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  • A pleasant surprise, Bugera V5 amp.

    When Bing cashback was up last week I had a moment of weakness and bought a Bugera V5.

    one EL84 power tube
    one 12ax7 preamp tube
    .1, 1, and 5 watt built in attenuator
    digital reverb
    headphone out
    speaker out (4 ohm minimum)
    Gain, Tone, Master Volume, and Reverb controls
    8 inch, 4 ohm, 30W greenback clone
    claims to be class A, but I'm not positive that it is
    bright blue jewel light..










    There were some mixed reviews on these, but after some closer inspection, all of the negative reviews were written by just one guy, he posted like 15 of them all over the net. :facepalm: The rest of the reviews were pretty good actually, so for $135 I figured it was worth a chance.


    In a nutshell, it's pretty darn nice. It has a very a good clean that takes on the character of whatever guitar you have plugged into it. The amp does not add much of it's own color to the signal, other then the tube warmth. This I really like (stock tubes are fine btw).

    I think this was meant to be a more of a clean amp that you would put a dirt pedal in front of. It will play cleanly all the way up to the top with the gain knob set low, which for me makes it a very usable amp.

    Turn the gain up a little (3 to 5) and you get that classic bit of overdriven sound when you dig in with your pick.
    Turning the gain all the way in up in 5 watt mode did not result in a tone that I would use much, if at all (see post #16 for a correction on this point in 1/10th watt mode). For this type of higher volume gain I would step on my Keeley DS-1. With that pedal the amp overdrives very nicely.

    It can be very loud on 5 watts and holds its sound together nicely, I am looking forward to using it with a extension cab and a drummer. But I think you could for sure use it with a drummer in a small club, if you are playing clean with a touch of overdrive, even better. You are not going to get hellacious rock tones in a full band setting with an 8 inch speaker, but maybe you could get by with a extension cab, I don't know.

    The other-side of it is the .1 watt setting. This makes it appealing to apartment dwellers. I am impressed with the amp when it is turned way down. There is no noise or hiss coming from the amp, just a pretty clean sound to practice with, even at really late in night volumes when everyone else is asleep. A lot of amps can't do this territory very well, they get down kind of low and then the volume just goes off. Or you can get pretty low but there will be a high noise floor, think SCXD or Vox Da-5.

    I get a lot of my playing in at this time of night and I am very pleased have such a nice sound to listen to while I am practicing. Very Sensitive low volume control = win in my book.

    the digital reverb. It's good, not as good as real springs, but good none the less.


    I think you need to have few pedals in front (distortion or overdrive, and delay) to really get the most out of this amp, but all in all, it fits the bill really well for what I think most guitarist do. That is playing at home, and on the weekends, getting together with some buddies to play music, brilliant amp for that.

    I have to assume that it will record well; and it adds to a current set up nicely for a stereo rig. I'm also very pleased that it does not sound boxy and that it seems to be loosening up pretty well in just the 5 or so hours that I have been playing it.

    For $135 to $150 I think Behringer is going to sell a lot these V5s.

    Heads up!




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  • #2
    Good to hear. Been curious about those...
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    • #3
      I have one too and really like it!
      But it's the second most expensive amp I've ever owned so what the hell do I know :lol:

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      • #4
        I definitely don't need another amp, but I want to check one out. Only recent Bugera in person I've seen is the 22. It was OK, but I'd have a lot lower expectations for a $150 amp.
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        • #5
          Seems close in features to the Vox, although much cheaper. Certainly interesting, thanks for the review.
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          • #6
            Come on now, that Behringer reference was quite the Freudian slip there!
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            • #7
              Good to hear. Been curious about those...


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              • #8
                Thanks for the write up Orange. There can't be enough small wattage amps in this world IMO.
                Listen...

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                • #9
                  I have one as well. I always play it at 1/10th of a watt, and of course, there's not much clean headroom at that setting. It sounds a bit Marshall crunchy at that setting.
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                  • #10
                    It sounds a bit Marshall crunchy at that setting.


                    It's interesting that amp tones and peanut butter use the same adjectives (smooth, creamy, crunchy, super-chunk)!!!
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                    • #11
                      Good to hear. Been curious about those...


                      My offer still stands....whenever you want to give it a test you are more than welcome to borrow mine.... It really does take pedals well

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                      • #12
                        I thought it sounded really nice when I tried one recently. It has a nice crunch and for a 8" speaker it wasn't too boxy sounding.

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                        • #13
                          The OP has doubts as to whether an amp with one, one output tube is Class A ?!? :freak: :facepalm:


                          Sure, it's possible to design the circuit to be Class C (used in radio transmitters way back in the dark ages), but it would sound like total ass in any audio amp, be it hifi or guitar.
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                          • #14
                            The OP has doubts as to whether an amp with one, one output tube is Class A ?!? :freak: :facepalm:


                            Sure, it's possible to design the circuit to be Class C (used in radio transmitters way back in the dark ages), but it would sound like total ass in any audio amp, be it hifi or guitar.


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                            • #15
                              I've got a V55HD and waiting to order a BC30-212 when they become available. Not surprised that the V5 is a nice little amp.

                              I had a V22 as well, but when I found out about the BC30, I took it back, not needing two combos. It was a sweet amp as well.

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