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Drive these valves into banshee-league fury without waking up the neighbors.

The compact Bugera V5 Tube Guitar Combo runs on 1 power and 1 preamp tube and is all dressed up in classic 2-tone vinyl. The 5W amplifier's bone-simple controls give the Bugera V5 the look of a carefully constructed nostalgia trip. In fact, in many ways, it is! But plug into this beautiful little 8" combo amp and you'll not only find a sound that's caked in real vintage raunch, but you'll also have modern features that take this sound to places it couldn't go”until now.

Rock music brings to mind amplifiers as big as skyscrapers, dishing out irreversible ear damage at ruthless volumes. But a studio secret among guitar greats is that little low-watt valve combos like the V5 can be maxed out for red-hot overdriven tone without blowing fuses or incurring any property damage.

The Bugera V5 is a living, breathing homage to those half-pint screamers of the past, but with 2 very important improvements. See, this amp may be small, but 5W in Valvesville is still loud as hell when it's sitting in your bedroom. That's why the V5 combo amp features a switchable power attenuator ”to reduce the amplitude of the signal without changing its sound”so you can run it at 5, 1, or 0.1 watts.

Finding a headphone out jack on an all-valve guitar amp is incredibly rare because the integration requires loading the output transformer and filtering the signal for a loudspeaker simulation. (Translation: it's a real pain in the patoot!) But true to form, Bugera has gone the extra mile to make late night practicing possible. Just plug a pair of headphones into the 1/4" phones jack on the back panel, and you're ready to keep the V5's all-valve sound all to yourself.

Then again, if it's more volume you need, the Bugera V5 amp has a 1/4" Speaker Out jack to connect an additional speaker with a minimum impedance of 4 Ohms.

This dangerous dandy also features the same studio-caliber digital reverb found in bigger Bugera amplifiers. The spring reverb found in the V5 amp's post-war predecessors sounds lovely, but is delicate and expensive to repair. This modern V5 update gives you an equally mesmerizing vintage reverb sound without the wallet-draining vintage amp's lack of reliability.

With a Bugera V5 Tube Combo amp in your home or studio, your tonal woes are over. The V5 brings the true sound of an antique 5W valve amp. It's built to survive abuse, and its price tag is tons lighter than the ones you'll find tied to its elders. Adopt a Bugera V5 tube combo amp today and get ready to pack 60 years of sonic inspiration into your recording or practice sessions.

FEATURES
Hand-built 5W Class-A amplifier driven by 1 x EL84 valve
8" Speaker
Way cool vintage look and feel
Authentic preamp design from the '60s featuring 1 x 12AX7 valve”everything from purring blues to mind-blowing crunch
Integrated high-class reverb with dedicated Reverb control
Vintage Equalizer with dedicated Tone control
Built-in 2-way Power Attenuator allows you to get ultimate sound at any volume
High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life

Get red-hot overdriven tone without blowing fuses or incurring any property damage.

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BugeraV5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.3

(based on 104 reviews)

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77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (24)
  • Easy to use (21)
  • Warm / comfy (18)
  • Excellent sound (13)
  • Good power output (11)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)
  • Poor sound quality (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (15)
  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Professional recording (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Performances (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (21), Professional musician (4), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for practice and live!

I use this amp at home as well as at my church. When you plug a speaker cable in the back it has plenty of power through a PA or larger cabinet. To get...Read complete review

I use this amp at home as well as at my church. When you plug a speaker cable in the back it has plenty of power through a PA or larger cabinet. To get an idea I usually play live in a large room with about 150-200 people with the amp set at 1 watt, the volume on 8, the tone on 6, gain on 2.5, my guitar volume on 6, and the PA volume on 3. With a setup like that it was plenty loud and has a really nice clean tone. With that same setting you can crank your onboard guitar volume to 10 and you get more crunch. ITS GREAT! I say go for it. I did replace the speaker with a Jensen. But I didnt notice much difference. I wouldnt recommend replacing the speaker, it really doesnt need it. The gain knob is really sensitive, but its great! I liked the sound over a Vox AC4TV and the Blackstar HT-1.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Loud Little Tube Amp

To be honest, I should have listened to the reviews that others published about this amp. It just didn't sound that great with my Gibson Les Paul Special with Humbuckers. It lacked brightness...Read complete review

To be honest, I should have listened to the reviews that others published about this amp. It just didn't sound that great with my Gibson Les Paul Special with Humbuckers. It lacked brightness but had a decent blues and rock sound. It was extremely loud even at the .1 watt setting. I was hoping to be able to use it in my condo, but to no avail. My little Roland MicroCube sounds much better at low volumes. To their credit, Musician's Friend shipped out a different tube at no charge to give it more brightness, but I never tried it as I sold the amp at a loss to avoid paying shipping fees on a return (the Bugera V5 is very heavy and solidly built). I still love Musician's Friend, however!

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(8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

With a few simple mods, this can be a Great Little Amp!

By TexT

from DC

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Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

As noted, the unit required a few inexpensive tweaks to reach its full potential. Kudos to Bugera for building a robust little unit that offers a taste of the boutique amp experience for a very affordable price.
Middling marks given its limited set of features--four knobs (gain, tone, volume, reverb) and the fact that some of the features (attenuator, reverb) are pretty mediocre. Separate bass and treble controls rather than the single tone control would have made for a much more tweakable interface. One of the reasons why I got the amp was the ability to attenuate the output from its nominal 5 watt rating down to 1W and one tenth of a watt. However, the attenuator turned out to be fairly useless as it has the effect of severely reducing the dynamic range and generally dulling the tone; it should better be described as a Tone Blanket. I've learned it's best to just keep it at the 5 watt setting and just turning down the volume when I'm practicing late at night. Out of the box, the amplifier was just ok--it had a fairly dark tone that failed to reproduce the natural chime of my Fenders or the bell-like tones of my Les Paul. Like most cheap DSPs, the digital reverb is a fairly pathetic attempt at reproducing the complexities of a spring unit. It's best kept off.

Another weakness (at least to my ears) was the inability of the amplifier to reproduce a good clean tone beyond a limited range of settings, as the gain stage quickly became too muddy. I made two small mods that really transformed the amplifier--the first was to replace the 12AX7 preamp tube with a spare 12AT7 that I had lying around. This had the effect of giving me greater headroom for cleaner sounds, and a much more responsive and "chimier" tone. Swapping in the 12AAT7 comes at the cost of losing the ability to use the gain control to get a distorted tone but this was a small loss to me since the tube distortion of the original setup was muddy and undistinguished.

The second mod that I made was to replace the original Bugera speaker with an Eminence 8A. The speaker swap gives me more volume, greater power handling, and--most important--more bass and far more sparkle. When I first got the amp, I dimed out the "tone" control to get more treble and it still sounded dull and lifeless. Now, I have plenty of treble with the tone control at the 5 or 6 setting.
Time will tell, but this has been a reliable amp so far. I've used it every day in a variety of settings and it hasn't let me down yet. Unlike some other low-end tube units I've tried (Fender, Epiphone) the Bugera has absolutely no hum or hiss.
I got mine for $150, before the most recent price increase (I remember they were going for as little as $129 when first introduced) and it's tremendous value for money for what appears to be a fairly robust, modifiable compact tube amp.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for practice and live!

By KOFFEY

from Roanoke, VA

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Great tone
  • Portable
  • Powerful
  • Speaker Output Is Great

Cons

  • Limited Functions
  • No Second Channel

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Live
  • Performances
  • Practice at home
  • Practice In Dorm
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I use this amp at home as well as at my church. When you plug a speaker cable in the back it has plenty of power through a PA or larger cabinet. To get an idea I usually play live in a large room with about 150-200 people with the amp set at 1 watt, the volume on 8, the tone on 6, gain on 2.5, my guitar volume on 6, and the PA volume on 3. With a setup like that it was plenty loud and has a really nice clean tone. With that same setting you can crank your onboard guitar volume to 10 and you get more crunch. ITS GREAT! I say go for it. I did replace the speaker with a Jensen. But I didnt notice much difference. I wouldnt recommend replacing the speaker, it really doesnt need it. The gain knob is really sensitive, but its great! I liked the sound over a Vox AC4TV and the Blackstar HT-1.

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awsome little amp

By Uncleknubs

from Pacific N.W.

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Nice Amp At 2 Am
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Needs 10 In Speaker

Best Uses

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

Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

This amp looked a little ugly in the pictures but it had the headphones out which sold it over other brands similar for me. But after getting it I think it's very nice looking, very retro looking, the pictures don't do it justice. This thing sounds incredible for what it is, I don't see anything negative about this amp including the price, but a 10" speaker would have put the cream on it. Running it through the P.A. board gives it the kick needed to use to perform with and it has an excellent sound.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great little amp

By Steve1976

from California

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Practice

    Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    Excellent practice amp. I have a deluxe reverb and needed something a little quieter and more portable to play around with. This was the perfect solution. Rating is based on a comparison of practice amps - clearly you are not going to get the type of sound out of this that you would out of a classic fender or something with more wattage/bigger speakers. But, this thing really met my expectations beautifully.

    Very versatile. You can change the wattage with a switch in the back so you can play at lower volumes and still overdrive the amp.

    Amp has a great crunch sound when you turn the gain up past 4. I found that I could still get an ok clean sound with a fender by dialing back the volume. With my Gibsons (humbucker), it is more difficult to get a clean sound. But, the lead sound is fabulous ripping out of this little amp. If I have one criticism, it is that the amp really does not provide a great clean tone. But, again, I may be making the mistake of comparing to my deluxe reverb (which is outstanding).

    I put a jenson c8r in mine. The jenson sounds great, but I honestly didn't really give the Beringer speaker a chance. Interesting to note that the amp came with a 30 watt speaker, though.

    (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    JECKYL AND HYDE but worth the ride.

    By Brian Dobbie

    from Finger Lakes, NY

    Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    Gave it a 9 cause sometimes it rules with organic tube sound, and sometimes it doesn't work.

    If you are looking for a "way in control" organic tube amp to mike and use as a monitor for rehersals and small gigs, this could be your amp. Sorry that you will have to take a chance on quality, so buy from someone that will let you return a defect. I am thinking of getting two, using them in stereo, and if one fails I have instant backup. Stock sound is pretty good, can't wait to upgrade tubes and speaker.

    Finally, I believe the reason I like this amp is the telecaster, and I almost exclusively use the bridge pup, even clean. Any low end from the axe pushes it to overdrive.
    Research the features...
    OK, I've owned this amp since June. I used it twice in a friends studio then left it for 5 months. It sounded good when I recorded with it, but when I went to use it again, there were no guts. It sounded like the input was being choked in half and I could get no overdrive and very little volume. Fortunately I bought a two year extended warranty so I called for a return. Yesterday, I took the tubes out and took the fuses out to test them, but didnt have access to a meter, so I put it all back together and, presto, it works again and sounds better than before. Seems like a fuse or the power tube wasn't making good contact or corroded.

    So today I have been playing it a lot with my RP500 pedal in front and a Telecaster, and it sounds GREAT. I set the tone at 7, the gain at 7, volume at 10 and 5 watts, verb on 1. I have a choice of distortion or organic tube drive which speaks a lot clearer, and the pedals work well. Kick in the distortion and dime the volume and it is crunchier than my Hot Rod Deluxe.Only problem is halfway through jamming today, all of a sudden it sounded like an ice-pick in my ears. (Was soloing full out...) Pure treble with no body for like three minutes. I turned it off for a minute then back on. The icepick was gone but I am not solid with this amp for gigs from a reliability standpoint. That's two strikes...
    Great value. Organic tube sound at a steal price.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    We're talking value here, folks.

    By Jeffrey Miller

    from Washington State

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    Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    I really like this amp. It really has two main purposes in life and that is:

    1. A practice amp. Perfect for this!
    2. A recording amp. With some adjustments to the tubes, this is a very nice recording amp.

    I suppose the V5 could also be used for VERY small venues (read: coffee house) but it could also be easily overwhelmed by an acoustic drum kit. If miked and sent through the PA, it might be nice, but really a bigger/better amp would be the choice for this application. This amp "is what it is" and what it is, it's good at.
    This is not a 'feature rich' amp. If you're looking for an amp with lots of bells and whistles, look elsewhere, but that's not a bad thing in this case. Here, simple is better and it seems Bugera followed the 'KISS' principal (keep it simple, stupid!) - I mean, would you rather pay for function or features? For an amp that costs less than $200 I say if you want features, buy a stompbox that does what you want.

    The amp does have a few features. On the front panel, you'll find the typical array of knobs: Gain, Tone, Volume, Reverb. On the back of the amp is the best feature; what amounts to a 'master volume' control in a three-way switch that sets the amp to .1 amp, 1 amp and 5 amps output. This switch will allow you to play the amp 'dimed' (full volume to acheive that desired tube 'breakup') without breaking windows or disturbing neighbors.

    As for the reverb, it's digital - but with that said, it really sounds good.
    First, this is a sub-$200 amp. What can you expect for that kind of money? Bugera has done a great job on build quality. Of course there are areas where they could have done better but I can't imagine how they could have done much more without having to raise the cost of the amp significantly. The one, single thing they could have done better and should have done better is the choice of pre-amp tube (the 12AX7) it wouldn't have cost them much if any more, and this tube makes SUCH a difference in this amp, that Bugera would do well to really re-examine their choice here. The tube they use is Bugera branded, but it is likely a JJ-style Chinese 12AX7 which are well-known as a very WARM tube. The last thing this amp needs is warmth - as it verges on muddiness. It's not horrible, but the first thing I did with this amp is change the tube, and wow, what a difference! (I tried several tubes; and settled on a Sovtek)

    The amp is heavy for its size, and that's likely due to the particle board enclosure. I would have preferred plywood but again COST enters into that. Actually particle board is denser (and heavier) and is less resonant, which can add to the darker sound of this amp. The covering is very nice with a quality vintage look Tolex and piping. Nice detail work!
    I gave this amp a 9 in value and not a 10 only because of the preamp tube. Otherwise this amp is a SUPER value. I can't imagine how they can make this amp (and make a profit) for under $200, but they do it and we can all benefit from it.

    (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Amp seems to be OK

    By Boogiesurfer

    from Kapolei, Hawaii

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    Pros

    • Ok Sound

    Cons

    • Cannot Tell If New

    Best Uses

    • For Home Practice

    Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    Wouldn't expect to see MF even display my review, but when I first ordered (Dec. 22,2012) I was told that it was on backorder, and would be shipped approx. Jan 17, 2013. I received an e-mail, only 3 hours after ordering, stating that my amp had shipped. I was very surprised to get this response, and called MF immediately and was told that "there must have been a couple that had come in early." I mentioned to the customer service representative that I was hesitant to expect a "new" unopened product after what I was told about the backorder. Well, sure enough, when it arrived it was loose in the packing box with the only packing material enclosed being a piece of "corrigated cardboard" that had indentations on it from the carrying handle. However, the amp was not wrapped in anything, and the cardboard piece was on the opposite side (bottom) of the amp, not against the carrying handle! Obviously removed from the box, and "repacked." The instruction manual and other materials, in the plastic bag enclosed, were basically just thrown into the back of the cabinet, laying loose against the speaker, and the plastic bag holding those materials was so dull and wrinkled and handled ("old looking" already), that it was in no way a newly packed item, and looked as though it was handled a lot!

    I am basically not disappointed with the product, but have no idea as to how it was handled, played, abused, or possibly damaged. I do plan to change out the tubes with better ones, as previous reviews have indicated, however again, I am very disappointed as to the handling of my purchase, and how it was obviously taken out of the original packing and just basically tossed back in the box without any packing besides the aforementioned small piece of corrigated cardboard. Finally, I am just not happy with how this was handled.

    Thank You, although I don't expect that MF will post my review. I am being thoroughly honest and truthful about my experience.

    I would like to continue to purchase products from MF in the future, but this experience has given me pause.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Amp! (Change the tubes, BOTH!)

    By Gulf Coast

    from Gulf Coast

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    Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    Great buy on a nice small true tube amp for the price. You only have to worry about 2 tubes which makes it cheap to experiment and replace. Not a 12 tube bass amp that costs more than this amp to change tubes.
    Very minimalist. A responsive tone knob. I like the reverb, its digital but sounds good and it's certainly better than nothing. Use a pedal if you want flavored reverb. No fx loop, but I haven't seen a tube amp with one that is in this price range. I looked to see where the preamp and power amp were and if adding an fx loop would be easy. Every thing is on a one nice looking pcb board with tiny components so I' not going to try that. Being all on one board though, there is nothing that could shake loose and rattle on the inside, whick is good for a combo that has a speaker next to everything. The 8" speaker is good. Really wish it was 10" so there were 1000's of more options when I want to replace it.
    I've had this amp for a year now. Right off the bat the gain was really thin and nasty harsh so I put in a Ruby Tube 12ax7. I have a few 12ax7's about. That tube has smoother gain than most 12ax7's. It improved the sound from bad to way way better. It gave me a nice clean channel sound easy to dial in to on the verge of break up. The tone knob at that point was muddy for me until noon but good past. I thought that the speaker just couldn't handle low end guitar, but dismissed it as I was able to get nice chimey sounds and lower sounds with pedal distortion. Recently I was playing it loud on the full 5w mode (which sounds the best) and the power tube's filament must have had a piece get loose and it made a sound like something rattling in the room. I changed the power tube to a Ruby EL84 and man it was way worth it. Now the tone knob works full range. The speaker can handle deeper sounds without being muddy still being able to dial in clean chimey sound to razor sharp treble. Now I couldn't be more happy. I might evenually put one of my crunchier 12ax7 but I like the good clean channel sound I have going. If the gain is down low and the volume high I can get an almost uncolored sound when I want to use another preamp and still get that nice power tube punch and harmonics.
    I think at the price this baby cost that fixing something major would be out of the question. I have not had any problems with it. Changing tubes was a necessity, but people change the stocks on expensive amps. It's a nice looking amp. Small enough to crank up (which makes tube amps sound the best) for practice, recording, and a small gig. To use this for a full rock band with another guitarist you'd need more headroom (miked into PA or using this with another amp for stereo chorus/delay/reverb/etc or for your high end)

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Bugera V5

    By Michael Best

    from Darwin, NT

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    Pros

    • Change Out The 12ax7
    • Easy To Use
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Put In A 12ay7

    Cons

    • Gain Is Muddy
    • Limited Functions
    • Use Pedals For Gain

    Best Uses

      Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I have owned this little amp for over 2 years. Its great with pedals and is a brilliant little bedroom amp which can rock out. My stong suggestion is if you want a good clean sound on either setting is get rid of the 12ax7 tube and put in a 12ay7. This will clean up your sound to the point that the gain will pretty much add volume only. For distortion use pedals. The reverb is fine and volume level is ample on 5 watt setting. The speaker handles the volume well.

      (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      A Fender Mustang/ Peavey VYPYR is better

      By Joe

      from NYC

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      Pros

      • Its Small
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Poor Sound Quality
      • Too Dark No Brightness
      • Weak

      Best Uses

      • None

      Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I have been wanting this little amp for a while. I checked the reviews on youtube, a friend told me to get one and so I did. I wanted this for a home practice tube amp, thats it. I was not going to record with it. I have other high quality low watt tube amps for that purpose. I know that the Bugera V5 is a cheap amp with alot of features and some may like that. So as for the features, The onboard digital reverb is actually okay. The attenuator does its job, but the amp cant shine through past its full 5watt setting. With most attenuators, the more you attenuate an amp, the darker the sound gets, and when you start out with a very dark amp it just sounds like garbage. If you crank this amp at the full 5 watts you get an okay sound, but its just a loud amp. Nothing tells me its a tube amp. Your better off with a Solid state modeling amp. When you set it to 1 watt it worse and at .1 watt its unusable.

      The best sounding tube amp in this price range is the fender greta. Plug it into a 1X12 buy a reverb pedal and your set. I was so psyched for the bugera v5 but i learned my lesson, too good to be true.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Tone For Days

      By Fred

      from Columbus, OH

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      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Versatile

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          I used to own an inexpensive tube amp that shall remain nameless. This one blows it away. From the power attenuator to the headphone jack, tone and reverb, for goodness sakes, you can't beat this! Give the tubes a few days to break in, and it starts sounding better and better. If you always wanted to know what having a tube amp would be like, but don't want to spend a lot of money, do yourself a favor and get this!

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Just A Little Amp

          By Jimmyjuju

          from Northeast

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          Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          Overall, I am satisfied with my purchase. It is not loud enough for mixed company unless you mike it, but it is a great livingroom amp. I can attenuate it to .1 watts and play while my wife is in the next room talking on the phone or reading. Headroom is seriously lacking with this amp, and it is not a tone treasure. You will need a bigger amp for any serious soundwork. But it is a daily driver, portable, and has more features than any other small practice amp. You have to step up to a 12-15 watt amp to improve your situation, and maybe that's not a bad idea.
          The features are the best part of the deal. It has a useable reverb, and the attenuation switch is a big plus.
          I have had no issues with this amp. We'll see how it holds up. I have been using it for two years now, including taking it to small jam sessions. It does its job.
          I had a Fender Champ, and got this amp to replace it. However, I bought mine before the price increase, and at a discount. I would be reluctant to pay the going price for it now. I don't see any other amp in its weight division that would be a better deal. Trade in value is probably minimal, so just keep it and use it.

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Awsome Amp!

          By joe gomez

          from Texas

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          Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          Great amp, but you may want to change the speaker it kind of lifeless after you hear amps that a made, with much more high end parts. But thats a cheap fix.
          This amp is a great small litte tube amp, and it can get pretty loud for being a 5 watt amp. But its excellent for small gigs, and perfect for bedroom practice. I heard some people say its only good for rock and blues. But I disagree its actually good for any kind of music as long as you got good sounding effects pedals. Because this amp is even capable of being used for metal!!!. And it especially sounds great if can manage to get the Blackstar HT-DISTX pedal it will sound brutal.
          Sturdy little amp
          Really affordable tube amp compared to other 5 watt amps

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Ya it works well!

          By Jay-oRnjN

          from Orange County Califonia

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          Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          Rating of a nine because I haven't played a ten yet. It is simple and easy to use. Looks cool, some call it retro vibe (whatever) it has multiple wattage choices and you can play the thing any time your heart desires since it has a headphone jack that doesn't appear to be a last minute add on and actually lets you hear the sound of the amp...quietly.
          Add all that plus the price & this is a steal.
          Ok so I'm a bedroom player who works the night shift. When I get home at oh-dark-thirty I can't plug in & play since my neighbors WILL complain if I plug into one of the several other amps I have. So I needed something quieter and with headphone capability. This little amp fits the bill very nicely. It has a nice sound at 5 watts but really works for me when I drop it down to it's lowest setting at a 1/4 watt.

          I can plug in a set of headphones (get good ones, trust me on this) and I can play away.The sound through the headphones is quite responsive and doesn't melt my head when I crank it up to get the warm tube sound I want. The reverb is a nice funtion as well and does what it needs to. Nothing amazing but it works and for the price what do you expect.

          The overall look of the amp is kinda cool, blcakish tolex and a creme front and the blue "jewel" amp on light is a nice touch but I didn't buy it for its looks.
          So far no worries. I admit the first one I bought about a year ago had issues and I sent it back. The second worked perfectly. However, I ended up loaning it outa few months ago to a friend who is a much better player than I so it has a permanent home elsewhere. So this one is my third and I didn't get it new so it has been around but it is holding up well. The construction is well done and everything internally is solid and secure and appears as it should.
          Seriously? For what these amps do you cannot beat the price. New or used they are worth the money. I looked into other smaller amps with a headphone capability and nobody came close for the money I spent. Yes there are other small watt amps with more features but what else do you really need? It looks good, you pick the wattage and you can play silently if you choose.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Loud Little Tube Amp

          By jonpowl

          from Santa Cruz, CA

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Very Loud

          Best Uses

          • Bedroom practice

          Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          To be honest, I should have listened to the reviews that others published about this amp. It just didn't sound that great with my Gibson Les Paul Special with Humbuckers. It lacked brightness but had a decent blues and rock sound. It was extremely loud even at the .1 watt setting. I was hoping to be able to use it in my condo, but to no avail. My little Roland MicroCube sounds much better at low volumes. To their credit, Musician's Friend shipped out a different tube at no charge to give it more brightness, but I never tried it as I sold the amp at a loss to avoid paying shipping fees on a return (the Bugera V5 is very heavy and solidly built). I still love Musician's Friend, however!

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          5.0

          Great sounding tube amp!

          By swnax1

          from Stuttgart, Germany

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Great practice amp
          • Portable

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Great Tube Sound For The
          • Home Studio
          • Portable Practice Amp

          Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          I purchased this amp from MF. A real good deal.
          After reading several reviews I immeditly replaced the pre amp tube 12AX7 with a 12AY7. This gave me the clean warm tone I was looking for. I use an Orange Crush 35 watt when I want to get loud or distorted. The Bugers V5 takes pedals very well and is quality constructed. I wasn't looking for a Heavy Medal amp so it worked out perfect for me. Clean warm tone that breaks up right where it should. I play an 18 y/o 1995 MIK Epiphone LP Standard plus top....all original and they sound great together..

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          5.0

          Terrific little amp

          By Steve1976

          from California

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Ok Cleans

          Best Uses

          • Practice

          Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          Great little amp. The attenuator is a great feature. The amp sound terrific at full wattage, but you can dial it back and still preserve some tube warmth. Gives you the tube breakup at manageable volumes. But, at 5W, the amp is surprisingly loud. Great for tooling around or practice.

          Note that I put a jenson speaker in mine. I don't really have a good view of the stock speaker - didn't really give it a chance. But, Bugera speaker did come with 30W rating, which is slightly more than the jenson.

          Only issue is that you can't really get a great clean sound out of the amp. But, it cleans up pretty well when you dial back the volume knob on your guitar. But, I am comparing to a Deluxe Reverb, which is obviously unfair.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          I like this amp.

          By KOFFEY

          from Roanoke, VA

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Warmth
          • Great tone
          • Portable

          Cons

          • 8

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          I bought this amp 6 months ago and for the first two months I kept it stock. Sounded just fine, but wasnt as good as I wanted. So I bought an upgraded speaker. Sounded a little better, but I dont recommend spending your money that way. It didnt make a huge difference. I got a set of new JJ tubes here on MF for cheap. That made a huge difference. I bought a 2X10 speaker cabinet with Celestion V30 speakers in it. I converted the amp into a head (instead of combo) and now just set it on top of the 2X10. I use this amp live with a bassist, keyboard, 3 vocals, and occasionally a drummer. I keep the volume on 10 and the gain on 4.5 and this thing is LOUD. I love this little guy now. And after tearing it apart to convert it into a head, I see that it was REALLY made well. This amp is absolutely awesome. JUST CHANGE THE TUBES AND YOU WILL HAVE A VERY NICE AMP!! (I use a highway one telecaster and I play contemporary praise and worship music and alternative rock/texas blues) THis amp has had NO problems at all.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nothing close for the money

          By tdub73

          from heart of dixie

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          Nice all-tube amp for the money. Way more than adequate for a solo practice amp and adequate for small band practice or coffee shop environment. Sound is smooth and clear, though I think a different tube and speaker might brighten the sound some - no biggie though. Solid, nice looking cabinet. For the money however (<$150), there was no comparison....this was a great deal.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          my 1st bugera

          By Alex Kuzminec

          from under the stairs

          Comments about Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          My 1st Bugera amp and I would definately recommend this little gem.
          The amp is well built,looks great and has that nice warm tube tone. I really like the fact it has a headphones jack and a power accentuator where you can reduce the wattage. I keepin this great little practice amp. I'm well pleased with this purchase.

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