Alchemist demos finished!

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  1. jmcerlain

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    As some of you know I was asked by Bogner and Line6 to do the first round of video clips for the Alchemist amp. I went to the Bogner shop in LA to film them with the super cool people from Line6 on Tuesday. I have had a relationship with Bogner for years so I was honored when they asked me to do the clips. I first tried the amp when I was with them at the NY Amp show.


    So???!!!

    It rocks! I think the amp sounds great regardless of price. It did not disappoint at all. I know, I know, "hey Jeff, of course you are going to say that, you are working for them"... in all honesty, if I didn't like the amp, I wouldn't do the clips. Back to the amp...It was hard to get a bad sound out of it ( I didn't try too hard to get a bad sound either!). Most of the time the tone knobs were set about 12 o'clock or so and that worked really well. Great cleans, overdrive and full out gain. No need for an boxes if you don't want them. But it takes pedals really well, my Jetter Blue sounded amazing through it. The boost function actually a midboost. The frequency is really pleasing and effective, it helps cut but not nasal or fizzy. I liked the verbs and delays Line 6 did a good job with them. Reinhold clearly put a lot of thought into the amp and was very particular about the part values and look. So much so that the tolex is imported to China from the US because he felt that was the one that looked right.

    I did the clips with my Tuttle strat, my new Tuttle tele (hand delivered by Michael :love:) and a Les Paul. It sounded great with each guitar, I really noticed that the amp stayed tight in the low end at all settings.


    I played through the head and 2x12 setup. The cab is open backed with a greenback and a g12h. I also played with the 2x12 combo that sounded excellent, it's about the size of a Super. I did not see or try the 1x12 combo. It is my understanding these clips will be on the Bogner site.

    I know they want to get the clips up soon as do I so I can stop answering questions about this thing!!!!:rolleyes:

    My only complaint besides not having one yet, is it's size. But I live in NYC and my main gigging amp is a Pro Junior so... that is my issue. The older I get, the less I want to carry. I complain about moving my Germino 1x12 combo which is a very reasonable size. Hell, I hate moving the Pro Junior sometimes!

    Anyway, I look forward to your thoughts on the clips and thank all of you who offered suggestions on what you would like to hear. That was very helpful and I tried to cover as many bases as I could.

    Now we wait...
     
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    Awesome!!! Can't wait to hear the clips!
     
  3. Lution

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    SWEEEEET!!!!!

    This amp is gonna rock!! I'm really looking forward to hearing the clips and trying out a 1x12 combo as a grab, heave, and go. ;)
     
  4. donbarzini

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    Cool Jeff! A new Best Buy just opened down the street, I'll have to check one out.
     
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    Looking forward to trying it as well :AOK
     
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    awesome news. I'm really interested in this amp.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up look forward to checking the clips out!
     
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    Wise a$$ :BEER
    But funny,
    Looking forward to hearing the clips as well!
     
  10. Ricker

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    Can you now justify the custom shop prices now that the alchemist range is sounding so good.?
    For instance do you pay more than double the price for custom shop bogners so you can improve the tone by 5/ 10%.
    That's assuming that the custom shop amps are tone superior to the alchemist range?

    What ya Skeeem seeing that I'm sure you've played em all.??

    Thanks
    Rick
     
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    Seriously, it opened two weeks ago. I used to have to drive 20 miles to get to the nearest one.
     
  12. jmcerlain

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    What ya Skeeem seeing that I'm sure you've played em all.??

    Not sure what you mean by this.
     
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    My bad here .......
    That is a slang word in South Africa for what do you 'think'....
    I forget sometimes I'm on an American forum....he he he

    Cheers
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  16. Wizard of Ozz

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    What current Bogner does it sound most like? Shiva, XTC, etc...
     
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    For me it falls more in the XTC classic camp, kinda. More gain on tap than the Shiva. I though the cleans were really nice. It is not really a nu-metal amp. The dirtier side is a modded marshall kinda vibe.
     
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    Hey Jeff,

    Would you describe the dirtier side to be more of a smooth, but open sound or a grainier modded plexi sound?
     
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    I'd say a bit smoother on the gainier side. But the crunch side ( voicing 2 on the clean side) is sorta plexi like. Nothing sounds quite like a plexi to me except a plexi ( or my Germino).
     
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    That's what I was hoping to hear! :)

    Thanks Jeff.
     

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