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Roland Blues Cube Artist Guitar Combo Amplifier

Crank up the volume for 80 watts of expertly crafted tone! Modeled after vintage tweed tube combos, this amp produces remarkable tone from its two channels. (2) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Roland Blues Cube Artist Guitar Amp

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 modeling, 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.

Musical, Highly Responsive Amp Tones with Tube Logic

Warm, bouncy, responsive, dynamic, elastic...these are all terms that guitarists use to describe the satisfying experience of playing their favorite tube amps. Thanks to Roland's Tube Logic, these words can be applied to the Blues Cube Artist as well. Dramatically evolved from the first-generation sound of the original Blues Cube amps from the '90s, today's Tube Logic accurately provides the complex, highly interactive behavior of classic tube designs in meticulous detail, providing the magical "it" factor that takes a guitar amp from a simple sound system to a living, breathing musical instrument. Great feel, distortion control with touch and volume, bloom, sparkle, power supply "sag," and more--everything that players love about a finely tuned vintage tube amp is present in abundance with the Blues Cube.

>Performance-Ready Amp for Pro Players

Ready for live playing, the Blues Cube Artist is equipped with 80-watts of power, plus a custom 12-inch speaker that's been specially designed for maximum tonal response with Tube Logic. The open-back cabinet features poplar plywood construction, which offers acoustically vibrant tone for solo or group performances.

Clean, Crunch, and Dual Tone

The Blues Cube Artist has two independent channels--one voiced for cleaner tones, and the other for crunch. Each channel has its own Boost and Tone switches to shape the character. The Clean channel's single volume control dials in natural tube fullness and bite as the volume is cranked, while the Crunch channel's variable gain control provides a range of grit flavors from mild to aggressive. With the press of a switch, the unique Dual Tone mode lets you blend both channels together for an endless array of rich tones. And just like a vintage tube amp, the Blues Cube loves stompboxes, allowing you to further shape your personal sound by hitting the amp's front end with your favorite gain pedals.

Wide-Open Sound at Any Volume

Every tube-amp player knows that you really need to turn up the volume and push the output tubes to get the amp to sing at its best. The downside is that the sound simply becomes too loud for playing anywhere but the biggest stages--though that's certainly never stopped guitarists from trying! With Tube Logic, the Blues Cube authentically delivers the complex distortion characteristics of output tubes and their interaction with the output transformer, with the sound getting richer and the feel becoming more dynamically responsive as the overall volume is increased. But with the Blues Cube's variable Power Control, you're able to enjoy this musical, cranked-up tone while matching the volume to any situation, from recording to rehearsals to nightclub gigs and beyond.

Maintenance-Free and Easy on Your Back

With its modern approach, the Blues Cube eliminates two of the big drawbacks found in all tube amps powerful enough for stage playing--they're extremely heavy, prone to vibration damage, and they require frequent tube replacement and other costly maintenance to keep them going strong. In contrast, the Blues Cube is basically maintenance-free, and has been carefully designed to reduce weight in every area that doesn't affect the tone. With the Blues Cube, you're able to enjoy great tube sound at every gig, but with much easier load-in and no actual tubes to worry about!

Effects, Foot Control, and Direct Recording Via USB

The Blues Cube Artist features onboard reverb and tremolo, plus an effects loop for patching in any external effect that you like. The rear panel has jacks for connecting an optional footswitch such as the GA-FC Foot Controller, which provides remote switching for channel selection, Dual Tone mode, and on/off for the built-in effects and effects loop. And with the USB jack, it's simple to capture the Blues Cube Artist's rich tones directly into your favorite computer recording applications.

Performance-ready 80-watt combo guitar amplifier with authentic tube tone and touch response

Roland's comprehensive Tube Logic design delivers the interactive tonal behaviors of famous fine-tuned vintage tube amps, including preamp and output tube distortion characteristics, power supply compression, and much more...

Features:

- 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

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- Rated Power Output: 80 W

Nominal Input Level:
- INPUT HIGH: -10 dBu (1 M ohm)
- INPUT LOW: 0 dBu
- EFX LOOP RETURN:-10 dBu

- Speaker: 30 cm (12 inches) x 1
- Controls: POWER switch, DUAL TONE switch, CH SELECT switch
- CLEAN channel: BOOST button, TONE button, VOLUME knob
- CRUNCH channel: BOOST button, TONE button, GAIN knob, VOLUME knob
- EQUALIZER: BASS knob, MIDDLE knob, TREBLE knob
- EFFECT TAP: button, EFX LOOP button, TREMOLO knob, REVERB knob, PRESENCE knob, MASTER knob, POWER CONTROL switch
- Indicators: CLEAN CHANNEL, BOOST, TONE, CRUNCH CHANNEL, BOOST, TONE, TAP, EFFECT, POWER

Connectors:
- INPUT HIGH/LOW jack: 1/4-inch phone type
- LINE OUT jack: 1/4-inch phone type
- PHONES jack: Stereo 1/4-inch phone type
- FOOT SW (TIP: TREMOLO, RING: EFX LOOP) jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
- FOOT SW (TIP: CH SELECT, RING: DUAL TONE) jack: 1/4-inch TRS phone type
- FOOT SW (GA-FC): 1/4-inch TRS phone type
- EFX LOOP SEND jack: 1/4-inch phone type
- EFX LOOP RETURN jack: 1/4-inch phone type
- REC OUT: USB type B
- AC IN jack

- Accessories: Owner's manual, Power cord
- Dimensions: (W x D x H) 592 x 260 x 485 (23 5/16 x 10 1/4 x 19 1/8")
- Weight: 16 kg (35 lbs. 5 oz.)
Weight, Dimensions, and Manufacturer Part Numbers
Shipping Weight: 42 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 27 x 22 x 15 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): BC-ARTIST
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 323-890-3700
Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
"A real nice surprise!"
Overall: Received this amp, and was not convinced at first, as I thought it sounded a little to zingy/sharp. However, after at little tweaking with the amps knobs, and the guitars tone control, I found that you can really squeeze pretty much any tone you like out of this amp. I am a big fan of John Mayer, and you can go all the way from "Heart of life"-soft, to easily replicate his sweet solo tones both sound and attack-wise, just with the dual tone function! I was really blown away when realizing that. I have owned a Fender Twin, Fender Superchamp XD, Epiphone Blues Junior, Yamaha THR-10C and a Hughes&Kettner Puretone, and can easily say this is the most versatile amp of them all. While the SCXD is a modelling amp, it does not have the response like the Blues Cube. The THR is a really nice amp, and I would recommend it as an alternative traveling amp to the Blues Cube, but on driven tones, the THR doesn´t stand a chance compared to this one. I was looking at the internet for comments before purchasing this amp, and there are lots of comment on the price, that you can buy a full blown tube amp for the same price. True, and while I would have expected a lower price, these people have misunderstood rolands intention with this amp. This amp can do it all. It sounds like a tube amp, it has got an attenuator so you can play it both home and on stage, it is packed with features, it is light and reliable, and even got an USB out for recording and firmware updates. The spring reverb is also great, it blends in without sounding muddy. It gets my thumbs up, I will sell my SCXD and Puretone now, and only keep the THR for traveling.
Style of Music: Blues, pop, rock, indie, jazz
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"Perfect Gigging Amp"
Overall: After a long wait, I was finally able to buy a Blues Cube Artist, and I was not disappointed. This product is supposed to sound and feel like tubes, without all the hassles of tubes, and it does. The cleans are warm, with a small amount of bite at the upper gain levels. The dirty tones are complex and change as you play. The amp is very touch sensitive. I really like the way it sounds. The reverb and tremolo are quiet and subtle. I leave them on and don't notice them-- that's good. Build quality also seems excellent, all the knobs are tight and smooth, and nothing crackles when I turn them. Is it indistinguishable from a real 60's Bassman... probably not, the real thing is noisy, hot, and has a reverb that goes "twang" when you bump it. $800 seems like a lot for a solid state amp, but it's cheap compared to the tube equivalent... and the cheap tubes are not as good IMO. So, if you want a solid amp with a great tone for gigs, you can't do much better.
Style of Music: Blues, Jazz
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