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Chris-K

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Aug 4th, 2017 02:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I'm blown away by the Roland Blues Cube Hot as well as the Stage. They sound and react just like a real tube amp. BUT they do not have an effect loop, which is a bummer for me. Two of my favorite effects are Flanger and Delay, both of which work much better in an effect loop. I won't play with high gain, so perhaps the lack of an effect loop wouldn't really matter. What do you think?

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Aug 4th, 2017 03:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They saved the effects loop for the Blues Cube Artist. I liked having that in the Artist model but honestly, I could have worked around it. I think the Stage would be a great alternative if you don't want to shell out the extra dough for the Artist model...a great amp IMO.

w

reverendrob
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Aug 4th, 2017 06:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If you're not running it with high gain, should be fine.

Demo one with your preferred toys.

Chris-K

MD, USA

Aug 4th, 2017 06:53 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I didn't know that the Blues Cube Artist has an effects loop! The Artist would be my dream amp.

The Artist $899
The Stage $699
The Hot $499

Hmm...it looks like I have to wait till I have enough $$ or sell some stuff to buy the Artist model.

(This message was last edited by Chris-K at 08:54 PM, Aug 4th, 2017)

willie
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Aug 5th, 2017 12:12 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Artist is worth the difference...

w

Mick Reid
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Aug 6th, 2017 04:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This thread has re-piqued my interest in the Blues Cube Artist.

I'm not sure, so please correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the Artist was originally only available as a 212, which completely put me off the idea. (too big & heavy and I also prefer having an FX loop)
After looking at them now, if the 112 is a new option, it makes them *very* attractive.

There is a local shop that one in stock and I'm going to go try one this week.

If it works for me, I'll consider selling one of my tube amps and replace it with the Artist.


willie
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Aug 6th, 2017 04:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Artist 112 is very hard not to love...very hard. :-)

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jay1vinton

Hawaii, USA

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Aug 7th, 2017 06:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Roland Cube series has risen to 800 bucks!?!? I need to get out more.

reverendrob
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Aug 7th, 2017 10:28 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Some of them, yes.

Not all of them.

Mick Reid
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Aug 8th, 2017 06:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Well, I had a play with one of these amps today...

The shop has a isolated amp room and I got to spend a fair bit of time with it.

I was pretty impressed. Both the cleans and dirty tones are great and the amp is very responsive to picking and guitar volume.

Short story is, there may be a "NAD" post in the near future from me :^)


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Aug 8th, 2017 06:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The fact that Willie makes such a great case for the amp told me all I need to know.

Not that I *need* another amp these days.

willie
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Aug 8th, 2017 07:04 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks Leftee...honestly, I don't often feel that strongly about a product..especially one that isn't a tube type amp.

w

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Aug 8th, 2017 12:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As solid state goes I am still making do with my 'willie-recommended' Roland Cube 60 but must admit to recently battling some 'Stage' and 'Artist' gas.

willie
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Aug 8th, 2017 01:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Another really great solid state amp that I found to be far above the norm in every respect...the Roland Cube 60 COSM...thanks for reminding me archiestone. I also found that it was better sounding than the Cube 40 or Cube 80...not sure why.

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Aug 8th, 2017 01:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

^ Note: not a 'Blues Cube', just 'Cube 60.'
I esp. like that it has a great sounding stock 12" spkr as well as 8 ohm spkr out (rec out too.) Onboard fx (chorus, phaser, flanger, Trem) are so-so, imo, but reverb and delay are quite usable. JC Clean and Tweed are my favorite amp modes. But perhaps best of all - they can usually be found used for $200-300 (sadly no new ones, they're discontinued.)



willie
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Aug 9th, 2017 08:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Roland sort of has a problem with confusion with their past and present amp names.

The Roland Cube series actually began back in about 1978. They basic cube amps (20, 40, 60, 100, etc) were pretty basic cube shaped amps that were near indestructible but sounded good and tight. There were also the Super Cubes that were introduced in the 80's.

Then in the 2000's they added Composite Object Sound Modeling or COSM to their Cube series of amps and the Cube XL was born. These were awesome amps as they had the heart of the old cube amps with the added advances in tube audio emulation and the excellent Boss effects from the COSM technology.

Then came the latest series of Cubes the new Blues Cube series that employes even more advanced technology. The Boss Katana amps (mini, 50, 100) are offshoots from the latest advances with COSM effects added that the blues cubes don't have...or want for that matter.

So, it can get really confusing with discussing the Roland "Cube" amps...

w

reverendrob
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Aug 9th, 2017 06:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My guess is the recent Boss amps is an attempt to eliminate some of that confusion - put Roland's name on the more expensive (generally) stuff, the $2k Boss Waza amps not withstanding.

Leftee
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Aug 10th, 2017 06:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

So... I never heard of the Waza series. So I just looked them up.

Ho-lee-cow!

But if I was a touring musician something like that would be a no-brainer.

vegetablejoe

Manila

Aug 12th, 2017 02:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I find the new Blues Cubes quite pricey. Are they as good or better than the original Blues Cubes?

My BC-30 is still going strong. And it does sound bluesy without the need for a pedal to get some dirt.

Just wondering if the new series comes from the same lineage and has this characteristic. Not available locally to try out.


willie
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Aug 12th, 2017 05:54 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Totally different animal. That said, I would say tone wise and versatility wise they are night and day above the old BC series.

w

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