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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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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
 
4.6

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (12)
  • Excellent sound (12)
  • Portable (9)
  • Warm / comfy (9)
  • Good power output (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (12)
  • Amateur recording (11)
  • Performances (7)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Get Ready To Rock!

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Bugera quality strikes again

The sound was great. The clean and overdrive were both great.....when it worked. The second day, the overdrive channel developed a loud cycling hum like static lowering and rising. I...Read complete review

The sound was great. The clean and overdrive were both great.....when it worked. The second day, the overdrive channel developed a loud cycling hum like static lowering and rising. I hooked up my other heads with same cabinet, guitar and cables using the same power outlet and it was fine. Sent it back and got a second one. The clean channel would cut in and out. This time a totally diffetent issue. I thougjt hard about Bugera....and it bit me. I am not using a warranty this quick after two. The price is good but at what cost? I will not go back to Bugera.

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2.0

Bugera quality strikes again

By Bluesguy

from Alabama

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    The sound was great. The clean and overdrive were both great.....when it worked. The second day, the overdrive channel developed a loud cycling hum like static lowering and rising. I hooked up my other heads with same cabinet, guitar and cables using the same power outlet and it was fine. Sent it back and got a second one. The clean channel would cut in and out. This time a totally diffetent issue. I thougjt hard about Bugera....and it bit me. I am not using a warranty this quick after two. The price is good but at what cost? I will not go back to Bugera.

     
    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

    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

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Get Ready To Rock!

    By John E. Quest

    from Port St. Lucie, Florida

    About Me Experienced

    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!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Have Mercy....

    By Snail

    from Tucson, Arizona

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I was in the market for a lunch box and finally settled on this, given the strength of samples I heard online. My aim was to fit a small practice amp to a 10" Celestion in a closed back monitor cabinet, under my computer table. To this I am running a FAB Delay thru the effects loop.I own a lot of guitars and never expected that this amp would respond as well to such a wide spectrum of instruments. To my astonishment a PRS Torero sounds as alive on the gain channel as a Telecaster sounds on the clean channel. The G5 in my opinion, might be better described as a boutique amp than a practice amp. In any case, this Bugera INFINIUM is a beautiful thing.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Amp for Neighbors !

        By HUTCHfromBA

        from NJ U.S.A.

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • I love the headphone and aux input jacks.
        • Portable

        Cons

        • None for a 5W tube amp.

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I have several tube and solid state amps from 15W to 100W. I needed something to play for practice with very high quality sound. This is an Amazing little amp with headphones or speaker cab. I use a Blackstar 10" 10-30 speaker cab 16 ohm, with it and find it wonderful. NO Problems so far. I tested it thoroughly and it's perfect for anybody wanting a low powered amp. Much better tone than I expected.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Bugera got this one right

        By mv

        from Moore, OK

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          I agree with all the positives listed from other reviews I've read. The reason I wanted to review this amp is to explain its longevity. I've owned many of Bugera's amps and many of them had a fault within a few months: Tri-rec, 333, 333xl, 6260, 6262, 1990, and 1960-all of these large heads had some type of issue within a short amount of time.
          I have owned my G5 since it was released for over 2 years now and have not had one single problem with it. I don't play out, but I play at home 2-5 times a week anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours at a time. This amp does not disappoint. It is my go to amp and would replace it first thing if lost or stolen.
          Also I would recommend a EH-Electro Harmonix 12ax7 in this amp if you lean towards metal.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Awesome practice amp!

          By skunkk

          from Texas

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            This is the best small amp I've ever owned! It sounds great on the clean and the dirty channels and with the attenuator you can go from fairly loud to bedroom quiet. Awesome for practice and recording!

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good low watt tube amp...

            By curtisw3 (beginner)

            from Spartanburg, SC

            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.

            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Would buy again

            By B-man

            from Pa

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              Great sound

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