Bogner Alchemist Head
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Bogner Alchemist Head

Alchemist Head, Tube Guitar Amp Head from Bogner in the Alchemist series.

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iamqman 07/08/2011

Bogner Alchemist Head : iamqman's user review

« No thank you, still love Bogner though. »
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This is an amp that is one of those insane money making amps for Bogner. These amps while designed here in the US are made over in Chine. This keeps the price cheaper and certainly the quality cheaper and they slap them into every major big box music supply store around the world.


Bogner Alchemist Tube Guitar Amplifier Head

6L6 class-AB power section and five-12AX7 preamp; selectable power section
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
Four-button footswitch included. Functions: Channel Select, Boost, Delay, Reverb

UTILIZATION

Details
Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Power 40W Class AB
Effects Yes - delay
Reverb
EQ Ch 1 Bass/Middle/Treble, Ch 2 Bass/Middle/Treble
Number of Tubes 7
Preamp Tubes 5 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 2 x 6L6
Inputs 1 x Instrument
Outputs 3 x TS Speaker
Footswitch I/O
Effects Loop
Height 12.25"
Width 25.75"
Depth 10.25"
Weight 41 lbs.

SOUNDS

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.

OVERALL OPINION

At new these amps come in at around $899. Not overly expensive but not worth the money either. 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. I would not recommend this amp to anyone. I would save up for one of the amps I mentioned above. Yes they are a lot more expensive but well worth it in the long run.