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Average Score:4.0( 4/5 based on 12 reviews )
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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...
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.
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.
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!
stephane.nlc12/29/2013

stephane.nlc's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Sacred gear"

Bugera 333XL
Amp head: all lamp

Connections: 1 input and 1 low gain input high gain

Power: 120 watts

Settings:
Treble, bass, midrange / presence
Volume gain
3 channels (clean, rhythm, lead)
Pushbutton "xl" to accentuate the saturation at low volume
Reverb
At the rear, gain volume of his "solo"

UTILIZATION

Configuration very simple
I do not have a manual and have not been useful
Both in saturation in clean, sound research is wanted very easily.
Each knob has its effectiveness and impact.

SOUNDS

I play mostly Metallica so I do not think it is really suitable "good".
So I used the feast in my garage for me to hear that sound good "dirty" typical death metal and modern for my taste.

The clean can be alleviated by the reverb, otherwise c is the clean dark ^ ^
The sound is saturated fat and powerful, but cold enough (compared to the JVM410H I use on stage and by repeating.

I play with
EC1000 with my SD (Seymour duncan) LTD, it goes very well :)
Wah KH (Kirk Hammett because I love
Ibanez Chorus pedal to enrich the sound clean

The popping sound is the obvious quality of this head. It really hard.
The clean is rather "neutral"

OVERALL OPINION

After 2 and a half years of use (intense the first year), I had to reseal some welds by a specialist (after net stop at scales of a concert).
Because it cools my recent stuff, bought Used and guaranteed. Since then, nothing to report.
It sounds strong and big, it has a certain look.
The "W" is useful if we can not play at high volume.
I recommend this choice taking into account the price / quality ratio.
It is a top choice for first head lamps. I do not think it takes long term. A review in 10 years!
Abelkain01/21/2010

Abelkain's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Bugera 333XL
- Head tube amp
- Power: 120 Watts
- 3 independent channels
- Preamp tubes: 1 x 12AX7, 1X12AX7B, 2X12AX7C
- Lamps amplifier: 4 x 6L6GC, 4 EL34
- Canal clean, crunch and lead
- 3 3-band EQ
- Effects loop with volume send / return
- Line out with level control
- Output Impedance: 4, 8 or 16 Ohms
- Noise Gate Reverb + + control of presence
- Crankset provided: clean - crunch - drive - boost / effects loop

The input connector is common to low / high, send and return back with volume control (very good idea to boost the effects or the solos there is nothing connecting them), a line out with volume knob (a mega good idea too ) and taking "mini midi" for the pedals, to be honest I do not know how is called this record is like the old forms of PC keyboard?? What idea have pasted is kind of connection ...

Namely it is possible not to put the reverb on all channels and vice versa, because this one keeps in mind as it is on if it was that triggered it or not (still a good idea).

He really deserves a good grade on these points, I see nothing wrong apart from the connection of the pedals.

UTILIZATION

The config is super simple, I never opened the manual (so I can not tell you if it is clear), I come for the sounds:

Sound clear:
It is "safe" if indeed we do not play with mikes assets, the better it's simple or split, as it too falls in, it lacks texture, depth and finesse to my taste for my part I use a JC 120 for clean sounds, so it's hard to do better, and this is not the primary usage you tell me ... We will say that it is exploitable and with a little research is correct. (The 6262 vintage is therefore a most beautiful clear)

The Crunch:
Fucking cheerleaders, it's true that it does not sound great vintage but there's a huge presence, I was surprised because even for rhythmic métalliennes it like a road once the boost XL engaged, if we do put no one is bluesy with gain settings from 1 to 3 after it passes to come to hard rock 80's that I love so much, if we add the fact that equalization is very good (we hear the differences between Bass has 5 or 5.1, really amazing), we have a channel with possibilities really extensive and far more versatile than a crunch amp has vintage.

The DRRRRIIIVVVEEE:
Fucking double slap, not only because it sounds modern (that's what I was looking for), but I screwed up the stack to my buddy and his Mesa Single Rectifier Solo 50w, because in addition to having a pallet gain wider I have more power, more than one channel, noise gate, reverb, and incorporated a price less than 4 times, ok its clear sound is much better (but less than my AD 120) but side disto AND crunch I do not suffer from the comparison. I hear crying crazy here, but I swear it's true, this amp really has a grain and a precision staff any event, those who do not we tried really miss something, I'm personally B7 M3 T6 put the gain was 7.5 (not even require the user to initiate XL), one can type in anything that is now passing through the same old stuff Talloch style 'megadeth etc ... It is violent, with accurate real texture, if the glue has a good style cabinet mesa or good bill I challenge anyone to find that the sound coming out of a creature is less than 600 Euros (see 534th on the sales site coresponds not) ...

For the reverb should not exceed 6 after it becomes less and pretty rough, the better to put one through the external effects loop (I have a personal POD X3 Live for effects).

For the noise gate he met his fontion really was the same as its a 0 to 10 with the same sustain it is much less invasive than a hush or NS who tend to stuff yourself is important settings.

I'm a boring of clean and reverb, so I note down a bit.



SOUNDS

For all his stated above, for what I put into it is a scratch mikes are active (EMG 81, 85, 60) or high output level in general (but when is splittable liabilities) the sounds of my corny is not distorted, and view the equalizer reacts like clockwork it's nice to spend time on the machine to find the best fit which grain has what scrapes.

To see how it goes against aging??

I do not see what there would be negative level sounds, except that it is really modern type, that is me what I wanted my story to the taste of his day and spent no more for an old fart ...

OVERALL OPINION

I played everything on it must exist side amp, either on stage or in repeats (20 years of fucking Ziqui that dates me), and the 333 XL is a really good amp, to my taste it is the battery is all that is Marshall / Fender distal side, these are outdated, expensive and next to the plate in recent years. We must be honest it was not a side MESA Labog or electronic or finish, but we're talking about an amp is less than 600 that has changed the face and the lamps that it does not cost a kidney or contrary to a RoadKing Another monster eats up the tube like that.
I think it's a good compromise for all the light and I find the value for money more than reasonable for those who love vintage I recommend trying the 6262 or 1900, I am really interested in this brand I had some good surprises on the sounds, check out these bugs before making a loan over 30 years for an amp, at worst you will not like at best you'll make a good deal ...
I stop the good we'll believe that I work for Beringher.

I stick an 8 for the overall reverb sound clear and the pedal is lowered all over this review I wanted vrament support its qualities rather than its flaws.

Small rant: Enough 's enough to be mistaken for cows milk, it makes us pay a 3000 Euro amp with two channels that stink ass controller with a footswitch has two buttons and a connector was shot twice but if not must pay Mr. Baba has the Petrucci sound cheap = not well see ... And then add me and want a scraper to 4000 so I just won the lottery so I'd play faster ... Dec was not without its not a guitar hero, because we use the stuff you pay the guy for him to say that this is in addition to the guy he has two racks of two meters filled with high material prices retreat out of the sound of the amp so in my opinion even on a 2X1 Watt Stagg amp the guy he's a killer ... The Zique going increasingly to the pecuniary bidding, drop your preconceived gentlemen and make new confidence in the system D in your ears and your hands it's just that the sound ...
johncobalt01/18/2010

johncobalt's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Bugera 333XL
I have the 6262 from the same brand .... but before long I tried to buy the 333XL (I camped at the merchant) I can therefore make a comment to what is said below. Comparing the 333 at Peavy ... I'm not quite agree. I understand why they say that, but I disagree. O) I know the JSX and the XXX and even if the Bugera is supposed to be a clone, it is quite different in the end. I would compare to a Dual Rectifier. The Peavy are far less clean and have a grain very different ... here for once, that's why I took the 6262 because it really looks like her Peavy I wanted. The 333XL has a terrible finish, the sound is extremely precise, almost surgical, as a mesa. Peavy is the charm of the animal, imperfection ... that's what I like is not a criticism. I admit I was very impressed by the 333XL, but have chosen the 6262 becaufe I just did not want a mesa ... I love the mesa is not the issue ... for the project I have in mind, I needed a different sound than that ... It's the same difference between an album of Dream Theater and Van Halen ... And say that they are less than 500 € .... and we are fighting to see which amps with expensive high-end market is going to look! : O)

UTILIZATION

Most of the 333XL: three channels ... it lacks the Least 6262: very difficult to have a real vintage sound ... the sound is very distinctive modern rock ... that, he knows how to perfection, but the coup, despite its three channels, it makes it less versatile ... on the other hand in modern sound, it's great art ...

SOUNDS

If I played Dream Theater, Linkin Park or Andy James is the one that I would because in this range, it is royal ... But to have a less dense, it is less convincing ... is good, very even ... but as I said many times ... the 6262 down on this point. The clean sound is really nice, we even managed to have a very bold for its funky rhythms, and a well for crystalline arpeggios. It supports very well the effects ... But the crunch channel is disappointing, I can not believe it. In short the Lead channel is the strong point of this amp, both soloist and rhythm is extremely accurate ... Warm, round, light as a speck in fact not at these prices there .... normally

OVERALL OPINION

Let those who have a priori because it belongs to Berhinger (it's not them who manufacture, these are only the "bankers" in the case!) Go into a store and try it! After they always prefer to pay € 2000 for a sound to be equivalent in the final mix, good for Mesa and Soldano ... although they must live, these people too ... Just kidding, everyone is happy as he sees fit ... I myself very expensive equipment, because it makes me happy ... But cons, after trying it, if you claim a Bugera, it sounds not, you're a huge "GEAR SNOB" I should not say ... but I think I'll end up paying me the 333XL also ... At that price ... yes, I know it is not reasonable
Petit added a few months later:
One thing should put a flea in his ear to our skeptical friends: there is very little chance. It sold a ton during the Christmas holidays .... and everyone keeps them! There's one or two good combos leboncoin.fr on a 6262 right here ... and that's it!

If it's as crappy as you think, why people keep them? to meditate
deflep7309/09/2009

deflep73's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Bugera 333XL
BUGERA 333 XL 120W all-tube head indpendants 3 channels (clean, crunch and lead) Intgr noise gate effects loop or reverb boost

UTILIZATION

it's a peavey parfaitecopie tiple x (both about the "look" as electronics), which has the advantage of being able to obtain information on the sites of these two brands! the manual is simple and very well get a "good" sound (see below) is very simple, it's plug'nplay for the little that we know how an amp lamps. I put 9 because the reverb is nice but nothing more, we are far from a reverb carvin, but let's put things in perspective ..... the price is all fine.

SOUNDS

the head is done all my musical style, blues rock, hard rock 80's, Def Leppard, Scorpions, Saxon ....... SETTINGS its effective and easily measured, we can see their efficiency over the entire stroke of potentiometers. After a few weeks of use I changed the 12AX7 v1 home by eh: the grain of saturation has become tighter, richer, warmer but I is not significant increase in the gain level, conclusion: this head is not a hi-gain head! the crunch sound is convincing and very well defined hot, the level of drive is easily adjusted and can range from the "almost clear" until the limit of the lead channel. The lead channel is also the height, but once again, the resulting sound is more of a "super chrunch" that sound "super metal" and found much compression to the EL34 CHRE Heavy 80's. against clear sound by lack of personality and color, it is not a normal fender or a carvin and it is, you will understand, not strength of this amp. conclusion: this amp does not offer the versatility of a carvin v3 (for example) but very well spell the hairpin game when it comes to playing with the saturation, plus it is quiet (thank you integr the noise gate) and adjustable effects loop is effective for 8 I put "lack" of versatility.

OVERALL OPINION

I have since February, and once the discovery phase and running lamps pass is that of happiness .... condition to find the cabinet that suits him! APRS multiple tests I opt for the Blackheart 412sl (4 hp eminence) and once those above rod (it takes patience to get the quintessence of his material, not to mention the time spent refine the sound) the result is beautiful! I zoom g9 (I think the greater good) in the effects loop but I only use the reverb and delay, sometimes a very light chorus sound in any case I have today is done in line with the sound I wanted. I jou long on 412 + JCM800 1960a and marriage BUGERA / Blackheart supports all the comparison! were amazing when takes into account the difference in price. I would do without this choice hesitate

Balance to 06/09/2010

Rcement I bought a (beautiful) Fender Stratocaster roadhouse (try it ..... see me) and I have now more than qualified my opinion on the clean channel!

Start with this and a little research qualisation cot, the clean channel of the 333XL trs strongly resembles a fender hot rod deluxe .. that says it all!

For the rest, I had no problem to this day if not the reliability of power tmoin that s'claire more while the bypass is still working there ... major.

So I change my bill to put a 10!!

Bugera Congratulations to enable us to access a reliable amp, trs versatile an affordable price

If you do not know ..... try this amp!
orphanage08/27/2009

orphanage's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Bugera 333XL
BUGERA 333 XL 120W all-tube head
3 channels indpendants (clean, crunch and lead)
noise gate Intgr footswitch, effect boost (to go solo or activate an effects loop)
reverb (selectable only 1 channel)
Lacks only the effect (chorus, delay) <img class="smiley" src="https://fr.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_biggrin.gif" alt="biggrin" />
It has a slecteur of impdence (4 to 8 or 16 ohms)
It may even change for 6L6 in place of EL34 home!!

UTILIZATION

Very simple configuration, we get faster the sound is DSIR.
Wishing all beginners on the lamp and given the era of my budget, <img class="smiley" src="https://fr.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_wink.gif" alt="wink" />

SOUNDS

I chose to practice the style (death), for the price I t bluff saturation is trs good against by lack of a few "safe" and attack.
Much better than a Peavey ValveKing example ....
Little breath taking into account the noise gate Intgr.
The effect XL?? I still searching ... No diffrence with or without <img class="smiley" src="https://fr.audiofanzine.com/images/audiofanzine/interface/smileys/icon_sad.gif" alt="sad" />
the EL34 growl trs well, better than the 6L6 criardent too my taste.

OVERALL OPINION

His major concern: the test in time, I bought it came out.
A score of RPET, a dozen concerts.
Appraisal:
- The footswitch, the connection trs trs so frail so small HS after a short time.
- 1 year warranty, made nine months that I have, it is now rpration: symptme? the head and knobs light up
but the lamps do not dmarrent therefore no sound. It is guaranteed of course, but after 9 months it ragant.
But I take the greatest care, she not travel in the trunk, but the rear seat in its original carton with foam adsorbent shock.
I can do better.
It's too fragile, at least, the components are too low-end, at the same time for normal selling price.
Too bad because this head sound, it has it all except good quality components.
Résumé in a good quality price, but that does not last over time. Fortunately, she broke down during the warranty if the rental of 600 annual use, hurt ....
Today I sold it (the brand new hit), and I'm dropping the switchblade of H n 'K shame because even in 1400, it does not include all the features of the Bugera.
This head had the potential is there Behringer bte that put the bowels of shit ....
hugodzilla03/06/2009

hugodzilla's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Bugera 333XL
All Tube Amplifier Head (12X7A etEL34)
120 watts
impedance switch back to 4/8/16 ohms
3 independent channels, with: treble / middle / bass / gain for the lead and crunch channel 2
the other channel is for clear sound with: treble / mid and bass
master with: presence and reverb.

UTILIZATION

Simple configuration, no need for a tray 5 to find the desired sound
we get easily a good sound, for my part I play heavy metal on this side no problem, big style distortion "British" on the channel distortion and crunch very sharp on the channel "lead" gender-peavey xxl.
the manual is pretty well explained, downloadable from BUGERA and French, it's a good point

SOUNDS

This amp is perfect for my style of music, for against, for the trash metal I am more qualified, unless you add (as I did) a good distortion pedal (Rocktron-style silver dragon or MXR)
- I play with an EMG 81 equipped JACKSON, sound is nikel
Them the clear, I hardly used, so try not clear on this point, it is necessary that I look at my other one amp: Randall RG series, therefore, less than the low frequency RANDALL, more distortion couillu sharp but less, in fact, these two are very different amp and that's what I like, so everyone's opinion is above
-I appreciate the two channels: lead and crunch, it is versatile, from blues to rock UNTIL hard rock, for the second view is more heavy speed metal of the 80

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for one week (I plan to keep it for life)
the poit low, the pedals (4 flootswitch) the cable is tiny for connection behind the head, seemingly fragile, I think that sooner or later I'll be piss with the connection, I would change later
I try: Marshall MG series (not great, limited shit) and of course RANDALL (I love this brand) BUGERA head satisfies me in a book of mine namely: HEAVY METAL
quality / price ratio unbeatable
no problem I would do this choice, especially since the level look, head on my cabinet RANDALL is terrible, the sound great, look great. (except the pedals, the rest seems to me strong, so not on this appriori amp) to advise