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Roland VGA-3 V-Guitar 50W 1x12" Combo with COSM

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This 50-watt brute delivers a stunning range of electric and acoustic guitar models plus unique GK effects from any GK-equipped guitar. Even without ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Roland's most sought-after guitar and amp models in a compact digital amp at a very friendly price.

This 50-watt brute delivers a stunning range of electric and acoustic guitar models plus unique GK effects from any GK-equipped guitar. Even without the GK pickup, you can tap into 11 COSM amp models—including legendary combos and stacks—and 3 effects processors for killer tones galore. With the GK pickup, you get acoustic, 12-string, and hollowbody guitars; electric sitar; Poly Slow Gear; as well as octave and synth guitar. Powerful, heavy-magnet 12" driver is loud enough for most club gigs. 26"W x 21"H x 14"D. 45 lbs.

  • 50W
  • 12" speaker
  • 11 COSM amp models
  • 3 effects processors
  • GK pickup gives you:
  • 12-string and hollowbody guitars
  • Electric sitar
  • Poly Slow Gear
  • Octave and synth guitar

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By Daveythedudeman

from Wyandotte, MI

The best amp I've ever played thru. I've owned it for one day, plugged in my 1984 Carvin Stereo DC150 and found myself totally blown away! I haven't even started writing my own presets, just having a blast with the factory presets! I recommend this amp for anybody playing anywhere... You will never beat the price or the quality!!


So glad i bought this

By Tim g-ucOQ0

from Nottingham, UK

The features are awesome, really easy to use, and i can get all the tones i want. although i mostly play metal, i can get pretty close to the sounds of most tones i hear with this amp! And whatever sound you choose, this beast goes LOUD! Only slight downer being that there is a slight delay when changing between patches, and this could get annoying if you change around tones a lot.


The BEST Sounding Amp

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This amp is whisper-quiet, even with volume turned way up. Top notch sound quality and versatility. A steal at this price!



By AxegrinderofGod

from Oxford,Alabama

I have not found an amp with the sound like this in a long time. it is, i think, the best little amp i have seen in years.


Good Amp

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This is a great amp, my friend has it and we use it for band practice. It has great quality. This amp is a good value for its price. overall it is a great amp.



By Gibby22

from Santa Monica, CA

I've got a Fender at home and let me tell you, it doesn't come close to this baby. This can be as quiet as a mouse! The features and effects on this is beyond comparison to that of a Fender. This looks real heavy, but it's great to carry with you performing a show. It's the best amp I've played, heard, or heard of. Don't bother with the rest, this is the best!!


Big surprize in little package!

By Uncle Jerry's Studio

from Gulfport, MS

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This little box is full of whop ass! in about any style you wish to dish out & you don't have to wear your self out setting it up before the gig! ODE DE' joy!


Roland Quality Excellent Sound

By cinemod99

from Brooklyn, NY

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This amp is excellent. It is very solid and produces terrific sounds. The effects are the best I have heard on a guitar amp. It is SUPER QUIET and is perfect for both performance and recording. With its Synth guitar interface it is incredible. I don;t think there is anything that can compete -- especially at this price point.


What a difference!

By ftp

from Salisbury Md.

The first time I used this amp (and keep i mind, I WAS using a mint 53 fender tweed dlx and top of the line digitech rackmount effects) my sounds were SOOOOO good, that the same audience I play for once a month kept mentioning how great my new equipment sounded. The only other effects I used was a small Korg pedal for real time control like volume, chorus speed/intensity etc.Man, my Strat and my Danelectro were on fire..they LOVE this amp!!!!It does seem like a really weak 50 watts though, and having to buy an expensive pedal to use 75% of the effects seems a little unfair, but it's made like a swiss watch and looks like Roland is still a great company, with virtually perfect assembly.


One great amp for a great price.

By guitarsareawesome

from Bethesda, MD

This amp has many great features such as reverb, chorus, delay, wah, flanger, phaser, and several clean setting and distortion settings. It has grat quality and a low price. I would highly recommend getting the GFC-50 Footswitch made for the VGA series. You can flip back and forth between 40 defferent setting that you can create!


Unbelievable value

By Scotch-htdPg

from Vanceburg, KY

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I bought this amp as a stop-gap until I could afford a more expensive amp, but the sting of waiting has been much, much easier to take since I took delivery.First, it's a great size -- not too small, not too heavy, not too bulky, not too wimpy. Second, the features whoa, I didn't expect a Roland amp at this price to offer so much. Being that it IS a Roland, they work well and sound great. Though I haven't had a chance to play with the GK features yet. Third, also because it's a Roland, I expect it to last a very long time. We'll see, but my hopes are high.I mainly play to very, very different types of music, with very different sound requirements; Blues and Heavy Metal (speed and death metal mostly). Furthermore, I am quite picky about my sound, and believe it or not, with just a little tweaking here and there I can get a nice, fat blues tone (SRV is a favorite), or I can get a down-low, mind-bending crunch for when the metal bug bites. This little bugger does it all and does it well. Really amazing.I was very skeptical of modelling amps, but this box has me convinced that they aren't so bad after all. But it's a shame Roland stopped building this amp, because even at the retail price it's a steal. Maybe they've replaced it with something better? It's possible, I just hope they kept the price down.


Great Combo Amp Value

By MrBig951

from Riverside, CA

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I just got this amp a week ago from these folks based strictly on the strength of its reviews you see here. I was considering a Crate but the VGA-3 seemed like it was more bang for the buck. I have not heard the newer Crate combo amps so I can?t speak about those however this amp is solid. The effects are a good starting point for reverb, delay, chorus, etc. The distortion tone is very good for a solid-state amp. I?m going to get a tube screamer or something along those lines to get a real nasty boost. Overall I?m very satisfied and would recommend it highly based on especially on the price/value!



By Eric-qsO0n

from New Lebanon, OH

Awesome little amp! I've played thru a JC120 for years and am more than familiar with the quality of Roland gear. It's one of those amps you can take out without draggin' along the processors. So many great tones and tone options built right in. Just wish it was a little louder.


Best Modeling Amp out there!!

By Voxinator

from Florida

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I have own Fender Cyber Champ and Stage 1000, Behringer Vampire, Line 6 Spider, Vox Valvetronix, and this beats them all. 11 amp models sound very good at any volume. Three effects can be used at the same time, and there are 10 memory presets, plus master volume. Speaker is a generic-looking Celestion V12-60. Acoustic model sounds good with chorus and reverb. JC120 model sounds good clean. Quality is top-notch and sound is crystal clear when cranked. The Mesa/Boogie model really sounds great at any volume. Controls are very sensitive. You will not find a better amp in this price range.


Everything is perfect!

By wells m

from Cleveland, OH

I just got this amp and I'm pleased with its performance.


You can't have better at this price!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I own a VGA5. Shopped hard. This line of amps smokes Marshalls, Fenders and the rest for the price. More versatile and the build quality is typical Roland/Boss tough. There a reason you've seen a million Boss pedals through the years. Now you get those in the amp with modeling.


Sweet Sounding Little Guy

By ladreams1956

from Dacula, GA

I've been playing blues-rock since 1974 and have used a few different combinations of guitars and amps. A few days ago I received the VGA-3 and I am amazed at the volume, sustain and versatility of this 40 pounder. The replication of many classic sounding amps is right on the money, as well as the reverb and flanger special effects. The only problem now is that I am too tempted to purchase the GK pickup to see what other great sounds I can get out of this great amp combined with my Guild Starfire guitar. This amp is built to last and I know that it will be part of my "bag of tricks" for a long time!


Best amp out there!!

By TrueReviewMan

from Los Angeles

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I have both the VGA-5 and VGA-3. You simply cannot buy a better amp! These amps are outstanding for recording. There is absolutely no "hiss" or "hum." Turn it way up, and it's as quiet as a mouse. Fender and Marshall don't even come close. I've owned at least 20 amps...these are by far the best! Get it right now!

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