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Rogue SC40R 40W 2x8 Stereo Chorus Guitar Combo Amp  

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    A compact amp with a broad sound.

    The Rogue SC40R guitar amp delivers a true stereo chorus sound in one compact package with 2-channel switching between a clean and overdriven sound and built-in reverb.

    For years, guitarists have appreciated the bigger sound that adding a chorus effect brings. The problem with effect pedals though is they can't deliver a true stereo sound unless you've got two amps.

    The Rogue SC40R solves that problem by incorporating a true stereo chorus in its preamp section and then pushing the effected sound through 2 high-fidelty 8" speakers. Whether it's for jazz or rock, a stereo chorus effectively doubles your guitar sound, making it fuller and more interesting for all styles of music. The tone-shaping controls are extensive in the Rogue SC40R with mid-frequency adjustment that can pinpoint the exact tone you're looking for. The Rogue SC40R also has controls for dialing in reverb and distortion making it an amp that really can cover it all.

    The Rogue SC40R includes an input for connecting a dual footswitch to trigger the stereo chorus or switch between channels. There's also an 1/8" stereo connection for MP3 or CD players and a headphone out for practicing without waking up the neighbors.

    Features

    • Compact size
    • True stereo chorus
    • Gain control for overdrive
    • 3-band EQ with mid-frequency adjustment
    • Built-in reverb
    • Connection for dual footswtich
    • Input for MP3/CD player
    • 1/4" headphone out

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    SC40R 40W 2x8 Stereo Chorus Guitar Combo Amp Specifications:

    • Maximum Power Output: 40 watts
    • Speakers: 2 x 8", 40 watts @ 4Ohm
    • Frequency Response: 72Hz - 15kHz
    • Total Harmonic Distortion: 0.2% (in "clean mode")
    • Signal to Noise: 75dB @ maximum rated power
    • Input Impedance: 180kOhms
    • Power Consumption: 80 watts maximum
    • Maximum Input Level: 28mV (RMS)
    • Maximum Gain: 56dB (@1kHz)
    • Dimensions (H x W x D): 550mm x 240mm x 310mm, 21.6" x 9.4" x 12.2"
    • Weight: 13.1kg, 28.8lb.
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    RogueSC40R 40W 2x8 Stereo Chorus Guitar Combo Amp
     
    4.4

    (based on 104 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (71)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (21)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (6)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (32)
    • Portable (32)
    • Excellent sound (26)
    • Good power output (23)
    • Warm / comfy (18)

    Cons

    • Limited functions (5)
    • Poor sound quality (5)

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (23)
    • Performances (14)
    • Amateur recording (13)
    • Outdoor events / games (7)
    • Professional recording (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (28), Professional musician (9), Novice (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    This is a versitile little amp!

    The semi parametric mid band on the eq affords a tremendous amount of flexibility in tone shaping. Using the 'volume' control on the clean channel allows you to dial in a variety of...Read complete review

    The semi parametric mid band on the eq affords a tremendous amount of flexibility in tone shaping. Using the 'volume' control on the clean channel allows you to dial in a variety of different clean sounds. If you keep it low, this amp works quite well for amplifying acoustic guitars. Cranking up the volume brings a wetter, fender like clean tone. Naturally, you can dial in anything in between. The distortion channel is great and just as flexible. If you mess with the gain and eq, you can achieve classic overdrive sounds as well as fairly high gain metal sounds. The sustain is great. It also cleans up well when you roll down the volume knob on your guitar. Putting a tube screamer in front of this channel can easily push this amp into monstrous, violent, grindcore territory similar to the old Ampeg SS and VH series amps, but with more sustain and tonal flexibility. The reverb is a bit odd, but useful. It seems to have a lot of early reflections with a short decay. I pretty much leave it on ~2 and feel it helps thicken the sounds I get out of both channels. It also serves to add more depth to the chorus. The chorus itself is decent. It's noisy, and a little quiet, but fun to play with nonetheless. Taking the price into consideration, then I feel that a '10' is warranted here.
    Two channels, 3 band eq with semi parametric mid band, reverb, chorus and 40 watts into two 8"' speakers. What's not to like?
    This is a solid little amp. The construction is rugged and well though out. The tolex work is excelent, considering the price, There are two sharp corners near the controls that could be a little cleaner, but they're not sloppy by any stretch of the imagination. I have not fully put the speakers on this through their paces yet, as I am only using this for low volume practice, but they sound suprisingly good at low levels. However, I have no idea how well they hold up when the amp is cranked.
    This little guy is a great deal at the normal asking price. It's a no brainer at any sale price.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Stupid Deal Spectacular

    I have to give this amp a "middle of the road" overall score because the reverb and chorus is, in my opinion, simply terrible. The 'verb is very tinny...Read complete review

    I have to give this amp a "middle of the road" overall score because the reverb and chorus is, in my opinion, simply terrible. The 'verb is very tinny sounding and the tail breaks up at the end of the decay. Activating the chorus feature introduces a fair amount of noise. The chorus itself is not a bad sounding effect, but the fact that noise is added when in use knocks some points off the score.

    On the other hand, I think the "distortion" channel is very effective. I don't get the tone I find with my Deluxe Reissue and a Tube Screamer, but I still like what the Rogue has to offer. The sweepable mid-frequency control in the EQ is a real nice feature. Nearly infinite tonal possibilities are at my disposal with this knob.

    I played both single coil guitars and guitars with humbuckers through the Rogue SC40R to mutually satisfying results. I especially liked the sound of running the humbuckers through the distortion channel. Running the single coils of my luthier built Tele through the clean channel was also nice.

    One quirk I noticed which I think is worth mentioning... I was having a hard time getting a clear signal in the clean channel. I spent a fair amount of time playing around with the controls because I couldn't get rid of the faint buzzing sound. At first I was worried that is was speaker buzz, despite the fact that I "broke in" the speakers for 24 hours while running an mp3 player at low to medium volumes... turns out I was experiencing channel bleed, as I had the distortion channel gain up all the way while playing through the clean channel. Turning down the gain in the distortion channel gave me a clean, clear sound out of the other channel. Go figure. Easy remedy, but is not desirable if you plan on switching channels in mid-song while wanting a heavy crunch AND a super clean sound available.

    Overall (as this category is called) I am quite pleased with the purchase. It won't be my go-to amp, and honestly, I probably wouldn't have bought it if it didn't jump out at me off the Stupid Deals of the Week page, but it is what it is... a feature packed combo amp at a decent price. I would recommend this amp to a beginner guitarist or to an experienced guitarist wanting an inexpensive backup or practice amp, especially so if it is offered again at the "stupid deal" price.
    As a 2x8, 2 channel combo amp with 'verb, chorus, and 3-band EQ with a sweepable mid, I'd say the Rogue SC40R is PACKED with features for the price. Channel switching and chorus on/off is possible with an optional footswitch, which is handy.
    Build quality on the Rogue SC40R seems nice, though I worry about the lengivity of the pcb mounted mp3 and headphone jacks. The input and footswitch jacks are chassis mounted, as are all the rotary pots, so there should be no worries there. Aesthetically, I think it is an attractive amp with the top mounted controls giving the front a clutter free look. It feels solid, but I haven't gigged with it to see how it holds up to the gigging lifestyle.
    I purchased this amp when it showed up under the stupid deals of the week. I figured I couldn't go wrong paying this much for a combo amp. I also own a Fender Deluxe Reverb Reissue, a Vox AC4TV and an old Ampeg Mercury amp, so with that said, this Rogue is my only solid state amp, which makes for a nice backup should any or all of my tube amps start to act up. The SC40R is a stupendous deal at the price and probably worth the regular price.

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    4.0

    Great Deal!

    By Knifeboy

    from Burlington, NJ

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances
      • Practice

      Comments about Rogue SC40R 40W 2x8 Stereo Chorus Guitar Combo Amp:

      I was looking to replace my Marshall combo, which kept breaking down. I already have a Rogue lap steel and am happy with it, so I took a chance on this amp when I saw it. I'm glad I did! Great amp for the price. The sound is warm overall, especially with the chorus on. The gain channel is good for solid state. The amp is loud for 40 watts. The reverb is not overpowering. I like dialing in tone with the equalizer- it gets me where I need to be for my own sound. I gig small clubs (acoustic duo) and I will be trying this amp out live, based on the sound, features and compact size. I like what it does in the practice space, so it should do well in the small bars.

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      5.0

      JUST RIGHT FOR ME

      By CHARLIE PATTRIDGE

      from Wis

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

        Comments about Rogue SC40R 40W 2x8 Stereo Chorus Guitar Combo Amp:

        I find this amp is just right for me and am well satisfied.

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        2.0

        What you need to do .

        By Bleedingfingers

        from Los angles

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Sound Quality

          Best Uses

            Comments about Rogue SC40R 40W 2x8 Stereo Chorus Guitar Combo Amp:

            To make this amp into a good jazz amp is first thing, before you even plug it in, take the speakers out.
            Replace them with two Weber 8" alnico's.
            Now with just a touch of reverb you have a great sounding jazz amp.
            Not fond of the S/C or distortion, but a touch of reverb and it works as a jazz amp.
            Any other usage will be disappointing IMHO.

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            5.0

            Great Value

            By pangloss

            from Cincinnati, OH

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Rogue SC40R 40W 2x8 Stereo Chorus Guitar Combo Amp:

                I have been playing for about ten years, but am very much a bedroom guitarist. Up to this point, I have been using a 15-watt practice amp. This Rogue has significantly more headroom and presence. In my opinion, the effects have a pronounced impact on the sound. I use the amp for both electric and acoustic electric guitars, and am very pleased by the sound for each.

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                1.0

                Absolutely terrible!

                By Dimi Pana

                from Des Plaines, IL - USA.

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                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Difficult To Use
                  • Limited Functions
                  • Poor Sound Quality
                  • Weak

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Rogue SC40R 40W 2x8 Stereo Chorus Guitar Combo Amp:

                    What a waste of time and money this thing is. Clean channel is weak no "character" whatsoever, dirty channel is borderline usable, reverb is weak almost non-existent, you need to crank it all the way up and even then it's barely audible, chorus is the worst sounding chorus I have ever heard (let alone attempted to play with) in my 30 years of guitar playing. This amp is terrible, a piece of authentic junk, do not waste your time or money as I -foolishly- did, Musician's Friend you should have a policy for returning/exchanging items that are SO BAD, why do I have to pay for the shipping back cost? I am very dissapointed...

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                    3.0

                    Not bad for the price!

                    By mDlFcRsS

                    from Unk.

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Portable

                    Cons

                    • Limited Functions
                    • Poor Sound Quality

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Rogue SC40R 40W 2x8 Stereo Chorus Guitar Combo Amp:

                      This amp is decent quality and has an o.k. sound for the price I paid for it. I think if I would have paid more than that I might have expected a bit more. Mainly, when you have an external audio line plugged in, there is a lot of hiss or background noise, which I really don't like. It does have good sound overall, just not with the external audio line plugged in.

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                      5.0

                      Compact and Versatile Amp

                      By Fernman

                      from Sea Cliff, NY

                      About Me Professional Musician

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Good Warmth
                      • Portable
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Performances

                        Comments about Rogue SC40R 40W 2x8 Stereo Chorus Guitar Combo Amp:

                        This is a versatile little amp that has a big sound that belies its small size. Granted it is obviously not a Marshall stack but it still can kick out a big sound, especially at acoustic gigs in small to medium clubs. The parametric EQ is a godsend and the chorus adds a nice fullness. Try an electric violin through the distortion channel -we used this on "Watchtower" - like Jon Luc-Ponty playing Hendrix -very cool -audience loved it.

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        This AMP sounds great!

                        By RamonRod

                        from Pennsauken, NJ

                        About Me Experienced

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • I Love The Equalizer
                        • Portable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Home Studio

                          Comments about Rogue SC40R 40W 2x8 Stereo Chorus Guitar Combo Amp:

                          I love the sounds quality of this AMP. I was able to tune the sound exactly like I want it with the built-in equalizer.

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                          5.0

                          Fine instrument

                          By Sid81

                          from Mesa,AZ

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                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Excellent Sound
                          • Good Warmth
                          • Portable
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Performances

                            Comments about Rogue SC40R 40W 2x8 Stereo Chorus Guitar Combo Amp:

                            Ample sound, works great with my guitars Fishman electronics. Plays recordings from my recorder clearly. Compact,fits in small reasonally small space.

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                            5.0

                            Should have bought Two

                            By BBoy

                            from Chicago Suburbs

                            About Me Experienced

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Great Small Gig Amp
                            • Portable

                            Cons

                            • Limited Functions

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Studio
                            • Performances
                            • Smaller Gigs

                            Comments about Rogue SC40R 40W 2x8 Stereo Chorus Guitar Combo Amp:

                            I have to admit that I bought this because of the price. I took it to our next rehearsal and I was impressed with the output. My bandmates thought it was very cool, small portable and sounded pretty good. One of my mates said "you should have bought two and sold one for twice the price". The reverb is a bit weak and the chourus is too but for the price I am VERY happy with the amp.

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