Price paid: $ 499
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 9
I mainly use an Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus Top with Seymour Duncan pickups for gigging. The 990 handles these pickups well. The 990 is not a noisy amp at all. I have experienced very little hum from it. It has a very nice clean channel that can become crunchy at higher volumes, but that is the way I like to use it. I normally keep the bass and high frequencies at 12 o'clock and boost the mids a bit so I can cut through the mix and it handles it very well.
Overall Impression — 9
This amp suits my style of Classic/Modern rock perfectly. If you are looking to get the sound of a Marshall for half the price, you need to buy this head. I have been playing a few years and was in the market for a cost-effective halfstack and the 990 answered that need very nicely.
Reliability & Durability — 9
I originally ordered a re-boxed 990 from GC and it cut out on me almost right away. I sent it back and got a Brand New one and have had no problems with it. As far as construction goes, it is built like a tank. I also got the Bugera 4x12 cab and that is also built to last. I have had no issues with it in a practice environment where it could be used for 3 hours or more or gigging.
Features — 10
The Bugera 990 features 2 channels with separate gain and reverb for each channel which is great since I don't use much reverb on the high-gain channel. It comes with a footswitch which controls both the channel and toggles the reverb on and off. The standard footswitch is nice since a majority of manufacturers make you pay extra for them. It is a 120 watt head and has more power than I really need, but the pentode/triode switch on the back of the head makes it a great for both practice and gigs. I play mainly classic/modern rock, but this head can do metal in a heartbeat.