Bogner Duende Standard Head
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Bogner Duende Standard Head

Duende Standard Head, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Bogner.

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iamqman 06/16/2011

Bogner Duende Standard Head : iamqman's user review

« Bgoner goodness! »
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This is the standard Duende head amp from Bogner. This isn't the custom version just the straight up Duende tone and features. It comes in a black tolex covering and a vintage looking wheat grille clothe. It matches the 20th anniversary XTC and Shiva line of amps.

This amp is such an awesome tone monster. The tone from this amp is one of the best and most articulate amps that I have ever seen or heard. The cleans are chimey and alone make this amp worth owning. Then you get to the distortion channel and that is where this amp really reigns. The distortion is in the British flavor of tonal characteristics but has its own thing going. It i distinctively a Bogner tone and you can feel and hear it in the harmonics but this amps takes what Marshall was never able to do and devour it.

Bogner Custom Shop Duende Head 15-watt Tube Amplifier Head Features:

15W Head
Two 6V6 tubes
5AR4 tube rectifier
Five 12AX7 preamp tubes
Two channels that can be combined or used separately, footswitchable
Reverb with independent level controls for each channel, Accutronics Spring large tank
Tremolo with speed and depth (pull on) controls, footswitchable
Effects loop tube, buffered send/return
Compensated recording output
Power amp line output
Master EQ section: Air (Treble), Body (Bass) controls shared with Channel 1 and 2
Channel 1: Gain (Pull Bright), Treble, Bass, Volume and shared Master EQ controls
Channel 2: Gain (Pull Gain) , Volume and shared Master EQ controls

UTILIZATION

Details
Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Power 15W
Effects Yes - Tremolo
Reverb
EQ Ch 1 Bass/Treble, Master Air/Body
No Amp Modeling
Number of Tubes 8
Preamp Tubes 5 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 2 x 6L6, 1 x 5AR4 (Rectifier)
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 1 x TS Speaker, 1 x TRS Line
Footswitch I/O
Effects Loop
Height 11.63"
Width 20.88"
Depth 10.25"
Weight 28 lbs.

SOUNDS

This is premium tone at a premium cost. The amp is a bit expensive for a lot of people but one who have played a Bogner you will immediately hear and feel what you have been missing.

This amp sounds phenomenal with any guitar in any style pickup. I feel that this amp elevates you playing to a point of coming into you own. It basically takes what you are as a player and enhances everything that you do.

The cleans are nice and sweet like an old Fender amp from the 50's or 60's. The distortion channel is where this thing lives. The overdrive is full and warm with a touch are dark characteristics. The tone is alive to say the least. The best way to describe how you feel when playing this amp is, exuberant!

OVERALL OPINION

This is a fantastic amp at a fantastic price. at new these amps come in at around $2200, which isn't bad for a Bogner amp that is multiple channels. The XTC range from $3800- $4200. Granted that is the flagship amplifier for Bogner.

I would recommend this amp to anyone who needs a solid amp and are just getting into the boutique amp world. You may never play anything else after this amp though.