“Remarkable!” – Premier Guitar
John Bohlinger from Premier Guitar puts The Bud through the ringer with an acoustic guitar, a mandolin and an ES340. Premier Guitar rated The Bud a solid 4.5/5 giving us their coveted Premier Gear Award in 2016.
Perry Smith, John Storie and Will Brahm
They stopped by the shop while on tour with the New West Guitar Group in 2015. We had just released The Bud and they were anxious to try it out. Both John and Perry plugged into the same Bud, and blew everyone away with this impromptu jam on ‘Scrapple from the Apple’.
“Natural sound without any tubbiness…its bass response is surprising.” – Acoustic Guitar Magazine
Acoustic Guitar Magazine’s Adam Perlmutter dubbed The Bud “Small Wonder” in his 2016 review.
“Such a huge sound coming from such a small box!” – Grand Gtrs Magazine (Germany)
Peter Schilmöller reviewed our entire line for German magazine http://www.grandguitars.de/
“Your new best friend” – Guitar Player Magazine
Joyce Kuo reviewed The Bud for Guitar Player Magazine and says “if you want a little more or less of something, and you can’t dial it in with the 5-band EQ, then maybe the sound you’re looking for should be reconsidered or avoided outright.”
Dave Tamkin explains how to use The Bud Amplifiers FX Loop
The FX loop sends the signal from the amp post-EQ and returns it pre-reveb.
These things are amazing. Everyone should go pick up one or two. (And you could pick up two because they are very small and light.) coreychristiansen.co
I use my Bud on every gig. (4 this week) Sounds great indoors and out, the line out works great, its light and easy to carry. Perfect amp! http://www.timlerch.com/
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.
The Best amp I’ve ever owned. The Bud is an amazing sounding small amp with a big sound. I bought the Bud because of it’s ability to handle acoustic and electric guitars but I was amazed when I hooked up my Roland Vk-8 Hammond clone to the Bud. I got full rich tones from my Roland and plenty of volume. I also hook up my regular keyboard to it with the same results. When I brought it to band rehearsal for the first time, my brother thought I was joking, it being so small but once he and the band heard it, they were blown away. My brother Larry was so impressed that he decided to get one for his saxophone. He’s so happy that he did. It reproduces his sax perfectly. The Bud is so versatile. I’ve heard people say that it’s “too expensive” but when you consider that it has the same features and more at half the price of the Rivera Sedona lite 55w, it’s a deal.
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.
I received my Bud about a month ago and have used it with a variety of instruments in a variety of situations.
– 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
– 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.
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,
Just to let you know I received the Bud at the start of the week and all I can say is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS! I used it with a steel string guitar at a school concert in a 300 seater hall with a high ceiling and it filled the room with crystal clear full bodied sound (volume barely at 10 o’clock!). The base is more than plenty for me too (which was one of my concerns before buying the amp). The clarity and fullness and lack of mud regardless of the volume is amazing. The tone is full of musical content – round, full, clear and free from unwanted noise.
I loved the balance throughout the frequency spectrum (I think acoustic players have become overly besotted with the thunderous thuds from subwoofers to the extent that musicality is sometimes sacrificed). For me the Bud had enough authority in the low end to be impressive but not at the expense of musical balance.
The compact form factor is also astonishing. I was unloading some gear from the back of the car and I suddenly realised – “wow I forgot, I’m actually holding my amp in my left hand!”
I was also pleasantly surprised to see the twin FX loops but I am unsure how to use them and how the switches should be used. Is it possible to use the loops as an additional line out for example? Your advice on the FX loops use would be much appreciated.
Thanks for making such a top-notch product. I know this sounds like a cliche but it really has been a game-changer for me.
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!
The Bud! Maybe it should be renamed “The Answer.” I have played a lot of small amps seeking just the right combination of sound, cost and for the way I will use it. I’ve tried a bunch over my 65 years, but I knew The Bud was a keeper as soon as I plugged it in and played my Bourgeois OMC (with my K&K pure mini pickup) through it. As about as clear and natural a sound as I have ever heard out of a combo amp. In fact, I like the sound so much that I often play it at very low volumes when I’m practicing. It really brings out the tone capabilities of my guitar. The Bud is plenty on it’s own, but I’ve also got it connected to a Henriksen 10″ extension cab. The extension is not necessary, and maybe a bit overkill because The Bud is plenty on it’s own, but at my age (65) I like to indulge my musical passions. Alone, or with an extension cab, The Bud will not disappoint the guitarist with a discerning ear and who is especially tired of heavy lifting. You can take this from room to room, place to place, with hardly more effort than it takes to carry your guitar. This one’s a keeper.
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,
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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,
How can I keep this short and sweet! This amp is not shy either on power or equalization! It has a huge sound once you’ve found “the spot” between the amp and guitar. I didn’t have to spend days finding my sound. I found it in about an hour of playing. And after years of lugging around gear, it’s an ease to transport. Thank You, Henriksen!!
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!
When I heard that the “Bud” was going to be available last year, I got on the list. I had to have one!! It is the best amp I’ve ever had. I am a solo Jazz Guitarist and I play a lot of gigs during the year. It’s what I had hoped it would be. A crisp clear sound. No buzzing, humming, or any noise at all! For the types of gigs I am normally playing this is the amp that gets it done! After having The “Bud” for about a month, I decided to sell my Acoustic Image Ten2 and get another “Bud” The reason for this is due to worrying about having a backup amp with me at all times. It is WAY easier to load in two “Buds” Then any other combination of amps. I fast discovered that if I’m playing in a large room with hundreds of people milling around, with a real high noise level in the room, I can direct out one “bud” to an input channel of the other “Bud” and get a much bigger sound to fill the room. You can’t go wrong with a “Bud” I HIGHLY recommend getting one!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
My wife and I have been playing and singing with church groups and at special events for years, always at the mercy of the venue’s equipment and operators. The Bud lets us have a lot more control over our sound, and at smaller events, we may not even need to patch into the house PA. I’ve found the Bud also works great for basic MC/DJ duties; with Aux Ins on each input, I can hot-swap between mics and music devices without interruptions. I also use the Bud for my mandolin and vocals when rehearsing with my band, and the Bud holds its own in the presence of two basses, keyboard, drums, and four other vocalists. The only “downside” I’ve found is that when people approach me after a gig, it’s more than likely because they just want to get a closer look at the Bud! Congrats to Henriksen Amplifiers for making such a capable, versatile and portable piece of equipment.
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
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!!!
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.
I own both the jazzamp and now the Bud as well. They are both excelent amplifiers, the best I have ever heard, but there are some differences that you might consider when deciding which one to buy (there should be no “ifs”, it should definitely be one of these two!).
The Jazzamp is very portable, but the bud is ridiculously small and light. Actually unbelievable.. I have travelled with it in a large backpack, WITH OTHER STUFF!
Regarding sound, they both have the wonderful Henriksen sound, but the Jazzamp has more lows and sounds fuller. You can improve its bass response simply by placing it on the floor. The Bud is also a bit punchier than the Jazzamp. It REALLY cuts through, in a pleasant way.
I have used the Bud with guitar in one channel and voice in the other, and it works quite well.
The volume is enough for any gig I will ever play, but the option of the extension speaker offers great versatility.
In short, I absoluteky love it.
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
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.
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!
I ordered one of the first Buds off the line, based on the recommendation of Sean McGowan. What a fantastic amp! Excels at beautiful sound for all of my guitars – archtop, solid-body and acoustic. I’ve even used it in more of an “experimental” setting to reproduce samples/electronic sounds to great effect. In a pinch, I even had my music partner play his electric piano through it (while I played guitar through the other channel) – sounded great that way too! I’m in love with the XLR out for recording – we set up a room mic and get a great direct sound at the same time. Couldn’t be happier with this amp, now I’m eyeing the extension cab
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!
my Bud arrived today and I’ve been using it for the last hour, all I can say is WOW, it is an absolutely remarkable amplifier. I’ve owned about a dozen amps designed for acoustic guitar (including some higher end ones like the AER) and your Bud blows them all out of the water! Using my Martin 000-18 with K&K run through a Red Eye pre-amp it sounds natural and adds just enough “color” for lack of better description: not too much, just enough, as I said. I’m anxious to use it this weekend at my regular cafe gig and I know the regulars will be impressed, including some pretty hardcore guitar folks. Absolutely love the compact size and you were right – that vanilla enclosure looks very retro/cool.
Thanks for your help with this and your recommendations, I will certainly recommend your amps to my musician friends and also on the online guitar forums.
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!
I’ve played my Bud at two gigs now, and in both cases I got a number of incredulous comments from fellow musicians saying “You’re getting all that tone and volume out of THAT?” I just smile and say “Yes I do”. My Breedlove acoustic guitar with standard Fishman Pro Blend pickup has NEVER sounded better than through the Bud. I couldn’t be happier…you guys rock!
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.
I was very interested in getting one of your amps, and was undecided on which one to get. Finally I was ready to buy, and went to the site and saw the “Bud.” Because I have been trying to cut down on the tonnage of gear I need to carry, I took a chance on the tiny Bud, and it’s amazing! It sounds great with my ES-135. I’ve played it with my jazz group, and with my soul/funk/R&B group, and it really does the job. I was amazed that it worked so well with a louder drum/bass set-up. My bandmates were amazed as well. I am very happy with the Bud, although my 60lb 100w Mesa head is very, very sad, as is the 28lb 1×12 speaker cabinet. My back, however, is thrilled. grin emoticon I have a silly aesthetic question… is there any way to get the extension speaker name to light up? It would be cool if it was illuminated, too. Thanks, y’all, for a great little amp. I’ll happily play it into my geezerhood.
Amp sounds amazing, and works really well. Mic’d up with FULL band, and no problems at all. Sounds great with classical and jazz guitars.fareed.com