roland blues cube combo
Now these look very cool! I think the original Roland Cube amps sound great, I know there are plenty of purists who hate modelling amps but you can get some seriously good tones out of them. The only thing I don’t really like is the look of the original modelling amps which look a bit plastic. This certainly does not seem to be an issue with these new 80w Blues Cube Artist and 60w Blues Cube Stage combos just announced which feature cream tolex and a vintage style grill cloth.

Featuring Roland’s unique Tube Logic design, the Blues Cube amps deliver the rich sound and musical touch response of finely tuned vintage tube combos, along with convenient modern features and reduced weight for easy portability.

“Going far beyond modeling, Roland’s Tube Logic approach starts by carefully reproducing the inner workings of the revered tweed-era tube amp in every way, including preamp and output tube distortion characteristics, power supply compression, , and much more. Great feel, distortion control with touch and volume, warmth, elasticity, sparkle, power supply “sag,” and more—everything that players love about a dialed-in vintage tube amp is present in abundance with the Blues Cube.

The Blues Cube Artist features 80 watts of power, while the Blues Cube Stage is equipped with 60 watts. Designed for performing pro guitarists, both amps have open-back cabinets built from poplar plywood, which provides an acoustically vibrant tone for enhanced presence on stage. Each amp is outfitted with a custom 12-inch speaker that’s been specially designed for maximum tonal response with Tube Logic.”

Here are some of the 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 (available on the Artist model), 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 effect with vintage sound character on the Artist model), plus effects loop for external devices
  • Classic open-back design with custom 12-inch speaker and poplar cabinet for enhanced presence on stage

The Roland Blues Cube Combos have 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.

For more info:
80w Blues Cube Artist
60w Blues Cube Stage