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Bogner Barcelona 40-watt Handwired Tube Head Reviews

4.5 stars based on 5 customer reviews
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  • from March 7, 2017

    Sweet!

    Excellent amplifier! I bought this amp as a clean pedal platform. The clean tone is gorgeous and full, and my pedals sound great straight in. The clean tone is very adjustable anywhere from sparkly clean jangle to round and warm. My main amp for the last 6 months and super dependable So far.

  • from December 24, 2016

    Desert Island Amp

    If you're looking for warm clean tone this is it. I use strats and 2x12 bogner cabs. I've had Mesa, Fender, Carr, Ampeg....This is my favorite. You have to experiment with tubes. Not an amp for hard rock or distortion. I own 2.

  • from United States November 22, 2012Music Background:
    Session player, music producer

    Great no-nonsense amp for pedals

    This is THE amp to get if you already have the pedals to carve your tone for and are looking for an excellent 1 channel amp to act as your canvas. Ample headroom that does not compromise tone in any way. The Barcelona pours out 40W of class A power (half power switch acts more like -1/3) and has just a few knobs, but man do they change the tone (I love the 3-way toggle mids, the gain-pull fat switch, etc.)
    Bogner makes great gear. This amp is made like a tank, as usual, and because of the simple circuitry tubes make a big difference, so take out your favorite tubes and experiment.

  • from Berkeley Ca March 22, 2017Music Background:
    Profesional

    Great clean tone...not enough amplitude for my needs

    The sounds that come out of this guy are truly fantastic supper clean, great tone, takes pedalboards really well. It also seems to be really solidly built.

    However it is not a particularly loud or powerful amp. I paired it with a Bogner 1X12 and had to crank it to maximum just to play with a drummer and a bassist. If I were to perform with a 2nd guitar, keys, horns, etc there's no way this guy would keep up.

    The Bogner literature boasts that this thing has huge headroom, and while head room is relative, I didn't really find this claim to be true. They also say that the 1X12 sounds very 3 dimensional like much larger cabinets, and while they are the best sounding cabs I've ever played through, I found this to also not be true.

    Calculating amplitude based on Watts is a tricky thing my Fender Blues Jr. 15 watt amp is almost as loud as this Barcelona...although again not nearly as nice sounding.

    At the end of the day I really do need to stress this is an amazing piece of gear. It literary upset me to return it because I was so in love with it's sound. If you're rhythm section isn't too loud or your doing jazz clubs then I can't recommend this unit highly enough. But I ended up returning it & I thought I'd help the Sweetwater community members the same frustrations by managing expectations. There is no magic box & you can't get around the laws of physics. A small box sounds like a small box. If you want a bigger sound for a full band purposes you're gonna need something bigger and more powerful.

  • from Berkeley Ca March 22, 2017Music Background:
    Profesional

    Great clean tone...not enough amplitude for my needs

    The sounds that come out of this guy are truly fantastic supper clean, great tone, takes pedalboards really well. It also seems to be really solidly built.

    However it is not a particularly loud or powerful amp. I paired it with a Bogner 1X12 and had to crank it to maximum just to play with a drummer and a bassist. If I were to perform with a 2nd guitar, keys, horns, etc there's no way this guy would keep up.

    The Bogner literature boasts that this thing has huge headroom, and while head room is relative, I didn't really find this claim to be true. They also say that the 1X12 sounds very 3 dimensional like much larger cabinets, and while they are the best sounding cabs I've ever played through, I found this to also not be true.

    Calculating amplitude based on Watts is a tricky thing my Fender Blues Jr. 15 watt amp is almost as loud as this Barcelona...although again not nearly as nice sounding.

    At the end of the day I really do need to stress this is an amazing piece of gear. It literary upset me to return it because I was so in love with it's sound. If you're rhythm section isn't too loud or your doing jazz clubs then I can't recommend this unit highly enough. But I ended up returning it & I thought I'd help the Sweetwater community members the same frustrations by managing expectations. There is no magic box & you can't get around the laws of physics. A small box sounds like a small box. If you want a bigger sound for a full band purposes you're gonna need something bigger and more powerful.

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