…some of them are Roland. This is an early 80s Roland Cube 100. They’re a fairly rare beast and because they never found great favour and pre-dated the internet there’s very little info about them online. It was always over-shadowed by it’s sexy older brother the Jazz Chorus JC-120, and rightly so. Even so it is not too shabby.
It is a very compact package, being little bigger than the speaker itself. Here are the main points;
- 100w solid state
- Twin channel (footswtichable)
- Clean channel with a bright switch
- Overdrive channel with twin gain stage and master volume
- Bass, middle and treble
- Spring reverb (footswtichable)
- FX loop
- Headphone output
- External parallel speaker output (>8ohm)
- 1×12″ speaker
As you can see from the picture, for many years it was used as a scratching post by our posse of cats. The overdrive channel is, like most solid state amps, frankly disappointing but the amp is rescued by a glorious clean channel and the excellent spring reverb. I’m glad I dug this one out and am considering giving it a facelift with some fresh tolex and a new speaker grill.
Update: Here’s a PDF copy of the Roland Cube 100 Guitar Amp Service Guide and Schematic should anybody need it.