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The Bud

$1299.00

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 28 customer ratings
(29 customer reviews)

If you play, you need a Bud

The Bud is the without question the smallest, TRULY GIGABLE guitar amplifier on the market with unmatched tone quality!  At 9x9x9 inches, 17 pounds and 120 watts of analog power, you won't believe the volume and tone coming from either your electric or acoustic guitar, or any stringed instrument with a pickup for that matter, and with a feature set that allows you the versatility to cover almost any kind of gig, this is a MUST HAVE piece of gear for the working musician.

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Description

Do you want to have an amplifier the size of a toaster that gives you the quality of tone for BOTH electric and acoustic instruments that you’d expect from a studio situation with enough volume to cover almost any gig?  Of course you do.  That’s why if you play guitar, or any stringed instrument with a pickup for that matter, you need a Bud.  The Bud has every feature you need and more than enough volume to get your bandmates or club manager to ask you to turn down, and coupled with the extension cabinet you can keep up with the heaviest-handed drummer with no problem.  The amp and cabinet are naturally feedback resistant which limits the need for artificial notch filtering and other suppression technologies that negatively effect your tone.

But it’s not all about size and volume, there are lots of tiny, loud amplifiers on the market.  You’ve tried them. You know what they sound like.  The Bud is different.  Henriksen Amplifiers is all about tone first, the incredibly portable size and feature set of The Bud were developed around the sound, not the other way around and you can definitely hear the difference.  Our pre-amp, from input to output, is designed using the highest grade audio components. We offer a 5-band EQ with carefully chosen center frequencies which were fine-tuned by ear to meet the demands of different playing environments using the widest possible array of musical instruments.  We give you two identical pre-amps, each with independent EQ and reverb and actual 48 volt phantom power, and an auxiliary input on each channel so that whatever you are using it for can be EQ’d separately from your instrument signal.

Tech specs:
120 watts
17 lbs
9″x9″x9″
Ext. Speaker out
Headphone Jack
Dual channel, independent EQ and reverb with phantom powered XLR/1/4″ combo inputs
Studio quality line out (post EQ and reverb, both channels)
1/8 Aux. inputs on each channel
OEM 6.5″ Eminence Beta speaker with special fluid-cooled, high-yield neodymium tweeter

Additional information

Weight 20 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 12 × 12 in

Video Demos

John Storie and Perry Smith playing Charlie Parker’s “Scrapple from the Apple” through The Bud Amplifier.

John Bohlinger from Premier Guitar reviews The Bud with several different instruments. Read the full review at http://bit.ly/HenriksenBudReview.

User Manual

Bud Owners Manual 2016 Web

29 reviews for The Bud

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Manfred Hajek

    This amp is fantastic! I play it with Gibson archtops (S400 and L5) and it delivers nothing but their original sound. Even with an electric bass through the second channel the sound was clear, undistorted and perfectly defined. It is perfect for small jam sessions and club gigs, but also for rehearsal at home. Before, I used to play at home with headphones. Now, I prefer the speaker since it has unbeatable sound quality even at very low volume levels. With the gig bag it’s easy to travel with, cables and accessories find enough place. But again, the sound coming out of this tiny box is the most convincing argument to sell your amp – whatever brand – and get the Bud! It’s a masterpiece!!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Matt Heister

    This is a wonderful amp, just as I expected. I’m a professional jazz guitarist for the US Air Force Band. I’ve played The JazzAmp for several years, and recently decided to add The Bud to my personal arsenal. I purchased The Bud last month and am happy to say it has surpassed my highest expectations. It produces wonderful tone, and can do so at a high volume, which I’m impressed an amp so small can deliver.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Gerald Ross

    Just got back from my road trip where I used my new Bud amp (one week old)

    in performance. I was a headliner at ukulele festival.

    I used both channels with the tweeter activated. Channel one was for my custom built tenor uke equipped with a MI-SI active piezo pickup – LR Baggs UST. Channel two was for my 1954 Fender Champion lap steel guitar – Jason Lollar reissue single-coil pickup. The uke’s EQ was basically set to flat on the Bud. For the steel guitar I boosted both the 80 Hz, and 420 Hz to about 2 o’clock and set the reverb to about 11 o’clock. These are typical lap steel EQ settings.

    I used the Bud both as a soloist with my uke and in a band setting with the steel guitar.

    The sound person placed a Shure SM-57 about two inches in front of Bud’s speaker. He told me he didn’t have to change the EQ on his board, the Bud got it right. All he had to do was adjust the volume in the house.

    I didn’t have to tweak the Bud once during my performance. The amp is a pleasure to work with. After my show both my fellow performers and members of the audience commented on how great of a tone I was getting.

    Henriksen has a winner with the Bud.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dennis Hardin

    I received my Bud about a month ago and have used it with a variety of instruments in a variety of situations.

    Instruments:

    – a Flatiron A-style mandolin with an LRBaggs Radius pickup

    – a National Resonator with a Lace slimline humbucker

    – a Clark octave mandolin with a K&K piezo

    The situations:

    – at church, I use it as a personal monitor and direct box

    – at a trio coffee shop gig, we each used our respective amps as PAs, connecting our mics and guitars

    – at a solo restaurant gig (capacity 75), I used it as a PA, connecting guitar or octave plus vocal mic.

    In any combination, this amp excels. On the input side, the input gain control allows for the many different output levels from my instruments’ pickups. On the output end, the DI provides good signal to a house PA system. In between, the signal travels cleanly through the EQ and reverb. The amplification and speakers transmit a clear tone. It’s really amazing how this all happens in such a small box.

    This is the best stage tool I’ve ever purchased.

    -D

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tim

    Hi
    I recently purchased one of your bud amps mostly for my nylon guitars. I usually play an aer amp and I don’t care for the tone from them for my nylon guitars. So I watched your videos on it and I was blown away by it. So I purchased one and it sounds way better in person,i always on every amp I have,have to turn the midrange all the way up and it never seems to either have enough or turned up sounds like its too much or on a wrong frequency sweep in the mids. Yours is the very first amp that has plenty and with the low and high mids, it seems to be perfect. I play a couple of Kirk Sand guitars and I only have the bass on about 1 1/2,so its plenty also. I always strive to get my guitars to sound plugged in like they do unplugged,with no color or added anything. This amp definetly does that,i have turned the tweeter off to get the tone I am looking for,but that’s another great feature. Its a really great amp and I am truly enjoying it. Thanks a lot,

    Tim

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Richard Staller

    I was able to get one of the prototypes of the Bud. It’s fantastic. Like one of the reviewers, I also have a big Mesa, but am unable to pick it up now! The Bud has fantastic sound. I just played a gig outdoors at Evergreen Lake and only needed 1/2 power there! I use an acoustic with a Fisher pickup and a 175; sounds great. I’d encourage anyone to get one!

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Terry Spence

    Tone, tone, tone. I do not believe there is a better amp option available for my needs. My L5 archtop comes alive through the Bud and my Cervantes Crossover nylon string is absolutely natural and beautiful sounding using a L.R. Baggs lyric classical internal mic. With a 112ER extension cabinet I can not think of a guitar scenario the Bud could not excel at.

    Want to scream with your favorite solid body? I tried a MESA V-Twin tube preamp pedal through the Bud and it was scary good. Not my norm but if you have the need it sounds great with overdrive.

    Don’t let the size fool you. The Bud can handle any venue.

    I could not be more pleased with my Bud. It sounds great and looks great in vanilla with matching 112ER extension cabinet.

    It would be remiss of me not to mention what a pleasure it has been to deal with Peter Henriksen.

    Many Thanks Peter,

    Terry Spence

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Wayne Wilkinson

    Absolutely love The Bud! Best amp I’ve ever owned! It is the amp of choice for me. The highs are gorgeous and when put on the floor, the bass response is unbelievable. The amp fits under the plane seat so I tour with my own rig.

    Highly, highly recommend it!

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dan Thayer

    I have been using the Henriksen Jazzamps for a few years now. I like these amps very much and have bought a few of them for hosting jam sessions and also to mix different ones together when playing out live. I think one of the best things I like about all of these amps is you get great tone without having to mess with a bunch of knobs no matter what type of guitar you plug into it. And they sound pretty much the same whether you’re playing indoors, outdoors, duos or with a full band.

    My main setup now is the Bud and a 110 combo that I run in stereo. I’ve owned and still have a lot of different amps and the Henriksen’s are my favorite. I think I have eleven now. I recently started using a few distortion pedals with them for rock/blues gigs and they sound fantastic. I also take a direct out of the Bud into my recording setup and am really happy with the sound. Also worth mentioning here is the outstanding customer service from the owner, Peter. This is one of the best companies around.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ron Sherr

    This is the first online review I have ever done because I wanted to join the chorus of players that are extolling the virtues of this great amp. I have been playing and teaching for many years and have never been happier with my sound than I am now. I am using the Bud for my jazz quartet as well as a Brazilian jazz single that I perform. Whether I am playing steel or nylon, Bud handles it perfectly. In larger venues I use a 112ER. This combo allows me perform instrumentally and vocally in and situation. I would recommend the Bud to anyone looking for great tone, versatility and super portability.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alan Joseph

    Meeting Bud and realizing what his mind was after, he would be proud of Peter’s accomplishments. I have several amps, but once I got my Bud I have taken nothing else to the gig (except my JazzAmp 10 If I wanted more spread).

    I have gone from the ‘One Amp set-up’ to a full pedal regalia and on break my audience comes to the stage to see how I am getting that wonderful big sound!

    Also, at one gig much to my stupidity, the ‘Bud’ in it’s bag fell off the seat of the car and on to the pavement. The ‘Bud’ gig bag protected the Amp in its entirety.

    I can go on and on. the Bud’ is a keeper.””eeting Bud and re”

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Nick Pantloni

    So very happy with this amp. So far only using it for casual jam and practice sessions but hope to play out with it eventually. Pairs very well with carved archtops, great power, great EQ, great reverb – very warm and clear. Cabinet sounds great, nice punch. It’s so nice to be able to grab and go with an amp this small…no need to worry about speakers, cables, and heads. Plenty of volume even without the extension speaker, can keep up with very dynamic drums and horn.

    Having said that, it does sound great through an additional cab and I am looking forward to pairing it with the 6” extension cab down the road.

    Can use the auxiliary to play an MP3 player through the additional channel, also has headphone jack which sounds very good as well.

    Visually a very good looking amp. This amp was well thought out and executed.

    Couldn’t be happier.

    – Nick

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    mark rollins

    Incredible amp! My hats off to Peter and the staff at Henriksen amps. This little amp is truly a gem. I’ve had the Bud for nearly 3 months now and I’m very pleased with my purchase of it and it’s companion extension cabinet. My acoustic guitar, L5 with a 57 humbucker, and arch top with a floating pickup all sound so beautiful through it. What amazes me is the fact that regardless of the room size, I’m still still able to dial in the sweet spot for each guitar. The EQ on the bud makes this possible. I highly recommend that any one who plays guitar get a Bud with the companion extension cabinet. It will put a smile on your face, it sure has mine.

    Thanks Peter and Staff,

    mark

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jim Walker

    My favorite piece of gear! The portability is unsurpassed for the quality you get. No one believes it when you show up with that little amp”. Enough sound for most any small gig even with loud drummers!””y favorite piece of gear! The portability is unsurpassed for the quality “

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Joel Shapira

    Since I received my Henricksen Bud around 2 months ago, it has become my #1 amp for solo guitar gigs, and for smaller room duo gigs. The sound is not only amazing for such a small package, it is also beautiful in that the true tone of the instrument is projected and comes through with great clarity and brilliance. It’s by far the easiest amp I’ve ever owned as far as being portable, and having a very high quality professional sound. I’m a career jazz guitarist, and the Bud is an outstanding addition to my working gear arsenal.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steve Berger

    I’m loving The Bud! It covers all the bases for me as it sounds great with my acoustics, electrics and arch tops.

    Although it sounds wonderful on its own, I typically add my Jazz Amp 10 Convertible speaker to the mix as an extension cab – just because I can. 🙂

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Pete Gitlin

    I’d like to add a couple of comments to my original review, which I submitted right after the release of the Bud back in April. I’ve used it dozens of times on gigs with my arch top as well as acoustic guitars, and it’s pure joy to have the classic Henricksen tone in such a portable package. But here’s s real surprise…I’ve been using the Bud as a PA in my weekly Thirsday night restaurant gig…with bass and drums! There’s more than enough volume to cut through, and vocalists sitting in with the band are shocked at the sound and tone we get from the Bud with its built in 5 bans EQ and reverb. My back is happy too, because I’ve replaced a Bose 1 tower system with the Bud!

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Andy Wollowitz

    I bought the Bud to session with other fine recreational jazz musicians and practice. I don’t play out. I love that Henriksen packaged the Bud with so many rational features: the EQ (of course), great reverb, head phone jack, aux in, line out. It’s light, highly portable, doesn’t take up much space, well protected in its travel case. Oh yeah, fantastic tone. My group loved my sound. Thanks for making the Bud.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dan Lorenz

    I had been in dire need for an actual amp for when I headed off to college, one that sounds great and isn’t impossible to lug around. The bud fits my needs so very well, I am extremely satisfied by its performance. It really does showcase everything the instrument plugged in has to offer, without adding anything unnecessary. The EQ is very helpful and can really get you almost any tone you would need. I could walk anywhere on campus if I wanted to with the bud and the guitar on my back thanks to the very handy carrying case. It 2 inputs also come in really handy when another guitarist needs to plug in during rehearsals. I spent a lot of time researching the best amp for my needs, and I am so very happy with my decision to go with the bud!

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ben Waligoske

    Absolutely one of my favorite pieces of gear and truly versatile. I’ve used my Bud live and at rehearsal with acoustic, electric, lap, and pedal steel guitars… banjo, fiddle, dynamic and condenser microphones… heck, I’ve even used it as a mono studio monitor when recording parts mobile-style, and also to play set-break music. Works great for all of them and has all the features you’d ever really need, and small enough to make single trips to/from the car a reality… As a working musician, I can’t recommend The Bud (and the folks at Henriksen) highly enough!

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    Randy Klingbeil

    The Bud is an astonishing marvel in amplifier engineering. I’m using it for Jazz, Rock, Blues, Nylon & Steel String Acoustic, whatever really. It’s the only amp I own. The Henriksen circuits are the richest, warmest, and most complex of any solid state amp I’ve played. The Bud is packed with professional features. If you want to Rock out with the Bud the Tech 21 Fly Rig is the perfect tiny companion to make this Your only amp. The gig bag is perfect, one trip in and out of gigs and rehearsals. Thanks Peter

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Derek Day

    My main amp for a few years now is the JazzAmp 112. So I jumped at the chance to buy the Bud as soon as it was made available. My Bud is great with my archtops and very, very wonderful with my 14 archtop with a built-in humbucker. Bravo Peter!!!””y main amp for a few years now is the JazzAmp 112.”

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bat McGrath

    I couldn’t be more pleased with my Bud! I have two acoustic guitars with different pickups and I can easily zero in on a very natural sound in any situation. In large rooms I use it as a stage monitor and run the Direct Out into the soundboard (it is quiet!). In small rooms it does just fine on it’s own and I’m shocked at how good a vocal sound I can achieve. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit I bought it for portability…but it exceeded my expectations. It’s the only amp I use these days.

  24. Sean McGowan

    The Bud amp by Henriksen Amplifiers is nothing short of a miracle for working guitarists who need the best possible sound in a ridiculously portable system with a ton of features. Guitarists who often park several blocks away for gigs, need to take stairs, ride the train, etc. – this amp is a blessing! However, the most important aspect is the sound – the classic, warm, and pure tone of the JazzAmp is beautifully retained. I actually think the Bud is a little more versatile as it works exceptionally well for steel and nylon string acoustic guitars in addition to archtops. I actually fly with mine (check it as baggage in the gig bag) and use the XLR out to go to the house board in larger rooms or outdoor festivals. And, I can still use the amp itself as a monitor and not be subjected to bad stage monitors. The EQ is powerful, and the dual/universal channels are perfectly suited for two guitars on a gig, or one guitar with two pickups. For acoustic gigs, I use a dual source pickup/microphone by K&K, and can mix/EQ each source independently with each channel on the Bud. In addition to working well in the recording studio, it’s also perfect for the teaching studio with the two independent channels. In short, AMAZING! Sean McGowan http://www.seanmcgowanguitar.com

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dom Minasi

    This is the best amp I’ve ever used. All my guitars, and I have a lot of them, especially acoustic archtops, sound great and the best thing of all, there’s no feedback on my archtops no matter how loud I play. Someone once told me if an amp is set up correctly, there will be no feedback. I wish I had this amp a long time ago, I would have saved a lot of headaches and a lot of money.

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sam Rocha

    This amp is everything it says it is. Portable, best acoustic amp period, flexible, and so on. Two examples, for those wondering of its qualities on a stage or a gig:

    1) I brought the Bud and the 1×10 extension cab to a gig for a medium sized club and forgot my speaker cable. I had the sound tech mic the Bud and played my opener with no trouble and then sat in with the band and cut through just fine. Afterwards, the tech and the band could hardy believe it. This was with a 335.

    2) I played a recital hall with my acoustic and had about 100 people there. The Bud was set at about 15% and sounded as natural as the guitar itself. Just louder. Exactly what someone who has a nice acoustic should want it to sound. This was with a Martin 000-17 and a very basic piezo pickup.

    Add to that, Henriksen matched my ext cab my Vanilla, gratis! This week I am going to run the acoustic through one channel and the 335 in stereo through the other channel and a small tube amp. Can’t wait!

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jacques Lesure

    I am a professional jazz guitarist and long term endorser of Henriksen products. The product line has always been amazing. However, the Bud has changed the game. There is NO smaller, more powerful, or sonically pleasing amp on the market in my opinion. I was skeptical at first, but after several nights competing with a B3 organ, and STILL not breaking up, I was a BELIEVER! It’s feature packed and is the perfect traveling amp. There’s really no more to say. It’s simply great all around!

    http://www.jacqueslesure.com

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bobby Broom

    Wow! What a fitting tribute to add to the Henriksen line. This ‘Bud’ is the biggest, cleanest and best sounding ‘little’ amp I’ve ever heard! You’ve got to hear this thing!

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dave King

    No one has used Henriksen Amplifiers much longer than I, and The Bud is just terrific! The size and weight make it a no-brainer for rehearsal, but I just used it at a club gig and the performance impressed everyone. The stage sound was slightly better than my old 110, with plenty of volume. Running it through the band PA, I’m told it sounded great out front, and our sound guy was impressed with how quiet the amp is when the guitar is tacet. The line-out being XLR as opposed to phone plug is a positive, and everyone thinks that the way the Henriksen name lights up when the amp is on is very cool. If you could move the on/off swith to a more convenient location in a future iteration I would, but that isn’t a big deal if you don’t turn it off between sets, and with no tubes to wear out I can power up and down just once a night on any occasion. I won’t typically employ reverb or use both channels at once. If I have any thoughts on those features down the road I will let you know. For any jazz guitarist who likes a clean, balanced sound in a super-convenient, versatile package — and that’s a lot of players, I imagine — The Bud should be on their wish list. I am really glad to have this cool little amplifier.

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