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Budda Superdrive 30 Series II Guitar Amp Head  

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The channel-switching Budda Superdrive 30 Series II Guitar Amp Head boasts a powerful 30W EL84 output section with a super-modified hi-gain front end...Read More

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A front end that rivals the most respected hi-gain amps!

The channel-switching Budda Superdrive 30 Series II Guitar Amp Head boasts a powerful 30W EL84 output section with a super-modified hi-gain front end. Its voicing is that of a hybrid AC30/Plexi with a super fluid hi-gain preamp circuit. The Superdrive 30 delivers over-the-top gain with such clarity and articulation so that your pick attack is audible in every note played. The amp puts out is 30W class AB, using 4 EL84 power tubes, 3 12AX7 preamp tubes, a 5U4 rectifier, and custom-wound transformers. Superdrive Amp controls include Treble, Mid, Bass, Drive, and Master Volume. Other features of this Budda amp head include Effects Loop, Slave Out, Multiple Speaker Outs with impedance selector switch, and the Lead Link Cabinet Switching system for routing signals to extension speakers.


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BuddaSuperdrive 30 Series II Guitar Amp Head
 
5.0

(based on 6 reviews)

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5.0

true bliss!

By tonequest-T70rc

from nashvegas

Comments about Budda Superdrive 30 Series II Guitar Amp Head:

Just bought one of these used yesterday, Can't believe how good it sounds and feels. One of my friends had it for about 6 years and always talked about how great of an amp it was. I was using a bogner shiva and very happy with it. Until he let me borrow the budda for a few days and I couldn't stop playing. I have had jcm 800s, bogner, boogie, soldano, and I've played diezels and badcats, (all great amps) but for me the was my favorite amp I ever used.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Simplicity at it's best

By jt-q.ka1

from Undisclosed

Comments about Budda Superdrive 30 Series II Guitar Amp Head:

I bought Budda Superdrive 30 Series II head and a Budda closed-back 2x12 cab. The Superdrive 30 II is a bone-simple amp to operate. Shared tone controls made me wary at first. It's not at all an issue as the amp retains articulation of tones in the overdrive channel. I think the shared EQ is actually part of the magic of the SD30. I use a lot of clean tones in my band. SD30 has great dynamic, complex clean tones that can get on the edge of breaking up easily. I love that. The gain/drive channel is warm, punchy, sustaining, rich and delicious. The drive will also get pretty aggressive with plenty of classic gain on tap. The series effect loop works great too. This is not a bells and whistles piece of high technology. Just pure tube tone. Obviously, this is a high dollar, high quality hand made amp. I wouldn't think about buying an amp without playing through one first. The Budda SD30 II is definitely worth trying out! If you can afford such an amp, you'll love this one.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic amp

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Budda Superdrive 30 Series II Guitar Amp Head:

I paired this amp up with a engl 4 by 12 with vintage 30's. I went for the big cab over a 2 by 12 because I thought I'd need a little extra in the volume department. This amp is extremely loud. Don't let the thirty watts fool you. This rig smokes my lead guitarists 100 watt Marshall half stack. If you like the voicing of this amp the thirty watts is ample. I love to play loud and half volume is all I can handle. The other thing that surprised me about this amp is how much gain the drive channel has. It sounds incredible and past 12 o'clock it just gets ridiculous. With that being said I've really fallen in love with the rhythm channel which kind of surprises me because I usually stick to the dirty high gain stuff. It really breaks up nicely when you have the rhythm volume up. I keep the two channels a little on the dirty side and just roll back the volume on my guitar to clean it up when I want to. I've had this head for two months now and I've found the other reviews to be dead on and over all this is still more amp than I was expecting.

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5.0

HELLOooo PLEXI

Comments about Budda Superdrive 30 Series II Guitar Amp Head:

Wow, what a great amp. if you want a blues/rock amp that sounds like a deeper "Plexi" on the drive shannel and an "AC30" on the clean channel - I would highly recommend this amp that is bound to be a collectors item. I've also managed to get a great jazz sound out of it with the right guitar and speakers for jazz hooked to it. For this kind of sound, the price can't be beat even though it is a lot of cash - it's still a big value when you concider what competition this amp will blow away. I played more expensive heads but, this one is my favorite! AND - it's made in AMERICA! Also, the guys at BUDDA have been awesome - not afraid to communicate at all and have made some great suggestions to help improve my sound...

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5.0

Best EL84 head I've played

By WorldBLee

from Chico, CA

Comments about Budda Superdrive 30 Series II Guitar Amp Head:

I have a nice collection of amps (Two Rock, Top Hat, etc.) but the Budda is by far my favorite. It's the only amp I've played that can go from a clean that rivals a Vox AC30 to overdrive that is richer but just as nasty as a vintage Marshall. There aren't many amps where you can go from a U2 clean to a Jeff Beck singing overdrive in one box. The shared EQ takes a point off of features, but really isn't a problem in execution--it's easy in my experience to get EQ settings that work well for both channels. I like to run the clean channel with the treble boost on for AC30 character, which enables me to have a less biting overdrive sound since the boost doesn't affect the drive channel. If you back off the boost and keep the rhythm volume down, you can get warm jazz sounds with a hollowbody guitar. (I keep the rhythm channel at about 9 o'clock, which is way down, to keep the rhythm channel cleaner and enable a volume boost when I switch to overdrive since I keep the drive control at about 9:3 you can get a VanHalen brown sound if you go higher with the drive control but I prefer having more control/flexibility for general usage on the drive channel).Yes, it would be nice if it had reverb, but with a delay pedal in the effects loop (which is excellent) you're good to go. The amp is extremely loud--I usually run it with an attenuator, and that's at only 1/3 volume or less.Budda amps are really, really good. They look a little goofy, but that just makes them an ever better secret weapon as other guitarists buy sexier looking amps that don't sound as good.

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5.0

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By Frank Silano

from Tampa, FL

Comments about Budda Superdrive 30 Series II Guitar Amp Head:

Best amp around for classic style and blues-based rock n roll. Had a Bogner Shiva before this, was going to get another one but got this on a friend's recommendation. Glad I did! My favorite amp of all time!

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