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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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

(based on 51 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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(31 of 39 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

(MFA) My Favorite Amp

By Wobbles

from Tustin, Ca

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

I'm not an expert when it comes to amps. That being said, I can now give my opinions about this amp. This amp has a great sound and handles pedal really well. The attenuator is priceless because I live in a small apartment and con now finally jam without pissing of the neighbors. This amp is perfect for everything unless you are some gear snob or a full blown active musician. I mean seriously mostly everyone who leaves a bad review on a product probably expects them to make up for lack of skill. I hear no difference in sound quality when comparing to bigger more expensive brands. Pros: 1. Great level of sound control 2. Attenuator 3. Sexy Cons: 1. Kinda heavy 2. Reverb is somewhat useless.

(21 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

An Acquired Taste

By Nick

from Camp Hill, PA

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

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...

(17 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

wow........LOVE IT

By Bogieboy

from Chicago IL

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

well, I got this amp with out playing thru it, even though a bunch of people told me not to......well screw them, because this thing is a little beast!!!!!it has a nice fat blues tone with the neck single coil on my Ibanez GSA 60, but lookout when you play with the humbuckers!!!! this little amp can get a raunchy, down and dirty rock tone going like nothing!!!!! throw in some effects like a Korg Pandora or a distortion pedal and this thing can blow your mind!!! also, the reverb on this amp is phenominal!!! it sounds better than any other digital reverb that i have heard in a looooong time.... i was even amazed at the volume it puts out!!!! this thing kicks the pants off a 20w solid state... this is the first Tube amp i have owned, but definitely not the last.....in fact, i doubt that i will go back to a solid state ever again..... I would definitely recommend this amp to anyone looking for a powerful little amp with a lot of features!!!!

(16 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING AMP,AMAZING PRICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

By Bluseman1833

from ID,Genesee

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

i went into my local music store and had been looking at this amp online,when i saw it sitting there i thought i might as well give it a go.i was shocked by the price,and the tone i was getting with my Fender Stratocaster.Its an amazing amp for the price,and its super loud for 5 watts.AMAZING BLUES TONE,NICE CLEAN AND REVERBY :).

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Classicesque Lil' Beauty

By Dan

from Somerville, MA

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

Boy did Behringer do this one right, you won't find it anywhere on the Bugera website, but when you open the box it comes with a Behringer catalog... This sweet lil' beauty is the perfect parlor amp. 5 watts of tube warmth and the ability to listen through headphones which comes in handy if you have a newborn like I do. As far as sound goes, even if you crank up the gain it does not over distort like a a solid state practice amp for this price would. The reverb is the best I've heard on an amp for the price. Actually sounds so good I sold my EHX Holy Grail pedal. If you play older music (50s and 60s) then this is the amp for you. I play everything from Buddy Holly to Johnny Cash to Elvis and it has the classic 1950s amp sound: bright and warm. When I play an open chord at first you hear that crisp bright sound then the long warm soothe of the tubes that follows. Honestly I don't need any effects pedals with this little amp. I ended up selling my Fender 59 Bassman RI LTD, and all my pedals because this amp gets all my playing time. I play with a telecaster with DiMarzio Twang King pups and flatwound strings, early rock and vintage country.

(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bugera V5 Tube Amp

By G.B.

from La.

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

Have been looking for this amp for yrs.Best value for the money bar none.My work requires travel and staying in motels.Have used it without disturbing anyone next door.This amp has features that you would only find on products costing five times more.Can get a blusey or classic rock sound at a lower volume better than anything I have ever used.Buy one now!If you can find one.Mine is not for sale

(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Really Impressed

By WorshipGuyMatt

from Gresham, OR

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

Well I have been meaning to replace my broken solid state amp for some time. I did not want another solid state, I wanted to go tube. Knowing that price is a big deal in these tough economic times I was looking at some of the less expensive tube amps. Guitar center did not have any of them in stock, really disappointing. I do not like spending money on stuff I didn't try, but I bought this anyway. GOod thing. It works amazingly. The verb is a little wet. The clean on 5 is great, I love the drive on 1, .1 is useless except for practice. I'd give it a 5 if it came with a drive switch and pedal. Great little amp. Will use it live, just will mic it.

(8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Soul of a Tube amp

By Gabe P

from El Paso, TX

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

Had this amp for over two months now. Definitely one of the best out there, especially considering the price. I love its volume capability: it can be loud when you want it to be (for a 5watt) or quiet enough to play in your house. the gain is awesome as well. Definitely as close as you can get to a tube amp for the price, and can also be linked to speakers unlike some other combo amps. I highly reccomend it to anyone who plays.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Impressed

By Bill

from Campton Hills, IL

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

I ordered this amp as Christmas gift for my son David and it arrived the other day in plenty of time for the big day. I wasn't really happy with the fact that it's made in China, (for less than $200 it wasn't unexpected). So I unboxed it to check it out and make sure that it worked properly. First I have to say that the amp has a quality feel and look, solid, classy - the way a valve amp should feel. So far so good. I flipped it on, plugged in a G&L Comanche and wow! The tone was really good for such a small package; gritty, chewy, and brown. The pots feel smooth and quality. I was gone. With a Les Paul with EMG's it got pretty aggressive, borderline metal without a pedal. Excellent! About an hour later my wife came in and asked if the amp was for my son or for me. I could have played all day! The power selection switch is totally useful. I really liked the .1 watt setting for bedroom level monster tone. It doesn't have enough clean head room for use in a gigging rock band, but does get loud. Certainly would transfer to recorded media, for practice, or in a pinch well miked up. I don't know about the reliability, but my kid will wring it out I'm certain. It seems like it'll hold up. If so, I'll be ordering one of these puppies for myself as a back up/practice amp. Then Dave and I could stereo them. That would be cool....

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice little Amp.

By Rob McNamara

from Gardner, MA

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

This is my first tube amp. I've been playing guitar for 26 years and have never had a tube amp. Bought this because I'm recording my first CD and was looking for a different sound for a few songs. This amp was reasonably priced for what I needed. The sound is impressive! For only four knobs to fiddle with plus the knobs on your guitar you can get many different tones. I'm happy with the amp and it has made be a different guitar player when I use it. It has knocked me out of that 80's style of guitar playing that I've been playing for years!

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