The Bogner Alchemist 112 combo amp is a modern take on vintage tube amp design. Boasting sparkling, articulate cleans, touch-sensitive leads and a bright and colorful crunch, the Alchemist 112 guitar ... Click To Read More About This Product
The Bogner Alchemist 112 combo amp is a modern take on vintage tube amp design. Boasting sparkling, articulate cleans, touch-sensitive leads and a bright and colorful crunch, the Alchemist 112 guitar amp owes its remarkable tonality to a 6L6 class-AB power section, a five-12AX7 preamp and a premium Celestion speaker. The Bogner Alchemist 112 amp owes its timeless appeal to classic innovation, modern ingenuity and some entrancing sonic alchemy.
The Bogner Alchemist 112 has a 2-channel design. Each channel has its own voice and identity. Beginning clean and fast, featuring an open top-end and tight bottom-end, Channel 1 opens gradually to present simmering blues tones that churn like spirits in a cauldron. Advancing toward saturation, Crunch mode turns up the heat adding the perfect touch of nastiness with added pick response and increased tonal complexity. Channel 2, achieving critical mass, invokes the famous white-hot Bogner gain”creamy, modern and screaming with sustain”offering everything from Brit rock right through to modern metal. Plus, with variable Bright settings, each channel can be customized to match the tone of your guitar and rig.
Featuring a selectable power section, from 40 to 20 watts, the Alchemist 112 amp's sonority quickly transforms to display a very different kind of magic. When switched to 20 watts, the Bogner Alchemist 112 amp undergoes a complete sonic metamorphosis, changing its harmonic complexity and feel to conjure the essence of the legendary Brown sound.
Reverb and Delay, in variable styles and levels, run in parallel, separate from the original signal. The result is a rich, living and breathing, fully realized resonance capable of producing a complete tonal landscape.
Bogner includes a 4-button footswitch with the Alchemist 112 combo tube amp.
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One of the best sounds amps ever
This amp is just incredible...easily one of the best I have ever heard. Lets begin with the fact that when I plugged in, the tone was immediately so impressive. I didn't...Read complete review
This amp is just incredible...easily one of the best I have ever heard. Lets begin with the fact that when I plugged in, the tone was immediately so impressive. I didn't have to do a lot of tweaking right away to find a "sound." But, eventually I wanted to. So, I dialed in what sounded like at least 5 different dirty amps. Then, I worked on the clean channel, which blew me away. Delays are top notch. The amp is bass heavy, so I roll off the bass quite a bit. The reverb and delays give you a lot of options. It looks cool and sounds superb. Easily one of the best amps out there.
Most Liked Negative Review
Excellent sounding, not too well built.
First off, for the price this amp's sounds can't be beat. I wanted something that could do jazz to metal, and I got it. I play with a Jackson Soloist, and the...Read complete review
First off, for the price this amp's sounds can't be beat. I wanted something that could do jazz to metal, and I got it. I play with a Jackson Soloist, and the cleans are creepy sounding (in a good way) and the distortion is brutal. My brother who plays with an AM. Strat says he loves the bluesy tone more than on his Fender Deluxe Reissue. However, I've been through two of these amps in five months. The first time the pre-amp came loose and the footswitch stopped working. Now, the channels switch randomly and quickly without touching the amp and make a loud buzzing sound when doing this. When looking inside, the tubes were loose, after fixing this the problem still happened. If the next one I get replacing this has an issue, I'm done with the Alchemist...
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This amp is great because it is so versatile and affordable. I bought the head version with a used 6505 4x12" cabinet and used that as my gig rig for a long time. It may be low wattage but it has plenty of power to play live shows, yet can also sound good at low volumes like when practicing. There is a seemingly unlimited number of sounds you can get between the two channels by tweaking various things. Only complaints I have really is that the thing is pretty darn heavy (but hey it's a tube amp) and the little rubber feet on the bottom fell off not long after buying it. Overall though this amp sounds great, will make basically any sound you want it to, can handle live gigs and at home practice sessions, and has a price tag that's really hard to beat.
Using two of these with additional cabinets on each. Tone pure and simple. All about tone. These amps when miked have a sweet sound that only Bogner can produce. I am just talking about tone not volume although they can get pretty loud on the 20 watt side. With the addition of another twelve this amp gets very punchy. Better tone than the 2x12 model IMO. I only wish that they made a rack mount power amp,for more cabinets.
I got one of these in my shop last week and in the final analysis it needed 2 12AX7's and some tube socket cleaning. One of the tubes was cracked by the customer so only one tube was actually problematic. I did get to put this amp through it paces however and it screams and is clean as a bell depending on how you set things. It is well constructed and easy to work on no thanks to Line6 who offer no outside support at all. The amp boards are so well identified and marked that needing a schematic is not really necessary as long as you know something about electronics. The only thing I don't necessarily like is that it employs a switch mode power supply which is not real evil in itself but if that thing ever pops, they are difficult to repair. The wide variety of tone settings and sheer power put this amp above most other amps I have had the pleasure to rip apart. Nice amp, now I have to go and get one for myself.
Amp sounds fantastic. The Celestion speakers give it that warm, deep tone. I have no idea why anyone would dare call it muddy. Very clear with lots of tone options. The clean tones out of this thing are crystal clear and the delay and reverb sound incredible. The gain on this thing is fantastic too. Lots of tone options here as well. You can get a crunchy/bluesy rock tone or crank the gain for a unique metal sound. Very portable, solid construction, and I love how the amp castors just pop in and out.
Overall, this is the best guitar amp of the decade and my current favorite. I am thinking about buying a second one, that's how much I like this tone. My style of play requires a very responsive tube saturation where you can still hear every note through the distortion. I will never take this amp out of my home studio. Its too heavy to lug around, and tube amps are moody/sensitive enough. I have been seeing them on stages for the past year though. The Alchemist doesn't have a "line out" or a Master Volume. Weird, but acceptable. The standard effects loop seems to work as loops do. I also like that all the controls are on the front panel, so you can tilt it back against the wall and still access the controls.
I got the 40 watt 1x12 Bogner Alchemist about a month ago.
Outstanding features- 2 channels, with Gain, Volume, Bass, Mid, Treble, on each channel. Channel 1, Clean/Gold is spanking, Fenderish, but with more response unless you could get a real 70's Twin Reverb.. Flip the Crunch switch on channel 1 and you are in SRV territory. This isn't simulated, but real genuine response. Channel 2 or Mercury has the best overdrive I have heard on a mid-price amp, right up there with a Boogie. There is a variac switch for 20 and 40 watts, with standby in the center.
I love the EQs on this amp. Yes, it has a mid scoop switch on the Overdirve/Mercury to immediately get into Brown Sound, the saturation of Van Halen or Randy Rhodes. The Reverb and Delay are top notch, and I usually hate simulated effects. (All the pedals on my board are Analog bucket brigade.) Bogner and Line 6 hit a home run with 3 types of Reverb, and 3 Delays, capable of going over the top. The included footswitch gives you a channel toggle, boost, reverb, and delay. There are 3 more tweaker switches on each channel. The genuine Celestion Vintage 30 compliments the tube tone on the amp perfectly. You don't catch any of the "torn speakers fuzz" on the cleans like you might find on many Marshalls. If this was not superior I would have sent it back.
I read a lot of reviews about this amp and all were outstanding for the first 2 years. Recently a batch of defective models came off the assembly line. I hoped that it was a limited problem and finally decided to buy with MF's guarantee. It took more than a week to arrive, took it out of the box, plugged it in and nothing. Dead. All the lights were on, the tubes glowing, but no sound. Called MF, and ordered a replacement.
A week later I finally got a working amp, which mysteriously had a Line 6 QA sticker on it. The amp is built by Line 6 . It was designed by Reinhold Bogner who I have full faith in despite a defective batch off the assembly line. The build is very solid on this combo. It weighs almost 70 pounds. Compare that weight to other combo 12's.This baby is built like a tank, and that heavy cabinet will give you a much fuller sound when recording. I still give the Alchemist a 10 on quality because it does sound that good.
I had this item in my shopping cart for a year an nearly bought it several times at the suggested retail price. I didn't need another amp, but was still not getting exactly the sound I was looking for . Boy am I glad that I gave the Alchemist a chance. You have Five-12-AX7 tubes in the pre-amp, and 2 6L6s in the power section. I have never been able to get enough harmonic distortion out of EL-34 tubes without running an OD box. No problem here. I just crank the Drive up to 10, and back up the volume on the guitar to clean it up, like we did in the 70's and 80's. The Alchemist will definatly get you into Boogie Duel Recitifier territory for half the price.
Love the sound, great price, alot of features. The little switches for punch, mid boost, and main boost, really give the amp character. being able to everything from rockablilly with the built in delay, overdriven blues, or heavy metal leads that cut through the mix really well.
Great sound for the money, alot of variation can be made with just small turn of a knob.
no problems yet, seems to be built sturdy.
got it for 475, with free shipping. Awesome bargin.
The only downside is the weight.........65 lbs.......
Awesome tone.....love the fact that it has digital reverb and delay built in.
For the price this is one awesome amp....
I think this is a very good amp and to be honest I had been a fender and pedal man for at least the last 15 years but this amp made me look at things a little different. Don,t get me wrong I still love my fenders but this amp will bring out more versatality without sounding to metal. It,s hard to actually admit this but this my new favorite amp. I have played for about 25 years and many amps but never more for my money than this nor any better tone. This is my first time actually taking the time to rate a product but this one impressed me.
For the price that I got this boutique amp at I couldn,t ask for many more features. This amp is listed as a two chanel amp but it,s actually four chanels with 3 reverbs and 3 delay types and it doesn,t sound digital. This amp is so versatile that I honestly don,t feel the need to run a processor with different amp simulations. You can get fat, dark, bright, sparkly but not quite as clean as the fender bell tones but very good with its own jingly personality somewhere between fender and vox. And oh yea a 4 button footswitch. Ok I would have given it a ten on this one but come on.... NO line out.
I really can,t give an answer on quaulity yet because I have only had it for three weeks. I ordered a second one and had to send it back because it kept squealing but i think they sent me a return on mistake. But i did reorder
Extra ordinary value. If this was U.S. made it probably wouldn,t be to affordable sad to say.
Overall, as I said so far so good. I probably would recommend changing the tubes to EH brand once there ready to be replaced other than that it's too soon to tell if any problems will arise.
FYI, i also purchased the head as a backup for $434.00 level 1 used.
How can you beat that!
I've been playing since the mid 70's I've used brands like Ampeg, Sound City, Fender and many others. As I've gotten older I tended to go after USA made amps and you know they can be quite expensive but then Bogner came out with the Alchemist. At first they were also expensive until recently I saw that they had come down in price substantially. I decided to purchase the 1x12 combo.
Out of the box it looks expensve but once I turned it around I can see it was "Made in China" well, ok let's give it a shot and see what it has to offer.
The clean channel gives you many switching options including gain. The lead channel gives you more switching options to give you that Classic Rock sound or VH, or ACDC sound.
After some tweaking I was amazed of how well this thing purrs. The delay on the second channel is nothing short of amazing. The footswitch is identical to some of those very expensive USA made amps and with the Celestion V30 you can't go wrong.
I was playing a Fryette Sig X w/deliverance cab prior to purchasing this combo which I thought was the best sounding amp ever until I started playing the Bogner Alchemist. I sold the Fryette and now the Bog is my amp of choice.
Quality looks good, made well no issues, Time will tell
Incredible value! These were going for $800-$1000 when they first came out.
I paid $450.00 brand new from MF
Funny story about the delivery of my amp that speaks volumes (no pun intended!) about both the build quality of this Bogner tank and the quality of the packing/shipping: since my amp was shipped to me via truck freight, I had to pick it up curbside from the delivery agent. After excitedly signing for my new amp, I tried to macho it out and hurriedly threw the box up on my shoulder and started on my way up the driveway. Halfway up, and to my horror, THE BOX SLID BACKWARDS OFF MY SHOULDER AND WENT CRASHING TO THE GROUND (absolutely true)-about a SIX-FOOT DROP! I turned just in time to see it fall onto one of its corners and then settle onto the driveway. For the first five seconds, all I could do was stare, speechless, as the delivery guy approached me and asked if I was OK. After uttering a loud expletive (I have wonderfully understanding neighbors), I opened the box, and, through streaming perspiration, I slowly slid my hand down all sides of the amp all the way to the bottom. Feeling nothing out of the ordinary, and at the suggestion of the delivery guy (who apparently was the only one of us still in control of his faculties), I pulled the amp up by its handle and out of the box, trembling the whole time. After a quick inspection showed nothing out of the ordinary, and, upon hearing/seeing no rattling shards of broken tube glass, I thanked the driver and carried the amp into my house and put it face down on my kitchen table. Not only was nothing broken, cracked, loosened, or put out of place, but NOT A SINGLE VACUUM TUBE WAS DISLODGED FROM ITS SOCKET. Still sweating, I plugged the amp in and plugged in a guitar. The amp worked PERFECTLY on both channels and with every combination of effect and EQ setting tweaked and re-tweaked. That sweet Bogner tone filled my house! I cannot say enough about the superb quality of this amp and the way it was shipped to me, especially after having lived through what could have easily been an absolute catastrophe. I could not be happier!
A two-channel, 40-20 watt, all-tube, Celestion Vintage 30-packing, on-board effects Bogner combo for the sale price I got it for? 'Nuff said!
Outstanding value! Musician's Friend should run this same sale again! I have a few guitarist friends who are chomping at the bit for the same sale price I got!
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