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Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head  

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The timeless design and sound of the all-tube amp has made its indelible mark on countless beloved tracks spanning the history of the electric guitar. With the ultimate pursuit of those wonderfully sa... Read More

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The timeless design and sound of the all-tube amp has made its indelible mark on countless beloved tracks spanning the history of the electric guitar. With the ultimate pursuit of those wonderfully saturated, vintage and modern tones in mind, Bugera proudly presents the G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head.

Sporting a gorgeous modern look and feel, the G5 serves up 5 beautiful, tubesoaked, Class-A Watts in vintage, as well as modern flavors. Additionally, the G5 Infinium features an integrated high-definition reverb; a built-in 2-way power attenuator, so you can achieve the ultimate sound at any volume, and our extremely versatile Morph EQ for seamlessly sweeping between vintage U.S.- and British-style tone.

Classic Push-Pull Design
The G5 features a true Class-A amp head with an ECC83 front-end and a 12BH7 power stage. A masterfully crafted push-pull tube amp, the G5 provides sweetly-balanced harmonics and natural tube compression “ resulting in the warm distortion and break-up you™ve come to appreciate from the vintage megaliths of yesteryear “ only in a much more portable and attractive package.

MORPH EQ
Bugera's proprietary MORPH EQ control lets you instantly jump the Atlantic Ocean, to give your music either classic U.S. or British-style EQ tone “ or anything in between, Why choose between two great sounds? The G5 gives you the best of both worlds, and all the subtle shades in between.

High-Definition Reverb
Adding to its impressive list of tone-shaping options, the G5's high-definition Reverb puts the perfect finishing touch to your signature sound. Adjustable via the dedicated control on the front panel, you can finally achieve any sound you desire “ from a subtle touch to the cavernous, natural-sounding reverberation of a large arena.

Power Attenuator and Speaker Emulation
The convenient, built-in Power Attenuator allows you to operate the G5 at your choice of 5 watts, 1 watt, or even 0.1 of a watt, so you can get everything from sweet and sassy to maximum tube saturation at any volume level. This amazing feature alone makes the G5 worth its weight in gold. And if you prefer to monitor your tone through headphones, the G5 has you covered with its incredible speaker-emulated output, that allows you to get the vibe and sound of either a 1 x 12 or 4 x 12 cabinet - selectable by you.

Footswitch and FX Loop Included
You have all the tools you need, right out of the box. Bugera includes a heavy-duty footswitch for channel and reverb selection to give you easy and convenient control of your tone, right from your pedal board “ allowing your focus to remain on your performance. The included FX Loop with effects level switch allows you to have complete control over your signal routing, optimizing your tone for your collection of pedals and external gear.

Features
  • Power: 5W (tube)
  • 2-way attenuator
  • Tubes: 12AX7 (preamp); 12BH7 (power amp)
  • Controls: 3-band EQ, Morph (for U.K.- and U.S.-style tone adjustments) gain, reverb, tone, volume
  • Built-in reverb
  • Speaker-emulated output, with 1x12" or 4x12" voicing option
  • FX loop with level switch
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BugeraG5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.8

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5.0

Get Ready To Rock!

By John E. Quest

from Port St. Lucie, Florida

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • 1/4" Line Input
  • Best Head For Under $250.00 Period
  • Decent Reverb At Lower Settings
  • Dependable Build Quality
  • Easy To Use
  • Emulated 1 x 12" & 4 x 12" Cab Out/Phones
  • Excellent Sound
  • Footswitch Included For Channel Switch/Reverb
  • FX Loop In/Out
  • Portable
  • Three Power Settings!
  • Tone Machine

Cons

  • Absolutely None

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording
  • Rocking out without blowing the house apart

Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I purchased the Bugera G-5 Head back in April not expecting it to come close to some 'lunchbox' heads in the $500.00 and up price range, but boy was I wrong! I had to roll the dice and order it as nobody had one in stock. Owning a original 1983 Marshall 2204 50 watt half stack with vertical inputs, I did not think I would find any reason to expect the Bugera G-5 to come close. It's close enough for the dollars I spent, and delivers more gain at a more respectable home volume. Folks, the key to this head is as follows.
(1). decent guitar with good pick-ups. This is the nucleus of tone, the amplifier just 'delivers it'
(2). Keep the pedals down to a minimum as they muddy the tone period. Try the effects loop before in-line.
(3). A quality speaker, and cabinet are as crucial as the front side (p'ups/& guitar), so don't hook this up to a junk speaker, or cab. Also, don't try to drive 4 x 12" speakers on 1/10th watt setting, you should consider a 8"-10" closed back cab for that low of power. It struggles to drive my Eminence Patriot Texas Heat in a Marshall JTMC12 Cab with closed back at anything less than 1 watt. It screams Marshall at the 5 watt setting even at lower volume. You can run a 4 x 12" cab easily at the 5 watt setting, but my own preference is the 1-5 watt setting with the JTMC12 cab. I've read reviews regarding the clean channel tone control not having enough distinction with higher frequencies, I do not suffer this problem as my guitars have the best pick-ups and my speakers are some of the best guitar speakers available. I've even tested the Bugera G-5 head with the 10" Gold Celestion in my Marshall MG-15 CDR, and think that is an excellent alternative to a 12" speaker, just don't run below 8 Ohm's on your speaker load so you don't damage the output circuit on the Bugera G-5. Bottom line is I would buy this head again, and recommend it to any guitar player that wants good clean/crunch and sizzling gain in a very portable, very affordable package. BUY IT!

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5.0

Good low watt tube amp...

By curtisw3 (beginner)

from Spartanburg, SC

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Comments about G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

This amp is just what I wanted, a low watt tube amp for at home use. It sounds o.k. and doesn't rock the house unless I want to.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great for Indoors. Beginner - Intermediate

By Petrolespaul

from CA

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Pros

  • Distortion
  • Fx Loop
  • Value

Cons

  • Clean Channel
  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I've been a guitarist for quite a while. I've tried many different amps and the Bugera G5 is not too shabby.
Pros:
The distortion channel was surprisingly pretty good! It's incredibly versatile and could probably go with most styles of music. You could easily tell that they copied Blackst@r's ISP but it doesn't sound like a Blackst@r at all. Of course, having the reverb is great but you can also have your own through the useful FX Loop. I get really disappointed at amps that are great but don't have a freaking FX Loop. I'm a big pedal guy but this thing also sounds great without any!

Cons:
Clean channel is pretty bland. It's only got a Volume and Tone. I've had troubles trying to get a nice clean sound. I end up using an EQ pedal and sometimes a compressor.

You're gonna want a decent speaker for this head to sound good. I got myself an Eminence Wizard in a 1x12 cab and dang, it can get pretty nasty.

This is a great option especially for the value if you're a beginner/intermediate starting to switch to amp heads (from cheap/solid-state combos). I wouldn't say this is the most versatile amp but for this price, I think it's a steal.

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(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sound and feature set

By Thomas

from Finksburg, Maryland

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Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I couldn't be happier with my decision to buy this amp. It is packed with every feature I need and want and it sounds great. It can cover any tone I want using a combination of amp settings and guitar pickup selection, volume, and tone controls. It had a bit of a thin bite to it at first, until I rolled off the tone control on my guitar. The amp responds very well to the guitar's controls. Without touching the amp, I can go from a classic rock tone to a heavier, singing distorted tone, simply by turning up the guitar's volume knob. It sounds great even at extremely quiet volumes. The attenuation down to 0.1 watts is of HUGE benefit if you need to play with low or moderate volume, and I don't know of any other amp out there that attenuates that low, without adding a separate attenuator. Thankfully the used Hughes and Kettner Tubemeister 18 I had bought had a faulty FX loop, so I returned it and bought the G5. The Tubemeister sounded good too, but was too loud, even set down to 1 watt! The build quality feels solid, the controls are all smooth and nothing feels loose or shoddy. Here is what I was looking for in an amp. Maybe this will help you make your decision. My new amp: 1) Needed to have clean headroom, but also have great sounding distortion, able to cover the range from bell-like cleans to aggressive distortion. 2) Needed to sound great at very low volumes, but preferable also be able to be heard in a band setting. If necessary, another higher output amp head would have to be purchased in addition to the "quiet" one. 3) Needed to have a headphone out/DI output for those times where I needed to use headphones or wanted to silently record through a mixer. 4) Needed to be footswitchable either via midi or some non-proprietary tip-ring or tip-ring-sleeve cable and footswitch (for future integration into a pedal board switching scheme. Marshall's Stompware footswitching or any thing similar to that wasn't going to work long-term). 5) Needed to be a separate head and cabinet for both easy of transport and practical considerations, such as using the new amp head with a different cabinet or the new cabinet with a different amp head. After months of tube amp research, I'm very happy with the end result, the G5.

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sound and feature set

By Thomas

from Finksburg, Maryland

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Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I couldn't be happier with my decision to buy this amp. It is packed with every feature I need and want and it sounds great. It can cover any tone I want using a combination of amp settings and guitar pickup selection, volume, and tone controls. It had a bit of a thin bite to it at first, until I rolled off the tone control on my guitar. The amp responds very well to the guitar's controls. Without touching the amp, I can go from a classic rock tone to a heavier, singing distorted tone, simply by turning up the guitar's volume knob. It sounds great even at extremely quiet volumes. The attenuation down to 0.1 watts is of HUGE benefit if you need to play with low or moderate volume, and I don't know of any other amp out there that attenuates that low, without adding a separate attenuator. Thankfully the used Hughes and Kettner Tubemeister 18 I had bought had a faulty FX loop, so I returned it and bought the G5. The Tubemeister sounded good too, but was too loud, even set down to 1 watt! The build quality feels solid, the controls are all smooth and nothing feels loose or shoddy. Here is what I was looking for in an amp. Maybe this will help you make your decision. My new amp: 1) Needed to have clean headroom, but also have great sounding distortion, able to cover the range from bell-like cleans to aggressive distortion. 2) Needed to sound great at very low volumes, but preferable also be able to be heard in a band setting. If necessary, another higher output amp head would have to be purchased in addition to the ""quiet"" one. 3) Needed to have a headphone out/DI output for those times where I needed to use headphones or wanted to silently record through a mixer. 4) Needed to be footswitchable either via midi or some non-proprietary tip-ring or tip-ring-sleeve cable and footswitch (for future integration into a pedal board switching scheme. Marshall's Stompware footswitching or any thing similar to that wasn't going to work long-term). 5) Needed to be a separate head and cabinet for both easy of transport and practical considerations, such as using the new amp head with a different cabinet or the new cabinet with a different amp head. After months of tube amp research, I'm very happy with the end result, the G5.

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