Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head Black 889406975521

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 78 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Excellent sound (9)
  • Good power output (8)
  • Warm / comfy (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (5)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Never Worked

I was really excited when this amp head showed up at my house. I had owned the combo a while back, but ended up returning it after about a week due to some strange...Read complete review

I was really excited when this amp head showed up at my house. I had owned the combo a while back, but ended up returning it after about a week due to some strange hissing noises. I decided to give the head a try, assuming that Bugera had had enough time to get these tweaked and working well. I never even got to hear the thing. I un-boxed it, put it on top of my Vox cab, got everything hooked up properly, turned it on, and no sound came out. I tried "resetting" the amp, and went back through the whole process - still no sound. I then tried out another head with the cab, just to make sure that something didn't go wrong with the speaker or connections; the head worked perfectly. I gave the Bugera one more shot and still got nothing out of it. I wish this amp had worked, the value seemed pretty good, I liked what I heard through demos, and I was looking forward to giving it a good shot for gigging. I guess I'm just not meant to have a Bugera, but I sure won't be recommending any of their products to anyone else anytime soon.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Nice sound,poor product

By wozz

from wisconsin woods

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

  • Out Of 3 I Could Not Get
  • Weak

Best Uses

  • BOAT ANCHOR

Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I got one,,played it for bout 5 hrs,,died...great sound,,ok I'll go with another one cause it had great sound,,the next one the reverb would cut in an out,,ok,,I'll get me another one cause I really like the sound,,next one I had lasted 4 days,,shut off by its self,,thats it ,no more Bugera for this guy,,,too bad

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

dynamic sound

By jp the weekend warrior

from el paso texas

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Excellent Sound

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      right out of the box plugged it in adjusted the treble, bass, and mids plugged in my speaker setup 2 12" celestion vintage 30 and a jensen, my boss and ibanez pedals and the head responded and sounded great i was really impressed in less than 5 minutes i had it figured out and could not believe my ears i highly recommend this amp.very close to my fender deluxe sound and tone, for the price cant beat it.jp/insignificance from el paso tx.

       
      5.0

      Superb sound

      By wozz

      from wisconsin woods

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Mobile DJ
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        Came on the truck,,so I left it warm a whole day
        First thing I plugged it into was my son's MESA 4 x 12,,,WOW,,,crazy bottom and glassy highs,,whata sweet combo,,brought it home and ran it through a Emminence Cannabis Rex 12 inch which was in a Crate Vintage Club combo cabinet,,sounded great,,nothing like the Mesa though,,did the same with a other Crate but with a 15 inch this time,,same great sound,,an the reverb isnt that chincy,,this is a great amp to put a Strat into,,now we will see how long it lasts

        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Sound Doesn't Match the Looks..

        By ECwashr

        from Palm Bay, FL

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Powerful

        Cons

        • Clean Channel Muddy
        • Poor Sound Quality

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Nice Growl On Lead Chan
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        This head looks awesome. I love the vintage classic 50's look with the white chicken knobs. After messing with the controls I did get a really nice tone from the lead channel. However, I was not able to achieve a good clean tone from channel 1. No matter what I tried it has a muddy sound to it. I'm thinking about swapping out the tubes, maybe that will help? I have other tube amps and the clean channels sound awesome. That should always be an automatic with a tube amp. I'll keep messing with this amp, besides the muddly clean, I really like this amp.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        GREAT AMP - GREAT PRICE

        By theitch

        from Milford, CT

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Amazing Tone Variation
        • Easy To Use
        • Footswitch Included
        • Low High Power Modes
        • Warm Tube Sound

        Cons

        • Not Super Loud
        • Volume Other 50w

        Best Uses

        • Live Rock N Roll

        Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        This amp is amazing not only for the price but has incredible tone and gain. This is not for the hardcore metal folks but this amp digs up the dirt! I cannot believe that you get a triode / pentode mode switch for the price. I am really happy with this product.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        great amp!!

        By 2ND78

        from new york

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          great tube sound you can really here the tube warmth. Buy it .... you will not regret purchase. At this price nothing comes close!

           
          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!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Oh my my my my my my...

          By AnberlinER

          from Palmyra, VA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              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. I would rate this like 4.7 due to the overdrive (but can't due to rating system), but I rounded up because the cleans just sounded way too awesome! Save $$ and don't buy EVH, Marshall, Orange or other heads and get this baby now!

               
              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

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Never Worked

              By Steve

              from Dallas, TX

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Looked Nice

              Cons

              • Didn't Work

              Best Uses

              • Paperweight

              Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              I was really excited when this amp head showed up at my house. I had owned the combo a while back, but ended up returning it after about a week due to some strange hissing noises. I decided to give the head a try, assuming that Bugera had had enough time to get these tweaked and working well. I never even got to hear the thing. I un-boxed it, put it on top of my Vox cab, got everything hooked up properly, turned it on, and no sound came out. I tried "resetting" the amp, and went back through the whole process - still no sound. I then tried out another head with the cab, just to make sure that something didn't go wrong with the speaker or connections; the head worked perfectly. I gave the Bugera one more shot and still got nothing out of it. I wish this amp had worked, the value seemed pretty good, I liked what I heard through demos, and I was looking forward to giving it a good shot for gigging. I guess I'm just not meant to have a Bugera, but I sure won't be recommending any of their products to anyone else anytime soon.

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