Roland Cube-20XL
Roland Cube-20XL

Cube-20XL , Modelling Combo Guitar Amp from Roland in the Cube series.

iamqman 04/25/2011

Roland Cube-20XL : iamqman's user review

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Between the Peavey Vypyr and the Roland Cube series these are my favorite amp modeler amps on the market. As far as clean tones from a solid state amp modeling amp there isn't another contented with the Cube series. With there JC clean tone modeled after the highly sought after Roland Jazz Chorus this amp is great. Then with the ability to go direct into a mixer or recording device this amp pacts quite a punch.

Roland CUBE-20XL 20-watt Combo Amplifier Features:

* 20 watts
* 8" high-performance speaker
* 2 channels: independent JC Clean and Lead
* Solo boost function
* 6 lead types, including Metal Zone and Extreme
* 9 effects, includeing Heavy Octave and COSM vintage spring reverb
* Convenient audible tuner
* Power Squeezer for full gain at low volume
* Aux In jack to connect portable music players


Type Solid State
Number of Channels 2
Power 20W
Speakers 1 x 8"
Effects Yes
Reverb Yes
EQ Bass, Middle, Treble
Amp Modeling Yes
Number of Models 6
Number of Tubes 0
Preamp Tubes No Tubes
Power Tubes No Tubes
Inputs 1 x Instrument, 1 x Aux (1/8")
Outputs 1 x Record Out/Headphones (1/4")
Footswitch I/O Yes
No Effects Loop
Height 15.16"
Width 15.16"
Depth 9.45"
Weight 19.84 lbs.


The clean tone from this amp is worth the price alone. If you need a solid clean for recording then I would pick this up for that reason alone. But the amp doesn't stop there. It has 6 more distortion and acoustic sounds to go along with it. I personally love the tone from the Extreme model. It is very heavy and metal based with a screamer midrange for solid lead lines.

The flanger is another well built sound too. Stick this in with a nice lead tone and you get some great metal or 80's tones. Couple it with a mild chorus and your get a solid beefy 80's rock tone.


This is one of the best if not the best amp modeling amps out in the market. At new these amps come in at around $160 which is an amazing price for what this amp can do. The distortion tone is amazing and the clean tone is just flat out amazing. I will be using the clean tone on my next recording for sure. The ability to go direct into a mixer is just easy and simple. I highly recommend this to anyone who is on a budget and needs a solid recording amp or practicing amp. It goes silent too with the headphone hookup. Just great!