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PostPosted: Sun May 24, 2015 11:58 pm    Post subject: Incoming 80s Roland Cube Reply with quote

After lugging my big amp to all the gigs I've been doing recently and finding it very much to be overkill, I decided to look for a small, cheap and loud amp.

I know a lot of guys that are using roland cube 60s and I kept hearing mention of the orange models from the 80s being particularly well suited for jazz. One came up on eBay recently for a good price so I thought I'd make an offer to see if I could get an even better deal. Luckily it was accepted so in a few days time I'll be taking delivery of this amp.

Really looking forward to seeing if this amp will work for me. Portable amps have been somewhat of an endless pursuit for me and I've yet to find one that I really like. The closest I've found is an AER but I don't want to spend that kind of money on an amp I'm just going to be chucking around town to play in small venues. I'll likely post some clips when the amp arrives.

Here's a quick photo from the eBay listing:


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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2015 1:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks cool... Will be curious to hear what you think of it.
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2015 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm thinking of a small amp that can stay clean at the band levels either , but it seems like it doesn't exist. I've heard that those Rolands have relatively good cleans for a SS amp, but I've not heard a SS amp that doesn't sound sterile without reverb. Could you tell me what amps you have already tried that don't suit your needs?
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2015 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interested to hear how this compares to a more recent cube and whether that is more nonsense.
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2015 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sunshiner wrote:
I'm thinking of a small amp that can stay clean at the band levels either , but it seems like it doesn't exist. I've heard that those Rolands have relatively good cleans for a SS amp, but I've not heard a SS amp that doesn't sound sterile without reverb. Could you tell me what amps you have already tried that don't suit your needs?


I've had a Vox ad30vt, crate powerblock, ZT lunchbox, polytone minibrute ii, mambo wedge 10 and a line 6 spider ii 15. Of those I liked the polytone and the mambo the best but they were both not quite there. My girlfriend has an AER compact 60 which I borrow occasionally and that sounds great, even with an overdrive pedal.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The amp has arrived and it sounds awesome. Super loud too, I've only been able to have it on 2 on the master so far. I'll try it with a band sometime next week.

The bonus for me was just how small it was, I was expecting it to be much larger but it's pretty much the same size as my Line 6 spider 15. It is however pretty heavy. But I'll be carting it around on a trolley so it'll be fine, and it is lighter than my big Rivera anyway.

Looking forward to trying it with my pedalboard!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 1:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a quick photo


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 1:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love it! I'm guessing the clean channel purely solidstate rather than being a Jazz Chorus model?

I've been umming and erring about a Cube for a few years as they seem to be loud, compact and closed-back (things I like in a gigging amp), interesting to see so much variation in the range over the years.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm in a similar boat... looking to get a smallish amp that can be used for gigging within the next few months. Debating between something like this or a Deluxe/Princeton II.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is one of the early models so has a clean channel and also a separate input for a pretty naff sounding overdriven channel. The clean sound is lovely though. This amp only set me back 90 too!

On first impressions alone I'd totally recommend it for a tiny but totally gig worthy amp. The later models came with a chorus setting but are essentially the same amp.

This one has a badge saying made in the UK too, so I guess that Roland must have made some over here early on.

Just took the back off the amp and it looks like someone at some point switched the stock speaker out for an old 100 watt Celestion (made in uk) Winner!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

it has a reverb tank?
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 03, 2015 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah it does, but like most of the amps I've owned at some point it's broken. Not an issue for me though as I use a pedal for reverb.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2015 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did a quick demo.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2015 6:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds lahrlvey, I really like the look too.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Did my first gig with this amp last night. Definitely think it's a keeper. Sounding amazing! Super loud and a really lovely clean base tone for all my pedals.

I managed to break 3 strings at once but thats another story...
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 14, 2015 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gabriel wrote:
Did my first gig with this amp last night. Definitely think it's a keeper. Sounding amazing! Super loud and a really lovely clean base tone for all my pedals.

I managed to break 3 strings at once but thats another story...


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 7:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Gabriel wrote:
Did my first gig with this amp last night. Definitely think it's a keeper. Sounding amazing! Super loud and a really lovely clean base tone for all my pedals.

I managed to break 3 strings at once but thats another story...


Tell the story.


Don't think I've ever heard of a jazz guitarist smashing his guitar on stage a la Townsend.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haha I was doing a funk gig and was getting a bit into playing. Did a load of triplet fills and at the end of the last one I managed to snap the D, B and E string all at the same time.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 16, 2015 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yowser!
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Luckily your G string remained in tact...
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