Bugera 1990 Classic 120W Tube Guitar Amp Head Black 889406407398

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Bugera made the 1990 Classic the first guitar amp head that switches between full-throttle pentode or more harmonic triode (60W) modes. The tube amp's Clean and Lead channels have separate master Volu... Read More

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Bugera made the 1990 Classic the first guitar amp head that switches between full-throttle pentode or more harmonic triode (60W) modes. The tube amp's Clean and Lead channels have separate master Volume and Reverb controls. Bugera tossed in a dual-control footswitch others charge extra for. Using powerful economies of scale and advanced manufacturing, Bugera produced a value-priced amp head that puts biting British tone within range of anybody who ever lusted after it.

The 2-channel preamplifier design includes Bugera ECC83 and ECC83A preamp tubes for breathtaking punch and impressive gain. First-grade Bugera 5881 power tubes, offer comprehensive sound control. 2 integrated reverb effects and an effect loop with Volume control round off the Bugera 1990 amp head.

Bugera guitar amplifiers are handmade under stringent production guidelines to ensure long life and reliability. Each tube amp includes classic valve electronics, hard-wearing switches and potentiometers, high-quality transformers and”not to forget”the hand-selected, precision-matched Bugera tubes. And, owing to their careful construction and component assembly, Bugera 1990 Classic Tube Amp Heads stand up to the toughest demands on the road.

Features
  • Hand-built 120W hi-gain amplifier driven by 4 x 5881 valves
  • Classic 2-channel preamp design (Clean, Lead) featuring 3 x ECC83 valves for terrifying punch and mind-blowing gain
  • Integrated high-class reverb with dedicated Reverb control for each channel
  • Vintage Equalizer section with dedicated Bass, Mid, Treble and Presence controls
  • Power switch to select between pentode or triode (60 Watt) operation
  • Impedance switch (4, 8 and 16 Ohms) to match virtually any speaker cabinet
  • FX Loop with dedicated Level control
  • Frequency compensated Recording output
  • Heavy-duty footswitch for Channel selection and Reverb included
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Bugera1990 Classic 120W Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.0

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Bugera 1990!!!

I have a Bugera 333XL for two years and just love the amp. My experience with Bugera has been A+, so when amps come out of there I am excited to try them....Read complete review

I have a Bugera 333XL for two years and just love the amp. My experience with Bugera has been A+, so when amps come out of there I am excited to try them. Been playing over 25 years and tone and sound is crucial to me. Then why Bugera? Because their amps are pure tone monsters that rank up there with the best in the business. Clones maybe, but who cares for what you get and at the price. The 1990 excited me because of its Marshall heritage. I am an eighties guy and that Brit sound is ingrained in my head. So I gave the amp a try. What I can say is my 333 is not being used as much. The clean channel is good and can give you a classic rock tone when you start to crank it. I use it for a clean, or if I want it dirty I use a Tube Screamer or other distortion sound. The clean channel with a pedal really is awesome and allows the amp qualities really come out with a pedal. The harmonics are great and has that classic tone sound. The lead channel is just awesome. Start playing your hair band favs song and they just come to life. This is not a super High gain amp, but can reach points right before that. Myself I an running the gain at 10 (channel goes to 22) and for a push for leads I use an overdrive. The Marshall looks better and might make people's heads turn but the Bugera is a much better value and to my ears a better sounding amp. One thing also this amp is very quite when not playing you can forget its on. My 333 has more feedback, but then again its a different amp. My buddy asked me which am I going to use live and at this point the 1990. Great amp at a great price. Now Bugera get that Tri Rec out!!!!

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the bugera 1990

for starters, i am a big supporter of bugera. they make some fine amplifiers at very affordable prices..with that said, it may be worth your while to test one of these out...Read complete review

for starters, i am a big supporter of bugera. they make some fine amplifiers at very affordable prices..with that said, it may be worth your while to test one of these out yourself before committing. it's said that this is a clone of the marshall jcm 900...quite honestly, if i had the money for a good marshall, i'd take that because for one, the marshall makes a better investment. but, we are talking about bugera here so here goes: these things are made in china so be aware of that. they also throw in bugera brand tubes as a means of just getting something in there that will work..do yourself a huge favor, get new tubes. these things suck and the amp is way too bright. there is a great feel and heft to the amp and the controls are pretty basic and easy to use. i have this powering a marshall 1936 2X12 and honestly, it's loud, but it won't blow anyone away. it has nice early breakup when the tubes are nice and cooked but it doesn't really seem like 120 watts..maybe it's my cab, idk, because i haven't hooked it up to a 4 X 12. for someone on a budget who wants the marshall tone, i would definitely recommend you check it out. i've heard some people say they have issues with bugera breaking down but i have yet to encounter a single problem...only thing i will say is change those tubes asap, and don't waste your money on groove tubes either. crank it up!

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1.0

Broke within 20 mins

By Eddie

from IL

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Comments about Bugera 1990 Classic 120W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I let It warm up, hit the standby switch and was very impressed with the sound but the sound dropped to half volume after about 15 mins then the power went off. VERY disappointing that this amp went down! I might get another one because the sound was impressive for a cheap amp, but its a cheap amp and the reliability is always gonna be in question after this happened to me.

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5.0

DRIPPING TONE

By EMGmikey

from Eugene OR

Comments about Bugera 1990 Classic 120W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I just got a used one a USED one for my graduation present and a Line 6 320 4X12 cab, the low end model, now this may not be the greatest match up of cab and head but the tone i got blew me away and still does each time. I'm a very very very into the classic Doug Aldrich tone when he was with Dio, and that sweet thick sound of Zakk Wylde Crunch but the roaring high gain sound of a JCM 800. I recommend it to anyone who wants lots of tube tone for a great price and i'm happy with it. and did i mention its great and thick at low levels? if you like lots of tone and lots more money in your pocket to buy stuff to beef up your tone get it. P.S. Lots of headroom plenty of gain and wonderful reverb!

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Great Sounding Service Nightmare

By Heath Carlisle

from Alameda, CA

Comments about Bugera 1990 Classic 120W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I purchased this amp despite the brands reputation for poor dependability. When the shipment arrived, I unpacked the unit, connected a speaker, let it warm up for a bit then turned off the standby. I was cruising thru the clean channel and really enjoying the sounds when the unit began to smoke and lost power. This was after the first 5 minutes of playing. I began to trouble shoot the unit and discovered that the bias pot (easily accessible on the chassis) was fully turned to the "hot" side of it's range. This caused 2 of the tubes to red-plate, in turn causing a runaway current situation that severely compromised 2 resistors and eventually blew that main fuse. The bias had never been adjusted by the factory! So, I had the bias set. I'll also note that the 4 Bugera branded 5881 power tubes were far from matched and varied widely - currents from 30 to 50 ma with a -55v bias setting. This range alone exceeds the spec for the 5881 (6L6) tube. It's also worth noting that these are not true 5881 tubes, they are (probably very cheap) 6L6 tubes. A true 5881 is an industrial grade tube with a shorter form factor and more electrode mass (especially in the plate) to handle large currents. I know, it's customary to interchange the numbers, but if you get excited at the thought of a high reliability 5881 in this amp, well, this ain't that. But, my bias problem solved, I began playing the amp. I really like the sound - both channels have a very useful range of tones. It was easy to dial in great Marchall-esq crunches, and the clean channel was bright and airy. Then, like clockwork: every 5 minutes the amp would go quiet for about 7 seconds, the lights still on, make a loud POP and come back to life. If I happened to be on the lead channel when this happened, the unit would revert to the clean channel after it's "reboot". Hmm.. I think not. Back to the Loch with you, Nessy! Behringer seems to acknowledge the service problems with these, and the latest models have and "Infinium" branded tube protection circuit. The date code on this unit was 1 0 09 pretty close to when the brand was launched. The experiences documented here occurred 7/30/2011 - so perhaps things have improved? One can hope. I did ask my distributor if they would pull one with a later date code, but was informed that the warehouse was automated, and no humans were allowed inside. As with many things Behringer, this is a good sounding product. Also, as with many things Behringer, there are quality issues. But, I did like the sound. Make it dependable, and I would certainly buy one.

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5.0

Love the tone!!

By Cody

from Fort Worth, TX

Comments about Bugera 1990 Classic 120W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I am the lead singer and guitarist in a busy rock band. I went to Guitar Center to actually buy a different amp. The Bugera 1990 was set up beside the amp I came to buy and I played both and left with the Bugera. It is awesome!! Great tone in the lead and in the clean channel. I am thankful that someone has built a 120w tube head that a working musician can afford, and still have great tone!!! Thanks GC and thanks Bugera!!

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4.0

Great value

By Brent

from Manassas VA

Comments about Bugera 1990 Classic 120W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

This amp sounds very much like the Marshall it's intended to clone, it's a little brighter and has more gain (more than anyone should ever need really). I run it through a Line 6 4x12", and have used it at tons of gigs with none of the reliability issues others have reported. Effects loop works well though the level control doesn't seem to do much. 3-way switchable impedance so you can use just about any cabinet with it. The 60/120 watt switchable power is nice. Wish it had seperate tone controls for the 2 channels, but it's nice to have a gain control on the clean channel (wish Fender would do this). It's REALLY loud, consider whether you need this much power before you buy as it doesn't really come into its own until you turn it up to at at least 4 on the master. My band plays a lot of 70's hard rock (Judas Priest, Mountain, Pat Travers) and I've found this to be a great amp for getting that Marshall sound at a reasonable cost.

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3.0

OK, Lacks Versatility

By Brian F

from Shelbyville, KY

Comments about Bugera 1990 Classic 120W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I had this amp for awhile a few months after release. I waited to see if there were issues that would need resolution, of which everything is of proper quality. This thing honestly has Marshall tone in vein of the JCM900 range; however, to me, it is a very one dimensional amp. The BMT EQ knobs are fairly worthless and have little effect on the tone. The clean can be very chimey and nice, which I really liked about this amp. However, the Lead channel is very much a one trick pony with variable level of gain. I would say this amp fits a few styles but very far from all styles as has been stated. It's not a metal amp. The low end felt too flubby to me and really needs a boost or EQ. It's not very modern sounding. It doesn't really do a great classic rock sound. It is very much a JCM900. So if you are looking for that sound, go for it. However, if you're looking for something that can do that and maybe a few other sounds, this is not the amp for you. It lasted about 2-3 months for me.

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5.0

Bugera 1990!!!

By Paulster14

from FL

Comments about Bugera 1990 Classic 120W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I have a Bugera 333XL for two years and just love the amp. My experience with Bugera has been A+, so when amps come out of there I am excited to try them. Been playing over 25 years and tone and sound is crucial to me. Then why Bugera? Because their amps are pure tone monsters that rank up there with the best in the business. Clones maybe, but who cares for what you get and at the price. The 1990 excited me because of its Marshall heritage. I am an eighties guy and that Brit sound is ingrained in my head. So I gave the amp a try. What I can say is my 333 is not being used as much. The clean channel is good and can give you a classic rock tone when you start to crank it. I use it for a clean, or if I want it dirty I use a Tube Screamer or other distortion sound. The clean channel with a pedal really is awesome and allows the amp qualities really come out with a pedal. The harmonics are great and has that classic tone sound. The lead channel is just awesome. Start playing your hair band favs song and they just come to life. This is not a super High gain amp, but can reach points right before that. Myself I an running the gain at 10 (channel goes to 22) and for a push for leads I use an overdrive. The Marshall looks better and might make people's heads turn but the Bugera is a much better value and to my ears a better sounding amp. One thing also this amp is very quite when not playing you can forget its on. My 333 has more feedback, but then again its a different amp. My buddy asked me which am I going to use live and at this point the 1990. Great amp at a great price. Now Bugera get that Tri Rec out!!!!

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3.0

the bugera 1990

By Eric13

from schdy, ny

Comments about Bugera 1990 Classic 120W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

for starters, i am a big supporter of bugera. they make some fine amplifiers at very affordable prices..with that said, it may be worth your while to test one of these out yourself before committing. it's said that this is a clone of the marshall jcm 900...quite honestly, if i had the money for a good marshall, i'd take that because for one, the marshall makes a better investment. but, we are talking about bugera here so here goes: these things are made in china so be aware of that. they also throw in bugera brand tubes as a means of just getting something in there that will work..do yourself a huge favor, get new tubes. these things suck and the amp is way too bright. there is a great feel and heft to the amp and the controls are pretty basic and easy to use. i have this powering a marshall 1936 2X12 and honestly, it's loud, but it won't blow anyone away. it has nice early breakup when the tubes are nice and cooked but it doesn't really seem like 120 watts..maybe it's my cab, idk, because i haven't hooked it up to a 4 X 12. for someone on a budget who wants the marshall tone, i would definitely recommend you check it out. i've heard some people say they have issues with bugera breaking down but i have yet to encounter a single problem...only thing i will say is change those tubes asap, and don't waste your money on groove tubes either. crank it up!

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5.0

Awesome Amp!

By Russ

from Auburn, AL

Comments about Bugera 1990 Classic 120W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

This amp really screams! Nothing but classic tube tone. It blows away my brother-in-law's Marshall 100w solid state. This amp sounds awesome. Definately worth every penny. Don't pay for the Marshall name when this amp does the job just as well.

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5.0

The Real Deal

By Mikeytheripper

from Eugene Oregon

Comments about Bugera 1990 Classic 120W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

Okay so i've played marshals, Line 6, Bogner, and peavy and this in my ears and my opinion is way better. Yes it may be really bright at low levels but thats good for recording and letting the real sustain ring,and what is nice is that it still is bright but not over the top like marshals can be. The Distortion is the real deal for that British tone which i favor, but driving it farther would take it from its real sound. The only thing i agree on with people is that it isn't as bright as vox but hey its a steal for that amount. Play one and go with an open mind and don't just try one guitar try a few

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