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Bogner Mephisto 112 Tube Guitar Combo Amp  

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Overview

  • Two classic tube tones
  • Two channel (EL84 and 6V6)
  • Each channel has four independent tubes
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Two classic tube tones in one.

The Bogner Mephisto 112 tube guitar combo amp has a richly classic vibe but features the latest technology. It’s been refined since it was first introduced. Now it’s more flexible than ever, maintaining tonal character even at bedroom volumes. Essentially two amps in one, you can switch between the EL84 channel and the 6V6 channel, or blend them. Each channel has four tubes that work completely independent of the other channel.

Catering to vintage tone seekers, it offers two classic tube tones in one, making it far more flexible for the gigging musician and easier than ever to build a rich palate of vintage sound.

Features

  • Two classic tube tones
  • Two channel (EL84 and 6V6)
  • Each channel has four independent tubes

Get more out of your amp, call or click to get two classic tones in one combo.

 

Mephisto 112 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Specifications:

  • Switchable dual amplifier design
  • 50’s American
  • 2x6V6 12W Class A cathode biased power amp
  • JJ ECC83s single triode 1st gain stage
  • JJ ECC83s 2nd gain stage and cathodyne phase inverter
  • Volume and Tone controls
  • 2 position Notch switch with black face mode
  • 60’s British
  • 2xEL84 18W Class A cathode biased power amp
  • Tungsol 12ax7 gain stage
  • Tungsol 12ax7 long-tailed phase inverter
  • Volume and Schizo 6 position rotary voice control
  • 3 position bright switch
  • Common features
  • High and Low gain input
  • 5AR4 tube rectifier
  • 20W in parallel mode
  • Variable power attenuator, footswitchable
  • Single 8 ohm speaker out
  • Functions on footsitch: 6V6 or EL84, 6V6 and EL84 parallel mode, power attenuator
  • 8 ohm Celestion G12H
  • Pine cabinet with baltic birch floating baffle
  • Unique retro design in black comet with classis salt & pepper grill
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BognerMephisto 112 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
5.0

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5.0

The Coolest Amp on this Planet or Any!

By Crowyote

from Dallas, TX

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Beautiful Design
  • Chewy
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Flexible
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful
  • Takes Effects Pedal Well
  • Versatile

Cons

  • Stock Speaker Is Iffy
  • Stock Speaker Is Peaky

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording
  • Recording

Comments about Bogner Mephisto 112 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I bought the head first, and then picked up a combo.

I would say that this amp sounds like it has the best tones of a classic Vox, a classic Fender (Blackface or 50's tweed) and even a low watt Marshall all available with a click of the footswitch. The 6V6 50's side can yield Howlin' Wolf to overdriven ZZ top- esque tones, while the Blackface side can evoke those sounds of "Her Satanic Majesty's Requests" to "Seven Nation Army" etc. The 12ax7s in the 6v6 preamp can really growl, sing or create the impression of an envelope filter on the notes, especially those in the lowest range of the guitar. The EL84 is so versatile that it can mimic almost any early Beatles or Who tone, smooth Scofield funk, or overdriven punk tones of Foo Fighters or the modern distortion of Radiohead.

When overdriven in the Top Boost mode of the EL84 side you may notice a envelope-follower quality for the higher notes, thus you get an amazing special effect when you overdrive the two in parallel mode and combine them (this may also be due to rectifier tube sag which is cool)! You can combine the seperate amplifier's tones together in any proportion: clean EL84 and clean 6V6, Dirty EL84 and Dirty 6V6, Clean El 84 w/ Saturated 6V6, Overdriven EL84 w/ Clean 6V6. The tone combinations are practically limitless.

If you're like me and you want to be able to access Fender tone or a Vox tone at the drop of a hat or you want to explore mixing them, this is the amp for you!

Not only this the included attenuator allows you to vary the volume while adjusting the saturation of the output tubes. This way you can have clean preamp tube tone combined with saturated/overdriven output tubes, which is a very subtle, smooth and pleasing type of distortion, at "bedroom" volume levels.

The head has the advantage of being less bulky and allowing you to use with a variety of speaker cabinets. I had paired the head with a V30 cab and it sounded amazingly clear and balanced. I imagine it would also sound great paired with a speaker like a Greenback or a Goldfinger cab, and likely quite remarkable with an Alnico speaker. It's perfect for recording with a DI or Loadbox and yields an extremely balanced frequency response which is a great foil for dynamic playing as well as effects. As an owner of the combo, I feel that a G12H30 (included stock in the combo) is a very "peaky" and prone to feedback in the mid-high range w/ this amp, and for me it was a useless speaker without further attenuation via a Loadbox.

Once you have your speakers set in your combo, you can really enjoy the reverb-like quality that the pine cabinet imbues the notes with.

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