JCM900 clone with more gain!
By: Chris Joyce from Plymouth,MA USA, firstname.lastname@example.org
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
To be able to sell 120 watt all valve heads for $450,lesser quality parts have to be used sometimes. This is first obvious with the tubes. They are not very good sounding and are usually unreliable. The good thing is that when it is retubed,the amp really comes to life. Bugera has a reputation of internal problems with earlier models (melting plastic clip in the 333,for instance) this supposedly was an easy fix though and it is said that these issues have been amended. But with the first amp dying in two weeks...Who knows?
How has it stood up over time?
This is a replacement. The first 1990 I got lasted two weeks and stopped working suddenly. AMS had a replacement sent to me in a few days. Excellent service!
Your general opinion of this product.
This is a very good sounding,but questionably reliable,120 watt,hi-gain,all tube head.
Playability and Feel
How does it feel, Heavy, Fast, Chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
Pretty heavy head about 52 lbs. Feels pretty solid. Time will tell.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
The overdrive channel on this amp is quite bright and mid heavy. Using hotter EMG pickups sound better than the Duncans on the dirty channel IMO. I don't use the reverb much though I occasionally do on the clean channel to give it some air.
How did the stain or paint job look?
Black tolex with metal corners.
How was the action out of the box?