Bogner Goldfinger 45 Watt Tube Amp Head Reviews5.0/5.0 based on 4 customer reviews
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from Missoula MT
March 14, 2013Music Background:
Best amp I have ever played throughI have used this amp for about a year now and it has never let me down. I play a variety of styles and this amp can cover all of them. It is basically 3 classic amps in one box. The alpha channel is blackface clean with some potential tweaks to the treble character. The omega channel is either classic plexi or classic JCM800 (switchable) with more gain potential than the old amps especially at low volumes. There are 4 possible wattage settings which is nice when you are trying to control your volume in club settings, which is mostly all the time. Even the highest wattage is not overwhelmingly loud however. The amp is pedal friendly as I normally use a Robin Trower overdrive on the clean channel to get that in-between overdrive character, which is neither clean nor distorted. I use it through a Mesa 4 x 12 live and an Avatar 2 x 12 with Celestion Gold speakers recorded. It sounds excellent recorded with plenty nice overtones and dimension. The footpedal is really handy live as you can kick the FX on and off and add a boost to the gain if you want. I have a delay in the loop that is set to be a bit hotter than the bypass signal and I use that to boost my leads live. Very handy when no sound person is available. This is my second Bogner. I also have a Shiva that I like almost as well. Both amps are great and I have no need to ever get another amp, but I probably will anyway.
Cary G Nichols
September 28, 2012Music Background:
Jazz / Arabic composer, guitarist and upright bassist
Bogner Goldfinger - A Beautiful Musical AmpThis is one of the most beautiful musical amplifiers ever made, both visually and sonically. A very sparkling warm clean channel and a subtle sensual distortion channel. A very nice natural tube compression is realized with this amp. The recording playbacks from this amp are gorgeous. A very artistic and inspirational amp. Thanks Bogner and company.
from Atlanta, GA
December 31, 2011Music Background:
A truly great amp!Having collected a multitude of different amps over the years (Bad Cat, MB, 65 Amps, Orange, Bogner Shiva and XTC), this head is a keeper and a go-to amp.
Channel 1 cleans are classic Bogner....warm, rich, full and Fender-esque. The 6v6's add a nice top end, a little different for Bogner but never harsh or glassy. It also takes OD pedals really, really well. The reverb is also fantastic.
Channel two has great versatility between the two modes....69 mode is between a Plexi or a cranked Hiwatt....very useful. 80 mode is classic Bogner crunch, it has a little bit of Orange sounding voice to me but much richer and fuller. It will definitely get into high gain searing mode with the boost engaged.
Besides all of the loop options in both channels, the other real key winner here is the switchable wattage. You can go from 9-45 watts which makes it great for practicing at home and then can go to stage. I really happen to like it a lot at the 9 watt setting, it's just really full sounding art reasonable volumes.
Bottom line - lots of tonal versatility, great variety of sounds, and ability to tune wattage where you need it....Doesn't get any better than that!!!!
March 9, 2011
AmptasticThis is one of the best amps I've ever heard. Great clean and incredible thick, warm gain channel.