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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

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

(based on 11 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (4)
  • Excellent sound (4)
  • Portable (3)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Home studio (4)
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(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
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!

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sound and feature set

By Thomas

from Finksburg, Maryland

Site Member

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.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great for Indoors. Beginner - Intermediate

By Petrolespaul

from CA

About Me Experienced

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.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sound and feature set

By Thomas

from Finksburg, Maryland

Site Member

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.

 
5.0

Great Amp At Home

By J Steen

from Detroit

About Me Novice

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    Great Practice amp with my Celestion Vintage 30 cab. I have no complaints about this amp besides, you cannot use the EQ when you are on the clean channel. When you are on the clean channel you can only control the volume and the tone knob. The tone knobs function is described by Bugera in the directions saying ,"knob adjust the brightness of the clean channel". With this being said the clean channel ia still very nice I just wish it had a full EQ.
    I ultimately have no major complaints with the Bugera G5 and its my main practice amp at home. If you want to save a few bucks and get a great amp this is it.

     
    4.0

    Good for the money, but needs different tubes.

    By ;alhohghs

    from BFE

    About Me Novice

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      I was looking for something to enter into the world of tube amps after only ever having had SS/modeling amps. I didn't want to spend a lot of money and it had the most features in its price range. Generally good reviews as well. Out of the box I had paired it with the Bugera 112 cab and it sounded a bit dark and underwhelming. I swapped the 12ax7 for a Tung Sol and the 12bh7 for a TAD. The stock 12bh7 went back in almost immediately. Flat and sterile isn't my thing. I've since replaced with an EH 12bh7 and it got a lot closer to where I want it. I recently found a good deal on a never used 'used' V30. I pulled out the turbosound speaker and dropped this one in. Now I have trouble turning it off and the speaker isn't even completely broken in yet.

      If you're looking for something cheap that sounds good at lower volumes, with a little bit of help and a quality speaker, this does exactly that. Its opened up picking dynamics and a whole new range of tones I had no idea my guitar could produce. If it shipped with better tubes I'd give it 5 stars. If it blows up or breaks down I'll probably buy another one.

       
      5.0

      Wow, really sounds great.

      By Randy

      from undisclosed

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances

        Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I really wanted to find a small head and cabinet for portability. The Bugera 5 watt head is a nice compact size. The clean channel sounds great with nice sustain. The drive channel sounds fantastic and is really, really loud for 5 watts. The reverb, effects loop and standby switch are features I was looking for in a small size amp. You could pay 3 times as much for a another brand, but this amp does the job for me.

         
        5.0

        Just what I was looking for

        By Jack

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I. or none of my friends have heard a Bugera amp before, but I would give it a try anyway. I have a few other amps, all tube type, one being a hybrid like the G5. But if I turn the volume up over "2" on any of them the sound is too loud in the house. If they are not turned up to 2 then the sound is muddy or simply a lack of tone. With the three output settings this little cracker box can fit right in. Although I do not use the 100 milli-watt setting very often, because the tone is darker and muddy at that position. But for just noodling around it works fine. The five watt setting holds it's own when a few of us get together on amateur night. I am impressed with the G5, and am very glad I chose it

         
        5.0

        a very simple yes.

        By Dennis

        from undisclosed

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I went from a line 6, 30 watt modeling amp to this. I am super pleased. great value for the dollars spent. More than enough volume for my office and great crunch.

         
        5.0

        nice lil set up!

        By Darryl

        from undisclosed

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        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        Just got it set up with a new orange 8 inch speaker cabinet for a practice amp, sounds great

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good low watt tube amp...

        By curtisw3 (beginner)

        from Spartanburg, SC

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        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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