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Bugera V5 5W 1x8 Tube Guitar Combo Amp  

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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

    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 103 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (65)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (5)

    79%

    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)

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (15)
    • Amateur recording (9)
    • Professional recording (6)
    • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Performances (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (21), Novice (3), Professional musician (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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    4.0

    Great for apartment and condos

    By Telecastering

    from Rimouski, QC

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

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

      Great little practice amp, sounds a bit dark but for the price you can't go wrong. Sounds good with both Tele and Les Paul. The attenuator and separated gain and volume control are perfect for apartment / condo / late night playing : put the volume down, put gain all the way up, and attenuator at 0,1W and you get nice crunchy tone without disturbing the neighbors. For clean tones 1W and 5W are fine at low volume.

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      5.0

      Get one

      By Everlast

      from Fl

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

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

        Great little amp. Mike and or with a cab and your set for stage use.

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        5.0

        Awesome Little Tube

        By The ROKKER

        from Western Maryland

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Garage Jam Session
          • Home Studio

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

          For the cost of this Amp Bugera has hit the nail on the head. I cant describe how well this thing sounds for 5 watts of pure classic tube sound. I may buy another one or two just to stockpile them.

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          5.0

          Love it....

          By H

          from Hawaii

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Decent Reverb
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Great Looks
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

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

            Love it... .1W in the bedroom, adjust gain and volume and I can get a sweet tone from any of my guitars. When I play out I run 2 amps at once and it's a perfect #2 amp, 5W cranked to the max and it compliments my 40W in a way I like. I use it like a monitor and to fill out my sound. Cool when one amp feeds back and the other doesn't. Probably gonna buy another in case they are ever discontinued. With the looks, sound, price, the reverb and the attenuator I don't know a comparable amp.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Not bad but V22 better even if bigger

            By David G

            from Jupiter, Florida

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            Pros

            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Professional Recording

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

              I got this used. Tube was sputtering and I notice that I had to run it hot at medium volume to get that magic tone, which in all fairness is awesome. Instead of getting a replacement I got the V22 which is bigger in size but still can be carried with one hand if you're strong. The V5 gets hot when cooking the tube. If you're looking for a portable practice amp I'm not sure this is the answer. I have a Roland cube but the speaker sounded small compared to the V5 and the V5 volume has to be cranked to get good sound. I hear there's a 20 watt Roland cube that might be a good portable practice alternative. For my purposes, which is recording, and possible practice the V22 was the solution. The V5 seemed like a bigger amp but just smaller in size. Some people complained about the tone not being clean enough. For me it sounded ok. It was only slightly broken up and sounded awesome. I heard good things about the solid state Fender Mustang III amp or the Peavey too. If I just needed good sound I would have gotten those for a practice amp. But I needed a top of the line vintage sound and ended up with the V22 which was only 100 or so more.

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              4.0

              Excellent little amp

              By RBinNH

              from NH

              About Me Experienced

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Portable

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  I have quite a number of small tube practice amps. This is one of the best sounding, as long as you take into account the small 8" speaker. That said, it is a very dark sounding amp (all comments apply only to the 5W setting, as the attentuator .1w and 1w settings reduce sound quality by so much that I don't use them).

                  I have all kinds of guitars, with my primary piece being a Les Paul Traditional with humbucker sized P90s installed. I swapped out the tubes with Sovteks and got a slightly brighter sound and I have a replacement speaker on the way. At least with the tone turned almost all the way up it sounds decent. With a Strat it is just fine. I'm going to add caps to the gain and volume controls to brighten it up a bit more for humbucker guitars.

                  I am a bit of a tone nut, so I'm not easily pleased, but I don't mind playing through this. You can get some really nice tone with some fiddling. And if you're like me and enjoy modding, with very little work you can make it your own. Hard to beat for the price.

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                  3.0

                  Loud Little Tube Amp

                  By jp10s

                  from Santa Cruz, CA

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                  Verified Buyer

                  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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                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Should Ship With A Tombstone

                  By Dr. Mumbo

                  from Wandering between NY & NC

                  About Me Experienced

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                  Pros

                  • Portable
                  • Sound Is Acceptable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      My relationship with his amplifier started off poorly and from there got worse. The first one that was purchased arrived DOA and was returned for one that was functional upon arrival. My initial impression was that it sounded okay, not great, but passable. I did like the reverb and found it better than I expected it to be. Being retired, I do not play live venues very often. What recording I do, I tend to use the computer's virtual amplifiers as it's much easier than trying to find the amplifier's sweet spot with a mic. Also, my time is spent between New York and North Carolina and rather than lugging amplifiers back and forth, I leave a Vox in NC and my other amps, including the dreaded Bulgera in NY. Even though I do find using the computer easier, there's really nothing like plugging into an amplifier and letting it rip. I am wandering - sorry - it happens with age. Let me get to the point and end this review. The bottom line is that my amplifiers are not used often. I imagine that the Bulgera was used a dozen times at most. Well, last week I pulled it out of the closet, plugged it in and - I found that it was deceased. What a waste.

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                      5.0

                      An all tube amp for this price!

                      By Dennis M

                      from St. Louis, Mo

                      About Me Experienced

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Good Warmth
                      • Portable

                      Cons

                      • None So Far

                      Best Uses

                      • Play At Home
                      • Practice

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

                      Sounds good at .1, 1 and 5 watts. I play as a hobby and mostly by myself or with friends to jam, so it is ideal...loud enough but not too loud. Appears to be solidly built and is easy to use with good tones. I play blues and old rock and can get my Tele to sound great thru this amp.

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Great sounding tube amp!

                      By swnax1

                      from Stuttgart, Germany

                      About Me Novice

                      Ask me a question

                      Verified Buyer

                      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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