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Bugera BC30-212 30W 2x12 Hybrid Guitar Combo Amp   (Open Box)
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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
 
4.2

(based on 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (17)
  • Good power output (16)
  • Warm / comfy (14)
  • Easy to use (13)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (6)

Best Uses

  • Performances (15)
  • Outdoor events / games (10)
  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Professional recording (8)
  • Home studio (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (6)

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

 

Amazing sound and look! Only when it works..

First of all, I don't want to sound negative and will keep it objective.

I ordered the first amp, and it has cracking noises! Called MF support and they offered...Read complete review

First of all, I don't want to sound negative and will keep it objective.

I ordered the first amp, and it has cracking noises! Called MF support and they offered to send me a new one and even double boxed the amp as I told them! Great service MF! I received the new amp, and it did not have any sound! MUTE... But after turning it on and off twice the amp came to life and after testing it for two days it was working ok! I had to relocate to Qatar to be with my wife, and shipped the amp along with my studio and guitars and everything! Everything was there safe and sound, but the amp showed AGAIn the same symptoms. Crackling noises and sometimes it does not produce any sound! But I lived with it... for 3 days!! It stopped working! When you switch the STANDBY ON nothing happens and it is totally mute! I contacted Bugera and they said i should send the amp to their branch in Nevada!!! Which is insane because shipping the amp back and forth would cost triple the price of a new amp! Then I was lucky enough to find a guitarist who happened to know how to fix and build amps! He offered to take a look, and called the second day to tell me that the amp is ok, it was a fuse issue (not the power fuse), and there was something with the FX loop in channel two. I was happy, took the amp home and recorded with it, LOVE THE TONE!!! Three days and boom again! Crackling noise, squealing, and then no sound, again squealing!! such a random crazy behavior! I took the amp back to the guy, he found an issue with one EL84 tube, replace a couple of tubes and the amp worked again, he tested it, I did and it was ok! He advised me to order new tubes. I went back home, and our lovely sounding Bugera is mute again, and now it makes these crackling, squealing noises, then it works, then it does not! This is crazy... It is sad, the amp sounds great, and I truly wonder how come I had the issues with two units while everyone is praising their amp!?! this amp cost me 450 extra just to ship it to Qatar, and now it is just a nice looking heavy box in my studio.

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2.0

bc-30

By 

from norfolk va

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Warmth

Cons

  • good for 1 hour then buzz
  • Poor Sound Quality

Best Uses

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

    sounded great for an hour then buzz rattle .I guess when it was shipped it was dropped pretty good!!!

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    5.0

    Great sound at a great price

    By 

    from St. Louis, Missouri

    About Me Novice

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • heavy

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Performances
    • Practice

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

    I've had the Bugera BC-30 for over a month now and I've only had positive feelings. I was used to playing through my Fender Champion 40 for so long that it took me a few hours to dial in the sound I wanted but after a few pedal adjustments I was jamming away. I mainly just play at home for fun so I don't have to lug this amp around which is a good thing since it is so heavy, but it is no heavier than any large tube amp I've encountered before. Many people have complained that there is no built in reverb but since I have a reverb pedal the lack of this function does not bother me. The enclosed manual was greatly detailed and offered multiple setups for the amp depending on what type of music or venue you are playing at. I run 9 different effects pedals through this amp so I utilize the effects send/return function. Use it. It makes a world of difference in the sound. Obviously, this amp handles effects just fine. I've cranked it up to just about max on multiple occasions and it delivers an impressive amount of sound. It distorts cleaning unlike solid state amps at the same wattage. I play a lot of 60s/70s rock such as Clapton and Zeppelin. This amp will give you that late 60s Clapton sound. I've played my strat though it and my Epi ES-339 and they both sound great. The Epi delivers that classic "Crossroads" crunch. I also play some 90s Brit pop such as Oasis. Crank it up and you'll be playing "Supersonic" in no time. I just wish that the clean offered a bit more headroom but I know that different tubes can change that. Thus far I mostly play through channel 1 but channel 2 does offer an equally good sound. The number of options you have with this amp is also something to be noted. You can cut it back to only 15 watts if you want to play softly and not wake the neighbors. The speaker reverse is an added bonus.

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    4.0

    Great amp and I've been through a bunch of them...

    By 

    from Warminster, PA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • heavy

    Best Uses

    • Performances

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

    I bought this amp just for something different since the price of Bugera amps has went down recently and I've never owned an AC inspired amp. At the time, I was using a 59 Bassman RI with pedals as well as a Budda SD18 2x12 combo for my hot rod sounds.
    For background, I'm an adult musician and I've pretty much owned over 3 dozen GOOD tube amps over the past ten years.
    Marshalls, Mesas, Fenders, Bogners, Bad Cat, Soldano, Dr. Z. They're all great, but this amp...which is a copy of course of a Vox AC30/MatchlessDC30, needs to be acknowledged. Bugera did a fantastic job in recreating those classic circuits into an affordable product.
    Played the Bugera for the first time at practice this past Thursday night as well as the SD18...just for A/B ing. Overall, I felt the Bugera blew away the Budda believe it or not. With the Master set at 10 o'clock, Ch 1 high input with the volume up around 2 o'clock, the tone was perfect. With a Tubescreamer in front, the crunch was incredible for rock and cleans up great with the guitars volume. I didn't even get into Ch 2. I'm sure its good, but couldn't unplug from Ch 1. We were covering Foo's, Neil Young, Eagles, Stones and much more just to point out how versatile it was for me. I'm shelving the other amps for a while and am going to see how long this amp lasts lol

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    3.0

    Finally!

    By 

    from Hot South Texas

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      Cons

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

          returned a 6262 for this, returned the first BC30 for the last open box mint one. it worked.

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          3.0

          Surprisingly good amp

          By 

          from New England

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • fan cooled
          • great pedal platform
          • Powerful
          • stock speakers are good
          • Touch Sensitive

          Cons

          • bias knob too sensitive
          • Heavy!
          • No biasing instructions

          Best Uses

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

            It's made of some pressed masonite looking boards, weighs a ton!

            As mentioned there are no instructions in the manual or online regarding biasing, and the bias knob is hypersensitive to minor adjustments. The amp utilizes an adjustable fixed bias scheme much like vintage Fender and Marshall amps. No cathode bias like the AC30 or DC30. Very easy to burn up your tubes if you don't carefully set the bias!

            The center handle isn't located at the balance point, and the amp hangs crooked when you try to carry it. Bad enough it's so heavy and it's unbalanced too! A set of casters would be a nice addition.

            The amp sounds great. Both channels are easy to dial up great tone. Channel 2 has a lot of drive. Each channel having a separate FX loop is a great idea. You would need and A/B switch channel switch

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            2.0

            Amazing sound and look! Only when it works..

            By 

            from San Diego

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                First of all, I don't want to sound negative and will keep it objective.

                I ordered the first amp, and it has cracking noises! Called MF support and they offered to send me a new one and even double boxed the amp as I told them! Great service MF! I received the new amp, and it did not have any sound! MUTE... But after turning it on and off twice the amp came to life and after testing it for two days it was working ok! I had to relocate to Qatar to be with my wife, and shipped the amp along with my studio and guitars and everything! Everything was there safe and sound, but the amp showed AGAIn the same symptoms. Crackling noises and sometimes it does not produce any sound! But I lived with it... for 3 days!! It stopped working! When you switch the STANDBY ON nothing happens and it is totally mute! I contacted Bugera and they said i should send the amp to their branch in Nevada!!! Which is insane because shipping the amp back and forth would cost triple the price of a new amp! Then I was lucky enough to find a guitarist who happened to know how to fix and build amps! He offered to take a look, and called the second day to tell me that the amp is ok, it was a fuse issue (not the power fuse), and there was something with the FX loop in channel two. I was happy, took the amp home and recorded with it, LOVE THE TONE!!! Three days and boom again! Crackling noise, squealing, and then no sound, again squealing!! such a random crazy behavior! I took the amp back to the guy, he found an issue with one EL84 tube, replace a couple of tubes and the amp worked again, he tested it, I did and it was ok! He advised me to order new tubes. I went back home, and our lovely sounding Bugera is mute again, and now it makes these crackling, squealing noises, then it works, then it does not! This is crazy... It is sad, the amp sounds great, and I truly wonder how come I had the issues with two units while everyone is praising their amp!?! this amp cost me 450 extra just to ship it to Qatar, and now it is just a nice looking heavy box in my studio.

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                (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Total Tone Machine!

                By 

                from Laurinburg N.C.

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                Pros

                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Performances

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

                  This amp is all about tone.It can produce amazing sounds with EXTREME punch and power.It has a Class A power amp with an AC30 type circuit.The big difference I notice is the speakers.The AC30s have 30 watt speakers that start breaking up at moderate volumes.This amp has a 80 and 100 watt duo that deliver a lot of clean headroom.Its like you get that chime like an AC30 but without that 'hair' (speaker distortion).Its a great sound.Like most AC-type amps it's very picky with overdrives and distortion pedals.Modulation and filter effects take on new heights of sound.Prepare to rethink your pedalboard.By the way this amp is really loud.It can offend my neighbors if necessary.Great buy.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  DID NOT WORK AT ALL

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                  from Southeast, Missouri

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

                        First one DOA, no sign of life, second one DOA also. I was talked into ordering the Bugera 333 which worked about 20 minutes and died. So after a month I still have no amp. On the third return I was told they have a lot of problems with this brand of amp and they suggested I choose another brand. If you buy this amp I suggest you get the extended service warranty. A good idea also, you should check out the musicians forums before you buy. My recommendtion save up and buy a name brand amp like VOX, Marshall, Fender.. google top ten guitar amplifiers.

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                        5.0

                        Unique

                        By 

                        from USA

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • 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:

                          Amp has a unique sound that is different from my other amps. I like different colors in my music so this is a cool amp. I wish I would of bought it when it was the stupid deal of the day but I snoozed on that one. I hope it's reliable since what I have read, most Bugera amps aren't. I have a friend who builds boutique amps and this sounds a lot like his.

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                          5.0

                          The DRILL SERGEANT of amps!

                          By 

                          from Minnesota

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                              I bought an open box BC30 from MF and received it a few days ago! This is my first Bugera purchase. I have owned the gamut from Peavey to Victoria and most points in-between.

                              First impressions:

                              -excellent condition really only one minor and I mean MINOR scuff on a corner protector and this was rated a "level 2" condition open box. I will buy open box from MF whenever possible if they will knock off 20% for such a minor infraction.

                              -beautiful looking amp, solid construction, knobs are tight and smooth, inputs tight, much better than previous generation Bugera that I have tried in stores.

                              -simple layout, user friendly

                              -very heavy as others stated, knew that coming into this purchase. 80 pounds, like a Fender Twin, but Bugera provided the 3 handles which made it much easier to lug downstairs where it will be staying. I don't gig anymore.

                              -very LOUD amp, it's "in your face" as stated by others, even at half power. This can be tamed with effects in the loop I have found. I just use reverb so far.

                              -awesome clean tones, very rigid in your face on the overdrive. Something I am not used to, but I think it will be an acquired taste. Again, a reverb in the loop "softens" this, but not too much. It's still there, telling you everything you want and don't want to know about your playing style.

                              Like many have said, this type of circuit forces you to play different, it tells no lies. EL84's at this volume and clarity are a new thing to me, and pleasantly (if not disturbed a little) about my chops. But it's okay. I might rename this amp "drill sergeant".

                              I don't want to get too critical yet as the honeymoon is on. This is not like other amps I have owned in regard to how this thing is VERY dynamic in your face and will take some getting used to. I would advise anyone buying this to not expect any forgiveness, it does not hide anything (good or bad) in your playing style. It is very much a "mirror amp", but that can be a good thing and I think it will force me to pay closer attention to my playing and ultimately improve my chops. I can handle that. Best to be honest with oneself right? :)

                              Ultimately, for the price I think you really can't go wrong. Heck a pedal or two will cost you this much anyway and this amp will likely be something that I keep around to keep myself honest. It's like the good friend who doesn't tell you any lies about your chops, and it won't break the bank.

                              I will post again down the road after the honeymoon is over.

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