Bogner Alchemist Series 112 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp  

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Alchemist spins the visions of discerning guitarists into gold.

The Bogner Alchemist 112 combo amp is a modern take on vintage tube amp design. Boasting sparkling, articulate cleans, touch-sensitive leads and a bright and colorful crunch, the Alchemist 112 guitar amp owes its remarkable tonality to a 6L6 class-A/B power section, 5 - 12AX7 preamp tubes and a premium Celestion speaker. The Bogner Alchemist 112 amp owes its timeless appeal to classic innovation, modern ingenuity and some entrancing sonic alchemy.

The Bogner Alchemist 112 has a 2-channel design. Each channel has its own voice and identity. Beginning clean and fast, featuring an open top-end and tight bottom-end, Channel 1 opens gradually to present simmering blues tones that churn like spirits in a cauldron. Advancing toward saturation, Crunch mode turns up the heat adding the perfect touch of nastiness with added pick response and increased tonal complexity. Channel 2, achieving critical mass, invokes the famous white-hot Bogner gain—creamy, modern and screaming with sustain—offering everything from Brit rock right through to modern metal. Plus, with variable Bright settings, each channel can be customized to match the tone of your guitar and rig.

Featuring a selectable power section, from 40 to 20 watts, the Alchemist 112 amp's sonority quickly transforms to display a very different kind of magic. When switched to 20 watts, the Bogner Alchemist 112 amp undergoes a complete sonic metamorphosis, changing its harmonic complexity and feel to conjure the essence of the legendary Brown sound.

Reverb and Delay, in variable styles and levels, run in parallel, separate from the original signal. The result is a rich, living and breathing, fully realized resonance capable of producing a complete tonal landscape.

Bogner includes a 4-button footswitch with the Alchemist 112 combo tube amp.

  • 6L6 class-A/B power section and 5 - 12AX7 preamp tubes; selectable power section (40 or 20 watts)
  • One 12" premium Celestion speaker
  • Channel 1 (gold): Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass, Volume, Crunch mode, variable Bright, Deep switch; Channel 2 (mercury): Gain, Treble, Mid, Bass, Volume, variable Bright, Mid Shift; Shared: in parallel, Reverb Type, Reverb Level, Delay Type, Delay Level, Delay Repeats (Feedback), Tap Tempo
  • Included four-button footswitch controls Channel Select, Boost, Delay and Reverb
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Incredible Tone, Versatile Amp, Great Value

By redstrat65

from Undisclosed

Comments about Bogner Alchemist Series 112 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

There isn't an amp out there that sounds this great for the money. Yep, it's a bit more than some cheapo tube amps but this thing is a real Bogner. Don't be misled by players griping where this is made. Great Marshall amps are being assembled in China and India now. Same with Fenders, Vox, Blackheart and the like. Although a 2 channel amp, there's really 4 channels lurking inside the amp. Using the voicing switch (Clean/Crunch) on the Gold (Clean) channel, you can go from clear, pristine clean tones all the way to raging Tweed and Vox sounds. Put an OD or distortion pedal on this channel and you can get all the way to metal tones. The Mercury (OD) Channel goes from crunchy and even clean tones to smooth overdrive and metal tones. The amp is very sensitive and responsive to guitar volume and levels. Find a great distorted tone and turn your guitar volume knob down and the amp cleans up brilliantly. Dig in when soloing and the note blossom with harmonics. Both channels are also very responsive to your pedals. I have played thru some amps that don't respond well to certain OD or distortion pedals but I've yet to find anything that doesn't sound great thru this amp. I've played this amp a low volumes and it sounds great but at performance levels, it comes alive. The reverb and delays (made by Line 6) are excellent and throw your chorus and phaser into the parallel effects loop and you're set. On top of this, there's the 20 or 40 watt setting that really does something besides just turn down the volume. The 20 watt is a variax circuit that "browns" the sound out more. It's subtle but a cool change in the tone character designed by the guy (Reinhold Bogner) who helped design and mod EVH's brown sound amps. On top of all that, the components inside the amp are higher grade than what you are getting in the standard production line stuff. Get's a great deal for a great amp.

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Exactly what I was looking for.

By eek

from Brooklyn NY

Comments about Bogner Alchemist Series 112 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I needed an all in one amp that could do blues crunch to high gain. Was previously playing through a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe which needed the help of pedals to do that (not sure why they even bother putting a gain channel on those amps). After looking at a few other amps in the same price range I decided on the Alchemist because it just felt best to me, plus it has the onboard fx. Not as much clear low end as my Fender but I adjusted to that quickly. I've always used sparse reverb and delay to fatten my sound a bit which makes this amp even more perfect for me, as those are built in. Theyre digital but I dont care they sound great for what I use em for. Rarely does a non-guitar player come up after a gig and say "hey, that delay sounded awesome, it must be vintage analog!" so who cares, right? Less is more for me; Id rather have fewer options for effects than waste my time scrolling through parameter after parameter. Love the pseudo-analog delay; it almost has a chorusy effect to it that compliments the overall sound quite nicely. As minimal as it is, READ THE MANUAL. Dont just assume you know what the switches do, read about them and discover what exactly it is they do. Theres a broad tonal range inside of this amp if you tweak a little. Everything from clean Fender to good blues/rhythm crunch to high gain Marhsall (better than Marshall if you ask me). Pros: It sounds incredibly awesome, very responsive to pick attack and different guitars. I have a few hollow body Gretsches, a Les Paul and a Strat and all of their own unique voices shine through loud and clear through the Alchemist. Ive always played with two main tones: A) slightly gritty with tube break up if I dig in with the pick hard enough and B) High gain. This nails both of them perfectly for me. AND it has built in delay/reverb meaning two less things for me to plug in when setting up. Its one of the few plug-n-play amps Ive plugged into and constantly find myself still playing a few hours later without once contemplating plugging any pedals in. Last but not least its built like a tank. Cons: 1) Its one the heavy side for a 1x1 thank goodness for my amp cart with wheels. 2) No cover is included. The Line 6 Spider III 2x12 cover fits it nicely, but if Im dropping this much on an amp, it should come with some sort of protection aside from the box its shipped in. 3) If you buy one of these, replace the included crappy XLR cable that comes with the footswitch immediately. My footswitch seemed to have a lag to it and would intermittently kick in the BOOST function for a split second when changing amp channels. By the suggestion of a lot of other users online who had the same problem, I replaced the cable. Problem solved. Overall, if youre like me and cant justify dropping too much on a boutique combo amp, this is definitely an amp you should consider trying out. Just as with any other amp or piece of gear, you might need to spend some time with this before clicking with it. Such was the case with me. I tested out at a store, dug it, ordered one, and out of the box I was wondering what I was thinking when I tried it back at the store. Within a few hours of playing in the comfort of home with my own guitars and dialing my sounds in, that feeling left pretty quickly I have an attenuator en route and can't wait to feed it through that so I can get the most out of this amp at bedroom levels. I wished Id have bought one of these when they first came out rather than going with a cheaper amp and pedals, but hindsight is always 20/20.

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Bogner Quality at Entry Level Price!

By Todd Young

from Syracuse, NY

Comments about Bogner Alchemist Series 112 40W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I decided after years of faithful service from my Mesa F30 to get a different amp. I had seen a lot of clips of the Alchemist online, and I was curious. I'm sure you've heard about the curious cat, it's true, satisfaction has brought me back. This amp has so many features! A boost on each channel (though it seems to add clarty, not volume on the second channel), bright switch on each channel, mid punch on 2nd, deep on 1st, three types of delay and reverb (used seperately or combined), tap tempo, two modes on each channel. The only drawbacks I see to this amp are the fact that the channel modes are not footswitchable, and the tap tempo is not on the footswitch. Now lets get into sound. Clean channel did not take me long to tweak. Not quite Fender territory, but lush and full. Then, switchiing into crunch mode is great. A little bright, but really, no eq'ing was needed to get a great sound. SRV to AC/DC is there. Then the 2nd channel. So far I've really only used the push mode. It gets a great lead sound, and can even do some metal when eq'd correctly! Tapping and egregious soloing sound up front and in your face! One last note, this amp is a pedal killer! I have a rather large board with 13 pedals. Last time I played out with this amp, I used 2 of my pedals, a wah and looper! Overall this amp is an incredible value and I think one of the best on the market.

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