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Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head Black  (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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
 
4.4

(based on 52 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (9)
  • Excellent sound (9)
  • Good power output (8)
  • Warm / comfy (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances (5)
    • Home studio (4)
    • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Professional recording (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (8), Professional musician (4)

    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.

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    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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    1.0

    Nice sound,poor product

    By wozz

    from wisconsin woods

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Out Of 3 I Could Not Get
    • Weak

    Best Uses

    • BOAT ANCHOR

    Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    I got one,,played it for bout 5 hrs,,died...great sound,,ok I'll go with another one cause it had great sound,,the next one the reverb would cut in an out,,ok,,I'll get me another one cause I really like the sound,,next one I had lasted 4 days,,shut off by its self,,thats it ,no more Bugera for this guy,,,too bad

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    dynamic sound

    By jp the weekend warrior

    from el paso texas

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        right out of the box plugged it in adjusted the treble, bass, and mids plugged in my speaker setup 2 12" celestion vintage 30 and a jensen, my boss and ibanez pedals and the head responded and sounded great i was really impressed in less than 5 minutes i had it figured out and could not believe my ears i highly recommend this amp.very close to my fender deluxe sound and tone, for the price cant beat it.jp/insignificance from el paso tx.

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        5.0

        Superb sound

        By wozz

        from wisconsin woods

        About Me Professional Musician

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Bugera V55HD 55W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          Came on the truck,,so I left it warm a whole day
          First thing I plugged it into was my son's MESA 4 x 12,,,WOW,,,crazy bottom and glassy highs,,whata sweet combo,,brought it home and ran it through a Emminence Cannabis Rex 12 inch which was in a Crate Vintage Club combo cabinet,,sounded great,,nothing like the Mesa though,,did the same with a other Crate but with a 15 inch this time,,same great sound,,an the reverb isnt that chincy,,this is a great amp to put a Strat into,,now we will see how long it lasts

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          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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          (3 of 3 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.

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          (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!

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

                 
                1.0

                Never Worked

                By Steve

                from Dallas, TX

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                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.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                JUST PLAN AWESOME

                By old metal head

                from TN

                About Me Professional Musician

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                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

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                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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