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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
  • Power Squeezer for full gain at low volume

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

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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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

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (7)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Performances (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
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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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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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(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

really really great, one bad flaw

By exphys

from New York, USA

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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.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastis practice amp!

By Chadd Burgan

from Chicago

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

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Job Roland

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

This an incredible sounding amp. I really don't think anything else in this price range could touch it. I was looking for a small portable amp that would help round out the low mids and bottoms of my guitars but was somewhat hesitant to go with the 40xl with only a 10" speaker. As it turns out I had nothing to be concerned about. It does an incredible job of doing just that without losing any of the clarity, twang and sparkle of my Telecasters. What amazes me as much as anything is this little gem actually sounds much bigger than it is. It's very loud and very full at higher volumes yet it still retains it's basic character at home in the practice room at much lower volumes. Built to withstand some knocks and bumps it's not an amp anyone should be shy about carting to a gig. The amp models are very realistic given that a 40w amp with a 10" speaker is emulating much larger rigs. The effects are nice but due to the difficulty in combining them I'll be using my pedals with the exception of the reverb setting and a tremolo. The only area where I knocked it back from perfect score was in it's features. Even an amp this small should be equipt with a direct out and an extension speaker jack. This amp is good enough to gig with and that added flexibility would have been nice even if it had added $50 more to it's cost. Shame on Roland for overlooking that since that's all the more it needs to be a perfect small amp.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My first non acoustic amp

By gravityfree

from Florida

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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.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

What's up with Roland ?

By The Phantom Rocker

from IL

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

I really like this amp but to totally use all of the functions via footswitch you NEED THREE BOSS FS-6's. At $54 a piece these cost almost as much as the amp. For live, unless you are a "one tone wonder", the footswitches are a must. I returned the amp and bought a Line 6 Spider. At least you have a bunch of options footswitch wise.

(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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A great practice amp.

By bluesrefugee

from Backwoods of western KY

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

If you don't know about the Roland Cube line of compact amps, you need to. These are the best sounding solid-state amps in their price range, and beyond. I currently own a Micro Cube, a Cube 30 Bass, and now the Cube 40XL.The reason I bought the 40XL was to have a little more flexibility in channel-switching and a bigger sound for practice than the Micro Cube. This thing will get LOUD in a 10x10 room. If you have hot pickups you will need a noise suppressor (I use the Boss NS-2) to keep the feedback down. The on-board amp models are pretty good for the most part, and the power squeezer comes in very handy for getting a saturated tone at low volumes. The onboard effects sound very good, and the dual mode reverb is very flexible for dialing in your sound. The looper is there, but not very useful. The built in tuner is a nice feature, if you use standard tuning.Now for the only gripes I could come up with. The knobs and switches do not feel as high in quality as the Micro Cube. Switching between amp models is not very positive, the clicks are a little weak. A built-in EFX loop would be nice. Also, I believe this amp could greatly benefit from a higher quality speaker. Other than that, it's solid as a rock. I wouldn't recommend it for gigging, unless you plan to mike it through a PA. Depending on what kind of gear your bandmates have, you might have a little trouble being heard. Trust me, you won't be drowning out your buddy's half stack.All in all an outstanding value in a practice amp. If you want more sound + more features than the Micro Cube can deliver, then this amp is the ticket!

(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

good, not great

By Robert Marriott

from columbia, sc

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

the sound is souless and lacks anything approaching a decent tone to my ear. i tried everything to dial it in. it jsut wasn't for me. for a beginner, i would recommend this amp.
loaded with features. the effects are good. often a bit digital sounding. the closed back sound is something i am not used to, but it is not a bad thing. the low end booms.
very solid construction. pretty sure i could throw it down a flight of stairs and it would be no worse for wear.
as a beginner amp, i give it a solid 10. as a practice amp for a more advanced player, i give it a 6... so i just averaged the two. the tone is just not there, but it sounds a whole lot better than my first amp.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great amp!

By LeadGuitar

from Pennsylvania

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

I needed a small practice amp for the house since my wife always complains about the loudness of my 30w tube combo. I wanted a decent sounding solid state amp and looked at this one and fender's new Mustang. I owned a Vox valvestate in the past and was not crazy about the sound so I gave it away. I went for the cube. Let me say that the JC clean with some chorus sounds out of this world. The fx's are all nice and I love the built in looper, great for playing leads over chords. The distortions all sound better then I expected and for a small amp there is a lot of head room. Some say it's a beginners amp but I have been playing lead guitar for 30 years and I say I went full circle. I used to own a Roland when I was 14 back in the early eighties. Beginner or old timer this is a nice sounding amp and to think I have boutique pedals that cost more. Also for you acoustic/electric players the amp sounds better then my acoustic amp with no feed back!!! I'm in guitar heaven and all for less then $200.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Just good and handy as people say

By Seungyoung Kim

from Seattle, WA

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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.

(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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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Amp

By Cube-Man40

from Chicago, IL

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

In my quest to find a quality amp I decided to buy the micro-cube after hearing the one that a buddy had purchased. The sound it produced was very impressive for a tiny 2 watt amp. After buying my own and plugged in I realized though it is very portable the amp was a bit too soft for me so I returned it for the 40XL. Best move I could have made for what I needed it for. This amp is very user friendly and just puts out nice clean tone at just about every setting I have played with. If you are looking at the micro-cube RX do yourself a big favor and buy the 40XL trust me you will be glad that you did not to put the RX down, but this amp had juice when you need it and sounds great.Perfect practice amp plus a little more for sure.

 
5.0

Amazing amp

By jazzalta

from Canada

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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.

       
      5.0

      Outstanding, Versatile Amp!

      By Ed

      from undisclosed

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      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.

       
      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!

         
        5.0

        Great Sounding Amp

        By TD-Huntington

        from Huntington,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.

           
          5.0

          great amp !!!

          By Moonie

          from Windsor, North Carolina

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          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.

             
            5.0

            Love it!

            By musicray1949

            from El Dorado, Ca.

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

            Had it 2 weeks , lot of amp for the money, love the effects..REALLY love the loop thing, works perfect. Nice little practice amp, big enough to perform in a small room.

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