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Bugera 1960 Classic 150W Tube Guitar Amp Head   

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The hand-built 150W Bugera Classic Tube Amp is a hi-gain guitar amplifier driven by 4-EL34 tubes. The vintage preamp design from the '60s features 3-...Read More

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Bring back the classic British bite in this tasty tube amp.

The hand-built 150W Bugera Classic Tube Amp is a hi-gain guitar amplifier driven by 4-EL34 tubes. The vintage preamp design from the '60s features 3-ECC83 tubes for terrifying punch and mind-blowing gain. Four input connectors link channels 1 and 2 via patch cable to mix the different tonal characters of each channel for ultimate tone.

The Bugera 1960 Classic amp's vintage equalizer section offers dedicated Bass, Mid, Treble and Presence controls. The impedance is switchable to 4, 8, or 16 Ohms to match virtually any speaker cabinet. An included FX Loop boasts a dedicated Level switch and true Bypass function, while the Bugera 1960 Classic amp's high-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life.

Almost from the get-go, guitarists have been asking for that classic British bite in what's becoming the Bugera style. Bugera engineers did a lot of listening to obscure, long-departed Brit designs and spent most of 2008 tweaking to get hand-selected EL34 and ECC83 tubes to play nice together. Finally, they added a no-compromise non-master volume for direct signal path and a huge output transformer with specially nested windings for increased dynamic response and clarity.

The first-class Bugera EL34 power amp tubes and an additional true-bypass effects loop put the finishing touch to the Bugera 1960. Bugera guitar amplifiers are hand made in compliance with the strictest manufacturing standards, ensuring durability and reliability. They feature classic tube electronics, robust switches and potentiometers, high-grade transformers and, of course, hand-picked and precisely matched Bugera tubes. The care taken in construction and component arrangement ensures that your Bugera 1960 Classic Tube Amp Head will withstand even the roughest handling on the road.

FEATURES
  • Hand-built 150-Watt hi-gain amplifier driven by 4 x EL34 valves
  • Vintage preamp design from the '60s featuring 3 x ECC83 valves for terrifying punch and mind-blowing gain
  • 4 input connectors allow channel 1 and 2 to be linked via patch cable to mix the different tonal characters of each channel for ultimate tone
  • Vintage Equalizer section with dedicated Bass, Mid, Treble and Presence controls
  • Impedance switch (4, 8 and 16 Ohms) to match virtually any speaker cabinet
  • FX Loop with dedicated Level switch and true Bypass function
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Bugera1960 Classic 150W Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.2

(based on 18 reviews)

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great reliable amp

Overall its a great amp. It sits well in a band mix. New tubes will drop the volume and power a bit because the bugera tubes are slightly larger. Its still a loud...Read complete review

Overall its a great amp. It sits well in a band mix. New tubes will drop the volume and power a bit because the bugera tubes are slightly larger. Its still a loud amp. Loud enough to be heard over a drummer and compete with another guitar player to be heard. A lot of it is just finding the pedal with the sound you want. For metal buy a metal muff. For hard rock or blues buy a tube screamer. Or buy a pod and have everything you need. Country ad some tremelo and fuzz. Jazz some good reverb. The amp has very good cleans comparable to fender deluxe or twin reverbs but the ability to make it more or less full sounding. With a pod its like the Swiss army knife of the amp world. If your looking for vintage plexi tones its close but probably not spot on. But like all bugera amps it might not be a exact clone but it sounds great and has that special something that makes you realize its better or more versatile than the original.
One feature that makes this better than the original Marshall plexi is the effects loop. When you run a pedal in the fx loop it automaticly blends the high and low tones of the channels. I run a pod hd500 through the effects loop. I blend engl and mesa tones together for a wicked metal tone.
The build quality is as good as any american made amp. I've been running it pretty much cranked at practices 3 to 5 hours at a time and several hours at home dialing in tones with my pod hd500. The only quality issue I can mention is the bugera tubes aren't very good quality. I replaced them with new jj e34l yes e34l its not a typo. The e34l give the 1960 more head room and tighter lows.
Great value. It takes pedals well and sounds great. Its easy to bias if you by a probe and meter. Bias the tubes at 35ma a piece and its good to go.

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I Wished It Did

I bought the amp on 10-10-11. I was not able to arrange a time for the drop in the same week due to my hours so I chose a week out for...Read complete review

I bought the amp on 10-10-11. I was not able to arrange a time for the drop in the same week due to my hours so I chose a week out for my delivery to take possession. The bill of lading indicated the pickup from the freight company had occured on the same day I ordered it and the delivery a week later. That would possibly indicate the amp was siting in the back of a semi trailer for a week while other deliveries were being made.

I don't know why the amp had no output while everything seemed ok. Typically in the past this may indicate a problem with the output transformer or possilby some loose componnent. Teh fuse didn't blow and everything seemed to function as it should.
I ordered the amp on the Stupid Deal of the Day. I had just been mentioning to a co-worker very the day before it was listed on sale that if I had the money to spend on a new tube amp, I would consider the Bugera 1960 or 1990.

I am a long time JMP MK2 fan, (presently with a 1970 trem 50, 77 JMP mk2 50, 74 JMP mk2 50, 1988 Mk2 1987s reissue 50, and a few clones of 100 and 50 watt Marshalls)
So I was really looking forward to this amp. Feature wise; a 4 input, 150 watt plexi clone with an effects loop was of appeal for me. The blowout price made it a very attractive buy.
I sat on the amp for a couple weeks before firing it up. Just didn't have the time or ambition to do a proper test as I was working a good count of hours plus I had hurt my wrists with RSI (repeitive strain injury) from logging extra hours and handling some more stressful work.

When I plugged it in, the amp fired up, all the output tubes were glowing and cables were good but I had no output, zilch, nada, nope, nicht, uh-uh. Iset every to half (neutral) and brought up the volumess slooowly Still nothing. Rechecked cables, amp, and guitar,still nothing, not even a buzz at full tilt. It should have been peelin the paint off the walls.

The amp looked very attractive in a JMP style.

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3.0

At this price, who could resist?

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • LOUD
  • Touch Sensitive

Cons

  • Construction suspect

Best Uses

  • Rock
  • Roll

Comments about Bugera 1960 Classic 150W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

Less punchy and loud overall than an original Marshall Superlead, and with some questions about long term durability it's still an incredible value. I guess we'll see how it's doing in a few years?

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5.0

Great value and excellent amp

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from In New York State

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Pros

  • Excellent sound quality

Cons

  • Loud As All Get Out

Best Uses

  • Live Use And With A Full

Comments about Bugera 1960 Classic 150W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

This amp is a clone of the famous Plexi 1959.
This amp nails it! The thing is you've got to be able to shatter some windows to get the best out of it.
If you're looking for authentic Plexi tone at the price of a distortion pedal this is your amp.
If you're looking to play it in your bedroom, look elsewhere.
The build quality from looking around inside the amp is as good as any modern production PCB based amp. Mabye better. The pots are plastic and have plastic ling shafts though so be careful not to knock it around too much (My TSL has plastic pots too and they feel WAY flimsier than these Bugera knobs and the TSL cost me 6 times what this amp did).
All in all you can't beat this amp at this price no way no how.

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5.0

HUGE in every way

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from Chicago, IL

Pros

  • Effects Loop
  • LOUD
  • Tubular Goodness

Cons

  • Physical Size And Weight

Best Uses

  • Face Melting

Comments about Bugera 1960 Classic 150W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

First off, it survived the shipping. This thing is HUGE and heavy, but so beautiful. I plugged it into a 30watt 15" speaker cab, LOL ...and I cannot turn it up past 2. Very crunchy even with a classic strat. I've only had it a day, so we'll see how it goes when I get a more appropriate cab for it. I'm anxious to try playing some bass with it too. It seems to be popular for that as well. Thanks MF! 209 clams !

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5.0

Beautiful Tones...Cheap Price...

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from Upstate New York

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        Comments about Bugera 1960 Classic 150W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I currently own 3...that's right...three Bugera Amps. I have two of the Bugera 1960's and One of the 333. I've had wonderful luck with these amps. The 1960 basically gives you a nice warm pallette to begin coloring your sound....whatever it is you like. That's what I always loved about the old Fenders and Old Marshalls I own. They provide a beautiful, warm clean tone that you can do anything you like...just add the pedals you wish and the 1960 will generate the warm depiction of the sound you crave. The ONLY down side is...every purchase is a small gamble. It may be the ONE that is going to be nothing but trouble from the moment you turn it "ON". But...even then...it's really not a "Gamble"...it's more of an inconvenience...because you can always send it back and get it replaced. My advice would be to scarf of a couple of these..and tuck them away. Because at these prices..it's like...where else can you buy an awesome...all tube...warm pallette for this kind of money...I'm going to get one more..

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        5.0

        AWESOME AMP HEAD

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        from GREEN BAY, WI

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              Comments about Bugera 1960 Classic 150W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              I HAVE BEEN PLAYING FOR 30 YEARS. I PLAY EVERYTHING FROM 50'S TO TODAY. THIS AMP PULLS IT OFF. I HAVE THE ORIGINAL 1960 AND THE 1960 INFINIUM. I HAVE OWNED THEM FOR 4 PLUS YEARS AND NEVER HAD A PROBLEM. I CHANGED THE TUBES IN THE ORIGINAL 1960. GREAT AMP HEADS FOR ANYTHING WITH BALLS TO THE WALL POWER. PEDAL FRIENDLY. THEY BOTH EXCEPTED EVERY PEDAL I PUT IN TO IT. I GET FROM THE FENDER BASSMAN TO A CLASSIC MARSHALL TONE. SUPER AMPS FOR THE MONEY AND VERY RELIABLE.

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              (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              I Wished It Did

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              from Twinc Cities

              Comments about Bugera 1960 Classic 150W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              I bought the amp on 10-10-11. I was not able to arrange a time for the drop in the same week due to my hours so I chose a week out for my delivery to take possession. The bill of lading indicated the pickup from the freight company had occured on the same day I ordered it and the delivery a week later. That would possibly indicate the amp was siting in the back of a semi trailer for a week while other deliveries were being made.

              I don't know why the amp had no output while everything seemed ok. Typically in the past this may indicate a problem with the output transformer or possilby some loose componnent. Teh fuse didn't blow and everything seemed to function as it should.
              I ordered the amp on the Stupid Deal of the Day. I had just been mentioning to a co-worker very the day before it was listed on sale that if I had the money to spend on a new tube amp, I would consider the Bugera 1960 or 1990.

              I am a long time JMP MK2 fan, (presently with a 1970 trem 50, 77 JMP mk2 50, 74 JMP mk2 50, 1988 Mk2 1987s reissue 50, and a few clones of 100 and 50 watt Marshalls)
              So I was really looking forward to this amp. Feature wise; a 4 input, 150 watt plexi clone with an effects loop was of appeal for me. The blowout price made it a very attractive buy.
              I sat on the amp for a couple weeks before firing it up. Just didn't have the time or ambition to do a proper test as I was working a good count of hours plus I had hurt my wrists with RSI (repeitive strain injury) from logging extra hours and handling some more stressful work.

              When I plugged it in, the amp fired up, all the output tubes were glowing and cables were good but I had no output, zilch, nada, nope, nicht, uh-uh. Iset every to half (neutral) and brought up the volumess slooowly Still nothing. Rechecked cables, amp, and guitar,still nothing, not even a buzz at full tilt. It should have been peelin the paint off the walls.

              The amp looked very attractive in a JMP style.

              Comment on this review

              (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              great reliable amp

              By 

              from iowa

              Comments about Bugera 1960 Classic 150W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              Overall its a great amp. It sits well in a band mix. New tubes will drop the volume and power a bit because the bugera tubes are slightly larger. Its still a loud amp. Loud enough to be heard over a drummer and compete with another guitar player to be heard. A lot of it is just finding the pedal with the sound you want. For metal buy a metal muff. For hard rock or blues buy a tube screamer. Or buy a pod and have everything you need. Country ad some tremelo and fuzz. Jazz some good reverb. The amp has very good cleans comparable to fender deluxe or twin reverbs but the ability to make it more or less full sounding. With a pod its like the Swiss army knife of the amp world. If your looking for vintage plexi tones its close but probably not spot on. But like all bugera amps it might not be a exact clone but it sounds great and has that special something that makes you realize its better or more versatile than the original.
              One feature that makes this better than the original Marshall plexi is the effects loop. When you run a pedal in the fx loop it automaticly blends the high and low tones of the channels. I run a pod hd500 through the effects loop. I blend engl and mesa tones together for a wicked metal tone.
              The build quality is as good as any american made amp. I've been running it pretty much cranked at practices 3 to 5 hours at a time and several hours at home dialing in tones with my pod hd500. The only quality issue I can mention is the bugera tubes aren't very good quality. I replaced them with new jj e34l yes e34l its not a typo. The e34l give the 1960 more head room and tighter lows.
              Great value. It takes pedals well and sounds great. Its easy to bias if you by a probe and meter. Bias the tubes at 35ma a piece and its good to go.

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              (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              hendrix page or clapton anyone??

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              from nowhere in particular

              Comments about Bugera 1960 Classic 150W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              Finally after searching i finally got that infamous tone made famous by all the greats. This amp with emulate all the classic plexi tones of the sixties and seventies. I run a fuzz face in front of it along with my 1974 strat and you get jimmy hendrix tone just like when he was live at monterey.
              If you use a les paul you get jimmy pages tone just like the song remains the same video.
              Then if you roll off the highs on the guitar you get eric claptons tone when he was with cream. Im also running this head through a marshall 1960A cabinet which probably helps the sound considerably although i havnt played it through any other speakers or cabs. But If your looking for those classic rock blues tones this amp will do it. Some amps cant handle effects well but thats not the case with this one any pedal i throw at it seems to sound great. it also has features that i didnt know it would have such as 4 8 and 16 ohm selector a effects loop and a bias adjuster. Overall it exceeded all of my expectation and some. I give it a 9 out of 10 only because it dosnt have the marshall name... but then again who really cares........cheers bugera

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              the best amp ive ever heard

              By 

              from currently in iowa

              Comments about Bugera 1960 Classic 150W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              Overall it is a great amp. If your a metal guy buy a metal muff. I tried a mt-2 a fullbore a twin tube mayhem and metal muff smokes them all just stay away from the top boost or use it at 7oclock or so for a mild scoop sound. There is just so many sounds you can get from this amp through pedals you'll be amazed. A lot of people hate pedal distortion because a lot of people don't use them right. You have to watch your highs and don't go over board with the gain and don't over scoop your Mids these are all mistakes everyone has made including myself. If you do buy this amp you will need a pedal or a good quality attenuater to get it to distort. But the clean sounds are the real payoff you'll never get cleans like this on a peavey or mesa or the newer marshalls.This amp has very good sound quality. Lots of head room. I jump the channels and run my metal muff through it beings this amp has no gain of its own unless cranked. Its high gain but on the low end distortion wise. Trust me though it takes pedals very well and the cleans are better than any amp I've heard right up there with fender deluxe or twin reverb cleans if not better or at least fuller. I also purchased a thing called the volume box for 20 bucks that installs in the effects loop and works as a master volume. This thing is loud 150 watts of pure power. It can eat your buddies amps for lunch. For home use buy the volume box made by carls custom music on Amazon or ebay. I have used this with my band and the volume on 3 will drown out your drummer. The input are very padded and allow you to turn your pedals volume up high. With a metal muff added or another pedal the amps tone controls kinda work as a fine tuner. The amp allows your pedals eq to do the big tone adjustments. The blending of the input volumes really gives you the most tone control when you jump them. You can get fender cleans to 6505+ or mesa trirec tones with a metal muff. One way I test to see if a amp is a good amp with lots of headroom is to run a metal muff through it. If you can turn the metal muffs bass controls past 2oclock with the amp settings scooped for metal you have a good amp.Quality is great. Bugera has had reliability issues in the past. They have since corrected those problems in the summer of2009 and if the date on the back of your amp is after that date the only worry you may have is replacing tubes. I don't care what company it is all amps come with poor quality tubes from the factory. I would also suggest buying a bias probe from eurotubes with the multimeter for 35 bucks. You can swap the el34 tubes with 6ca7 or kt77 tubes for a tighter bass response and more headroom. This is not necessary though but you do have a lot of options with this amp. And if you have a old amp that has the molex connecter that fries out you can buy the part for about a buck from radioshack or nuwark.com any questions you can shoot bugera a email they have great customer relations and remedy problems better than the u.s. companies.Value that must be a trick question. Have you priced a vintage marshall plexi.

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              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Not Stable

              By 

              from McAllen TX

              Comments about Bugera 1960 Classic 150W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              I get tired of people saying, "Is it a Plexi?,no"The hell it's not, I HAD ONE in the 70's and this booger is the SAME. But it broke down, the first time I got the free warrenty repair, the second time I said forget it. But this is the real tone, it is the PLEXI sound, but mine crapped out twice, it was not tubes or transformers, it was just some tiny little part the repairman said. I'll probably get another one believe it or not and have an amp builder replace all the weak links inside.

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