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  • Bugera Vintage 5...WOW!!!!!!!!!!

    I wondered into guitar center yesterday looking for a compact amp for my apartment, and got into a small amp shootout.

    I pulled an Epi Valve junior, Vox AC4, Fender Champian and a "lunchbox" amp that escapes me at the moment. I wanted to try Gretches mini-amp but they didnt have one in stock. So I got to crank them all side by side in the "vintage" room and it was a blast. The clear winner was the Bugera Vintage 5-until I cranked it I had never heard of this amp.

    Most of the amps had a tight, harsh nasal tone-and were quite boxy sounding. The Bugera did not have this trait-it sounded like a 10 or 12 inch speaker-not a car radio. The cab is large, about Fender Blues junior size but it contains an 8 inch speaker-perhaps this cab is more efficient with the bottom end. It was much larger than the other amps. The rubber "feet" on the cab are quite large, and I think this will keep my downstairs neighbors happy.

    The drive tones were excellent-plenty of crunch availible for both single coils and hb's. Very dimensional as well, and the cranked el84 (im new to this tube) sounded wonderful with a great compression at higher settings. Leads sustained well. I have not yet tried it with a booster or pedals, hopefully they get on well.

    The cleans are pretty good, especially on the 5 watt mode-the reverb is digital but sounds pretty good, it was an unexpected bonus that none of the others had. The tone control is useful, it does NOT go from icepick to muddy. The amps EQ allows plenty of bottom and mids. Its a great classic tone.

    The attenuator is downright useful. At .1 watt, the amp can be cranked but is still pretty loud-I couldnt use it at 2am. The 1 watt setting doubles the apparent volume of the amp. 5 watts is pretty darn loud-too loud to crank but it will be great for practice, as the amp is easy to carry around. The 5 watt setting almost funtions like a "hi-fi" switch adding more bass, treble, and headroom.

    There is a headphone out on the rear that mutes the speaker, which will be great for recording. I may hook it up to see how the amp sounds with a vintage 30. All in all a GREAT amp for the 129 it was selling for. I got the last one in the store.

    The cosmetics are cool. Vintage looking and with a cool blue jewel. The coolest of the compact amps, IMO.

    Im still clearly in the honeymoon phase, but in the meantime I plan to swap out different tubes and to crank this sucker. Anybody have experience with this amp?

    Heres some info.

    http://www.bugera-amps.com/EN/products/V5.aspx

    http://www.guitarcenter.com/Bugera-V5-Tube-Guitar-Combo-Amp-502586-i1470778.gc

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHXhLCDQpIw&feature=fvw

  • #2
    Bizump. Nobody else has tried it?

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    • #3
      best amps on the market

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      • #4
        best amps on the market


        Sarchasm? Id contend they are the best $129 tube amp on the market. Know any good EL84's?

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        • #5
          After a speaker change to a Weber Sig 8, a tube change, and with an eq I find the tone usable.
          Death leaves a heartache no one can heal
          Love leaves a memory no one can steal

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          • #6
            After a speaker change to a Weber Sig 8, a tube change, and with an eq I find the tone usable.


            Thats the first speaker thats been recommended, I will look into it. Know any good tubes?

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            • #7
              gaaaaaaaaaaaaa that guy sure likes the sound of his own voice
              The community here was awesome but the digs & spirit of the place has been in decline ever since it became a business venture rather than a simple collective and this latest gong show really brought the chickens home to roost.Necessity is the mother of invention, ergo: www.guitarampboard.com.So long and thanks for all the fish, love izzy.

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              • #8
                gaaaaaaaaaaaaa that guy sure likes the sound of his own voice


                ...and he's going to be at NAMM!

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                • #9
                  gaaaaaaaaaaaaa that guy sure likes the sound of his own voice


                  That guy is such a pretentious douche bag. Every video he does is that same ice-pick $50 tele sound that is about as appealing as atonal opera. That whole 'lemme start by throwing up one of these bad boys' makes me want punch babies.

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                  • #10
                    I really didn't like it when I tried it out. In fact, I had them get a second one because I thought the first one had issues. But I guess its no worse than the Valve Jr.
                    tlbonehead@yahoo.com
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                    -For Sale:
                    -set of GFS Dream 90s- gold and black pearl- $40 shipped in the cont. US
                    -(2) Celestion G12M-70 16 ohm guitar speakers in good condition $40 ea. + shipping.
                    - Vox VT15 Valvetronix very clean - $85 + shipping
                    - Hughes Kettner Edition Tube 20 (the early Voxy sounding one) Sounds & looks good. $250 + shipping. SOLD
                    - Crate Palomino V8 - 10" Celestion - Very clean - on Ebay (sold)

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                    • #11
                      I really didn't like it when I tried it out. In fact, I had them get a second one because I thought the first one had issues. But I guess its no worse than the Valve Jr.


                      I thought it ran circles around the valve jr, both the combo and stack. What issues did the first one have?

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                      • #12
                        Seems like the 5 watt amps are gonna be the new craze these days. Every one is producing a 'boutique' 5w.

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                        • #13
                          I thought it ran circles around the valve jr, both the combo and stack. What issues did the first one have?
                          none, as it turned out. They both sounded the same. And for the record I can't stand the Valve Jr. I have one..... somewhere.
                          tlbonehead@yahoo.com
                          www.myspace.com/tbone_tommy
                          -For Sale:
                          -set of GFS Dream 90s- gold and black pearl- $40 shipped in the cont. US
                          -(2) Celestion G12M-70 16 ohm guitar speakers in good condition $40 ea. + shipping.
                          - Vox VT15 Valvetronix very clean - $85 + shipping
                          - Hughes Kettner Edition Tube 20 (the early Voxy sounding one) Sounds & looks good. $250 + shipping. SOLD
                          - Crate Palomino V8 - 10" Celestion - Very clean - on Ebay (sold)

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                          • #14
                            Seems like the 5 watt amps are gonna be the new craze these days. Every one is producing a 'boutique' 5w.
                            well, there are a couple budget ones that I really like.
                            tlbonehead@yahoo.com
                            www.myspace.com/tbone_tommy
                            -For Sale:
                            -set of GFS Dream 90s- gold and black pearl- $40 shipped in the cont. US
                            -(2) Celestion G12M-70 16 ohm guitar speakers in good condition $40 ea. + shipping.
                            - Vox VT15 Valvetronix very clean - $85 + shipping
                            - Hughes Kettner Edition Tube 20 (the early Voxy sounding one) Sounds & looks good. $250 + shipping. SOLD
                            - Crate Palomino V8 - 10" Celestion - Very clean - on Ebay (sold)

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                            • #15
                              That guy is such a pretentious douche bag. Every video he does is that same ice-pick $50 tele sound that is about as appealing as atonal opera. That whole 'lemme start by throwing up one of these bad boys' makes me want punch babies.



                              I like his vidz
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                              Originally posted by lawboy
                              Brikus, that's some of the funniest stuff I have ever read. Kudos my brother. There will now be an honorary Trollie Award each year named in honor of you and that thread, called the Open G Piano Award.









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