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Oozing with authentic tube-like tone!
The Roland BC-60 Blues Cube uses Roland's Tube Logic technology to give guitarists vintage sounds that range from American tweeds to British stacks. 60W RMS output into a 12" Greenback-style speaker delivers warm tones, powerful crunch, and sweet sustains that are ideal for everything from the blues and jazz to rock and country. Roland's Rectifex circuit emulates two different power amp rectifiers on the Normal and Lead channels, while Accutronics 3-spring reverb, 3-band EQ, and a built-in effects loop give you plenty of tonal tweaking options. Crunch and Boost switches serve up screaming high-gain tone.
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I got a bc60 in 96 as a cherry on top to cement a trade. I figured it would be good for band practice and easy to cart around. I have gigged with ever since. I have literally thrashed this amp carrying it from bar to bar playing loud and it has never let me down. After years of abuse replacing the reverb channel is the only maintenance it has required. No blown fuses or tubes. The tone is not quite that of an old tuber but it doesn't have the hassle or gremlins either. The drive channel will screech or howl with a presence knob to boot. The clean can be muddy or sparkly. The drive channel can also be feedbacked nicely. This is a great sounding amp durable, trustworthy and for the price simply unbeatable.
I've been looking at these little amps ever since I heard Mike Henderson play through one. I guess MsF is the only place to get a new one now, and I'm glad I did!I've been using a Blues Jr for a bit over a year and it sounds great. Even better after I changed to a Weber, but it's been a little light on headroom by the end of the night.This BC60 seems to have plenty of swat and all the tone the traditional blues player wants, plus you can get some good "rock" sounds too.I've played through them all, and this little amp is hard to beat at any price!
I have been playing guitar and gigging for more than 10 years. I thought I had the right gear, a Marshall Valvestate 50 watt head(and Peavey 5150 cabinet). The problem was, most places I play have good PA systems, and the soundguy always wants to run my amp through the PA, which means I had to turn way down so he could do it. Now, every guitarist knows you can't get that sweet Marshall sound at low volume. I was lugging my amp around and not even getting the sound I wanted. So I went shopping for a nice combo amp that could give me a half-stack sound, but at a lower volume (and in a lighter package). Hard to find?The Roland Blues Cube does the job. At 60 watts, it's still enough to play unmiked at band practice, but sounds great through a PA at your local bar too. I can actually get this thing to sound like the old '67 Plush 4000G I used to gig with, but without worrying about blowing out tubes (or my back).Roland put a lot of thought into this little baby, the only feature I miss from the half-stack is the detachable power cord (much easier to replace that way). This thing even has a "Presence" knob, which I haven't seen on any other combo amps. And the vintage look is an added bonus. Just don't expect the distortion to match a half-stack without adding a pedal, but who doesn't add a pedal or two these days anyway?
I've owned one of these BC-60s now for three years, and I'm very impressed. Tonally, it's the best sounding solid state amp I've used. I originally bought it as a small but powerful practice amp, but I was floored when I discovered how flexible, fat, quiet and "tube-like" it is. The "Rectiflex" circuit is more than a gimmick... it allows the amp to react like a tube amp with a tube rectifier circuit (like my vintage Fender Tremolux), or like a modern amp with a solid state rectifier (like my Marshall JCM 900 2500)... loose and squishy, or very tight and precise. It's also a channel-switching amp; I spent the first day setting up the first channel to sound like my Tremolux, and the second channel to sound like my Marshall, and I'll tell you what; it's scarey, how close I came. Frankly speaking, it sounds so close to my tube amps that I use this little BC-60 way more than I use my "real" amps (unless we're playing a gig where I need to impress someone with my big buck amps). To prove a point; on my band's (The Executives) last full-length CD, "FOURCAST", I used it on 90% of my guitar tracks. As an example, check out the tone on the track "Intoxicate My Soul" and you'll see what I mean. It appears to be well made; I've never had a problem with it yet. The cabinet is made of particle board, so it's REALLY heavy for it's size. Other than it's weight, it's a great sounding amp, and I'd reccommend it to anyone needing a great sounding, compact amp for recording or club-sized gigs. Roland did their homework with this one. Don't believe it? Take your favorite guitar and try one out.
I play professionally in an Atlanta based group called MEN IN BLUES. I bought this amp about 6 months ago, and I'm totally convinced that it's one of the best all-around amps to use at a club, or even outside (miked of course). There isn't a lot of fancy stuff on this amp, and it's not needed. Most of the time, I use the clean channel, and a pedal to do the rest.I've had many amps over the years, and this one really sounds like a tube amp. It can fool most people if you didn't tell them. It looks great, too!Buy this and you will be 100% satisfied!
Bought this amp with some reservation because of its size. I have always had a twin 12 amp and was very skeptical. To my amazement, it is loud and has some great effects. It is plenty loud enough for most bar gigs unmiked and has become my favorite amp due to the sound quality and easy carrying.
This little amp reminded me of the old amps I borrowed from others when I was to young to make enough money to buy my own amp.It has earned it's place on the platform next to my Jazz Chorus amp at a gig. The few tones I can't get from the JC are in the Blues Cube. A real "swamp rock" tone. I love it!I wish Roland made a twin version of this. These are capable of "piggy backing" to another BC. I'll just have to get another one.
The warmth of a tube ampand the versatility of a solid state. It surprises all who play through it, and surpases all I've ever played through.
Great amp! I've been playing guitar for well over 35 years. Played professionally throughout the 80's. I've owned may great (and some not so great!) amps in that time. The BC-60 I've had for the last 6 years ranks right up there in the bang for buck catagory. Yes, there are better sounding tube amps, but for a solid state amp that apes tube tones, the BC series is hard to beat. Others have state the features, so I'll just say this amp kicks a**. Great clean tones with plenty of headroom for small to medium clubs and the overdrive channel gets ome great tones from bluesy to marshally. Where my tube amps can be very finicky regarding pedals, the BC loves pedals. The clean channel is very similar to a godd Fender Blackface. The gain channel goes right into Marshall land. I do prefer the clean tones though and like a godd TS type O/D for dirt. I've played many gigs with this amp. It has never let me down and lived up to its name... a great blues amp. For a real treat, try running two in stereo! Yowsah!
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