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Roland Cube 20X Guitar Combo Amplifier

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Roland's famous CUBE amp lineup expands with the hot CUBE 20X. With great features such as Power Squeezer for maximum sustain without maximum volume,...Click To Read More About This Product

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Big-time tone in a compact package.

Roland's famous CUBE amp lineup expands with the hot CUBE 20X. With great features such as Power Squeezer for maximum sustain without maximum volume, a fully equipped guitar tuner, a mini-jack aux in for playing along to MP3 and CD players, and of course that incredible CUBE sound, this amp is built to rock!

Powerful COSM amp-models include Acoustic, Overdrive, Distortion, Metal, Metal Stack, and Tube Drive. Onboard flanger, phaser, tremolo, chorus, reverb and delay.

FEATURES
  • 20 watts of power
  • High-quality 8" speaker
  • Powerful COSM amp modeling
  • Onboard guitar effects
  • Dyna Amp acoustic simulation from the Boss
  • Power Squeezer
  • Controls: Clean Channel - Volume knob
  • Lead Channel type SW (overdrive, distortion, metal, metalstack), gain knob, volume knob
  • Equalizer: Bass knob, middle knob, treble knob, channel select switch, Power Squeezer switch, power switch
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Rated Power Output: 20W
  • Nominal Input Level: INPUT (JC CLEAN channel): -10 dBu/1 M ohms, AUX IN: -10 dBu
  • Speaker: 8 inch (20 cm)
  • Controls: POWER Switch, SELECT Switch, TUNER Switch, POWER SQUEEZER Switch, VOLUME Knob, TYPE Switch (ACOUSTIC, OVERDRIVE, DISTORTION, METAL, METAL STACK, TUBE DRIVE), GAIN Knob, VOLUME Knob, BASS Knob, MIDDLE Knob, TREBLE Knob, EFX Knob (CHORUS, FLANGER, PHASER, TREMOLO), DELAY/REVERB Knob
  • Indicators: JC CLEAN Channel, LEAD Channel, EFX, TUNER, POWER SQUEEZER
  • Connectors: INPUT Jack (1/4" phone type), AUX IN Jack (Stereo miniature phone type), FOOT SW Jack (SELECT, EFX) (1/4" phone type), RECORDING OUT/PHONES Jack (Stereo 1/4" phone type)
  • Power Supply: AC 117 V, AC 230 V, AC 240 V (50/60 Hz)
  • Power Consumption: 24W
  • Options: Foot Switch (BOSS FS-5U, FS-6), Connection Cable (PCS-31)
  • Dimensions: 13-3/16"W x 13-3/16"H x 9-1/2"Dd Weight
  • Weight: 7.2 kg; 15 lbs. 14 oz.
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RolandCube 20X Guitar Combo Amplifier
 
4.8

(based on 33 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Practice Amp

I bought this based on Roland's reputation for quality and my past positive experience with Roland/Boss effect pedals. First, the housing and construction are very solid with corner guards and sturdy knobs....Read complete review

I bought this based on Roland's reputation for quality and my past positive experience with Roland/Boss effect pedals. First, the housing and construction are very solid with corner guards and sturdy knobs. Second, the sound quality for a unit of this size and price is very good. The clean channel is not outstanding, but is what one would expect from a modestly priced amp. Clean has a wide frequency range, good responsiveness without breaking up, and excellent signal to noise ratio. The lead channel is particularly impressive and several of the presets are truly outstanding. Specifically, the distortion, metal, and metal stack. These three presets offer beautiful crunch, gain, and sustain for challenging rhythm and lead guitar work. With a touch of echo added, the sound of these three presets alone is well worth the price of the amp. If you like 80's heavy metal, then you will love the sound of "metal stack" - truly awesome. The headphone jack, when used, mutes the 8" speaker and allows for a super sonic experience when rocking through the headphones.The effects are average, but sound decent. There are practically no parameter adjustments for any of the effects (but this is OK given the low price of the amp). I found the chorus and delay to sound quite nice. The flanger and reverb did not suit my taste. The amp has a built-in tuner which works perfectly. Overall, the Roland Cube 20x is a superb value. You get a very clean, attractive, and well-built amp that sounds good for all presets, and incredible for the harder rock tones.

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not worth it : (

My friend got this amp and he plugged up a distortion pedal to it and it sounded like CRAP!!! The amp already had distortion on it, so it, for some reason screeched...Read complete review

My friend got this amp and he plugged up a distortion pedal to it and it sounded like CRAP!!! The amp already had distortion on it, so it, for some reason screeched through practice. Don't spend your money on this piece-0-crap and never plug up a distortion pedal and have a good time blowing up the speaker! CRAP!!!!!!!!!

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Practice Amp

By Carolina Hard Rocker

from Greensboro, NC

Comments about Roland Cube 20X Guitar Combo Amplifier:

I bought this based on Roland's reputation for quality and my past positive experience with Roland/Boss effect pedals. First, the housing and construction are very solid with corner guards and sturdy knobs. Second, the sound quality for a unit of this size and price is very good. The clean channel is not outstanding, but is what one would expect from a modestly priced amp. Clean has a wide frequency range, good responsiveness without breaking up, and excellent signal to noise ratio. The lead channel is particularly impressive and several of the presets are truly outstanding. Specifically, the distortion, metal, and metal stack. These three presets offer beautiful crunch, gain, and sustain for challenging rhythm and lead guitar work. With a touch of echo added, the sound of these three presets alone is well worth the price of the amp. If you like 80's heavy metal, then you will love the sound of "metal stack" - truly awesome. The headphone jack, when used, mutes the 8" speaker and allows for a super sonic experience when rocking through the headphones.The effects are average, but sound decent. There are practically no parameter adjustments for any of the effects (but this is OK given the low price of the amp). I found the chorus and delay to sound quite nice. The flanger and reverb did not suit my taste. The amp has a built-in tuner which works perfectly. Overall, the Roland Cube 20x is a superb value. You get a very clean, attractive, and well-built amp that sounds good for all presets, and incredible for the harder rock tones.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Features are limited

By Timbo99

from Cuyahoga Falls, OH

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Comments about Roland Cube 20X Guitar Combo Amplifier:

I love Roland's stuff, don't get me wrong. But this amp disappointed. I suppose I should have paid more attention to the modeling features. If you play metal or grunge, I'm sure this little amp is great for practice, but if you primarily play a single coil Strat like I do, this little baby falls short. As another reviewer pointed out, the clean settings leave much to be desired. I put Custom Shop '69s in my American Standard, and this amp doesn't even come close to doing them justice. There's barely any sustain and it just sounds kind of lame. Very little depth or brightness. The clean channel definitely seems to have been an afterthought in the design and manufacture of the Cube 20X.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great buy

By ST3

from GA

Comments about Roland Cube 20X Guitar Combo Amplifier:

I just bought this amp about a week ago. Its, by far, one of the best practice amps i have owned. Great sound and effects. Well worth the money.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Perfect Practice or Beginner Amp

By Tom-_E.Ks

from Louisville, Kentucky

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Comments about Roland Cube 20X Guitar Combo Amplifier:

I play a Strat with HSS setup and a Martin 000C- 16GTE, this amp does them both justice. Strong tonal range and plenty loud. The affects on this amp and power reducer are nice as well. It is a great bargain at this price and you will probably not find a better amp for the money! Buy one, you'll be glad you did!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT LITTLE AMP

By ELVIS

from YORK PA.

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  • This Thing Rocks The E

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    Best Uses

      Comments about Roland Cube 20X Guitar Combo Amplifier:

      THIS LITTLE AMP ROCKS. THE EFFECTS ARE SUPER. BUY IT!!!

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      4.0

      Could be better...

      By redbeard

      from Maine

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Roland Cube 20X Guitar Combo Amplifier:

      I tried and bought this amp strictly for practice use. I and my bandmates were tired of hauling much of our racks and gear in and out of a basement each week for practice, only to have to pack everything back up and head to a gig on the weekend. For practice use and for the features, this is a good little amp. Overall I'm pretty happy with it and it is serving me well in this capacity. However, there are a few issues that you should know about. First, the clean channel is crap. That is, the amp sounds way too midrangey, even with the tone controls at max or min, you still can't get a clean responsive sound out of it. It does have the COSM Acoustic setting on the other channel, though, which I found was a reasonable approximation of what my dual humbucker actually sounds like in clean mode on most other amps. Related is perhaps the fact that the amp just has no sustain. I'm not talking about gain and compressors here. And there's plenty of volume. I'm talking about how my guitar sounds when I hold a note. The guitar stills rings out the note, but the amp drops out long before my note is over. If I had to guess, it's like someone was muffling the speaker after a short time holding a chord or note - it just doesn't ring true. Power supply issues? But hey, it's a small box and it sounds like it.My other like-to-have's would be an external line and/or speaker out so you could expand it a little. As I said, it's a good practice amp, and some of the effects channel settings sound pretty good. It's good for the price, but check out other systems if you want something that truely reproduces the sound of your guitar.

       
      5.0

      roland cube 20x

      By duane-_hVQ9

      from somewhere else

      Comments about Roland Cube 20X Guitar Combo Amplifier:

      I got this amp last week, it was freaking loud for a 20Watt amp, sounds great, effects almost as good as the BOSS pedals (metalzone) bang for the buck but who would not want this to go any cheaper?Roland could add more effects.

       
      5.0

      Great for practice

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Roland Cube 20X Guitar Combo Amplifier:

      I have had this amp for about a month and it Rocks! Much louder than my old one and much better tone. The two channel system works very well, and I really like the fact that when you switch channels the effects stay the same. The clean channel is perfect for effects pedals and the lead channel SCREAMS. However, you can't really max out the volume without using the power squezer (which is awesome). But over all a great amp for practice and small gigs.

       
      5.0

      Beutiful amp

      By trophyscarsaddict137

      from northern colorado

      Comments about Roland Cube 20X Guitar Combo Amplifier:

      i have owned this amp for about a year now and personally, not a bad amp at all. this amp is great for playing hardcore breakdowns open drop ya know. my only complaint is i wish the controls for phaser/delay/reverb were a bit more precise.

       
      5.0

      Incredible Value

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Roland Cube 20X Guitar Combo Amplifier:

      This is an incredible amp. I have only had it for a little while, but I absolutely love it so far. Its great. I got it and tried it... and the features are great, it sounds good, and holy cow can this thing blare! Its fantastic. I've been playing it with an acoustic guitar, and I will be using it with my RISA Electric Tenor Ukulele.

       
      5.0

      great tone..

      By soul player-0TeaV

      from central cali..

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Roland Cube 20X Guitar Combo Amplifier:

      Yeah its not a tube amp...oh well. What it can do though is generate awsome overdriven and saturated tube like tone. I have been playing guitar for 20 yrs and have owned many tube amps, and quite frankly this thing generates tones that sound warmer, rounder and generaly better than over half the tube amps I have owned. After I bought this amp, i also bought the cube 30 x, and the cube 15x wich are equally as impresive but a little bit different in there tonal variety. I have also used the 20x to do smaller "about 75 people"size gigs and this thing ripped right along with a drummer and bassist without the aid of being miced through a pa. You just have to give yourself a little space between you and your drummer otherwise even a 30 or 50 watt tube combo can sound like mush do to certain eq frequencys ie cymballs etc..will cancell each other out...all in all I can recomend the roland cube line to begginers and pro's alike. In short the cube line is an amazing value that eats its competition alive. Just for refference I play everything from blues type stevie ray vaughn to eric johnson/joe satriani type of guitar driven instrumental rock music...and this amp excells at this of guitar work. Did I mention it is built solid as a rock..

       
      5.0

      VERY NICE AMP

      By ZULUWAR

      from FORSYTH, ILLINOIS

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Roland Cube 20X Guitar Combo Amplifier:

      I have been out of the mix for about 18 years. THINGS HAVE REALLY CHANGED! To have something like this in the mid 1980s would have been great. I would not have had to lug a half stack and pedal board to jam at late night parties. Delay very nice. Reverb needs a little help. Tuner nice feature. Distortion presets pretty good. Overall a very welcome amp for the price.

       
      5.0

      OK PRACTICE AMP...

      By bfmvdisturbed92

      from Ohio

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      Comments about Roland Cube 20X Guitar Combo Amplifier:

      I bought this amp a year ago and it still works fine. It has great features for such a small amp. The effects are good, but personally, I don't use them much. This thing can go way louder than most 20w amps. The distortion is O.K, I have to use a pedal to get the sound I want. But overall, you should probobly save up some more money and get a peavey or marshall.

       
      5.0

      Really really good

      By altmetal4christ

      from Somewhere over the rainbow

      Comments about Roland Cube 20X Guitar Combo Amplifier:

      This amp is built to last, very durable and many great features that sound teriffic. Full EQ, 6 FX, tuner, power squeezer, 6 amp model/presets, this thing has it all. My only complaint is that you can't hear a whole lot of difference in the delay/reverb, I thought it didn't work for a while, but when you hit a note and stop it immediately, you can hear it echo. Overall the coolest amp ever.

       
      5.0

      Excellent value

      By Mile High Masher

      from Denver, CO

      Comments about Roland Cube 20X Guitar Combo Amplifier:

      For the money....10's all around. It's great for what it is.... a practice amp. Plenty loud enough for small jams but I don't think I would gig with it. Ideal for apt dwellers, it sounds very nice at low volumes. Enough effects to keep you occupied. I love the clean channel. Use it mostly with my Strat but plugged my acoustic/elec into the clean and played with the knobs and am able to get pretty good sound out of it. If it were stolen I would definately replace it. It's light and has great tone.

       
      5.0

      Blew me away.

      By Kamaros

      from Richmond Hill, ON

      Comments about Roland Cube 20X Guitar Combo Amplifier:

      I discovered this amazing little amp while looking for a smallish amp that I can use to jam with while not blowing out any ears. At 20W, this amp is still ALOT louder than others in its class. However, the power squeezer works great, so I use it indoors. I was also looking for an amp that could relay the beautiful tone of my Norman (offshoot of Godin) acoustic-electric guitar. I found that in the form of the clean channel on this amp. The various lead channels sound /m/ worthy (with the exception of the overdrive channel, which doesn't add much). This amp features a full equalizer which is useful (especially since this amp is rather base heavy). The effects are interesting, though I probably won't use them outside of my home. All in all, this is a great amp for it's value (did I mention that it's practically indestructible?). I kind of wish there was a little more control over Delay, but the tone is great, which is what matters.

       
      5.0

      Amazing

      By Oliver L.

      from Purcellville, Virginia

      Comments about Roland Cube 20X Guitar Combo Amplifier:

      I was searching for a good amp, cheap one because i broke my marshall half stack, (blew off), and I wanted something cheap, but also good, I went for it, I must say, it is pretty amazing, it is tiny compared to a stack, but man, it is loud for its size, and it has a really good clean sound, and all those awesome different distortions, i can get the Back in Black sound, and jump to a Dethklok sound in a minute, its amazing, i dont use my ditortion pedals anymore coz i like those so much.If you want a good, cheap practice amp, this is the best of the best in its price range, nothing is even close to it, and it is really tough, it fell sometimes from the stairs, not even scratched. it is an amazing amp for such a price

       
      5.0

      Great amp for good price

      By WtUjcukoY

      from Undisclosed

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      Comments about Roland Cube 20X Guitar Combo Amplifier:

      I've had the Cube 20x for about a year now, and I have loved it from the day I bought it. I play a Epiphone Les Paul Standard and 100, and both guitars sound good through it. The three band equalizer makes it easy to tone down the mids (it is a bit heavy on the lower and mid end.) The clean channel is very crisp, and even at high volume chords don't come out muddy. Most of the six models on the lead channel are good. The acoustic model makes the sound brighter and twangier, while the metal and metal stack make it have searing mids with a great low end crunch. Tube overdrive and distortion are good, but overdrive doesn't give much to the low end. The effects are decent (flanger and phaser kind of cheesy) and i love the delay. Reverb is good for chords and mid to high end, but on the low end, it sounds the same for every note. All in all, you can get some good sounds out of the amp relatively easily, and it gets pretty

       
      5.0

      Good for the practice space...

      By Alex_Kane

      from Galesburg, IL

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Roland Cube 20X Guitar Combo Amplifier:

      This is the second amp I've owned in a year and a half of playing, and so far I'm pretty pleased. I can honestly say though I'd rather have a Fender tube amp like the Blues Jr., I'll be keeping this thing probably just to have for travel and practicing. It sounds really nice... I've been getting some hum lately, which I blame on the wiring in my house because I play an American Standard Strat and it's brand new, so I'm not worried about the guitar. The effects are fun at first, but eventually you learn to love the clean channel, especially if you have a nice guitar.

       
      5.0

      Wow...just

      By hells.saints

      from SE Michigan

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Roland Cube 20X Guitar Combo Amplifier:

      I went over to my guitar student's house, because he wanted to show me his amp. I, being an audiophile in love with tubes, was skeptical. I brought a guitar, and I plugged in.Each lead preset was unique and useful, especially the acoustic. Obviously, it contains the same circuitry as BOSS's acoustic simulator pedal, and it sounds pretty legit from coming out of a 20 watt amp. The tube OD preset sounded kinda solid-state. the dynamics responded like a solid-state amp would. the metal stack is what a heavy metal fan would be looking for. drenched in gain, although not too much.the power squeezer is a great little gimmick, one i found useful since i was playing inside. it sounds like it can pack a solid punch, even when the power is being squeezed. the footswitch jack is a good addition, although i couldn't try it out for myself.the master EQ is a very useful addition too, especially since i like lots of highs in my guitar tone.the effects are for play only, except the reverb. they sound good, but nothing i'd recommend for live or studio situations. they could be more useful if they had more parameters, but alas!the tuner could not work. it simply didn't want to tell me how sharp or flat the note was. maybe i was playing through a bad one....I wish this amp had another power amp and an ext speaker out jack so i could hook it up to my 4x12.

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