I've been playing guitar for a good few years, and while I've never been in a serious band (only a bit of messing around with friends before) I have still tried to buy relatively good equipment. I bought this amp after it was recommended to be by a friend, and that's a decision I haven't regretted!
I've had this amp for about 4 years now and it still sounds very clear and crisp, which is much better than some of the amps my friends have (which require replacing every couple of years or so). This amp is a great starter amp, and comes with a variety of features. You are able to set chorus, phaser, tremolo or flanger effects to your guitar, along with reverb and delay effects. You are able to vary the strength of these effects and it adds a large dynamical range to the songs you can play. The amp has a 'power squeezer' option for when you want to play with gain and sustain on fully but not play too loudly, and this is very useful for those late night guitar sessions where you don't want to wake others up!
The amp has several different gain settings meaning that you are able to play in many different styles very easily, and quickly change between an acoustic guitar to a heavy metal sound, and onto other sounds as well. The amp is fairly compact compared to other amps that I have seen, and is fairly light/ easy to carry around, which makes it great for if you are going to friends' houses to jam and don't want to have to take a truck loaded with equipment. The amp is also of good value for money, at around £160ish, and is a great starter!
I would not recommend this amp for more professional musicians, or for people who are looking to gig quite a lot of the time, as you will be able to get far better amps out there with much less basic settings, though they will be a lot more expensive and will be a lot less portable!
To summarise, this amp is great for people who are just looking for a relatively small, relatively cheap easy to work amp which is not going to be used for large gigs or shows. It comes with many different settings which make it very easy to use and so perfect for the beginner or any non-professional guitar player!
When it comes to buying amps, I have always tended to go down the traditional route (buying more established names, such as Marshall, rather than relative unknowns). However, after becoming fed up with the poor quality sound that i was getting with Marshall, I decided to have a look at the market, to see what else was available. That is when I came across this little beauty. (according to the Roland website, it has since been discontinued, but I notice that it can be found on ebay for around £120).
Although the range of settings on the Roland Cube 30x amp are in my opinion fairly basic (bass, middle, treble, chorus, flanger, delay, reverb being the major settings, with the added inclusionacoustic gain, black panel gain, brit combo gain, tweed gain, stack gain, classic gain, metal gain, R-fier and Dyna Amp settings), I feel that this doesn't detract from the sound quality of the amp (the sound is very full - when played in 'clean' mode with added reverb and chorus the result is amazing). Similarly, although the size of the amp is very small, this in no way inhibits the amount of sound that is produced (a bit like the old adage of a small car having a large engine). Although small, I feel that it is perfectly versatile, being suitable for both use at home and small scale gigs (pub scene etc), as it has excellent portability (doesn't way a tonne, like most amps) and has a 'power squeezer' button, which can be used to soften the sound (in situations where noise can be an issue).
It is a great shame that the Roland Cube 30x has been discontinued as I feel it is an excellent amp. In my opinion, although the range of settings is fairly basic, it offers a sound that is far better than many of its competitors (I felt that the sound produced by Marshall wasn't warm enough). Similarly, the amp is portable (being light in weight, having the addition of a handle), making it perfect for transporting to band practices/ a friend's house. One of the additional benefits that the Roland Cube 30x offers is the 'power squeeze' button (drastically alters the volume, without altering the quality), which can be useful if you have to keep noise at a premium. All in all a very good amp.
This is a really good amp for anyone from an absolute beginner to an experienced player. It gives a great range of sounds and has lots of different effect that you can play around with and experiment.
If you are a serious gig player, you may want to invest in the 60W version or go for a completely different amp.
*There are lots of features on the amp, which means you can get a huge variety of sounds without buying an effets pedal, which is a massive bonus.
*There is plenty of connections on the amp, it has 2 inputs, a foot pedal port and a recording output. Meaning you can play sing and recording it all on to your pc/hi fi.
*It is loud, unless you are playing outside or at a loud gig, you wont need an amp any louder than this.
*6 effects channels: Ranging from Clean to Black Panel which is really heavy rock and roll.
*Phaser/Phlanger/Delay/Reverb/Chorus - don't ask me what they all mean, but you can get pretty much any sound you could want mixing them all together.
None so far, and I have had this amp for about 3 years!
I would definatly reccomend going into a guitar store to try this amp out before you buy (even if you end up buying off the net) and have a little play around with it to see what you think and also try a few of the similar priced amps out there.
For me this amp has been almost perfect and comes very highly reccomended.
This is my second amp; my first was the small squier amp I got with my guitar. This is a solid state amplifier; it is also a modelling amplifier.
This is basically what the box says:-Compact amp in a 30W, 10' speaker design-2 Channel configuration with nine incredible COSM modelled amps-Powerful built-in effects such as chorus, flanger, phaser and tremolo -Independent delay/reverb processor-Convenient built in tunerRecording/headphone output for direct recording and silent practice Aux input for connecting mp3 players, CD players, drum machines etc.The control panel consists of, the three eq knobs i.e. bass, mid and treble, volume for the clean channel, amp model selector for the lead channel, gain knob for the lead channel, volume knob for the lead channel effects knob and delay/reverb knob.
Two channels is necessary due to the fact that this is not a valve amp, but you need to buy a foot switch if you want to switch between the two channels without going over to the amp. The clean channel attempts to imitate the Jazz Chorus amp but after playing a tube amp the cleans on this don't seem that good. They are good for bedroom practice but not for recording and/or live use. The lead channel lets you choose from the following amp models:Acoustic:"By combining acoustic guitar simulation with COSMamplifier modeling technology, this original amplifiermodel gives you a dynamic acoustic guitar sound using a standard electric guitar.
"Black Panel-Fender Twin ReverbBrit Combo-Vox AC-30TBTweed-Fender BassmanClassic Stack-Marshall JMP1987Metal-Peavey EVH-5150R-Fier-Mesa Boogie RectiferDyna Amp:"This is an original amp sound that lets the player createpreviously unobtainable tonal changes according to thepicking strength. Soft picking produces a transparent cleanamp sound, while hard picking results in a deeplydistorted high-gain amp sound. Once the sound isdistorted, the tone then changes according to the force usedin picking, greatly expanding your range of expression."These amp models are good but obviously nowhere near as good as the real thing. I usually use the Classic Stack setting. The other settings are ok but I think it's a question of tweaking the eq settings each time to get the best sound. The effects are ok but you can only select one at a time. They are very basic especially when effects pedals usually have at least two knobs. So the range of sounds you can get is quite limited.
The delay/reverb knob is good, the delay again is basic but the reverb is rather good, I always have it on. The manual gives some settings which is useful.
The power squeezer is a bit of a waste because the amp doesn't sound any better at high volumes.The headphone jack is useful as is the auxiliary output which I use to plug my drum machine into the amp.Overall a very good practice amp, It does most things pretty well but none exceptional. A good amp to help you find the sound you want and also to experiment with effects.
Roland's famous CUBE amp lineup expands with the hot new CUBE 30X. With great new features such as Power Squeezer for maximum sustain without maximum volume, a fully equipped guitar tuner, a mini-jack aux in for playing along to MP3 and CD players, and of course that incredible CUBE sound, this amp is built to rock!