Bugera Trirec Infinium
Bugera Trirec Infinium, all valve e-guitar head, 100 watts class A/B, 3 channels, 4x 6L6 poweramp valves, 5x 12AX7 preamp valves, Varipower (adjustable power control), 3-band EQ, gain and presence control for each channel, FX-loop (continuously adjustable), boost function for more punch, integrated reverb, adjusable line out, switchable impedance (4, 8 and 16 ohms), valves no longer need to be matched in pairs, different types of valves can be combined in the preamp stage of any valve amplfier, tried, tested and proven increased life time incl. footswitch for channel selection, boost function, reverb and FX-loop function (also midi)
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Fantastic amplifier at a great price
3 channels, 100 watt all valve power and has a few extra features that the "real" Dual Rec's do not have.
The sound is fantastic, it sounds exactly as you'd expect. I've played the Mesa rectifiers and it is VERY hard to tell the difference, almost to the point where if I swap out the stock Bugera tubes for Mesa ones, I bet it would be almost identical. The tubes that come with Bugera amps aren't great, but that's one of the reasons they're cheap. I'll replace all of them soon.
I will add I have tested this amp with 4 guitars: A Charvel DC-1 loaded with EMG 81/85, a Fender Modern Player Telecaster loaded with Fender bridge humbucker and 2 single coil, a Gibson Les Paul with Seymour Duncan JB & Jazz and an Ibanez RG7321 with stock INF pickups.
The first channel is a clean/lightly driven tone. This is not a Fender type clean, it isn't going to be amazingly clean and sparkly, it comes close. On the clean setting with the gain about half way it is VERY clean, with quite a bit of presence you can get a glassy/twangy tone. This work extremely well with my Telecaster, and quite piercing with my EMGs in the bridge position. The Les paul with the Seymour Duncan Jazz added huge amounts of bass and mids, they had to be rolled back and there wasn't nearly as much highs. On the drive side of this channel, it reminded me very much of a Plexi. Could get some really nicely driven blues rock tones.
Channel 2 and 3 are identical, they just allow the player to have 2 different setups. You have Classic, Vintage and Modern settings. The classic settings with the gain about mid way gives off a very Marshall style tone to it, back off the gain and increase the volume for some AC/DC riffage. Too much gain on the classic channel turns it quite mushy. Move over to Vintage and you suddenly have a lot more gain on tap, this setting will push the edges of hard rock breaking on heavy metal, adding too much treble and presence to this will easily give you a lot of fizz, so you have to be careful with how you EQ the vintage setting. Finally the modern setting, which is why you're probably thinking of buying this amp. It's brutal, it's just entirely metal. Too much gain on tap to use, the modern setting is tight, defined and focus. The bass end isn't too loose, and given the right EQing this can easily cut through any mix.
I found this channel easiest to dial in with my Charvel with EMGs, it was made for high gain pickups, all dials at 12 o clock and it sounded great. I have roughly the mids at 4 o clock, treble and presence at 1 o clock, gain at 2 clock and bass at 12 o clock.
With my Telecaster which has fairly low output pickups, the gain wasn't as defined and was slightly harder to EQ, this guitar wasn't for this setting. My Les Paul suited it with a little less gain and a little less bass and mids, as it already has plenty of them, it gave more of an overall balanced tone compared to the Charvel which just punched through. Finally the Ibanez RG7321 7-string. The low string just cut through, if you have a 7 string, this can definitely djent it up.
Some other cool features about this amp is that it has a boost function, which is adjustable and footswitchable. This is very much like using a tube screamer, it cuts out a bit of the bass, adds and tightens up the overall gain and generally improves your metal tone, on the clean setting it added a fair amount of shrillness, but is still usable as a clean boost, just don't use too much of a boost. I have my amp set up as clean on channel 1, modern setting on 2 and a lead tone on 3 which has less bass, more treble and I activate the boost on this channel. The boost is global and it not assignable per channel, however the amp does support midi switching so i'm sure if you have a MIDI channel changer you can set it up the boost to be on/off per channel.
There is also a global reverb, I was quite surprised at how good this was, usually I have been let down by in-built reverb on tube amps. On solid state amps and modelers you get a wide variety of reverbs to choose from, however on the TriRec you have a very usable reverb! The only downside being is there probably isn't enough reverb, if you wanted to drown out your playing you couldn't with this.
Finally we have the varipower. The normal Mesa rectifier only have a 100/50watt switch if I am not mistaken. This has a variable knob which will go from 100 watts to 1 watt and it works rather well. It is most noticeable on the clean channel, if you scale it down to 1 watt you get some nice power amp distortion quite early, I cannot hear the effect so much on the distorted channels.
My overall verdict is this is a fantastic amp, you're essentially getting a Dual Rectifier for a quarter of the price! I am aware some people have had issues with Bugera amps and I did plenty of research into this and decided to bite the bullet. Mine has performed flawlessy after many many hours of use, and with Thomann you get a 3 year warranty! That's worth it.
If you're thinking about getting one, stop thinking and do it, you won't regret it.
3 year warranty
Extra features normal Rectifiers don't have
It weighs about 20kg. Moving this isn't easy.
Great Amp to replicate the Mesa sound
I used this head through a Blackstar HTV-a 4x12, and a Blackstar Series One 4x12.
It definately suited the Series One better, with those v30's being able to give a heavier punch. Guitar I used was a Schecter Damien Elite 7, no mods.
First impression of the head was the size. Its a heavy beast, but I have always been of the thought that heavy is good. No light cheap materials.
The 3 way selector switch on each channel, Modern/Vintage/Classic give 3 different voices to each, and combine that with the switch at the back to choose between Diode(high power) / Diode-Valves(Medium power) / Valves(Normal), if you cannot find a tone that you like, play the bass instead.
The boost feature is great. I found that I took my tube screamer off my pedal board because I do not need it with this head.
I was not a fan of the reverb though. it was not deep enough for me.
The vari-power is not as good as other amps I have used, but it is still handy for getting good tones on lower volume settings.
I also found that the FX loop sucked a bit of tone, not much, but noticable.
The channel selector is good quality too.
The clean channel has good tones from standard clean to over-driven, with the flick of a switch. Nice for blues ect. I dont play much clean stuff, so I cant comment too much on it.
The crunch channel is good. You can get nicely driven tones, with the choice to really drive the channel, bordering a trash metal sound.
The high gain channel is a beast. You can really afford to back off the gain here as there is loads. played with a 7 string, there is still buckets of clarity on this channel, and combined witht the boost feature, it really tightens up nicely.
I did not use the Midi feature.
All in all, this is a great head for the money you will spend, if you are after the mesa sound, but do not have a mesa budget. With the amazing 3 year warrenty from Thomann you have the peace of mind that IF anything should happen, one quick email will see you sorted.
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