Bogner Ecstasy Head 100w Guitar Amp Head
The Bogner Ecstasy Head is testament to the commitment of Reinhold Bogner and his staff at Bogner Amplification.
“As infinite as the universe, as deep as our souls, the ECSTASY allows the mortal to travel these roads…”
Our Ecstasy series heads were designed to breath like sweet old amps…all living in one box. The features allow the “DNA” of the 3 distinctly voiced channels to be radically morphed into sounds of the past, present and future. By using our foot controller you can access six tuned variations of these channels instantly. Imagine going from our notorious barking Plexi mode, to the greasiest, harmonically chewy overdrive and then washing it all down with the lushest most decadent clean tone.
The Ecstasy comes standard with an amazing array of controls:
1/2 power switch, new/old style switch, dual assignable presence controls with 3-way Excursion switches to control speaker cabinet dampening, gain boost and individual pre-eq switches for each channel, plexi-mode, gain structure, tube buffered series/parallel FX loop with mix and master volume control.
THE ECSTASY STORY AND HISTORY
To start I want to tell you a bit about the history of the Ecstasy. The first model the 100B was released over two decades ago in 1992. It was the time when most of the people where using external multi channel pre-amps to achieve a vast variety of sounds, some used multiple amp setups. Reinhold realized two things early on, a split system of pre and power amp can not give you the dynamics and response of a single circuit which incorporates both, second there is a need to make an amplifier head which covers a huge tonal pallet of tones but with the organic feel and tone of the good old amps from the 60’s.
The end result was the 3 channel Ecstasy with the possibility for the user to customize the amp to her/his taste via the multiple switches in pre and power amp. At that time the Ecstasy was in a class by itself as the most flexible amplifier and defined the word boutique amp.
Eric Johnson a purist and the Godfather of multi amp setups tried the amp and bought one and took it immediately on the joint tour with BB King, it might be very well the only multi channel amp he ever owned. The Ecstasy became a favorite for every style and genre of music, Steve Vai, George Lynch, Brad Whitford of Aerosmith, Walter Becker of Steely Dan, Buddy Guy, Steve Farris of Mister Mister, Mark Goldenberg of Jackson Browne, Christopher Cross, producers like Dave Jerden (Rolling Stones, Alice in Chains), Michael Beinhorn ( Korn, Red Hot Chili Peppers), Silvia Massey (Tool), Mike Clink (Guns & Roses, UFO); you get the picture.
In 1995 the 101B was introduced with features never found in any guitar amplifier at that time; the channel assignable internal speaker cabinet switching system and power attenuator loop as well as the dual presence with our so called Excursion power amp dampening control. Further the clean channel was expanded with an additional gain stage as well as a boost function, next to sparkling cleans one could get the dirty tones of the small combo’s of the 50’s and 60’s. Channel 2&3 got slight modifications with the possibility to now also choose the Plexi mode on channel 2, a structure switch which lets you choose a lower or higher gain mode.
The effects loop could be run in series or parallel with an added mix control. The internal load resistor was taken out as nobody seemed to use it, the variac switch had to go as it was not possible to sustain the current to switch all the new functions consistently but a switch was added to choose between class AB or A. Cosmetically the amp was now also offered with the for Bogner custom made basket weave grill.
All in all with no competition Reinhold raised the bar to a new level. In 1997 the 101B was revised; rather then incorporate everything certain functions where offered as options. Available options where, Class A/AB, switch, individual line out controls for each channel, metal grill and the assignable speaker cabinet switching with the attenuator loop which was shortly after discontinued as there was no demand for it. The Chassis color was changed from white to black.
In 2001 the Classic option was introduced. Since only one hundred 100B models were built and the amp became rare Reinhold wanted to offer a model with slightly less features which sits somewhere between the 100 and 101B. The Classic featured a chrome front panel and a more open, organic feel and tonality.
In 2003 the red channel of the 101B received a gain increase since many customers were asking for more gain with an easier to play feel. This was not Reinhold’s optimal choice as it also made for a more compressed and focused tone but since there was the Classic option available for the more open and less compressed sound, he was okay with the change.
2009 was a big year for Bogner Amplification as we celebrated 20 years of creation! To mark the special occasion Reinhold developed the 20th Anniversary Ecstasy. We consider this model to be the new “Flagship” in the Ecstasy line with the most organic and open sound yet. Incorporating many circuit refinements, vintage style capacitors and redesigned cosmetics, the new 20th Anniversary Ecstasy offers massive, iconic and inspiring tone.