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333XL, Tube Guitar Amp Head from Bugera in the Modern series.


12 user reviews

Bugera 333XL tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Bugera
  • Model:333XL
  • Series:Modern
  • Category:Tube Guitar Amp Heads
  • Added in our database on: 01/19/2007

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Bugera 333XL user reviews

Mattfig06/22/2012

Mattfig's review"Quite nice"

Bugera 333XL
This is an all tube amp...Standard 1/4 connections...

Here's the specs:
Hand-built 120-Watt amplifier driven by 4 x EL34 valves (convertible to 6L6)
Classic 3-channel preamp design (Clean, Crunch, Lead) featuring 4 x 12AX7 valves
Integrated high-class reverb with dedicated Reverb control
XL switches on the Lead and Crunch channels for absolute killer sounds
Independent Equalizer sections for each channel with dedicated Bass, Mid and Treble control
Classic Presence control for awesome sound shaping
Impedance switch (4, 8 and 16 Ohm) to match virtually any speaker cabinet
FX Loop with independent Send and Return level controls also serves as Boost function
Heavy-duty footswitch for Channel selection and FX Loop/Boost function included
Line output with dedicated Level control

UTILIZATION

The sound is pretty nice with EL34s...WIth 6L6 it sounds buzzy....It's easy to control and understand and dialing it in is quite simple....You'll know within twenty minutes if you like it or not,,,,I liked it but not enough to keep it...

It is not built well enough to withstand road treatment although if you are keeping it in one place, it sure looks nice...

The manual is quite useful and informative....It tells you how to get what you want from the amp which is cool...

SOUNDS

All guts and basses sounded as they should through this amp...It seems to prefer hum buckers as it is based on heavy tone...Its tone falls somewhere between Marshall and Peavey...Has the Marshall mids but the peavey fuzz...

The cleans are acceptable....Crunch is ok....OD is the best channel....Quite mean and easy to control...Not the greatest end tone but it's more than respectable...

The additional controls give you quite a bit of tone shaping ability...

OVERALL OPINION

I like the look and features on this amp...But mainly, I liked the price...It is better than what you pay for...Just not as much as I hoped...

The tone is not anything new or unique...Generic rock and metal....It's good tone...Just a middle-of-the-road rock tone...

I have many other amps and wanted to lie this one but just couldn't...WOuldn't buy a Bugera again...Unless it was one that was road-worthy...
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iamqman01/31/2012

iamqman's review"Three meat and cheese"

Bugera 333XL
Bugera is really known for their budget friendly amplifiers that take on the more well-known amplification companies and expand upon it. This is a three channel 120 W amplifier that is EL 34-based power section. You have three channels of operation consisting of clean, crunch, and lead channel. There's a lot of features involved in this amplifier such as being able to convert it to a 6L6 power tube section. That is reminiscent of the Mesa boogie amplifier is to allow you to switch between EL 34 power tubes and the 6L6 power tubes. This gives the user a lot more versatility and their tone and being confined to one style power tube section.

UTILIZATION

Hand-built 120-Watt amplifier driven by 4 x EL34 valves (convertible to 6L6)
Classic 3-channel preamp design (Clean, Crunch, Lead) featuring 4 x 12AX7 valves for terrifying punch and mind-blowing gain
Integrated high-class reverb with dedicated Reverb control
XL switches on the Lead and Crunch channels for absolute killer sounds
Independent Equalizer sections for each channel with dedicated Bass, Mid and Treble control
Classic Presence control for awesome sound shaping
Impedance switch (4, 8 and 16 Ohm) to match virtually any speaker cabinet
FX Loop with independent Send and Return level controls also serves as Boost function
Heavy-duty footswitch for Channel selection and FX Loop/Boost function included
Line output with dedicated Level control
High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life


SOUNDS


The clean tone on this amplifier is not that bad really you can't do a whole lot of variation and features with a clean tone.... it either sounds good or it doesn't. The crunch channel is a British style tone you can get you anywhere from 70s rock all away up to new or modern tones. The lead channel is a little bit higher in its saturation as well as the mid range is more higher focused. This gives the user a lot more usable lead sounds from this channel. They do you get a few extra bells and whistles for each channel that include reverb and its own EQ section for each. There is a lot of shaping ability in the sand which allows a variety of possible sounds.

OVERALL OPINION

This is a good amplifier for someone who needs a budget friendly amplifier with three channels of operation. If you need something that's going to cover a lot of ground and a lot of bases and this might be the way to go for you. Overall visitation sound amplifier but nothing that I would take on the road because I would not trust its durability on the road because of the build quality falls in this amplifier. But if you need something that's cheap and you can basically use for practice or at home playing then this might be a way to go.
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Audiofanzine FR03/08/2009

Audiofanzine FR's review

Bugera 333XL
(Originally written by humpecker/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
120-watt, three-channel tube amp

Master, presence, reverb and boost are common to all three channels.

You'll surely notice that even though I give it good (or excellent) marks the overall mark is not so good, that's because of its reliability.

UTILIZATION

Very simple configuration.

SOUNDS

No problems, it sounds good. Almost everyone (and especially rockers and metal heads) will find it has a nice clean sound, a versatile crunch for blues and hard rock, and a hot distortion for solos. Once again: a good mark regarding sound.

OVERALL OPINION

In spite of the good marks above (comprehensive features, easy to use, good sound) one thing is clear: it's a shitty amp head! I played half a dozen rehearsals with it and it has been in repair ever since. I know it's not expensive and the manufacturing quality is not the best (that's what the service technician said). The PSU of mine broke (it's a clear sign of low quality). The footswitch doesn't work properly (LEDs don't light on anymore) and the boost function is reversed (the boost is on when the indicator is off)!!! For all these reasons I don't recommend this amp and I would never buy it again. Remember: if you buy cheap you'll end up paying dear! I knew it already but I was too foolish.
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Audiofanzine FR12/12/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

Bugera 333XL
(Originally written by Bedopodzo/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Everything has been already said...

Small con: the reverb setting applies to all channels.

It would be convenient to be able control it with a footswitch...

UTILIZATION

As it has already been said, all three channels have a very simple configuration.

The controls are very effective!!!

The treble knob, for example: be careful because settings higher than 4 add something unpleasant to the sound. At least that's the case for the lead channel with my setup.

The response of both other knobs is normal so you can shape the sound as you like...

SOUNDS

The sound is amazing!!!

The clean sound is very nice and quite warm...

The crunch channel has a pretty sound. This channel produces a good vintage rock sound...

The different volume and gain settings will give you the crunch sound you like...

The lead channel will just blow you away!!!

Its accurate and aggressive response will make you tremble!!! This channel is like a dream come true for heavy metal freaks...

The low-end is powerful for palm mute playing but I find the high end too present... because of the excessive sensitivity of the knobs. I avoid settings above 4 for the reason mentioned before.

On the other hand, the knobs' sensitivity will allow you to shape the mids and get a typical metal sound.

FYI, I play a BC Rich Warlock BK Bronze 2 with EMG 8 pickups... a typical heavy metal guitar!!!

My guitar has only only one pickup so I also use it for clean sounds and I get very nice results!!!

I tune my guitar in Drop C and I use 13/56 strings. It gives me a fat sound!!!

OVERALL OPINION

It's tough for other products to compete with this amp!!!

The value for money is currently unbeatable.

This Bugera 333XL is quite impressive. It's a good heavy metal amp like its brother, the 6262 model.

I tested both combos and noticed that the 333XL has more punch and dynamics than its brother. It sounds more modern.

One last remark, there's no need to be afraid of the brand because it's actually a new brand from Behringer!!!

Try it out first and we'll discuss later. You won't believe what you hear!
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