A biker amp? Budda introduces leather-covered guitar head & cab

(Dave Molter | Posted 2010-01-27)

A biker  amp? Budda introduces leather-covered guitar head & cab

You dress in leather, why shouldn't your guitar amp? That seems to be the reasoning behind Budda Amplification's new MN-100 and MN-412, a three-channel tube guitar amplifier head and 4x12 enclosure featuring a custom Italian leather exterior by renowned footwear designer Mark Nason.

The Budda MN-100 features three independent channels, a 100-watt power section driven by four 6L6GC tubes and a preamp consisting of seven two-stage 12AX7 tubes. Dual 5U4 rectifier tubes and a solid-state rectifier with PowerPan variable rectification control allow players to select full tube rectification, diode rectification or anywhere between the two.

The Clean, Rhythm and Lead channels each include three-band EQ, Reverb, Resonance, Presence and a true bypass effects loop with send and return levels. Each channel also features Overboost, a stompbox-style lead boost that engages an additional tube-driven gain circuit.

The effects loop on channel 2 can also be used as a global loop for incredible versatility in effects routing. An included nine-button foot controller digitally switches via MIDI all three channels, effects loops and Overboost functions as well as Master Reverb and Master Boost, which is a second Master Volume control that can be used to boost the overall volume of the amp.

The Budda MN-100 also features a half-power switch for operating the amplifier in either 50 or 100 watt mode. The back panel has an amplifier chain section with power-amp inputs and a slave output, impedance selector and MIDI input and output for use in MIDI-switching rigs. The matching MN-412 cabinet features four Budda Phat 12 loudspeakers and the Mark Nason leather covering.

Budda amplifiers are played by Tomo Milicevi; (30 Seconds to Mars), Alex Skolnick, Leslie West (Mountain), Mark Sheehan (The Script), Michael Barrett and Mansur Zennelli (Closure in Moscow), Lillian Berlin and Cory Becker (Living Things), and Davy Knowles.

U.S. MSRP $1599.99 Available in the second quarter of 2010.

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