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The compact Bugera V5 Tube Guitar Combo runs on 1 power and 1 preamp tube and is all dressed up in classic 2-tone vinyl. The 5W amplifier's bone-simple controls give the Bugera V5 the look of a carefu... Read More

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The compact Bugera V5 Tube Guitar Combo runs on 1 power and 1 preamp tube and is all dressed up in classic 2-tone vinyl. The 5W amplifier's bone-simple controls give the Bugera V5 the look of a carefully constructed nostalgia trip. In fact, in many ways, it is! But plug into this beautiful little 8" combo amp and you'll not only find a sound that's caked in real vintage raunch, but you'll also have modern features that take this sound to places it couldn't go”until now.

Rock music brings to mind amplifiers as big as skyscrapers, dishing out irreversible ear damage at ruthless volumes. But a studio secret among guitar greats is that little low-watt valve combos like the V5 can be maxed out for red-hot overdriven tone without blowing fuses or incurring any property damage.

The Bugera V5 is a living, breathing homage to those half-pint screamers of the past, but with 2 very important improvements. See, this amp may be small, but 5W in Valvesville is still loud as hell when it's sitting in your bedroom. That's why the V5 combo amp features a switchable power attenuator ”to reduce the amplitude of the signal without changing its sound”so you can run it at 5, 1, or 0.1 watts.

Finding a headphone out jack on an all-valve guitar amp is incredibly rare because the integration requires loading the output transformer and filtering the signal for a loudspeaker simulation. (Translation: it's a real pain in the patoot!) But true to form, Bugera has gone the extra mile to make late night practicing possible. Just plug a pair of headphones into the 1/4" phones jack on the back panel, and you're ready to keep the V5's all-valve sound all to yourself.

Then again, if it's more volume you need, the Bugera V5 amp has a 1/4" Speaker Out jack to connect an additional speaker with a minimum impedance of 4 Ohms.

This dangerous dandy also features the same studio-caliber digital reverb found in bigger Bugera amplifiers. The spring reverb found in the V5 amp's post-war predecessors sounds lovely, but is delicate and expensive to repair. This modern V5 update gives you an equally mesmerizing vintage reverb sound without the wallet-draining vintage amp's lack of reliability.

With a Bugera V5 Tube Combo amp in your home or studio, your tonal woes are over. The V5 brings the true sound of an antique 5W valve amp. It's built to survive abuse, and its price tag is tons lighter than the ones you'll find tied to its elders. Adopt a Bugera V5 tube combo amp today and get ready to pack 60 years of sonic inspiration into your recording or practice sessions.

Features
  • Hand-built 5W Class-A amplifier driven by 1 x EL84 valve
  • 8" Speaker
  • Way cool vintage look and feel
  • Authentic preamp design from the '60s featuring 1 x 12AX7 valve”everything from purring blues to mind-blowing crunch
  • Integrated high-class reverb with dedicated Reverb control
  • Vintage Equalizer with dedicated Tone control
  • Built-in 2-way Power Attenuator allows you to get ultimate sound at any volume
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BugeraV5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.6

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An Acquired Taste

I bought this amp a couple of weeks ago just before the price went up. I was looking for a low priced tube amp and was debating between this and a Vox VT20+....Read complete review

I bought this amp a couple of weeks ago just before the price went up. I was looking for a low priced tube amp and was debating between this and a Vox VT20+. My main goal was to get a good crunchy sound at lower volumes as I have a newborn and a wife that suddenly doesn't like the sound of an electric guitar. I also like the headphone jack feature. After playing both, I decided I wanted the "true" tube amp and went with this one. After playing it for a while, my feelings are mixed. This amp when cranked sounds amazing. You'll get a plexi-like sound if you can crank it. I�ۡ���m talking volume at 10 and the gain between 6 and 10, attenuator preferably on 1 or 5 watt but sounds decent at .1. The crunch you get is a bit fuzzy, reminds me of late 60s stuff, maybe like Led Zeppelin I or Cream BBC Sessions. The bass you get out of an 8�ۡ�ݕ�_ speaker is also pretty darn good, for a practice amp I think there�ۡ���s plenty. When distorted it sounds halfway between a Vox and a Marshall to me - chimey if you want, beefy if you want.... kind of like a poor man's class 5 (though I prefer this amp over the class 5.) The clean sound is superb with lots of headroom, probably the best feature in the amp, but I play mostly blues and like some dirt so this isn't a big selling point for me. The reverb is decent, I don't think it tries to emulate spring, but rather room or plate reverb, which would get you by in a live setting but probably not in recording. The tone knob acts like a blanket, turn it down to put the blanket on, and turn it up to take it off. I find I never turn it lower than 5 because it just gets too muddy. It takes my overdrive pedal well (Hardwire Tube OD,) but I find it colors the sound a bit and I prefer running straight through the tubes, even though the pedal is the only way I can really get a nice overdriven sound at low volumes. Now, for the headphone jack. The most disappointing feature for me would be this one. I don�ۡ���t know if anyone has successfully ran a headphone through tubes and got a nice sound, but if you turn the gain past 5 the sound is not desirable to me at all. It sounds somewhere between a honking goose and a bumblebee. Really square wave, almost like a synthesized horn. If the only song you want to play is �ۡ��̏Satisfaction�ۡ�ݕ�_ then you�ۡ���ll be pleased. Other than that, what an epic fail. Even messing with my guitar�ۡ���s volume and tone knobs I can�ۡ���t get a good sound out of it without it sounding thin and fizzy. Needs the OD pedal in front of it to sound good through the phones�ۡ��_ Nevertheless, this amp keeps me hanging on. Super touch sensitive, great tone (some call it dark, I play a dark voiced guitar (super swede) and I think it sounds great, coil tapped or not) and a crunched glass kind of overdrive. I just can�ۡ���t unleash the beast because of my current quiet situation. For a low volume practice amp, you're going to have to put a pedal in front of it for a classic rock sound. For a simpler solution with what I imagine has a better Headphone out get the VT20+. Awesome for blues and rock IF you can turn it up. If you�ۡ���re up for the challenge and have 200 bucks burning a hole in your pocket, buy this amp and give it some time. Give it a week and this old-school tiny tuber will grow on you...

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Well built\poor sound quality.

This amp is well built but I quickly found that it's sound quality was poor. The only way I was able to enjoy this amp was if I fed my guitar through some electronic...Read complete review

This amp is well built but I quickly found that it's sound quality was poor. The only way I was able to enjoy this amp was if I fed my guitar through some electronic augmentation(pedals\eq's). I have a 25 watt solid state Fender frontman that blows this thing away. I have owned many tube amps and given a choice of small amps I would pick(any tube amp) the Blackheart 5 watt combo. In comparison the Bugera sounds like it's wrapped up in a wet blancket. I have done some research on this amp and many people are replacing the tubes and the speaker in search of the sound they want. Save your money and buy something that sounds great right ought of the box.

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5.0

Awesome little amp !!!

By the Electric T

from Loveland , Colorado

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

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    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Quiet Practicing

    Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    An excellent little amp , perfect for "in-home" practice (without disturbing anyone!!) Volume/Gain response is smooth and the Reverb sounds great, as well as the tonal response!! A real joy to have!!!

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    5.0

    Awesome Amp Amazing price

    By Kathryn Newton

    from Beulah, Colorado

    Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    This little tube amp pack some huge tones, I purchased the Bugera 2x12 cabinet with the amp for practice and recording. The two together are the perfect match. The power selection is a huge bonus, if you want hot driven tubes at low levels use the 0.1 watt selection, step back and prepare to be amazed...

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    1.0

    You get what you pay for

    By Donald Brosnahan

    from Providence, RI

    Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    Lets be realistic, this is a very inexpensive tube amp. Nothing more, nothing less. Its price reflects exactly what it is, and thats a good thing, and also not so good. Ok, on to the review. First off, the amp shipped with a bad power tube. While thats common, and shouldnt be an issue, I quickly discovered that Bugeras customer support is without a doubt the dumbest, most condescending people Ive ever had the displeasure of dealing with. I bought a replacement tube and solved the issue, but thats not the point. This experience alone will stop me from ever purchasing another Bugera/Behringer product. Now about the amp itself. Its ok, at best. It has no headroom, even on the 5w setting. I realize a tiny combo wont have much, but this thing has nothing. It clips far too easily, and forget about running an overdrive pedal into it. You will only get a muddy, garbled mess. Clean tones are ok, well, actually, theyre not ok. Dont expect Fender type cleans, they arent there. Think of Marshall cleans, with a blanket over the speaker. Yea, its that bad. The speaker isnt worth the paper its made from. I plugged the amp into a cheap 1x12 (just for comparison) and it was better. Though still not good by any means. Overall this is a cheap gimmick amp. Its marketed towards the player who wants a small tube amp, but either cant afford or cant justify the price of a good one. Most any sub 20w solid state amp (not a modeller) will leave V5 behind in every category. My beat up Fender Frontman 25 is better sounding, and my Nephews Marshall MG30 has better overdrive. Yea, again, the V5 is that bad. I wanted to like the V5, and the price is unbeatable, but, in this case, you definitely get what you pay for.

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    5.0

    Just Received The V5

    By Karl Palm

    from Northern Wisconsin

    Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    I bought a V5 blemished model from Guitar Center and I am very impressed thus far. I plan on using this out side in summer and really did not care if it was a blem or not. I have looked for defects on the thing and can't find any. So, if you want to save a few bucks on a blemished model...have no fear! The sound is a little dark compared to my vintage Fender amps....But I did not expect a sub 200.00 dollar amp to compare with those.(tones are a personal choice anyway) I will be re-tubing this amp shortly which should help make it a little brighter. Like I said, to have a tube amp for outdoor use and not be worried about it getting damaged because it's under 200.00 dollars is awesome! I will be putting it through its paces shortly, let the speaker get broken in, re-tube, and see what we have here! All In All I Am Very Happy!

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    5.0

    Awesome little amp!

    By JOHN HILA

    from Keyport NJ

    Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    Well, I've been playing and recording with my 100 watt stage amp, and blowing away my family and neighbors. So I thought getting a small practice amp might be a good idea. I also wanted to dabble into tube amp waters, so after searching and comparing, I decided on the Bugera V5. Iwas going to get the Orange Micro Terror, but since that is only 1/2 tube I decided not and went with the V5. Well, am I a happy boy tonight. This Bugera has a great vintage look, solid feel, solid electrics and an amwsome sound. What more can you ask for? Output control? Well this baby goes from 5, 1 and .1 watt for your needs. Headphone jack? Yep, this has got one of those, too. Overdrive? Yes, but I'll get back to that. This amp really is what I needed. The simple 4 knob controls avoid overthinking your set up. Make your adjustments simple and focus on what you are playing. The overdrive on this amp is not metal, but is good. I use a Behringer VT911 overdrive pedal that has a 12AX7 tube built into it, so that effectively make this rig perfect for my blues driven rock. The amps reverb works great, I backed it off to 2 and it still sustains for days. I know some players knock this amp for bad tubes or speaker, but let's face it. Not every amp is for everyone. I don't like Peavys. Not because of their sound, but because they have too many knobs and features for me. I like things simple. The Bugera V5 keeps it simple and it sounds great just the way it is. If you like it but want more bite, just get a $12 Sovtek tube to make it brighter. The 8 inch speaker sounds just fine, and you can line out to an external cab anyway. So, if you want a nice, solid and great sounding portable practice / recording amp, try this Bugera V5. I think it will be a pleasant experience for you. Probably not for pure speed metal players, but everything from jazz, blues, country and classic / hard rock this amp will work fine.

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    4.0

    Great little amp & Looks AWESOME!

    By Don Tharp

    from Somewhere, OH

    Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    I have had this amp for about 5 months & I bought it used. This thing has GREAT tube tone. It's warm & blues & the clean is sweet & articulate. The gain is nice but IMHO needs an overdrive pedal to get it right. The speaker is good but with the gain from the amp is get a bit scratchy & with an overdrive pedal it just can handle it & keep a good tone. It's built very well & as a practice amp it's really a GREAT deal, but if you want metal of hard rock tones buy a Marshall, but a tube Marshall is going to set you back double or more. Overall a GREAT amp, looks AWESOME, well built & for the money the best on the market!!!

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    5.0

    Great value

    By Sam Murgie

    from Pittsburgh PA

    Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    This little light weight amplifier sounds great; very clean sound. It also has enough volume for my needs. I have two of these amps. My only complaint is completely trivial; one amp has a blue on/off lamp and the other a red...

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    5.0

    Great Amp

    By Presley Daniel

    from Houston, TX

    Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    This is my first tube amp that I purchased. i've played on many and I dreamt of having a tube amp for a long time. I've played many tube amps before like the vox AC15, AC30, Fender Hot Rod, and many more. And I was always shot down because of the price tag. I play Electric in a youth band at church and I love playing rhythm. Walked into Guitar center one sunday after service and started playing with amp and also the V22. Both were just amazing, I was shocked at how less expensive these amps were. I got my Vox VT20+ (pretty good but wasn't too fond of it) traded it for this Bugera V5. Its been 2 days since i bought this amp and I am loving it. This is just a terrific amp, I use this for practice at home and mic it when play during small youth fellowships. I plan on getting a cabinet for this amp so I can use for the main service. I was just blown away by the sound it produced. I haven't heard a lot about Bugera amps but it looks beautiful and sounds amazing, it is everything i was looking for. If you're looking for an amp for a small crowd, this would be enough.

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    5.0

    What an amp!

    By Joe Caruso

    from Philly, Pa

    Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    What a great little amp! I have not had a tube amp for a long time and forgot how sweet the sound is. I find it to be a perfect no nonsense amp ideal for where I live, while controlling the loudness but not loosing the tone! Fantastic! I would highly recommended this amp to anyone.

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    5.0

    Rock solid tube amp

    By ROBERT L CARNEGIE

    from Sumas, Washington

    Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    I already own mainstream tube amps from Fender and Carvin but I couldn't resist buying the V5 at this low price just to add the EL84 output tube sound to my inventory of amps. This amp looks and sounds fabulous. The tube grit is right where you want it to be and at the 5W setting it is astonishingly loud. The speaker seems nice and tight and, surprisingly, even the solid state reverb channel sounds pretty decent too. Not as watery as some of the spring tank reverbs on other small amps. All things considered, this amp is a must buy for any guitar enthusiast!

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