Real Tone. Real Power. Real Small.
The Bud is without question the smallest, TRULY GIGABLE guitar amplifier on the market. You won’t believe the tone coming from either your electric or acoustic guitar, or any stringed instrument with a pickup for that matter, not to mention the volume The Bud is capable of cleanly producing. At 9x9x9 inches, 17 pounds and 120 watts of analog power with a feature set that allows you the versatility to cover almost any kind of gig, this is a MUST HAVE piece of gear for the working musician.
About The Bud
A couple years ago we were cleaning out a box of stuff that belonged to our late founder, Bud Henriksen, and found a mysterious speaker cabinet he had made with a 6″ speaker in it. The box happened to be the exact size for our circuit boards to be mounted in, so we built it into a prototype. The result was shocking, not only in the amount of volume which could be coaxed from the enclosure, but also in how incredibly good the sound was. Equally shocking was the response from our customers; obvioulsy there was a need for a tiny amp which sounded as good as our JazzAmp line, but that wasn’t a toy or just a practice amp. So we set out to engineer the smallest possible amplifier a musician could still legitimately gig with. Mission accomplished! Not only does The Bud have an unmatched feature set and enough real power to gig with, it has tonal fidelity that other small amps on the market simply can’t compete with and it sounds just as amazing with acoustic guitars as it does electrics so you can use one amp for both on the same gig, something no other amplifier achieves as well as The Bud.
Features and Specifications
The Bud has two identical pre-amps, each with independent EQ, separate FX loops, independent reverb, full 48 volt phantom power and an input gain control to adjust for different pickups. There’s also an auxiliary input on channel 1 so that whatever you are using it for can be EQ’d separately from your instrument signal. Channel 2 has a bright switch for instruments that need more high end push.
There is a balanced XLR out on the back of the amp which is post-EQ, post-reverb and both channels summed – meaning the signal you’re sending the house (or mixing console, or other amplifier, etc…) is the same signal you’re hearing from the speaker! For pre-EQ and individual channel output the FX loop send/returns can be used.
If you need more sound pressure, there is a parallel extension speaker output to make full use of The Bud’s output power. The Bud can drive a 4x10 bass cabinet with no problem at all, and if you plug a 1/4″ dummy plug (headphone adapter plug) into the headphone jack, it defeats the internal speaker but leaves the extension speaker out live. Did we mention there’s a headphone jack?
The possibilities are nearly limitless, all from an amp so tiny you won’t believe your eyes, but you will believe your ears.
• 120 watts
• 17 lbs
• 1/8 Aux. input
• Dual channel, each with independent 5-band EQ and reverb, 48 volt phantom powered XLR/1/4″ combo inputs, and input gain control.
• TRS send/return FX loops for each channel with instrument/line level select
• Channel 2 bright switch
• XLR balanced line out (post EQ and reverb, both channels)
• OEM 6.5″ Eminence Beta speaker with special fluid-cooled, high-yield neodymium tweeter (defeat-able)
• Ext. Speaker out
• Headphone Jack
Premier Guitar Demo
Sean McGowan demos The Bud with several different guitars, styles and tunings.
“All you need to get the job done…”
Perry Smith and John Storie of The New West Guitar Group demonstrating the use of The Bud in a duet scenario.
All You Need For The Gig
Martin Taylor demonstrating all you need is a guitar, mic and The Bud to do your singer songwriter gigs.
Acoustic and electric through the same amp?
How does it take pedals?
Nick Amodeo showing off a Tele with a Full-Drive and a Martin D28 played through the same Bud.
Bill Kopper doing a quick demo of how The Bud handles a nylon string guitar.