The Bugera V55 tube guitar amp captures the musicality of amps from the 1960s that to this day, remain the guitarist's choice for their ability to respond very dynamically to each players' nuances. Bu... Click To Read More About This Product
The Bugera V55 tube guitar amp captures the musicality of amps from the 1960s that to this day, remain the guitarist's choice for their ability to respond very dynamically to each players' nuances. Bugera's stunning 1x12 combo boasts modern touches that put an even wider palette of vintage voicings at your fingertips.
Bugera went to great lengths to give the V55 tube amp the ability to deliver everything those dusty relics of the rock revolution did-minus the collector-sized pricetags. But in true Bugera fashion this labor of love was taken one step farther to give you maximum tonal possibilities. To explain, let's take a quick detour to the late 1940s.
Before hillbillies began co-opting the blues, amps came in two varieties: those with triode (having three active electrodes) power valves and those with pentode (containing five active electrodes) power valves. Triode valves, which predated the pentodes, provide what many guitarists agree is a "softer" tone. Pentodes produce a slightly more urgent, aggressive sound. This Bugera amp runs on power pentode tubes, but include a Mode switch that lets you run the power section as if it had triode tubes-that is, at about 40 percent less power. This gives you the option of going beyond old-school-straight to elderly school.
The old amps that defined electric guitar tone were often single-channel amps. These amplifiers offer that same vintage clean, but add a second channel for modern high-gain tones. To begin, take your pick of the Bright or Normal inputs, then twist the three-band EQ (Bass, Mid, Treble) and Presence control to sculpt your signature sound. Depending on which channel you choose, three 12AX7 preamp tubes take your tone anywhere from dignified blues to garage-leveling madness.
The Bugera V55's power stage's dual 6L6 valves propel this tone through a Bugera 12" speaker. Need to feed more speakers? Both guitar amps have an Impedance switch that toggles between 4, 8 and 16 Ohms, making them compatible with virtually any speaker cabinet. These amps also have reverb, but in the interest of tone and durability, their reverb is derived from a studio-caliber digital processor. The spring reverb found in their post-war predecessors sound lovely, but they're delicate and expensive to repair. The Bugera V55's modern update gives you an equally mesmerizing vintage reverb sound without the wallet-draining vintage reliability. And if all these features weren't enough-you also get a road-tough footswitch that allows you to select channels and activate or kill the reverb remotely. So whether you're in the studio, rehearsing in the garage or pulling into Champagne-Urbana for a gig that pays two pitchers, the V55 tube guitar amp is able to complement your craft with the gold-standard tones of the past today.
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I am not a great guitar player but have had my share of solid state amps and always wanted a tube amp, and for the price I couldn't pass this amp up, I've had...Read complete review
I am not a great guitar player but have had my share of solid state amps and always wanted a tube amp, and for the price I couldn't pass this amp up, I've had it about 5 weeks now and use it every day after work, the sounds that this amp puts out is astounding haven't gone past the 2 o'clock on the volume and it rattles things on the wall (its Loud), it look is a vintage look and that just makes it attractive, a plus in my book, the price well thats a bigger plus. get one it won't disappoint you.
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Eh, gonna have to do better than that.....
Well, I got this as a free upgrade from just trying to buy the head, they were out of stock, so the company bumped me up to this for free, which I thought...Read complete review
Well, I got this as a free upgrade from just trying to buy the head, they were out of stock, so the company bumped me up to this for free, which I thought was a nice touch. So I pulled it out of the box, got it all hooked up, thought, sweet, then I let it warm up for a while. Then got her up and going, sounded pretty good for about thirty seconds, then grit, fuzz, blown fuze. Replaced it, but no sound ever came out again. So the manufacturer, good old berinhger(spelled wrong, don't care), replaced it. New one fired up, no big deal. Played about three shows, it sat around for three months while out of town, came home, used it for a few practices, was running it the other day, kept crackling, then it died. I FAIL TO UNDERSTAND! How quality control can be so spotty on these things! My bandmate has a V22, and has never had any problems, and he's had his for almost a year, i couldn't even make it 5 months. I'm done. I'm getting refunds on all my Bugera stuff, I'm even sending back the extension cab, just to avoid seeing the name on my stuff.
Reviewed by 21 customers
If you are into JAZZ & BLUES you can appreciate amps that can deliver thick, warm tones. If that's what you are looking for this BUGERA V55 fills the bill nicely.
HOWEVER if you are into heavy rock or a metal head this amp is not for you. The gain tone that comes from this is very distorted and in my opinion more NOISY than anything else.
What is also nice is the vintage looks. The cream and black look of the amp is truly Old School. I love it.
Out of the box it broke on me instantly. Wouldn't even power up. Now I have to wait another two weeks for an amp and it won't be another Bugera.
I wanted to get this amp after picking up the V5 for in home recording and practicing. I sold my Fender 100 watt Frontman and bought the Bugera V55. Very nice amp to work with. Great classic tube sound with lots of tonal options. Where else are you going to get triode / pentode switching, midrange boost, 2 channels with a master volume and great reverb for this price? Sound is somewhere between Marshall and Fender. Distinct, but very nice quality sound that will run with either. Sound quality is great, clear is sparkling clear, gain goes from bluesy to metal. Mine came with the newer Turbosound speaker instead of the Bugera Vintage speaker, but no issue with sound quality at all. Chassis is very sturdy and solid, a bit heavy but not hard to carry. Perfect for practices and small gigs. The newer model, called Infinium will have onboard tube bias balancing which is nice, but if you can get your hands on this amp you will not be disappointed. For this price it the far and away champ.
I am an amateur player who has had many amps over the years. I decided I would try a tube amp for my next amp and began the research. For the money, you can not beat the Bugera V55. The sound quality, the features you simply were not offered by other manufacturers in this price range. The V55 has variable output impedence, included footswitch, very responsive reverb, and truly impressive sound. Very solid box, but not too heavy. Dials are simple, reliable and allow you to find your sound without spending too much time tweaking. Sound is somewhere between a Marshall and a Fender. With the 2 channel, you can get mind blowing metal, super clean jazz, or anything in between. I go for a slightly overdriven sound, and the V55 nails it for me. No buzzing, no static, solidly built. Test one Bugers out and you will be very impressed. I use the V5 for home practice and the V55 for band work, and both are very reliable and solid. When you can see and feel a company puts the same care and quality in their 5 watts as their 55 watts you know they are company that is driven to be the best. Bugera is a company I am impressed with on these and will use for a long time. They are a part of Behringer, whose products I have already been using for some time. Great mixers and stompboxes. Test drive a Bugera and see for yourself great hand wired amps are affordable.
Great sounding amp stock. Clean channel has good sound. You need to tweak the tone stack to dial in your sound. I set Vol 5, bass and treble 2, mid 5. Then dial in your guitar's volume and tone. Has nice thump to bottom end. I play this with Fender Strats, Rickenbacker 660-12, Gibson Les Pauls, all sound great. I A/B it with various Fender amps (Vibrolux Reverb, Twin Reverb, etc) and sounds just fine. Lead channel has to be tweaked as well, try Gain 3, vol 6 after that it gets muddy/fizzy. I don't use overdrive much. Clean channel runs best. Run a pedal chain of reverb, delay, compressor and slight boost right into Ch 1. Great sound. This model made April 2011, I just bought it Dec30/13. Seems well built, speaker and large box deliver good sound to my ears. Nice looking amp, works for me.
If you are a cash strapped musician who is looking for a clean, tube sound then this is perfect for you. It has a phenomenal tone and clarity that makes me smile whenever I play. It is simple and does that one thing wonderfully. Sadly for most other guitarists, it really doesn't do anything else though (or at least not very well). The gain channel is fine as long as you don't plan on using it. While the clean channel has beautiful depth and character, the gain channel is honestly very lacking in those areas. This results in a perfectly fine gain channel for someone who prefers a clean sound but wants to play something heavy every once in a while for fun. Just listen to videos of it being played on youtube if your skeptical. If you fall in love with the sound once you hear it, buy it. If your still not convinced after hearing your fill of demos, then your either a metal head or incredibly nit-picky with your sound and hopefully have a large wallet.
These are good looking, good sounding and at the price point its halfway affordable to get two and run a stereo set up.
If you plan on using the gain channel as your lead sound, you might be disappointed. If you need the lead channel the V-22 sounds much better in hi gain lead channel for some reason.
I was very disappointed when I got these as I had demo'd the v-22 and it screamed when you cranked it but these sound sterile and brittle in the lead channel to my ears.
But if you set them up clean and use one in triode and the other in pentode and adjust the eq to take advantage of the stereo spread you get a nice Fender tube pop. Throw some quality pedals in front of it and the magic starts to happen.
I am using an old Ibanez PUE5T in front of them and get an awesome Hi-gain sound from the tube driver with some tasty echo and reverb.
I run the pre-gain low and crank the power section on these for a little more pop.
The styling and construction are nice. I don't know if the electronics in these are as durable as U.S. made gear but for the money I am pleased.
The 6L6 is wired right and the 70 Watt Bugera speaker kicks serious righteous butt. No need to swap crap out on this baby, it is ready out of the box. Musician's Friend bent over backwards to get it up here to Alaska in time for our gig. Not only is the amp fantastic, so is Musicians Friend. I don't want to sound like a cheesy commercial but you cannot go wrong buying this Bugera or anything from them.
You can really dial in some nice sounds, if you want to use pedal effects, this is a perfect tube amp.
The onboard reverb compares with my 63 Fender Boss pedal. It sounds awesome in both pentatode and triode mode.
This is a solid amp, very good deal, especially for the price.
This amp will put you in hours long trances with its sweet tone, I can't stop playing it. If you are in the market for a tube amp, this has got to be the best bang for the buck.
Musicians Friend bent over backwards and went out on a limb to make sure the amp would be here in time for our gig. Considering their price match Guarantee (plus another 10% off!) I would not buy my gear from anyone else, they have proven their loyalty, superiority and concern for the musician. I am going to buy another one of these Bugera V55 amplifiers, it is just THAT good.
I would give it a 10 if it would cook me breakfast. We have had some long discussions but to no avail.
I stand in front of this amp and play, it takes me to another world. The tones you can dial out of this amp are crazy good. It is like butter, on homeade bread.
You can go spend more for less if you want, or you could just spend more period. But why!? The twin 6L6 tubes with the triode and penatode modes will drop you off wherever you want to go. From warm, clean sounds all the way to thrasher metal death rock, without pedals! The best part is, this thing takes pedals like a fat kids takes candy. It LOVES pedals. If you like to play hard rock for example, this is your taxi to Sturgis. If you like to play the blues, this amp will make you too happy and you will forget how. Seriously, this amp does everything but cook your dinner.
I've been using this amp for nearly a year. I use no pedals but only amp. This has good clean.
In my case, I like a gain chanel. Crunch sound is very good. but If you wanna play metal, you had better think again. I think humburker pickups are good at this amp, but single pickup and gain chanel is not good combination.
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