Generic Footswitch for Roland Cube 40XL?

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  1. FenderGuy53

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    For guys who own the Roland Cube XL Series amps, are there any generic stereo footswitches out there that will work in place of the Boss FS-6?

    My needs are basic: 1) switch between clean/lead channels and 2) turn solo channel on/off.

    $70 for the BOSS FS-6 pedal alone is a bit pricey.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    I can only recommend you avoid "Vodooman pedals". Check around various guitar websites regarding their reliability and actually receiving your order from Voodooman. . . .
    They aren't cheap either.

    I would be interested in other options apart from the Boss FS pedals too.
     
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    Yes, on both counts, GrantRowlands:

    1) Voodooman's bad rep is no secret on most forums, and
    2) if I hear od reasonable alternatives, I'll post here to let you know.

    Thanks.
     
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    You can buy them new on eBay for $55 shipped. And though they are a little pricey, the Roland FS-6 is very well made.
     
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    Yeah, I saw those, but the other drawback with the BOSS footswitch pedals is that they require a 9v power supply (battery only).

    In my brief research to date, I found a Hosa FSC-385 dual footswitch pedal (about $15) and a Johnson FX-020 dual footswitch pedal (about $25), either or both of which may work.
     
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    I read somewhere that a box or a company called switch doctor had a box of switches for everything in the cube.
     
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    For the Roland Cube 40XL, I've noticed that I can get either Momentary or Latching switches. What's the difference?
     
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    On the 80xl the is a slider switch on the back to choose between momentary or latching. On the 40xl to change from momentary to latching and vice versa you have to turn the amp off and hold down tap when you turn it on again. The detailed info on this is on the switch doctor site where the roland switch is.
     
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    What I mean is: How is the operation different between momentary and latching?
     
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    I've used the Digitech FS-300 with a Roland Cube 30 forever...(momentary switches) Digitech put those out with everything for a decade or 2... you'll also find 'em for expanding GNX and the like but they all function the same. With the Roland, I can tap one for channel change, one for FX off/on (or is it reverb? well whichever it is, it does that,) and the third one toggles both at once...
     
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    Yeah, you're right! :eek:
     
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    Digitech FS-300? I'll check it out. Thanks.


    Does the footswitch pedal come with instructions which provide the tip-ring-sleeve configuration for each switch?
     
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    Footswitches all work roughly the same way, for the Cube you just have to make sure your foot switch has the ring AND tip male 1/4 inch plug (just like a stereo plug - google the difference between a mono and stereo 1/4 inch male plug if you aren't sure of the difference) and two actual foot switches on the unit itself.

    AFAIK - latch vs. momentary means "holding the pedal down to make something happen" vs. "pressing the pedal once to toggle something off and on".
     
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  16. GrantRowlands

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    That is the exact format he has (or had) on Voodooman Switches . . . web page.
    I could be wrong, and am happy to be proved wrong, but I think it is the same guy, trying to get another way of selling his gear under another name.
    FWIW . . .
     
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    Voodooman and Black Label appear to be the same guy, just different states. Switch Doctor is different. I used PP to buy a switch tonight and the name of the recipient is different, also located in CA, not OR or WA.

    Stay AWAY from Voodooman!!
     
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