« Not very great »Published on 05/18/11 at 14:40
Bogner Alchemist 112 40-watt Tube Guitar Amp Combo Features:
1 x 12" open-back combo
6L6 class-AB power section and five 12AX7 preamp tubes; selectable power section (40W or 20W)
Channel 1 (gold): Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass, Volume, Crunch mode, variable Bright, Deep switch
Channel 2 (mercury): Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass, Volume, variable Bright, Mid Shift
Shared: in parallel, Reverb Type, Reverb Level, Delay Type, Delay Level, Delay Repeats (Feedback), Tap Tempo
Premium Celestion speaker
4-button footswitch included; functions: Channel Select, Boost, Delay, Reverb
Number of Channels 2
Power 40W Class AB Power Section w/ 20W Variac Mode
Speakers 1 x 12" Celestion Vintage 30
EQ Treble, Middle Bass
No Amp Modeling
Number of Tubes 7
Preamp Tubes 5 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 2 x 6L6
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 1 x Speaker A, 1 x Speaker B Out (8 ohm pair, or single 4 ohm)
Footswitch I/O Yes
Effects Loop Yes
Weight 65 lbs.
The amp was pretty easy to figure out. It didn't take me very long to get the best tone I could get from it, but for me the amp was very lacking overall. I never played it in a band setting so I am not sure how well it would cut in the mix, but the tone was not that pleasing to the ear.
I used a Gibson Les Paul with the amp. It was a '59 VOS which was very nice and sounded great but it just couldn't get this amp to sound the way I wanted or thought a Bogner should sound like. I understand that this is on the low end for Bogners and I believe that these amps are made in China which is a big disappointment too.
Nothing about this amp made me feel like i was using a Bogner. I love the Twin Jet's and the XTC's but this amp just blew. It felt and sounded cheap. I couldn't dial out the cheap sound or feel to it. At new these amps come in at around $900. Not overly expensive but not worth the money either.