6260-212 review by Bugera

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  • Features: 6
  • Sound: 3
  • Reliability & Durability: 4
  • Overall Impression: 3
  • Reviewer's score: 4 Poor
  • Users' score: 6.2 (25 votes)
Bugera: 6260-212

Price paid: $ 400

Purchased from: 2nd hand

Features — 6
I've no idea when this made but it was one of those that didn't have the issues the first batch had. It is a 120 watt all tube 2x12 combo amp from Bugera and its a clone of a famous Peavey amp. The amp comes with 2 Bugera branded 12" speakers, 5 12AX7 pre amp tubes and 4 6L6 power amp tubes (can be switched out for a EL34 tubes). A 4 button foot switch is included that can be used to select between the clean and channels, turn the reverb on or off and also to turn the effect loop on or off. You get 2 inputs, high and low, one is for active or high output pickups, typically used if you don't want your guitar to distort the clean channel. The amp has a clean with rhythm channel and a lead channel, these all share one set of EQ. On the clean channel you have Gain, Bass, Mid, treble and that is the same for the lead channel, the amp has a master volume, master reverb and master presence. On the clean channel you have a rhythm switch, all that does is turn the clean channel into a rhythm channel giving it more drive.

Sound — 3
I played shred, crust punk, punk, thrash metal, blues and some classic rock with the amp. It doesn't satisfy in the heavier genres, is good for lead playing but the tone can be a bit sterile. The EQ controls on the amp seem to have a very subtle effect on the tone, I spend more time tweaking than playing the thing. The amp has a ton of gain but gain isn't everything, bot if the EQ sucks, I boosted the amp with a OD pedal to get a more satisfying tone. When using the lead channel and gain on about 6 the amp can be very noisy, its best to cut back on the gain and boost the amp with an tube screamer type pedal. The head version of this sounds much better imho. It's also extremely loud! But then again id rather have a amp with decent tone than a extremely loud amp. In my experience the clean channel with the rhythm button engaged sounded the best and was the channel I used the most, it's got enough gain for most heavy genres.

Reliability & Durability — 4
The amp itself was build ok, nothing too rugged. I thought it felt flimsy, if it would fall over it seemed like the amps cabinet would crack, I've no idea what wood the cab is made from but it would probably something really cheap. The amp is also very narrow making it prone for falling over if it gets bumped. Over the construction is pretty cheap. The PC boards that Bugera use are rather thin, just google it. They obviously choose the cheapest components and labor when making these amps. The knobs on the amp feels a bit loose, you can press on them and they will actually move back, like they are not mounted to the chassis but only soldered onto the circuit board.

I don't think this amp will last without being serviced often. I won't depend on a product of this quality, the amp will sometimes make weird high pitched noises for no reason or it will drop a bit in volume. Very unpredictable. I suppose the tolex on the amp will last if you don't abuse the thing. The tubes are a bit cheap, but I suppose they are better than nothing, and if you bought a amp like this then chances are you don't have any money for a full retube with some decent tubes.

Overall Impression — 3
I'd say the amp is a disappointment, rather get a good solid state amp before buying this big box of cheap electronics and tubes. Or better yet buy a affordable tube amp from a more well known company, even if you buy it 2nd hand or have to save up a bit you will at least have something that's got better tone and are better made than this cheaply made sterile sounding amp. The hype is oooh there is now an affordable clone of a Peavey 5150! But in reality they don't sound the same at all! The 5150 is a beast! The Bugera 6260 is a let down! 

Well I sold the thing so I don't care if it gets stolen, see it as someone doing you a favor when they steal this amp from you. I wish the amp had better EQ! And better build quality, Bugera could have been a much better brand that caters for players on a budget, but instead they are forking out cheap clones that are cheaply made.

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