ok i have had this amp long enough to make a review on it. i have seen alot of buzz on how much these things are crap but i needed a amp for a jam night at a resturant that was cheap and i could leave there for others to use and not worry about. so i bought this bugera 1960 head and cab. first off i screwed a board with the resturant logo over the bugera badge on the head and cab.
first impressions was oh man it is loud. got a THD hot plate and solved that. channel 1 is very bright. tone knobs could not tame this to my liking at reasonable volume but the louder it got the less bright it got. channel 2 was rich and warm and sounded great. magic happened when i jumped channels. the channel 1 was mixed with channel 2 and created a very full and nice sound. my strat and les paul sounded great with minor tweaks. then out came a old kramer and a ibanez JS1000. both of those sounded great. it did clean, blues, classic rock, 80 metal and sounded great. i was really impressed by this cheap amp. the head was well put together and very solid with decent tolex, impressed. metal grills on top and back, supprised it was not plactic so another plus.
time to turn it loose on the public. i noticed alot of people just looking at it and supprised to see such a monster on stage for public use. player after player plugged into it and found a great sound quickly. everyone of them said how it sounded good and really wanted a marshall. 90 percent of the people thought it was a marshall and sounded great. several players who brought their own amps even gave it a try and were able to find good sounds. not one person said it sounded like a cheap POS and all had fun pushing it hard.
then came in the regular that has a true marshall jmp45. he commented that the head looked the part but was skeptical of the sound. he plugged in and made short work of finding a setting. he played for almost 45 mins in the jam and when he got off stage came to talk to me. his impression was that it is not a real plexi but had a great sound. similar but different. he was impressed by how it did sound. his remark was "close to it but different enough to hear the difference but most of the public would never know. i am truly supprised and though is sounded good." i have never owned a real plexi type amp but have really grown on this one cheap amp. if the real deal sounds even better then i might have to get one and spend the 2800 bucks.
after 6 months of abuse for hours on end at a time it has not hickuped even once. been rock solid so far. the really bright light is the only draw back so far. it has been really good and nobody has ever said it sounded bad. sometimes to bright or too dark and the volume on channel 1 or channel 2 has fixed it.
overall impressions is that i am very impressed. it won't ever replace the real deal but as far as a real tube amp for under 500 bucks i am truly impressed. it does alot of things well and sounds good doing it. i am even thinking of taking it in the studio for a few tracks to see how it does.
i think for someone who wants a good sound and is on a tight budget this amp hits the mark. to me it sounded better than my hot rod deville. and i say that for the drive channel only, as the clean is still great on the deville. No flame needed as it is a love hate with the deville. the drive channel to me is not great. but the bugera seemed to pull it off well
Once again tone is subjective and i think it sounds good and so did many others. always play before you pay. but don't count this little jewel out just because it is cheap. i was very supprised
this is for this model only bugera 1960. no experience with the other models they offer
1. Is it cheap, yes it is
2. does it sound good, yes it does
3. has it been reliable, yes it has but would always have a backup, never trust electronics when it counts lol
4. is the construction sturdy, yes it is
5. cheap components, probably but doing good so far.
Last edited by Cornbread; 10-12-2011 at 06:18 PM.