You know that look that some amps have that immediately tells you what they're going to sound like? You're not going to be disappointed...
I don't think that anyone other than Roland themselves can explain where the magic in their Cube amps comes from but even though there's no valves in it the Blues Cube screams and sings alongside some of the best blues combos out there!
If you've owned a valve combo then you'll know all too well that they can weigh a tonne and are actually way more fragile than something so heavy should ever be. So it makes perfect sense to replace a valve amp with a solid state amp right?
I'm guessing your skin crawled a little when I said that but you know need to hear why I stand by it.
Technology has come a long way since transistor amps first hit the scene and even back in those days it was the Roland JC-120 that set the standard for solid state amps that we chosen over valve amps because they sounded that good. And that is why you need to sit up and pay attention to the Blues Cube, because even side by side with a true valve amp the Blues Cube kicks some ass in a way that only a Roland can! The technology is called Tube Logic, which is just marketing speak for a tone that's up there with all the creamy, saggy, crunch tones that you associate with the blues!
So besides sounding kick ass, being significantly lighter than a valve combo and looking the absolute business, what else is up with the Blues Cube?
What you need more!? Ok well here's a quick run down: You get 2 channels (clean and crunch) each with a powerful 3 band EQ, Presence, Boost, Tone and Master Volume. Combine that with built in FX, extensive power output options and lots of control from an option extra footswitch and you get the picture!
Here's what Roland say about the Blues Cube Artist Guitar Amplifier
The reinvented Blues Cube series launches the classic 1x12 combo amp into a new era, combining genuine tube sound and response with modern reliability and easy portability. Going far beyond modelling, Roland’s Tube Logic design philosophy starts with carefully reproducing the inner workings of the revered tweed-era tube amp in every way, from guitar input to speaker output. Versatile clean and crunch channels can be used independently or combined for a complex range of tones, while variable output power modes let you dial in burning, full-throttle sound at any volume. Road-tested and fine-tuned with feedback from top players, the gig-ready Blues Cube delivers the sweet, magical tone and satisfying feel that makes a great guitar amp a highly expressive musical instrument.
- Performance-ready 80-watt combo guitar amplifier with authentic tube tone and touch response
- Roland’s comprehensive Tube Logic design delivers the interactive tonal behaviours of famous fine-tuned vintage tube amps, including preamp and output tube distortion characteristics, power supply compression, and much more
- Independent Clean and Crunch channels, plus unique Dual Tone mode for blending channels to expand tonal possibilities.
- Master volume, three-band EQ, and Presence control, plus Boost and Tone switches on each channel
- Four-way Power Control (0.5 W, 15 W, 45 W, Max) allows for cranked-amp tones at any volume
- Onboard high-quality reverb and tremolo effects with vintage sound character, plus effects loop for external devices
- Classic open-back design with custom 12-inch speaker and poplar cabinet for enhanced presence on stage
- Stylish, modern look with a vintage vibe
- Efficient, lightweight design provides easy portability without sacrificing tone quality
- USB output for high-quality direct recording to a computer
- Optional GA-FC Foot Controller for Channel Select, Dual Tone, and Tremolo/EFX Loop
- Rated Power Output: 80 W
- Nominal Input Level
- Speaker: (12 inches) x 1
Options (sold separately)
- Footswitch (BOSS FS-5L, BOSS FS-6)
- GA Foot Controller (GA-FC)
Size and Weight
- Width: 592 mm, 23-5/16 inches
- Depth: 260 mm, 10-1/4 inches
- Height: 485 mm,19-1/8 inches
- Weight: 16 kg, 35 lbs. 5 oz.