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Roland CUBE-40XL 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp  

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    Compact enough to grab and go, yet powerful enough for serious stage and studio work.

    Second only in size and power to the flagship CUBE-80XL, the CUBE-40XL guitar combo amp is compact enough to grab and go, yet powerful enough for serious stage and studio work. The CUBE-40XL combo provides 40 watts of power through a 10" high-performance custom speaker. There are two discrete, footswitchable (with optional footswitch) channels—JC Clean and Lead—with Solo settings for each. 10 COSM amp models are onboard, including the new Extreme, and eight effects including the new Heavy Octave and COSM vintage Spring Reverb, plus an 80-second Phrase Looper.

    Amp Factory
    The CUBE-40XL houses a killer collection of COSM amp models. With the twist of a knob, you can choose instantly from an authentic and awe-inspiring collection, including Tweed, Brit Combo, Black Panel, Classic Stack, R-Fier, Acoustic Simulator, and the new Extreme. It's like having 11 coveted amps in one!

    Multi-Channel Flexibility
    Switch instantly between Lead and JC Clean channels, and activate Solo settings for each. Channels can be selected manually from the control panel or via an optional BOSS FS Series footswitch. When it's time to shine onstage, activate the Solo mode, complete with dedicate Volume knob and memory for storing your favorite sound setups for the Lead and JC Clean channels.

    EFX & Looper
    High-quality Roland/BOSS effects are built into the CUBE-40XL. Choose from a variety of reverbs, delays, and more, plus the new Heavy Octave for massive bottom end, and activate the Power Squeezer for achieving full-gain tone at low volumes. Also onboard is a sound-on-sound Looper for creating impressive layers of sound and dazzling solos on the spot. Up to 80 seconds of audio can be captured and looped.

    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

    • 40W
    • 10" high-performance speaker
    • Two footswitchable channels (with optional footswitch): JC Clean and Lead, with Solo boost on each
    • 10 COSM amp models
    • 8 effects including Heavy Octave and COSM vintage spring reverb
    • 80-second phrase looper built in

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

     

    CUBE-40XL 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp Specifications:

    • 15-3/16"W x 15-3/16"H x 10-7/16"D
    • 22 lb.
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    RolandCUBE-40XL 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp
     
    4.7

    (based on 18 reviews)

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      (14)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Excellent sound (7)
    • Portable (7)
    • Easy to use (5)
    • Good power output (4)
    • Warm / comfy (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (7)
      • Amateur recording (5)
      • Performances (5)
      • Outdoor events / games (3)
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        • Experienced (7)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Fantastis practice amp!

      Overall I would reccomend this amp to all guitar players, beginners to professionals, it comes with everything you could possibly need. I am VERY pleased with my purchase.
      This amp...Read complete review

      Overall I would reccomend this amp to all guitar players, beginners to professionals, it comes with everything you could possibly need. I am VERY pleased with my purchase.
      This amp is a guitar players dream! It has a wide variety of effects all BOSS quality, The looper comes in very handy and the auxilary jack is very nice. It is simple to use and well put together. You really can achieve ANY sound you want. My only complaint is that it does not come with any footswitches for switching between the channels and the boss ones that go with it are not exactly cheap. Switching between clean and other channels is not my issue its activating the looper that is a problem, its very hard to record yourself then stop playing to turn it off because it creates a gap in the recording, but it is not a dealbreaker. Also Im guessing it is loud enough to keep up with certain drums depending on what style you are playing which I find very impressive for a 40 watt amp.
      This thing is built like a tank. when I purchased it I was not aware of its construction, I went on Rolands web site and watched all the promo videos and was very suprised at how well it is put together, even at loud volumes nothing on this amp rattles.
      I would say this amp is a GREAT value especially if you are using it for practice and recording, Like I said earlier you get all BOSS effects built into to one little unit so you bypass buying all the stomp boxes. And the sound is simply amazing, even at high volumes it does not break up as a normal solid state amp would.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      really really great, one bad flaw

      This is a *great* amplifier in almost every way. It can play quiet or quite loud, and retain the same tone across all volumes. All the modeled amps sound great with nearly...Read complete review

      This is a *great* amplifier in almost every way. It can play quiet or quite loud, and retain the same tone across all volumes. All the modeled amps sound great with nearly no tweaking - in short you can easily get lots of great, different sounds. The effects are good when reigned-in. A lot of footswitch control over multiple channels, presets for each, effects, & loop. An input for your cd player or ipod/pad/phone. As a practice amp, this can't be beat, and in a small space this could work too. Five+ stars for all of the above.

      Unfortunately, this amp has one signifigant flaw: it is UNGROUNDED. I.e. it's a 2-prong plug at the end of the cord. This means that it will hum, hiss, and buzz, depending on what is nearby or what noise is in the mains. It also means none of the sheilding on your guitar or cable will work, as those all require a ground present to be effective. Why Roland chose this is beyond me. I like this amp so much (for the above reasons) that I am paying a tech to put in a grounded power cable, but it certainly is annoying that it was not made properly in the first place.

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      5.0

      Amazing amp

      By jazzalta

      from Canada

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Roland CUBE-40XL 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

          I just want to comment on the hum problem. I had an horrendous hum issue. I took it to my tech and he replaced the power cord with a 16 guage one. Now no noise whatsoever.

          I just got the amp so can't really comment too much. I bought it to replace my aging Cube 60. This amp is just amazing. I can't wait to play it out somewhere.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best modeling amp out there

          By hatchet_job

          from Michigan, USA

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          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Roland CUBE-40XL 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

          Great little amp. Very good sounds come from this little guy with the 10 inch speaker. Plus it has the 80 second looper. NO other modeler has that. I had a Vypyr 100, you need to spend another load of cash to get the looper function! Not on this amp, it is the only amp bought new that I still own. I now want it's big brother, the 80 xl. I modded my 40xl to include a speaker out jack. Too sweet for words pumping through my Avatar 2x12.

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          5.0

          Outstanding, Versatile Amp!

          By Ed in Ohio

          from Northeast Ohio

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good effects
          • Good Modelled Channels
          • Good Modelling Effects
          • Good Warmth
          • Great For Ae Instruments
          • Outstanding Clean Channel
          • Portable

          Cons

          • No Ext Speaker Jack
          • No headphone jack

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Roland CUBE-40XL 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

          This is the best solid-state amp I have ever heard, and is as good as most tube amps. The JC Clean channel on this amp provides clean tones as good as any you will hear. Moreover, this amp is by far the best "non-acoustic" amp I have heard with acoustic/electric instruments (using the JC Clean channel with the mids rolled-off).

          Modelling channels and effects are excellent, and easy to use. The amp is light and durable.

          This amp is ideal for practice and jamming, and is plenty loud enough for small venue (bars, small halls) gigs.

          If this amp had headphone and external speaker jacks, and a 12" speaker it would be ideal. As it is, it's still outstanding by any measure.

          If you are a "tube amp diehard" I encourage you to try this amp with an open mind...You will be surprised and impressed.

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          5.0

          Great Practice Amp

          By Clayton

          from TN

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Roland CUBE-40XL 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

            When I get ready to play a venue, my Marshall is my go to amp. Until I move to the country with no neighbors, I had to find something I could work with on a quieter level. This Roland amp fits the bill!

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            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Little Amp

            By JillieB

            from Phoenix, AZ

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound
            • Light
            • Portable

            Cons

            • 40 Watts
            • Pedals Not Included

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Small venues

            Comments about Roland CUBE-40XL 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

            I bought this amp recently and am very satisfied with it. I did have to purchase two Boss FS 6 Pedals and I'll probably buy another momentary switch. It would be nice if it came with those accessories, but it's still a nice little amp. I bought it because I can't lug around my Roland Jazz Chorus 120 to Jam Sessions. This amp is fine for small venues and jams. If I wanted to use it at larger venues, I'd probably mic it. Youtube has a nice demo of Alex Hutchings showing off the amp's features. Check it out before buying.

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            (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            really really great, one bad flaw

            By exphys

            from New York, USA

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Not Grounded

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Instruction
            • Practice
            • Small Spaces

            Comments about Roland CUBE-40XL 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

            This is a *great* amplifier in almost every way. It can play quiet or quite loud, and retain the same tone across all volumes. All the modeled amps sound great with nearly no tweaking - in short you can easily get lots of great, different sounds. The effects are good when reigned-in. A lot of footswitch control over multiple channels, presets for each, effects, & loop. An input for your cd player or ipod/pad/phone. As a practice amp, this can't be beat, and in a small space this could work too. Five+ stars for all of the above.

            Unfortunately, this amp has one signifigant flaw: it is UNGROUNDED. I.e. it's a 2-prong plug at the end of the cord. This means that it will hum, hiss, and buzz, depending on what is nearby or what noise is in the mains. It also means none of the sheilding on your guitar or cable will work, as those all require a ground present to be effective. Why Roland chose this is beyond me. I like this amp so much (for the above reasons) that I am paying a tech to put in a grounded power cable, but it certainly is annoying that it was not made properly in the first place.

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            Great Sounding Amp

            By TD from Huntington

            from NY

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Roland CUBE-40XL 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

              I was looking to set up a home studio in which I could have band practice, as well as, record. The only thing anyone would need to bring is their instrument. I tried a couple of amps, frontman, rogues, and small marshalls. None did the trick. I tried the Roland Cube and was very impressed with the overall sound and features of the amp, so I bought 2 of them. I am looking to pick up another. The sound quality is great, and micing them into my recorder produces a very high quality result. It sounds very full, clear and much bigger than it it is. The only downside is the footswitch, which is expensive and somewhat awkward to use. I just use my effects and by bypass the Roland footswitch. The Cube is a great sounding amp in a small package and is attractively priced. I am very pleased with the choice.

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              5.0

              great amp !!!

              By Moonie

              from Windsor, North Carolina

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Roland CUBE-40XL 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

                excellent sound that translated well when plugged directly into my DAW. Amp models were already good on the old cube amps ; these are even better.

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                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Just good and handy as people say

                By Seungyoung Kim

                from Seattle, WA

                Comments about Roland CUBE-40XL 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

                Just don't feel like it's perfect because of chorus and delay.
                Clean and overdrive sound very clear and tangle.

                Pros:
                Good enough for home and garage practice. I don't bring my pedal board any more.
                Loop recording feature is very convenient. I can play a few hours alone with it.
                Sound setting can be stored in Solo channel.
                With foot switch, it can switch 4 different sound. 2 clean, 2 lead.

                Cons:
                Embeded chorus and delay are toy level compared to MRX chorus and BOSS DD-3.
                Heavy distortion is just like TR sound.

                If you're thinking a amp for both practice and gig use, I would go for 80W one, next time. This one is bit smaller. But if you use it at night offen, 40W would be good. It has a button for lowering the volume.
                Just robust.
                No 1 practice amp.

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                My first non acoustic amp

                Comments about Roland CUBE-40XL 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

                This amp was selected because of it's reputation for a rich clean sound and it lives up to it well. It is also very versatile in amp modeling features and high gain sound capability. I could have been happy with the 20 Amp version but the features pulled me to purchase this one. I would recomment this one to a friend.
                Loaded with capability for clean to dirty sounds. Amazing power with the ability to play softly on reduced output setting. It will take a while to discover all the sounds it is capable of. It can be used nicely in the bedroom with the power squeezer feature (restricts output to 2 Amps). It seems to have every input and output you could use for a practice amp or more.
                Very well made case with good feel to the switch gear. Amp gives a very smooth and rich clean tone with no hum.
                Compared to other products on the market it is hard to believe the low price on this amp.

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