Price paid: $ 450
Purchased from: American Musical Supply
Sound — 3
I play Gibson guitars with humbuckers, and Fender guitars with single coil pickups, and it doesn't sound very good with either. I own its Marshall counterpart (JCM 900 4100) and I'm glad I went with that. This amp may have all the features as the Marshall, but it doesn't sound nearly as good. It suits my playing style, but only because it's a Marshall rip off. It is very noisy and I haven't been able to find a solution for it yet. The clean channel gets messed up if you get if you get it above 6 (volume) because the sound gets unclear. The distortion gets heavy, but doesn't sound good. it has a sort of lo-fi gain that doesn't ever seem to sound right. i'm not at all satisfied with the sound, and it's not just because I have the jcm 900 it copied.. I played both of these extensively before finally deciding on the Marshall because it sounded much better.
Overall Impression — 3
I play punk and ska, and some hardcore and Acoustic stuff, and I wouldn't buy this amp for it. I've been playing for 10 years and have had my share of equipment and this wasn't a favorite. If it were stolen or lost, I'd probably just shake it off. It'd be upset that I lost that money, but I wouldn't go buy a new one. I like that it has the same settings as the Marshall, but I hate that it doesn't sound as good. Obviously I compared it to the Marshall JCM 900 4100 because that's the amp that Bugera copied for this one. I am in no way hating on this amp because it's "not a Marshall" or anything stupid like that, I'm just saying, completely honestly, that this amp is not as good as the Marshall. I bought the jcm 900 4100 used for $500, the Bugera is $450. To me, saving $50 to get the real deal was a good idea. And Marshalls will last much longer than the Behringer-made Bugera amps.
Reliability & Durability — 1
Every one I know who had this amp complained that the wiring got messed up after about 6 months, and shortly after that, they died. No power was getting to them (from what I understand, that is an issue with several Bugeras). They all take care of them well because we're all broke and can't afford to screw around with amps and potentially ruin them, so we maintain them very well, but I guess the 1990 wasn't meant for long-time use.
Features — 6
This amp was made in 2009, and it's fairly versatile for punk and ska, but I like the JCM 900 better. 120-Watt hi-gain amplifier driven by 4 x 5881 valves Classic 2-channel preamp design (Clean/Lead) featuring 3 x ECC83 valves. Integrated reverb with dedicated Reverb control for each channel. Vintage Equalizer section with dedicated Bass, Mid, Treble and Presence controls. Power Switch to select between 120w and 60w. Impedance Switch (4, 8 and 16 Ohms). FX Loop with dedicated Level control. Frequency compensated Recording output. I use this amp onstage occasionally when my buddy has it available and I can't get my Marshall. It has enough power, but the extra 20w isn't necessary, you just pay more for it. As you know, it's tube, and the 5881 tubes are nice, but 6L6 or EL34s would have been better.