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Bugera BC15 15W 1x8 Vintage Tube Guitar Combo Amp  

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    A compact powerhouse with a tube preamp for warm, vintage-style tone.

    The 15W Bugera BC15 Vintage guitar amp says "retro" better than almost any other combo amp out there. From its vintage styling—which harkens back to the golden age of tube design—to its dual-channel, 12AX7-fueled preamp, this little 1x8 time machine instantly transports your tone to the land of bliss.

    Add a master Volume control and 2-band EQ with mid SHIFT switch, and a solid 15W RMS at your disposal, and the BC15 amp is ideal for rehearsal, home or professional recording studios, and even for small gigs. For more demanding performances, just stick a mic in front of the vintage tuned 8" Bugera speaker and give 'em a taste of real-tube tone.

    Just like Bugera's high-powered flagship amps, the Bugera BC15 is all about guitar tone. There's a hand-selected 12AX7 tube inside the BC15, giving this little brute its bite. But the Bugera BC15 isn't just a one-trick pony. Selecting the Gain button activates the Bugera amp's Lead/Distortion channel, launching you into sweet tube-soaked overdrive. EQ duties are handled by Bass and Treble controls which—when used in conjunction with the midrange shift button—provide tons of tone-sculpting options.

    Even though the Bugera BC15 has vintage styling reminiscent of amplifiers from the '50s and '60s, the little combo also boasts some very modern extras. A 1/4" TRS jack provides a connection for external playback devices, such as a CD player, tape deck, iPod, and others, allowing you to jam with your favorite songs. If it's late and the urge to play suddenly strikes, just plug some headphones into your BC15 and you won't have to worry about waking the kids or bothering the neighbors. You won't find features like these on your granddad's amp!

    All this tone and functionality comes in an extremely portable, lightweight package—and because it's built like a tank, the Bugera BC15 amplifier takes whatever life dishes out, from one gig to the next. Before you spend far too much of your hard-earned cash, you owe it to yourself to give the Bugera BC15 Vintage guitar amp a listen.

    Features
    • Extremely versatile guitar amplifier with hand-selected 12AX7 valve
    • Authentic vintage amp design and classic guitar sound
    • Powerful 30-Watt, 8" vintage-tuned guitar speaker
    • 2-channel tube preamp and wide-range gain control for super-fat sounds with all pickup types
    • Dedicated 2-band EQ plus mid-shift button for creative sound shaping
    • CD input allows you to play along to your favorite music
    • Dedicated master level control and powerful headphone output

    Bugera calls it "Neo-Vintage;" you'll call it incredible.

     
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    BugeraBC15 15W 1x8 Vintage Tube Guitar Combo Amp
     
    4.1

    (based on 14 reviews)

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      (3)

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      (1)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (5)
    • Portable (5)
    • Warm / comfy (4)
    • Excellent sound (3)
    • Good power output (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (4)
      • Amateur recording (3)
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        • Experienced (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Bugera BC15

      Gets a 9. You get a lot for your $108 with this amp. I bought it in the hope I would get a really good sound that could be miked in case I ever...Read complete review

      Gets a 9. You get a lot for your $108 with this amp. I bought it in the hope I would get a really good sound that could be miked in case I ever get to play a gig again. I don't need headphone hookup or CD hookup--I'll never use them. You get a nice sounding super portable amp for your bucks.
      I only gave it a 7 due to: 1.no reverb, 2.no extension speaker hookup 3.no standby switch, 4. that's about it. Take out the headphone hookup and CD hookup features--I will never use these, and replace them with an extension speaker cab hookup, and that would do it.
      Gave it an 8, as I haven't had it long. Seems solid.
      A very good buy. Makes some very nice sounds. I have tried my Fender model 51, and my Gretch electromatic, and both get along well with this amp. I miss no extension speaker hookup, as it would be cool to get a 2x10 cab and be able to use this as a head in a small club setting.I really don't miss the no reverb.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Great Tones but....

      I really loved the sound of this little amp but I cannot recommend it.Great vintage appearance and tones. Wonderful tube tones and it was perfect in size for practicing in the basement. It...Read complete review

      I really loved the sound of this little amp but I cannot recommend it.Great vintage appearance and tones. Wonderful tube tones and it was perfect in size for practicing in the basement. It really excelled in Blues and Jazz tones but when played through my Digitech RP90 it would generate crunching metal tones and great Rockabilly, as well. It and would peel the paint off of the walls when cranked up but caveat emptor when considering this amp. If your looking to gig in a small venue get something else.
      I gave a No Opinion because I didn't want to penalize it for being a "Plain Jane." It wasn't designed for someone wanting a wanting a lot of settings. I bought it with the intent of running my Digitech RP90 through it and it was perfect for this kind of set up.
      Here is the "but" part in my review title. The amp died after 6 months and my subsequent research on Bugera and their parent company, Behringer revealed that this product lines have reliability issues. I even saw a comment on a blog from a GC employee who stated that Behringer/Bugera is their most returned product. Google "Bugera amp died" and you will find that these products, regardless of model have these issues. The amp appears to be a little tank but internally it has issues.
      If this thing didn't have reliability problems I would give it a 5. It's only a little over 100 bucks but what good is the price when it dies after 6 months?

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      4.0

      Light, Loud, Simple

      By dead poinsettia

      from Saint Paul, MN

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Great For Recording
      • Inexpensive
      • Loud
      • Loud Great For Recording
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Bugera BC15 15W 1x8 Vintage Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        I purchased the Bugera BC15 for recording. I am quite happy with it. It's loud, simple and has pretty good tone. I have to say that the best sounds I've gotten from this little amp came after I turned the treble and the bass nearly all the way up. I am happy with this amp.

        I recorded the video attached to this review with my Bugera BC15 for fun.

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        5.0

        Great Value

        By theCragStar

        from State College, Pa

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Nice Sound
        • Nice Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • No Midrange
        • Really Small

        Best Uses

        • Practice
        • Worship Guitar

        Comments about Bugera BC15 15W 1x8 Vintage Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        Purchased this to hold me over til I get more money together for a nicer amp, not so sure I need a nicer amp now, this is perfect for my needs, nice tone, add a booster overdrive to thicken it up and it's almost right. For the price, it delivers, plenty loud to enjoy practice and the speaker handles distortion nice. Would like a midrange knob to shape the tone, but like I said, for the price it's really nice. If you're concerned that it will sound like a toy, well, it doesn't, it has limitations but we can't all afford to buy expensive tube amps, and you can definitely tell that this is a tube amp.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Sweet Little Amp

        By dead poinsettia

        from Saint Paul, MN

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Good Warmth
        • Great For Practicing
        • Great For Recording
        • Loud For A Little Amp
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Bugera BC15 15W 1x8 Vintage Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          I purchased this for recording and practicing. I wanted tube tone in a small affordable package. I found that the sound was a bit muddy, so I replaced the speaker with a Jensen CR8 and it cleaned it up quite a bit, but even before I did that, I recorded some guitar tracks in my home studio and with a little bit of tweaking they sounded great! Exactly what I've been looking for.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent value tube amp!

          By Gretschguy

          from Indianapolis

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Practice Amp
          • Small Venue Gigs

          Comments about Bugera BC15 15W 1x8 Vintage Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          I received my Bugera 15W 1x8 "vintage valve" amp this afternoon. Plugged in, warmed it up, and began jamming. Great sounds on clean channel. Kicked on the gain channel and rocked for a couple of hours. Zep, AC/DC, Blackmore, George Harrison, Joe Walsh, and other tones roll right out of this little gem. Little doesn't mean quiet or tinny, however. This 12AX7-powered groovebox rocks hard and loud. I plugged in my Panasonic 'phones into the jack and, while there is some hiss through them, it still produces the same great tones. No hiss or anything through the 8" speaker. I wish there was a Mid eq knob instead of the "shift" button for tweaking the sounds, but you can craft all the sounds you want as it is. Haven't used any of my pedals through it yet, but that's for tomorrow.

          The creamy Tolex is a nice colour, set off by the brown leather handle and matching plastic corner protectors. The grille is, of course, vintage blackface. Behringer, which makes the Bugera amps, makes great value products, as I can attest with this amp and my Behringer Hellbabe Wah pedal.

          I bought this gem in like-new condition which saved me from paying full list price. Great value for sure, and super-fast free shipping. I love dealing with Musician's Friend. Never have had an issue.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome!

          By Johnn

          from Miami

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Bugera BC15 15W 1x8 Vintage Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            This is a very small, very rugged, very retro, very loud 15w tube amp with an amazing 8" speaker (I should say, at first plug in, I was not impressed, but give that speaker some time to break in at lower volumes). It sounds so good alone, that I don't even need to put effects into it...just a little reverb.

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            (16 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Great Tones but....

            Comments about Bugera BC15 15W 1x8 Vintage Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            I really loved the sound of this little amp but I cannot recommend it.Great vintage appearance and tones. Wonderful tube tones and it was perfect in size for practicing in the basement. It really excelled in Blues and Jazz tones but when played through my Digitech RP90 it would generate crunching metal tones and great Rockabilly, as well. It and would peel the paint off of the walls when cranked up but caveat emptor when considering this amp. If your looking to gig in a small venue get something else.
            I gave a No Opinion because I didn't want to penalize it for being a "Plain Jane." It wasn't designed for someone wanting a wanting a lot of settings. I bought it with the intent of running my Digitech RP90 through it and it was perfect for this kind of set up.
            Here is the "but" part in my review title. The amp died after 6 months and my subsequent research on Bugera and their parent company, Behringer revealed that this product lines have reliability issues. I even saw a comment on a blog from a GC employee who stated that Behringer/Bugera is their most returned product. Google "Bugera amp died" and you will find that these products, regardless of model have these issues. The amp appears to be a little tank but internally it has issues.
            If this thing didn't have reliability problems I would give it a 5. It's only a little over 100 bucks but what good is the price when it dies after 6 months?

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Bugera BC15

            By James Molter

            from Chesterfield, Va

            Comments about Bugera BC15 15W 1x8 Vintage Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            The Bugera BC15 if someone is looking for that classic raw sound of the '50s & '60s they can't go wrong.
            This was my first purchase of an amp since 1964. After several failed attempts to get the sound I wanted out of newer models finding this retro was exactly what I was looking for in an amp.
            From the first time I turned it on there was the sound. No confusing array of knobs & buttons.

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            (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            bc15 15w 1x8 vintage tube guitar combo amp

            Comments about Bugera BC15 15W 1x8 Vintage Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            very high quality amp all i expected very good am happy to practice with

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            (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Bugera BC15

            By jon neet

            from Hawaii

            Comments about Bugera BC15 15W 1x8 Vintage Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            Gets a 9. You get a lot for your $108 with this amp. I bought it in the hope I would get a really good sound that could be miked in case I ever get to play a gig again. I don't need headphone hookup or CD hookup--I'll never use them. You get a nice sounding super portable amp for your bucks.
            I only gave it a 7 due to: 1.no reverb, 2.no extension speaker hookup 3.no standby switch, 4. that's about it. Take out the headphone hookup and CD hookup features--I will never use these, and replace them with an extension speaker cab hookup, and that would do it.
            Gave it an 8, as I haven't had it long. Seems solid.
            A very good buy. Makes some very nice sounds. I have tried my Fender model 51, and my Gretch electromatic, and both get along well with this amp. I miss no extension speaker hookup, as it would be cool to get a 2x10 cab and be able to use this as a head in a small club setting.I really don't miss the no reverb.

            Comment on this review

            (7 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Beauty and the Beast

            By Robert Hartell

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Bugera BC15 15W 1x8 Vintage Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            I've had this Amp for almost a month now and here are my thoughts. First off, we're talking about an inexpensive amp here, so it's only fair to rate is as such. I'll get the negative stuff out of the way. It's ugly. By that I mean that the word "ugly" is probably offended by being associated with this amp. The colors depicted on the product website are not entirely accurate. When I opened it up my first impression was that of those plastic toy farm animals from back in the 70s. "Vintage" is not quite right - more like "cheap". Now on to the good stuff. It sounds pretty darn good at any volume. I like the clean channel more so than the overdrive, which came off a little loose when pushed hard. Again though it's $100 - and it's plenty loud for a practice amp. After a week of goofing off with it, I plugged a Line 6 POD X3 into it. WOW. I liked this ugly little amp enough on it's own, but with some effects pushed into it I was impressed. I think that for my purposes this thing has been great. I needed an affordable practice amp for on the go and in that context it's great. As with any amp this size, you won't feel the bottom end since that small speaker doesn't move a lot of air, but you shouldn't expect that from it in the first place. As long as you can get past it's looks (which the picture does not accurately depict) you should find this amp a pretty good on the go practice amp.

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