1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Roland Cube-80XL Guitar Amplifier Combo,
This review is from: Roland Cube-80XL Modelling Amplifier
I bought the amp on the basis of already using the 30amp version for practice for about a year. When the 80XL came out I needed a fairly compact amp to get in a suitcase to take overseas, and with a view to gigging with the band and mic up as required. The reviews were generally very good overall.
The difference i noticed was the 30 amp version uses the standard 1/4 guitar fitting for the Aux for running backings etc from my Line 6 looper, but the 80XL has a miniture fitting and I had to purchase the respective cables, albeit a much smaller cable size with high inputs was in my opionion a potential issue. (yes I was considering modifiying the fitting to 1/4 standard). The looper and foot switching combinations with various settings needs real thought and is very easy to mess up without a good deal of practice.
When used, I got significant interference when plugged in with the aux equipment on standby. I rechecked the cabling and connections aganst the 30 and they were fine, so the 80 couldnt be used with this set up. We play light, medium and heavy rock including a few Gazza Moore pieces. Overall the 80 was fine on clean. Clear, bright and with lots of variation adjustment in tones and certainly had the power. We did a gig with it on clean and was clearly cutting through on a 6-1/2 volume setting at a decent size venue. And that was where the good bit ends. Using the modelling to get that classic LP tone on crunch with decent sustain (and using an LP limited and Ibanez custom) was way off the mark. Having a decent spread of kit, then we (the band) spent numerous periods running the amp on clean via Marshall governer 2's, TS808, GT10 etc etc and that just compounded the issues. Summarily the amp is great for clean sessions. We even invited in a couple of well experienced guys to review and make whatever adjustment and settings to get near to what we wanted. In the end, all agreed to mic up the old valve 60 marshall, and what a difference. no comparrison. I guess Ive been spoiled with a good deal of time with my UK set up, JSX/JLS/Soldano + Marshall 4 cab and yes I know you will never get the similar tones etc from a modelling amp but it doesnt do what it says on the tin. So the 300 pounds i paid for it + carting it half way across the globe, and the band won;t have it in the line up. Sorry guys, we did our best. Generally a good amp, but not for gigs despite advancment in amp modelling and Roland give this impression making an 80 amp with almost ultimate versatility. So, it's back to the Marshall and it's going on EBay. The 30 has a better tone and i'll keep it for the gaf. I'll buy a new Marshall 60 etc and pay the excess baggage. Makes sense.