Rare Incoming Amp: Budda Verbmaster 4x10 from 1990's

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by thechamp, Feb 20, 2015.

  1. thechamp

    thechamp Member

    Sep 6, 2013
    Vallejo, CA
    I'm so pumped~! I :drool the frequency deal associated with 4x10. Loved the Super Reverb and Concert Reverb.

    I have a SD18 head going into 2x12 Greenback cab. I'm going to A/B test the two Budda rigs and choose one/sell the other.

    Anybody played a Budda 4x10 and willing to share? Info is HARD to come by re: these amps because there aren't very many of em out there.
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  2. Trevor Atchley

    Trevor Atchley Member

    Jul 11, 2017
    HEY! I am so freaking pumped. I've been looking for ANY info about the Verbmaster 30 4x10 that I have... Literally no one has one. Did you end up selling it, or finding any more information about it??
  3. Fishyfishfish

    Fishyfishfish Member

    Jul 9, 2013
    The one I played sounded awesome clean
    almost vox camp. I was expecting more gain and the weight seemed about the same as a super.
  4. mickelodeon

    mickelodeon Member

    Aug 5, 2012
    I've got a Stringmaster head.

    All I can say is - you're gonna love it.
  5. bgmacaw

    bgmacaw Member

    Nov 14, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    I was at a jam back in the 90's where somebody had one. I remember it sounding really good.
  6. somecafone

    somecafone Member

    Mar 11, 2006
    I had a Budda 4x10.
    Can't remember the name but I know it didn't have Reverb.
    It did have the cab switching feature which I thought was brilliant, even though I never utilized it.
    Great amp.
    Be warned.
    The drive channel, while glorious, doesn't work like a conventional pre/post master amp.
    It's gotta be LOUD to get it cooking.
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  7. rummy

    rummy Member

    Jul 12, 2008
    That's a rare one. Congrats!
  8. jamester

    jamester Silver Supporting Member

    Feb 13, 2010
    Baltimore, MD
    Very cool!

    A 90's Verbmaster 18 1x12 was my main amp for a good decade. Sold it a couple years ago, miss it but don't really regret moving it on as I wasn't using it anymore. I can't imagine how heavy the 4x10 must be, my 1x12 was a beast! Loved the tone, but it had a lot of idle hum, and the reverb added as much hiss as it did reverb. I had Bober service it, he said that's just the way it is. Wished I had gotten the Stringmaster since I ended up using a reverb pedal. But the tone was killer; super muscular, dark and chimey at the same time..
  9. Toowoombaus

    Toowoombaus Silver Supporting Member

    Jul 24, 2014
    Palm Springs CA
    Cool Beans! I had a Budda Stringmaster 4x10 for a few years and I loved it. No master volume so it was loud and wild!

    When I got my Vox AC30 BM, I strummed my first chord and thought "I know this sound... Budda"

    Obviously Budda copied Vox and did a good job of it! By the way the cab is made out of pine and it isn't heavy at all!

    Super touch sensitive! The cleans especially with single coils were like little bells. It had something in it that allowed you to turn the guitar volume down and retain the high end.

    I didn't have an attenuator and it was too loud, and I wanted to try other things. Here is a video I made.
  10. ethomas1013

    ethomas1013 Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    I had an 18 watt Verbmaster 1x12 that I sold to a friend. That amp sounded great with both single coils and humbuckers. He doesn't use it very often, but I can't get him to sell it back...
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  11. LesPaulPlayer

    LesPaulPlayer Member

    Mar 9, 2004
    Central CA
    I really like the old Buddas and the obscure ones are always exciting to see come out of the woodwork.

    I still have a 1x12" Verbmaster 18 from 2000. I'm the original owner and actually ordered it directly from Budda; that's the way it was done back then. The amp is still 100% stock and even the original filter caps are still working fine.

    The comment above about it being muscular, dark and chimey at the same time is an apt description. It's hard to describe in words and difficult to compare to other amps because it's a very unique sound. Not even other Budda amps, old or new, sound quite like the Verbmaster. The basic tone has a lot of breath and air around the notes...and that's before the reverb is even turned on. It is a spongy, compressed, gooey reactive kind of amp. It's less immediate than a Twinmaster. After the initial attack of the note, there is a lot of natural compression and a super-organic note decay that just gets better as the volume is turned up. It's non-master volume so if you want lots of amp overdrive, you'll need a large venue or an attenuator.

    Toowoombaus, I love your Stingmaster demo! Entertaining, great playing and great tone! What a great amp!
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