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Dressed in classic two-tone vinyl, running on one power and one preamp valve and featuring bone-simple controls, the BUGERA V5 looks like a carefully constructed nostalgia trip. In fact, in many ways, it is! But plug into this beautiful little amp and you’ll not only find a sound that’s caked in real vintage raunch, but also 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 V5 is a living, breathing homage to those half-pint screamers of the past, but with two very important improvements. See, this amp may be small, but 5 watts in Valvesville is still loud as hell when it’s sitting in your bedroom. That’s why the V5 features a switchable power attenuator that allows you to run 5, 1 or 0.1 Watts. An attenuator reduces the amplitude of a signal without changing its sound. That means you can still drive the valves into banshee-league fury, but without waking up the neighbors.
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 pain in the ass!) But in true BUGERA fashion, we’ve gone the extra mile to allow you some late night practicing. Just plug in a pair of headphones to 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 V5 has a 1/4" Speaker Out jack that allows you 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 its bigger BUGERA brothers. The spring reverb found in the V5’s post-war predecessors sounds lovely, but is delicate and expensive to repair. The V5’s modern update gives you an equally mesmerizing vintage reverb sound without the wallet-draining vintage reliability.
With the V5 in your home or studio, your tonal woes are over. It bears 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 V5 today and get ready to pack 60 years of sonic inspiration into your recording or practice sessions.
When I compare my 333xl & 333xl-212, this amp sounds muddier. The distortion was not enough for me to play hard rock, so I had to plug in a distortion pedal. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Al
sounds great, but the power adapter plugs itself while playing. trying to solve issuePublished 29 days ago by Justin Anspach
Always wanted a tube amp never made the plunge because of the cost. Heard good things about this little guy on a guitar forum and all the mods you can do to it so I figured what... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marty M.
Killer! Clean quiet. I can drive a Marshall 4x10 cab with it! Very useful 3 position power selector for those quieter times...Published 3 months ago by Rj Miller
Want a small tube amp that sounds great and won't break the bank?
This is it.
I've played out live with this unit and it does great. Read more
I bought one of these used the first time I saw it online. I like the basic feature set and wanted something with an 8" speaker. Got it and I'm fairly pleased I must say. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Johnny Guitar
For this price I doubt there is a better tube combo amp. I am more than happy with it for my home training. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jano
Classy and warm sounding. Breaks into overdrive dynamically like a tube amp should and the three power settings work well although you loose a little character as you step down. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mr Jim Amazon
I seriously wanted to like this amp. Price pulled me in (hence 2 stars), muddy sound pushed me out. Read morePublished 6 months ago by B Charles