Roland Cube-40XL
Roland Cube-40XL

Cube-40XL, Modelling Combo Guitar Amp from Roland in the Cube series.

iamqman 04/19/2011

Roland Cube-40XL : iamqman's user review

« Clean and sweet »

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I have never been a fan of amp modeling but this amp is not a bad amp for doing some different tones and amp sounds. I have never been a fan of Roland amps since most of there stuff is more on the clean side of amps. I like higher gain amps but occasionally I like to run some nice warm clean sounds.

This amp sounds pretty good with the clean sounds as well as the extreme metal tones. Even the blues tones that you can do with this unit is impressive. There is about a switch or tone that you can get to cover just about any style of music that you may play.

* 40 watts
* 10" high-performance speaker
* 3 footswitchable channels, including JC Clean, Lead, and Solo, with memory capability
* 10 COSM amp models, including Extreme amp
* 8 effects, including Heavy Octave and COSM vintage spring reverb
* 80-second Phrase Looper
* Power Squeezer, for full gain at low volume
* Built-in tuner
* Aux In jack
* Hands-free channel switching via footswitch (sold separately)


Roland CUBE-40XL 40-watt Combo Amplifier Features:
Specification Detail
Type Solid State
Number of Channels 2
Power 40W
Speakers 1 x 10"
Effects Yes
Reverb Yes
EQ Bass, Middle, Treble
Amp Modeling Yes
Number of Models 10
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
Effects Loop Yes
Height 15.16"
Width 15.16"
Depth 10.43"
Weight 22 lbs.


It doesn't really matter which guitar you use with this because it is more than capable of establishing some cool tones. So if you want to play some blues then switch to the Tweed or Brit Combo amp setting and use a little bit of gain with a Fender Strat and there you'll have it. If you want a bit more of a rock tone or metal tone then switch it to the Extreme setting, lower your mids and turn up the gain and you get a cool metal tone. Add a little bit of reverb and delay, lower the gain a little bit and bump up the mids again and use a Fender Superstrat and you get some cool Van Halen type tones. Add a bit of flanger or phaser and you be screaming Panama.


Out of all the amp modeling manufacturers this is one of my favorites. It has usable tones that go well with any style of music you want to play. It is a nice compact and convenient amp that will serve as a great learner or beginners amp or even a bedroom practice jam amp. With the headphones jack you can sit quietly in your room or office and not disturb anyone around you.

I would recommend this amp to anyone wanting to learning the guitar and needs and amp with a load of effects built into it. At new these amps come in at around $220. This is right around the range of the line 6 stuff. Try both out to determine which one is right for you.