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(Open Box) A low-wattage powerhouse that's sure to dominate your studio.

The timeless design and sound of the all-tube amp has made its indelible mark on countless beloved tracks spanning the history of the electric guitar. With the ultimate pursuit of those wonderfully saturated, vintage and modern tones in mind, Bugera proudly presents the G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head.

Sporting a gorgeous modern look and feel, the G5 serves up 5 beautiful, tubesoaked, Class-A Watts in vintage, as well as modern flavors. Additionally, the G5 Infinium features an integrated high-definition reverb; a built-in 2-way power attenuator, so you can achieve the ultimate sound at any volume, and our extremely versatile Morph EQ for seamlessly sweeping between vintage U.S.- and British-style tone.

Classic Push-Pull Design
The G5 features a true Class-A amp head with an ECC83 front-end and a 12BH7 power stage. A masterfully crafted push-pull tube amp, the G5 provides sweetly-balanced harmonics and natural tube compression “ resulting in the warm distortion and break-up you™ve come to appreciate from the vintage megaliths of yesteryear “ only in a much more portable and attractive package.

MORPH EQ
Bugera's proprietary MORPH EQ control lets you instantly jump the Atlantic Ocean, to give your music either classic U.S. or British-style EQ tone “ or anything in between, Why choose between two great sounds? The G5 gives you the best of both worlds, and all the subtle shades in between.

High-Definition Reverb
Adding to its impressive list of tone-shaping options, the G5's high-definition Reverb puts the perfect finishing touch to your signature sound. Adjustable via the dedicated control on the front panel, you can finally achieve any sound you desire “ from a subtle touch to the cavernous, natural-sounding reverberation of a large arena.

Power Attenuator and Speaker Emulation
The convenient, built-in Power Attenuator allows you to operate the G5 at your choice of 5 watts, 1 watt, or even 0.1 of a watt, so you can get everything from sweet and sassy to maximum tube saturation at any volume level. This amazing feature alone makes the G5 worth its weight in gold. And if you prefer to monitor your tone through headphones, the G5 has you covered with its incredible speaker-emulated output, that allows you to get the vibe and sound of either a 1 x 12 or 4 x 12 cabinet - selectable by you.

Footswitch and FX Loop Included
You have all the tools you need, right out of the box. Bugera includes a heavy-duty footswitch for channel and reverb selection to give you easy and convenient control of your tone, right from your pedal board “ allowing your focus to remain on your performance. The included FX Loop with effects level switch allows you to have complete control over your signal routing, optimizing your tone for your collection of pedals and external gear.

FEATURES
Power: 5W (tube)
2-way attenuator
Tubes: 12AX7 (preamp); 12BH7 (power amp)
Controls: 3-band EQ, Morph (for U.K.- and U.S.-style tone adjustments) gain, reverb, tone, volume
Built-in reverb
Speaker-emulated output, with 1x12" or 4x12" voicing option
FX loop with level switch

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BugeraG5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.6

(based on 22 reviews)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (20)
  • Excellent sound (19)
  • Portable (16)
  • Warm / comfy (16)
  • Good power output (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (17)
  • Amateur recording (15)
  • Performances (10)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Near Perfect For Bedroom Users and More

I am an experienced guitarist/home recordist that was looking for a low watt amp to do some bedroom playing and recording. There were a couple pre-requisites for my purchase...one being price. ...Read complete review

I am an experienced guitarist/home recordist that was looking for a low watt amp to do some bedroom playing and recording. There were a couple pre-requisites for my purchase...one being price. I needed best value for money and to spend less than half a grand. Also wanted an amp of 5 watts or less.

After seeing some of the NAMM footage of this amp last year I put it in the back of my mind but tended to do as many others would and think it would be less than adequate since it bears relation to Behringer. Boy was I surprised.

I took a shot with this amp after being dissatisfied with the Orange Micro Terror and Hughes & Kettner Tubmeister 5 and purchased the G5 Infinium.

This little amp does anything I could possibly want out of a small amplifier and the attenuator is very well executed.

Shared EQ, Reverb, & "Morph" controls for lead and clean channel, gain and volume for lead, and tone and volume for clean. The tone knob is much like a tone knob on a les paul. The clean channel will break up a bit (in the good kind of way) with higher output pickups and the good ole volume knob.

Reverb is digital. It is ok for a short tail sounds, but for anything other than a tad of thicknes I would much prefer a pedal here. Just not crazy about the digital reverb on this unit.

About the "Morph" control...this isn't anything new in the amp world, but it does work decently well here. Rolling to the left or to USA will yeild more modern American 5150-ish type sounds while rolling to the right will get more Marshall-ish. Don't be fooled -- this isn't a 5150, a Triple Rec, or a JCM800...its just styled in their vein.

The footswitch with this amp is the only other thing I am not crazy about. It seems to be well built, but just doesn't have the feel that I like in a footswitch. It controls channel selection and reverb. Just feels a little...behringer. The connector is a 1/4" insert so who knows, maybe another basic 2 button switch will do the job if this one fails.

The back of the amp has an effects loop that I haven't tried yet, a power attenuator for 5watts, 1 watt, or .1 watt (awesome!). It does the job extremely well and I look being able to crank this thing in my bedroom for tone. There is a direct out with speaker cabinet emulation on the back as well. The idea here is to use for recording or monitoring with headphones. It would work for recording I suppose, but with the ability to mic a speaker I double I will use this feature.

This amp will stay in my bedroom studio and is played through an open back 2x12 cabinet. I have a les paul with some amazing fastback beard comber pickups (shoutout!), a les paul hollowbody, a tele custom with P90's, a tele thinline with stock humbuckers, and a PRS SE Custom 24 with stock humbuckers. Every guitar loves this amp in my bedroom -- although the P90's can get a little gnarly buzzy. I am continually pleased with the sound that comes out of the overdrive channel with my Les Paul. It gets down right mean with great low end heavy guitar.

Would I travel or gig this amp? Not likely..that isn't its purpose. Has this amp surprised me in nearly every way? Yes. For the money this thing is amazing. There is a great balance of technology and tube tone here. It looks pretty good, definitely sounds good, and has made a great addition to my home.

If you are looking at this review and arent sold...you're missing out.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Bugera quality strikes again

The sound was great. The clean and overdrive were both great.....when it worked. The second day, the overdrive channel developed a loud cycling hum like static lowering and rising. I...Read complete review

The sound was great. The clean and overdrive were both great.....when it worked. The second day, the overdrive channel developed a loud cycling hum like static lowering and rising. I hooked up my other heads with same cabinet, guitar and cables using the same power outlet and it was fine. Sent it back and got a second one. The clean channel would cut in and out. This time a totally diffetent issue. I thougjt hard about Bugera....and it bit me. I am not using a warranty this quick after two. The price is good but at what cost? I will not go back to Bugera.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Truly a great bargain with great sound

By Todd

from Fort Worth, Tx

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    Personally I think this is the best bang for you buck amp you could buy. It has a lot of really cool features you don't get on other more expensive amps. For example, switching from 5watts to 1 to .1watts is neat because you can put it at .1 watts and hear real tube breakup distortion at bedroom levels. Even at 5 watts you can crank it, get natural distortion and not bring the house down. If distortion is your thing, the drive channel is great! The morph feature between British and US rock gives you tonal options you don't get with most amps. You can plug into a 8ohm or 16 ohm cab, it has an effects loop, a foot switch, and the reverb was way better than I anticipated. The clean channel sounds very good. the only thing this amp doesn't have is a lot of headroom, but it's 5watts what do you expect. And for home use you really don't need that much headroom. And then there's the price. MF sent me a 20% off coupon that I used to buy this amp so I paid 199 no tax and free shipping! And, it was on back order and I still received it a week before they were supposed to ship. I had a Vox ac5 that I paid 325 for and this thing is such a better amp I can't even begin to tell you. I have a fender blues deluxe that I love, but it really only does cleans well, with a lot of headroom. you could say it's a 1 trick pony for 800 new, but it's a nice trick. Also had a Bugera v22 I couldn't wait to get rid of for 350 new. Bottom line, this amp is the best purchase in terms of value I think I have ever made. It has more features and options than all the amps I mentioned and believe me it really does sound great. But this amp and you won't be disappointed.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Near Perfect For Bedroom Users and More

    By xfourevertruex

    from Naples, FL

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      I am an experienced guitarist/home recordist that was looking for a low watt amp to do some bedroom playing and recording. There were a couple pre-requisites for my purchase...one being price. I needed best value for money and to spend less than half a grand. Also wanted an amp of 5 watts or less.

      After seeing some of the NAMM footage of this amp last year I put it in the back of my mind but tended to do as many others would and think it would be less than adequate since it bears relation to Behringer. Boy was I surprised.

      I took a shot with this amp after being dissatisfied with the Orange Micro Terror and Hughes & Kettner Tubmeister 5 and purchased the G5 Infinium.

      This little amp does anything I could possibly want out of a small amplifier and the attenuator is very well executed.

      Shared EQ, Reverb, & "Morph" controls for lead and clean channel, gain and volume for lead, and tone and volume for clean. The tone knob is much like a tone knob on a les paul. The clean channel will break up a bit (in the good kind of way) with higher output pickups and the good ole volume knob.

      Reverb is digital. It is ok for a short tail sounds, but for anything other than a tad of thicknes I would much prefer a pedal here. Just not crazy about the digital reverb on this unit.

      About the "Morph" control...this isn't anything new in the amp world, but it does work decently well here. Rolling to the left or to USA will yeild more modern American 5150-ish type sounds while rolling to the right will get more Marshall-ish. Don't be fooled -- this isn't a 5150, a Triple Rec, or a JCM800...its just styled in their vein.

      The footswitch with this amp is the only other thing I am not crazy about. It seems to be well built, but just doesn't have the feel that I like in a footswitch. It controls channel selection and reverb. Just feels a little...behringer. The connector is a 1/4" insert so who knows, maybe another basic 2 button switch will do the job if this one fails.

      The back of the amp has an effects loop that I haven't tried yet, a power attenuator for 5watts, 1 watt, or .1 watt (awesome!). It does the job extremely well and I look being able to crank this thing in my bedroom for tone. There is a direct out with speaker cabinet emulation on the back as well. The idea here is to use for recording or monitoring with headphones. It would work for recording I suppose, but with the ability to mic a speaker I double I will use this feature.

      This amp will stay in my bedroom studio and is played through an open back 2x12 cabinet. I have a les paul with some amazing fastback beard comber pickups (shoutout!), a les paul hollowbody, a tele custom with P90's, a tele thinline with stock humbuckers, and a PRS SE Custom 24 with stock humbuckers. Every guitar loves this amp in my bedroom -- although the P90's can get a little gnarly buzzy. I am continually pleased with the sound that comes out of the overdrive channel with my Les Paul. It gets down right mean with great low end heavy guitar.

      Would I travel or gig this amp? Not likely..that isn't its purpose. Has this amp surprised me in nearly every way? Yes. For the money this thing is amazing. There is a great balance of technology and tube tone here. It looks pretty good, definitely sounds good, and has made a great addition to my home.

      If you are looking at this review and arent sold...you're missing out.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I like this amp a lot

      By RichFab4

      from Tampa Bay

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Rehearsals

        Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        this amp has some very nice features....2 channels...reverb...effects loop...5 watt...1 watt or .1 watt options....very versatile....i bought this amp primarily to use at my bands rehearsal....in order to "save" the tubes on my main gigging amp...which is a Marshall DSL15H....this amp holds up well...you'd think that a 5 watt amp would struggle, and if there were a 2nd guitar player in my band it probably would....frankly, i don't see the need to rehearse at high volumes, and this little amp keeps up with the drummer, bass player and the lead singer...at rehearsal .i do find the need at times to use a boost pedal for leads on the clean channel, which works out just fine....i haven't gigged with this amp yet, but i will.....we mic everything through the PA anyway, and there's really no need to have super loud stage volume.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Unbelievable tone and features

        By Faraldi Custom Audio

        from NJ

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Pedal platform
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording
          • Worship / direct stages

          Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          I've always liked Bugera and I feel they offer incredible value. Yes, I've had my issues with their earlier stuff but that can happen with any new line of product.

          Ok, enough of that.

          This head offers such an amazing degree of versatility and tone. It can be used as a direct setup for worship stages or places where you need to plug into a PA. It also has a good amount of volume through one of my custom 112 cabs.

          The gain channel goes from "hairy breakup" at the lowest setting to 80's metal (or modern metal depending upon how you tweak the EQ). But that drive channel! Man what an awesome tone.

          The cleans are very nice and take drive and OD pedals very well. Not a ton of volume on tap on the clean side but still relatively loud. However, throwing an OD in front of the clean channel that's being pushed a little will get you into perfect classic territory.

          The effects loop is perfect. The reverb is actually quite good and the attenuator is fantastic. As well, the direct recording out is simply amazing. I recorded a couple of samples where it shows the amp's clean and heavy tones. Not seeing anywhere to include those but just search "Faraldi Bugera" on YT. (editors, hopefully you won't flag that). :)

          Seriously guys, this is an awesome amp.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fun and Affordable

          By The Dirty One

          from Wheeling, WV

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Pros

          • Affordable
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Versatal

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            I just picked this up today and I'm already loving it. It's my first all-tube amp; I'm having a blast coaxing all sorts of sounds out of this guy. The cleans are clear and sparkly; the dirty channel can go from soft overdrive to high-gain. I really like the reverb, it sounds very organic and adds some nice flavor to the overall tone. I run mine through a 212V-BK and get tons of headroom. I really like the ability to swith the wattage and the db boost is nice too.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            What a pleasant surprise

            By Chas

            from Portland Oregon

            About Me Professional Musician

            See all my reviews

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              Went out physically shopping for a 'lunchbox' amp and test drove many but was not able to find one of these to try first. I took a chance and figured I would send it back if it was 'too cheap' feeling..

              Then it came.. It was a bit bigger than I expected and lo and behold, unlike all the cheap plastic toy-like feel (like the H@k Tubemeister 5) of the other amps I tried, this one was an 'amp'. Kind of faux leather padded but built like a tank. So right away the build stood out as 'better' than just about any other small amp I tried out there.

              This amp has an FX loop.. Something that is HARD to find on a lunchbox amp.. and oh soooo nice to have. I've got just a hint of delay at about 420 ms running through the loop and it adds that perfect touch sustaining ambiance. Normally I run delay AND verb through the FX loop, but I started fooling with the on-board digital reverb in this amp, and found it sounded as fine as anything I was running through it on top. Seems to be right about 10 o clock is it's best transparent setting.

              The EQ section.. Yet another thing that is hard to find in a lunchbox amp. Many have NO eq knob, others have ONE.. This has a perfectly functioning Treble/mid/bass that each sweep in and out very usable frequencies. A very 'musical' eq section.

              The morph control is mostly nonsense.. Consider it another tone control that kind of sweeps all tones nuanced from high to low (right to left). You will find you like one side or the other, and likely just leave it there. It is useful perhaps, but nothing to write home about.

              The tube monitoring.. Never heard of such a thing (self bias is nothing new to me, but the tube wear indicator if it works, is a nice touch). If it works, I am all down for it. The pre amp tube is 12ax7 (don't let the ECC83 fool ya, it's 12ax7) BUT that 12BH7 there is only one modern manufacturer of.

              The template says I am out of words.... Volume is Loud, attenuation works great. Line out AND monitor at the same time nice.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very Responsive and Toneful! Wow!

              By Guitar Picker

              from Upstate NY

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Crunchy and Toneful on Demand
              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Portable
              • Really Nice Clean Tones
              • VERY RESPONSIVE

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              This little Bugera G5 is a GREAT AMP head. I love it! If it were stolen, or lost in a fire...I would replace it in a heartbeat. Cleans are clean and organic...it's amazing! The Gain Channel: It's ALL Enjoyable and REAL...NOT Fake and muddy! Pic attack crunches out nicely.....when you want it! Guitar volume control lets you crunch it up as you roll into it. The price point is unbeatable! Don't hesitate on this one. You will not be sorry if you love great tone in a responsive amp. AND, this is man cave friendly. You can play the way you want to get your TONE and not annoy the family.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Amp for Neighbors !

              By HUTCHfromBA

              from South, New Jersey

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              See all my reviews

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • I love the headphone and aux input jacks.
              • Portable

              Cons

              • None for a 5W tube amp.

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio

              Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              I have several tube and solid state amps from 15W to 100W. I needed something to play for practice with very high quality sound. This is an Amazing little amp with headphones or speaker cab. I use a Blackstar 10" 10-30 speaker cab 16 ohm, with it and find it wonderful. NO Problems so far. I tested it thoroughly and it's perfect for anybody wanting a low powered amp. Much better tone than I expected.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Bugera got this one right

              By mv

              from Moore, OK

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                I agree with all the positives listed from other reviews I've read. The reason I wanted to review this amp is to explain its longevity. I've owned many of Bugera's amps and many of them had a fault within a few months: Tri-rec, 333, 333xl, 6260, 6262, 1990, and 1960-all of these large heads had some type of issue within a short amount of time.
                I have owned my G5 since it was released for over 2 years now and have not had one single problem with it. I don't play out, but I play at home 2-5 times a week anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours at a time. This amp does not disappoint. It is my go to amp and would replace it first thing if lost or stolen.
                Also I would recommend a EH-Electro Harmonix 12ax7 in this amp if you lean towards metal.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Awesome practice amp!

                By skunkk

                from Texas

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances

                  Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                  This is the best small amp I've ever owned! It sounds great on the clean and the dirty channels and with the attenuator you can go from fairly loud to bedroom quiet. Awesome for practice and recording!

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Have Mercy....

                  By Snail

                  from Tucson, Arizona

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                      I was in the market for a lunch box and finally settled on this, given the strength of samples I heard online. My aim was to fit a small practice amp to a 10" Celestion in a closed back monitor cabinet, under my computer table. To this I am running a FAB Delay thru the effects loop.I own a lot of guitars and never expected that this amp would respond as well to such a wide spectrum of instruments. To my astonishment a PRS Torero sounds as alive on the gain channel as a Telecaster sounds on the clean channel. The G5 in my opinion, might be better described as a boutique amp than a practice amp. In any case, this Bugera INFINIUM is a beautiful thing.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Happy with product but missing the footswitch,,,,

                      By Scozz

                      from port orange fl

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio

                        Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                        Play at home musician

                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Would buy again

                        By B-man

                        from Pa

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Excellent Sound
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home Studio

                          Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                          Great sound

                          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Impressed

                          By Woody in MN

                          from Mpls, MN, USA

                          About Me Professional Musician

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                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording

                            Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                            I was impressed with the build quality of the G5. The attenuator is very handy for home use. The reverb is SS, but wonderful. I wanted a Marshall tone at home use volume, and this delivers. It also gets to metal territory if that is your taste. I really am having a hard time coming up with negatives for the G5. Of course the effects would be the next phase, but the reverb is so good, I don't miss effects.

                            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Power house

                            By Nick

                            from Toronto

                            About Me Experienced

                            Pros

                            • Amazing Crunch
                            • Great reverb

                            Cons

                            • Clean Channel Breaks Up

                            Best Uses

                            • Home Studio

                            Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                            Amazing little guy got the price

                             
                            4.0

                            Nice amp especially if you like High Gain amps

                            By LesterPTelestrat

                            from Melrose, MN

                            About Me Experienced

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Excellent Sound
                            • Good Warmth
                            • Love the built in Attenuator
                            • Portable

                            Cons

                            • Gain channel is too gainy for me

                            Best Uses

                            • Home practice and Jamming along to CD

                            Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                            I own and have owned many Fender tube Amps, including a 65 DRRI, Blues Jr, 68 Princeton Custom, Super Champ XD, HRDeville 410. I have a 1963 Valco Supro 5 watt amp that I can compare this too. The Bugera is a great bedroom/practice amp. The built in attenuator works great. Even at 1/10 of a watt it cranks out pretty good tone and allows me to play later into the night without waking up the family. This is an all tube driven amp with a solid state front end for effects and likely tone shaping. Not sure about the clean channel but it sounds like all tube. I'm not a huge fan of the drive channel as it heaps on the gain pretty fast as you turn up the dial and goes waaayy past anything I can use. But I can dial in a sweet spot with just enough crunch at the beginning of the dial. In any event, pedals sound great through the clean channel. I'm playing through an Eminence Rajin Cajun 10" speaker in a small Marshal cab. Overall I'm very happy with this amp. It seems to be made well, knobs are smooth, no crackling or any kind of noise when coming off of standby. Nice textured covering and handle, sweet looking and good sounding amp for what it is. Can't be compared to my Princeton, DRRI but is a great amp for what it's intended to do. With a compressor and/or overdrive it gets quite loud for a 5 watt amp. Lots of fun!!

                             
                            5.0

                            Best home amp ever!!!

                            By charlie

                            from Houston tx

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                              Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                              I couldn't belive that a bugera can sound like a marshall. This amp really gets the tone of my old hot rodded JCM 800 that I used to own 10 yrs ago. The sound is incredible, the construction is of good quality, it feels and looks like an expensive head but for the price is a real bargain. I don't know if you could gig with this amp, i only use it in my bedroom but is a delight to my ears every time I play it.
                              Of course is not perfect, the reverb is bad and the emulated output for headphones is great but for recording is bad. I would say just add a reverb to the fx loop and record with mic. Defenetly would buy it again if lost or stolen.

                               
                              5.0

                              Swab the tubes and this thing is a STEAL!

                              By Screamincheetah

                              from Oklahoma

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Studio

                                Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                                I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised with this amp. I had been looking for some time for a low wattage tube amp, and this one seemed to fit the bill. I sold a Marshall 50 watt head as it was just too loud for when I wanted to jam without having to use headphones. The build quality of this amp seems pretty good, especially considering the price. Like a lot of reviewers, the fact that this is essentially a Behringer product does give me some pause, but I haven't had any problems with it.
                                Also, I changed out the preamp and power amp tube. I thought the biggest difference in tone would come from swapping out the 12AX7 preamp tube. However, just to make sure, I also purchased an Electro Haronix 12BH7 to use as the ouput tube. First, I swapped out the original 12AX7 for a Tung-Sol 12AX7. The difference was noticeable, but not what I would consider a dramatic improvement. Next I tried an Electro Harmonix 12AX7EH as well as a Sovtek 12AX7WXT. After trading them in and out a few times, I found that the12AX7WXT made the most noticeable improvement overall in terms of gain and tone.
                                After deciding on a preamp tube, I thought I would try to see if swapping out the original 12BH7 that shipped with the Bugera with the Electro Harmonix 12BH7 would make a difference. Surprisingly, the 12BH7 power tube swab made an even more significant difference in overall tone than did swapping out the original 12AX7.
                                I will advise that if you are going to do the tube swab, take special care not to damage the tube sockets, or use to much force when installing the new tubes. Unlike more expensive amp where the tube sockets are actually mounted to the chassis, these tube sockets are soldered directly to the circuit board as a cost saving measure. If you don't know what you are doing, I highly recommend having an experienced technician perform the swap for you.
                                All in all, I really pleased with this amp, It's an incredible value, and with the tube swab, sounds fantastic!

                                 
                                5.0

                                Rock n roll in a box

                                By charlie

                                from Houston tx

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Home Studio
                                  • Performances
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                                  I played a bugera like 6 years ago and I remember it was one of the worse amps I have ever tried. Since then I haven't looked at the brand until now, it seems that bugera has come a long way and now everybody seems to like the sound of their amps and for the price I knew I have to give it a try. One word: AMAZING. I can't believe bugera offers this kind of quality and sound for this price. I purchased a peavey mini classic before this amp and got it returned because it was just too weak. Not with the bugera. This amp sounds like any other expensive amp, i play old school heavy metal and hard rock and my bugera sounds like the hot rod JCM 800 I used to have 10 yrs ago, I'm not gonna lie, it gets help from an mxr 10 eq to get there but believe me it sounds exactly as my old marshall.
                                  Now about clean channel, is good, not the best but is good enough, not as versatile as the overdrive but it will do the job just fine.
                                  The speaker emulated output works great with headphones but not so well when recording to pc. I would suggest mic the amp for best results.
                                  I haven't tried playing at high levels so I wouldn't know if 5 watts would be enough to play in a band but for a practice/bedroom amp this is now my all time favorite.

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Would replace if lost or stolen

                                  By The Hammer

                                  from Arkansas

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                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Good Warmth
                                  • Portable
                                  • Powerful

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Amateur Recording
                                    • Home Studio
                                    • Performances

                                    Comments about Bugera G5 5W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

                                    Great practice amp! Very versatile and easy to use. The only 2 things that I would like to have that it doesn't is a touch more clarity on the clean channel (can be solved with EQ pedal), and volume control for auxiliary input. Make no mistake though, I love my G5!

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