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I bought a Roland Micro Cube practice amp. It's good.

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  • I bought a Roland Micro Cube practice amp. It's good.

    I was pretty surprised. For $125 bucks you can get this little battery powered ss jobber that has built in effects (reverb/delay, and phase, flange, chorus, trem).

    The damn overdrive settings clean up when you roll the volume on your guitar back. That was the clincher for me. You can dial in a ****************load of tones.

    The only thing I would like from it would be a bit more headroom on the clean settings and volume. In order to remedy that I bought a 6" jensen Mod speaker to replace the 5 inch speaker. I may have to bust out the jigsaw on this one.

  • #2
    It doesn't like hot pickups, though. It can get tinny and thin with those (relatively speaking, I mean it has a 5 inch speaker). With passive pickups it's much more full and toneful. Surprisingly so...

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    • #3
      Thanks to all the rave about this amp here on these forums,I went out and bought one these micro- cubes today myself.
      I like it alot except for the speaker craps out on mine on the low notes even at lower volumes, is this normal for this amp or should I take it back and get another one.
      Lower volume means even at 1/4 or 1/2 way up its worse on the
      stack and the brit combo mode also when using more gain it gets worse.

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      • #4
        I agree that it does seem to crap out a bit. Especially with pickups that are even moderately hot. My LP does that, it seems. My Ibanez Artcore, however, sounds pretty damn sweet. The pickups are lower output. You get a fuller tone when the signal isn't too hot.

        You can also try rolling back the volume knob on your guitar, too. i have noticed thathelps. You have to tweak these knobs for the different sounds. There in there, but you have to do a bit of tweking to find them.

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        • #5
          I could not live without my micro cube.

          It takes pedals pretty well too !

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          • #6
            I have a godin exit 22 and yes the pickups are fairly hot on it,so this is normal for this amp would you say,its a great little amp,just that the speaker buzzing out anoys me.
            No problems on the jc clean as long the gain isnt over 1/2 way.
            Thanks for getting back in this issue,Ive been lurking around these boards and learning alot of stuff here,but never really needed to ask anything till now.

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            • #7
              Well, I ordered this 6 inch jensen speaker. I should get it by next week and I will report back how it sounds in the amp. I bought the speaker from www.tubedepot.com for $19 bucks shipped. If it sounds better with more headroom and no buzz I think it would it would be peachy...

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              • #8
                You are correct colorsound,rolling back the guitar volume does make a big difference.I did buy this amp for low volume playing to save the tubes on my blues jnr as I do spend alot of time with guitar sometimes 3hrs a day.Drum machine sounds not bad thru it also.
                Let us know how much work and what was involved in putting in your new speaker,I may just do the same thing if makes a big improvement.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by marvo
                  You are correct colorsound,rolling back the guitar volume does make a big difference.I did buy this amp for low volume playing to save the tubes on my blues jnr as I do spend alot of time with guitar sometimes 3hrs a day.Drum machine sounds not bad thru it also.
                  Let us know how much work and what was involved in putting in your new speaker,I may just do the same thing if makes a big improvement.


                  Actually, I made a thread over at www.webervst.com and Ted Weber is going to look into the possibility of making a 5 inch replacement speaker that could add volume and headroom to the amp. I think there would be a lot of people who would go for that kind of mod on this amp.

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                  • #10
                    I have seen post after post after post of people praising the Micro Cube. I really think more people need to take a look at the larger Cube 30 and 60 when they are thinking about a practice or studio amp. The 60 is loud enough to practice and play small gigs with, IMO, unless you have a drummer from hell. They get more wattage out than you would think and sound about double what a normal 30 or 60 watt SS amp would sound like. You get nice sounds at low and high volumes and the amp sometimes seem a bit tubelike when cranked. I am not saying you get the saturation just like a tube amp but they do have something in the circuit that gives them a more tube-like quality. Roland is well know for their quality and for their effects and the built in ones are OK, with the chorus and delay being the best IMO. You do not have the adjustability of the pedals so they are not tweakable which does hurt them some. They really sound good and are right up there if not better than the Vox modelers. The Vox have been iffy on the reliability so that has to be factored in as well. No they are not the end all to amps and they are not a tube amp but I think they get overlooked way too much. For the price they are a great value and you won't wake the family or the neighbors late at night. I have had a 30 for over a year now and have really enjoyed it. For cleans they mimic the JC series almost perfectly and with a little chorus you can instantly nail Metallica clean tones. If you are looking for a good modeler or studio amp, as I already said, give them a good look. I think you will be pleasently surprised.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by DirtyChains
                      I have seen post after post after post of people praising the Micro Cube. I really think more people need to take a look at the larger Cube 30 and 60 when they are thinking about a practice or studio amp. The 60 is loud enough to practice and play small gigs with, IMO, unless you have a drummer from hell. They get more wattage out than you would think and sound about double what a normal 30 or 60 watt SS amp would sound like. You get nice sounds at low and high volumes and the amp sometimes seem a bit tubelike when cranked. I am not saying you get the saturation just like a tube amp but they do have something in the circuit that gives them a more tube-like quality. Roland is well know for their quality and for their effects and the built in ones are OK, with the chorus and delay being the best IMO. You do not have the adjustability of the pedals so they are not tweakable which does hurt them some. They really sound good and are right up there if not better than the Vox modelers. The Vox have been iffy on the reliability so that has to be factored in as well. No they are not the end all to amps and they are not a tube amp but I think they get overlooked way too much. For the price they are a great value and you won't wake the family or the neighbors late at night. I have had a 30 for over a year now and have really enjoyed it. For cleans they mimic the JC series almost perfectly and with a little chorus you can instantly nail Metallica clean tones. If you are looking for a good modeler or studio amp, as I already said, give them a good look. I think you will be pleasently surprised.

                      yes, but overhere cube 30 costs 2.5 times more than the microcube, and cube 60 about three times more than the MC... for people who need a REALLY portable and small amp (also can be used with batteries) i think the MC is the one... it's like a joke amp that actually sounds good...

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mrmot
                        ... it's like a joke amp that actually sounds good...


                        One of these days I will buy one. It could be great for playing in the street after work.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Terje


                          One of these days I will buy one. It could be great for playing in the street after work.


                          Terje, I think the MC would be the perfect amp for your needs.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Terje


                            One of these days I will buy one. It could be great for playing in the street after work.


                            You should say to yourself: EUREKA !!

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                            • #15
                              Anyone else have the speaker buzzing out problem or is it only me,just wondering if I should take it back and try another one.

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