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Author Topic: Bugera V5 tube combo amp  (Read 428 times)

Offline Mr303

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Bugera V5 tube combo amp
« on: February 04, 2017, 08:36:24 AM »
I bought this amp as an inexpensive tube amp to get more warmth and tones without effects pedals.
I also didn't want to spend a lot or have a big tube amp taking up real estate in my living room.

The storyline so far....
Bought one from Guitar Center, it hummed badly right out of the box, I was more than disappointed.
Exchanged it for their floor model which sounded perfect.

Got the second one home and for the size its impressive.
Played 4 hours yesterday and it just got better once the entire rig warms up.
I own tube equipment for my home stereo and this amp is very close in sound quality, build quality is going to be the determiner over time.

 The amp is hand wired so it should be robust, I have yet to open it up and look inside etc.

The power output is variable from .1 watts for home practice up to 1 watt and 5 watt total power and it works well, of course as more power is added sound improves.

Initially my overall impression is very good even with the first one humming.

Bottom line....I like it a lot but be wary of initial quality problems and work it hard to insure integrity of the unit.
My floor model most likely has the bugs worked out and the tube life shouldn't be too much of an issue.
Uses one each, 12ax7 and el84 tubes.

8" speaker and a small open back cabinet fit my home and playing needs well.
The controls are laid out gain tone volume reverb and are silent and smooth.

 I also own a ZT lunch box and a Vox mini3.
The V5 is the largest of the three.

Here's a more articulate review from 2011.  http://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/bugera-v5

Cheers!
« Last Edit: February 04, 2017, 08:42:49 AM by Mr303 »
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Re: Bugera V5 tube combo amp

Offline jefsummers

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Re: Bugera V5 tube combo amp
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2017, 07:42:26 PM »
I got a Bugera 333 as a "Stupid Deal" from Musicians Friend. 120watts, all tube, twin 12 inch speakers. I bought it because my Roland Jazz Chorus 120 has become unreliable on gigs - developing a buzz at times. I play in a jazz band and use mainly clean sounds, with a Digitech ElevenRack feeding the amp and supplying OD/distortion/boost as well as other effects as needed.

So, I use the clean channel almost exclusively, but sometimes will balance up the two other channels for grind (Proud Mary) or lead (Black Magic Woman) as an alternative to changing patches on the Eleven Rack.

My impression is that the Bugera has a nice warm sound, very responsive, with great clean sounds, though it seems to be built more for distortion than clean (metal). My biggest complaint is getting it down to practice volumes - it is a loud amp.
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Offline jb63

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Re: Bugera V5 tube combo amp
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2017, 10:49:04 AM »
Hey! MY Roland Jazz Chorus 120 has become unreliable on gigs, too! What did you do with yours? I keep thinking I have to get it repaired, but no one wants to do it in my town.

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Offline jefsummers

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Re: Bugera V5 tube combo amp
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2017, 07:40:50 PM »
It's sitting in my basement behind the Bugera. I'm thinking of trading it in along with a Fender bass head and cab, an Italia Mondial guitar, an Ibanez bass, some speaker stands, and maybe even my Marshall AVT 150 and 1960A cab to thin the herd, so to speak, pick up a nice high end guitar. I'm using the Bugera for bigger events and an obscure mostly solid state really really light amp (ART Attack Module System T-28) for smaller venues, and I usually plug the amp into the PA as well (we run a stereo house mix and two monitor mixes). Thing is, every time I trade stuff in I end up needing it within a month. So, moving slowly.
Parker DF 724
Parker Fly Deluxe
Nitefly V2
Italia Mondial
Fender Std Strat w SCN pickups and GK2A
Epiphone Dot w SD Jazz/JB
Danelectro Hodad 12 string electric
Epiphone Gary Clark Casino
Fender Jaguar Players Custom HH
1963 Gibson Melody Maker
Various acoustics
Marshall AVT150, ART T28, Bugera 333