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Roland Micro Cube Combo Amp  

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    Roland

    Battery-powered for big fun anyplace!

    The Roland Micro Cube Battery Powered Amp with COSM and Effects gives guitarists a genuine Roland Cube amp in an ultracompact 7-pound package. And when you're doing live gigs, you'll love that it runs on batteries. Despite its tiny proportions, the MicroCube packs a big punch and comes with 6 DSP effects, 7 COSM amp models, and a new Digital Tuning Fork—giving guitarists everything they need for killer tone on the go.

    Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

    Features

    • Ultracompact portable DSP guitar amp with 5" speaker
    • 7 COSM guitar amp models including JC-120 and a special mic preamp model
    • 6 DSP effects: chorus, flanger, phaser, tremolo, and separate delay/reverb
    • New Digital Tuning Fork with support for flat tunings up to 2 semitones
    • Recording/headphones output and stereo auxiliary input for CD players, etc.

    From busking to beach parties, the Micro Cube will deliver. Order yours now!

     

    Micro Cube Combo Amp Specifications:

    • Weight: 7 lbs. 5 oz. without batteries and adapter
    • 9-5/8"W x 8-15/16H x 6-9/16"D
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    RolandMicro Cube Combo Amp
     
    4.8

    (based on 190 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (161)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (14)

    • 2 Stars

       

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      (1)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Portable (20)
    • Excellent sound (19)
    • Easy to use (18)
    • Good power output (17)
    • Warm / comfy (15)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur recording (11)
      • Home studio (11)
      • Performances (7)
      • Outdoor events / games (5)
      • Professional recording (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Experienced (10), Novice (6), Professional musician (5)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Roland Micro Cube - great sounding little amp, with lots of features

      I especially like the "Brit Combo" amp model, and the acoustic model. The phaser and reverb also sound really good.

      Its really, really user friendly, easy to get...Read complete review

      I especially like the "Brit Combo" amp model, and the acoustic model. The phaser and reverb also sound really good.

      Its really, really user friendly, easy to get good tones. Compared to some of the larger, more powerful, and more expensive modelling amps, its easy to get a good sound with it. As good as it is, I will look at the larger Cubes from Roland if I decide to get a bigger guitar amp. (Probably a part of their marketing plan, but, this little amp gets the job done!!)

      The only thing that I would change is putting the power button on top or near the top to make it easier to find.

      Keep in mind that by itself, (5 watts, and small speaker) its pretty much just for practice, or busking on the street.

      I got it for travelling ( also got a Dean short scale guitar) and practice... just plug in, pick an amp, pick an effect, adjust the drive and volume and there you are!! Its a lot of fun.

      However, I bet it would sound good if you use the line out and go into a PA with it, or into a larger, clean sounding amp
      Roland Micro Cube a lot of features and effects for the money. I like the tuning note button, and also that you can tune to Ab with it, or Abb too.

      Reverb is as good or better than most of the small combos I have tried.

      I can get good tones for Beatles tunes, bluesy things, country-rock, etc....
      I got mine used, and it seems well made. I try to take care of my stuff, but a lot of people don't.... !

      I think amps that get passed around, dropped, sold, pawned, and still work great must be decent quality to make it thru all that!!

      It sounds really good.
      Its a lot of amp for the money!! You could spend this amount of $ on another small combo amp, and still not get the useful tools like the tuning note, reverb, and the amp models. Speaker is small, but really, its just as good as many of the other little combos out there!

      I have a small Vox combo, and a couple of small Fenders, and this little guy can sound similar. The Cube has a lot more built in effects, however, plus some amp models/tones that the Vox and Fender can't pull off by themselves. (Those combos have more power and better/bigger speakers, so they can do more as a "live" guitar amp, mic'd, with a band, than the Cube however)

      A lot of 10 and 15 watt amps out there ( for similar prices) really don't sound as good as this amp.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Great amp that all should have

      Man this is the best practice amp I have ever owned. I use it to take to school to jam at lunch and mid class as well as to replace my old practice amp....Read complete review

      Man this is the best practice amp I have ever owned. I use it to take to school to jam at lunch and mid class as well as to replace my old practice amp. It does all that and a handful. Its a really great amp. I can get great acoustic sounds, bluesy grit and ballsy distortion. It also does a great shredder tone with a touch of chours and reverb. Its amazing what this amp can do for just being 2 watts and a 5 inch speaker.But thats one thing I want to mention that I have had a probelm (note its the only problem I have with it). The speaker seems to fart with ultra loud low frequencys achieved with palm mutes and high volume. This only happened with the batteries in use however. I swapped the batteries thinking that was the problem but it wasnt. It turns out the loud low frequencies is just too much for the batteries but the adapter that comes with it solves the problem. The only time u hear it though is when you hold a palm muted note for a while (ala deathcore breakdowns), so unless you play some slow palm muted breakdowns (which is torture for any small amp honestly but I cant resist)you have nothing to worry about.Its a great amp overall and if it were to break, no doubt I would get another. It just cant be beat for this best sounding, smallest, portable, practice amp.

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      5.0

      Don't let the size fool you.

      By Pattie G.

      from Mokena, Il

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Roland Micro Cube Combo Amp:

          I was really impressed by the sound of this amp.

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          5.0

          Really Great!

          By Willy Booger

          from North Carolina

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Roland Micro Cube Combo Amp:

            I really love this Roland Micro Cube Amp. It has the true Cube sounds, so you can go line out to a recording system and get good results. You can go anywhere with this and plug your mp3 player and play really good sounding backing tracks for live street or coffee shop guitar jamming,for hours(portable battery powered). I do hear a slight speaker buzzing sound. I have many amps and tube amps but this is one of my favorites, because it is fun!

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            5.0

            Amazing little amp!

            By Steve Martin

            from Gate City,VA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jams
              • Practicing
              • Traveling

              Comments about Roland Micro Cube Combo Amp:

              First of all, I absolutely have to say how much I was blown away by this amp. I wanted something that was really small and portable to take around or to play when I didn't feel like hooking up all of my other gear. It's enough to say that I haven't touched my other gear since playing the micro cube!

              I've thoroughly tested all of the amp models (with the exception of the mic) and have found them all to be superb. My favorites are the JC clean, the Classic Stack, and the Rectifier. The JC clean model is excellent for jazz. Just turn on a tinge of chorus and some moderate reverb, and you've got quite a sound! The Classic Stack is great for some classic rock sounds, and is great for some soulful soloing when a little delay is added. I'll admit, the Rectifier needs to be tweaked in order to sound good, but once you get those settings right, it's an absolute monster. If you have full tone going, then the r-fier will, in my opinion, sound a little buzzy and trashy. Just take down the tone to about twelve o'clock, and flip on the treble pickup with the tone knob rolled off a little. That's just my preference.

              This amp has quite a bit of low end to it for having such a small speaker. And don't let the wattage fool you, this thing can get LOUD. But take this one bit of advice first: A lot of people have been complaining about "speaker farting." To combat that, please remember that this amp is not a forty watt Fender or Marshall. The speaker is small and cannot take much volume abuse. One more problem people have been addressing is that the speaker is supposedly cheap and blows out after a few months. That's because they're probably being idiots and cranking the volume knob all the way, which is something you just don't do with solid state amps. Keep the volume below twelve o'clock, and it should be fine.

              The Micro Cube is also very well built. It's compact, and could probably take a heavy drop or two and still be fully functional without a single cosmetic injury. The grill is made out of what I assume to be plastic, or something like that. But it is very sturdy and protects the speaker very well. That's actually a feature that I wish a lot of other amps had! It's also very lightweight, and right now I'm trying to figure out a way to be able to strap it to my belt loop and play because it's perfect for that.

              Oh, and I should mention the effects. I'm not an effects-aholic, but I have tested them, and they do sound good. Trust me, for the price, you're truly getting far more than your money's worth. And what's so bad about that? The Mico Cube does have an aux jack and a headphone/rec out jack located on the back. I assume that I should be able to hook it up to my bigger amps and let it act as a head, but I have yet to try. However, I KNOW I will be pleased with it. I did try playing it through headphones, and I'll be honest, it didn't sound that great. Maybe it was just my headphones. Either way, that minor flaw doesn't hold water in the face of such an all around awesome amplifier! Did I mention it can operate on batteries? You probably already read that in the description, but my goodness, battery operation just makes it ultimately convenient! I would buy another one in a heartbeat if anything ever happened to the one I currently own. If you're trying to decide on a travel amp to buy, or even a first amp if you're a beginner, then I hope my review will be the one to fully persuade you!

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              5.0

              My go-to amp for 3 combat deployments.

              By i_dont_need_a_nickname

              from Afghanistan

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Roland Micro Cube Combo Amp:

                I am in the army infantry and have ordered one of these little powerhouse's along with varying cheap little solidbody guitars (dont want to expose a good one to the weather over here) for my last 3 combat tours. I have no complaints. Every amp model included is spectacular for its purpose, and it allows you to play any type of music, and sound great doing it, with the twist of a knob. It gets loud as you would want a little amp like this to be, with only a mild speaker distortion when you go too much past 3/4 volume. I also use it for a stereo using the AUX input on the back to plug in my *ahem* (insert popular brand name mp3 playing device here). Of course to do that you need a double ended auxiliary cable and a 1/4 adapter, which arent included. These things are tough, and the batteries last a long long time. I would recommend this to any traveler in harsh conditions, or to anyone starting off on the guitar needing a good, low priced amp. Obviously, dont try to play a gig with it... nough said.

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                5.0

                Rather Surprising

                By Jerkowitz

                from St. Louis, Mo

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Roland Micro Cube Combo Amp:

                  A bandmate gave me one of these for a birthday gift. At first I thought he was giving me a car battery, that's what it looks like. I thought it was a nice gesture but didn't take it too seriously....at first. I had it sitting by my recliner, I keep an electric to practice on next to my chair so thought I would plug it in and play around with it. Hmmmm....didn't sound too bad really. The more I played with the settings the more I thought this little thing really sounds a lot like the amps it is trying to model. Added a bit of slapback delay and was getting some nice chickin' pickin' going. The reverb will get you a nice surf sound. Actually all the amp models sound good. Even with some gain it will get loud enough to annoy the wife before it starts to fart out, I would say you could mic it and play a small room and get away with it in a pinch. You could get a bigger amp for the same money but that's not the point, this thing is a monster for it's size so your paying for convenience. Plenty of effects, not a great deal of control but the way they are setup they work well for most sounds. I would guess it has a default amount of compression and noise suppression built in, don't know for sure but it sounds like it. Haven't tried batteries in it yet but would guess it would sound the same with the added bonus of being able to take it outside and annoy the neighbors if needed.

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                  4.0

                  Nice Features

                  By Robbie Alan

                  from Phoenix

                  About Me Professional Musician

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Portable

                  Cons

                  • Needs Sturdier Controls

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional Recording

                  Comments about Roland Micro Cube Combo Amp:

                  I especially like the portability, a 4x12
                  can be difficult to lug around.Some people
                  complain about buzzing,I had that problem at
                  first,but the problem was solved with a simple
                  tighting of a screw.

                  When you have an amp cranked up high,buzzing
                  or rattling sounds can occur because of resonance.As a rule of thumb,the amps master
                  volume should be under 5.

                  The numbers represent percentages,1 is 10 percent
                  2 is 20 percent,etc.

                  I did some cabinet modifications to suit my
                  preference,I like the open back style.

                  Over all this amp is a good value.

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                  5.0

                  Little Beast

                  By Old Bass Wizzard

                  from Bellefonte, Pa.

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Events
                  • Home Studio
                  • Outdoor Jams
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Roland Micro Cube Combo Amp:

                  Nice little amp. Very portable and battery powered.(6-AA) Amp modles and effects allow you to replicate almost any sound. Great for outdoor jamming where electrical power isn't available.

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                  5.0

                  Great 1st amp

                  By Dad

                  from Michigan

                  About Me Novice

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home Studio

                    Comments about Roland Micro Cube Combo Amp:

                    I bought this for my 11 year old daughter with her first acoustic electric. She has been playing the acoustic for 2 years. I was amazed with the quality and quanity of the sound this puts out. It has a minor feedback issue if the guitar is too close to the amp. The controls are easy to use and self explanitory. With the batteries, the sound is unchanged and will last an amazing 20 hours with just double A's. Great for practice at home, jamming with her friends, or recitals.

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                    5.0

                    big sounds in small package

                    By guitar slayer

                    from MS

                    About Me Experienced

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Roland Micro Cube Combo Amp:

                      Bought this cube cause i played through a friends and was impressed with its effects and features... Used it with my acostic/electric guitar at a gig playing on the JC Clean with some chorus and delay... plugged from the "rec out" directly into the pa.. livened up my acoustic very well. i can only imagine if i had my les paul plugged into it.. but will definetely be using this amp more for smaller and possibly larger events when using my acoustic.

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                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      GREAT amp for the LAP STEEL (and more) !

                      By Fiddle&guitarman

                      from Mars Hill, NC USA

                      About Me Professional Musician

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                      Pros

                      • Built-in Tap Tuner
                      • Carrying Strap
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Excellent Sound
                      • Good Warmth
                      • Portable
                      • Powerful
                      • Tough And Well-built

                      Cons

                      • On-off Button In Rear

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Roland Micro Cube Combo Amp:

                      I was needing a small portable amp to use with my lap steel, and after checking some lap steel forums about the subject, this Roland Micro Cube seemed pretty popular so I sprung for one from MF.
                      Good choice - - the price was good for what you get, and better yet it's perfect for the lap steel! It really is capable of giving me that lonesome early country sound not unlike that of Ol' Hank.

                      I especially like the Brit Combo and JC Clean settings for the steel, and the NICEST thing about this amp is the addition of high-quality EFX! Love the quality reverb and echo, and the fact that it runs on 6 AA batteries is great (it also comes with an AC adapter)! For the guitar, the JC Clean setting is good, too, and I'm having fun mocking the Johnny Cash sound with my Tele - - in fact you can dial in almost any sound you wish if you experiment with the gain in combination with the many different EFX, from Roy Buchanan to Wes Montgomery jazz - amazing! Lots of other effects, too, and all the controls are nicely laid out on top. Only negative for me is the on-off button, which is oddly placed in the rear and not easily accessed (what were they thinking?). It might be easy to turn on if knocked over, too, but this one thing is certainly not a deal-breaker for me.

                      The tone that comes from this little guy is quite impressive, and I find that I'm using it more than my bigger, heavier amp now. Sounds like a bigger amp, too, with power to spare. Unlike most other mini-amps, this one doesn't sound like a transistor radio. While not big enough to fill a hall on it's own, you can mic this bad boy and it can do most anything you'll ever need. It even comes with a tap tuner button, which emits a tone through the speaker momentarily, varible from A to G. This is especially handy for those of us to rely more on our ear instead of depending on digital tuners.

                      Do yourself a favor and get one of these, it's worth every penny - - especially on something like a lap steel where you are looking for portability and mind-blowing tone. It's the only way to go.

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