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The Bugera BVP5500 Valve Bass Amplifier Head begins with 2 selected pairs of 12AX7 preamp tubes with their own Drive control. When you want to rock the house, the BVP5500 bass amp brings the serious p... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Bugera BVP5500 Valve Bass Amplifier Head begins with 2 selected pairs of 12AX7 preamp tubes with their own Drive control. When you want to rock the house, the BVP5500 bass amp brings the serious power with 550 clean, fan-cooled watts to the table. And since bassists don't live by watts alone, the Bugera BVP5500 bass amplifier is equipped with a stunning arsenal of tone-sculpting tools, including a 3-band EQ with sweepable mids, Ultra-High and Ultra-Low switches, and a 9-band graphic EQ for ultimate tone control.

For the non-purists, the Bugera Ultrabass BVP5500 amp has an Effects Loop and an Insert Channel with Preamp Out and Power Amp In connections for expanded versatility. Use the included footswitch to kill the signal to the amp, for tuning in blissful silence and to activate or deactivate the graphic EQ.

FEATURES

Powerful 550W tube bass amplifier head for classic sound and performance
4 x 12AX7 tubes give you the ultimate sound and feel only tubes can provide
Tube Gain controls the dynamics and tonal response of the power amp to deliver anything from punchy to thick and compressed sounds
Ultra-musical 9-band graphic EQ for total frequency control
Dedicated Bass, Mid, Treble, and additional Mid frequency controls enable peerless sound shaping
Bright function for brilliant sound enhancement, even with heavy compression
Switchable Ultra Low and Ultra High function for ultimate tone
Dual footswitch for Mute and EQ functions included
Balanced XLR DI output for direct connection to your mixing console
Switchable Tuner output works either as a tuner connection or live monitor feed
Effects Loop for external effects (stompboxes, rack effects, etc.)
Power Amp input and Preamp output connectors allow you direct access to the power amp and a signal tap from the preamp section for even greater versatility
3 speaker outputs: 2 x 1/4" jacks & a professional speaker connector (compatible with Neutrik Speakon connectors)
Integrated limiter and active temperature-controlled cooling system for ultimate protection
High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
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BugeraBVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head
 
4.6

(based on 13 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Better than an SVT3 pro!

My buddy had bought a Bugera 6262 tubed head for his rig a few months before, and it sounded amazing. So when I went lookin for an afordable, yet powerful bass head I...Read complete review

My buddy had bought a Bugera 6262 tubed head for his rig a few months before, and it sounded amazing. So when I went lookin for an afordable, yet powerful bass head I knew where to start. Originally a GK fanatic, the 5500's power blew me away. I played it through an Acoustic 8x10 (which I also ended up purchasing) and sounded ten times better and louder than the guy beside me playing through an SVT3 pro and Ampeg 6x10. He was on 4. I was on 1. I highly recommend this head to ANYONE. Whether you're on a budget or not, this head is deffinately the way to go!!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

almost DOA

Let me say right up front that I am not a 'Behringer Hater'. I own several Behringer products and have never had any problems with any of them. So when I was in...Read complete review

Let me say right up front that I am not a 'Behringer Hater'. I own several Behringer products and have never had any problems with any of them. So when I was in need of a bigger, better bass amp, and saw the Bugera BVP5500, I was thinking I'd have the sound of the SVT-3 Pro but at less than half the price. And better yet, GC was having a Labor Day sale -- another 15% off! Time to pull the trigger on this one. Well, I ordered it at the local GC, and had it delivered to the store so I could check things out before I accepted it -- I couldn't find these anywhere to try them out first. Right off, the -15db input pad/light was stuck in constant clip mode when depressed, so I had to play an active bass at full input signal -- no pad. No big deal -- really didn't clip much, but still not functioning properly. Then I turned it up a little. The master volume pot crackled like it had been sitting in somebody's basement for the last 20 years. And had dead spots to boot. Same with the valve gain pot -- lots of crackle there too. I contemplated just sending it back for a replacement, but after this much disappointment right out of the box, I decided that maybe this just wasn't the amp for me. Sometimes you do get exactly what you pay for! Bought a GK instead. Not an SVT-3 like I was looking for, but still some killer sound. Very happy with it. I will say that when I was getting sound out of the Bugera, it did have the Ampeg sound all the way. Too bad it was of such low quality. Giving it one star because it did sound so good when it worked.

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(25 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better than an SVT3 pro!

By Lucas Volanski

from Newburgh, Indiana

Comments about Bugera BVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head:

My buddy had bought a Bugera 6262 tubed head for his rig a few months before, and it sounded amazing. So when I went lookin for an afordable, yet powerful bass head I knew where to start. Originally a GK fanatic, the 5500's power blew me away. I played it through an Acoustic 8x10 (which I also ended up purchasing) and sounded ten times better and louder than the guy beside me playing through an SVT3 pro and Ampeg 6x10. He was on 4. I was on 1. I highly recommend this head to ANYONE. Whether you're on a budget or not, this head is deffinately the way to go!!

(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

backup for my SVT Classic

By Beasman

from Denver, CO

Comments about Bugera BVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head:

I just bought this amp so we'll see how it holds up but I have read great reviews on "the Nuke" by Bugera so I thought I would give this a shot. I have to say...for the price, and this sounds like every other review I have read on Bugera amps, you will not find a better amp. This thing has plenty of power and lots of tone shaping capability. I am playing through an Ampeg 6x10 cab and this thing sounds almost as good as my SVT Classic that it is backing up. Based on my first few hours of playing, I would recommend this amp to anyone on a budget.

(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BVP 5500

By Robert

from Oviedo, Florida

Comments about Bugera BVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head:

Very happy with the sound and power of the 5500 - it looks like an amp costing twice the price. Love them Tubes!!!

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love It

By Jowfish

from Houston, Tx

Comments about Bugera BVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head:

I love this amp! The tubes are great at low gain or high gain for a dirtier or growly tone like you hear on CDs. If you've ever considered a bass distortion pedal, but realized they all sound terrible, this is what you need. There's nothing that can replace real tube overdrive. Of course an all-tube amp would be better, but who can afford that? The "valve gain" knob is very subtle; it controls the compression and clean tone of the tubes, something that probably most people can't appreciate, with the exception of recording professionals. GREAT AMP

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Tone and Power

By Gary Dowdy

from Rome, GA

Comments about Bugera BVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head:

I've been using mostly solid-state gear and have been told tubes sounded much better. I didn't want to drop the money on a valve amp unless there was truly a big difference. I played through several at GC, loving the SVT-3, but not getting enough time on it to make up my mind. I decided to buy this amp just to get some time in with a valve amp. This buy turned out to be a great investment! No trouble with it at all and the tone and power is impressive. I am glad I bought it and if I ever have any trouble, I'll post it. I love it and now can see what all the fuss is about where valve amps are concerned! Through my 4x10 cab, volume at 1 is the limit in my house. Kaboom!!!

(6 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

almost DOA

By Rick

from NY

Comments about Bugera BVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head:

Let me say right up front that I am not a 'Behringer Hater'. I own several Behringer products and have never had any problems with any of them. So when I was in need of a bigger, better bass amp, and saw the Bugera BVP5500, I was thinking I'd have the sound of the SVT-3 Pro but at less than half the price. And better yet, GC was having a Labor Day sale -- another 15% off! Time to pull the trigger on this one. Well, I ordered it at the local GC, and had it delivered to the store so I could check things out before I accepted it -- I couldn't find these anywhere to try them out first. Right off, the -15db input pad/light was stuck in constant clip mode when depressed, so I had to play an active bass at full input signal -- no pad. No big deal -- really didn't clip much, but still not functioning properly. Then I turned it up a little. The master volume pot crackled like it had been sitting in somebody's basement for the last 20 years. And had dead spots to boot. Same with the valve gain pot -- lots of crackle there too. I contemplated just sending it back for a replacement, but after this much disappointment right out of the box, I decided that maybe this just wasn't the amp for me. Sometimes you do get exactly what you pay for! Bought a GK instead. Not an SVT-3 like I was looking for, but still some killer sound. Very happy with it. I will say that when I was getting sound out of the Bugera, it did have the Ampeg sound all the way. Too bad it was of such low quality. Giving it one star because it did sound so good when it worked.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Power of Tubes!

By Chris

from Addison, Illinois

Comments about Bugera BVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head:

Oh man.. I bought this in January and have been getting used to the sound of it. As soon as I took out of the box and hooked everything up to my cab and plugged it in, it warmed up and the sound of Gods came out my speaker. This amp head has such a versatile tone. You can customize it to the exact sound you want, especially with the graphic equalizer. It comes with a footswitch to change to the graphic equalizer or mute the sound completely. Comes in very handy when playing live. I give this a 5 for quality and sound. Sounds just as good as an SVT-3 Pro. Very impressed. Keep up the good work.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best value for dollar hands-down. You won't be disappointed.

By Rob Akins

from Eureka CA

Comments about Bugera BVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head:

The BVP5500 just arrived today. I hooked it up to the Behringer BB410 cabinet and played an active 5 string bass through it. WOW!!! This is some serious bass gear. It has two buttons that let you toggle ultra high and ultra low next to the gain. With active bass the low isnt as noticeable as the high. But that's just the bass. (don't need ultralow with active by the way). Ultra high is super crisp sounding. Guitar-like. Then you got the 3 standard tone knobs, bass, mid and treble. They do what they're supposed to. Then there is the master volume (BE CAREFUL!! LOUD!!) and a frequency knob which gives tons of control. On top of that, there is a set of precision equalizer sliders that, when kicked in, add a considerable boost to the overall sound. With the valve drive knob you can shape the sound from warm and fuzzy to cold and snappy. And anything in between. The -15db and bright clip buttons are nice to have as well. And finally the mute button. This is the 1st rig I ever owned that has one and I LOVE IT! I almost forgot the included foot pedal. It has Mute and EQ stomp toggles that let you mute so you can switch basses, as well as turn on or turn off the precision EQ. You can see the tubes through a cutout grille in the top and it has a fan that's quieter than a computer's. Very Nice. I can't say enough good things about this. One thing: you kind of need to get a 2 space rack for this, at the least, if you plan on any travel. It's too nice of an amp not to.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great

By Thomas

from Florence,SC

Comments about Bugera BVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head:

Wow! is all I can say about this head it is awesome powerful and amazing so warm like melted butter and with a turn of a knob it becomes knock your brian out of your head thumper this is a great bass head it is awesome and well worth the money just but a amp rack with so once you get the EQ set you dont hurt it too much

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing

By Matthew Wood

from Nephi, Ut

Comments about Bugera BVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head:

this head is thunderous. it gives my thunder bird more punch then anything ever has. the tubes really give it clarity and punch for amazing tone. the 9 band eq really lets you fine tune your sound. a buddy of mine used this head at one of his shows, and is so jealous that he has to keep using his PA head at practices. overall just an amazing head. im more then happy with my purchase, and i highly recommend this head.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

awsome

By Bryon Hopper

from Indianapolis In

Comments about Bugera BVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head:

I've been playin for forty years I've played through everything from Kustom to ampeg and just about everything in between this is byfar the best amp I ever played through.Some it up with one word AWSOME.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Very good amp!!

By JOHN HARTMAN

from Pa

Comments about Bugera BVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head:

In my opinion, this amp is VERY comparable to the Ampeg SVT-3 so in saying that...If you have the money and absolutely must own an Ampeg or some other high-dollar amp then by all means, buy it and you'll probably be happy with it. However, this amp delivers at a very moderate price..heck you could probably buy this amp, pick up a decent cabinet and still have paid less than what you would for certain amp heads don't even sound as good to begin with! The Bugera is a powerhouse and you'll like it's tone shaping abilities. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that I've only owned it for a few months and I'll just have to see how it holds up over time.

 
5.0

Max points earned for very simple reasons

By Gary

from Kent, England, UK

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Performances

    Comments about Bugera BVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head:

    I'm a guitarist but was looking for a gutsy amp head to go with my Trace Eliot 1x15" & 4x10" cabs.
    I was on a budget but wanted something that I could dep bass with and most importantly something substantial that I could use as the main rig for the regular open mic nights that I host.

    The amp is used every week by various Bass guitarists (including myself), and I've never had a single player give negative comment apart from 'Christ, it's heavy' or It's a behringer...!

    The positive stuff, our events attract a few local Bass players who like playing through and hearing the rig, comments have included 'the tones and dynamics give ya the shakes just like a bass should' and 'the bass sounds great, really professional sound'... Finding drummers to hang with is no longer an issue.
    You don't need much in the way of external effects with this amp cos it does a great job on its own, and the DI function sounds awesome when your privileged to stand mid field at open air festivals..!

    As said, I'm primarily a guitarist, but my ears, experience and associates tell me that in the six months of ownership, the Bugera BVP5500 could not have been beaten by anyone else offering a high powered bass amp head with great tone, dynamics and flexibility on a baked bean budget...!

    This amp cuts it anywhere you put it..! Pound for pound it's the best Bass rig I've used.
    Maybe I got lucky, factory refurbished ex-display unit purchased for under £220...!!!

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