Roland Cube 120XL

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by Low84, Apr 6, 2014.

  1. Low84

    Low84 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    i've seen a few scattered comments on the Roland Cube 120XL amp over the past few months. i'm currently considering purchasing one. i'd love to hear from those of you who use the 120XL on a regular basis... pros, cons, likes, dislikes, etc.

    thanks much!
  2. I have the CB 100 amp purchased new in 2011. I paid $620 + tax CDN, more expensive than similar size (1x12) amps. I like very much, but just use it for home playing. I also have a JC 120, bought in 1987, so Roland is not new to me. I chose the CB 100 because not many bass amps have built in effects, these two bass amps have several built in. I'm using my Jazz with the Session amp model but my Charvel 1B sounds good on the BMan. The Octave setting, to me, doesn't really sound good, kinda like the distortion on the JC 120. The Twah is ~ok~ but not really my kind of sound. I usually keep the volume on 3 and gain 0, increasing to V=5 and G=2 has a nice clear sound and punch. The Shape feature is nice too. I don't use the compression much but I do use the Boss ODB-3 with it. Have fun with it if you buy it, for me it's a keeper !
  3. Fernando Costa

    Fernando Costa

    Aug 4, 2013
    I have a 120XL, is a reputable amp, is powerfull and the tone is very flat. I love it because IMO 12" speaker are ideal for fretless. Pros: good gain control, passable compressor, good reverbs and delays (with loops), 4 band EQ, 2 channels, speaker output (without turning off original speaker), tuner, good quality amp simulators, passable phone/record output, D.I. pré/post EQ, D.I. ground on/off, 3 switches outputs to control effects, very good. Cons: Terrible drive and chorus, much weight, no switch to on/off tweeter, price.
  4. Low84

    Low84 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    great playing, Fernando! and that's a nice test drive of a lot of different sounds out of that amp. sounds nice!

    i just sold an Ampeg BA-112... 12-inch speaker. yes, i like 12's.

    i wish the 120XL had an on/off switch for the tweeter too. hmmmmm... not a deal-breaker... but something to think about.

    thanks for the demo!
  5. Tracy Dae

    Tracy Dae

    Jan 20, 2016
    Waponi Woo
    Can anyone tell me how much the Cube 120XL weighs? I am a long time Roland guitar amp user. I have an old 87 JC-120 that I've had since it was new and a 95 Blues Cube 60 that I have also had since it was new. I also have a couple of the new Cube modeling guitar amps to practice with. So I supposed you could say I lean towards that brand. But are their bass amps as good as their guitar amps? And of course weight is an issue. LOL
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    Dec 1, 2013
  7. JCW308

    JCW308 Supporting Member

    Mar 28, 2000
    I'm actually thinking about selling my two Eden EX112 cabs and TC BH550 head (nice small stack shown in my avatar) and then just going with the Cube 120XL. I just play in church every week and have a small practice room. I might do a few small gigs each year, and since the 120XL has a DI, that would be no problem. Am I crazy?
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2016
  8. JCW308

    JCW308 Supporting Member

    Mar 28, 2000
    Guys I made the switch and am so glad I did! The Cube 120XL is a great little gigging amp. Have been using it a lot!
  9. Bump for more comments reviews etc. on this amp, since I'm looking too!
  10. JCW308

    JCW308 Supporting Member

    Mar 28, 2000
    Still enjoying mine! I use it with my P-bass and it's great. Relatively night and definitely gig-worthy.