Behringer Thunderbird BX108 1x8" Bass Combo Amp  

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The Behringer Thunderbird BX108 1x8" Bass Combo Amp is ideal for practice and jamming. It boasts a 15W amp with a bass-reflex cabinet and custom-made 8" speaker. The cool retro design features a burgu... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Behringer Thunderbird BX108 1x8" Bass Combo Amp is ideal for practice and jamming. It boasts a 15W amp with a bass-reflex cabinet and custom-made 8" speaker. The cool retro design features a burgundy-colored top panel, black covering, and a leather handle. 3-band EQ lets you shape the tone and stereo tape I/O makes it easy to interface with your computer's soundcard.

Features
  • 15W RMS bass practice combo with bass reflex cabinet
  • Custom-made 8" speaker
  • Cool retro design with burgundy top panel, black covering, and leather handle
  • Level control plus great-sounding 3-band EQ
Specifications
  • 13"W x 14-1/2"H x 9-1/10"D
    15-2/5 lbs.
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
1 year warranty. 3 year warranty if registered within 90 days of purchase.


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BehringerThunderbird BX108 1x8" Bass Combo Amp
 
4.3

(based on 83 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (5)
  • Excellent sound (5)
  • Portable (5)
  • Warm / comfy (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great looking and decent sounding little amp

I needed a small practice amp to sit next to my computer to allow me to practice while playing music from the computer. All the inputs are there to allow me to listen to...Read complete review

I needed a small practice amp to sit next to my computer to allow me to practice while playing music from the computer. All the inputs are there to allow me to listen to my playing via headphones and to input music from the CD player on my computer into the amp. So if the wife is in the room I can plug everything in and practice away and not disturb her TV viewing.Not a very powerful amp but sounds decent, lows could be lower but hey, it is only 15amps. Two thumbs up for the design. The amp is very sharp looking with its faux looking leather covering and cloth speaker screen. This amp sits in my living room and the wife was happy that it didn't have that old square, fuzzy covering, black metal screen look to it. My only complaint would be the price, a bit higher than most 15 watt amps which is why I didn't rate it at 5 stars.If you are looking for a decent practice amp that looks sharp, the few extra bucks are worth it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

15 watts? C'mon.

I owned this amp and I stress owned. Don't get me wrong, it was built well, worked well, and had nice sound, but there were so few applications for a 15 watt...Read complete review

I owned this amp and I stress owned. Don't get me wrong, it was built well, worked well, and had nice sound, but there were so few applications for a 15 watt bass amp that it didn't really justify owning it. If you live in an apartment and need a low wattage amp for practice, cool. Other than that stay away. This amp was just enough to jam with a single electric guitar player playing at low volume. Throw a drummer in and you may as well pack up and go home. I never used the computer hook up thingy so I can't comment on that functionality. To all of you folks starting out on bass, if you eventually want to play rock with a drummer, you'll need 100 watts minimum. Don't let anyone tell you differently. If they do tell you differently they are just trying to sell you something you'll end up getting rid of quickly.

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(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great little powerhouse.

By bassgal

from FL

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Behringer Thunderbird BX108 1x8" Bass Combo Amp:

    Jam sessions, practice

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    almost 9 year and not a single problem

    By ricky loves bass

    from Long Island NY

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Warmth
    • Nice Bass Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Figuring Out Bass Lines
      • Practice

      Comments about Behringer Thunderbird BX108 1x8" Bass Combo Amp:

      I still hold that for the price you can't get a better sounding bass amp. some say that it's not loud enough!! what are you talking about? (low frequencies need lots of watts) Its a practice amp meant to be played in your own space without disturbing anyone. I got the tone of my bass guitar the way they're meant to be heard; only in a bedroom friendly volume.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      8 years olds and going strong

      By Mr. Earl

      from Sitka, Alaska

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicessmaller Rooms

        Comments about Behringer Thunderbird BX108 1x8" Bass Combo Amp:

        was just thumbing through the effects section of MF and came upon this little amp...again...back in 6/2006 I wrote a review about this amp and I would like you all to know..it is still functioning, still sounds great and has held up with numerous scratches and bruises, a busted handle (fixed with nylon rope) and a number of other indignities that time and constant use bring...it sits in my living room presently, which allows me access at all times...it is a reminder to me that the idea of inexpensive is a different mind set than cheap...when and if this little amp gives up the ghost...I will replace it with is latest cousin...being and old fart I no longer need to ROCK this WORLD, just make a joyful low down sound.....

         
        4.0

        good sounding for practice or small jams

        By Ken R

        from Virginia , USA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Small Jams

          Comments about Behringer Thunderbird BX108 1x8" Bass Combo Amp:

          All in all, its a good sounding amp for practice or for jamming with one or 2 guitarists. Good for home recording and practice.

          Its not really loud, but its pretty nice and warm and clear for blues and rootsy types of music.

          I have also used it with a guitar - splitting the signal with a stereo type pedal, and going into a guitar amp and this bass amp - and that sounded good. It added a nice amount of bass.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Basic but solid little practice amp.

          By R. Soon

          from Atlanta, GA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Portable

          Cons

          • Limited Functions
          • Weak

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Behringer Thunderbird BX108 1x8" Bass Combo Amp:

          I'm coming at this amp from a different perspective from many: I'm a sound engineer and producer rather than a full-time bassist. I've been playing bass off and on for a while now, mainly in studio settings thru direct boxes and whatever amps have been available.

          Thus, I don't know a whole lot about vintage amps and the history of the greatest classic heads and all that. But I do know sound and balance. And this amp is surprisingly clear and full and balanced for a bass amp; it's closer to a reference amplifier that happens to be bass-friendly.

          And hey, it *does* look very cool. Knowing what I do about Behringer gear aesthetics in general, they surprised me with the chill yet snazzy retro spin.

          Why does this matter, and why do I consider it a big pro? Because if you're practicing, you want to hear more transparent detail than thundering low end. You're practicing. You want any weaknesses in your technique to be audible, and they are.

          And that's exactly why, I'm betting, it has minimal extra bells & whistles, just your basic 3-band EQ and gain. That's all you need to get a feel for playing in different styles and focusing on specific playing characteristics.

          That said, reading some of the other reviews, it's clear there has been a quality control issue at some point if others are having issues with buzzing. I got mine back in '05, and it has yet to buzz at all, and I've plugged in an active Ibanez in that was pretty cranked up with no problem, as well as a handful of other basses.

          Admittedly, even when on 10 and with the bass up, it's pretty tame even among 15-watt amps. If I gigged with it, I'd go no bigger than a coffee shop with an acoustic guitar and maybe like a conga player. And I'd want a modeling pedal or something to give it a little color.

          But given that I use this amp mainly for what it's touted as being good for, it's really flawless in that capacity. I'd give it 5 out of 5, but the headphone jack placement, lack of a miniplug input (seriously...RCA is cool but iPods etc have been around for a LONG time now), the lack of a volume pot for those who want to perfect the gain and still have level control, and a nod to those who have had quality control issues adds up to a lost star. But I'd still recommend one in a heartbeat. My Thunderbird has been very good to me.

           
          4.0

          It is what it is, and it is good at that

          By Acoustic Bass Player

          from Bonham, TX

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable

          Cons

          • Low Frequency Weakness

          Best Uses

          • Very Small Venues

          Comments about Behringer Thunderbird BX108 1x8" Bass Combo Amp:

          Rockers... this is not the amp for you! Don't buy a 15w amp, then be surprised that it isn't LOUD! This is a PRACTICE amp. It is very very good for the acoustic bass player to practice with unplugged acoustic guitars, mandolins, etc. I agree it does not handle the low B string below the E well, but it is only an 8" speaker. If you need a hard driving sound, step up to the 100 amp kick back that will give you enough sound to get complaints from the sound man. If you need something to practice on, or to play in a small acoustic setting and be heard without overwhelming the room or the other players, this is the one to go with!

           
          5.0

          good little practice amp

          By James Klopack

          from birmigham al

          Comments about Behringer Thunderbird BX108 1x8" Bass Combo Amp:

          If your expecting it to be as loud as a 15 watt guitar amp you will be disappointed. However it works well for my purposes. I use it as a keyboard amp and to play drum beats/samples from reason/fruity loops. In that respect it works quite well and is clear with a good tone. I also use it for recording bass; with a compressor in front of it it sounds pretty sick. i bought it used from a pawn shop and have had no trouble with buzzing at any volume or pitch aside from absurdly low kick sounds.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Why is the headphone jack on the back panel? Thunderbird BX-108

          By Tony From Brooklyn

          from New York City

          Comments about Behringer Thunderbird BX108 1x8" Bass Combo Amp:

          I bought this amp to replace my broken 25-watt Fender Bassman, which now serves as a printer stand. This is a basic practice amp, if that's what you need. It also looks cool. Some points:
          It isn't loud. Maybe you can jam with a friend or two who have acoustic guitars, but a drum kit would drown it out. The low end is clean, but it lacks a certain warmth and depth. My old Fender sounded much better. Haven't tried the Behringer with my 5-string yet, but I suspect it will be a little weak with the low B. It's small, and LIGHTWEIGHT. If you have back trouble, consider this model. For some strange reason, they put the headphone jack on the back panel, instead of on the top along with everything else. This is inconvenient. There are tape output jacks (who uses tape any more?), but no line out or XLR.
          Bottom line: If you're looking for a cheap, no frills practice amp, it's a good choice.
          Basic. No frills.
          Good for its price range.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          SWEET!!!!!!

          By clarence musgrove

          from Washington,DC

          Comments about Behringer Thunderbird BX108 1x8" Bass Combo Amp:

          this amp is just what it says, "a practice amp"...no problems...gives good bass tone...lightweight...and sounds great on recordings!
          this is a practice amp and a recording amp...no volume just gain...that's cool and all you need...it makes it easy to HEAR the tone of your BASS!!!
          good construction...looks vintage!...very nice and compact...great for practice!
          ...good amp for the money.......buy it!

          (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Overpriced, Buzzes at higher volume levels

          By Axel15810-rTHZL

          from Undisclosed

          Comments about Behringer Thunderbird BX108 1x8" Bass Combo Amp:

          I would not recommend, go cheaper and get the same quality if you're looking for a practice amp.
          The amp sounds decent at lower levels, but at gains of 8+ the amp buzzes badly. The input jack broke off after about a year of owning this.
          Not good for the price. Definitely overpriced. This amp is NOT loud enough to play with a drummer and guitarist. This is not a 15W amp, my brother has a 15W amp which completely overpowers this one. Bottom line, if you just want a practice amp go cheaper and get the same quality. If you want an amp for gigs or to play with friends, spend a little extra and get a much much much louder and better quality amp.

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