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Welcome to your personal tonal time machine.

Bugera captures old-school amp musicality in their V55HD amp head, whose modern touches put a wider palette of vintage voicings at your fingertips. With a proud pair of 6L6 power tubes in the output stage, the Bugera V55HD bathes your guitar in clean California sunshine. Let's go trippin'.

Bugera went to great lengths to give this tube amp head the ability to deliver everything those dusty relics of the rock revolution did—minus the collector-sized price tags. But this labor of love was taken one step farther to give you maximum tonal possibilities in true Bugera fashion.

Amps once came in two varieties: those with triode (having three active electrodes) power tubes and those with pentode (containing five active electrodes) power tubes. Triode tubes, which predated the pentodes, provide what many guitarists agree is a "softer" tone. Pentodes produce a slightly more urgent, aggressive sound. The V55HD runs on power pentode tubes, but includes a Mode switch that lets you run the power section as if it had triode tubes—that is, at about 40 percent less power. This gives you the option of going beyond old-school—straight to elderly school.

The old amps that defined electric guitar tone were often single-channel amps. This Bugera V55HD tube amp offers that same vintage clean, but add a second channel for modern high-gain tones. To begin, take your pick of the Bright or Normal inputs, then twist the three-band EQ (Bass, Mid, Treble) and Presence control to sculpt your signature sound. Depending on which channel you choose, three 12AX7 preamp tubes take your tone anywhere from dignified blues to garage-leveling madness.

The Bugera V55HD's power stage's dual 6L6 tubes propel this tone. The head has an impedance switch that toggles between 4, 8 and 16 ohms, making them compatible with virtually any speaker cabinet. These amps also have reverb, but in the interest of tone and durability, their reverb is derived from a studio-caliber digital processor. The spring reverb found in their post-war predecessors sound lovely, but they're delicate and expensive to repair. The V55HD's modern update gives you an equally mesmerizing vintage reverb sound without the wallet-draining vintage reliability. And if all these features weren't enough, you also get a road-tough footswitch that allows you to select channels and activate/kill the reverb remotely.

Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head Features:

  • Hand-built 55 watt guitar head driven by 2 x 6L6 tubes
    Cool vintage look and feel
    Authentic 2-channel preamp design from the '60s featuring 3 x 12AX7 tubes—everything from purring blues to mind-blowing crunch
    Integrated high-class reverb with dedicated Reverb control
    Vintage Equalizer section with dedicated Bass, Mid, Treble and Presence controls
    Normal and Bright inputs for ultimate sound character to perfectly match your guitar
    Multi-gain stage Lead channel with Pre Gain, Post Gain and Master controls
    Amazing Mode switch to select between Triode or Pentode operation
    Heavy-duty footswitch for Channel and Reverb function included
    Impedance switch (4, 8 and 16 Ohms) to match virtually any speaker cabinet
    High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life




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  • A-

    As reviewed by Drewser on 5/23/2010

    I wish I could rate this head a 4.5, but its not in the stars for the GC rating system. Let me start off by saying I have owned sever Bugera Heads in the past 3 years and NEVER, EVER had any problems with any of them. Now for the review. I will make this short and sweet. Clean Channel, one of the best in the biz. Perfect clean to nice break up. Full tube creamy goodness. The price for this head is unreal. Reverb, amazing. Pretty much says it. You can get a nice hall feel, or go crazy and make it sound like you are playing in a tin house with no windows or doors. Very versatile. Channel 2, not my fav. Its ok dont get me wrong, but I think some different tubes may make a difference here. A bit chainsawish for me, but still usable depending on what style you play. I set the EQ at noon and let it go. Takes pedals extremely well too, which is a huge plus. If you are on the fence, buy it. If you are looking for a low price, full tone head with a great clean, buy it. If you are looking for a metal machine, gain pumping monster, buy a mesa.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful.
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  • BUGERA: WHAT GOES UP

    As reviewed by James Dean on 6/29/2010

    I needed a truly great tone for our touring rock band's rhythm player. After a year of searching for the best bang for the amp buck, I settled on the BUGERA V55HD, which I've paired with a vintage Marshall 1960 lead cab. The price is fantastic. The clean is perfect. The gain channel is classic tone so all you need is a 39 dollar Boss DS-1... but all amps have some kind of drawback, and if the price is right, the components rarely are. I won't sell you on the idea that these are high grade components. What I WILL say is how to get around the biggest problem of this amp's users. Heat. What goes up doesn't always come down. Since the components are at the top, the heat rises from the tubes into the components and the amp goes to crap... so I flipped my amp upside down and put a $10 fan on the back of it. That's it. problem solved. $3,000 clean tone and usable gain for under $400. Thanks, Bugera.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful.
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  • Boutique for peanuts!

    As reviewed by Robin Rothwell on 12/3/2010

    Searched for a "Bassman" style head with modern features ( F/X loop, etc.) for some time. Low-and-behold: The Bugera V55hd! Killer "fenderish" tone and muscle to boot! Tried in store with a 8ohm cab and flipped. Got it home and put it in my 4ohm, 4X12 and STAND BACK! This thing is like a "Super-Reverb" on steroids! Used on my first gig (with it) last week and it sounded incredible on stage. Every guy in my band said, "HOLY....., That thing sounds awesome"! Best rig I've ever had. At just over 300 bucks, this amp comes in as the best bargain in the industry! Bugera has hit one out of the park on this puppy!!! Couple'a guys said, "oh you got a BOOGER amp" 'til I started playing and they shut right up! If you're a Classic-Rock, Blues guy or an "Alt" man. Run at 4ohms. You won't believe it!!!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful.
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