Roland CUBE-80XL 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp  

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The CUBE-80XL guitar combo amp represents the most powerful and feature-packed of the new CUBE XL lineup. The CUBE-80XL delivers 80 screaming watts of power through its 12" high-performance custom spe... Click To Read More About This Product

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The CUBE-80XL guitar combo amp represents the most powerful and feature-packed of the new CUBE XL lineup. The CUBE-80XL delivers 80 screaming watts of power through its 12" high-performance custom speaker. There are discrete, footswitchable (with optional footswitch) channels—JC Clean and Lead—with Solo settings for each. 11 COSM amp models are onboard including the new Extreme, eight effects including the new Heavy Octave and COSM vintage Spring Reverb, plus an 80-second Phrase Looper. A 3-band EQ with Presence control is provided for detailing your sound.

Triple-Channel Flexibility
Switch instantly between Lead, JC Clean, and Solo channels. When it's time to shine onstage, activate the Solo mode, complete with dedicate Volume knob and memory for storing your favorite sound setups for the Lead and JC Clean channels. Channels can be selected manually from the control panel or via footswitch (optional).

More, More, More
If you're looking for the biggest sound and biggest feature set of any CUBE guitar amp, the CUBE-80XL is for you. With 11 COSM amp models onboard, an expanded EFX section, 80 roof-raising watts of power, and a 12" high-performance speaker, this amp is ready for any stage, any gig, and practically any musical scenario you can throw at it.

Tone Control
The CUBE-80XL combo offers some key additions for shaping and detailing your sound. In addition to its expanded selection of COSM amps and effects, it provides a Bright switch for the JC Clean channel and a dedicated Presence control in EQ section. Also unique to the CUBE-80XL is an External Speaker output, should you want to grow your setup with an optional expansion cabinet.

COSM® Defined
Composite Object Sound Modeling (COSM) is Roland's innovative and powerful sound-modeling technology. COSM analyzes the many factors that make up the original sound, such as the electrical and physical characteristics of the original, and then produces a digital model that can reproduce the same sound. In designing the CUBE-XL series, Roland meticulously analyzed and modeled array of world-class amps and effects to bring you the versatile and authentic tone palette that these amps provide.

Features
  • 80W
  • 12" high-performance speaker
  • Three footswitchable channels (with optional footswitch): JC Clean, Lead, Solo
  • 11 COSM amp models
  • 8 effects including Heavy Octave and COSM vintage spring reverb
  • 80-second phrase looper built in
Specifications
  • 17-3/8"W x 17-3/8"H x 10-7/16"D
  • 35 lb.
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4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Big sound in a small box

I've always considered myself a Fender man. I own a '68 Super Reverb that I judge all other amps against. It's a great amp, but wicked h-e-a-v-y and needs occasional maintenance. For...Read complete review

I've always considered myself a Fender man. I own a '68 Super Reverb that I judge all other amps against. It's a great amp, but wicked h-e-a-v-y and needs occasional maintenance. For the last 25 years, my main gig amp has been a solid state Fender Deluxe 85. It's a lot easier on the back, and sounds decent. Why am I talking about Fenders when this is a review of a Roland? Read on.... The other guitarist in our band plays through a Cube 80x. I've had many chances to A/B his amp against my solid state Fender and frankly, the Cube 80x blows it away. I'd been waiting for a sale when I saw the new 80XL for 50 bucks less. It was time to pull the trigger...and I have no regrets. The good: If you've read the specs, I don't need to go through all the features. The Cube 80XL is very similar to the 80X. New features include an amp model called "Extreme" which should satisfy anybody who didn't think the 80X had enough distortion. The Heavy Octave effect is cool, and the duration of the looper has been increased from 20 to 80 seconds. The selection of COSM amp models is good. Whether they're accurate representations of the specified amps or not is subjective....but they give you a wide variety of sounds to choose from...including an acoustic guitar simulator. There are two channels: JC Clean and Lead. The clean channel is modeled after the Roland Jazz Chorus and is what actually sold me on the amp. The Lead channel contains the COSM amp models. One setting from each channel can be saved to the Solo channel effectively giving you 4 pre-set and switchable sounds. The JC Clean channel has crisp highs without sounding harsh. The lows are tight. This is my preferred channel, and I just run my multi-effect box through it rather than messing with channel switching at gigs. The Bad: Well, there's nothing really bad about this amp....just some minor annoyances that could be improved. My biggest complaint is that there is no master volume. This makes channel switching more difficult at gigs. You have to set relative volumes of the Clean. Lead, and Solo channels. If the bar-owner tells you to turn down, you have to re-adjust all three. The EQ controls work on both the Clean and Lead channels, but my ideal EQ setting for one isn't the same as the other....again not good for live channel switching. The handle is placed a little off-center which causes the amp to hang crooked when you carry it. Not a big deal, but if you carry it from the wrong side, it bangs into your leg. Conclusion: This is a great amp. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat. Everybody in the band has remarked on how my guitar is cleared and more focused. Don't let the small size of the box fool you. This amp rocks. Don't expect to play Shea Stadium with it..but for small to medium venues it will do the job without killing your back or your wallet.

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roland cube is not bad and is not good

roland cube 80 xl is good amp for low volume .becuase have one speaker 12inch and 75 watt out put that need four speaker delay and other effect are good .distortion is sharp but...Read complete review

roland cube 80 xl is good amp for low volume .becuase have one speaker 12inch and 75 watt out put that need four speaker delay and other effect are good .distortion is sharp but not warm this amp for rock player is nice not metal player solo option with delay are nice overdrive isnot good i not try tunner this amp i have this amp and buy one new tube amp head of blackstar that is nice for metal.jvm series marshall is good for metal and warm but blackstar is better be careful

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(61 of 62 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Big sound in a small box

By Tommy Mc

from Montpelier VT

I've always considered myself a Fender man. I own a '68 Super Reverb that I judge all other amps against. It's a great amp, but wicked h-e-a-v-y and needs occasional maintenance. For the last 25 years, my main gig amp has been a solid state Fender Deluxe 85. It's a lot easier on the back, and sounds decent. Why am I talking about Fenders when this is a review of a Roland? Read on.... The other guitarist in our band plays through a Cube 80x. I've had many chances to A/B his amp against my solid state Fender and frankly, the Cube 80x blows it away. I'd been waiting for a sale when I saw the new 80XL for 50 bucks less. It was time to pull the trigger...and I have no regrets. The good: If you've read the specs, I don't need to go through all the features. The Cube 80XL is very similar to the 80X. New features include an amp model called "Extreme" which should satisfy anybody who didn't think the 80X had enough distortion. The Heavy Octave effect is cool, and the duration of the looper has been increased from 20 to 80 seconds. The selection of COSM amp models is good. Whether they're accurate representations of the specified amps or not is subjective....but they give you a wide variety of sounds to choose from...including an acoustic guitar simulator. There are two channels: JC Clean and Lead. The clean channel is modeled after the Roland Jazz Chorus and is what actually sold me on the amp. The Lead channel contains the COSM amp models. One setting from each channel can be saved to the Solo channel effectively giving you 4 pre-set and switchable sounds. The JC Clean channel has crisp highs without sounding harsh. The lows are tight. This is my preferred channel, and I just run my multi-effect box through it rather than messing with channel switching at gigs. The Bad: Well, there's nothing really bad about this amp....just some minor annoyances that could be improved. My biggest complaint is that there is no master volume. This makes channel switching more difficult at gigs. You have to set relative volumes of the Clean. Lead, and Solo channels. If the bar-owner tells you to turn down, you have to re-adjust all three. The EQ controls work on both the Clean and Lead channels, but my ideal EQ setting for one isn't the same as the other....again not good for live channel switching. The handle is placed a little off-center which causes the amp to hang crooked when you carry it. Not a big deal, but if you carry it from the wrong side, it bangs into your leg. Conclusion: This is a great amp. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat. Everybody in the band has remarked on how my guitar is cleared and more focused. Don't let the small size of the box fool you. This amp rocks. Don't expect to play Shea Stadium with it..but for small to medium venues it will do the job without killing your back or your wallet.

(11 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

wow... !

By larry ridgle

from dallas, tx.

right off the bat ,you need to read the instruction manual to operate the unit. the amp models sound ok. however you really have to sit down with this amp and get to know it. the reverb sucks but is passable. i bought it sat.3 dec.and played it sundaydec. 4. again you will need the footpedal to unlock all this unit will do. don,t get the 39.00 pedal get the one that cost,s about 70.00 the pedal is optional and is not included . have previously used a jc-120 ...the cube sounds softer and not as tight and punchy. the acoustic simulator is quite good. the chorus, flangerand efx don,t sound authentic.. use a pedal board. ok.. i,ll continue to flesh this babby out!

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Perfect Gigging Amp

By Just Mike

from Orlando, Fl

Just got one for a portable gigging amp. and I'm digging it. I play funk, blues and classic rock and it covers them all. Who cares if it doesn't have a loop? It sounds good and is quite versatile. I'm still exploring it, but the Dyna amp setting is very cool. It seems to have real useable touch sensitivity and enough gain to crank out some ripping leads. PLUS the solo boost is absolutely essential. The tone controls really do something when you turn them and can really sculpt the sound closed back cabinet gives it some tight bottom end that doesn't fart when you crank it, but I haven't really pushed the amp to extreme volumes yet. I've only played with it for a few hours, the reverb and delay are good. I'm not really into modulation FX too much and so far, the chorus is OK, but for me it's not a big deal. The Heavy Octave plays a note an octave below your note and it's pretty fun on the Metal, Rectifier and Extreme amp settings. I played a couple of John Mayer tunes on the Blackface model and it feels pretty close to a Deluxe Reverb. Close enough for a non cork sniffer amp snob. It sounds like a Fender. I also tried blues thru the Dyna amp and with the gain on half it cleans up nicely with the volume knob on my Ibanez Artcore hollowbody. When I open up the volume ctl. it rips. I haven't tried my TS-9 or OCD in front of it, but I'm kind of feeling I might not need a pedal with this amp. This amp is very portable too. I don't have the specs in front of me, but you could walk into a gig with this amp in one hand and a guitar in the other and be ready to go. It's 80 watts and is loud enough for any stage. I haven't tried it into an external cab yet but with 80 watts, it should be loud enough for any gig. I mean, if you play anywhere you need more than 80 watts, it's probably a big enough stage that they would have monitors to give you more. And if you don't buy that, then you probably play in a garage with your 5150 stack and have never been on a big stage (sorry kids). In summary, I'd call this a real workingman's amp and it should cover any gig a real player should ever encounter. Highly recommended.

(6 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

beast

By jefree

from stockton california

this amp is realy nice you can get some good tones out of it i like all the effects and the distorsion is realy nice its compact light weight and loud.you can match almost any type of sound you here with the effects and the abilty to use 3 at a time

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible amp, great price!

By mike

from rkfd IL

I have had the 80xl for a week now, and I love it. It is much more versatile than any other amp I have owned. No need for effects pedals, and the looper is very easy to use. The only negative is that the foot switches are not included, and they are needs to fully utilize the amp. I love the deep response from the closed back design. From blues, to jazz to country. This is a great choice!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Crazy...

By Esau Garnelo

from Minnesota

If you want an awesome amp, this is it. I will be very honest, at first glance I though this was going to be one of those amps that "try" to sound good, but i was completely wrong. this amp as such a sweet and warm tone when set up right for beautiful cleans and with the extreme amp can scream like a gorgeous wilderbeast. and you will absolutely love this if you get pedals. well worth the money.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

power and versatile.

By PHILIPPE RUIZ

from Hesperia,CA

I've been taking lessons for the past 7 months and i was looking for a practice Amp, this one after a lot of research on the internet was the best choice. First i bought the 40w and after 2 days took it back to GC for more punch and also to have the acoustic side that the 40w does not have,also for the future i 'm planning on adding a pair of speakers this 80XL has the outlet in the back for that purpose.So far so good,really satisfied by my choice,plenty of tone to experience, my favorite is the clean channel with different effects. I will suggest this product to anyone looking for a versatile modeling Amp.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Versatile

By David Rowe

from Portland, Oregon

I bought this amplifier based on the positive reviews it received at Jazz Guitar Online (http://www.jazzguitar.be). An unlikely place for a solid state amp with modeling and effects to be held in such high regard, perhaps. But I think not. It's JC Clean channel is modeled after the Roland Jazz Chorus - a time-tested jazz amp. It also has a Fender Twin Reverb model, which is fantastic. Plus, as a student of Jazz guitar, I also play other styles to refine my soloing - including surf guitar - which the 80XL does exceptionally well. I use the Looper a lot to lay down rhythm tracks, and then solo over. All in all, I am really enjoying this amp in my practice studio, knowing that it's capable of much, much more, not only with respect to effects, but on the stage, where I'm confident that it can hold its own in a live gig setting. I purchased the Boss FS-6 foot pedal to control the effects, as well.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best little Amp!

By David Sims

from MD

This amp cranks and it's built like a tank! Love the small compact size and the clean sound. The on-board FX are great and it is smartly designed. I purchased it to run stereo using my Line6 POD XT with the L/R outs into my Fender Deluxe and the Cube all I can say is WOW. Life changing! The amp arrived in 3days right to my door and it has been one of the best purchases I have made in a while. Get one!

 
4.0

Great amp, but not usable on stage without a better footswitch story

By CLIFFORD DIBBLE

from Seattle, WA

This is a terrific amp in many ways. It has a great range of sounds, it is packed with great features, and it is lightweight. I use it for jazz and R&B. However, it is severely crippled for usage onstage without footswitches, and unfortunately, Roland doesn?t supply a good integrated footswitch accessory. In principle, you need 6 separate foot switches to operate this on stage: 2 for the looper + 1 for channel switching + 1 for the ?solo? function + 1 for verb + 1 for effects. The best solution Roland offers is for you to purchase 3 separate FS-6 dual footswitches. However, that means carrying around 3 extra units and cables and batteries and extra setup and tear-downtime. Plus, you need to find a 3-way TRS cable snake. All in all, that is not a very good solution IMO. Happily, there is a company called ?VoodooMan Switches? that makes a single 6-button footswitch unit for this amp at a reasonable price. If you plan to use this amp on stage and take advantage of all its features, plan on purchasing that VoodooMan unit too.

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