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Bugera 333XL Guitar Amplifier Head (120 Watts)

Rock out with the Bugera 333XL. The 333XL is a hand-built 120-Watt amplifier driven by 4 x EL34 valves (convertible to 6L6). (60) Read 24 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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There's no getting around it: an overdriven vacuum tube is the sound of rock. Solid state amps and tube modelers may be getting closer and closer to an approximation of tube distortion, but there's nothing like the creamy, searing, gut-kicking overdrive a real vacuum tube yields when it's saturated with power. Unfortunately, most tube amps are thousands of dollars more expensive than their comparably loud, solid-state equivalents, so blue-collar rockers are often forced to make do with cheaper, transistor-based rigs. . . until now. The Bugera 333XL is an all-tube, hand-built, 120-watt monster of hard rock glory. It's jam-packed full of useful features you'd typically find only on a boutique amplifier, but its greatest feature may just be the unbelievable price.

Bugera 333XL - Real Tube Tone: There's No Substitution


Why can't solid-state transistors replicate the sound of an overdriven tube? The reason is simple: transistors, when pushed to the brink, "clip", creating a harsh buzz that's akin to the noise that results from overloading a mixing board channel. "Faux-tube" technology takes that sound and attempts to shape it into something more pleasant, but that's like taking barbed wire and trying to spin it into gold. No such alchemy is needed with the Bugera 333XL; its real tubes don't clip, they "break up" in an organic, non-linear way, so your guitar tone will remain full, punchy and musical from the cleanest clean to the subtlest rhythm crunch to the screaming leads that rock legends are made of. Bugera uses real tubes in the preamp and power sections, so your entire signal path benefits from searing valve power.

Bugera 333XL: Three Channel Versatility


Three 12AX7 tubes power the preamp, and the 333XL makes the most of this flexible arrangement by providing you with three separate channels, each with its own unique gain structure. This amp can do anything you'll ever need it to do: the "Clean" channel gives you tons of shimmery, crisp headroom for lush chordal work and spankin' funk; the "Crunch" channel brings in a bit o' the dirt, perfect for chunky power chords and bluesy melodies; the "Lead" channel tops things off with huge, sustaining distortion for savage metal riffage and soaring, singing solos. Best of all, each channel features its own, discrete, three-band EQ. Beyond simply switching between gain-ranges, you'll be able to radically alter the sound of your amplified guitar, instantly, just by switching channels. This full range of tube tone will be at your fingertips, or rather, your toe-tips, because the Bugera 333XL ships with its own four-function footswitch, a necessary accessory that many amp makers make you buy as an "extra."

Bugera 333XL: 120 Massive Watts Of Power


Tube technology may be almost one-hundred years old, but it still helps the Bugera 333XL Guitar Head crank out enough volume for today's biggest venues! A quartet of EL34 tubes generates up to 120-watts. . . that's more than enough power for your next stadium tour. EL34 tubes are the same type found in the high-gain stacks of the 60s British blues-rock revolution, and the 333XL comes pre-loaded with that classic, flame-thrower tone. If you so choose, however, you can simply flip a switch on the back of the amp, and your Bugera is now biased for 6L6 power tubes, the valves that provided the earliest American guitar amps with their sparkly clean headroom. Owning a Bugera 333XL head is like having two boutique amplifiers for a fraction of the price of one! Plus, no matter what speaker cabinet you favor, or how many you choose to bring on the road with you, the 333XL's switchable impedance can handle any arrangement. Switchable speaker impedance, three-channel operation, swappable power tube types. . . there's plenty of ways to tailor the Bugera 333XL to your unique tastes.

Bugera 333XL: More Boutique Features Than Most Boutique Amps!


Switchable power-tube biasing is just one of several features on the Bugera 333XL that you'll typically only find on micro-manufactured amps costing thousands of dollars. Wondering whether 120-watts may be too much for some venues? Not a problem: Bugera outfitted the XL amps with the XL circuit which, when engaged, automatically compensates the master EQ curve for lower volumes. Turning down your 333XL doesn't mean neutering your tone. Another handy and none-too-common feature: a footswitchable effects loop. Many amps have an FX loop, but the Bugera 333XL's loop can be taken in and out of your signal path via the included footswitch. Use it to turn multiple effects on an off with a single stomp--it's like having extra feet! It's a mystery to us why more amps don't include this useful function, but you'll be glad your new 333XL does.

Stop pining over those big-name, over-priced tube heads! Get a Bugera 333XL, and live out your rock-god dreams with the legendary distortion that only an all-tube head can provide. It's what your guitar was made for!

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The Bugera 333XL tone machine cranks out mind-blowing lead distortion and tight crunch due to its raw tone and massive power. Whether you want crystal clean punch, sultry smooth classic rock lead tones or that bone shattering metal crunch, the 333XL provides extensive tone shaping abilities with virtually unlimited dynamics in a three-channel configuration.

The 333XL's brutal power comes from 4 hand-selected and matched Bugera EL34 power valves. 4 Bugera 12AX7 valves in the preamp add up for terrifying punch and mind-rattling gain.

Each channel features Volume, Bass, Mid and Treble, while the Crunch and Lead offer additional Gain control. The XL builds on the 333 series with added XL tone shaping switches on the Lead and Crunch channels for super-fat valve tone and also includes a versatile noise gate. We added Impedance switching to match virtually any speaker cabinet, from 4, 8 to 16 Ohms. Plus you'll love the detail in the fine reverb tails. The amp comes with a four-way heavy-duty metal footswitch for channel and effects loop selection, to tap your favorite effects.

This boutique-style valve head is constructed using precision manufacturing, blended with our artisan hand assembly, so you can be confident it will stand the test of time. The next time you wield your axe, feel the Soul of Valves with the Bugera 333XL.

Bugera 333XL Features



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
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4.5 out of 5 (60 ratings) Rate and Review This Product
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Sound: This amp pretty much rivals anything out there soundwise, and even though it seems to have been designed mainly for hard rock or metal it can easily be used for literally any type of music there is, in my opinion. The tone is beautiful and warm, the eq is very lively and it's super quiet, even with some of my Boss pedals in the effects loop. The clean channel is gorgeous but the distortions are where this thing really will amaze you. Full, rich, focused and articulate distortion that can go anywhere from mild pop rock to the most extreme death metal there is, and all at punishing volume! Feature: It has everything you would need in a modern professional level tube head, with the added bonus of a noise gate on the distortion channels. The reverb is another good feature. Reverb seems to be a touchy thing with some people. Some will love it, others might not, but I think it sounds very good on this head. There's an impedance switch which is handy, a line out, and for those who are tech savvy you can switch out the stock EL34's and put in 6L6's if you wanted to with the bias switch and adjuster. Ease of Use: Pretty simple to me, just plug in, dial in your sound and rock out! I don't think any guitarist at any level would have a hard time with this. Quality: One would guess that this is the area where the amp would fall short, but I've found this thing to be very well built and strongly put together. The guitar and effects loop inputs are plastic, but to me that's no big deal. The knobs have a very slightly loose feel, but again it's not an issue with me. I don't beat up any of my equipment so I'm not worried about it. I've owned this for about 8 months and I've had to replace a couple of tubes that blew, but other than that it's been a hard rocking workhorse. Value: It's ALOT of amp for the money....mind boggling really. The features to cost ratio is just out of whack...it SHOULD cost double. From here on out anyone who spends thousands of dollars for the "name" brands is wasting their money. This is my #1 amp in my rig now. The Wow Factor: Aesthetically it's a really nice looking boutique head. I don't know if any amp has "sex appeal" but to me it does have a cool look, especially with the lights and the tube glow inside when it's in use. As they say, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the sound is really the most important thing, but I'd have to say it looks great. Overall: I've been using lots of amps and gear for over twenty years and this is one of the biggest no-brainers I've ever come across. For anyone out there that might have doubts about these amps I would suggest you check out the Bugera website and look at the continually growing list of musicians and significant professionals that are now using these. I never imagined I'd give any product all 10's, but no bull to me this head really deserves it. As a guitarist in Hollywood who plays regularly I don't see any reason to use anything else now and I expect to use this for a long time. I'm also starting to notice these amps popping up in clubs around Hollywood and L.A. The secret is out!
Style of Music: Hard rock, classic rock, metal
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Sound: I decided to give my quick review of this amp because I do own it, I like it a lot, I have had problems with it, buy would buy it again if I needed to and there are so many bogus reviews and haters of this amp and there is a good reason for it. ITS SOUND - I had bought a ENGL Fireball a year before buying this amp and after 20+ years of playing hardcore punk, speed metal and hard metal (in bands and in clubs) I happened upon this Bugera 333 (I got the XL). The sound of this amp is so good it rivals amps, well, put it this way, you could buy 5 or 6 of these Bugera's for the price of the amps it rivals, and that is one reason you see so much jealousy online. I don't play my ENGL anymore, not that the ENGL was 5 times as much, I didn't say that. To recheck that, I said the AMP RIVALS AMPS THAT COST 5 or 6 times as much money IN SOUND. SOUND. By the way, compare the controls on this amps front panel to the new PEAVEY 3120 'hi gain' amp of 2009. Now we know which peavey design was copied huh? Its the 333 not the Bugera 333XL and costs a grand. You can get a Bugera 333 for less than half that. Feature: Features, the amp has a lot of features, its got three solid channels with LOW MED AND HIGH EQ for EACH CHANNEL which is great. My 2 channel ENGL that cost 2x as much (and sounds great) does not have separate EQ for its 2 channels, so there you go, a real world example. However the noise gate which only comes on the 333XL versions is really non existent if you are used to the "slamming" of a real gate for hi gain guitar like a rack mount HUSH by rocktron or equivalant. IT works well with the clean channel and somewhat with the 2nd channel which is more overdrive than gain, and the noise gate doesn't do very much with the 3rd hi gain channel. But it helps if you're not running the channel 3 gain wide open which I do, in that case the noise gate does little. The 333XL also has REVERB and it is for all the channels. One knob type deal, it sounds great. The reverb does work and is good if not better than most fender reverbs if you like them, they are notorious, someone likes the sound of Fender reverb. To ME that is what the reverb is like. The XL also has a presence, not sure if that is on the 333, I don't own one, it sounds good if kept below 2 oclock positon, over that its too much. I try to use treble and little presence. But like Pablo Gilberto, I do like presents for you gilbert fans. Hi. This amp shreds. Ease of Use: Very easy to use this amp and easy to dial in a sound. The effects loop has separate knobs for level for the in and out, a feature usually found on much more expensive amps. How many 500 dollar all tube heads can you name that sound good, have high gain and level settings for the send and return. On top of that it is 3 channels. You can't go wrong with this amp but read on, important. Quality: OK a lot of people compalin these amps are not reliable. I have to admit, I had mine fail. HOWEVER, it is a simple wire modification that BUGERA paid for entirely, was done by a excellent repair shop and with shipping time and shipping cost, it cost me nothing and took a total of 4 days. How is that for customer service. They are totally cool and answer emails in about a hour or 2 or 3, In MY EXPERIENCE. and no I don't work for bugera. I wouldn't work in music at all, it would ruin the fun of playing guitar for me. If you don't understand that you are probably young and you're not me. So lets move on. I gave quality a 5 because it broke down, and I gave cust service a 10 which, by the way, I don't give out 10's on any amp full across the board. I have never heard the perfect amp. Usually that happens when someone has a new piece of gear. Yes you read this somewhere else, I wrote it. Also, and most important the amp was fixed correctly. Value: I give value a 9 and you may think that is bogus because the amp failed but thats tuff. No, just kidding, are you mad yet! Really, the amp failed because of a simple wiring problem that is a design flaw but hey, its the amps first year, its a 120 watt amp, its all tube, those parts are going to get cooked a little and remember, I don't play jazz, I run it wide open. The amp has been fine since, 'modified' I will call it. But it was repaired. Its a really fun amp to play through man does it crank like a muther. It is hot and loud. Harmonics, and fast sweeps, it has depth, bass, tightness and hot gain without any buzzsaw, its all tube saturation. I love it and I not selling it because it failed. I am keeping it because its fixed. It was fixed faster than I could have carted off myself and I ddin't have to do anything but put it in a box and make a phone call to UPS to pick it up. Didn't cost me a penny for any of the repair. I have never heard of that on a tube amp repair. Most people complain and do without thier amp months with other brands/situations. The amp had to be shipped out of state and took 4 days to come back repaired. Good job Behringer/Bugera. Yes, Bugeras are distributed by Behringer and warranty is through Behringer. I could care less who does it if they do it in 4 days. And I could care less what name is on my amp, its the sound coming out, and the fact it costs so little, I am really happy thus far. Tomorrow it could fail. But customer service is so good, I am not worried. Manufacturer Support: They are great, they pay for things and are super fast (4 days total) see quality above. The Wow Factor: This question asks me to rate 'the sex appeal' of this particular amplifier. Fast Cars look cool and so do guitars and amps but I don't want to ***** them or find them sexy. And they sure don't make me look any sexier. This question needs to find another website entirely. Overall: Overall rating, I give it a 8. It probably should be a 7 or 6 and it would be rated that if it cost me 1500.00 or more. I can give a little. I hope you liked my review, if not, read another or do something else, if you're put off by it, you must be doing the wrong activity and need to chill. If you liked my review and have the money, why not, go ahead and get one, you will love it. If not, you can send it back, check zzounds policy its great and their cust service is just as good. I got a (different brand) amp that was defective (new from ZZOUNDS). Before I even packed up the defective amp, ZZOUNDS sent a replacement overnight. It got there the next morning. This may or may not be standard practice, read thier policies. Yes, I sent the defective amp back. Zzounds paid for everything. This is why I buy exclusively from Zzounds if they have the item I want, the other dealers online (the giants) have good return policies if you keep the item in NEW condition, but they don't send you out a replacement overnight before getting the defective item. I know, I used to purchase from MF (for 20 years). Big deal? In this case yes it was a BH-5H which at the time was on backorder, I had waited a month, if I had to send the defective amp back first, I would have missed out and had to wait another month to get a replacement, or however long it would have taken to get more in stock. Get it? Thanks to Zzounds I had a replacement overnight. Thanks to Bugera my amp was fixed in 4 days. In 20 years I have never had this great of service. I know who to buy from in the future.
Style of Music: speedmetal, USA Hardcore, Dethmetal, Loud stuff
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