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

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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
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BugeraBC30-212 30W 2x12 Hybrid Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.4

(based on 9 reviews)

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (4)
    • Amateur recording (3)
    • Home studio (3)
    • Outdoor events / games (3)
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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Ceramic sockets in metal and cooling fan

    By Shovelhead rocker

    from Midwest

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    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 Boston, MA

    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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      (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      It will depend what much you paid.

      By Shaymo

      from Ontario Canada

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

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

      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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      (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Playing for 50 years and I am blown away

      By The Swamp howlers

      from San Francisco

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

      I have been playing pro and semi pro guitar for 50 years and i have owned many guitar amps, most recently, fender bassman LTD, vox ac30cc2, vox heritage hand wired, a matchless chieftain 4x10, and this bugera reminds me most of the great tube amps i grew up with in the 60's amd 70's, this amp is touch sensitive to my playing, which i find rare these days, and the sound is wonderfully organic, like the amps of yesteryear, do not listen to the tube snobs, this amp is one of the most beautiful amps I have ever owned next to the matchless chieftain 4x10, and the sound is as close as i will ever get. at close to 75lbs, this amp is not for the faint of heart, and so far it seems to be built like a tank. great job Bugera!

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      (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice amp!?

      By Simon -Txcvy

      from Canada

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

      It was obvious to me that even though this is presented/marketed as clone of a famous amp it was not going to sound like exactly like the original. If you are ok with that you are in for a very nice surprise. I love the clean tone and the smooth breakup when the tubes get pushed and I run pedals through it with no problems.It does have some weaknesses. No reverb on the amp may be a problem for some. It is also heavy so if you are thinking of moving it around a lot get some castors or a trolley!One feature i really like is the ability to switch between 15wtts and 30wtts i have found that very useful. I also like the finish, the build quality and the looks. It has lights!!Overall, awesome amp for the money, i only took a point off my overall score for the lack of reverb and the weight issue.

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      (6 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Bugera BC30-212 30W 2x12 TOO HEAVEY !!

      By Larry M

      from Orland Park Ill

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

      I own another Bugera amp the smaller 39 watt combo and I love it ! Ithought I would love this one too but...,Firstly it weighs a ton ! unless you have 2 friends or roadies to carry it take a pass.As far as tone , I found this amp promised much more than it delivers. Bugeras other amps sound great but this ones a loser , stay away, thankfuly I could return mine.

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      (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      What do you want from an amp?

      By Pfunkperris

      from East Chicago, IN

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

      As I own a fleet of amps, I knew exactly what I was looking for when I purchased this one. I read all the capabilities and specifications for this marvelous amp, and was not disappointed when it arrived and I put it through its paces. The sound is phenomenal, and the tonal combinations, while not endless, are numerous enough to keep a well seasoned guitarist grinning for some time to come. I say well-seasoned because this amps nuances are so subtle, that I feel that only someone who has been playing a lot of styles for a lot of years could truly appreciate its abilities. It's not a blues amp, but it lends itself to the blues quite well, it's not a metal amp, but put your favorite stomp box in front of it and you can shred with reckless abandon. The key word here is TONE, not volume or brutality. All aspects of this amp work toward that end. It doesn't even have reverb. It was not made for that.Take it to a stage, take it to a club, take it to a church, or play it in your bedroom. This is one pistol of an amp, and would still be a bargain at twice the price!

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      (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Take a look at this!

      By JacStotty

      from Traverse City, MI

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

      This is a great amp that should cost you much, much more than what you pay. This amp is modeled after a famous amp, but has a character of it's own. Simple and stripped down, this amp delivers the tone that you want for a fraction of the cost of the BIG name guys. The cleans that you get out of this amp is AMAZING! It's durable and road worthy. The two differently voiced speakers is a very cool feature that give this amp a leg up on the others in its price range. Very cool and great sounding amp for anyone who wants to take hold of their tone.

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