Bogner Ecstasy EL34 100W Guitar Amplifier Head

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Get Chewy Overdrive And Wash It All Down With Lush Clean Tone - The Bogner Ecstasy EL34 100W Guitar Amplifier Head


To start I want to tell you a bit about the history of the Ecstasy. The first model the 100B was released over two decades ago in 1992. It was the time when most of the people where using external multi channel pre-amps to achieve a vast variety of sounds, some used multiple amp setups. Reinhold realized two things early on, a split system of pre and power amp can not give you the dynamics and response of a single circuit which incorporates both, second there is a need to make an amplifier head which covers a huge tonal pallet of tones but with the organic feel and tone of the good old amps from the 60's.

The end result was the 3 channel Ecstasy with the possibility for the user to customize the amp to her/his taste via the multiple switches in pre and power amp. At that time the Ecstasy was in a class by itself as the most flexible amplifier and defined the word boutique amp.

Eric Johnson a purist and the Godfather of multi amp setups tried the amp and bought one and took it immediately on the joint tour with BB King, it might be very well the only multi channel amp he ever owned. The Ecstasy became a favorite for every style and genre of music, Steve Vai, George Lynch, Brad Whitford of Aerosmith, Walter Becker of Steely Dan, Buddy Guy, Steve Farris of Mister Mister, Mark Goldenberg of Jackson Browne, Christopher Cross, producers like Dave Jerden (Rolling Stones, Alice in Chains), Michael Beinhorn ( Korn, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Silvia Massey (Tool), Mike Clink (Guns & Roses, UFO); you get the picture.

In 1995 the 101B was introduced with features never found in any guitar amplifier at that time; the channel assignable internal speaker cabinet switching system and power attenuator loop as well as the dual presence with our so called Excursion power amp dampening control. Further the clean channel was expanded with an additional gain stage as well as a boost function, next to sparkling cleans one could get the dirty tones of the small combo's of the 50's and 60's. Channel 2&3 got slight modifications with the possibility to now also choose the Plexi mode on channel 2, a structure switch which lets you choose a lower or higher gain mode.

The effects loop could be run in series or parallel with an added mix control. The internal load resistor was taken out as nobody seemed to use it, the variac switch had to go as it was not possible to sustain the current to switch all the new functions consistently but a switch was added to choose between class AB or A. Cosmetically the amp was now also offered with the for Bogner custom made basket weave grill.

All in all with no competition Reinhold raised the bar to a new level. In 1997 the 101B was revised; rather then incorporate everything certain functions where offered as options. Available options where, Class A/AB, switch, individual line out controls for each channel, metal grill and the assignable speaker cabinet switching with the attenuator loop which was shortly after discontinued as there was no demand for it. The Chassis color was changed from white to black.

  • 3 channel all tube design
  • Ch1: gain, bass, middle, treble and volume control
  • Ch1: 3 position pre eq and gain boost
  • Ch2: gain, volume and 3 position pre eq
  • Ch3: gain, volume and 3 position pre eq
  • Ch2 & 3: common bass, middle and treble controls
  • Ch2 & 3: common gain-structure, gain boost and plexi mode switch
  • Tube buffered effects loop, series or parallel (mix control) mode, master volume
  • Dual assignable presence controls with excursion switches for loose and tight feel
  • Half power & old/new style switch (cuts power from full to about 25 watts)
  • Functions on foot controller: ch1, ch2, ch3, boost 1, boost 2, fx loop, stand-by mute

Manufacturer: Bogner Amplification
Warranty: See manufacturer website for details
SKU: I076784-N-0
Listing ID: NA59157