Money Well Spent
By: Stratofied from USA
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
This amp weighs less than 20 lbs. It's easy to carry and the edges are protected by heavy black plastic screwed into the amp. This is a closed back amp, but there are ventilation grids on the upper rear section.
How has it stood up over time?
Just got it, but it seems solid, and Roland has a great reputation, so I have no concerns.
Your general opinion of this product.
I am quite pleased with this amp. Looking for a light weight amp, I tried a few before getting this one. It seems the best came last. You'd actually have to hear one, or use one to fully appreciate what the Roland Cube 20 XL can do. The onboard tuner works well, and can be used in either Chromatic or Manual Mode.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
The controls are well placed, and are easily accessable on top of the amp. The power switch is up there as well.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
On the JC Clean channel, the tone is bright and articulate, with a tight bass sound. The effects are nice, and definitely usable. They may not be as adjustable as some would like, but Roland did a good job with the built-in settings (and they are variable).
How did the stain or paint job look?
How was the action out of the box?
Unlike other amps, this one is easy to use. You don't need a computer hook-up to make an adjustment, and the controls are simple, and clearly marked. The foot switch option is great. With a two button foot switch, you can access the effects and lead channels. It just makes it a bit easier than using the buttons on top of the amp.