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Bugera BC30-212 30W 2x12 Hybrid Guitar Combo Amp Cream 

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Boutique-style 30W class-A valve combo with valve rectifier.

The BC30-212 tube guitar amp is a musical instrument unto itself; it's the complement your guitar has always lacked, and the extra band member you've always needed. That's because unlike most amps, the BC30-212 actually communicates with you and your guitar, responding to the subtle characteristics of your playing technique and giving your creativity a voice all its own.

It's a concept that forced Bugera to concentrate on the essence of tone and dynamics. As is often the case, it is the simple, straightforward design of this tube amplifier, combined with the most refined components available, which yields the highest fidelity and most dynamic response. In the end, Bugera succeeded in creating a 30W amp that will change how you play and perfect your sound.

The Bugera BC30-212 amplifier is the ultimate in tonal purity. The preamp conditions your signal then lets the power amp and speakers have their way with it. The amp becomes an extension of your guitar and your fingers - no channel switches or signal boosting devices to change the tone. Instead, you control the amp from the guitar; your dynamic nuances, picking technique, pickups, volume control, and tone knobs determine the sound you hear. Pick gently for crystal-clear clean tones. Pick hard, and you'll be rewarded with bone-shattering crunch. It's that simple.

The power amp section of the tube amp feature four EL84 valves, the highly reactive, breakup prone secret to the sound that made England's finest amps (and guitarists) world famous. With the simple flick of a switch, you can choose two EL84's (15 W) or all four (30 W), giving the BC30-212 the power to restrain volume for smaller venues, or peel the paint off the walls in larger rooms.

In short, the Bugera BC30-212 guitar amp thinks the way you do. And in true Bugera fashion, it offers you a multitude of ways to customize its voice to meet your sonic tastes.

The power amp works hand-in-hand with the Bugera BC30-212's all-valve rectifier to give you natural compression and sustain not available from solid-state rectifiers. Put simply, a rectifier converts the Alternating Current (AC) entering your amp into the Direct Current (DC) it needs. Most modern amps have silicon based rectifiers that quickly convert the current, so when you strum a power chord, it bursts out big and loud, then decays. But a valve rectifier converts current at a slower rate, which means when you hit that same huge chord, you still get that powerful response, but the notes naturally compress and sustain much longer.

The kind of rectifier you choose has a lot to do with your sound. That's why Bugera provide two options on the BC30-212: use a single 5AR4 rectifier to deliver bigger-than- life stadium rock; or plug in a pair of 5U4's (not included) for a smoother, more-buttery sound.

The rectifier and power amp are the BC30-212 combo amp's heart and soul, respectively, but the preamp works to predispose your sound to cleanliness or high-gain grind. When you're at your job and your workload is too heavy, you probably get a bit angry and likely do a little (or a lot of) griping. Valves work in much the same manner, except when one of them is overworked, the sound they make is often perceived as "totally kick-ass" instead of "bitching and moaning."

Bearing that in mind, the Bugera BC30-212 amplifier's first channel holds a pair of 12AX7s, the V1 stage of which creates a parallel triode circuit. More tubes share the workload, so the signal it conditions is tamer. Channel 2, on the other hand, holds a single ECC83A valve that works in a cascading dual-triode configuration. The accompanying 6-position tone switch allows you to dial-in a tone that can become beautifully disgruntled (or high-gain, in amp-speak) in a hurry.

Both channels on this Bugera amp feature their own effects loop. You can also use these loops to create a virtual third channel. By using a short 1/4" instrument cable to patch the Channel 2 Effects Send into the Channel 1 Input, you can take advantage of increased gain and use the Channel 2 tone control to govern the sound.

Another feature unique to the BC30-212 is its two different 12" speakers. One, the 12G100B8, creates a high-sensitivity, in-your-face sound. Bugera went to considerable lengths in its quest for tone, tweaking the suspensions, cone shape, and even optimizing the pulp from which the cone is made. Bugera did all this at its in-house speaker plant, achieving the most mature and fullest guitar sound possible, which definitely possesses hair-raising bark. The other speaker, a 12G80A8, is slightly less sensitive, but with a warm, round low end and clear midrange. Individually, these speakers can easily hold their own against the most highly acclaimed speakers on the market. Together, they create a tonal balance that is unsurpassed.

In addition to sounding great on stage, this configuration offers tons of flexibility to sound engineers both in recording studios and for live performance applications. And if you need to use additional speaker cabinets, the Impedance switch can be set to 4, 8 or 16 Ohms, making it compatible with virtually any speaker cabinet on Earth.

An amp with as much intuitive ability as the BUGERA BC30-212 would normally cost you about as much as a car! But because Bugera believes all musicians should have access to this caliber of equipment, it has managed to create a sophisticated, beautifully voiced and durable instrument that will leave you with more than enough gas money to get to your next gig. Plug into a BC30-212 and create a sound that's thoroughly your own.

FEATURES
  • Hand-built 30-Watt Class-A guitar combo driven by 4 x EL84 valves
  • Mind-blowing distortion with terrifying punch and breathtaking vintage clean that breathes with headroom
  • True valve rectifier gives you the flexibility of using one 5AR4 for a explosive attack or two 5U4s (not included) for a smooth and round response
  • Channel 1 features two 12AX7s creating a parallel triode circuit and an interactive EQ with amazing responsiveness
  • Channel 2 sports a high gain channel based on a specially selected 12AX7 valve coupled to a 6-position tone switch
  • Power amp section features a Cut control for rolling off the high end plus a Master volume control
  • Power switch reduces output power to 15 Watts for more sound variation
  • Speaker Reverse switch reverses the direction of the speaker to influence the amount of distorted sound
  • Each channel offers an independent effects loop
  • Illuminated front panel and logo for a super cool look
  • Impedance switch (4, 8 and 16ohms) to match virtually any speaker cabinet
  • High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
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BugeraBC30-212 30W 2x12 Hybrid Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.5

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Pros

  • Excellent sound (9)
  • Good power output (8)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Warm / comfy (7)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (4)

Best Uses

  • Performances (8)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very Nice

I had a Marshall Bluesbreaker 212 combo amp that I had to sell last year when I broke my wrist riding my dirt bike, I had worked on getting it to sound good with...Read complete review

I had a Marshall Bluesbreaker 212 combo amp that I had to sell last year when I broke my wrist riding my dirt bike, I had worked on getting it to sound good with swapping tubes and had all NOS tubes in it when I sold it to a friend, that amp was my favorite and I wanted and planned to buy another when I got back on my feet and could afford it, when I saw how expensive they were new I almost cried because I bought mine used in mint condition for cheap and had sold it for the same, then I saw this Bugera BC30 and thought it looked killer with the Matchless style design and I wondered if it sounded as good as it looked, so after doing some listening on Youtube and reading some reviews I decided to take a gamble and buy one online because no one stocked one in town, nows where the heartache begins, when the amp showed up it was DOA and I had to send it back and after a month I got the replacement and found it would light up but had no sound, I thought about it for awhile and decided to keep it after I had pulled the chassis out of the cab to find that it had some very strange looking inline fuse holder that was broken and the fuse was rolling around in the amp, well I alligaitor clipped the wires together (not recommended as I'm sure I've voided the warranty by now) and the amp came to life and sounded pretty good so I took it in and had the fuse holder replaced with a standard inline fuse holder instead of the funky designed one that it had, when I got the amp back I hooked it up to my attenuator and cranked it up to hear some power tube overdrive and it sounded pretty sweet and after awhile of experimenting with pickup height it just nailed the AC/DC type sound for overdrive and I was really diggin it at this point but it had some upper midrange fizziness so I thought I'd try my Vox 212 cab with Greenbacks with it and then it just killed, I'm just loving this thing now and I'm thinking about getting some greenbacks to swap into the amp, oh I also put a solid state rectifier plugin into the amp to track better for speed picking when using overdrive pedals, I did a recording of some AC/DC last nite and it sounds exactly like it to my ears and I think it sounds as good as the bluesbreaker now and I still have some NOS tubes I've got to try out in it , so if your looking for the classic rock tone you can get it from this amp from Foghat to Zeppelin, I have other more expensive amps but I Love this amp.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It will depend what much you paid.

Not a bad amp, if you can get it under $400, like I did. The mind blowing distortion that Bugera advertises is a joke, but the cleans are nice and clean whether through...Read complete review

Not a bad amp, if you can get it under $400, like I did. The mind blowing distortion that Bugera advertises is a joke, but the cleans are nice and clean whether through the 1st channel (Vox AC-30) or 2nd channel (Matchless DC-30). But it is neither a Vox or a Matchless. I now run a Line 6 POD HD500 through and use several amp simulators through the clean channels and they sound real good. I have a Mesa 5:50 express that runs circles around this amp, but cost far more. So, once again for the right proce, this amp is good.

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5.0

nice amp...

By Rob

from Fresno, Ca

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Bugera BC30-212 30W 2x12 Hybrid Guitar Combo Amp:

    This amp is another behringer product (which I am a fan of). This amp due to the amount of tubes and speakers is pretty heavy (80 lbs), but has a well built box and three heavy duty handles. It has four inputs for two separate channels and two separate effect loops in the back. The amp has two separate types of tubes for channel 1 and 2 (for two distinct sounds). The amp has a switch that puts half of the four power tubes off for 15 watt and on for all four at 30 watt. the amp when on is backlit for a nice visual effect and boasts two separate speakers (a 100w and an 80w) for a harmonic sound. The amp is clean, looks vintage in design, and plays very well as a warm tube amp should. no reverb but who cares about stock reverb anyway (right)? for the price of this amp (as with all behringer products) you get more quality for the money. I love it.

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    5.0

    Wonderful tone and harmonics, fantastic deal onALL tube amp

    By Volcan007

    from Santa Cruz, CA

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    Pros

    • Class A Tube Amp
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Powerful
    • TONE TONE TONE
    • Tube Rectifier

    Cons

    • Heavy Weighs A Ton

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Bugera BC30-212 30W 2x12 Hybrid Guitar Combo Amp:

    I cannot believe the value this amp represents, especially at the Deal of the Day price I paid.
    I won't be changing out tubes until they need to be - wonderful harmonics; I've done so much tube swapping on so many amps, this will be the first I'm leaving alone. Same with the speakers - they're not broken in yet and sound great - why mess with it? This amp sounds rich and toneful, it is so touch responsive and dynamic. However, I have not found the "bone-shattering crunch" claimed by Bugera - not even close, at least not without a pedal. The half-power switch is great for lowering the output down for smaller rooms, the 30-watt setting gets very loud. I also had to get used to the separate effects loops on each channel - haven't had that before. One odd feature is that the logo on the front and the control panel labels light up in an orange color, oh well whatever. As stated previously amp weighs a ton, you could hurt yourself. I think the cab is MDF, the speaker magnets are huge and the iron is big as well. I won't be moving mine around but if I was, I'd install heavy duty casters on it. I've had lots of tube amps and I love this inexpensive, well made, wonderfully toneful "gem" made by a manufacturer that we all mostly try to avoid. If you're sitting on the edge on this, get one - you will love it! Oh, forgot to mention, I'm not sure why MF calls is a hybrid???

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    5.0

    great sounding amp!

    By tomk66

    from minneapolis,mn

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Great Tone Built Solid

    Cons

    • heavy

    Best Uses

    • Mid To Larger Venues

    Comments about Bugera BC30-212 30W 2x12 Hybrid Guitar Combo Amp:

    If a line 6 or similar type amp is your thang, then this is not the amp for you, This amp is very crude and simple( it is a total tone machine) the amp has wonderful clean tones through tbe whole volume dynamic, The dirty tones ar not of the mushy swarm of bees variety, If you do metal and hide your sloppy palm muting or alt picking in a mush of distortion, this amp will show your slop quickly, everything this amp does it does well with clarity. The lack or reverb complaints ive read are far superceeded by the tone and quality of this amp. Im not a livingroom player and this amp is not a livingroom amp, the price is a total joke for what you get, its a 1800.00 amp tone wise.

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    5.0

    Next Best Thing to a Matchless - Great Amp

    By Max

    from Naples Fl

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Class A Responsiveness
    • Excellent Sound
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Live Playing
      • Performances

      Comments about Bugera BC30-212 30W 2x12 Hybrid Guitar Combo Amp:

      Bugera BC 30 review

      I purchased a Bugera BC30 a week ago from Musician's Friend.. I am a worship leader at a church in SWFL and currently play through a Matchless head, but the worship center is sort of a common space that others use, so I was looking for something I could just leave there and not worry about. I was also concerned with putting a lot of wear and tear on the tubes and such an expensive amp. I run the Matchless head through celestion G12H-30's. So the Bugera at such a low price was worth rolling the dice on. It arrived quickly from Musician's Friend, but the box had taken a serious beating. No major damage to the amp was done – a few scratches, but I don't care about things like that too much. The screws were a little loose as others have said in reviews, but other than that everything was fine.

      I took it to the church and hooked both amps up side by side and using an A/B box and tried to dial in the Bugera to get as close to the Matchless as possible.
      Let me say this right off the bat - this is an amp best suited for rock, blues, country, worship – if you're looking for a high gain amp for metal, look elsewhere. I really did not like channel 2 at all – it sounded flat to me and just squashed the tone that comes from my hands and guitar.

      I was able to dial the Bugera in so it was very close to the Matchless. The biggest difference was that it lacked a bit of the chime and sparkle that the Matchless has. But the most important thing was that it was just as touch responsive to my playing. That's what is most important to me – that it simply amplifies my guitar and what I'm doing with my hands; I'm not looking to try and get my tone from my amp as much as I'm looking for the amp to accurately represent what I'm doing with my fingers and the guitar. The Bugera does that. When I play hard, it's loud and breaks up, when I play soft, it gets clean (this is in channel 1 with the volume all the way up and the master at 25 – 50%.).

      Here's a tip for those of you on a budget that want a Matchless sound, but don't want to pay that much. Get a Matchless Hotbox (I have a Hotbox 3) and hook it up to a Bugera BC30. When I did this, it was nearly identical to the Matchless. You get all the missing chime and sparkle and it'll give you a second and third channel and a lot of extra gain if you need it – you could play metal with it.

      Ultimately, I have decided to run just the Bugera without the Hotbox this Sunday – instead, I'll use an EP booster if I need to stand out and a Timmy pedal when I need the extra gain. The reason(s) I went without the Hotbox is because it's a little noisy – although we play songs that are essential rock, there are a lot of quiet and delicate parts where I don't want any extra noise. – it does have a true bypass, but the Timmy gives me enough gain when I need it and then I don't have to burn up the tubes on the Hotbox for no reason. Also, when you're playing live, it is really hard to tell the difference from the audience with the amp on a stand at an angle (no one is directly in front of it) and mic'ed with a 57. You end up losing some of the brightness of the Matchless anyway live. If you're playing alone in your room, you can tell the difference. Live, mixed in with drums, bass, keys and in front of a crowd and mic'ed through a PA – there isn't much of a difference.

      Summary:
      For studio recording, I would only choose this amp if I couldn't afford a Matchless. But, it would be the next best this for a clean, touch responsive Class A amp.

      For playing live, this amp is great (aside from being heavy, but so is any Matchless). It is louder than you'll ever need to be and it sounds very close to a Matchless live.

      If you want to sound just like a matchless live:
      Hotbox 3
      Bugera BC30
      Total Under 1k and you'd have to SEE it to know the difference.

      I would advise anyone who is conscious about money, on a budget or using it for a church to buy this amp and the above mentioned combo over a Matchless. I'm at a point where my gear isn't a status symbol, so this set up is perfect for me.
      I bet if they made this amp in America, redesigned the cabinet to look more original, put a couple of celestions in it and sold it for $2500, people would be raving about it.
      The only thing I cannot speak of is lifespan and longevity … I'll repost if it craps out.
      I wrote this because there were so many mixed reviews and I wanted to help anyone in a tight financial spot or in a situation like mine who needed unbiased guidance. Hope it helps someone.
      God Bless!

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      4.0

      A Pleasant Surprise

      By Jaystrings

      from Carolinas

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • heavy

      Best Uses

        Comments about Bugera BC30-212 30W 2x12 Hybrid Guitar Combo Amp:

        I own about 20 amps and have owned another 20. This one may be the biggest surprise of all. Very good head room and lots of cleans. No disappointments there. And no disappointments with the breakup and dirt. Many tone combos and choices. Unbelievably loud! Perfect for the rocker and blues serial giggers. You'll need some pedals for reverb or more metal tones. Wide range of tone shaping, though. Lots to love, but gotta take off a star for weight. I don't gig out, but I do take an amp out now and then and this is too much for my stairs. The youtube demos are impressive and can be believed. If weight isn't a problem grab one, you won't be disappointed.

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        4.0

        Wow, but some loose screws

        By Nakama

        from Private

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Screws Loose

        Best Uses

          Comments about Bugera BC30-212 30W 2x12 Hybrid Guitar Combo Amp:

          This amp is everything I could ask for, Good price (On Sale), great tone, stock speakers and tubes sound great, classic tube rectified sound.
          As another review mentioned, MAKE SURE the screws are tight. When mine arrived it actually had two screws in the bottom of the box that had fallen out...other then that, it's an amazing value. Yup, it is really heavy, but that doesn't bother me at all. I play live all the time, so reverb just isn't necessary for me, and where it is I just use a quality pedal. With the money I saved on this amp, I purchased some additional gear, and upgraded my cables. Also, if you want some sweet tube distortion get this amp, but if you like to shred get something that isn't designed to have a vintage tone.

          - 1 star for the loose screws

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Cosmetics and Vintage Sound

          By StratBuilder

          from Winchester, VA

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Carry Handles
          • Cosmetic
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Portable

          Cons

          • heavy
          • Too Much Speaker Headroom

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Bugera BC30-212 30W 2x12 Hybrid Guitar Combo Amp:

          I used to play in a rock band in college, and haven't had occasion to do so in the last 15 years - until about two months ago. I started jamming with some local guys and needed something louder than an 8" Fender Frontman and easier to get around than an Egnater Rebel 20 (original) run through a 4X12 Marshall cabinet. As my nickname suggests, I play almost exclusively through different Strats, but also have occasion to use a Les Paul, and Steinberger with active pickups.
          I purchased this about a month and a half ago on clearance, and am quite glad I did. Starting with the unbox, the amp's covering, label, and grille cloth are excellent. I like the nod to older amps with the chicken head knobs also. After firing it up and playing a little, I was able to tweak the knobs on both channels to get the sound to my liking. I have run my pedals in through the front inputs and use a Boss A/B switcher to go from clean channel to the dirty channel. I really like the small amount of breakup on the clean channel, and dirtier breakup on the dirty channel. I have compared the sounds I can get out of this to my Egnater, and am quite impressed. I really like the ability to clean up the sound by switching channels - an option not available on the Egnater. The tube sound is also quite good - though not as good as I can get by mixing the 6V6's and EL84's on the Rebel 20.
          The only drawback to this amp is the weight. It is really heavy - shipping weight of 88 lbs - and cumbersome to get down into our drummer's basement. I have looked at the speakers, and they provide most of the weight. The excessive headroom created by having 100W speakers on a 30W amp is what makes it so overly heavy. I will be replacing with some Celestion Vintage 30's to cut weight and round out the sound. Had Bugera put some thought into this and used the appropriate speakers, I would have given it 5 stars.

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          (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Ceramic sockets in metal and cooling fan

          By Shovelhead rocker

          from Midwest

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Great Tone And Response
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • heavy
          • No reverb

          Best Uses

          • Events
          • Performances

          Comments about Bugera BC30-212 30W 2x12 Hybrid Guitar Combo Amp:

          If you are looking for tube rectifier tone and response in this price range...this is it! no extras or bells and whistles....just tone, no reverb might be a problem for those that play at low volume, you won't miss it if you are playing in a large room or hall at gig volume.
          Tone is King, add pedals or whatever you like to the setup and go for it.
          Note: it's heavy, but all my good amps are heavy.
          As with every bugera combo I have owned:
          BE SURE TO CHECK AND RETIGHTEN ALL SCREWS EVERYWHERE! the critical place to check is the speaker and backboard screws inside, all screws are not in wood alone they all have a threaded insert in the wood to screw into, found one backed out 1/2" after playing it. After that, the amp is ready to rock.
          The head is built Very Well inside, cleanly hand wired almost like my boogie! The tube cage has a fan built into it! I'm impressed by the parts quality, the tube sockets are bolted to metal and are Ceramic! not plastic, much better than my old blues jr's cheap internal electronic construction. Overall very nice construction inside and out, this amp's design and internal build quality looks like it should last a long time! Don't know about the stock Bugera tubes lifespans yet, replaced 12ax7's with tung sol's, and el84's with JJ's, and wow...!!!
          (the V22 is a really great amp too!)
          5 Stars to Bugera on this one!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Wonderful Toneful Boutique Style Amp

          By Flowing fingers

          from New York, NY

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Bugera BC30-212 30W 2x12 Hybrid Guitar Combo Amp:

            This amp is rich in sound with great tone. Tough to switch channels without a footswitch though. But, the ability to dial in different tones is easy. Add any effects and you have a very gigable amp. This amp is heavy and very loud for 30 watts. It does have a half power switch to bring it down to 15 watts. It is very well built, which is probably why it is so heavy. Either way, this amp is great for any small or medium club since it is very loud. could be used for Jazz, Country, Blues, Classic Rock and Instrumental Rock. The price is great for what you get compared to amps of this quality - about a third of the price.

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            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very Nice

            By Scorchin777

            from oregon

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Could Use Speaker Upgrade

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Bugera BC30-212 30W 2x12 Hybrid Guitar Combo Amp:

            I had a Marshall Bluesbreaker 212 combo amp that I had to sell last year when I broke my wrist riding my dirt bike, I had worked on getting it to sound good with swapping tubes and had all NOS tubes in it when I sold it to a friend, that amp was my favorite and I wanted and planned to buy another when I got back on my feet and could afford it, when I saw how expensive they were new I almost cried because I bought mine used in mint condition for cheap and had sold it for the same, then I saw this Bugera BC30 and thought it looked killer with the Matchless style design and I wondered if it sounded as good as it looked, so after doing some listening on Youtube and reading some reviews I decided to take a gamble and buy one online because no one stocked one in town, nows where the heartache begins, when the amp showed up it was DOA and I had to send it back and after a month I got the replacement and found it would light up but had no sound, I thought about it for awhile and decided to keep it after I had pulled the chassis out of the cab to find that it had some very strange looking inline fuse holder that was broken and the fuse was rolling around in the amp, well I alligaitor clipped the wires together (not recommended as I'm sure I've voided the warranty by now) and the amp came to life and sounded pretty good so I took it in and had the fuse holder replaced with a standard inline fuse holder instead of the funky designed one that it had, when I got the amp back I hooked it up to my attenuator and cranked it up to hear some power tube overdrive and it sounded pretty sweet and after awhile of experimenting with pickup height it just nailed the AC/DC type sound for overdrive and I was really diggin it at this point but it had some upper midrange fizziness so I thought I'd try my Vox 212 cab with Greenbacks with it and then it just killed, I'm just loving this thing now and I'm thinking about getting some greenbacks to swap into the amp, oh I also put a solid state rectifier plugin into the amp to track better for speed picking when using overdrive pedals, I did a recording of some AC/DC last nite and it sounds exactly like it to my ears and I think it sounds as good as the bluesbreaker now and I still have some NOS tubes I've got to try out in it , so if your looking for the classic rock tone you can get it from this amp from Foghat to Zeppelin, I have other more expensive amps but I Love this amp.

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