Roland has announced the AC-40 Acoustic Chorus Guitar Amplifier, the latest addition to the acclaimed AC family of stereo acoustic amps with built-in effects. Perfect for performing guitarists and singer/songwriters, the mobile AC-40 produces clean, loud, and natural acoustic tone, and features a versatile dual-channel configuration that supports both a guitar and a microphone.
Roland has announced the all-new CUBE-GX series, which features three combo guitar amplifiers equipped with the i-CUBE LINK interface for iOS devices. Building on the top-level COSM tone and rock-solid reliability that’s made the CUBE name famous, the CUBE-GX amps turn up the heat with even more versatile operation and built-in connectivity for Apple’s iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Luckily, musicians in search of quality signature gear — from guitars to amps to effects to pickups — don't have to worry about that nonsense. Generally, gear manufacturers work closely with their signature artists, in some cases, right down to the tiniest of details (Some artists repeatedly send back the prototypes until they're perfect).
Let's face it, bringing a 100-watt guitar amp to your average weekend bar gig is a lot like taking a Lamborghini to Shop Rite for Sunday-afternoon grocery shopping. You simply don't need all that power.
The dreadful “must use provided backline” or “the mysterious amp at the drummer’s house” are circumstances where we hope for the best, yet fear the worst. Backline gear is usually decent, but your biggest setback is time. The band before you swore, the crowd wanted more, and now the stage director is just swearing at everyone for going overtime!