Cube 40XL/80XL Footswitch
This pedal is designed to be used with the Roland Cube 40XL or 80XL amp, it is not compatible with the Cube 80X, 40GX or 80GX, if you require the pedal for the Cube 80X then please click here.
The pedal is based on having five of the Boss FS-5Ls and one FS-5U footswitch.
FOR THE PEDAL TO WORK YOU MUST SET YOUR AMP TO LATCHING.
- ON THE 80XL THERE IS A SWITCH ON THE REAR OF THE AMP TO DO THIS
- ON THE 40XL YOU WILL NEED HOLD DOWN THE [TAP/STOP] BUTTON ON THE AMP WHEN TURNING IT ON, YOU ONLY NEED TO DO THIS ONCE.
The switches control the amp's many functions in the following ways;
- The Channel switch selects the channel.
- The Solo switch activates the solo preset, and there is one preset for each channel. The presets cannot be set using the pedal with the Channel/Solo cable attached to the amp, you will need to do that using the Solo button on the amp.
- The EFX switch activates whichever effect is selected on the amp’s EFX knob, which could be either Chorus, Flanger, Phaser, Tremolo or Heavy Octave.
- The Reverb switch activates the amp’s reverb if the level is selected on the reverb knob.
- The Delay switch activates the amp’s delay if the level is selected on the delay knob.
- If looper is selected on the amp’s delay knob then the pedal’s Tap and Delay switch will control the looper.
The pedal comes with two cable options;
No cable - the pedal is made with three stereo sockets to enable you to connect it to your Cube 40XL or 80XL using three stereo 1/4" cables (not supplied)
Detachable cable - the pedal has a detachable 4m or 1m cable with three colour coded stereo 1/4" jacks to connect it to your Cube 40XL or 80XL (+£20.00/+£18.00)
The Tap switch comes with a clicking version as default, if you would like to upgrade it to a soft touch version there is an additional cost of £7.00.
The pedal is totally passive so no power required, however if you would like to power the LEDs you can add a battery to the internal clip or use the Boss style 2.1mm 9v (negative ground) DC socket.
By default the pedal comes unpainted with a clear label, in the options above you can select for the pedal to be powder coat painted black for an additional £5.00. Please note that if you select for the pedal to be painted then it will not be labelled.
The pedal is built with:
- Aluminium enclosure
- Neutrik jack sockets (if selected)
- DPDT heavy duty foot switches
- Point to point wiring
- 2.1mm 9v DC Socket
- Velcro to stick it to your pedalboard
Just what it should be!
Posted by Unknown on 19th Sep 2015
After messing with three boss fs-6 dual footswitches I decided to order this fro Roland Cube 80xl.
Hope I have found this earlier...great!
It's neat, does what it says on the label and beats Boss at their own game
Posted by David Irwin on 8th Jan 2014
When I started playing some charity gigs with my guitar tutor and another pupil, I needed a decent amp, so I bought a Roland Cube 80-XL just before they were discontinued. Well once I had the amp I discovered I needed to be able to switch between the channels and effects quickly and started looking at pedals (Boss being the recommended choice of the manufacturer). Went on Google and found bright onion pedals, where I found this little beauty; just slightly larger than one Boss FS-6. However, to do what this pedal does, you'll need three of them, that will set you back £135 for the switches alone; they only work with batteries and they’ll take up a lot of floor space/pedal board real estate.
I went for the standard build, clear with 4m detachable cable and the clicking tap switch - £84.45 including delivery, with the helpful 5% discount code. All in all, a very welcome early Christmas present from my better half.
James was helpfulness itself when I had to contact him and the pedal arrived within 10 days, don't forget each one is built to order.
As reported by other reviewers, it worked like a dream, impressed my guitar tutor and everyone else who has seen it.
I can whole heartedly recommend this pedal to anyone with a similar Roland amp and I equally whole heartedly recommend bright onion pedals!
Oh, and my guitar tutor was so impressed with the switch that he asked me to get one for him.
A bright comp-onion for my Cube 80XL !
Posted by Patrick (Brussels) on 5th Feb 2012
This pedal is truly fantastic... I chose these "upgrades" : 4m fixed cable and soft touch tap tempo switch. The result is exactly what I expect from a convenient/all-in-one/passive/compact footswitch supposed to control this amp at its max.
What a buy!
Posted by Andrew on 24th Oct 2011
I also came across this pedal whilst looking for a BOSS pedal capable of switching between the channels and effects on this amp.
This pedal represents unbelievable value for money compared to the other options available, and performs faultlessly with the amp.
I have a blue one with LED's and a fixed cable. and James was extremely helpful in answering all my questions I had on this pedal prior to purchasing.
If you are playing live with this amp, then this pedal is an essential purchase in my opinion.
Buy this instead of the BOSS pedal and save a ton of money
Posted by Tobbe Bergman - Malmo Sweden on 3rd Aug 2011
I went on Ebay to look for some BOSS FS-6 pedals for my CUBE 80XL when I found this beauty.
Thanks to this pedal I saved about half the money I intended to spend on pedals and I do not have a lot of wires all over the floor, just one.
I got a green one with the soft button and fixed cable.
Truly Stunning Pedal!
Posted by Den Parker - Sheffield on 2nd Aug 2011
This piece of equipment is Superb!! I was intent on purchasing 3 of the Boss FS-6 to maximise my Roland Cube 40XL guitar amp.
THAT WAS UNTIL I SAW THIS PEDAL!! FROM James at Bright Onion Pedals.
This is a truly amazing piece of equipment the works superbly with the Roland Cube XL range.
I had my pedal in orange with LED's and the fixed cable with click buttons which work excellently for me too.
I have a piece of equipment that is robust - looks great and works superbly.
Do buy one for your Roland Cube 40XL - you will not be disappointed.
Was mine the first?
Posted by Roger Adams on 25th Jun 2011
A while ago, I asked James to build me a footswitch for my Cube 80X. Apart from a dodgy blue LED which he replaced free of charge, it has performed excellently ever since on all gigs with my own band, RoAdworks, and with Desperate Dan. He upgraded the tap-tempo button for me to a soft-touch switch. I would recommend his work without reservation. I had nothing but trouble when using the FS-6 Boss switches, and this is a far better option if you want to get the best from your Cube. Hint - don't ask for a longer cable than you really need as the multi-way cables are a bit inflexible.
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