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Roland Cube 80X 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp  

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    A powerful guitar amplifier from Roland's CUBE Series lineup.

    The Roland CUBE-80X guitar amp delivers a massive 80 watts of power through a 12" speaker, and features a switchable clean and lead channel design derived from its predecessor. The Roland amplifier also comes with a Looper, a unique Solo function with memory for recalling preset amp tones or serving as a third channel, simultaneous reverb and delay with tap tempo, a built-in automatic tuner, an aux input for connecting MP3 players CD players, or other audio and more.

    Features

    • Powerful 80-watt output into a high performance 12" speaker
    • 10 COSM amp models including DLX Combo model
    • Two channels: Clean and Lead plus SOLO memory function
    • New Spring Reverb modeling for vintage reverb sounds
    • Easy-to-use Looper for unique live performance
    • Convenient built-in chromatic tuner

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    Cube 80X 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp Specifications:

    • Rated power output: 80 W
    • Nominal Input Level
    • INPUT: -10 dBu, AUX IN: -10 dBu
    • Speaker: 12"
    • Controls: power switch
    • Select switch
    • Tuner switch
    • Bright switch
    • Volume knob
    • Type switch (acoustic sim, black panel, DLX combo, brit combo, tweed, classic stack, metal stack, R-fier stack, Dyna amp)
    • Gain knob
    • Volume knob
    • Solo switch
    • Volume (solo) knob
    • Bass knob
    • Middle knob
    • Treble knob
    • Presence knob
    • EFX knob (chorus, flanger, phaser, tremolo)
    • Tap/rec/play/dub switch
    • Delay/looper knob (warm clear looper)
    • Reverb knob (spring plate)
    • Foot switch type switch (FS-5L/FS-5U)
    • Indicators: JC Clean Channel, Lead Channel, Solo, Tuner, EFX, Delay/Looper, Tap/Rec/Play/Dub, Reverb
    • Connectors: Input Jack (1/4" phone type)
    • Aux-in jack (Stereo miniature phone type)
    • Line out jack (1/4" phone type)
    • Recording out/phones jack (Stereo 1/4" phone type)
    • Ext speaker (1/4" phone type)
    • Foot SW Jack (Channel select, solo) (1/4" TRS phone type)
    • Foot SW Jack (EFX, reverb) (1/4" TRS phone type)
    • Foot SW Jack (Tap/Rec/Play/Dub, Delay/Looper) (1/4" TRS phone type)
    • Power Consumption: 75 W
    • Power Supply: AC117V, AC220V, AC230V, AC240V (50/60 Hz)
    • Dimensions: 17-3/8"H x 17-3/8"W x 10-7/8"D
    • Weight: 35 lbs. 5 oz.
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    RolandCube 80X 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp
     
    4.7

    (based on 18 reviews)

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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good amp once you figure it out

    good damp
    The Cube 80x is a good amp at a good price point. It's powerful and can really fill a room well. It has the ability to go direct to your PA...Read complete review

    good damp
    The Cube 80x is a good amp at a good price point. It's powerful and can really fill a room well. It has the ability to go direct to your PA with the line out feature and you can mute the speaker if you use the record/headphone output jack which helps if you are gigging and don't need to use it as a monitor. It also sounds decent mic'd and has all the basic effects you would want (Chorus, Reverb, Delay, Phase, Flange, drive etc.). The EFX are digital and do the job. Pedals typically have more ability to tweak and fine tune but this does well for an amp. You typically don't buy a combo amp for the efx, it's the clean tones that are the most important.

    The JC clean channel is the best, when eq'd correctly I can get a really nice clean vintage tone with my strat. With this channel I use some pedals and can really dial it in. The modeling channels are decent and can get some good tones (Black Panel, Tweed, R-Fier) but for me the JC Clean channel is the best.

    It can really crank and fill a room and also works nice as a practice amp with the headphones. The Tuner is ok and the looper is fine but can be a little tricky to get the timing correct. Haven't tried adding a footswitch but I hear they work well.

    I set the JC for my clean tones, then set up a good crunchy tone with the Black Panel and drive, then use the solo for a third setup and then I can simply switch between the three depending on the song and set.

    It's all digital so it can be a little sterile and not as warm as an all tube amp but it's a good amp that once you figure it out can become a solid gigging amp in the right situations. It' rugged and build solid and you don''t have to worry about fragile tubes.
    Th

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    The little amp that does!

    .
    As an electric guitar player for the last 22 years, I have had a lot of amps come and go, and have had a chance to try countless types and brands....Read complete review

    .
    As an electric guitar player for the last 22 years, I have had a lot of amps come and go, and have had a chance to try countless types and brands. Being a "gearhead" I have always been interested in new, old, strange or mainline, cheap and expensive, and everything in between since the beginning.
    I have naturally always been picky about tone, sound, and overall feel in both instruments and gear, opting out of many amps, guitars and peddles untill I found what I wanted and could afford. I have gotten very lucky a few times in the last two decades to find some of those "perfect" guitars or amps.
    When it came time to buy a replacement practice/ jam amp I had already been pooring over catalogs and endlessly plugging guitars into everything that I could find. As a player that got their sound from a peddle for a long time, I was ready for an amp that would do what I needed, something that would allow me to play anything from sparkling clean, to blues tube style breakup, to full out death metal tones at the same time, and not cost a fortune doing it.
    Most amps fell off of the list list in one catagory or another quickly, untill I got to a top few. I was looking for price, sound, tone,and power. As I played these "top few" amps wherever I could find them, I began to get to know them, and their "personalities". Very quickly the Cube 80X began to pull ahead with it's unbelievable range of tones, and sound. Even at a low volume, the little amp was filling a showroom, dominating some other brands that at times were turned a little louder. The controls were very streight forward and simple, although the amp was PACKED with studio quality (Boss!) effects. The looper was so good that without any directions I was adding tracks in a matter of minutes, ending up with a huge loop packed with great tweaks. The Cube pumped out a perfect solo sound over all of the many loops underneath, and formed a small crowd at the same time! This thing was great, and I was sold!!
    Months of trouble use later, I had a chance to audition a drummer for the band. I brought the Cube, a guitar, and one patch cable to the rehersal space that he was in. Time for the best suprize of all! The louder I turned the Cube up, the "bigger" it got, sounding more like a 4 x12 cab! This amp does everything exactly as it should, only better! This is absolutly the BEST practice/jam/recording amp on the market in my oppinion, and turned up in a live situation, it will get a double-take when they hear that room filling sound from a 1x12 !

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    5.0

    Good amp once you figure it out

    By Nelson Schroeder

    from Colorado

    Comments about Roland Cube 80X 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    good damp
    The Cube 80x is a good amp at a good price point. It's powerful and can really fill a room well. It has the ability to go direct to your PA with the line out feature and you can mute the speaker if you use the record/headphone output jack which helps if you are gigging and don't need to use it as a monitor. It also sounds decent mic'd and has all the basic effects you would want (Chorus, Reverb, Delay, Phase, Flange, drive etc.). The EFX are digital and do the job. Pedals typically have more ability to tweak and fine tune but this does well for an amp. You typically don't buy a combo amp for the efx, it's the clean tones that are the most important.

    The JC clean channel is the best, when eq'd correctly I can get a really nice clean vintage tone with my strat. With this channel I use some pedals and can really dial it in. The modeling channels are decent and can get some good tones (Black Panel, Tweed, R-Fier) but for me the JC Clean channel is the best.

    It can really crank and fill a room and also works nice as a practice amp with the headphones. The Tuner is ok and the looper is fine but can be a little tricky to get the timing correct. Haven't tried adding a footswitch but I hear they work well.

    I set the JC for my clean tones, then set up a good crunchy tone with the Black Panel and drive, then use the solo for a third setup and then I can simply switch between the three depending on the song and set.

    It's all digital so it can be a little sterile and not as warm as an all tube amp but it's a good amp that once you figure it out can become a solid gigging amp in the right situations. It' rugged and build solid and you don''t have to worry about fragile tubes.
    Th

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome Amplifier

    Comments about Roland Cube 80X 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    Awesome little amplifier, blows away most of the competition, especially at this price range. The tone is where it is at, this thing is really sweet. Closed back makes it especially tight and responsive as well, along with it being pretty light, small, and sturdy, it can fill a large venue on its own, and actually sounds even better the louder you turn it up.

    I put pedals into the clean channel only (Jazz chorus), and use only the presence and EQ knobs, reverb, and the bright switch. I play small venues mostly, but you can mic it as well, and it is fantastic. The sweet tone still blows me away every time.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    The little amp that does!

    By Hot Rodb

    from Hell,Florida

    Comments about Roland Cube 80X 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    .
    As an electric guitar player for the last 22 years, I have had a lot of amps come and go, and have had a chance to try countless types and brands. Being a "gearhead" I have always been interested in new, old, strange or mainline, cheap and expensive, and everything in between since the beginning.
    I have naturally always been picky about tone, sound, and overall feel in both instruments and gear, opting out of many amps, guitars and peddles untill I found what I wanted and could afford. I have gotten very lucky a few times in the last two decades to find some of those "perfect" guitars or amps.
    When it came time to buy a replacement practice/ jam amp I had already been pooring over catalogs and endlessly plugging guitars into everything that I could find. As a player that got their sound from a peddle for a long time, I was ready for an amp that would do what I needed, something that would allow me to play anything from sparkling clean, to blues tube style breakup, to full out death metal tones at the same time, and not cost a fortune doing it.
    Most amps fell off of the list list in one catagory or another quickly, untill I got to a top few. I was looking for price, sound, tone,and power. As I played these "top few" amps wherever I could find them, I began to get to know them, and their "personalities". Very quickly the Cube 80X began to pull ahead with it's unbelievable range of tones, and sound. Even at a low volume, the little amp was filling a showroom, dominating some other brands that at times were turned a little louder. The controls were very streight forward and simple, although the amp was PACKED with studio quality (Boss!) effects. The looper was so good that without any directions I was adding tracks in a matter of minutes, ending up with a huge loop packed with great tweaks. The Cube pumped out a perfect solo sound over all of the many loops underneath, and formed a small crowd at the same time! This thing was great, and I was sold!!
    Months of trouble use later, I had a chance to audition a drummer for the band. I brought the Cube, a guitar, and one patch cable to the rehersal space that he was in. Time for the best suprize of all! The louder I turned the Cube up, the "bigger" it got, sounding more like a 4 x12 cab! This amp does everything exactly as it should, only better! This is absolutly the BEST practice/jam/recording amp on the market in my oppinion, and turned up in a live situation, it will get a double-take when they hear that room filling sound from a 1x12 !

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    4.0

    Wicked Awesome Amp

    By Robert Atkins

    from Birmingham AL

    Comments about Roland Cube 80X 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    Eventhough, I have not had it very long, it seems like it will be a good investment.
    Not excited about the way the tuner works. But, it does work.

    The aux input has no volume control so, you have to double check the volume BEFORE you plug in.
    Also, no foot switch...this is one thing that should just come with it.

    Those are my only negatives on this amp. Controls are easy to use.
    It is light weight, very loud, tight crisp cleans, excellent gritty dirty sounds, and good saturation metal setting.
    Only on my second play with this amp, but it seems to be well put together.

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    5.0

    Very Nice in Deed

    By MOTOKEV

    from salt lake

    Comments about Roland Cube 80X 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    I've been a fan of the CUBE amp since the release of the cube 30. I decided to upgrade to the 80x. Its a FUN amp for home jammin. I hooked the BOSS pedal so I can activate the LOOPER. I play a chord progression and just jam along. One thing to NOTE, the PRESENCE is a very powerful tone tool on this amp. I'm purty happy with all the tones on this amp. I think the Rectifier and the other metal model could sound a little better. But, the KEY is the TONE KNOBS.

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    5.0

    Surprisingly good

    By SG specialist

    from Florida

    Comments about Roland Cube 80X 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    I have a tube fender and Mesa boogie amps. They sound great, but I end up using many pedals to get all the effects and tones for gigs. I recently tried this amp out and it surprised me how good it sounded. I bought it, and then started realizing that the problem is the footswitches. Ther was no covenient way to footswitch this amp as the manual indicates. I want on line and found that VoodooMan makes a Footswitch that comes with built in lights, so I bought that. Now I can play any gig with no prblem. The looper is a toy. It lacks the real features to be useable live. The tuner is great! Just hold the button down and it sets it on chromatic. It's small and souds really good. I hope Roland takes notes on the foot swich. They would sell lots more amps. I almost took mine back.

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    5.0

    Great Little Amp!!

    By FingersNYC

    from New York City

    Comments about Roland Cube 80X 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    This amp is a surprisingly good value for the money. Compact, rugged, lightweight and great sound. You can select a wide range of tones. I use it mainly for practice, band rehearsals and playing small venues. It beats the sound of other amps (tube & non-tube) in its class by a mile!

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    4.0

    Reliable practice amp

    By RockNBlues

    from Detroit

    Comments about Roland Cube 80X 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    The Cube 80X is a great amp for practice at all volume levels. You can practice silently using the headphone jack or crank up the 80 watts and practice with a band. Lots of nice on-board Boss effects and features including looping. The solo feature is one of my favorites since it allows me to switch back and forth between 2 different amp models without having to tweak all the knobs every time.The sounds of the amp models are decent but definitely digital. The clean amps (JC, Black Panel) and the ultra-high gain amps (Metal, R-Fier) are the best in my opinion and might be suitable for gigging. I think the other amp models lack the warmth and smooth distortion that you get from real tubes and this is very noticeable when playing sustained individual notes. Probably not a good choice for a blues gig but OK for practice at home.Overall, this is a nice solid amp. The Cube gives you the chance to experiment with a lot of different sounds without spending a fortune.

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    5.0

    No need for tube amps

    Comments about Roland Cube 80X 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    I used to play nothing but Marshalls. You all know the problems tube amps can have and they are expensive. Well, I was at the music store one day and they had a Cube there, so I plugged in. Wow! I set it on R-Fire and was blown away by how tight the signal was. So I got one and decided to run it through my Marshall 4 x 12 cab...now THAT's the ticket! Use a guitar with EMGs, add a little delay on the R-Fire setting and you can play anything from chunk chunk Metallica to Fear Factory to full out black metal or deathgrind! Tight, heavy and lots of punch through a 4 x 12 cab...no more tube amps for me! Now if they would only make an actual amp head! I record with it too!

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    5.0

    Great Amp

    By Traynor Man

    from Texas

    Comments about Roland Cube 80X 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    This amp is a tone monster. I have read a few reviews that say this amp sounds bad. The problem is those who say this need to go into the manual and set the amp the way the Roland people tell you to. Then you can go from there. Every setting on this amp, set according to the manual, is a dream. I could not be happier with this. I just sold an expensive tube amp to get this. It was worth it.

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