"BX108 AMP for JAZZ GUITAR STUDENT (Guitar - Not Bass)"
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
I'm a Jazz Guitar Student (Yes, NOT BASS) and I needed a practice amp for when I stay overnight in a company house each week in one of the national parks. I wanted an practice amp that was small-light and would present deep tones from my semi-hollow body as well as my Strat.
The BX-108 actually sounds great in a traditional jazz mode. Nice & deep but yet enough highs to sound like a guitar amp within the context of a small living room. Maybe just a little coloration from the bass reflex box.
You do have to "dial in the sound" with the tone knobs but once you've got it it sounds amazing for a little practice amp. It took about 4 tries before I got the sound right. You also have to respect the fact that with 15 Watts you can distort the amp WAY-WAY before your ears bleed! IT's a PRACTICE AMP.
The amp is a little directional so I like to tilt the amp back ala fender tilt-back (I use a box!) but with an old digitech reverb on it, the amp sounds very nice, full with a decent panorama of sound spread. I think I could actually do small restaurant gigs with two of these guys in stereo.
The bass reflex box gives my guitars a nice round tone and basically I'm happy. It's also great to look at and handles those Wes Montgomery chord pops quite well. It also makes me feel kind of well, uh, retro.
Somebody hit a Sus-b9th Chord Please!
Just a nice basic, 60's style amplifer with decent tone controls. It's very pretty. Looks well constructed. The vinyl cover was applied very nicely with zero flaws. It's just simplicity & tone when used with a jazz guitar set-up.
Ease of Use:
I was dissapointed when I first fired the amp up but then I realized that the tone controls have a large effect on both control and volume. Took a little "cross-legged" time in front of the amp getting the tone, but the tone was there. It interfaced with my digitech rack-mount effects box very well. You just have to keep the levels clean without overdriving anything in the audio chain.
For such a small price, this amp is a wonder. The volume controls seem a little vunerable if you carry your amp in the back of your pickup while doing drifts or if you stack other stuff on the amp but if you're careful this amp should last as long as most. I would be tempted to use 2 of them in stereo for small coffee-shop gigs.
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The Wow Factor:
It's a sexy little retro devil. The looks can make you obsess. Care Required. Don't let your wife or girlfriend see your fixed-gaze.
I might buy another for stereo. As a practice amp, the BX108 will provide me with years of great sound and is all I need for practice efforts as a Jazz Guitar student even (especially) if it's a BASS AMP! Maybe the only thing I don't like is the power chord which is kind of short - Maybe I'll "trade" for a longer chord off my kid's computer. The amp will provide for hours of practice during my downtime while staying away from home.