can dial in the Black Panel model, add some reverb and get a beautiful clean strat bell-like sound (With the Tightness of the fender twin reverb). Then I can switch over to the Fender Tweed model, and put on some delay with a dash of phaser, and voila I have my pink Floyd "Breathe in the Air" sound. Then I can switch to the Classic Stack model, add quite a bit of reverb, and low gain (just at the breaking up point to give some crunch), turn up the mids a bit, flick the switch on my Strat to the 2nd Position (Bridge+Middle) and there you have a beautiful Jimi Hendrix "Little Wing" tone. (Much to my surprise the Classic Stack which is modelled on a Marshall JCM100 gave me the best little wing tone) For the little bits of Metal I still play, when I ever use my pedal (MT-2 Metalzone by Boss) I usually avoid using the normal clean channel (It really is very bland to my ears), I usually opt to use the pedal through the Fender Tweed amp model (on low gain) to get a real nice sound. The only thing I don't like on this amp is the Clean channel, it really isn't my style. I've tried other Roland Products like the Boss BR-864 which has the COSM model of the JC-120 Clean, and I didn't like that either, so all together I don't think it's the amps fault, it's what it's modelled on, the Jazz Chorus 120 just isn't a very nice sounding clean sound to my ears. After all, the sky is the limit with this amp. Watch the EQ! It will make / break your tone! Play around alot, and watchout when using High Output pickups, the Clean channel will sound really crunchy. I used to use a Crate FW15r, after I got the Roland Cube 30x, i didn't like the Clean channel, and I wasn't adventurous enough to explore the other tones, instead I prefered the clean sound of the Crate. But after the Crate gave me some technical issues, I started using the Cube 30x, at the time I had gained experience both in the Equipment and Playing aspect, So I was able to summon the courage to explore the other amp sounds and was blown away. Don't make the mistake I did, Don't cry at the boring sounding JC-120 clean sound, try out the clean sound of the Fender Tweed amp model (To get the clean sound just put the gain at 9 o' clock.)