Product Spotlight: Budda Superdrive Amplifiers

How’s it going, audiophiles?! Earlier this week, we took a look at one of the most highly touted wah-wah pedals out on the market – the Budda Budwah – and to say the least, it did not disappoint! With its seamless construction and excellent tone, the Budwah definitely lived up to its high expectations. You should check out our official review if you haven’t caught that yet. And yet, what makes it all the more remarkable is that the Budwah is Budda’s first foray into the stompbox market. Instead, the company built its name and success over 15 years through their equally impressive amplifier lineup – hand built boutique models that were at one point a very rare find.  They have certainly come a long way since their start in the underground market. Today, want to take the time to introduce you guy out there to a few of their top amplifiers including heads, cabinets and combos. Let’s get started!

 

 

The Heads

Sure, they all look the same, but packed inside each is progressive power!

(From left: 18, 30 and 45 watt variants)

The Superdrive 18 Watt

The Superdrive 18 is a low wattage powerhouse. Designed for the clubs and studio, this lightweight two-channel EL-84 driven amp offers sparkling rhythm complexity with super-sensitive high-gain articulation. The juice behind the amp lies in the 18 watt el84 power section. There's nothing more organic sounding then the tone of 12AX7 high-grade preamp tubes being pushed to their limits. The sag of the circuit is lush and creamy and thesustain is forever at your fingertip. The Superdrive features speaker cable wiring by Monster Cable. Monster Cable uses Time Correct Windings and advanced cable construction to deliver an accurate signal with deeper bass and wider dynamic range in high performance sound reinforcement applications. This 18 watt is the real deal!

 

The Superdrive 30 Watt

The Superdrive 30 Series II is Budda’s mid powered touring package designed for the distinguished guitar player. The rhythm channel nails the Vox like sparkle with bell like harmonics picked from each chord. The extra power from four EL-84's adds girth and depth to the rhythm channel equipped to handle the right hand assault of muscle power pop players. The touch sensitive circuit allows even the most finicky jazzer the chance to shine his chops. For hi gain aficionados, rockers will find plenty of Plexi inspired gain that manages to sound sweet and aggressive at the same time. Think Superdrive 18 on steroids and you’ll have the perfect idea at what this beauty can do!

 

The Superdrive 45 Watt

The Superdrive 45 represents years of research culminating in the design of the ultimate KT66 hi gain amp. Think of this amp as a prize fighter that will knock other amps out of the ring. The bite and complex overtones of Budda's KT66 circuit puts this amp in the realm of a newly discovered tone. The upper mid range bite combined with the tube rectifier sag makes for a very expressive amplifier, super sensitive to touch and pick attack. The bass response is earth shattering and sheer volume will have all the guitar players jealous with envy.

 

 

 

 

The Cabs

The perfect compliment to any Budda head or combo!


Above: 2x12, Below: 4x12

The Budda 4x12

The Budda 4x12 extension is a closed back split cabinet loaded with their proprietary Budda Phat 12 speakers. If you’re in the market for a cab that offers superior bass response, plenty of mid-range punch and some of that sweet creamy top end – look no further than this 4x12! In fact, stacking two Budda Phat 4x12's under your Budda head will deliver a sonic punch that will part your hairline! Composed in solid pine with finger jointed corners, you can drop it off a truck and it will damage the concrete – it’s that tough. From a blistering top end to crushing crunch and lead tones, these speakers and cabinets bring out the best of your instrument and amp. The perfect cabinet solution, fine tuned to your Budda head.

 

 

 

The Budda 2x12

This 2x12 extension comes in both an open and closed back configuration. Budda recommends this 2x12 for players looking for superb bass response, mid range punch and a sweet creamy top end. Stacking a Budda phat 4x12 on top of their 2x12 is said to be the tone of the Gods! Solid pine finger jointed cabinets loaded with the company’s proprietary Budda Phat 12 speaker is by far one of the finest crafted boxes to accentuate your Budda head or combo.

 

 

 

 

The Combos

Each 2x12 is also available in a 1x12 form factor. You can check them all out right here.

The Superdrive 1x12 18 Watt

The Superdrive 18 is the leader of the pack for low wattage amps that rock! The rhythm channel packs plenty of punch and dynamics, just like our famous Twinmaster circuit. The power tube saturation of the EL84 and 5u4 rectifier tubes offers an aggressive touch sensitive elasticity to your tone that is pure organic soul! The hi gain channel offers a complex overdrive, from creamy blues tones, to full on metal crunch. The master doesn't choke the amp, so you get plenty of touch sensitive sustain at low volume settings. You can dial in just the right amount of gain and volume for studio work and small club venues. Keep in mind that 18 Budda watts is equivalent to most 50 watt amps. The Superdrive 18 is one the best sounding small wattage amps available in a 1x12 configuration.

 

The Superdrive 2x12 30 Watt

The rhythm channel packs plenty of punch and dynamics, just like our famous Twinmaster circuit. The flex of the EL84 and 5u4 rectifier tubes offers an elasticity to your tone that is pure organic soul! The hi gain channel offers plenty of variation, from creamy blues tones, to full on hyperdrive crunch. The master doesn't choke the amp, so you get plenty of touch sensitive sustain at low volume settings. You can dial in just the right amount of gain and volume for late night studio work and small club venues.

 

The Superdrive 2x12 45 Watt

The 2x12 cabinet is loaded with our proprietary Phat 12 speakers, tweeked to coax all the bass and top end you can get out of the amp. The additional speaker box dimensions increase the spatial dispersion of the sonic field and volume. A power house of an amp that is the featured model for the Rockstar Supernova series.

 

The Superdrive 2x12 80 Watt

The 80 watt 4 x 6L6 power section is tight, with plenty of headroom and bottom. The solid state rectifier tightens up the amps response and makes for a quick attack time on the note. The rhythm channel has plenty of headroom and is as tight and articulate as it gets. The overdrive channel offers some of the creamiest and luscious overtones you will hear from a 6L6 amp. The master volume works like a master should, without choking the tone of the preamp section. With big bottle tubes, the dynamics of the pick attack are fat and clear – just the way we like them!

 


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