1960 review by Bugera

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Features: 6
  • Reviewer's score: 7 Good
  • Users' score: 7 (7 votes)
Bugera: 1960

Price paid: $ 350

Purchased from: eBay

Sound — 7
I use several guitars with this amp, but I'm only going to use my Jackson as a example. With my Jackson RR24M without a boost from my Metal Muff w/top boost I get a nice crunch with both volume knobs cranked and the presence knob cranked, think AC/DC, early Judas Priest, early Iron Maiden. With the Metal Muff I get Brutal, screaming tones, think Death, Belphegor, Cannibal Corpse. But the amp alone is not very diverse, classic rock and that's about it. Now as with any non-master volume amp it's F--KING loud, I use a Carl's Custom guitars volume box to tame this beast. Now I just want to say that this does NOT sound like the real thing, BUT it does come very close. People say that since they don't sound like a real Plexie that you should save and buy the real thing, but keep in mind that a real Plexie is like 2000 bucks but this is only 350. I use a Randall RT412RC cab with this amp.

Overall Impression — 8
I play all forms of metal, along with Jazz, Blues, and Rock. Alone this amp can to the last 3 with no problem, to get metal tones you'll need a boost. I've been playin for about 5 years and I've owned and played many amps, is this best amp ever, no, but in it's price range it's certainly worth a look. I love that it's just a straight forward amp that can every pedal I've got and sound great, I also love the FX loop which the original Plexie didn't have, so that's a little improvement on Bugera's part. Overall looking for Plexie but don't got the cash, this baby will get very close to the original, and with a few upgrades (better tubes, and a correct bias as most Bugera's have a incorrect bias) it sound even closer to the original.

Reliability & Durability — 7
It's made by Bugera, which is owned by Behringer, so obviously I was worried about this things reliability, but it's been about a year and it's still goin strong. Not sure it will last 30+ years like a real Plexie but we'll just wait and see. Lots of people bash Bugera some cause their amps have blown up others cause they just bash shit cause they got nothin better to do. I have gigged and taken it to band practice and she's held up fine. I have only had for a year though so I can't really speak for it in the long haul, so a 7 it gets.

Features — 6
2011, made in China. This is a copy of the famous Marshall Plexie. Has the same knobs as the Plexie Presence, Bass, Middle, Treble, Vol 1, Vol 2. Single channel, 4 inputs, FX loop, 150 watts (so they say, but I'm pretty sure it's 100) tube power. Not very many features but that's the way I like it.

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    You maybe biased towards Behringer, but not very knowledgeable toward Bugera. Bugera is not made by Behringer, they are marketed and distributed in North America by Behringer. Bugera owns it's own factories in China and only Bugera products are built there.
    anvil is god
    Good review, i love Bugera for what they are. The guy above is just biased from some shitty pedal he got a while ago.
    i guess behringer heard about their shitty tubes and bias: the new Infinium versions of the bugera amps use auto-biasing but naturally cost a lot more than the "standard" versions. although i wouldn't bet on it...maybe i'm just a bit biased (ha!ha!) towards behringer...