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Roland Blues Cube Stage 60W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp

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

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Authentic bluesy tube tone, built with today's best modeling technology.

The reinvented Blues Cube series launches the classic 1x12 combo amp into a new era, combining lush 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 Stage 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 Stage 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's 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're able to enjoy this musical, cranked-up tone while matching the volume to any situation, from recording to rehearsals to nightclub gigs and beyond.

FEATURES
Power
Maximum wattage: 51W–75W; 60W
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: No
Bright: No
Contour: No
Reverb: Yes
Voicing control: No
Boost: Yes
Other:
MIDI control: No
Footswitch included: No

Effects
Effects loop: No
Footswitchable: No
Reverb: Yes
Tremolo: No
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: 20.25"
Height: 9.62"
Depth: 18.31"
Weight: 30.9 lb.
Country of origin: Information not available

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RolandBlues Cube Stage 60W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.2

(based on 9 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Excellent sound (7)
  • Portable (7)
  • Warm / comfy (7)
  • Good power output (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (7)
  • Performances (6)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
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(7 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not Even Close To Being Worth The Asking Price

By V

from PA

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Pros

  • Nice Clean Sound

Cons

  • Expensive

Best Uses

    Comments about Roland Blues Cube Stage 60W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    In my opinion, there is no way in the world this amp is worth the price. If - like the original Blues Cubes - this amp was less than 50% of the current price, my review would be much more favorable. That said, price is a very relevant to a review, and more specifically, whether the features warrant a high price tag. In this case, my answer is absolutely not. Being familiar with the previous generation of Blues Cube amps, and liking a few of the additional features on the newer version, I decided to take a chance and buy one of these. As expected from most any Roland amp, the clean sound is great, and there's good bottom end. That's the good news. Far as the features: the boost and tone switches available for each channel were nice additions - particularly the boost. To me, the Dual Tone feature which allows you to combine both channels was pointless; it felt like a waste of resources. The tiny bit of tonal variance available using dual tone did not add much to the amp. As for the power attenuator and drive channel, this is where the Blues Cube was most disappointing. The crunch channel wasn't very crunchy at all. And I had no unrealistic expectations for metal tones or anything. All I wanted was a good bluesy overdrive. Compared to my inexpensive and old Peavey Bandit 112, the overdrive on the Blues Cube was non-existent. While the amp has a fine clean tone, the tube tone claims are mostly hype. I like and respect Roland as a company, but this is nowhere close to being worth the asking price.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Like a tube amp

    By bluesfer

    from Bogota - Colombia.

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • expensive

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Roland Blues Cube Stage 60W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    I am so satisfied that i bought this amp!, it sounds almost like a Fender Hot Rod series amp.
    Once you get past that the price is very high and start to focus on the sound, you won't be disappointed. Clean channel sounds amazing, you can set it crystal clear or with a bluesy dirt.
    Crunch channel is a beautiful overdrive, dual tone is one of the best features on the amp, really useful, as well as the boost and tone features in each channel.
    Respond really well with Fender or Gibson types of guitars, highlights its characteristic sound.
    Absolutely pedal friendly!.
    I think the tone capsule is a revolutionary concept and it could mark a new era, the possibilities are endless. I wish the E.J. Tone Casule were more affordable.
    Best review on the web is the Michael Casswell video, if you want to know how this very cool amp sounds, look for that video.
    Can´t be more happy I got me one of these. Roland and/or Boss are such strong companies, you can't go wrong with any of them.
    In my opinion, it should have its own footswitch like the Artist 80W.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very impressed

    By Guitarted

    from Clermont, Ga

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Roland Blues Cube Stage 60W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

      This is so close to the vintage sound of an old plexi and vintage fender. Played it live at the lowest power setting, cranked up, and had no problems getting out front with little effort. Can't wait for EJ tone capsule I just ordered to arrive. This is fast becoming a favorite and that's over some I have loved. I guess being light to carry on top of great sound & price (got 20% off due to sale) makes this amp a great deal.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      New Blues Cube Stage

      By TubeBoy

      from Bridgewater, MA

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Roland Blues Cube Stage 60W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

        Nice well made amp. Great tones, nice bottom. Power level dial very useful. Was exclusively a tube amp user, Carr Rambler, but needed a lighter amp for when back acts up. Very convincing tube tone. Tube Capsule has been fun to use but is hard to get in and out, requires a lot of pressure to insert. Almost to the point of feeling like you are going to break something.

         
        5.0

        I would by one of these again.

        By Brian Arizona

        from Tucson, AZ

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Roland Blues Cube Stage 60W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

          I play at open mic and jam sessions with full band set ups using the Tele and sometimes and Epiphone Dot Studio. This amp holds its own against Fender reverbs, Marshals and Peaveys. In fact, I always get questions from other players who've probably read about these amps and are surprised and the sound. It does not have the super clean tone of a Jazz Chorus, but very few other amps do. The distortion is very adjustable using the Post and Pre gain adjustments on the lead channel. I bought this used learned that this amp (BC60, Victoria model) is no longer available. Instead, Roland offers the BC Stage or Artist models and I would bet they are just as nice. This is a solid state amp that produces true tube sound. When playing lightly the tone is nice and clean, then when I bare down and pick with more force the tone breaks up nicely just like a tube amp.

           
          5.0

          Best sound and feel of any solid state...

          By HoracedebussyjonesIII

          from Suburban Philadelphia

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

            Comments about Roland Blues Cube Stage 60W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

            I gig every weekend in a party- dance-rock band.i find the Roland blues cube stage to sound excellent
            for my application.warm,clear,powerful and an excellent pedal platform.The clean channel is all I use,
            I prefer my blackstone 2sv3 for leads and crunch rhythm.very pleased with this purchase.

             
            4.0

            Nice vintage transistor, sounds like the original with more

            By Bobby Lee

            from South Texas

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Roland Blues Cube Stage 60W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

              I owned the original Blues cube, I used the original for years as a home/small band rig. I believe this new one sounds almost like the original Blues Cube. The first one I had, I bought used and played it for 20 years before it died.
              It has some newer user functions like headphones output and reverb. Still no FX loop.
              I think Roland did a nice job on it. It works well on blues, and I can carry it in one hand and a guitar in the other.
              I have always liked these amps for Classic rock.
              Now, personal, I don't think it is a tube sounding amp? comparing it side by side to my 5150. or anything over a grand.

              The first thing I noticed is how different my split coil position sounds on the clean channel, compared to any of my other amps. At first I was discontented with the clean channel, it sounded dull with my Ibanez s770 with H.S.H. Steve Vai Breed pick-ups. it got better after tweaking it for a while.
              However It responses well on all the other settings.
              I had no issues with channel switching, it seems smooth and seamless to me.
              No large volume spikes like a high gain amp.

              with the gain up on the crunch channel, it sounds decent. I can make it sound like an 80's crate 100 watt or a very usable blues tones. It does clean up with a little volume roll.

              Will this amp satisfy a hi-gain tube natseee?, probably not?

              But it's lightweight and versatility work well for me

              I traded another amp in on this to help get over the sting of the price tag.

              I think this amp is a little over priced IMO.

              So at this price range, you do have choices of Blackstars of Fender hot rods...etc

              For me it's like having an old friend show back up looking good.

               
              4.0

              Great sound and tone. Bad looking tolex cover.

              By Nick

              from Wa

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Roland Blues Cube Stage 60W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

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                September 2, 2016
                Bad looking tolex cover, glued on with terrible seams

                I just bought the Stage. The tolex cover is so bad, it is unbearable. Shame on Roland. Amp actually sounds really good. I immediately changed the speaker with a Celestion Green Back. Now it sounds great to my ear. It is a great amp to use at home. Output powe selection makes it very versatile. You won't wake up the kids while playing at night. Tone is the best when cranked up. To me it is way overpriced for the quality of the cablnet. I'd give it a three and a half stars out of five. My Vox ac30-vr beats this amp in good looks and quality of the cabinet but not on the tone. It is very close to tube tone. I really like this amp. I wish they did a better job on the tolex cover.

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Nice tone, bad tolex cover, looks very cheap.

                By Name

                from Washington

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Roland Blues Cube Stage 60W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                  I just bought the Stage. The tolex cover is so bad, it is unbearable. Shame on Roland. Amp actually sounds really good. I immediately changed the speaker with a Celestion Green Back. Now it sounds great to my ear. It is a great amp to use at home. Output selection makes it very versatile. You won't wake up the kids while playing at night. Tone is the best when cranked up. To me it is way overpriced for the quality of the cablnet. I'd give it a three and a half stars out of five. My Vox ac30-vr beats this amp in good looks and quality of the cabinet but not on the tone. It is very close to tube tone.

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