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

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.

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
 
4.3

(based on 27 reviews)

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    (18)

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    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (23)
  • Good power output (22)
  • Easy to use (21)
  • Excellent sound (19)
  • Warm / comfy (14)

Cons

  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (21)
  • Outdoor events / games (15)
  • Home studio (13)
  • Professional recording (10)
  • Amateur recording (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for Jazz!

After considering several amps, I chose the Cube 80gx over other options because I found it to be the best combination of tone, power and weight. The control layout is straightforward making it...Read complete review

After considering several amps, I chose the Cube 80gx over other options because I found it to be the best combination of tone, power and weight. The control layout is straightforward making it easy to dial in great tone. The effects are pretty good and may help simplify your rig (I only use a touch of reverb). 90% of the time, I use the JC Clean channel. I play jazz and this amp produces a superb warm, clean tone. My ES-175 sounds amazing through this amp.

As a gigging pro for many years, I used a Roland Jazz Chorus amp. That amp had the greatest clean tone and stereo chorus I had ever heard, but its distortion was horribly bad. The Cube 80gx captures that amazing clean tone of the Jazz Chorus amp but also has decent crunch and distortion when you need it. Way more versatile than its much-more-expensive JC big brother AND you can carry this amp easily (unlike the fairly heavy and bulky jazz chorus). I also played a Polytone mini brute IV for years which was also a great clean amp but not very versatile (one trick pony).

This Roland amp is every bit as good a jazz amp as any I've played, but quite a bit more portable and versatile . So far, I am really enjoying this Roland amp!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Would not buy again

I have a Cube 80XL and absolutely love it. I wanted to buy another but discovered it had been replaced by the 80GX. The 80GX is a completely different amp and I was very...Read complete review

I have a Cube 80XL and absolutely love it. I wanted to buy another but discovered it had been replaced by the 80GX. The 80GX is a completely different amp and I was very disappointed. From the outside it looks familiar but I couldn't duplicate the great sound I was getting with the XL so sadly I ended up selling it. I will see if I can find a used XL somewhere.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

THE PREVIOUS MODEL IS NO BETTER! ....HANDS DOWN! THE GX

By Jimmy Lee

from Las Vegas,Nv

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful
  • THE GX IS OUTSTANDING !

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    Don't be fooled! ...this amp is a clean monster packing 80 watts! the amp modeling is beyond outstanding!
    You got it all covered Twin reverb? Deluxe reverb? Vox AC-30 TB ...at that! Marshall? and beyond..
    I never drag my beautiful Fender twin Reverb out any longer ... this is truly a stunning little amp that can rival most situations.. ......Can keep up with a drummer? No Problem! PLUS Don't worry about a back-up amp... Reliability to the Max! ...You won't go wrong with this amp! PREVIOUS MODEL IS NOT! BETTER IN SOUND! .....LIKE SOME MAY SAY!

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    3.0

    seems fine, not had it long enough to evaluate fully

    By g

    from long island NY

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        everything works as it should but I only have about 10 days use so it's hard to truly evaluate. rebate helped make it worthwhile.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This amp is often used professionally

        By Cruising guy with Rum Runners

        from New York

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

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

          I always considered these toys until I saw a musician on a cruise ship use one (the model before) along with a Zen drive and it sounded great in a reasonably size club with no miking of the amp.. Later I found out in New Orleans they are popular at clubs. There is one thing you must know. Watch the Roland demo of this amp and write down the amp settings they use in the demo. This should be your starting point for each model. This is a very easy amp to use, no multiple LCD screens to deal with. I also sounds great an low and high volumes. The headphone jack puts out near identical tone to what you hear from the speaker. I use a CBC PEDALS Zen clone and also a Soul food pedal wit it (completely different sounds).

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          My Ears Won't Believe My Eyes !!!

          By Mr. Guitar

          from Appomattox, Va.

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Anytime You Need to Amplify a Guitar
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

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

          We do a Tuesday night jam and there are always different people playing on any given Tuesday night.
          I finally decided that enough was enough, I got tired of lugging around 45,50 and 60 lbs. combo amps just to go and jam ! I also would bring a small pedal board with a tuner, chorus and delay as well,and of course, my GUITAR !!!! So I decided to take a chance with the Roland Cube 80 GX and was I surprised !!!! You know it's really easy to become a tube amp snob, and I'm there !!! I own, and will keep, my Fender, Marshall, Mesa Boogie and Peavey tube amplifiers, HOWEVER, the Roland 80 GX is a very versatile, good sounding amplifier that can be set up essentially as a three channel amp with various effects and a built in tuner. The 80 GX seems to be powerful enough to play medium size clubs and you could certainly play any size venue by putting it through a PA. If you buy the optional Roland 6 button foot switch you will find that you have an extremely versatile little package with great sound and ample power !!!
          I do not consider this to be a modelling amp, although it seems to reference different amp models.
          I just find the sounds that I like and find useful, and then use them !!! I'm not worried about how well it can copy another amplifier's sound I think sounds fine on it's own merits !!!

          I use to recommend the Peavey Valve King 1x12 50 watt amp or Fender Blues Jr., for the guys that have to have a Fender, as a good first amplifier for the advancing serious student Guitarist, I'm adding the Roland Cube 80 GX to that short list, I THINK IT'S THAT GOOD !!!!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great little amp....does take some tweaking

          By CharlieBand

          from Leesburg, GA

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

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

            I needed a small versatile amp that could cover small restaurant gigs but be loud enough to do band gigs too. This amp certainly fit that bill. The clean sound is pristine and works well with pedals but I have found myself not using pedals anymore as the effects are pretty dang good! Reverb is somewhat limited between spring and plate, but functional nonetheless. Chorus is the Roland Jazz Chorus circuitry, or at least it sounds that way. Setting up the channels for clean, crunch, and lead took a little time to nail down...hence the tweaking comment in the headline. Lots of usable tones with cabinet simulation. I have found that rolling back my volume knob on my Strat helps clean up the distortion and lets the true tone of the guitar come through. That's what really helped me make up my mind that I did indeed buy the amp I needed. The tone has some bite, but not brittle...and the distortion sings especially with a compressor in line. SKB or Gator needs to build an amp case for gig transport. And like most anything made by Roland, it's gonna be around for many years.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Would not buy again

            By Jacque

            from Sioux Falls, S.D.

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Portable

            Cons

            • Poor Sound Quality

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances

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

            I have a Cube 80XL and absolutely love it. I wanted to buy another but discovered it had been replaced by the 80GX. The 80GX is a completely different amp and I was very disappointed. From the outside it looks familiar but I couldn't duplicate the great sound I was getting with the XL so sadly I ended up selling it. I will see if I can find a used XL somewhere.

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            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Not for what I want to do.

            By Mike

            from Michigan

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Limited Functions
            • Poor Sound Quality

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

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

            I couldn't get the sound I was looking for. Didn't feel I had enough choices. I do own other Roland equipment and I like what I have. Cube 80 just didn't do it for me.

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            4.0

            Nice Amp

            By Jack

            from Florida

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • 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:

              The "Twin Reverb" modeling sounds great with my Telecaster.

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              4.0

              Great Amp, More Than I Need

              By ecruizer

              from Kentucky

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              Verified Buyer

              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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                (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Good head

                By cwaduke

                from NH

                About Me Professional Musician

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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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