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#41
It still sounds a bit buzzy in that vid. I'd have to try one in person but as of now, I've lost most interest.
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#42
My thoughts on that demo:
-Clean channels should not have gain knobs.
-I don't like it when companies use weird guitars to demo amps. I haven't played a Framus Panthera, I can't tell what it's supposed to sound like. I know it's fun to show off your super secret prototype custom, but use something the casual observer has played before.
-The tone sounded really, really sizzly. That's cool, but I didn't hear it dialed out the whole time, which worries me.
-The note definition was quite good. That thing should cut nicely for most OD sounds.

I want to say it was a cold sounding amp and that I don't buy their claim that it's got a huge sweet spot, but that wouldn't be entirely fair due to the recording quality of the camera mic. Still, if that's all I have to go on, I'm not really blown away. I've always been a 1-2 channel, no fx loop sort of guy though.
For $1699, the head will be a good deal for some people, but I think there's a lot more amp to be had at that price range unless you really need two FX loops and three channels.

Major props on the saturation meter though, that's way cool.
#43
I can't see the vid, I'll post my views when I get home.

However, based on Colin's review of it... it sounds somewhat gimmicky.

Plus one thought that caught me was that, they are marketing the amp a lot on the whole "power saturation at low levels", but what if that is all there is to the amp and the tone doesn't really measure up to how they are hyping the amp to be be like?

I feel there's too much focus on a a bell and whistle feature of the amp, and not sufficient focus on the tonal characteristics and capabilities of the amp.

Or maybe I'm wrong and the tone is so awesome and they have the tone down pat. That way they can afford not to sell the amp based on a gimmick, since they know they already have a good tone.

That's just my thoughts on how they're selling the amp. After all, just because its a tube amp that can achieve power saturation at any level, low or high, doesn't automatically mean it's got good tone. A tube amp with lousy tone can achieve power saturation too. What's stopping the Bolt amp from being a tube amp with crappy tone that can achieve power saturation whether the master's at 1 or 10?
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#44
I'm very interested in this. for a while i wondered when something like this would come out.
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#45
there are 3 different reverbs, able to be set individually for each channel. Even if the whole voltage regulator is a gimmick, I could see it being a hella fun amplifier.

But then again, I'm never going to spend that much on an amp, especially the market the way it is. There has been a lot of cool amps in the last 15 years, cool amps built on a solid foundation.

Bolt amps don't seem to be built on that solid foundation, they are trying to pioneer like a bunch of hippies or something...
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#46
It,s made in Salt lake city UT. I got to play one at a place called Styles Music in SO cal. I got to say this amp sounds great. I own a Mesa Dual Rec and I think I going to sell it to get the BTH100 head. The range of tones in the amp it amazing, playing a strat through it I got a great spanky rhythm tone as well as a sweet classic rock tone. When I plugged in my PRS custom 24 I could get a lot of natural tube compression on a half drive sound. I dialed in a mean rock sound for the 80's and 90's covers. I switched in to channel three and set it up for a huge metal sound. I got to tell you I was very impressed by the versatility of this thing. I think this is my new amp! Now I just need so cash!
#47
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It,s made in Salt lake city UT. I got to play one at a place called Styles Music in SO cal. I got to say this amp sounds great. I own a Mesa Dual Rec and I think I going to sell it to get the BTH100 head. The range of tones in the amp it amazing, playing a strat through it I got a great spanky rhythm tone as well as a sweet classic rock tone. When I plugged in my PRS custom 24 I could get a lot of natural tube compression on a half drive sound. I dialed in a mean rock sound for the 80's and 90's covers. I switched in to channel three and set it up for a huge metal sound. I got to tell you I was very impressed by the versatility of this thing. I think this is my new amp! Now I just need so cash!
Thanks for the quick review, man.
#48
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It,s made in Salt lake city UT. I got to play one at a place called Styles Music in SO cal. I got to say this amp sounds great. I own a Mesa Dual Rec and I think I going to sell it to get the BTH100 head. The range of tones in the amp it amazing, playing a strat through it I got a great spanky rhythm tone as well as a sweet classic rock tone. When I plugged in my PRS custom 24 I could get a lot of natural tube compression on a half drive sound. I dialed in a mean rock sound for the 80's and 90's covers. I switched in to channel three and set it up for a huge metal sound. I got to tell you I was very impressed by the versatility of this thing. I think this is my new amp! Now I just need so cash!



THANKS! Thanks for sharing.

I'll add that to the OP. I figured it would be pretty good for rock and such but you are saying it good for metal too? That means you liked the DSP tone? Also, could you get a cranked tone at lower volumes like they claim?

Even though I probably would never buy one, I would be more interested in a black or chrome one used
#49
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THANKS! Thanks for sharing.

I'll add that to the OP. I figured it would be pretty good for rock and such but you are saying it good for metal too? That means you liked the DSP tone? Also, could you get a cranked tone at lower volumes like they claim?

Even though I probably would never buy one, I would be more interested in a black or chrome one used


I'm not sure what you mean by DSP tones . The only DSP is the reverb and it sounded OK certainly nothing to rival my lexcon but still usable. And yes it sounded huge turned way down, it didn't loose the cranked tube saturation we all love from that turned up tube amp. I was able to get a great metal sound in the third channel, the key is the parametric mid control. I think this amp is something you need to hear for your self. As for me I'm going back to the store today to play it some more. This time my friend who is a awesome jazz player is meeting me there with his 335. I,m curious see here what kind of jazz tone he can get out of it. I'm with you the silver one looks much better than the gold!
#50
First thing I thought of when I saw these amps was that Disney movie by the same name I never read into them, but I really dig the idea behind this!

EDIT: The videos have been removed =/ Maybe they're making new ones?
Then there's this band called Slice The Cake...

Bunch of faggots putting random riffs together and calling it "progressive" deathcore.
Stupid name.
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#51
^wasn't even aware of that - that makes it even funnier


greggo909 - I see. Because it only has 2 preamp tubes I thought the DSP was doing more tone shaping other than just reverb. Man, if you could somehow record your trip to the store we would be forever grateful. Epecially some metal riffage.




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#52
^And the Jazz, too Any amp that can pull off both amazingly is a great amp by me!

BTW: The guy Jeremy looks like a faculty member at my college, but with longer hair...

Okay, it's cut in this vid
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uj4vZiatPzQ&feature=related
Pretty sweet video though. Could be a more extensive, but I'm diggin the tones from it!

It appears the gain knob not only controls the amount of preamp gain, but also the amount of voltage hitting the power tubes. As he says, it monitors ALL the gain stages in the amp. Pretty much it appears the amp is designed to hit the power tube sweet spot at all volume levels (then probably saturates more when the master is past the usual sweet spot).

That's just theory though

EDIT: Just Youtube Bolt Amps. There's some GREAT demonstrations of it by a guy named Marc Cooper. Of course, he's also demonstrating some AXON synth stuff, Moollon and Digitech Hardwire pedals, and Brian Moore guitars
Then there's this band called Slice The Cake...

Bunch of faggots putting random riffs together and calling it "progressive" deathcore.
Stupid name.
Probably picked "for teh lulz"

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#55
I loled at the name of this amp company

Where i come from if you say bolt its kinda a term that means go away in a rude fashion!

BOLT!
#56
I've owned one for awhile now and love it . I've owned Bogners ,Fuchs ,Splawn and many others and this has become my main gigging amp. It can do everything from brootle metal to classic Marshall or fender or you can create your own sound with the active EQ . I absolutely love this thing .It can do all my favorite amps in one and do them extremely well at any volume. If you are a gigging muscian this cannot be beat by anything on the market that I've used .
#58
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I've owned one for awhile now and love it . I've owned Bogners ,Fuchs ,Splawn and many others and this has become my main gigging amp. It can do everything from brootle metal to classic Marshall or fender or you can create your own sound with the active EQ . I absolutely love this thing .It can do all my favorite amps in one and do them extremely well at any volume. If you are a gigging muscian this cannot be beat by anything on the market that I've used .

I've played Splawn and Fuchs and those are hella amps so this is very curious.


Clips?

Can you maybe do a quality vid showcasing its capabilities and br00tal metal?
#59
very cool thread. 311.


for more clips.


i agree with colin on the meter, that's cool.
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#60
Wow I thought the amp died a premature death.
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#61
sorry for the delay but I'm still working out of town . My band is doing a gig in vegas July 29th 2011 and I'll see if I can get some video .I'll be using the bolt. If not I'll try to find the time to post a demo some time after that.

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#64
I own one. Love the tones. But i have had some issues with it. Blew up tubes pre-maturly. Also, now it is making the oddest sound. When I push the front end with an OD pedal, it makes sort of a phasing or flanging sound. Very annoying. I need to take it back again. Anybody ever heard of such a noise conming fron an amp?
#65
I own one. Love the tones. Made in Utah, USA. I have an issue with mine now. It is making a phasing or flanging sound that is very annoying. It makes this sound or it is more obvious when pushing the front-end with an od pedal.

I broght it in for this but they said it was an nput tube (pre-amp) and , well, still doing it. Anybody ever heard of this problem with any amp?
#67
Got issues? Great tones. I am having an issue though. Anyone else out there own one?
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#70
gtrsuite, do you own a bolt amplifier?
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#72
Sorry for being redundent. Got messed up on the thresd here and kept repeating myself repeating myself
#74
Holy crap, stop posting so much. The guy hasn't been online for months, he's not going to jump on and answer your question any faster just because you asked the same thing four times in 24 hours. These rare product threads move slowly, be patient.
#76
i didn't read the full thread, just kind of skimmed it.

i just have two quick things to say at this moment.

1. it could be one of those "flavor or the week type things" to some degree like the
Egnater's tube blending which didn't do much, power scaling to 1 watt on the rebels that didn't really do all that much. not to be picking on Egnater, they are solid and i have owned a Renegade, and a Tweaker.

2. around that price range (especially for the head) there are some really stiff competition, as a previous person said a MkV and a hundred others i can't spit out at the moment.

sounds innovative, not sure about how it will turn out to be. when they start to hit the stores, i will look for one. but I likely wouldn't purchase it that is just based on me having different priorities.

thanks for the low down 311
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#77
no problem


That was my main question. Is it a gimmick or for real. Several artists, evidently, use these amps for there clean headroom.

If you look at the OP you'll see that I created this thread over 3 years ago

I don't hear much about them these days.
#78
I've had a BTH-100 for almost a year now and I love it. I've practiced with it at home turned way down as well as through the balanced out with cab sim. I've gigged with it at high volumes in a band doing pop stuff (Katy Perry, No Doubt, Train, etc) as well as with a band doing Foo Fighters. It has done well in all situations. Having 3 channels is nice, but also having the different voicing for each channel is very cool. It's all easy to access via the footswitch, too. I've also cranked some metal tones from it at home, too.
I keep meaning to make some demo videos and post them, but I haven't gotten around to it. I made some videos a while back, but haven't gone over them to see if they are any good or edited them yet.

I'm glad to answer any questions. I see one go up on ebay for a good price now and then, so you can pick one up fairly cheaply if you are patient.
#79
Does anyone that has the BTH100 have a black faceplate that they want to sell or trade?
#80
This is a HUGE long shot, but worth a try. I have a BTH100 (duh) and it is acting up. The clean channel is nice and quiet; but when I switch to the Crunch channel it starts to get a hiss and then if I switch to the Lead channel the hiss is over the top. So, it is affected by the amount of gain. I live 3.5 ours from the nearest good amp guy. I am hoping someone might be able to help me out!

It's a bummer about the company, because it really is a stellar amp. Seriously think that I am going to sell it off after I get it fixed, just because there is no support. I'm in Ceder City, UT if anyone is interested I have references on eBay (user: franzeee).

Thanks in advance!