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Behringer Thunderbird BX108 1x8" Bass Combo Amp  

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Overview
  • 15W RMS bass practice combo with bass reflex cabinet
  • Custom-made 8" speaker
  • Cool retro design with burgundy top panel, black covering, and leather handle
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Guitar/bass practice combo.

The Behringer Thunderbird BX108 1x8" Bass Combo Amp is a little powerhouse that's ideal for practice and jamming. The Thunderbird bass combo boasts a 15W amp with a bass-reflex cabinet and custom-made 8" speaker. The cool retro design features a burgundy-colored top panel, black covering, and a leather handle. A 3-band EQ lets you shape the tone, and a stereo tape I/O makes it easy to interface the Behringer BX108 amp with your computer's soundcard.

Features
  • 15W RMS bass practice combo with bass reflex cabinet
  • Custom-made 8" speaker
  • Cool retro design with burgundy top panel, black covering, and leather handle
  • Level control plus great-sounding 3-band EQ

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Thunderbird BX108 1x8" Bass Combo Amp Specifications:

  • 13"W x 14-1/2"H x 9-1/10"D
  • 15-2/5 lbs.
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BehringerThunderbird BX108 1x8" Bass Combo Amp
 
4.3

(based on 53 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

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    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (2)

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    (2)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Basic but solid little practice amp.

I'm coming at this amp from a different perspective from many: I'm a sound engineer and producer rather than a full-time bassist. I've been playing bass off and on for a while now,...Read complete review

I'm coming at this amp from a different perspective from many: I'm a sound engineer and producer rather than a full-time bassist. I've been playing bass off and on for a while now, mainly in studio settings thru direct boxes and whatever amps have been available.

Thus, I don't know a whole lot about vintage amps and the history of the greatest classic heads and all that. But I do know sound and balance. And this amp is surprisingly clear and full and balanced for a bass amp; it's closer to a reference amplifier that happens to be bass-friendly.

And hey, it *does* look very cool. Knowing what I do about Behringer gear aesthetics in general, they surprised me with the chill yet snazzy retro spin.

Why does this matter, and why do I consider it a big pro? Because if you're practicing, you want to hear more transparent detail than thundering low end. You're practicing. You want any weaknesses in your technique to be audible, and they are.

And that's exactly why, I'm betting, it has minimal extra bells & whistles, just your basic 3-band EQ and gain. That's all you need to get a feel for playing in different styles and focusing on specific playing characteristics.

That said, reading some of the other reviews, it's clear there has been a quality control issue at some point if others are having issues with buzzing. I got mine back in '05, and it has yet to buzz at all, and I've plugged in an active Ibanez in that was pretty cranked up with no problem, as well as a handful of other basses.

Admittedly, even when on 10 and with the bass up, it's pretty tame even among 15-watt amps. If I gigged with it, I'd go no bigger than a coffee shop with an acoustic guitar and maybe like a conga player. And I'd want a modeling pedal or something to give it a little color.

But given that I use this amp mainly for what it's touted as being good for, it's really flawless in that capacity. I'd give it 5 out of 5, but the headphone jack placement, lack of a miniplug input (seriously...RCA is cool but iPods etc have been around for a LONG time now), the lack of a volume pot for those who want to perfect the gain and still have level control, and a nod to those who have had quality control issues adds up to a lost star. But I'd still recommend one in a heartbeat. My Thunderbird has been very good to me.

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no volume without gain

Other reviewers have said it: no volume knob, gain only. Great if fuzzy distortion is your deal. For me, I like diversity of tone and you can't get clean tone volume out...Read complete review

Other reviewers have said it: no volume knob, gain only. Great if fuzzy distortion is your deal. For me, I like diversity of tone and you can't get clean tone volume out of this w/o gain low and your ear to the speaker. Nice vintage style package tho'.

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4.0

good sounding for practice or small jams

By Ken R

from Virginia , USA

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Small Jams

    Comments about Behringer Thunderbird BX108 1x8" Bass Combo Amp:

    All in all, its a good sounding amp for practice or for jamming with one or 2 guitarists. Good for home recording and practice.

    Its not really loud, but its pretty nice and warm and clear for blues and rootsy types of music.

    I have also used it with a guitar - splitting the signal with a stereo type pedal, and going into a guitar amp and this bass amp - and that sounded good. It added a nice amount of bass.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Basic but solid little practice amp.

    By R. Soon

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable

    Cons

    • Limited Functions
    • Weak

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Behringer Thunderbird BX108 1x8" Bass Combo Amp:

    I'm coming at this amp from a different perspective from many: I'm a sound engineer and producer rather than a full-time bassist. I've been playing bass off and on for a while now, mainly in studio settings thru direct boxes and whatever amps have been available.

    Thus, I don't know a whole lot about vintage amps and the history of the greatest classic heads and all that. But I do know sound and balance. And this amp is surprisingly clear and full and balanced for a bass amp; it's closer to a reference amplifier that happens to be bass-friendly.

    And hey, it *does* look very cool. Knowing what I do about Behringer gear aesthetics in general, they surprised me with the chill yet snazzy retro spin.

    Why does this matter, and why do I consider it a big pro? Because if you're practicing, you want to hear more transparent detail than thundering low end. You're practicing. You want any weaknesses in your technique to be audible, and they are.

    And that's exactly why, I'm betting, it has minimal extra bells & whistles, just your basic 3-band EQ and gain. That's all you need to get a feel for playing in different styles and focusing on specific playing characteristics.

    That said, reading some of the other reviews, it's clear there has been a quality control issue at some point if others are having issues with buzzing. I got mine back in '05, and it has yet to buzz at all, and I've plugged in an active Ibanez in that was pretty cranked up with no problem, as well as a handful of other basses.

    Admittedly, even when on 10 and with the bass up, it's pretty tame even among 15-watt amps. If I gigged with it, I'd go no bigger than a coffee shop with an acoustic guitar and maybe like a conga player. And I'd want a modeling pedal or something to give it a little color.

    But given that I use this amp mainly for what it's touted as being good for, it's really flawless in that capacity. I'd give it 5 out of 5, but the headphone jack placement, lack of a miniplug input (seriously...RCA is cool but iPods etc have been around for a LONG time now), the lack of a volume pot for those who want to perfect the gain and still have level control, and a nod to those who have had quality control issues adds up to a lost star. But I'd still recommend one in a heartbeat. My Thunderbird has been very good to me.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Why is the headphone jack on the back panel? Thunderbird BX-108

    Comments about Behringer Thunderbird BX108 1x8" Bass Combo Amp:

    I bought this amp to replace my broken 25-watt Fender Bassman, which now serves as a printer stand. This is a basic practice amp, if that's what you need. It also looks cool. Some points:
    It isn't loud. Maybe you can jam with a friend or two who have acoustic guitars, but a drum kit would drown it out. The low end is clean, but it lacks a certain warmth and depth. My old Fender sounded much better. Haven't tried the Behringer with my 5-string yet, but I suspect it will be a little weak with the low B. It's small, and LIGHTWEIGHT. If you have back trouble, consider this model. For some strange reason, they put the headphone jack on the back panel, instead of on the top along with everything else. This is inconvenient. There are tape output jacks (who uses tape any more?), but no line out or XLR.
    Bottom line: If you're looking for a cheap, no frills practice amp, it's a good choice.
    Basic. No frills.
    Good for its price range.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    SWEET!!!!!!

    By clarence musgrove

    from Washington,DC

    Comments about Behringer Thunderbird BX108 1x8" Bass Combo Amp:

    this amp is just what it says, "a practice amp"...no problems...gives good bass tone...lightweight...and sounds great on recordings!
    this is a practice amp and a recording amp...no volume just gain...that's cool and all you need...it makes it easy to HEAR the tone of your BASS!!!
    good construction...looks vintage!...very nice and compact...great for practice!
    ...good amp for the money.......buy it!

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    (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Overpriced, Buzzes at higher volume levels

    By Axel15810-rTHZL

    from Hurricane, WV

    Comments about Behringer Thunderbird BX108 1x8" Bass Combo Amp:

    I would not recommend, go cheaper and get the same quality if you're looking for a practice amp.
    The amp sounds decent at lower levels, but at gains of 8+ the amp buzzes badly. The input jack broke off after about a year of owning this.
    Not good for the price. Definitely overpriced. This amp is NOT loud enough to play with a drummer and guitarist. This is not a 15W amp, my brother has a 15W amp which completely overpowers this one. Bottom line, if you just want a practice amp go cheaper and get the same quality. If you want an amp for gigs or to play with friends, spend a little extra and get a much much much louder and better quality amp.

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    An excellent little bass amp!

    Comments about Behringer Thunderbird BX108 1x8" Bass Combo Amp:

    You wouldn't try to use a 6-inch Crescent wrench to change a tire, and you shouldn't try to use a Thunderbird to play heavy or loud music. But this is a dependable, musical little amp that is great for practice or gigs that don't require crushing stage volume.
    I've had this about 4 years now. This is really an excellent little amplifier, and you can even gig with it in acoustic or low-volume theater settings.

    For practice and learning songs, it has a headphone out that bypasses the speaker. You can plug an iPod into it and practice along with songs - you'll need an 1/8 stereo mini plug to 2 RCA adapter, unless they've changed the input over the years - and the sound is stellar. The EQ is basic, but so is the EQ on a 60s B-15. It's more than enough to make a bright bass sound thumpy or a thumpy bass sound bright.

    For gigs, it has plenty of volume and presence to hold its own with folk or bluegrass, and being small it doesn't overpower the stage volume. The headphone out functions as a line-out, so you can go into the PA if you're in a larger hall or outdoor setting.

    True story. I played a Christmas pageant in a 2000-seat hall. I was playing bass along with a grand piano, a string quartet, a couple of trumpets and a big choir. They were going to run a line to the Thunderbird, but they'd used up all the channels. I saw there was a microphone under the grand piano, pointing up at the soundboard, so I moved the Thunderbird under the piano. Everyone could hear me fine through the system, and the other musicians could hear each other and me onstage. So don't tell me you can't gig with it - it depends on the gig.
    I haven't dinged mine up yet, but I'm pretty careful. I think it's probably made of particle board, which is excellent for sound purposes but a little fragile if it took a fall.
    Sound-per-pound and sound-per-dollar, I don't think there's anything that I've heard that competes with it. The back-ported cabinet gives it a nice, round sound.

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    (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    good small harp amp.

    By old rocker(59)

    from mid west

    Comments about Behringer Thunderbird BX108 1x8" Bass Combo Amp:

    my owns one of these he let me use it sounded o.k.but my P.v.micro bass was much louder and sounded better with my vintage short scale fender bass but when I plug,ed in my jt30 r.h. and my blues harp this baby shined nice crunch sound also vary loud maybe loud enough for small gigs.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Unbelievably Awesome

    By Ricky-LWUjN

    from Texas

    Comments about Behringer Thunderbird BX108 1x8" Bass Combo Amp:

    This is one cool little amp. It is well worth the money and it had a GREAT tone. It's a little bit dirty, but in a good way. The tone has a lot of attack to it from it's dirtiness. I play a precision bass through it and it has a heavenly, bright tone good for songs styles where you want the bass to shine and sing through. I also have a thunderbird bass and it too sounds good, but the P bass sounds much better through the amp. I just wish they made this amp in a bigger, louder size.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    no volume without gain

    Comments about Behringer Thunderbird BX108 1x8" Bass Combo Amp:

    Other reviewers have said it: no volume knob, gain only. Great if fuzzy distortion is your deal. For me, I like diversity of tone and you can't get clean tone volume out of this w/o gain low and your ear to the speaker. Nice vintage style package tho'.

    Comment on this review

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    You get what yu pay for

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Behringer Thunderbird BX108 1x8" Bass Combo Amp:

    it's an okay amp if you don't turn the gain past 3. Otherwise it gets a nasty buzz and sounds ike crap.

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