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Small yet lethal, affordable yet powerful!

The Roland CUBE-20XL guitar combo amp continues to push the envelope of innovative amp technology and design, just as its CUBE predecessors have done before it. The Roland CUBE-20XL delivers 20 watts through a high-performance 8" custom speaker. Its compact size is perfect for at-home practice and band rehearsals alike, and it's conveniently portable.

The CUBE-20XL offers two channels, JC Clean and Lead, plus Solo mode for extra boost when needed. Six BOSS Lead types are provided, including the new Extreme setting, along with nine powerful effects including Heavy Octave, COSM vintage Spring Reverb. The Power Squeezer mode delivers full gain at low volume. An aux input allows portable music players to be connected for jam-along fun, while the onboard Tuning Fork lets you tune your guitar without unplugging.

Dual Channels
The CUBE-20XL offers two switchable channels: JC Clean and Lead. The Lead channel provides six COSM-powered choices, including Overdrive, Distortion, Metal, Metal Stack, Acoustic Simulator, and the new Extreme. The JC Clean channel provides pure, transparent tone. Channel switching can be carried out from the amp's top panel or via optional footswitch (BOSS FS series, sold separately).

Pro Effects
The CUBE-20XL's FX section provides six types of great-sounding digital effects, including Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo, Heavy Octave, plus independent Delay and COSM Spring Reverb. For hands-free selection, an optional footswitch can be used to switch the EFX on and off.

Tuner and Aux Input
The handy built-in tuner lets you tune while your guitar is connected to the CUBE-20XL. Manual and Chromatic tuning modes are provided. In addition, the Tuning Fork function conveniently emits a reference pitch if you wish to hear an audible tone. The aux input can accept a portable music player for jam-along sessions with your favorite songs and backing tracks.

COSM® Defined
Composite Object Sound Modeling (COSM) is Roland's innovative and powerful sound-modeling technology. COSM analyzes the many factors that make up the original sound, such as the electrical and physical characteristics of the original, and then produces a digital model that can reproduce the same sound. In designing the CUBE-XL series, Roland meticulously analyzed and modeled array of world-class amps and effects to bring you the versatile and authentic tone palette that these amps provide.

Features

  • 20W
  • 8" high-performance speaker
  • JC Clean/Lead channels
  • Solo function for extra boost
  • 6 lead types
  • 9 effects including Heavy Octave and COSM vintage spring reverb
  • Power Squeezer for full gain at low volume
  • Convenient audible tuner lets you tun without unplugging

Step up to the power of the CUBE XL Series. Order now!

 

CUBE-20XL 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp Specifications:

  • 15-3/16"W x 15-3/16"H x 9-1/2"D
  • 20 lb.
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RolandCUBE-20XL 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.4

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (2)

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87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (20)
  • Portable (20)
  • Excellent sound (17)
  • Good power output (15)
  • Warm / comfy (14)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (16)
  • Amateur recording (12)
  • Performances (10)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Professional recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Novice (4), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Roland Cube 20XL 20 Watt 1x8 Combo Amp - Metal player's dream

An amp that gets straight to it. Sure, you won't be using Heavy Octave on every song. It sucks that it goes down, not up 12 semitones. Delay is a litte on...Read complete review

An amp that gets straight to it. Sure, you won't be using Heavy Octave on every song. It sucks that it goes down, not up 12 semitones. Delay is a litte on the quiet side. But for the price that is all a minor gripe in what is an amp I will stick with for a long time.
How loud is it? Past 10:00 without Power-Squeezer, it begins shaking the wall. I use my MXR comp as a feedback controller and comp, jam to Carcass and Cryptopsy, Rush and Judas Priest sometimes when I can remember the riffs. I set the EQ controls once and bam, there's the tone I wanted, any amp I find a relationship like that with is a keeper.
Ultimate beginner/practice amp, for the price you will get the metal distortion and crystal cleans you desire.
I was seaching for a practice amp to replace an obsolete old DOD 15 watt with distortion that sounded like T-Rex and Zeppelin. For death metal distortion to Rush tones to Pink Floyd to superior cleans the Roland is the one. You do not need to use the most extreme setting in order to get a nice tight heavy sound for Carcass style metal sounds. I have played and owned many amps before, Line 6, Carvin, Mesa Boogie, Ampeg, Vox Valvetronix etc and I like the tone of this amp very much.

As far as features are concerned it gives you a chromatic tuner and enough fx to mess around with, easy controls, you don't need to read the manual to get into this amp. Only drawback is no way to save sounds and it goes to JC Clean when you turn it on.
If you haven't seen the video of this amp that gives a "Matrix" style look into it's build quality, it appears alot of thought went into this amp and it shows. Just enough space on the top to put an MXR Dyna-Comp pedal. I use Monster, a really short one from the MXR to the amp. Roland put a cable wraparound on the back of this amp for easy "get up and go" transporting. Man if I had this amp when I was in high school it would be blasphemous. As I said above, "Extreme" is the heaviest setting on this amp, a rip-roaring distortion, roll back the gain to get that Suffocation-style sound.
Now I love that sound and after a few days of owning this thing I checked out the other channels and wow. Even two clicks down on "Metal" you can get that sweet high-gain too for the heaviest, crank up the mids to get much more Megadeth and Morbid Angel style distortion on this one. The Acoustic Simulator is like a second clean channel. Roland knows what's up with chorus so of course that makes this the highest category in this review. The right effetcs dial setting and pickup position sounds straight out of 80s King Crimson on a cube, no suprise.
Then you can go about crushing bones and dominiating the universe. But what if you need to lower it down. Power-Squeezer is the coolest, brings the Cube 20XL down to 2-watts for volume-aware environments, all gain is retained and make sure you still sound excellent. For the price this amp has a fair and good number of fantastic sounds, no doubt effects are limited and me I never use solo mode, but you know what? This Cube 20XL gives metal and funk players just enough, to have a great time.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A Great Stupid Deal Price, but....

I love my Roland AC-33 and that's what influenced me to go with the Cube 20XL. I thought this would be perfect for playing at home. It has the features I was looking...Read complete review

I love my Roland AC-33 and that's what influenced me to go with the Cube 20XL. I thought this would be perfect for playing at home. It has the features I was looking for and the great Roland name. It is the quietest amp when no signal is being processed, but unfortunately when a note or a chord is played there is a fairly loud annoying white noise that persists until the note or chord sustains out. I heard back from Roland and they said that they are aware of the noise; it is inherent in the circuit, and some amps are noisier than others. Say what??? That doesn't sound like an answer that is consistent with the Roland quality I know. I was willing to try a replacement thinking maybe mine was a lemon, but MF informed me they wouldn't be getting any in until June. As usual, MF was fantastic with the return and took good care of me. Thank you Musician's Friend for making your customers number one and for standing behind the products you sell.

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5.0

bought for practice amp and got more!

By leftylespaul

from Albuquerque

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Best Amp For Students
  • Clean Sounds Are Pristine
  • Excellent Sound
  • Onboard Effects Are Great
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practice Amp-anywhere

    Comments about Roland CUBE-20XL 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

    I needed a small amp for students and lessons. This is great! Light weight, comprehensive, and a joy to play through.

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    4.0

    Honest little amp

    By camarogirl57

    from Staten Island, NY

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Roland CUBE-20XL 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

      I was very impressed with this little amp and the "Stupid' price was waay right. I get such a variety of sounds from it and it has good volume before any breaking up appears. I play a bunch of different guitars through it, from a Guild Starfire 1 , Rick 360-12 and a Strat, and it has the best sound for each one of them.
      My only complaint is the tight handle-very hard to grab it and go!

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      4.0

      A Good Deal

      By Pagra

      from SoCal

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • A Good Practice Amp
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable

      Cons

      • A Little Too Gadgety
      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Roland CUBE-20XL 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

      A nice amp at the sale price. But you might shop around for a small amp at the list price.
      Good tone and reverb. Most of the FX are decent but limited and some are not really necessary.
      Sturdily built. Takes my ASAT w/twin humbuckers very well.

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      5.0

      Great little lightweight amp

      By David I

      from Syracuse NY

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Roland CUBE-20XL 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

        Overall, I'm very happy with this amp. The extreme distortion sounds nice and the effects are very good for this type of amp. It does sound like a larger amp. My only complaints are that the clean channel breaks up a bit earlier than I would like and the handle is very tight so it's hard to get your fingers under.

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        5.0

        Works as advertised

        By dragonov

        from Texarkana, TX

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Roland CUBE-20XL 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

          I've got several amps from fender & line 6. I like this one best. Nice features.

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          4.0

          Cube 20XL

          By VinnyKool

          from Baltimore, MD

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Jc120 Clean Tone

          Cons

          • Supply Own Footswitch

          Best Uses

          • Home Practice

          Comments about Roland CUBE-20XL 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

          Well worth the price I paid. Exterior shipping container left much to be desired. Single pass of tape securing the box top, one side of the box was cut top to bottom. Amp arrived in great shape though.

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          5.0

          This amp rocks!

          By JD Hunter

          from Sacramento, CA area

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • No Presets

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Roland CUBE-20XL 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

          My Spider II 210 was getting pretty hard to pack around and my wife didn't like it taking up space in the house. The CUBE-20XL fits neatly under the desk in my office, ready for use at a moments notice.

          This amp is the best bang for the buck that I've ever come across. Clean and lead channels are selected with one button and sound excellent. Built in tuner works great, and lots of effects. Power squeeze button keeps the volume down, but distortion and other effects.

          (No,I don't work for Roland)

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          5.0

          Best Decision

          By Preacher

          from Westland, MI

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Roland CUBE-20XL 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

              Best decision to purchase CUBE-20XL 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp. Best product, good price, and portable for one who travels alone.

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              5.0

              Great little amp!

              By Donman

              from Pawtucket, R.I.

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              Pros

              • Decent Effects
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Portable
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Practice

                Comments about Roland CUBE-20XL 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

                I wanted a little practice amp I could keep in my bedroom. This "little" amp more than fits the room. The first time I plugged it in I was blown away with the sound I got from it. The clean channel and acoustic simulator are both nice and crisp, and effects can be added on top, such as delay, reverb (including spring), chorus, and flange. I tried each amp setting from clean, to overdrive, up to distortion, then metal, full stack, and then extreme. It gets LOUD. But no worries, there is a button on this baby that works like a power brake, so you still gets screamin' tone at very low volumes. I would not hesitate to record with it and/or mic it. I also have a Peavey Vyper, and would put this Roland toe to toe with it any day.

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                4.0

                Excellent Amp

                By Billdawg

                from Snellville GA

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Roland CUBE-20XL 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

                  Great Little amp for a great price. Plenty of power and versatility. Fills the bill for a variety of musical types.

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