Plug Into Classic Tube Tone
Guitar players love finely tuned vintage tube amps, and for good reason. They sound great, with sweet clean and distortion tones and big, open, transparent sound. On top of that, they also feel great to play, putting an interactive responsiveness under your fingers that directly connects your musical ideas with the sound. This experience is so transcendent that we gladly put up with the downsides of tube amps—they’re expensive, fragile, costly to maintain, and weigh a ton! But now, there’s another choice. Powered by Roland’s breakthrough Tube Logic design approach, the new Blues Cube Artist and Blues Cube Stage deliver authentic tube sound and feel in practical modern amps built for pro players.
Davy Knowles and Roy Gaines Jam with the Roland Blues Cube
The Popular Combo Series Reinvented
While the revamped Blues Cube series takes its name and general design concept from a very popular Roland amp line from the 1990s, the comparison between old and new stops right there. Dramatically evolved from those first-generation amps, today’s Blues Cubes are fueled by 20 years of advancements in Roland guitar innovation and the massive leaps in modern electronics technology.
Going far beyond modeling, Roland’s Tube Logic design philosophy starts with carefully reproducing the inner workings of the coveted tweed-era tube amp in every way, from the input jack to the final sound output. Developed with real world testing and feedback from leading players, the gig-ready Blues Cube combos deliver the sweet, magical tone and satisfying feel that makes a great guitar amp a highly expressive musical instrument.
The complex, interactive behavior that tube fans crave is all here—preamp and output tube distortion characteristics, power supply compression, and much more. Just like a fine tube amp, the Blues Cube offers a rich musical experience, with elastic feel, bouncy response, distortion control with touch and volume, sparkle, sag, and beyond.
Versatile Tones from Familiar Controls
The Blues Cube features Clean and Crunch channels, and each is equipped with Boost and Tone switches to shape the sound character. Just like a classic vintage tube amp, turning up the Clean channel’s single volume control gradually brings in natural tube fullness and bite. The Crunch channel has Gain and Volume knobs, allowing you to dial in a wide range of distorted tones for rhythm and lead playing. Switching on the unique Dual Tone mode makes both channels active at once, putting a huge range of complex tones at your command.
After setting up a basic amp tone, many guitarists like to further shape their sound using their favorite pedals. The responsive Blues Cube is great with stomps, providing a rich, core tone for sonic exploration with overdrives, distortions, and other effects.
Cranked-Amp Sound at Any Volume
Experienced players know that every tube amp sounds best when the volume is cranked and the output tubes are working hard. Unfortunately, hitting this sweet spot typically makes the amp too loud for many playing situations.
With Tube Logic, the Blues Cube authentically provides the unique distortion characteristics of output tubes and their interaction with the output transformer, with the sound getting richer and the feel becoming more dynamically responsive as the volume is increased. Thanks to the Blues Cube’s variable Power Control, you can experience this musical, cranked-up tone at every gig without getting fired! The Power Control has settings of 0.5 W, 15 W, 45 W, and Max, letting you dial in wide-open sounds at levels from a bedroom whisper to a full-throttle roar.
Stage Ready Power That’s Easy to Carry
The Blues Cube Artist features 80 watts of power, while the Blues Cube Stage is equipped with 60 watts. Each amp is outfitted with a custom 12-inch speaker that’s been specially designed for maximum tonal response with Tube Logic.
Built with the needs of performing pro guitarists in mind, Roland engineers have carefully designed the Blues Cubes to reduce weight in every area that doesn’t affect the tone. The open-back cabinets are built from poplar plywood, which provides an acoustically vibrant sound with nice presence on stage.
Effects, Foot Control, and USB
Both Blues Cube models are equipped with a high-quality reverb for dialing in some ambience. The Blues Cube Artist also includes a vintage-voiced tremolo effect, plus an effects loop for patching in an external device. Footswitch jacks are provided for remote control of channel selection and other functions while performing.
The Blues Cube amps also feature USB connectivity, which makes it a snap to capture great tones directly into a DAW.
Learn more about the exciting new Blues Cube amps at RolandUS.com.