“UBERSCHALL” IS GERMAN FOR “SUPER-SONIC”, AND THIS BOGNER MODEL FROM A FEW YEARS BACK
forms the basis for the new Twin Jet—a name that harks to its twin channels and independent
tone controls. There are no voicing switches on the Twin Jet, though it does have a set of
Depth, Presence, and Volume controls. Also, the Jet’s send-level control doubles as a variable
boost when no effects are connected in the loop. In this mode, you switch the effects loop off
to get your boost, which, although slightly counter-intuitive, is an effective way to use the
circuitry to instantly punch up the volume of a solo or rhythm part. A 2-button footcontroller
included, which connects to a pair of jacks on the rear panel—one for channel selection and the
other for loop activation. Cosmetically, the Twin Jet looks splendid in its white covering,
corner protectors should be installed to prevent the seams from splitting apart. The narrow
on the front panel feature fiber-optic backlighting to indicate which channel is selected and
to make it easy to see the control labels in dim light.
The Twin Jet also varies from the original Uberschall in that its Clean channel has been
to deliver higher-gain sounds and the output stage has been beefed up with KT88 tubes to
power, headroom, and tightness. According to Bogner, the matching 4x12 “Uberkab” has also
been redesigned to deliver “a more in-your-face sound and enhanced note definition.” So it’s not
highly surprising that the Twin Jet is an aggressive sounding animal with some serious attitude.
The Clean channel has lots of overdrive potential and great dynamic response—if you’re the type
who likes to ride a guitar’s volume knob to go from gritty rhythm textures to scorching lead
you might find yourself doing a lot of playing (or at least the first set) on this channel
There’s also a feeling of monstrous reserve power in the Twin Jet, which is certainly a boon for
players who like their amp’s core tone to stay firm and focused no matter how hard they pummel
its front end with pedals. Switching to the Dirty channel brings on a torrent of distortion
while keeping a similar backbone of tightness, focus, and presence. The Treble control is fully
useful here as you can turn it way down to elicit fuzzier textures without losing detail. The
potential of this channel is unreal, and even settings of one half on the Gain control yield
sustain and touch-responsive feedback. The wicked sounding Uberschall Twin Jet is a sick amp
for hard-rock and metal—quite possibly the baddest Bogner yet—and while its über demeanor
will likely endear it to some players more than others, this is an amp you’ll want to try just
say you did. —Art Thompson
MODEL Uberschall Twin Jet
PRICE $2,850 retail/
Street price N/A
CONTROLS (Clean channel) Volume,
Middle, Treble, Presence.
Volume, Gain, Bass,
Middle, Treble, Presence.
POWER 150 watts
TUBES Four Sovtek KT88s,
EXTRAS Effects loop w/send
level control and
mute switch, two
(4Ω, 8Ω, 16Ω),
line out jack. Biasing
SPEAKER Bogner Uberkab
MAXIMUM MEASURED VOLUME
WEIGHT 53 lbs (head)
KUDOS Intense distortion.
Loud and wicked
CONCERNS Covering looks like
it could peel easily
at the corners.
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