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Roland CUBE-80GX 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp  Black 

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Building on the top-level tone and rock-solid reliability that's made the CUBE name famous, the all-new CUBE-GX series turns up the heat with even mo...Read More

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Building on the top-level tone and rock-solid reliability that's made the CUBE name famous, the all-new CUBE-GX series turns up the heat with even more versatile operation and connectivity for Apple's iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The flagship CUBE-80GX packs a punch with 80 big watts of power and a custom-designed 12-inch speaker, delivering first-class performance in a compact amp that's ready for the stage. 11 COSM amp types and three independent channels-including a fully programmable SOLO channel-put a huge range of tones at your command, with remote control of channel switching, effects, and more via the optional GA-FC Foot Controller. i-CUBE LINK takes practice and mobile recording to a new level, providing a simple onboard audio interface for working with music apps on your favorite iOS devices.

VERSATILE TONES AND THREE INDEPENDENT CHANNELS
The CUBE-80GX features a wide range of COSM amp types and three independent channels for maximum tonal versatility. The JC CLEAN channel provides the renowned clean tone of Roland's famous JC-120, while the LEAD channel offers ten different amp choices, from blackface clean to Brit overdrive to the original EXTREME amp for massive, high-gain metal riffs. A third SOLO channel is completely programmable, allowing you to store all settings from either the JC CLEAN or LEAD channel, along with EQ and effects.

TOP-QUALITY EFFECTS AND ONBOARD TUNER
Three separate effects sections supply pro guitar processing right onboard the CUBE-80GX, with simple controls for dialing up great tones with ease. The EFX section offers five stompbox-type effects, while the dedicated DELAY section provides two different delay types. REVERB is included as well, with your choice of vintage spring emulation or a studio-style plate. The CUBE-80GX also features a chromatic/manual tuner, conveniently built right into the amp!

I-CUBE LINK: BUILT-IN INTERFACE FOR IOS DEVICES
Onboard the CUBE-80GX is Roland's innovative i-CUBE LINK interface, which lets you integrate with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using a real guitar amp with great tone. Unlike typical bulky and inconvenient iOS guitar interfaces, i-CUBE LINK connects to your device's audio jack quickly and simply with the included cable, providing two-way communication with your favorite music apps. With i-CUBE LINK, you can play along with music tracks and send studio-quality guitar tones with effects straight into the recording app of your choice. The versatile i-CUBE LINK jack can also be used as a simple stereo input, enabling you to plug in nearly any music player or audio device and play it through the CUBE-80GX.

CUBE JAM APP: POWERFUL, FUN AND FREE
Available for free from the App Store, the Roland CUBE JAM app turns your iOS device into a fun command center for jamming, recording, and learning. Play back commercial songs and minus-one tracks through the CUBE-80GX via i-CUBE LINK and riff along for hours with the amp's great tones. CUBE JAM also records audio through the i-CUBE LINK connection, letting you capture your jams with a single touch. After recording, you can adjust the volume of your guitar and backing music independently in the app, then export your mix to a 16-bit, 44.1kHz WAV file. CUBE JAM also includes powerful tools for music practice, including independent speed and pitch adjustment of audio playback, Center Cancel to remove solos and create your own jam tracks, and more.

Versatile amp for the stage or studio, with iOS connectivity.

FEATURES
  • 80-watt guitar amp with custom-designed 12-inch speaker
  • Three channels: JC CLEAN, LEAD (with 10 different COSM amp types), and SOLO
  • SOLO channel is fully programmable, allowing you to save and recall amp type plus EQ and effects settings
  • Three independent effects sections: EFX (five types), DELAY with tap tempo, and REVERB
  • Hands-free channel switching, effects on/off, and more via GA-FC Foot Controller (sold separately)
  • i-CUBE LINK jack provides simple audio interfacing with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (interface cable included)
  • Free CUBE JAM app for iOS plays songs and minus-one jam tracks, and lets you record the CUBE-80GX's COSM amp tones along with music playback
  • Three-band EQ plus PRESENCE control; built-in chromatic/manual tuner
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RolandCUBE-80GX 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.5

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (15)
  • Portable (15)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Excellent sound (14)
  • Warm / comfy (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (15)
  • Home studio (10)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
  • Professional recording (7)
  • Amateur recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (7)

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Wow

This amplifier is absolutely mind-blowing. I didn't think it was possible for a solid state amplifier to accurately mimic the fullness and body of a tube amp, but the Cube has one of the...Read complete review

This amplifier is absolutely mind-blowing. I didn't think it was possible for a solid state amplifier to accurately mimic the fullness and body of a tube amp, but the Cube has one of the best clean sounds I've ever heard, rivaling that of tube amps twice the price. The amp is packed with features, and has proven over and over to be gig-worthy. Personally, I use this amplifier for jazz and blues, and it works well. The clean sound is round and fills the room with a dark, luscious clean. This amp is also great for practicing because it's packed with more features than you'll ever need, and the clean and crunch settings are to die for. My only complaints about this amp are that 1) the high-gain setting is very brittle and fizzy. Granted, it's one of the best high-gain sounds from any solid state amp I've ever played (just as a rule of thumb, you'll never get great high-gain sounds unless you're playing through a tube amp). 2) This amp is extraordinarily heavy. One of the advantages to playing a solid state amp is normally that it gigs well because it's so light--this is simply not the case here with the cube.

Overall, this amp is wonderful. There's a reason why John Petrucci uses this amp as his own personal practice tool, and that's because this amp simply kicks butt.

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Good head

The clean channel is clear and the effects make sense for this type of amp. It is very versatile. The weakness is the speaker quality. Find a way to either replace the speaker...Read complete review

The clean channel is clear and the effects make sense for this type of amp. It is very versatile. The weakness is the speaker quality. Find a way to either replace the speaker (you will have to alter the cabinet as Roland uses a smaller opening than every other speaker requires) or build your own. cabinet.

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4.0

Great Amp, More Than I Need

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from Kentucky

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Roland CUBE-80GX 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    This is a good clean 85 watt amp with many options, more than I need. I play fingerstyle. I play clean mostly with maybe some reverb or tremolo now and then. The JC Clean setting is ok. I might use the black panel setting occasionally. My band leader likes the Acoustic setting the best. I'll never use any of the rest. The amp is pretty portable. I used the line out to the house PA with a DI box (xlr) out and it worked well. It's a little heavier than my Traynor 100 watt acoustic amp but not uncomfortably so. This amp is extremely loud if that is your thing but it can play softly too. I don't like having so many knobs with so many options sitting there that I will never use. My local stores did not have this amp. It was only available to me online. I tried it and it is a good amp but just not for me.

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    3.0

    Good head

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    from NH

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Roland CUBE-80GX 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

      The clean channel is clear and the effects make sense for this type of amp. It is very versatile. The weakness is the speaker quality. Find a way to either replace the speaker (you will have to alter the cabinet as Roland uses a smaller opening than every other speaker requires) or build your own. cabinet.

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      5.0

      Great amp with many features

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      from Kentucky

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Love this amp
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Good for fingerstyle guitar

      Comments about Roland CUBE-80GX 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

      This is a great amp. I play Chet Atkins style. I have been using several pedals but with this amp i don't use any. The many features on this amp are great.

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      4.0

      I like this amp!

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      from Caldwell ID

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Jams
        • Performances

        Comments about Roland CUBE-80GX 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

        I like clean sound, but this guy has goo OD as well, easy to switch. The reverb and delay are good.

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        5.0

        Great amp for the money

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        from Palm Desert, CA

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          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Roland CUBE-80GX 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

            I use for practice and small club performances. It has great sound on the clean and the effects channels. Relatively easy to get the sounds you want, but it takes some practice and work to find them. Cleans are clean and great. I bought at local Guitar Center, parent of Musiciansfriend.com, on sale, and beat the price of the same amp on the used market. You will need the GA-FC foot controller for performances. If you'll note the other reviewers; all are either 5 star, or 4 star with very glowing comments. For some reason, there is one commenter that says he got a bad one. But this amp is built like a tank. I've got an old Roland Cube 40, original model, I purchased new decades ago, that just needs the pots lubed every few years. Roland makes a great product. I'm glad after checking out other well powered amps with on-board effects, that I came home to Roland again. It sounds great, is relatively easy on my bad legs and back, and has plenty of juice for small to medium clubs. Unless you're a tube purist, maxed out metal rocker playing pavilions, or just want to blow the roof off your house, this amp will get you there. The inputs and outputs are fine. It would be nice to have a straight external speaker out. That is the only drawback on this. You can use the Ilink with any compatible plugin source, and are not limited to Appleware.

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            1.0

            Roland makes weak gear

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            from San Antonio

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              Cons

              • It Came Broke
              • No Quality Control At Mf
              • Poor Sound Quality
              • Weak

              Best Uses

                Comments about Roland CUBE-80GX 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                Not made like boss pedals they hold up to anything. This amp is poorly constructed and came to me broke I sent it back and bought another brand

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                5.0

                Great Amps!

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                from Georgia

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Roland CUBE-80GX 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                  I purchased a pair of these; I dig the JC120 clean channel without the weight of a JC120. Having two, I get full stereo separation. I also got the GA-FC and can use one to control both amps. With an ABY and GA-FC, maybe a compressor I could gig with these, or even just one. The built in effects are very good even with limited controls.

                  I'm using these as a clean stereo platform for my Boss GT-100 when not running it direct to FRFR. Small, portable, lightweight, sounds great if you like the sound of JC120. 80W is loud, though I'd like to see Roland make a Cube-100GX with an XLR out.

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                  5.0

                  Picked up a pair of these

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                  from Georgia

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Portable

                  Cons

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                      Comments about Roland CUBE-80GX 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                      These sound great. I got a pair of 80s for a stereo rig since I dig the JC-120 clean without the weight. The onboard effects work great, but the controls are sensitive making it somewhat tough to get subtle changes. I have a GT-100 on order that I will use in front of these for effects, with the Cubes set to clean, effects off. Small great sounding rig. I have my Cubes on tilt back amp stands, makes a noticeable difference

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                      5.0

                      Great Jazz Combo Amp

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                      from California

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Roland CUBE-80GX 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                          I play both a standard guitar (E-e) and baritone (A-a) through this amplifier, and it sounds great. Some guitar amplifiers have trouble with the lower frequencies of the baritone, but this works just fine for what I do.

                          For reference, I pretty much only use the "JC Clean" setting at relatively low volumes (I play in smaller jazz formats in relatively small spaces).

                          I absolutely love the versatility of Roland products. I love the line out on this. Works great going into headphones so I don't keep everybody up at night. Also works great for going into a recording device.

                          I own several Roland amplifiers and a Roland PA system. I love the fact that the panels always look the same. Connections are the same, settings are pretty much the same.

                          There may be other amplifiers that sound better, I suppose. Maybe if I spent more time testing them out, I'd know. But I'd rather spend the effort on learning the instrument and playing. And Roland products are quick to setup and work like I want every time.

                          One thing Roland -- please ditch the "CUBE" and go back to your traditional "R". IMHO, the "R" is a more professional look.

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                          5.0

                          Good tone and reliability

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Powerful
                          • Super Flexibility

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Great With Pedals
                          • Home Studio
                          • Performances

                          Comments about Roland CUBE-80GX 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                          I bought one of these then almost immediately bought another. They are rugged and versatile. My primary rig consists of a Boss GT-Pro straight into the mixer with this little gem as my monitor on stage. I've also found that the amp works great with pedals. No regrets, no issues...just a great little all around amp with plenty of punch. On-board effects are easy to dial in. Switching can be done with either the specific pedal or with the FS style switches...easy-peasy!

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