The Bud is a great step up in plugged in sound for me from my Loudbox Mini which is also a great little amp. What I really like is that for quick recordings, I can take the EQ'd output from the BUD straight to my Zoom H5 recorder and get very good results (signal chain being guitar pickup to Tonedexter to BUD to Zoom or mic'd guitar to BUD to Zoom). The additional EQ on the BUD is very powerful. This is a great amp at this price point and the quality of the build is excellent. I like Made in USA too.
The Bud is one of the few acoustic guitar amps that also has two channels of 48v phantom power. It can drive both my large-diaphragm condenser mic and my phantom-powered Trance Amulet pickup. It's wonderfully portable and it sounds fantastic. Sold.
I have been searching for a small guitar amps for a long time. I was so glad that I finally tried the Bud. I have tried a semi-hollow guitar with P90 pickups, a martin acoustic, and a taylor GS mini with this amp. They all sound very descent. The sound is very clean. When the tweeter is turned off, I can easily get a very warm sound. The bud can easily cut through the mix. I played it against a very heavy drummer and a bass player, and the bud gave out more than enough volume. The 5 band EQ is very very useful. I can get the tone I want easily in all kind of rooms. The portability is great. I don't have to make several trips between the stage and my car anymore.
The Bud was the final stop on a long journey to find the right acoustic amp. It's tone, power, clarity, and the "lack of weight" made it the perfect solution. John was wonderful to work with shipping other amps back and forth into the Midwest until we landed on the Bud. Could not be happier with his customer service and advice - The Bud is second to none!
I have had the The bud for over a month now and I am very satisfied. The sound and the warmth that comes from the amp was just what I was looking for. I sing and play, this amp covers both aspects in a unique fashion. Plus the portability is unbeatable. Thanks Bud