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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
  • 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.

VS

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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(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Take a look at this!

By JacStotty

from Traverse City, MI

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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.

(14 of 15 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.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What do you want from an amp?

By Pfunkperris

from East Chicago, IN

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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!

(12 of 14 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!

(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!

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Nice

By Scorchin777

from Oregon

About Me Experienced

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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.

(6 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

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

By Larry M

from Orland Park Ill

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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.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
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!

    (4 of 9 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.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Total Tone Machine!

    By john

    from undisclosed

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    Verified Buyer

    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.

      (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

      See all my reviews

      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.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great sound at a great price

        By Claptomaniac

        from St. Louis, Missouri

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        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 Cosmetics and Vintage Sound

        By StratBuilder

        from Winchester, VA

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        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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        4.0

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

        By EZE

        from Philadelphia. PA

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        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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        2.0

        Amazing sound and look! Only when it works..

        By Beshar Al Azzawi

        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.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            DID NOT WORK AT ALL

            By Ray

            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.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Unique

            By OutsideOfTime

            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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              2.0

              bc-30

              By danny lee

              from norfolk va

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              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!!!

                 
                3.0

                Finally!

                By ThunderPop

                from Hot South Texas

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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.

                 
                3.0

                Surprisingly good amp

                By RussB

                from CT

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                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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