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Bugera Trirec 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amplifier Head  

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The Bugera Trirec features a Varipower dial that scales output power from 1W to 100W, giving you sweet power tube saturation at apartment-friendly volumes. The Trirec gives you three preamp channels, ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Bugera Trirec features a Varipower dial that scales output power from 1W to 100W, giving you sweet power tube saturation at apartment-friendly volumes. The Trirec gives you three preamp channels, each with a wide array of sonic options, internal reverb, an adjustable and remote switchable boost, an FX loop and three rectifier modes to choose from (tube, silicon diode, tube and silicon diode).

Rectifiers convert alternating current (AC) to direct current (DC), giving your guitar amp the power it needs to rock. Most of todays amps feature solid state rectifiers which have high power output and tight bass response. But many guitarists prefer tube-based rectifiers, which are known for their œsag effect “ this basically means when you slam a chord, it doesnt reach its full volume right away, but instead makes a tough initial impact before quickly blossoming into a classic rock ultimatum. With the Bugera Trirec, both breeds of rectifier are alive and well in the same amp. You can even use them at the same time. Choose Silicon Diodes for high power and tight bass, Tubes (2 x 5U4 tubes) for lower power and the almighty œsag, or a combination of the two called Tubes & Diodes for medium-powered operation spiked with equal parts punch and vintage grace.

Three really is the magic number
Three is a recurring number when it comes to the awesome features of the Trirec. There are three preamp channels, each with three-band EQ, Presence, Volume and Gain controls. Channel 1 gives you pristine cleans and a DRIVE setting for a dynamic crunch tone. Channels 2 and 3 give you three overdrive modes: Classic for blues and classic rock sounds, Vintage for more gain for hard rock, and Modern for pure, maniacal metal. Five 12AX7 tubes give the Trirecs preamp stage the mojo to cover this vast tonal palette. The output stage contains 4 x 6L6 tubes (convertible to 4 x EL34 tubes”not included).

Varipower
Theres nothing like the roaring œsoft-clip sound of saturated power tubes, but these tones are normally accessible only when an amps volume is cranked. Unfortunately, this kind of volume isnt an option when youre jamming away in your apartment at 3 a.m., or if youre gigging in a tiny club. Thats why the Trirec features the Varipower rotary control, which adjusts output power anywhere from 1 to 100 watts. Whether youre trying to record a searing solo without waking the neighbors, or blowing the roof off the biggest gig of your life, the Trirec is always ready to provide the sound of overdriven tube fury.

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The Trirecs incredible tonal variations make it a recording studio gem, but its got the features that make it equally amazing on stage. The back panel features a LINE OUT jack with dedicated Level knob for sending signal to a slave amp, as well as loudspeaker jacks with switchable impedance (16, 8 or 4 ohms), making this amplifier compatible with virtually any speaker cabinet. The built-in FX Loop has controls for adjusting the output (send) and return levels separately. The associated Assign knob has four states: FX Loop is always on, has an individual status per channel, is activated via footswitch, or is deactivated. You also get six External Switching jacks that allow channel switching, BOOST, REVERB and FX LOOP to be controlled by an external switching system. This is where youll find the input for the FSB106A footswitch, which also controls these parameters, and offers a MIDI IN/THRU connection controlling the Trirec in sync with your MIDI setup.

Features
  • Hand-built and hand-wired
  • Three fully independent channels (Classic, Vintage and Modern)
  • Three unique rectifier modes
  • Integrated high-class reverb with dedicated control
  • Varipower control allows the maximum power to be scaled down to produce a cranked amp sound at lower volumes
  • Dedicated Gain, Bass, Mid, Treble, Presence and Volume
  • Adjustable and remote controllable Boost function
  • Heavy-duty 6-button footswitch for channel selection, Boost, Reverb and FX Loop function included--doubles as MIDI IN/THRU for complete MIDI remote switching
  • Manual or auto-assignable FX Loop with independent Send and Return level controls
  • External Switching connectors for remote control of channel selection, Boost, Reverb and FX Loop
  • Line output with dedicated Level control
  • Multi-impedance output connectors
  • High-quality components and rugged construction
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BugeraTrirec 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amplifier Head
 
4.3

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (9)
  • Good power output (8)
  • Warm / comfy (6)
  • Easy to use (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (8)
  • Home studio (7)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very impressed

As a person who has experience with a number of boutique amplifiers I must say the TriRec is very impressive. It produces monstrous tones with little effort. You'll hear a lot gf guys who...Read complete review

As a person who has experience with a number of boutique amplifiers I must say the TriRec is very impressive. It produces monstrous tones with little effort. You'll hear a lot gf guys who use pro gear talking about leaving the knobs at noon and getting great sounds. That's exactly how the TriRec comes across and yet it's a tweakers delight. There are so many options for changing the sounds across the 3 channels and when you mix that with Diode vs Tube (or combined!) rectifier settings + the ability to put pretty much any valve you can think of in the mix without needing to re-bias you have an instant winner.

As a guy who has owned a variety of Engl and Diezel amps I can truly say that the Bugera ranks up there with them in terms of sound quality and features. I would argue that it's easier to dial in a great dirty sound on the Bugera and the quality of the tone is top notch.

The big concern with Bugera is build quality but so far it hasn't been an issue and I'm really hoping that it holds up as the Trirec has quickly become my favorite amp in the arsenal.

Channel switching, with the included pedalboard, can be a bit noisy but that's the only negative I could draw out at this time. The fact that a midi based controller is included with the amp at this price point is simply amazing.

I highly recommend those who are interested in a variety of tones include ultra modern and classic to check this amp out. You won't be disappointed.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Gain for Miles. No attention to detail. Poor quality

The tone is excellent. It's a gain monster. With my hush 2c it's perfect. However,the bad. I received my brand new head with rusted pins on the footswitch and the footswitch input...Read complete review

The tone is excellent. It's a gain monster. With my hush 2c it's perfect. However,the bad. I received my brand new head with rusted pins on the footswitch and the footswitch input completely corroded on the head itself. Bugera is willing to replace it with a refurbished head. So I buy new receive refurb as replacement. Nice huh? M.I. won't help either. So from what I've heard about these, it's about 50/50 that you'll get one with no issues. Very "Chinese" to say the least. If you get one on clearance I say take your chances. I'd never buy one at full price.

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4.0

Tone Chameleon

By Earl Cyclo

from Cincinnati, OH

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Extremely flexible tonal options
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Questionable shielding
  • Very heavy

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about Bugera Trirec 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amplifier Head:

I run this amp through an old Sunn 2x10 cabinet, which is a little small for this guy, but perfectly meets my home/practice needs. I have a Mexican HSS Strat and an Epi LP Studio, both of which sound absolutely marvelous on all channels. The cleans are sparkly and pristine, with jangle and quack from the Strat and rich, clear complexity from the LP. Channel 1's gain maxes out in the range of Danzig-era Misfits, Channel 2 maxes out somewhere in Lateralus territory, and Channel 3 is pure death/black/core insanity on both settings.

The Boost feature is cool, and makes this functionally a 6-channel amp. It has a lot of knobs, but they're very intuitive and beautiful tones are easy to find. It gets crazy loud even through my little 2x10, but still sounds great at bedroom levels. Infinium is cool, I'm definitely planning on putting some exotic tubes in it eventually, but the stock ones sound just fine to me. Only cons would be that it is HEAVY (as amps with 10+ tubes tend to be), and that mine has had an issue picking up radio signals. I do live high on a hill above a major city, but I would have hoped that it would be shielded better. Easy fix, but still. Channel switching is instantaneous, but there is a pop, which doesn't bother me but might bother some people. Knobs feel a little cheap, but I've had no issues with it so far.

Overall, a great, versatile amp for the stage or home studio. I'm very happy with it.

(0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not worth it

By Kuni

from Washington D.C.

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

    • NOT DURABLE

    Best Uses

      Comments about Bugera Trirec 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amplifier Head:

      I've had this amp for about 2 years now. I purchased New. I only played it about 6 hours total in my house. Just never got a sound i liked from it. with all kinds of guitars and cabs i just never got a good sound. (Orange 4x12, Marshall 4x12, vintage Laney 2x10/1x15, Sunn 2x15) Amp has been in temp/humidity controlled jam room for 2 years.

      I plugged it in this past month, and the amp was dead. I have a ton of amps, and upgrade/modify them sometimes and they all work even if they have been sitting for years. (Orange, Sound City, Sunn, Peavey, Fender, Laney)(I did not mod this amp. I opened it up after it died. It is a Rats nest of wiring and super thin PCB boards. Just not built to handle any abuse in my eyes).
      Changed out all the tubes, and that was not the Issue, FYI.
      I'd recommend getting a much better quality Used amp. Quite a few inexpensive Peavey heads can be found with a similar tone. (Valveking, XXX)
      I've purchased Two Behringer/Bugera products in the last 3 years. both died after hours of use.

      I learned my lesson after that. Will not by another Behringer product. Sorry if you think this amp sounds good. I think anyone that believes that just has not heard Great sounding gear. Seems like people go from Solid State, to cheap Tube gear. So i can see how it may sound better when people are coming from low priced SS gear.

       
      5.0

      This thing is a Beast... Watt for Watt.. The Best Value!!!!!

      By BMAC72

      from Peoria IL.

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Bugera Trirec 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amplifier Head:

        This Amp is Awesome!!! aside from picking up radio transmissions from time to time and a loud popping noise when switching channels on front panel from time to time. Other than that.. its Awesome. Oh yeah.. one last thing.. plastic foot switcher instead of metal... no big deal though. Buy one on sale and you won't regret it at all.. Rock On!!!

        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Gain for Miles. No attention to detail. Poor quality

        By yjmalmsteen

        from Midwest

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Poorly Assembled

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Bugera Trirec 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amplifier Head:

        The tone is excellent. It's a gain monster. With my hush 2c it's perfect. However,the bad. I received my brand new head with rusted pins on the footswitch and the footswitch input completely corroded on the head itself. Bugera is willing to replace it with a refurbished head. So I buy new receive refurb as replacement. Nice huh? M.I. won't help either. So from what I've heard about these, it's about 50/50 that you'll get one with no issues. Very "Chinese" to say the least. If you get one on clearance I say take your chances. I'd never buy one at full price.

        (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        MIND BLOWING!!!

        By HAMMERHEAD

        from DYER,TN.

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • It's All Good
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Bugera Trirec 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amplifier Head:

        I BOUGHT THIS AMP,AND WAS SCEPTICAL,UNTIL I TURNED IT ON!!!SO FAR IT'S RIGHT UP MY ALLEY.I PLAY ROCK,AND SEVERAL DIFFERENT STYLE METAL.IT'S ALSO GOOD FOR HEAVY BLUES,AND COUNTRY.BEAUTIFUL CLEANS,SO MANY VARIATIONS OF MUSIC CAN BE MADE WITH IT.I'M PRETTY SURE THIS IS NOT A ONE TRICK PONY.I'VE PLAYED THRU MANY AMPS,BUT I LOVE THIS AMP!!IT CAME OUT OF 2 BOXES AND STYRAFOAM FOR PACKING AAA++++!!!I THINK THEY HAVE IT DOWN THIS TIME,DID I SAY I LOVE THIS AMP.IT'S SOLID CONSTRUCTION,SHOULD LAST FOREVER,IF YOU BUY ACASE TO TRAVEL OR PLAY GIGS!!LOVE IT!!!

        (7 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Huge Gain Is Simply Not There

        By Max3347

        from Greensboro, NC

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Distinct Channel Eq's
        • Excellent Sound
        • Well built

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performances

          Comments about Bugera Trirec 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amplifier Head:

          A really nice amp all around with good tonal variation. But the problem is with the gain. Even on the lead overdrive channel with the gain fully clockwise, it was not near enough. Maxing out the gain on the Burgera felt like a 5 on a Mesa Boogie. I had assumed that with (5) 12AX7 tubes in the preamp that it would provide superb sustain and great touch sensitivity.

          It did not provide this though and so I was forced to return it. If you are looking for moderately strong distortion and good crunch, then this amp is a winner. If you are looking for infinite sustain for intricate runs aka Joe Satriani or Vai, then the Trirec Infinium is the wrong amp.

          Also, a slight audible click when switching channels.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Dont hesitate!

          By Kory Marietta

          from Pa

          Comments about Bugera Trirec 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amplifier Head:

          This amp is very versatile! Any style of music. I was looking for that Metallica " Black ALbum " sound. It took some time but i Finally arrived. I actually sold my Peavey 6505+ head. when folks say it is the industry standard for metal they should be a little more specific. if you detune and play newer metal core it is perfect. However I view metal as Metallica, Pantera, Slayer, Ect?..(and that is just My opinion i don't intend to offend anyone) The TRIREC is great in almost any setting. Im running the TriRec through a Mesa 4x12 slant cab loaded with vintage 30's. I run an Ibanez Tubescreamer (vintage reissue) into a Fulltone OCD overdrive into a Keeley 4 knob compressor dirrectly into the the amps input. in the effects loop i run a BBE sonic maximizer 482i. into a Lexicon MX200. I highly recommend some form of a noise gate. I had some reservations in ordering this amp, for the price i could have easily bought a used Dual Rectifier. however, let me clear that up for you.The amp is great, you can dial in tone with ease, and all of the features it is loaded with?.each channel has a master volume,it has reverb,boost, Variac ( you can go from 5 watts to 100 watts with out loosing the power tube saturation.)and it sounds great at low volumes so if your a basement or bedroom player its all good. The design was, well, someone was thinking. the only thing i would change (witch i may have mod-ed later) is that the selection between silicone diodes and tubes is for all 3 channels, i wish it was independent for each channel. oh the foot switches are a little noisy. you hear a click when switching channels. however it has a Midi path in it so you can upgrade to a midi foot control. i do however like the fact that the foot switch is 6 button, all 3 channels, Reverb, boost, and FX loop. allin all i would recommend this amp and the 333xl to anyone who is in the market for a new one.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Pretty Good Value!

          By LARRY KELLUM

          from Knoxville, TN

          Comments about Bugera Trirec 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amplifier Head:

          I purchased this amp recently to replace a combo I had been lugging around. The amp is built well and has great astetics for metal as well as the tone to match it. The amp however is very noisey in modern mode on channels two and three. I would have like to have channels two and three with a little different tonal features, however they are exactly the same, no big deal really. The clean, I think, is better than alot of the reviews put on. Way better than my Marshall was. The EQs (high,mid,bass,presence,gain) are very usable, meaning when you turn them they actually do something and the knobs are firm with no play. They dont seam cheap. The boost is awesome, gives a good increase in volume and push,great for solos. The reverb is ok, gotta turn it up to around 7 to notice it, then it gets decent. The power scale is awesome! Ive been looking for an amp with this and its gonna be a great tool since I jam in a small bed room more often than not. The ability to switch tubes? I'm not sure about this one yet. Ive got acouple of new el34s layed away somewhere. I think I'll give them a try and see what happens. The rectifier swith is cool and gives you some tone options, however Ive found silicon diode to be my fav. The effects loop seams to add some compression, not sure I like it yet, but Im still working on mating up my stomp boxes. The footswitch, its good to go! Its one of the main reasons I bought the amp. I can assign the effects loop and reverb to come on and off with fifferent channels. It isn't noisy and it doesnt take alot of pressure to switch stuff, as others have reported. Maybe I just got a good one. Over all I am happy with the product. I just hope it holds up! Made in China, but whats not these days!

          (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          awesome metal machine

          By metalhead

          from Bend

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Bugera Trirec 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amplifier Head:

            This thing is a beast! Massive tone for metal or anything else you can dream up.... incredible value for a killer amp! 3 channels of guitar tone bliss, from chimmy cleans to all out modern metal. Just an awesome machine

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            great amp...but...

            By kevin shaffer

            from San Pablo CA

            Comments about Bugera Trirec 100W 3-Channel Tube Guitar Amplifier Head:

            I've been waiting for this amp for over a year. tone wise, i love it. this thing is amazing and no, i would not consider it mesa knock off. the other guitar player in my band uses a mesa boogie dual rectifier tremoverb. our amps complement each other perfectly and the features that the trirec has puts it in a class of it's own. It delivers everything i could ask for and then some in it's tone pallet. however, channels 2 and 3 are quite noisy so plan on using a gate at all times. it also makes some noise when switching channels if they are set different. i use vintage on channel 2 and modern on channel 3 and there is a noticieable click when i switch between the two. the foot pedal selectors are pretty stiff to.i really have to stomp on them to get the channel to switch. that will probably loosen up over time but is incosequntial as i plan on using a FCB1010, and tc gmajor in the future. thats why 4 stars. all and all this is the best head i've ever bought and well worth the 800 bucks i shelled out for it.

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