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My new Roland Blues Cube Stage arrived today, I'm not happy

Discussion in 'Amp Central Station' started by rad1, Sep 27, 2017.

  1. rad1

    rad1 Tele-Meister

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    I'm 300 miles away and won't be home for a week! Oh well, at least I have my Telecaster with me.
     
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  2. RedRock

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  3. Lef T

    Lef T Tele-Meister

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    I tried out a Stage at the music store.
    I was very impressed.
    Nice amp.
     

  4. brookdalebill

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    I see one of those in my future, too.
    Cool!
     

  5. rad1

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    In the last couple months I have been through a Katana 50 and a Fender gt100, returned both. I'm hoping this one works out for me.
     

  6. rad1

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    In the last couple months I have been through a Katana 50 and a Fender gt100, returned both. I'm hoping this one works out for me.
     

  7. rad1

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    In the last couple months I have been through a Katana 50 and a Fender gt100, returned both. I'm hoping this one works out for me.
     

  8. rad1

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    Triple post, sorry

    I'm off camping and there is very questionable wifi.
     
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  9. Hexabuzz

    Hexabuzz Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 13, 2014
    Northeast PA
    I'm getting the impression that in the last couple of months, you've been through a Katana 50 and a Fender gt100, and returned them both...
     

  10. markal

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    Yeah, but have you tried Katana or mustang gt100? :)

    I have a Blues Cube Artist. Had the 30w Hot version before. Great amps. Enjoy.
     
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  11. Crawldaddy

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    OP: about the Katana 50, what was it that you felt it was not your kind of thing?

    I’m kind of curious because I’ve only heard it once live and I have a split group of friends who like and dislike it for varying reasons.
     

  12. Lef T

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    I'm looking seriously at getting an Artist.
    I got to check out a Stage at a music store and really liked it,but would like the extra options of the Artist and I'd like it in black.
    I've forever been a tube guy,but I liked the sound of the Stage, and the Artist is only 35 lbs.
    Are you playing your amp stock?
    Plenty of clean headroom in the 80 watt mode?.
     

  13. markal

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    I play it stock, but may try a tone capsule eventually. I never run it at 80w! Was playing a band earlier this year. We played blues and classic rock. For rehearsals in a small space I ran it on 15 w for slight breakup (mostly clean channel) and 45w for chimey cleans. At a gig at a large bar I ran it at 45 w and used my pedals to get a bit more drive.

    At home I run it on 15 watts. I find it sounds a little too thin on .5w.

    I'm not much for trem and have never had an amp with god trem so I can't comment on it. I like the presence control (which the other BCs don't have). I run it above 5 most of the time. The amp is voiced a little dark in my opinion. I guess it's modeled after a tweed bassman.

    I have yet to use the effects loop. I use a slight delay and it sounds fine into the front, even on the crunch channel. I just added a reverb pedal to my board (digitech polara) but so far have used into the front and not the loop. I don't have the Boss foot switch yet but like the idea of controlling the loop with the switch.

    I love the amp. I think it sounds amazing at a wide range of volumes. Many say it's too expensive for SS but it's worth it to me.

    Several threads over at the gear page praise the BCA too.
     
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  14. Lef T

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    Thanks for the great reply markal.
    I'm not really a pedal guy,but would run a subtle delay in the loop.
    With the Roland footswitch,I could sit the delay pedal on the amp and could use the footswitch for delay on and off.
    One thing I noticed was the reverb on the amp has a slight predelay,but not enough to
    bother me and the reverb does sound very good.
    Sounds like the Artist would be right up my alley.
     

  15. Hexabuzz

    Hexabuzz Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 13, 2014
    Northeast PA
    If you go with an Artist (I have a 2x12), make sure you budget for a GA-FC controller if you don't have one already. It makes a great amp amazing, with so much added functionality. It also accepts 2 expression pedals for input volume and master volume control

    gafc.jpg
     
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  16. Lef T

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    For sure,I'd get the footswitch.
     
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  17. Lef T

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    Does the Artist run quietly ?
    No hiss or hum when running at idle?
    When I tried the Stage,I didn't notice any noise coming from it.
     

  18. markal

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    Single coils create some hum when there's some gain (either in the crunch channel or thru a pedal). Other than that it's pretty quiet.
     
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  20. rad1

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    The Katana had a beautiful clean tone, even at low volume and it was easy to find. I could not get the Boss tone software on my lap top to recognize the amp so I traded the amp back in.
     
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