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Bugera BVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head  

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

    The Bugera BVP5500 Tube 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

    Order now and put this powerful tone-sculptor to work for your bass.

     
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    BugeraBVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head
     
    4.0

    (based on 25 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    57%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (5)
    • Excellent sound (4)
    • Good power output (4)
    • Warm / comfy (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances (5)
      • Professional recording (3)
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        • Professional musician (4)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Just like the Ampeg SVT3PRO

      I have been playing for 40 years. A few things I have learned along the way is to buy quality and this amp is quality. If you need a name, go buy another...Read complete review

      I have been playing for 40 years. A few things I have learned along the way is to buy quality and this amp is quality. If you need a name, go buy another amp that costs much more. Amps can be designed anywhere, Germany, U.K. or U.S.A. since production costs are less in China, they are all made there, just like all the resistors, capacitors, I.C's, transistors, pots, you name it, that are in all the amps, name brands too. I would prefer to buy an amp made in the USA, but that's not the case, they are made in China. Before anyone tries to B.S. you about this amp, ask them How do They Know ? There are a few manufactures that procuduce the amps, boards and components for all the brand names. I have A/B's this amp with the name brands, hearing is believing. Buy this amp and you will have saved money for the other equipment you want. If you don't believe me, just call your favorite amp company and find out for yourself, where they are made and get the details as to the city and factory,ask where the parts come from, they are selling their name. They know where they are made, but they may not want to tell you. Go A/B the amp, same guitar, same speaker cab, see (hear) for yourself, you be the judge.
      Just like the Ampeg SVT3PRO, you can add in or out the EQ section. Just like the Ampeg, the rear panel is virtually identical.
      I just recieved the amp and only have played it for ONE gig and several hours of practice. It's everything advertised.
      To get the same amp that is probably made in the same factory in China, only with a NAME, you get to pay 3x more, Why ?

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Great Sound, Unreliable Amp.

      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...Read complete review

      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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      (1 of 1 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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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Same Problem as Previous Reviewer

        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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        (4 of 5 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.

        Comment on this review

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Replaced an Ampheg all tube amp

        By MrEd

        from Huntsville, AL

        About Me Professional Musician

        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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          (3 of 4 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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          (2 of 2 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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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Tasty tube tone but a bit touchy...

            By Bones

            from Santa Cruz, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Lots Of Sound Shaping
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Heavy as hell
            • Poor Manual
            • Touchy Gain Controls

            Best Uses

            • Events
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Bugera BVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head:

            I really like this amp - plenty of punch. There are tons of options for connecting to DI, pre-amp out, power amp in, fx loop. I played it last night for about 4 hours and it ran flawlessly. The only thing is the manual is really a 2 page quick start guide. It basically gives the run-down on now to use the controls but you'll have to experiment a lot to learn how to use them. I found the Gain control is very touchy. If i had it on 5 it was too low and didn't give enough punch but at 6 it started "Farting" out. I had to get it somewhere in between. The quick start guide shows you need to get the clip light to just occasionally light up when a strong note is hit but NOT have it stay on. That's easier said than done. I found I had to set it a bit lower after getting that setting (lighting sometimes) otherwise my low E notes would make the amp clip and start "Farting". Also, the Valve Gain for the pre-amp tubes is not very useful in the lower settings below halfway and kind of sucks the life out of the tone - however, that can be compensated for in the 10 band EQ section. I think you can get a decent solid state amp sound that way but it's not for me. I love the SVT sound so I stay mostly in the 8-10 area. This is a decent HYBRID (tube pre-amp, solid state power amp) - tons of sound shaping controls, lots of output options and a decent amount of power (550 Watts peak/300 Watts RMS into 4 ohms). That 550 Watts peak seems a bit misleading but it really does sound LOUD and being driven by 4 tubes in the pre-amp it really can get very loud and punchy. I'm driving a Hartke 4x10 and a Behringer 1x15 w/aluminum cones. This amp could easily drive an 8x10. I wouldn't put this on any cab combo that had less than 600 watts of handling capability. So far i'm liking it and I hope it holds up. I think if it's used correctly and not abused and you learn how to use the controls it should be a keeper.

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            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Decent

            By Geoffrey Panfil

            from Buffalo, Ny

            Comments about Bugera BVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head:

            I can't say I don't like this amp, because I do. She's solid and reliable(after you take care of the minor things). I usually use a tube overdrive to add a nice crispness to it and to push the preamp tubes a little harder. She sounds good and rumbles too, pair her with an 8x10 and you're set to gig.
            It has everything a bassist could want, graphic EQ, tube preamp, and a decent supply of power. The Gain knob is NOT for overdriving the tubes. If you crank the gain on this thing it will sound like a farting mess. The three band EQ is decent the mid switch is a little flakey and its hard to get a not over powering openess in the midrange. Valve drive adds a nice warmth to the bottom end but if rolled down seems to suck the life out of the amp. The Graphic EQ works well, no complaints there.
            This is where things went down hill, if you buy this amp invest in fuses as well because she eats them. I had to replace the fuses every few gigs until I invested in Slo-blows. Also, get rid of the stock tubes, they are some of the lowest quality tubes I have ever seen or used in my entire life. I recommend Electro Harmonix Tubes, they really liven this amp up.
            I enjoy the amp, it simply took sorting out in the quality department. All flaws aside she's a good solid amp and she has served me well. Definitely loud, and not as heavy as they get.

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            (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Expected more

            By Alfred Carfagna

            from Massachusetts

            Comments about Bugera BVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head:

            I bought this head based on the good reviews it received. It seemed like a great deal for the price. I also bought a Fender rumble 410 cabinet (rated at 1000w/500w @ 4 ohms) to go with it. I set the controls as instructed in the brochure (I'd call it a manual, but it isn't very detailed), and plugged in. Very disappointing - the low notes (from low A down) on my Steinberger bass buzzed, rattled and distorted terribly - and the amp volume was set to 1! I tried adjusting the controls six way to Sunday, EQ on/off, valves on/off, but nothing made it sound any better. At this point, I wasn't sure if it was the head or the cabinet, so I plugged in my 15" cabinet - same results. I then plugged the Fender cabinet into the 4 ohm extension speaker out on my Eden Nemesis amp - the cabinet sounded great! loud and clean with no buzz or distortion.
            Lots of bells & whistles.
            Appears to have been solidly built

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            so far so good!

            By Will Cline

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Bugera BVP5500 550W Tube Bass Amplifier Head:

            So far, so good... I have to admit I am still skeptical about how long it will hold up only based on it's price. That being said... feels and looks sturdy, quality knobs & inputs ... everything "says" quailty, if it lasts - it is probably HANDS DOWN the best value for the power and sound. It took about 30 minutes for the tubes to settle in the first time I played through it, out of the box - 4 hours of jamming solid and no problems! Had 3 or 4 sessions with it now and a gig coming up - keeping my fingers crossed it doesn't fail because it sounds killer! It is a keeper!

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