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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 tubesā€¯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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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

 

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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(28 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Buy!

By dw

from Terre Haute, IN

Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

This is a great buy for blues and classic rock players. The clean channel pumps out rich, warm tube tone from several guitars I've tried. This channel really excels, though, when it's hooked to a hollow-body or acoustic. It sounds so good, I no longer need my acoustic amp. The overdrive channel has a vintage tone good for blues or classic rock. (If your a modern metal shredder, you will need a peddle to push the break-up.) You can't go wrong for the price. It's an amazing value.

(17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Too good to be true, but it is!

By Bugera Believer

from Shoshone, ID

Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

What can I say, I bought this over the Fender BandMaster VM, and I couldn't be happier. The Clean channel is clear with hints of Fenderish tone, only more pristine, and alive. The distortion channel gives you that big Classic Rock sound, but can easily be goosed with an Overdrive or Distortion pedal for a more modern rock/metal tone. Beautiful cosmetics, well built cabinet, and a two button pedal for have the price of the Fender. In fact, you can buy this head and the 412 cabinet for less than you can get the BandMaster VM head. Need I say more?

(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A-

By Drewser

from Norman,OK

Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I wish I could rate this head a 4.5, but its not in the stars for the GC rating system. Let me start off by saying I have owned sever Bugera Heads in the past 3 years and NEVER, EVER had any problems with any of them. Now for the review. I will make this short and sweet. Clean Channel, one of the best in the biz. Perfect clean to nice break up. Full tube creamy goodness. The price for this head is unreal. Reverb, amazing. Pretty much says it. You can get a nice hall feel, or go crazy and make it sound like you are playing in a tin house with no windows or doors. Very versatile. Channel 2, not my fav. Its ok dont get me wrong, but I think some different tubes may make a difference here. A bit chainsawish for me, but still usable depending on what style you play. I set the EQ at noon and let it go. Takes pedals extremely well too, which is a huge plus. If you are on the fence, buy it. If you are looking for a low price, full tone head with a great clean, buy it. If you are looking for a metal machine, gain pumping monster, buy a mesa.

(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet amp!

By David

from Camillus, NY

Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

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.

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A very goog all around amp

By Mic

from Yonkers, New York

Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I've been tring amp heads for the last 2 years looking for something not too expensive, has an effects loop and sound good. I've tried just about everyone out there and this iss where I settled. I don't gig any more, just play for myself and jam a little. This head has all the features. It has a nice wide smooth range of volume, not jumpy or full or nothing like alot of other amps. The clean channel is just that, the lead channel has a lot of possiblities with the use of the gain, volume and master volume. A great feature is the Mode switch in the back to change the power tubes from the standard PENTODE to TRIODE (reduced power and soft tone). I don't like the standby, it doesn't seem to work like normal amps, if you are plugged directly into the effects return you can still get sound, doesn't seem to turn off the power to the tubes. The only other can I have for this great amp head is the cabinet, is its weight, too heavy, the cab is made from MDF, which is very heavy and can break easy, too bad it's not made from plywood. Other than that, she's a keeper, loves pedals and she intergrates and sounds great with my Digitech RP1000. I scored her with a coupon, well worthy the moeny. On last thing, I swapped the 6L6's for a pair of THD yellow jackets with EL84's that run in class A, what a smoker, puts this amp over the top!

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Had to buy it!

By Mark

from Stanley, NY

Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I have built several amps myself, mostly Marshall based, these are fine but they all lack a solid clean tone. I tried this in the store, while really thinking about buying or building a Deluxe Reverb, This took the cake. The only draw back to this amp is the reverb. It sounds fine when in the clean channel, but the minute you switch to the overdrive side the reverb sounds awful! Fortunately I have a fantastic reverb pedal so I don't mind. As for tone, I play this through a 2x12 cabinet with Eminence Wizards, and it is exactly what I was looking for at a steal. I think it sounds even better than the "F" tone I was looking at. Also comes with a foot switch. Try this amp before you buy anything similar, you will be pleasantly surprised. Built like a tank as well. I am impressed. The Pentode/Triode switch adds yet more versatility as well... Try it and see just how versatile this amp is!

(9 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Excellent tone, but its still a Behringer

By JJ

from Virgnia

Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

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!

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
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!!!

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Bugera V55HD Amp Head

By David

from Nashville, TN

Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I jut bought this amp head along with the 2-12 Bugera ext. cabinet last week. So far I am very happy with the amp. I don't think you can beat it for the price but there are a couple of things to note. First, the overdrive channel does not sound that good to me. Second, the bass is not all that full. Next, the amp head is a little heavy. I pulled an old Ibanez parametric eq out of the closet and it made the amp sound so much better. I have played Strats, Les Pauls and Tele's through this amp and the Tele sounded great in the clean channel but the guitars with humbuckers sounded the best.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice amp

By Dave

from Omaha, NE

Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

Great sounding amp for the money. I have an old fender tremolux amp with fantastic tones. If you dial the midrange back on this head on the clean channel you can get a comparable sound. You get a lot for you money. The only question is durability but that is not truly going to be known for a few years. I bought the 2X12 cabinet with it and total package is well worth the price.

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