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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
  • Stereo tape I/O plus phones out

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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 56 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (4)
  • Excellent sound (4)
  • Portable (4)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (3)
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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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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An excellent little bass amp!

By RubyTuba

from Park City, KS

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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.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Basic but solid little practice amp.

By R. Soon

from Atlanta, GA

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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.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Unbelievably Awesome

By SofaKingz

from Houston

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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.

(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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

no volume without gain

By WhiteBear

from New Mexico

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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'.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

almost 9 year and not a single problem

By Ricky loves bass

from Long Island N.Y

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Pros

  • Good Warmth
  • Nice Bass Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Figuring Out Bass Lines
    • Practice

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

    I still hold that for the price you can't get a better sounding bass amp. some say that it's not loud enough!! what are you talking about? (low frequencies need lots of watts) Its a practice amp meant to be played in your own space without disturbing anyone. I got the tone of my bass guitar the way they're meant to be heard; only in a bedroom friendly volume.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    8 years olds and going strong

    By ritch

    from undisclosed

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicessmaller Rooms

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

      was just thumbing through the effects section of MF and came upon this little amp...again...back in 6/2006 I wrote a review about this amp and I would like you all to know..it is still functioning, still sounds great and has held up with numerous scratches and bruises, a busted handle (fixed with nylon rope) and a number of other indignities that time and constant use bring...it sits in my living room presently, which allows me access at all times...it is a reminder to me that the idea of inexpensive is a different mind set than cheap...when and if this little amp gives up the ghost...I will replace it with is latest cousin...being and old fart I no longer need to ROCK this WORLD, just make a joyful low down sound.....

      (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Overpriced, Buzzes at higher volume levels

      By Axel15810-rTHZL

      from Hurricane, WV

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      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.

      (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!

      (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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

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

      By Mr Bass Man

      from New York City

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      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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      It is what it is

      By sboulden

      from buffalo, ny

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

      cant hold it to too high standards, it was a dirt cheap practice amp. but only a practice amp, dont expect anyone from the room over to be able to hear you at max volume. wait, there is no volume, only a gain control. it sounds pretty good and clean, but never expect this to be overheard much over your computer speakers.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good amp for jamming with acoustic

      By cblubb

      from Concord, CA

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

      For the price this is the ideal amp for those that want to plug in their electric bass and play with someone who is using an acoustic guitar unplugged with unmic'd vocals. It would never compete with a drum set...EVER. It is super light in weight and the build quality is nice. The tone conrols are mostly a "set and leave it that way" type of deal. For all of my 4 string basses (Fender P, Yamaha active, Peavey Fury) to get a decent amount of bass out of the amp you have to crank the bass control midway and leave the treble control on zero. The midrange knob I leave on about 2 and I get a decent sound out of every bass I own with these same settings. You can only put the volume to about 6 maxium with these settings in order to prevent the speaker from distoring but the volume is more than enough to play with an unplugged acousting and unmic'd vocals. I got mine for $59 which is a great price considering what it is...a practice amp.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Review

      By WammaJamma

      from Washington D.C.

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

      The little baby is what it suppose to be, a practice amp. It is very quiet, low volume, great tone. You can not use this for gigs. I'm playing a Fender P-Bass,and a Dean Pace fretless 4 String upright thru it. It's quiet and calm. It's great for home recording.

      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great little powerhouse.

      By bassgal

      from FL

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio

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

        Jam sessions, practice

         
        4.0

        good sounding for practice or small jams

        By Ken

        from VA, 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.

           
          4.0

          It is just a practice amp!

          By Roadhouse Blues-48OrD

          from Houston, TX

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

          "This is a practice amp. Had this been a real amp, you would have been asked to pay more money..." The first clue should be that it only puts out 15 watts or so. You are playing a bass guitar, folks! It is fine for what it was designed to do...practice... It is not a gigging amp. I really like the retro look. It has a reasonably clean sound, though it does have a little 60Hz hum that I have yet to find the source of. And no, it is not my guitar or cable. I only get the hum when using this amp and not other amps. However, it is not bad enough to consider to be a flaw in something this inexpensive. This one is just fine for practice. It is simple (translated: "not a lot of features"), which is basically good for a "practice" amp. If you want a lot of bells and whistles, look elsewhere. If you want to compete with your guitarist's 60 watt tube amp, LOOK ELSEWHERE. The bottom line is that this thing works...period. It produce bass tones at low/moderate volume (translated: it WILL rattle windows in a small room), but it is simply for practice. It is a good value for the price. It looks cool, sounds reasonably good, is lightweight, and mine has been rock solid reliable, end of story. If ya wanna gig, get a bigger piggy bank... I recommend it for beginner or intermediate player that wants something to play around with and does not want to have a crew to move his amp or blow the windows OUT of his/her house. It is in the same league as any other 15 watt bass practice amp.

           
          5.0

          Lovable

          By Karen from St. Lucas

          from Milwaukee, WI

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

          I bought this to go with a "stupid-deal" Rogue bass for my son's Christmas gift. The package is unbeatable. Very nice tone- amazingly deep and clean. We could use a touch more gain with the passive bass we have. That can be worked-around, however, by increasing the EQ levels. The only thing that is slightly annoying is the really bright green power LED that makes it hard to see the adjacent EQ knob settings.

           
          5.0

          BEST Practice Amp EVER

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

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

          This is simply THE BEST little 8" I've ever heard. Mine's almost 4 years old now, and still thumpin like the day I got it. It gives the cleanest tone of any little amp I've heard out there STILL. The other day, my pro friend came over, saw it, and wanted to play on it. I said okay, and he took it and played it for 3 hours before I had to peel him off of it. He agrees that it's got the best tone of ANY small amp out, and went and bought one soon after playing on mine. The 8" handles any 4-string well, but has trouble handling the 5 above 1/4 volume. It's not a Bugera speaker, thank goodness, and the amp doesn't get hot or slow down at all. EVER.Why don't you own one of these yet? Go get one now--you WON'T be dissapointed.

           
          5.0

          Pretty good for a practice amp

          By Anonymous

          from Undisclosed

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

          I have a Galvastan bass and I decided I should get a bass amp. I compared with some other bass amps, and this was the best. I dont like the buzzing to much but besides that it's pretty decent.

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