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Roland GA-212 2X12 200W Guitar Combo Amplifier Black 

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The Roland GA-212 combo amp is a custom built powerhouse. Featuring the COSM amp model Progressive Amp, the GA-212 offers guitarists original sound a...Read More

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Supercharged 200W combo with the latest tone technology.

The Roland GA-212 combo amp is a custom built powerhouse. Featuring the COSM amp model Progressive Amp, the GA-212 offers guitarists original sound and simple control. Just twist the Drive knob and push the Boost button to go from clean to super extreme. The 200W through two 12" speakers are perfect for medium and large stages. The GA series makes it easy to create whatever sound you are looking for with only two volume knobs, three tone-control knobs, presence and reverb. The Smart Channel feature will save your last changes to panel settings and you can recall one of four saved settings for all controls with a simple button push.

FEATURES
  • Original COSM amp model (Progressive Amp) with great feel, attack, natural compression and sustain
  • Go from clean to extreme with the Drive knob and Boost button
  • Intuitive operation with simple, fast access structure
  • Smart Channel
  • LEDs in the knobs are great for dark stages
  • Foot controller available, but sold separately

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RolandGA-212 2X12 200W Guitar Combo Amplifier
 
4.8

(based on 21 reviews)

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    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

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  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (19)
  • Excellent sound (17)
  • Easy to use (16)
  • Warm / comfy (12)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (4)
  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Performances (17)
  • Home studio (13)
  • Outdoor events / games (13)
  • Professional recording (11)
  • Amateur recording (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (14), Professional musician (7)

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Got this on Stupid Deal of the Day and this purchase was anything but stupid. About the only negative I can think of is that the foot controller does not come with this amp...Read complete review

Got this on Stupid Deal of the Day and this purchase was anything but stupid. About the only negative I can think of is that the foot controller does not come with this amp and its usefulness as an advertised stage amp is limited without said foot controller.

This amp is LOUD. It sounds alright at lower volumes but really screams when turned up. The variable gain and volume controls make it a snap to fine tune the tone by ear. There are 4 channels to store presets plus a manual channel, basically making 5 stores total. Also the boost, mid-boost, effects loops 1 and 2 and reverb can all be turned on/off via the foot switch. 2 expression pedals can be hooked up to the foot switch to independently control both gain and volume on the fly making for some VERY interesting effects.

With 2 effects loop channels, it is possible to hook up 2 entirely different external pedal boards which can both be set to run in series or parallel. The 4 cable method works great if you happen to have an RP1000 or similar. The amp sound is so versatile that I find myself not using other effects or pedals. Plug in direct and let er rip!

Built like a tank. Darn good thing it comes with casters as it is HEAVY. I doubt I'll ever have the chance but there is even a way to link 2 of these beasts and control both through the one foot switch. As if 200W isn't loud enough, 400W would be crazy. Looks pro with heavy gauge grill and otherwise Spartan look.

There is a 1/4" through port for a tuner, which is one thing that seems like it would have been easy to build in to this amp. The LED indicators on each dial are both functional and cool looking as they move when channels are changed.

Out of all the controls, the Voicing button seems to have the least effect. Seems to modify EQ just a tad, not very discernable to my ears. Reverb quality is very good, if not excellent. Both Presence and Reverb have a wide range of adjustment.

Think of this as a digital amp that is controlled more like an analog amp. No screens to cycle through, no complex button sequences to remember, etc. Personally I'm glad to see this trend back toward more analog feel.

I would purchase again. I might even purchase a GA-112 for smaller venues, practice or stereo chorus use. Really wonder what a pair of linked GA-112 would sound like vs. a GA-212? My lead guitar player rocks a Mesa Boogie which is held in very high esteem - I'd stack this Roland up against it any day.

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A GOOD NO FRILLS GUITAR AMP.

OVER ALL A GOOD AMP THAT IS WELL MADE.

OVER ALL A GOOD AMP THAT IS WELL MADE.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GA-212 2X12 200W Guitar Combo Amplifier

By terry7170

from Fenton, Mo

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Powerful
  • Total Quality

Cons

  • Big Heavy
  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

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

Comments about Roland GA-212 2X12 200W Guitar Combo Amplifier:

THis is a great amp and is so powerful it's unbelievable. My needs call for it to be carried around a lot and at 68, that's impossible. I also need a more blues sound, this amp has a little more treble than I like but there's nothing that I can say to take away from it's quality.

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5.0

Power Option

By oldpigsass

from Blackpool, England

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances

    Comments about Roland GA-212 2X12 200W Guitar Combo Amplifier:

    At last a quality new replacement to my Gibson LABseries L5. If I could add one thing, it would be an Egnater-style 1W-200W front panel variable voltage knob.

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Deal for An Underrated Amp.

    By Bobby D.

    from Chicago

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Nice Feature Set
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • heavy

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Roland GA-212 2X12 200W Guitar Combo Amplifier:

    Two F/X loops, closed back, both top and recessed side handles, removable casters, HD corners, dual function foot pedal (not included). Four programmable channels for live use.

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    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wow What A Great Amplfier

    By G-Man

    from Mt. Laurel, NJ

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Roland GA-212 2X12 200W Guitar Combo Amplifier:

      First of all let me say that I have been playing semi professionally for almost 40 years and over that time I have owned many tube/solid state amplifiers including Fenders, Peaveys, Ampegs and Mesa Boogies. For the last thirty years I have been playing through Mesa Boogie Amps exclusively and have been very happy with them. I have actually liked a couple solid state amps that I have owned over the years and with the great reputation Roland has earned over the decades I took a chance and bought this amp.
      I can say that I was pleasantly surprised when I unpacked the GA-212 and plugged my go-to Stratocaster in. First, this amp is built like a tank and it is solid as a rock. Second, it is very easy to use with the basic controls and with additional gain, boost and voice buttons. Third, it's nice to have(count-em)5 different(1-4 & manual) channels to preset and use at the stomp of a foot. Lastly and most important are the tones that you can create with this amp are excellent. From a super clean shimmering tone to a full on metal crunch and everything in between is possible and can be stored in the presets making this amp MORE versatile than my Mesa's.
      Some how this amp got a bad rap and I do not understand how, but I'm here to tell you this is a great and powerful amplifier without all the maintenance required with tube amps. Plus it has wonderful tone that compares favorably with my Mesa tube amps. This is a great amp and will remain part of my roster forever. If you're thinking about buying one, don't hesitate you won't be sorry. Peace, G-Man

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      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Really Nice Stereo Amp!

      By Carsonics

      from Seattle, Washington

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Roland GA-212 2X12 200W Guitar Combo Amplifier:

        This is a rewrite. After spending time with this amp I really like the sound and stereo features. I wish the documentation highlighted/explained what the amp can really do - I had to rely on internet tutorials by third parties to understand the amp's stereo capabilities. Plug the stereo outs on your MFX processor into the amp's two returns and engage the A/B EFX loop buttons on the front of the amp and you will have stereo effects! (not mentioned anywhere in the manual). This amp has a nice clean tone and plenty of power and castors!

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        A GOOD NO FRILLS GUITAR AMP.

        By FAB4DAVE

        from ARKANSAS, BENTON

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy Weight Of 80 Pounds
        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Roland GA-212 2X12 200W Guitar Combo Amplifier:

        OVER ALL A GOOD AMP THAT IS WELL MADE.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A great, misunderstood amp!

        By bashfull

        from DeKalb, IL

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Each Speaker Separate Amp
        • Flexible Sounds
        • Powerful
        • Solid
        • Two Effects Loops

        Cons

        • heavy

        Best Uses

        • Live
        • Recording
        • Varied

        Comments about Roland GA-212 2X12 200W Guitar Combo Amplifier:

        This amp has flown under the radar so long that they are now blowing them out. Contary to what others have said, I can get excellent tones at low volumes, and, of course, this thing rocks. Used it with a Tele and a Taylor T5, and you can get great and varied tones out it. I am having loads of fun with this amp! At the Stupid Deal price it was a no brainer. Totally satisfied. Thanks for making these so affordable.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        GA-212 2X12 200W GUITAR COMBO AMPLIFIER

        By grif3595

        from South Carolina

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        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Roland GA-212 2X12 200W Guitar Combo Amplifier:

          This amp is solid built , + this thing rocks no matter what kind of music you play you can dial it in and keep your settings,200 watts of power for that great clean sound, also I would purchase the GA-2 pedal too it works great, I give it 5 Stars

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Its worth every penny!

          By Boatman Bob

          from South Jersey

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Roland GA-212 2X12 200W Guitar Combo Amplifier:

            This is a great amp. lots of power,good for small and medium size rooms,up to 1000 seats.I did try my acoustic and it sounded thin,but my electrics came alive! Great stage amp!

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            (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Doubles as FRFR Stereo Amp

            By SoWhatDiff

            from Texas

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • heavy
            • Ugly

            Best Uses

            • Loud Gigs
            • Performances

            Comments about Roland GA-212 2X12 200W Guitar Combo Amplifier:

            The speakers are more PA than Guitar types. They can handle lots of power and clean baritone or monster detuned riffs. The downside:You must crank it.

            Run a stereo modeler in the back and I think bypass the built in preamp.

            "Voice" button is kinda Fender (6L6) vs. Marshall (EL34) except you don't lose bass when engaged.
            "Mid boost" gravitates toward Mesa Boogie or Tube Screamer land if distorted, but also adds girth to Twin Reverb sounds.
            "Boost" is the dirt channel, and my least explored. I did accidentally sound like EVH for a second. All the controls are so interactive, it's hard to imagine not being able to find an acceptable sound for a gig.

            Very fast attack on the front of the note. Cool, but it never goes away, so saggy saturation has been hard to find.
            I'd like to hear the amp through more lively, less bullet proof speakers.
            Metal peeps would think it's portable vs. 1/2 stacks.
            It looks like you could pull the head out of this combo, but no.
            The guts are split in three. Front / Rear / Power Amp in the floor.

            After the honeymoon, I think it's great when you need to be loud.
            It will not make me sell my real amps.

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