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1st Gen. Blues Cubes: Are they worth a look?

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by E5RSY, Jul 9, 2018.

  1. E5RSY

    E5RSY Poster Extraordinaire

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    Or, does the current line improved on them to the point that a new one is a better deal?

    Thanks, in advance.

    Scott
     
  2. Ringo

    Ringo Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
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    I remember playing through one when they came out, I thought it was a good sounding amp, good clean and gain tones and reverb on the 60 watt version.
    There are good reviews online from many owners / users.
    They are a lot different than the newer version , but that doesn't mean that they don't still sound good, if I ran across one cheap enough I'd consider buying one.
     
  3. E5RSY

    E5RSY Poster Extraordinaire

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    There is a pretty clean 30 watter on CL in a nearby town for $100, hence my curiosity.

    How are they different, as you mentioned? Did the new ones build on the old design, or are they completely new circuits?
     
  4. Ringo

    Ringo Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
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    From what I've read the new Blues Cubes have totally different circuits, I'm thinking more digital, where the old ones were analog.
    Personally I think $100 is a bit high for a 30 watt combo , no reverb but I really don't know what they are selling for, just check completed sales on eBay and listings on eBay and Reverb.com
     
  5. brookdalebill

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    I have a new BC Artist, and am very familiar with the older models, too.
    Both are great.
    The newer ones are "greater", but the old ones sound very good, and take pedals well.
    I saw that on CL, too.
    I'm all Cubed up at the moment.
     
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  6. E5RSY

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    Thanks.
    FYI, the new ones are still analog from what I've seen.
     
  7. E5RSY

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    Trying to decide if it's worth a drive to SA.
     
  8. brookdalebill

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    Go to San Antone, check out Guitar Tex, Lark Guitars, and Spacetone, too.
    Eat at Jacala.
    Great old Mexican restaurant.
    I love San Antone.
    It's still fairly easy to get around there.
     
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  9. E5RSY

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    I've been meaning to go do the Missions trail, anyway. Maybe...
     
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  10. E5RSY

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    Looks like they're going for a little north of $300 on Reverb.
     
  11. Blrfl

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    Only in the sense that an analog signal goes in and an analog signal comes out. There's a whole lot of digital in the middle.
     
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  12. Ringo

    Ringo Poster Extraordinaire

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    Yeah the new Blues Cube Artist model is the model where you can install a "tone capsule" that looks like a tube for different amp voicings , that has to be digital somewhere in the circuit.
    Found this info about the new Blues Cube amps over on The Gear Page
    "The power amp section consists of a discrete solid-state amp, driven by a high-impedance circuit to interact with the speaker characteristics, another essential part of great guitar tone. This amp-speaker interaction is fine-tuned with DSP for very precise adjustment."

    If they are "selling" for $300 then $100 is a great deal, I wouldn't pay $300 for one.
    Also again, be aware that the 30 watt version does not have reverb. IIRC they made a 30 watt 1-12, a 60 watt 1-12 and a 60 watt 3-10 version.

    This 30 watt 1-12 original BC amp sold recently on eBay for $149 plus shipping.
    http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-5...0001&campid=5338148343&icep_item=332637745198

    You can buy the newer 30 watt BC amps used for around $350 or maybe less if you shop around.
     
  13. E5RSY

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    One downside to used ones is that it seems like every one I've ever seen has knobs that are falling apart/missing tops. Strange.
     
  14. markal

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    Quite a bit digital actually.

    I have a BCA and love it. The “hot” can be found used for $300-$350.
     
  15. BB

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    I had an original BC-60 for years. I've yet to try the new ones, so can't say how they compare, but I would certainly buy another original if the price was right. One thing I found about the BC-60 was the louder you turned it up, the better it sounded. Not that it sounded bad at lower volumes, but it was very tube like in how it sounded and responded at higher playing levels. And yes, the knob inserts came off
     
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  16. brookdalebill

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    I love Fender "cupcake" knobs.
    They are light, have set screws, the pointer slash is easy to see, don't have tops, stay on, and look cool (IMO) on anything you put em' on.
    Pretty cheap for a bag, too.
     
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  17. Crobbins

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    I've had a new BC Artist for about 5 months now. I like it.
    I know nothing about the old ones except what I've read.
     
  18. regularslinky

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    I gigged for years with a BC-30. Great warm sound, took pedals well, light weight and reliable. It eventually developed a rattle that I could not figure out, so I got rid of it. I'd gladly pay $100 for another.
     
  19. E5RSY

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    Is there enough room between the BC pots for the cupcakes to fit?

    And, are the shafts the correct type for a set screw?
     
  20. songofthewind

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    I just sold my old BC-60 112. Instant regret, it sounded so good when the guy who bought it tried it out. He couldn’t get out of my house fast enough.
     
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