Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head Black 886830426872

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Bugera captures old-school amp musicality in their V55HD amp head, whose modern touches put a wider palette of vintage voicings at your fingertips. With a proud pair of 6L6 power tubes in the output s... Read More

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Bugera captures old-school amp musicality in their V55HD amp head, whose modern touches put a wider palette of vintage voicings at your fingertips. With a proud pair of 6L6 power tubes in the output stage, the Bugera V55HD bathes your guitar in clean California sunshine. Let's go trippin'.

Bugera went to great lengths to give this tube amp head the ability to deliver everything those dusty relics of the rock revolution did-minus the collector-sized price tags. But this labor of love was taken one step farther to give you maximum tonal possibilities in true Bugera fashion.

Amps once came in two varieties: those with triode (having three active electrodes) power tubes and those with pentode (containing five active electrodes) power tubes. Triode tubes, which predated the pentodes, provide what many guitarists agree is a "softer" tone. Pentodes produce a slightly more urgent, aggressive sound. The V55HD runs on power pentode tubes, but includes 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. This Bugera V55HD tube amp offers 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 V55HD's power stage's dual 6L6 tubes propel this tone. The head has 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 V55HD'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/kill the reverb remotely.

Features
  • Hand-built 55 watt guitar head driven by 2 x 6L6 tubes
  • Cool vintage look and feel
  • Authentic 2-channel preamp design from the '60s featuring 3 x 12AX7 tubes”everything from purring blues to mind-blowing crunch
  • Integrated high-class reverb with dedicated Reverb control
  • Vintage Equalizer section with dedicated Bass, Mid, Treble and Presence controls
  • Normal and Bright inputs for ultimate sound character to perfectly match your guitar
  • Multi-gain stage Lead channel with Pre Gain, Post Gain and Master controls
  • Amazing Mode switch to select between Triode or Pentode operation
  • Heavy-duty footswitch for Channel and Reverb function included
  • Impedance switch (4, 8 and 16 Ohms) to match virtually any speaker cabinet
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BugeraV55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.4

(based on 25 reviews)

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Sweet amp!

I'm not an amp expert and I don't play one on TV, but I do know what I like. I've played a lot of amps over the years looking for the right combination of...Read complete review

I'm not an amp expert and I don't play one on TV, but I do know what I like. I've played a lot of amps over the years looking for the right combination of sound, features and looks (yeah, looks are important). Just before I bought the Bugera, I tried out the Egnater Renegade 65W - a fantastic head - but wanted to do a little research first before I dropped too much on it. Coincidentally, a Bugera ad popped up on Harmony Central and I clicked-through. Back to Harmony's web site, I read the glowing reviews and noticed the super price on the Bugera V55HD. Even though I had never played this amp, I bought it on gc's web site. I'm Extremely happy with this head! Playing it with my Strat through a 2x12 cab, it sounds lovely. I play it through the Normal input (bright is like an ice pick in your ear). The Clean channel is just that... lovely and clean with that tube amp depth. The gain channel growls, and the reverb is sweet. I haven't even tried the triode to pentode switch yet, but I can't wait to try it with some old school blues tunes. There are some sweet musical nuances that this amp makes when you crank the clean channel volume and control the output with the Master level. The *free* footswitch seems to be built ruggedly and is an awesome addition to the already low-priced amp. Last, but not least is looks....the amp is just beautiful. Very classy. It weighs a ton (all right... at least 40 pounds I'd guess) so hopefully that's an indication that it's built to last. I've only had it for a couple of weeks so I can't comment on long-term durability, but if worse comes to worse, I could buy three of these for the price of the Egnater. Hopefully, I don't ever need to, but if this amp were stolen, I would definitely buy another one.

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Excellent tone, but its still a Behringer

I was stuck between this head and the Jet City 20 watt. I demoed this head in-store today and I loved the tone plus it had an extra 35 watts in case I needed...Read complete review

I was stuck between this head and the Jet City 20 watt. I demoed this head in-store today and I loved the tone plus it had an extra 35 watts in case I needed it. I brought it home this evening and it started to get extremely hot after 20 minutes of playing. The footswitch then went out. Ever since the distortion channel randomly switches to the clean channel. I will be returning this to get the Jet City head. Buyer Beware. You will fall in love with this head in the store, but IT IS A BEHRINGER product, so that means its probably going to be the most unreliable product you'll buy. If you want a tube head for the budget price, definitely go with the Jet City. Sacrificing power for reliability is completely worth it in my book. I WOULD NOT USE THIS HEAD WITHOUT A BACKUP!

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5.0

OH my my my my my...

By PETER MANCE

from Palmyra, VA

Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I was SUPREMELY impressed on the CRYSTAL CLEAR sound of this baby...for a fraction of the price!! The cleans from my Gretsch SANG loud and clear with no static or muddiness at all. The only negative comment I have is the overdrive & channel 2 were muddy, staticky and weak, but I have plenty of pedals that ROCKED the walls off my house on NORMAL, especially when I used my Les Paul SG. The tri-tube mode was all right but keep it in Pent-tube mode, but, hey, if you want to grab your Tele and play surf music, you'll have a blast in Tri-tube mode. But the Pent-tube mode makes this baby sing, especially for your humbucker guitars. Save $$ and get this baby now!

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4.0

good .. but easily made better

By RAYMOND HARMACINSKI

from toledo ohio

Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

1st I want to address the reliablity concerns.. I am not saying you will never have any problems.. but in my experience .. owning 3 bugeras I have never had a single issue with them...( I dont use the footswitch.. but its a common complaint) The amp sounds great connected to the right speaker cabinet...also if you remove the stock preamp tubes and replace them with JJ or tung-sol.. a one time fix cuz the preamp tubes last forever.. You know have a tone monster... If you feel you need more bottom end replace the bugera 6l6 tubes with JJ 6l6 tubes.. The triode mode works great and will actually give you more bottom end with just the stock tubes.. The pentode mode just seems to be a little louder and the tone almost seems like you hit a mid-cut button..If you hit the boost button it becomes very bright. I believe that all the negative comments on this amp are from people who have spent 4x as much and have found they are not getting any better tone.. (I have some pricey amps and just prefer this one.. however I have done all the above mentioned upgrades. also a Overdrive pedal can never hurt.. this amp takes pedals well

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5.0

AWESOME SOUND FOR THE MONEY

By Kyle Showalter

from Chicago, Illinois

Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

This amp sounds awesome. The distortion channel lacks a little, but I run a distortion pedal through the clean channel and it sounds awesome. The clean channel is very clean and sounds just as good as some of the more expensive tube amps. I am very pleased with this purchase!

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1.0

Died after 3 months!!!!

By chris farris

from searcy AR.

Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

this amp sounded great. but died after only 3 months of little use. never moved it and never turned it pass 2-3 because i live in a apt. bought it for more as a practice tool and to take to friends house from time to time. and bugera makes it so HARD to warranty stuff. and for that reason this is a do not buy item.

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4.0

The bargain of a lifetime!

By patrick mcgee

from Astoria, Oregon

Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

A little "Buzzy" with my rig but, Tone to die for. Now, if Bugera get's all the little engineering quirks worked-out on these amps, you've got a new standard in the industry that will rival all the big names.....in my view. I can only give it a 4 right now but it could become a solid 5.

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5.0

My Gig-Worthy Solution

By Daniel Gamble

from Loveland, CO

Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I play in a bar band which plays lots of late '60s music: CCR, Cream, Beatles, etc. I started out using a 45-watt 6L6-based Peavey Prowler combo, but it didn't have enough oomph, then I used a Fender Custom Vibrolux Reverb, but it didn't have enough headroom, so I used a '65 RI Fender Twin Reverb, but it was just too much volume and too much weight (we gig a LOT). I found one of these V55HDs on CL and decided to try it out. I am glad I did! I run it in Pentode mode at 4ohms into an open-back 1x12 with a McKenzie speaker out of an old Marshall, and into a closed-back 1x12 with an Emminence-made Reverend AllTone speaker. I love this set-up: plenty of sweet dimensional headroom with just a touch of break-up when I push it. I only use the clean channel and effects including OD, except for when we play "Mississippi Queen", for which I use the drive channel. We average 6 gigs a month, and this head just stays in my trunk. I have not had a single problem with it. My only complaint is how inaccessible the tubes are. You have to remove the chassis to change them, though I haven't had to do that yet. Dangerous Dan

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5.0

Sweet 60s & 70s Vintage Tone

By Grec Pokorski

from PA

Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

This head has fantastic old style tone. You can't touch this tube tone at twice the price. Works incredible with a 4X12. The amp looks cool -like an old 50s German Grundig shortwave radio. The reverb was a surprise too -sounds wet & springy like an old spring unit(even though it's digital) surf's up! The clean channel is warm smooth & glassy. The gain channel sounds excellent too but has to have the master volume cranked LOUD -a very 70s heavy classic rock sound. At low volumes it has an almost old 60s Mosrite fuzz quality -like the Electric Prunes. The only drawback of the amp is the clean/gain switching -there is too bit much treble in the gain. Would have been nice if there were 2 different tone sections but no big deal. the 'budget' construction reminds me of the old Silvertones - cheaply made but take care of it & will last a lifetime. Absolutely love this amp....

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4.0

Great Tube Head with Low price

By Dominick Mantella

from Pittsburgh, PA

Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I bought this amp a few years ago and have been very happy with it. I run it with a peavey 112 classic cab. The clean channel is great for running my FX board into. All my pedals sound good through it. 2 problems with this amp tho. 1. The stock tubes suck. when I first got it it was making all sorts of cracklin noise. I changed the power tubes to a pair of EH 6l6. No more cracklin! The amp was also very easy to bias. Bugera has spec sheets online for recommendend bias settings. 2. The other problem I am still dealing with is the footswitch for channel and reverb. After about a half hour of playing the footswitch LED goes out and my reverb shuts off. If I am in the overdrive channel the amp kicks into the clean channel. My only solution rite now is not using the footswitch.

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4.0

cream

By Mike

from new york

Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I have been looking for a nice tube head since I first got my new guitar and I bought this almost on impulse. I got it pretty cheapy on ebay and it is still blowing my mind everytime I play it. The clean channel is out of the world! It has a smooth buttery tone even with the volume cranked. The distortion channel was a little dissapointing but it could be that my double coiled pick ups are too powerful. Luckily I have a nice distortion pedal that I use one the clean channel and it sounds amazing. Over all it was a great buy for the money.

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5.0

Boutique for peanuts!

By Robin Rothwell

from Clearwater, Fl.

Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

Searched for a "Bassman" style head with modern features ( F/X loop, etc.) for some time. Low-and-behold: The Bugera V55hd! Killer "fenderish" tone and muscle to boot! Tried in store with a 8ohm cab and flipped. Got it home and put it in my 4ohm, 4X12 and STAND BACK! This thing is like a "Super-Reverb" on steroids! Used on my first gig (with it) last week and it sounded incredible on stage. Every guy in my band said, "HOLY....., That thing sounds awesome"! Best rig I've ever had. At just over 300 bucks, this amp comes in as the best bargain in the industry! Bugera has hit one out of the park on this puppy!!! Couple'a guys said, "oh you got a BOOGER amp" 'til I started playing and they shut right up! If you're a Classic-Rock, Blues guy or an "Alt" man. Run at 4ohms. You won't believe it!!!

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