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, ... Read More
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 today’s 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 “sag” effect – this basically means when you slam a chord, it doesn’t 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 “sag,” 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 Trirec’s 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).
There’s nothing like the roaring “soft-clip” sound of saturated power tubes, but these tones are normally accessible only when an amp’s volume is cranked. Unfortunately, this kind of volume isn’t an option when you’re jamming away in your apartment at 3 a.m., or if you’re gigging in a tiny club. That’s why the Trirec features the Varipower rotary control, which adjusts output power anywhere from 1 to 100 watts. Whether you’re 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.
Check out the back side on this one
The Trirec’s incredible tonal variations make it a recording studio gem, but it’s 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 you’ll 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.
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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.
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!
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.
My son and I waited 2 years for this to finally come out! everthing we could ask for... metal monster!!!
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