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Roland Blues Cube Artist 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp   

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The reinvented Blues Cube series launches the classic 1x12 combo amp into a new era, combining warm, buttery 6L6 tube sound and response with modern ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A stage-ready, old-school blues powerhouse, built around cutting-edge tube-simulation technology.

The reinvented Blues Cube series launches the classic 1x12 combo amp into a new era, combining warm, buttery 6L6 tube sound and response with modern reliability and easy portability. Going far beyond modeling, Roland's Tube Logic design philosophy starts with carefully reproducing the inner workings of the revered tweed-era tube amp in every way, from guitar input to speaker output. Versatile clean and crunch channels can be used independently or combined for a complex range of tones, while variable output power modes let you dial in burning, full-throttle sound at any volume. Road-tested and fine-tuned with feedback from top players, the gig-ready Blues Cube delivers the sweet, magical tone and satisfying feel that makes a great guitar amp a highly expressive musical instrument.

Performance-Ready Amp
Ready for live playing, the Blues Cube Artist is equipped with 60 watts of power, plus a custom 12-inch speaker that's been specially designed for maximum tonal response with Tube Logic. The open-back cabinet features poplar plywood construction, which offers acoustically vibrant tone for solo or group performances.

Clean, Crunch and Dual Tone
The Blues Cube Artist has two independent channels—one voiced for cleaner tones, and the other for crunch. Each channel has its own Boost and Tone switches to shape the character. The Clean channel's single volume control dials in natural tube fullness and bite as the volume is cranked, while the Crunch channel' variable gain control provides a range of grit flavors from mild to aggressive. With the press of a switch, the unique Dual Tone mode lets you blend both channels together for an endless array of rich tones. And just like a vintage tube amp, the Blues Cube loves stomp-boxes, allowing you to further shape your personal sound by hitting the amp' front end with your favorite gain pedals.

Wide-Open Sound at Any Volume
Every tube-amp player knows that you really need to turn up the volume and push the output tubes to get the amp to sing at its best. The downside is that the sound simply becomes too loud for playing anywhere but the biggest stages—though that's certainly never stopped guitarists from trying! With Tube Logic, the Blues Cube authentically delivers the complex distortion characteristics of a pair of 6L6 output tubes and their interaction with the output transformer, with the sound getting richer and the feel becoming more dynamically responsive as the overall volume is increased. But with the Blues Cube's variable Power Control, you'e able to enjoy this musical, cranked-up tone while matching the volume to any situation, from recording to rehearsals to nightclub gigs and beyond.

  • Power
  • Maximum wattage: 51W–75W; 80W
  • Tube or solid state: Solid state
  • Type: Combo
  • Number of preamp tubes: Not applicable
  • Preamp tube type: Not applicable
  • Number of power tubes: Not applicable
  • Power tube type: Not applicable
  • Power attenuation: Yes; Attenuation knob
  • Channels
  • Number of channels: 2
  • Footswitchable: Yes
  • Number of inputs: 2
  • Speakers
  • Speakers: 1x12"
  • Speaker brand: Info not available
  • Speaker model(s): Info not available
  • Cab power handling: Info not available
  • Cab back panel: Partially open back
  • Impedance: Info not available
  • Cab angle: Straight
  • Controls
  • Channel 1: Four-band EQ, plus volume
  • Channel 2: Four-band EQ, plus gain and volume
  • Channel 3: Not applicable
  • Channel 4: Not applicable
  • Master volume: Yes
  • Mid-shift: No
  • Resonance: No
  • Presence: Yes
  • Bright: No
  • Contour: No
  • Reverb: Yes
  • Voicing control: No
  • Boost: Yes
  • Other:
  • MIDI control: No
  • Footswitch included: No
  • Effects
  • Effects loop: Yes
  • Footswitchable: Yes
  • Reverb: Yes
  • Tremolo: Yes
  • Delay: No
  • Echo: No
  • Flanger: No
  • Phaser: No
  • Modulation: No
  • Chorus: No
  • Other:
  • Misc. Features
  • External speaker output: Yes
  • Headphone output: Yes 1/4"
  • Direct output: No
  • AUX input: No
  • USB connectivity: Yes
  • Built-in tuner: No
  • Dimensions
  • Width:
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RolandBlues Cube Artist 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp

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  • Easy to use (3)
  • Excellent sound (3)
  • Warm / comfy (3)


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  • Home studio (3)
  • Performances (3)

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Best amp for the money

By SlowLaneCruiser

from Tucson, AZ

About Me Professional Musician


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


    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Mobile DJ
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Roland Blues Cube Artist 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    I own an older Victoria version of the 80W blues cube. It has two rows of controls, two channels and a "lead" selection that adds extra punch. But you might not ever use that, the natural sound of this amp is superb. The clean is not a clean as the Roland Jazz Chorus, maybe not as sparkly as the Fender Twin Reverb. But the clean is perfect for the type of music you buy that amp for, blues, blues/rock, country... Whether the Artist 80W or the Stage 60W you can't go wrong with these amps. I do not have a sound pack tube installed and I get plenty of tone and power. I do have a switch to select between solid state "diode" or tube logic technology
    "tube" tone. I can tell a difference, the "Tube" selection sounds warmer and when playing softly on clean setting it sounds just right but when I really bight down on strings I get a little bit of break up tone like a tube amp gives -- that tone that you can feel as well as hear. Best amp for the money, easy. If you are a 100% tube amp person I'd say give one a try for a while and Roland might change your opinion.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    Solid State Amp Sounds Close to Tube

    By Lunk

    from Colorado Springs CO

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    • 3 Band EQ
    • 4 Position Attenuation
    • Decent Digital Reverb
    • Dual Channel Boosts
    • Dual Channel Mixing
    • Easy To Use
    • EFX Loop
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Phone Jack
    • Portable
    • Powerful
    • Presence
    • Retro Looks
    • Tone Buttons
    • Tremelo No Vox But OK


    • Clean Sounds Somewhat Muddy and Bassy
    • No Foot Switch Included

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Band Practice
    • Blues and Classic Rock Gigging
    • Events
    • Good Backup for a Blues Deluxe or Bassman Tube
    • Home Studio
    • Jamming
    • Performances

    Comments about Roland Blues Cube Artist 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    I got my Condition Level 2 Blemished and won - it looks great, is fully functional, and the blemish is hardly noticeable on the bottom front edge, so worth the money I saved. Never be afraid to buy MFs Level 2! I do it all the time and almost always seem to score. I would not give this 5 stars due to the fact that the clean channel makes it sound more like a Marshall, but you may want that - I don't know. I just like my cleans with more total sparkle and crispness like a Blues Deluxe, Bassman, Delta Blues, or the glorious Deluxe Reverb. Still, this amp has many versatile features and great sound for blues and rock. I am just sick of amps coming out without the foot switch included any more, ugh. I have GA-FS for my GA-212 200w beast I think will work with it however. This amp is totally worth the money BEFORE you even play with installing any of the Tube Logic Tone Capsules - the default "sound" is very close to a Blues Junior or even a Blues Deluxe for solid state, so this is a new development not quite the same as amp modeling. It's what grabbed me about it. It's very light and powerful, I could totally see gigging anywhere with it. I am not so sure I would record so much with it, but that's because I have so many tube amps to choose from for that purpose. If this were my only amp I would not be happy, but I could tonally and wattage-wise survive!

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


    Great amplifier for the money

    By Mike S

    from Rochester, NY

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer


    • Authentic Clean
    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Versatile


      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Roland Blues Cube Artist 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

      I've used this project for band practices so far. Up until this point, I was using a Blues Jr. The amp does what the Blues Jr does and more. The Blues Jr clean is very unique, and the Blues Cube doesn't quite match it, but it doesn't have to. Its clean is very good (watch the Michael Casswell video) and the sounds you can get are identical to what the videos show.

      I've gotten a lot of compliments from my bandmates about how my sound has improved. And they even like the vibrato! Who knew?

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