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    Welcome to your personal tonal time machine.

    Bugera captures old-school amp musicality in their V55HD amp head, whose modern touches put a wider palette of vintage voicings at your fingertips. With a proud pair of 6L6 power tubes in the output stage, the Bugera V55HD bathes your guitar in clean California sunshine. Let's go trippin'.

    Bugera went to great lengths to give this tube amp head the ability to deliver everything those dusty relics of the rock revolution did—minus the collector-sized price tags. But this labor of love was taken one step farther to give you maximum tonal possibilities in true Bugera fashion.

    Amps once came in two varieties: those with triode (having three active electrodes) power tubes and those with pentode (containing five active electrodes) power tubes. Triode tubes, which predated the pentodes, provide what many guitarists agree is a "softer" tone. Pentodes produce a slightly more urgent, aggressive sound. The V55HD runs on power pentode tubes, but includes a Mode switch that lets you run the power section as if it had triode tubes—that is, at about 40 percent less power. This gives you the option of going beyond old-school—straight to elderly school.

    The old amps that defined electric guitar tone were often single-channel amps. This Bugera V55HD tube amp offers that same vintage clean, but add a second channel for modern high-gain tones. To begin, take your pick of the Bright or Normal inputs, then twist the three-band EQ (Bass, Mid, Treble) and Presence control to sculpt your signature sound. Depending on which channel you choose, three 12AX7 preamp tubes take your tone anywhere from dignified blues to garage-leveling madness.

    The Bugera V55HD's power stage's dual 6L6 tubes propel this tone. The head has an impedance switch that toggles between 4, 8 and 16 ohms, making them compatible with virtually any speaker cabinet. These amps also have reverb, but in the interest of tone and durability, their reverb is derived from a studio-caliber digital processor. The spring reverb found in their post-war predecessors sound lovely, but they're delicate and expensive to repair. The V55HD's modern update gives you an equally mesmerizing vintage reverb sound without the wallet-draining vintage reliability. And if all these features weren't enough, you also get a road-tough footswitch that allows you to select channels and activate/kill the reverb remotely.

    Features
    • Hand-built 55 watt guitar head driven by 2 x 6L6 tubes
    • Cool vintage look and feel
    • Authentic 2-channel preamp design from the '60s featuring 3 x 12AX7 tubes—everything from purring blues to mind-blowing crunch
    • Integrated high-class reverb with dedicated Reverb control
    • Vintage Equalizer section with dedicated Bass, Mid, Treble and Presence controls
    • Normal and Bright inputs for ultimate sound character to perfectly match your guitar
    • Multi-gain stage Lead channel with Pre Gain, Post Gain and Master controls
    • Amazing Mode switch to select between Triode or Pentode operation
    • Heavy-duty footswitch for Channel and Reverb function included
    • Impedance switch (4, 8 and 16 Ohms) to match virtually any speaker cabinet

    Whether you're recording or gigging, Bugera's V55HD complements your craft with the gold-standard tones of the past. Own one today!

     
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    BugeraV55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head
     
    4.5

    (based on 49 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (34)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Performances (4)
      • Home studio (3)
      • Outdoor events / games (3)
      • Professional recording (3)
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      v-55 head malfunction

      This seems to be a common complaint, the reverb or the channel switching malfuncions and the amp is blamed. I went through a similar thing with my
      V55. The lead channel would...Read complete review

      This seems to be a common complaint, the reverb or the channel switching malfuncions and the amp is blamed. I went through a similar thing with my
      V55. The lead channel would work fine but would start crackling like it had a bad tube or socket and die.
      I ran down these things and found that they were fine. Next, I unplugged the pedal and everything came back. The pedals are just light duty micro-switched circuits and suffer from corrosion, possibly from sitting around salt air. I had the warranty so got another pedal. It was fine for about a week of light use. It too went out. Called the retailer and asked if I would void the warranty if I opened up the pedal. They said no. So I did. The small micro switches sit behind a board that must be pulled back and flipped over. A simple squirt of Deoxit on the tiny black buttons on the micro/sw's has lasted two years now with no return of the symptoms. Good amp bad pedal.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Never Worked

      I was really excited when this amp head showed up at my house. I had owned the combo a while back, but ended up returning it after about a week due to some strange...Read complete review

      I was really excited when this amp head showed up at my house. I had owned the combo a while back, but ended up returning it after about a week due to some strange hissing noises. I decided to give the head a try, assuming that Bugera had had enough time to get these tweaked and working well. I never even got to hear the thing. I un-boxed it, put it on top of my Vox cab, got everything hooked up properly, turned it on, and no sound came out. I tried "resetting" the amp, and went back through the whole process - still no sound. I then tried out another head with the cab, just to make sure that something didn't go wrong with the speaker or connections; the head worked perfectly. I gave the Bugera one more shot and still got nothing out of it. I wish this amp had worked, the value seemed pretty good, I liked what I heard through demos, and I was looking forward to giving it a good shot for gigging. I guess I'm just not meant to have a Bugera, but I sure won't be recommending any of their products to anyone else anytime soon.

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      3.0

      Sound Doesn't Match the Looks..

      By ECwashr

      from Palm Bay, FL

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Clean Channel Muddy
      • Poor Sound Quality

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Nice Growl On Lead Chan
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      This head looks awesome. I love the vintage classic 50's look with the white chicken knobs. After messing with the controls I did get a really nice tone from the lead channel. However, I was not able to achieve a good clean tone from channel 1. No matter what I tried it has a muddy sound to it. I'm thinking about swapping out the tubes, maybe that will help? I have other tube amps and the clean channels sound awesome. That should always be an automatic with a tube amp. I'll keep messing with this amp, besides the muddly clean, I really like this amp.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      GREAT AMP - GREAT PRICE

      By theitch

      from Milford, CT

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Amazing Tone Variation
      • Easy To Use
      • Footswitch Included
      • Low High Power Modes
      • Warm Tube Sound

      Cons

      • Not Super Loud
      • Volume Other 50w

      Best Uses

      • Live Rock N Roll

      Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      This amp is amazing not only for the price but has incredible tone and gain. This is not for the hardcore metal folks but this amp digs up the dirt! I cannot believe that you get a triode / pentode mode switch for the price. I am really happy with this product.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      great amp!!

      By 2ND78

      from new york

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        great tube sound you can really here the tube warmth. Buy it .... you will not regret purchase. At this price nothing comes close!

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Oh my my my my my my...

        By AnberlinER

        from Palmyra, VA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            I was SUPREMELY impressed on the CRYSTAL CLEAR sound of this baby...for a fraction of the price!! The cleans from my Gretsch SANG loud and clear with no static or muddiness at all. The only negative comment I have is the overdrive & channel 2 were muddy, staticky and weak, but I have plenty of pedals that ROCKED the walls off my house on NORMAL, especially when I used my Les Paul SG. The tri-tube mode was all right but keep it in Pent-tube mode, but, hey, if you want to grab your Tele and play surf music, you'll have a blast in Tri-tube mode. But the Pent-tube mode makes this baby sing, especially for your humbucker guitars. I would rate this like 4.7 due to the overdrive (but can't due to rating system), but I rounded up because the cleans just sounded way too awesome! Save $$ and don't buy EVH, Marshall, Orange or other heads and get this baby now!

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Never Worked

            By Steve

            from Dallas, TX

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            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Looked Nice

            Cons

            • Didn't Work

            Best Uses

            • Paperweight

            Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            I was really excited when this amp head showed up at my house. I had owned the combo a while back, but ended up returning it after about a week due to some strange hissing noises. I decided to give the head a try, assuming that Bugera had had enough time to get these tweaked and working well. I never even got to hear the thing. I un-boxed it, put it on top of my Vox cab, got everything hooked up properly, turned it on, and no sound came out. I tried "resetting" the amp, and went back through the whole process - still no sound. I then tried out another head with the cab, just to make sure that something didn't go wrong with the speaker or connections; the head worked perfectly. I gave the Bugera one more shot and still got nothing out of it. I wish this amp had worked, the value seemed pretty good, I liked what I heard through demos, and I was looking forward to giving it a good shot for gigging. I guess I'm just not meant to have a Bugera, but I sure won't be recommending any of their products to anyone else anytime soon.

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            JUST PLAN AWESOME

            By old metal head

            from TN

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Gets Warm

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Gig Gig And More Gigs
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

            I just love this amp. great with pedals or proccessors. This is a good (no great) sounding amp!!! I've been in this game for 28 years and have played it all from 80's metal to the grunge movement of the 90's to country and back to 70's Black Sabbath. I've had them all Fenders, Marshalls,many many high end tube and solid state amps. I've even built a few a tube amps in search of the all mighty tone of the Gods, and this is a great amp... For the money you cant beat it get a 1960a or 1960b cab and put a heat vent in...ur good to go.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Head

            By laguitar1954

            from Canada

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              I currently own 3 Bugera amps/combos; A V-55 , 1990 and a V-22 Combo. All three sound and work very well in any situtation. I will use any of the three for live or rehearsal work. They all sound great. The only downside of the V55HD is the size of the head. It looks like a combo without speakers. I had mine modified reducing the height by 2 inches and replacing the front panel with a grill for ventilation. It now looks a bit like a 60's Bassman head (size wise), and still performs well. The V-1 tube was changed to a 5751 tube which changes the reponse and playability of the amp. It also improves the gain channel to my tastes. My 1990 is standard and sounds as good as any Marshall JCM 900. My V-22 has an 12AT7 in V-1 tube position otherwise stock. I experiment with different tubes on most of my amps. Results will vary but I recommend this minor modification. Just remember all tubes are not created equal. Purchase good quality tubes but don't spend your life savings, although you may find variance between the same model and part for the same manufacturer. It's the nature of the tube manufacturing process. You shouldn't need to spend a great deal on preamp or power tubes. There are some good sellers out there.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Awesome Amp

              By Rand01

              from California

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Cleans
              • Excellent Sound

              Cons

              • Gain Channel

              Best Uses

              • All

              Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              I picked up a used V55hd with the old cream tolex, and a new Bugera 4x12 cab. Fired them up, what a disapointment. Was about to take both back, then tried running head through my Line 6 DT25 1x12 cab.....Bam! What a difference! The clean channel of this head is absolutely fantastic for the money. Also, I paired it with my POD HD500 for some gain (run it with the clean channel of the V55) and get some great tones out of it, both with gain and using some of the Line 6 clean patches....awesome tones with a Strat HSS. For the money, you cant go wrong. V55HD Highly recomended, not so much so for the bugera cab, I took it back.

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              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              v-55 head malfunction

              By dexter g

              from tidewater va

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Limited Functions

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              This seems to be a common complaint, the reverb or the channel switching malfuncions and the amp is blamed. I went through a similar thing with my
              V55. The lead channel would work fine but would start crackling like it had a bad tube or socket and die.
              I ran down these things and found that they were fine. Next, I unplugged the pedal and everything came back. The pedals are just light duty micro-switched circuits and suffer from corrosion, possibly from sitting around salt air. I had the warranty so got another pedal. It was fine for about a week of light use. It too went out. Called the retailer and asked if I would void the warranty if I opened up the pedal. They said no. So I did. The small micro switches sit behind a board that must be pulled back and flipped over. A simple squirt of Deoxit on the tiny black buttons on the micro/sw's has lasted two years now with no return of the symptoms. Good amp bad pedal.

              Comment on this review

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              One of the best

              By Dylan Beckerman

              from Arlington, TX

              Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

              I absolutely adore this amp. If you're thinking about saving up for a more expensive 100-watt head, get this amp instead and save yourself a few hundred dollars. It gets incredibly loud, and with the volume cranked, it could probably handle a large venue. Again, for your money, this is one of the best amps that you could buy.
              The controls on this amp are pretty straightforward. Added to the standard 3-band EQ, there's also "presence" and reverb controls. The reverb is pretty awesome, and the presence dial basically changes the fullness and power of your sound, which is a nice touch. When you play with the volume settings the clean will go from the most beautiful sparkle to a slightly overdriven, bluesy crunch. Channel two, the overdrive, is possibly one of the best built-in overdrives I've heard. By fiddling with the gain, it will play anything from classic rock to modern rock to full-bore metal. I absolutely love it.
              The quality of this amp is pretty excellent. It has a slightly road-worn look to it, which is a bit annoying, but other than that, it looks pretty good. The tubes are good, unlike many stock tubes, and the footswitch is pretty durable.
              If you have a chance to buy this amp used, DO IT. I got it used, but I would gladly have paid twice the full price for it. For your money, this is one of the best amps that you can buy.

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