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Bugera BVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head   

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The Bugera BVP5500 Valve Bass Amplifier Head begins with 2 selected pairs of 12AX7 preamp tubes with their own Drive control. When you want to rock t...Read More

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Packing 2 pairs of 12AX7s, 550W, & powerful tone sculpting.

The Bugera BVP5500 Valve Bass Amplifier Head begins with 2 selected pairs of 12AX7 preamp tubes with their own Drive control. When you want to rock the house, the BVP5500 bass amp brings the serious power with 550 clean, fan-cooled watts to the table. And since bassists don't live by watts alone, the Bugera BVP5500 bass amplifier is equipped with a stunning arsenal of tone-sculpting tools, including a 3-band EQ with sweepable mids, Ultra-High and Ultra-Low switches, and a 9-band graphic EQ for ultimate tone control.

For the non-purists, the Bugera Ultrabass BVP5500 amp has an Effects Loop and an Insert Channel with Preamp Out and Power Amp In connections for expanded versatility. Use the included footswitch to kill the signal to the amp, for tuning in blissful silence, and to activate or deactivate the graphic EQ.

FEATURES
  • Powerful 550W tube bass amplifier head for classic sound and performance
  • 4 x 12AX7 tubes give you the ultimate sound and feel only tubes can provide
  • Tube Gain controls the dynamics and tonal response of the power amp to deliver anything from punchy to thick and compressed sounds
  • Ultra-musical 9-band graphic EQ for total frequency control
  • Dedicated Bass, Mid, Treble, and additional Mid frequency controls enable peerless sound shaping
  • Bright function for brilliant sound enhancement, even with heavy compression
  • Switchable Ultra Low and Ultra High function for ultimate tone
  • Dual footswitch for Mute and EQ functions included
  • Balanced XLR DI output for direct connection to your mixing console
  • Switchable Tuner output works either as a tuner connection or live monitor feed
  • Effects Loop for external effects (stompboxes, rack effects, etc.)
  • Power Amp input and Preamp output connectors allow you direct access to the power amp and a signal tap from the preamp section for even greater versatility
  • 3 speaker outputs: 2 x 1/4" jacks & a professional speaker connector (compatible with Neutrik Speakon connectors)
  • Integrated limiter and active temperature-controlled cooling system for ultimate protection
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BugeraBVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head
 
4.0

(based on 29 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

64%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Excellent sound (7)
  • Good power output (6)
  • Warm / comfy (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (9)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent value and product!

I received my BVP5500 yesterday and after dinner I set it up with my new Bugera BN115TS speaker cabinet, which is a beast itself. The amp came out of the box exhuding quality....Read complete review

I received my BVP5500 yesterday and after dinner I set it up with my new Bugera BN115TS speaker cabinet, which is a beast itself. The amp came out of the box exhuding quality. The knobs move firmly and deliberate, and are very solid. The amp is heavy and very well built. The faceplate is a high quality brushed satin finish that displays the name brand in black chrome.

Examining the backside, there are so many output variations available, which adds to the amp's versatility. A footswitch controls mute and the EQ. I use the speakon connectors as they are foolproof.

Firing up the amp, I noticed the soft orange glow of the four 12AX7 tubes through a heat grill on the top of the amp. Nice! I plugged in my Ibanez SR500 and started experimenting.

First I set all tone controls at 12:00 o'clock and left the EQ off. I set the tube drive at 2:00. The pre is set at 2:00 and when I started turning the master volume past 3 it started to rumble. I was in my house and could hear walls and windows rattling. The amp really came alive when I kicked in the EQ. I like straight ahead tube grind and this amp sure delivered! I then turned up the first 3 Low EQ sliders and the Master EQ level two notches. Now we're really shaking the windows! The amp produced such a deep, musical sustained sound and pushed out so much volume efortlessly. I can tell this amp and cab will have no problem in most any venue.

There are so many tonal variations on the amp, I didn't have time to try them all out. Suffice to say there are enough controls for you to find your own sound.

This amp is powerful, nice looking, and versatile. I want to add another 15" cabinet to have the full 550 watts available for outdoor shows or auditoriums. However, don't get me wrong, just one Bugera cabinet will be sufficient for 95% of your gigs.

More and more people are realizing the value of this company of products and I believe you will see them populating many more stages. Compare this amp quality to similar brands costing three times as much.

Try this amp out for 30 days and let it's reliable performance and your ears prove to you what an excellent value it is. I'm glad I bought this amp--it's portable enough for small gigs yet powerful enough to use in auditoriums and outdoor concerts with an added cabinet. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

We shall see what happens!

I unpacked the amp, hooked it up, switched it on and it crackled and fizzed somewhere behind the switch. Then it just looked at me.

I unpacked the amp, hooked it up, switched it on and it crackled and fizzed somewhere behind the switch. Then it just looked at me.

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1.0

We shall see what happens!

By Norm.

from Ballarat Australia.

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

    • Brand new and it blew up first start up.

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Bugera BVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head:

    I unpacked the amp, hooked it up, switched it on and it crackled and fizzed somewhere behind the switch. Then it just looked at me.

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    4.0

    Bugera BVP5500

    By BassMan Gerald

    from Binghamton NY area

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Bugera BVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head:

      The first Bugera BVP5500 you sent me would not start. It kept blowing fuses!
      I figure that it must have been damaged during shipment. I called you about this
      problem and you were very helpful and courteous and replaced the unit with
      another one that worked just fine! I was looking for a tube amp that didn't cost
      a small fortune, and this one works well. The sound of my stand-up double-bass fiddle
      when amplified now sounds like it should and fits very well with the other acoustic
      instruments in our group. The old Peavey bass amp I was using is now a spare.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great product for the money!!!

      By Greg

      from Joplin, MO

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Ampeg clone tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Jam sessions.
        • Performances

        Comments about Bugera BVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head:

        Head arrived DOA: MF sent out a next day air delivery replacement before I could box the dead unit and get it sent out. Excellent customer service by anyone's definition!
        The head is an inexpensive option to come close to the Ampeg tones without spending an arm and leg. I have had this amp for almost four years and still finding tonal colors never discovered before; started a log sheet for tonal/color combinations. I am driving a vintage Peavy 4x10 8 ohm cab and have MORE than enough head room for either jam sessions or playing out small venues.
        The only modification that I could not resist was to change the "stock" pre-amp tubes. I replaced the Bugera 12AX7s with NOS Mullard 12AX7 tubes. As the stock set up was great sounding, the added color of improved tubes in the pre-amp section made the head come truly alive; small furry creatures within 50 yards beware!

        Bottom line: Excellent head unit for even twice the money and Musician's Friend's customer service can not be beat by anyone!

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        (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent value and product!

        By Will from Alaska

        from Sitka, Alaska

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Gives You The Ampeg Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Bugera BVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head:

          I received my BVP5500 yesterday and after dinner I set it up with my new Bugera BN115TS speaker cabinet, which is a beast itself. The amp came out of the box exhuding quality. The knobs move firmly and deliberate, and are very solid. The amp is heavy and very well built. The faceplate is a high quality brushed satin finish that displays the name brand in black chrome.

          Examining the backside, there are so many output variations available, which adds to the amp's versatility. A footswitch controls mute and the EQ. I use the speakon connectors as they are foolproof.

          Firing up the amp, I noticed the soft orange glow of the four 12AX7 tubes through a heat grill on the top of the amp. Nice! I plugged in my Ibanez SR500 and started experimenting.

          First I set all tone controls at 12:00 o'clock and left the EQ off. I set the tube drive at 2:00. The pre is set at 2:00 and when I started turning the master volume past 3 it started to rumble. I was in my house and could hear walls and windows rattling. The amp really came alive when I kicked in the EQ. I like straight ahead tube grind and this amp sure delivered! I then turned up the first 3 Low EQ sliders and the Master EQ level two notches. Now we're really shaking the windows! The amp produced such a deep, musical sustained sound and pushed out so much volume efortlessly. I can tell this amp and cab will have no problem in most any venue.

          There are so many tonal variations on the amp, I didn't have time to try them all out. Suffice to say there are enough controls for you to find your own sound.

          This amp is powerful, nice looking, and versatile. I want to add another 15" cabinet to have the full 550 watts available for outdoor shows or auditoriums. However, don't get me wrong, just one Bugera cabinet will be sufficient for 95% of your gigs.

          More and more people are realizing the value of this company of products and I believe you will see them populating many more stages. Compare this amp quality to similar brands costing three times as much.

          Try this amp out for 30 days and let it's reliable performance and your ears prove to you what an excellent value it is. I'm glad I bought this amp--it's portable enough for small gigs yet powerful enough to use in auditoriums and outdoor concerts with an added cabinet. Satisfaction guaranteed.

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          (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          My first hybrid amp

          By lavaxtris

          from Ohio

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Performances

            Comments about Bugera BVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head:

            This amp has been with me for a good 4 years now. It always gives me a great tone and has not failed me yet. It gives me more options than I hope to use, and sounds better than some of the Ampeg amps it tries to copy. I never needed to change out the tubes but I'm about to see if that will make a difference in tone.

            Even though its a great amp it still has its issues. One time I was carrying it by one of the handles and the screw used to hold one of the ends unscrewed itself completely. If the other screw didnt hold I would have dropped it. Also, my mute button is currently pushed in and I havent had time to bring the amp home to repair it. I'm currently unsure as if the button is just stuck (most likely) or broken inside.

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            (4 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Same Problem as Previous Reviewer

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            By BassLefty

            from Placerville CA

            Verified Reviewer

            Comments about Bugera BVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head:

            Same problem as reported by Captain in BC on 11/18/2013. This amp was advertised at Musician's Friend as used. I understand that. I went ahead and purchased the unit on April 1 2013.

            This amp has been used literally no more than 6 hours total in all that time just in my home for personal use and recording, never at any kind of gig. Now when I plug in my guitar, there is the same clicking sound as Captain reports and the sound fades in and out.

            I find that the power amp section does work when I plug in an external preamp to the return jack of the effects loop.

            I have not yet followed up with Musicians Friend to see if they will stand behind the products they sell. But a complete failure of the pre amp section after 6 hours of use in a home environment, not even a gig is unacceptable.

            The only positive thing I can say is that bypassing the preamp section of the amp at least lets me use the power amp output of the unit. The rules of this board prevent me from quoting what I paid. I will just say that I am glad I did not pay even the advertised discounted price. I suppose for the money, a dedicated power amp is better than nothing, and nothing is what you will get from this amp if your experience is anything like mine. Looks like I will be shopping for a real amp with my tax refund. For the sake of comparison, I have an old Carvin guitar amp from the X Amp series which I bought in 1984. Other than replacing the tubes, I have done no repairs on it and it has performed flawlessly. I have learned my lesson. My replacement for this Bugera travesty will be a Carvin.

            And to whomever makes the decisions about what products Musicians Friend will carry, you should really consider whether this white elephant is something you want to continue carrying.

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            (5 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Great Sound, Unreliable Amp.

            By Captain

            from Vancouver, BC

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Warmth
            • Great sound
            • Huge Power
            • Portable

            Cons

            • Fairly Impractical
            • Incredibly Unreliable
            • Poor Quality Build
            • Problematic

            Best Uses

            • Home Practice

            Comments about Bugera BVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head:

            I like this amp. I like it a lot. But there's no reason to purchase this. Even if you're poor, you'll find yourself frustrated, without options for repair. I purchased mine a year ago and out of the box, it had a very serious issue that no one to date has been able to diagnose. The amp will perform absolutely perfect, deliver stunning tones, and massive power... But then out of no where it cuts out, and you could go from having it on five, to having it on five with it sounding like one. It also crackles, and it blew my tweeter with this. The only method I have found to correct this problem, is to turn the amp up to 8 or so, hit your bass just about as hard as you can, and then it'll blow your face off and roar back to life. This of course makes the amp totally impractical for playing on the road, or at any concert. I've gone through the headaches of dealing with it, and now after a year and a half of dealing with this problem, I wish I had just plunged into a better product. Another serious problem is that since no one has been able to diagnose this problem, no one is willing to cover it under warranty. So I'm stuck with this garbage. At least it scares the neighbors though.... When it works.

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            (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Replaced an Ampheg all tube amp

            By MrEd203

            from Huntsville, AL

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Bugera BVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head:

              After 44 years of playing just about everything out there, this amp is a super bargain. Competes with amps in the high end range. Using it with an Ampeg Vintage Reissue 810 cabinet. It's difficult to keep the volume down in the P&W band I play in currently. Pre at 12 master at 9. Using a MB Compressore and the graphic EQ. Leaving the controls mostly flat on my basses. Awesome sound from the amp and direct line out. Quiet as a mouse with a good bass and electronics. Purchased road case to keep the controls from getting bashed.

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              (4 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Low Quality Fan and Warranty

              By beast

              from Roanoke Virginia

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • Weak

              Best Uses

              • Performances

              Comments about Bugera BVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head:

              I bought one and used it for 10 gigs I was happy with the sound. It does clip easily if you are not careful with the input signal level. After 88 days of ownership the cooling fan started clicking and rattling. Bugera wants me to ship it back to them at my cost to have the fan replaced. It is very heavy and the shipping costs more than replacing the cheap fan with a better one myself. They said I can do it myself and gave me a number to parts to get another fan (like this one), but it will void my warranty. I have to use this amp to play gigs and can fix it quickly so I ordered a new good one from a good cooling fan company and took the other out. Sure enough the fan in it is wobbling and worn out already! The replacement was about the cost of a case of cheap beer. I will use it but would not recommend buying Bugera as 2 people in my band have had quality issues with their gear. Buy the extended warranty through your retailer if you buy Bugera. They are not customer oriented.

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              (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              AWESOME

              By sinlapse13

              from stalkers...

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Bugera BVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head:

                This amp is amazing. it has an xlr out, can power 2 cabs, has a tuner out, and sounds incredible. people can actually hear good bass when they go to shows that im playing at. highly recomend.

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