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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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SPECIFICATIONS

SC40R 40W 2x8 Stereo Chorus Guitar Combo Amp

  • 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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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is a versitile little amp!

By Walter Doll

from Parts Unknown (same as the Ultimate Warrior)

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

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Stupid Deal Spectacular

By d-dog

from Vacationland

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

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.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Rogue 40W amp

By Marilyn Spurino

from Spring Hill, Florida

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

Love the overall sound, clean, crisp. Don't care much for a lot of distortion, just a bite. Reverb is o.k.
Way more than I bargained for. Clean, crisp sound, plenty of punch. Stereo chorus is beautiful. Top mounted controls easy to adjust.
Sturdy, rugged, good-looking piece of equipment
Hard pressed to find better equipment for the money.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Not bad at all

By Nicolas Motok

from Smyrna, TN

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

This is a very basic, very decent little amp. The features are mostly useless, the controls are spotty, and the volume is all over the place, but it has a good sound on the clean channel and takes pedals well. If you're looking for a very plain, basic practice amp this isn't a bad buy.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

LOVE IT!

By SENCevents.com

from Wilmington, NC

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

I love the compact size, the twin speakers with stereo chorus effect, I also like the line input for backing tracks (Works great live and practice) The earphones also double as line out to plug into PA system for larger audiences and venues.
I jam with some very good muscians in the Wilmington, NC area - I'm sort of a retired professional - It holds up with the best of them when it comes to practice and features like chorus/reverb/ and two channel operation clean/distort ....
Reverb sounds like the 60's dan electro from sears (Not a bad thing, just limited to variation)
I've owned fender, gibson, ampeg, and other amps as well, This is now my favorite for size, power, and versatility....

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Amazing value.

By Michael Propst

from Austin, TX

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

I feel pretty good about this. The tone, especially with the volume knob up and using the master to regulate output, is surprisingly smooth for a solid state amp at all, let alone one of this size and price. The chorus is a nice feature that can expand the tone on strumming open chords, but starts to sound like a sweeping filter or wah a little on leads.

Got this because an acoustic/electric doesn't always sound great through a small tube amp. 40 watts is more than enough overhead to keep things clean, and the chorus adds that last bit of sparkle. I don't know how much we'll be using the distorted channel but it sounds pretty good for a solid state as well. I think a Blues Driver or something like that would sound better though. I think a mandolin would sound nice through this thing as well.

I could see this being a great amp for a beginner because the price is right and the tone is nice, and that beginner could easily keep it around as a small, giggable acoustic guitar amp.
2 channels, nice stereo chorus, an EQ with a sweepable midrange frequency which gives you a nice range of tone.
So far, so good, it seems. Have yet to gig with it as I just got it, but the knobs are solid and the build quality feels good although it's lightweight.
At the Stupid Deal price especially, it's tough to go against. No, you won't confuse it for a Roland Jazz Chorus, but jeez it's $80. Even at $150, still.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Worth it

By sandy gardner

from Indiana

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

I am very happy with this amp. I am not an expert and i dont gig so i can't say it would be loud enough to gig with but in my house it's loud as hell. I would buy this again
This little amp has great sound. The dirty channel is very good, the clean is crisp, the chorus sounds good. Like other reviewers have said the Reverb is barley noticable .
Seems well built, heavy for a small amp. Styling is nice.
For the price and free shipping it's a no brainer.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great little amp for digital modelers

By Noodler

from The Rockies

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

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

    I've read through most of the reviews on this amp so far and I'm surprised that there hasn't been any comments on using this amp with digital modelers. In my opinion this amp excels at supporting digital modelers due to some key reasons:

    1. Full range speakers - the speakers are full range, not guitar speakers; they include a whizzer cone and have an extended frequency response. Play a track from your MP3 player through the MP3 in jack on this amp and you'll understand what I'm talking about.

    2. An MP3 in jack that fully bypasses the preamp, providing direct access to the stereo power amp. Just connect your digital modeler straight into the MP3 jack and enjoy.

    3. A sealed ported cabinet designed to support the full range speakers with extended low frequency support. The sealed back cabinet provides improved low-end response.

    4. A cabinet built from MDF, not plywood or particle board. Do some research on the preferred material for high-end stereo speakers and you'll find that they use MDF because it's more tonally neutral. Guitar cabs typically use plywood, but that imparts its own sonic signature on a cabinet. With a modeler you don't want/need that.

    It's not a bad little amp on its own (reverb sucks and the chorus is noisy), but for the price this is a killer amp when used in combination with a digital modeler.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Exceeded expectations

    By Old but slow

    from Jacksonville, Florida

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Weak

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio

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

    I needed a small amp that would cleanly reproduce a variety of instruments in a variety of settings. I had played Rouge amps in music stores trying out guitars and noted they were very efficient at low volume and had a very clean sound. Simple, in design and function, they don't require a manual to get uncluttered sound reproduction. On the other hand, this model is equipped with some "standard" features (reverb, overdrive and chorus) that are "entertaining" enough to employ without regret. Since the price was also very appealing, I bought two and run them in stereo, when I can. I put them on stands and they accurately reproduce all of the tones and effects of my instruments with control and accuracy at volumes that work in rehearsal and recording. At 40 watts, the solid state limitations can be overcome and the sound you get is an incredible bang for the buck. The stereo chorus in "quad" is quite nice. Buy the stereo foot switch, and take advantage of all of the ampls features. Boxes 'o fun.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best amp for the money ever!

    By Strings

    from Frozen Tundra

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Flexible tones
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

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

    I was really blown away by this amp. I have never heard an amp for less than $300 sound this good. I play mostly metal so that is a major factor for me. When I first played this amp I played Metallicas "Shortest Straw" with a hybrid effect setting on a Digitech GNX 4 along with an ESP and the sound and tone was identical. Great sound seperation and distinct clear or dirty sounds. My freinds and family were impressed and now everyone wants one! LOL This amp replaced a Marshall JCM 900 50 watt combo amp and I could not be happier. I would guess that when jamming with a full band that more power would be needed so considering all things I would give this amp a 9.5 out of 10.

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