Review: Budda MN-100 Head and MN-412 Cabinet

November 2nd, 2012

Designer Mark Nason’s footwear and accessory empire was built with the full-volume sounds of Led Zeppelin cranking in the background. So it makes sense that he would collaborate with Budda Amplification on a crushingly sonorous half stack covered in the same Italian leather from which he fashions his footwear and apparel.

The MN-100 head and its accompanying straight-front 4×12 cabinet, the MN-412, feature the iron cross and dragon motifs that are the cornerstones of the Nason look, and the quality of materials and craftsmanship is beyond reproach. The highly versatile 120-watt MN-100 has three independent channels (clean, rhythm, and lead), each with an individual stomp-box-style lead boost and reverb control, as well as a global master volume and boost, a half-power switch, three effect loops, and the capability to accept either 6L6 or EL34 (supplied) power tubes and a variety of rectifier tubes.

With a 1960 Stratocaster and 1964 Gibson ES-335, the MH-100’s clean channel was smooth, deep, and tight, imparting a satisfying bloom and punch to the notes. The rhythm channel’s medium-gain growl was particularly friendly to my ES-335 and delivered a satisfying, crunchy grind and zing to classic-rock-style riffs, but it was the lead channel that truly captured the imagination.

With both guitars, this amp’s gain structure produces a powerful, slightly compressed singing tone that is verily addictive and packs a forceful wallop. And lest the MH-100’s massive power rating prove intimidating, rest assured that the master volume on this beast works as it should. Late-night living-room rockers need not be afraid.

LIST PRICES: MN-100, $4,999.99; MN-412, $2,999.99
budda.com

Photo: Massimo Gammacurta

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Comments

  1. Posted by Xavier Juanes on August 16th, 2012, 17:46 [Reply]

    Love it!!

  2. Posted by Jefffos on November 3rd, 2012, 07:01 [Reply]

    It’s beautiful and it sounded great on “That Metal Show”. The leather work is top notch and the amp is loaded, but for $8K it had better be a one-off and have a sound like Jimi and Stevie Ray were reincarnated haha…

  3. Posted by Aaron King on December 30th, 2012, 21:26 [Reply]

    Fabulous looking amplifer

  4. Posted by Aaron King on December 30th, 2012, 21:28 [Reply]

    fabulous looking amplifier

  5. Posted by pbm studios on December 19th, 2014, 00:59 [Reply]

    THEAR ARE A LOT OF TOP AMPS BUT ANY LIVE AND STUDIO AMP BY ANY TALENTED PERSONS WILL START WITH VINTAGE AMPS. MY PERSONAL AMPS AT ALL START WITH [BOGNER] SOLDONO MARKNASON- [BUDA]VARRY HARD TO FIND MARSHAL 1960 PLEXY YOU ALWAYS TRY TO HAVE AMPS THAT WILL NOT OVER DISTORT YOUR TALENT YOU ALWAYS HAVE YOUR EFFECTS I ALWAYS HAVE MY EVENTIDE GTR 4000 [EVENTIDE H 7600 [EVENTIDE H 8000 AND H 3000 [PS]THE MARK NASON IS GREAT LIVE TRY IN STARIO

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