Can anyone compare the Fender Super Champ XD vs Roland Cube?

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  1. monkmiles

    monkmiles Supporting Member

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    Who can compare the Roland Cubes with the Super Champ XD? I have a Cube 30 and it's pretty good for a grab and go combo for low volume jams and my jazz jams...but haven't had a chance to play the Super Champ XD yet and it's got my interest.
     
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    I can't weigh in on Roland, but I do have a Super Champ & it's a pretty fabulous amp. My main amp is a Genz Benz Black Pearl setting on a smith sound enhancer & I'll say that for clean tones the little champ gives me all the chime and growl I want. Just read a review w/soundclips of a guy that did some upgraded speaker swaps for grins and ultimately the stock speaker was a fan fav!
     
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    The Cubes sound surprisingly great by themselves (especially given their small size, light weight and price), but once you A/B them directly with a good tube amp, you go..."Oh." The SCXD has a lot more warmth, BF sizzle and chime, harmonic richness and a bit more picking dynamics, though the Cubes have quite good picking dynamics for solid state, especially that Dynamic Channel or whatever they call it. I've owned a Cube 30 and 60 for many years, and now an SCXD with an RC. And I ain't goin back.
     
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    Thanks for the info. Yea, I definitely understand the effect of tubes vs solid state, as I have an all tube Carvin nomad (which has tube driven reverb too). But from my research, the Super Champ XD's have tube power amps and a single 12ax7 tube which serves as a phase inverter and/or buffer between a digital preamp and the tube power amp. So I'm curious as to see how much a difference the tubes make in the Super Champ vs the Cubes.

    Maybe a trip out to guitar center tomorrow or monday is called for so I can play one.
     
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    I don't think GC sell the Roland.
    I have a bunch of tube amps and two SS amps. I got them just to use around the house or for composing but the C60 is good enough to take out for jams with pals.
    I love the fact that it's on instantly when I want to try out some ideas - I often leave it on for days with zero effect.
    It also has the only Chorus I would record with! I don't like the Marshall sounds on it but for the price is unbeatable for: BF, Vox (way too much gain though) and the Roland 120.
    Frankly, if I had an amp that did 100 different ampsounds I know I would only use about 5 max.
    Trust this helps a little.

    Best, Pete.
     
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    I have a Cube 30 already, so even if they don't sell them (which I thought they did since they do on their website) then I'll have the sound in my head.
     
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    Take it with you and maybe your fav guitar too .
     

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