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Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
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Drive these valves into banshee-league fury without waking up the neighbors.

The compact Bugera V5 Tube Guitar Combo runs on 1 power and 1 preamp tube and is all dressed up in classic 2-tone vinyl. The 5W amplifier's bone-simple controls give the Bugera V5 the look of a carefully constructed nostalgia trip. In fact, in many ways, it is! But plug into this beautiful little 8" combo amp and you'll not only find a sound that's caked in real vintage raunch, but you'll also have modern features that take this sound to places it couldn't go—until now.

Rock music brings to mind amplifiers as big as skyscrapers, dishing out irreversible ear damage at ruthless volumes. But a studio secret among guitar greats is that little low-watt valve combos like the V5 can be maxed out for red-hot overdriven tone without blowing fuses or incurring any property damage.

The Bugera V5 is a living, breathing homage to those half-pint screamers of the past, but with 2 very important improvements. See, this amp may be small, but 5W in Valvesville is still loud as hell when it's sitting in your bedroom. That's why the V5 combo amp features a switchable power attenuator —to reduce the amplitude of the signal without changing its sound—so you can run it at 5, 1, or 0.1 watts.

Finding a headphone out jack on an all-valve guitar amp is incredibly rare because the integration requires loading the output transformer and filtering the signal for a loudspeaker simulation. (Translation: it's a real pain in the patoot!) But true to form, Bugera has gone the extra mile to make late night practicing possible. Just plug a pair of headphones into the 1/4" phones jack on the back panel, and you're ready to keep the V5's all-valve sound all to yourself.

Then again, if it's more volume you need, the Bugera V5 amp has a 1/4" Speaker Out jack to connect an additional speaker with a minimum impedance of 4 Ohms.

This dangerous dandy also features the same studio-caliber digital reverb found in bigger Bugera amplifiers. The spring reverb found in the V5 amp's post-war predecessors sounds lovely, but is delicate and expensive to repair. This modern V5 update gives you an equally mesmerizing vintage reverb sound without the wallet-draining vintage amp's lack of reliability.

With a Bugera V5 Tube Combo amp in your home or studio, your tonal woes are over. The V5 brings the true sound of an antique 5W valve amp. It's built to survive abuse, and its price tag is tons lighter than the ones you'll find tied to its elders. Adopt a Bugera V5 tube combo amp today and get ready to pack 60 years of sonic inspiration into your recording or practice sessions.

Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Features:

  • Hand-built 5W Class-A amplifier driven by 1 x EL84 valve
    8" Speaker
    Way cool vintage look and feel
    Authentic preamp design from the '60s featuring 1 x 12AX7 valve—everything from purring blues to mind-blowing crunch
    Integrated high-class reverb with dedicated Reverb control
    Vintage Equalizer with dedicated Tone control
    Built-in 2-way Power Attenuator allows you to get ultimate sound at any volume
    High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life




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  • Classicesque Lil' Beauty

    As reviewed by Dan on 11/15/2010

    Boy did Behringer do this one right, you won't find it anywhere on the Bugera website, but when you open the box it comes with a Behringer catalog... This sweet lil' beauty is the perfect parlor amp. 5 watts of tube warmth and the ability to listen through headphones which comes in handy if you have a newborn like I do. As far as sound goes, even if you crank up the gain it does not over distort like a a solid state practice amp for this price would. The reverb is the best I've heard on an amp for the price. Actually sounds so good I sold my EHX Holy Grail pedal. If you play older music (50s and 60s) then this is the amp for you. I play everything from Buddy Holly to Johnny Cash to Elvis and it has the classic 1950s amp sound: bright and warm. When I play an open chord at first you hear that crisp bright sound then the long warm soothe of the tubes that follows. Honestly I don't need any effects pedals with this little amp. I ended up selling my Fender 59 Bassman RI LTD, and all my pedals because this amp gets all my playing time. I play with a telecaster with DiMarzio Twang King pups and flatwound strings, early rock and vintage country.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful.
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  • Impressed

    As reviewed by Bill on 12/13/2010

    I ordered this amp as Christmas gift for my son David and it arrived the other day in plenty of time for the big day. I wasn't really happy with the fact that it's made in China, (for less than $200 it wasn't unexpected). So I unboxed it to check it out and make sure that it worked properly. First I have to say that the amp has a quality feel and look, solid, classy - the way a valve amp should feel. So far so good. I flipped it on, plugged in a G&L Comanche and wow! The tone was really good for such a small package; gritty, chewy, and brown. The pots feel smooth and quality. I was gone. With a Les Paul with EMG's it got pretty aggressive, borderline metal without a pedal. Excellent! About an hour later my wife came in and asked if the amp was for my son or for me. I could have played all day! The power selection switch is totally useful. I really liked the .1 watt setting for bedroom level monster tone. It doesn't have enough clean head room for use in a gigging rock band, but does get loud. Certainly would transfer to recorded media, for practice, or in a pinch well miked up. I don't know about the reliability, but my kid will wring it out I'm certain. It seems like it'll hold up. If so, I'll be ordering one of these puppies for myself as a back up/practice amp. Then Dave and I could stereo them. That would be cool....

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful.
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  • Nice little Amp.

    As reviewed by Rob McNamara on 11/10/2010

    This is my first tube amp. I've been playing guitar for 26 years and have never had a tube amp. Bought this because I'm recording my first CD and was looking for a different sound for a few songs. This amp was reasonably priced for what I needed. The sound is impressive! For only four knobs to fiddle with plus the knobs on your guitar you can get many different tones. I'm happy with the amp and it has made be a different guitar player when I use it. It has knocked me out of that 80's style of guitar playing that I've been playing for years!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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