Bugera V5 Infinium 5W 1x8 All Tube Guitar Combo Amp
A no-frills tone monster for the studio or practice.
The timeless design and sound of the all-tube amp has made its indelible mark on countless beloved tracks spanning the history of the electric guitar. With the ultimate pursuit of those wonde... read more
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Good for low-gain tones at home
I bought this to have something quieter and simple to use at home, for when my larger amps were inappropriately loud but I didn't want to use headphones and modelling software. It fits that purpose. The tone is the most middle-of-the-road balance possible; neither 'American' nor 'British', or German, or anything else. It's totally in the middle of everything. The small speaker is extremely 'directional' and you need to be perfectly in line with it, ideally with it pointed straight at your head, or it sounds very muffled; do not expect this amp to fill the room with sound evenly because all of the treble is only projected directly forwards and nowhere else. The reverb also has limitations, as it distorts when pushed much beyond '4'. The power switching does work but as the speaker is so small and limited to begin with, and since the amp doesn't really get that crunchy when pushed, cutting the power mostly just results in a muddier volume drop; you may as well just set the master volume lower.
All that said, for low-gain basic clean(ish) tones at home with a hint of reverb at volumes that others in your house or building won't complain about, this works. It's functional, it's cheap, and the valve monitoring does seem to work correctly, easing maintenance. The tone is generic but that does mean it's flexible; the reverb sounds pretty good as long as you keep it below '4'. It's not a good amp per se, but it useful for quiet playing.
good value home use tube amp if a little dark sounding
got this to try to have a tube sound at a volume that it is possible to use at home. This has attenuators to 1W and 0.1. It is a generally dark sounding amp so have the tone maxxed at all times and this is compounded when using the attenuators so I tend to use on 5W at lower volume than cranked at 1W for that reason. It is usable but plays second fiddle to my solid state amps at home which have better tones at home volume
A no-frills tone monster for the studio or practice.
The timeless design and sound of the all-tube amp has made its indelible mark on countless beloved tracks spanning the history of the electric guitar. With the ultimate pursuit of those wonderfully saturated and buttery vintage tones in mind, Bugera proudly presents the Vintage V5 Infinium.
Sporting a gorgeous vintage look and feel, the V5 serves up 5 beautiful, tube-soaked, Class-A Watts in all your favorite flavors through an amazing, class-leading 8" Turbosound speaker. Additionally, the Vintage V5 Infinium features an integrated high-definition Reverb; a built-in 2-way Power Attenuator, so you can achieve the ultimate sound at any volume “ and an extremely versatile Vintage Equalizer with Tone control for sculpting the sound of your dreams. Enhancing the flexibility of this do-it-all combo, our revolutionary Infinium Tube Life Multiplier Technology makes tube replacement incredibly simple “ so you can spend more time playing your music.
Classic All-Tube Design
The Vintage V5 Infinium features true Class-A technology with a 12AX7 front-end and an EL84 power stage. A masterfully crafted all-tube combo amplifier, the V5 provides sweetly-balanced harmonics and natural tube compression, resulting in the warm distortion and break-up you™ve come to appreciate from those vintage megaliths of yesteryear “ only in a much more portable and attractive package. The hand-selected 12AX7 preamp tube in V5' classic '60s-era preamp provides everything from sweetly-purring blues to mind - blowing crunch. Often employed in British-style amplifiers, the EL84 output tube is known for its crisp and chiming tonal quality when pushed to the max, and the V5 harnesses that power via the built-in power attenuator “ for the ultimate guitar tone at any volume level.
Adding to its impressive list of tone-shaping options, the Vintage V5' high-definition Reverb puts the perfect finishing touch to your signature sound. Adjustable via the dedicated control on the front panel, you can finally achieve any sound you desire “ from a subtle touch to the cavernous, natural-sounding reverberation of a large arena.
Infinium Tube Life Multiplier Technology
Years in the making, Bugera's Infinium Tube Life Multiplier Technology can extend the usable lifespan of your amplifier's expensive power valves by up to 20 times, saving you huge money and ensuring the integrity of your tone. How? This revolutionary circuit automatically and continuously monitors the performance of each output tube, and dynamically drives it towards the target operating point, for an evenly distributed load.
Infinium also compensates for the effects of aging, automatically adjusting current levels to keep your tubes sounding as good as new “ even when AC line voltages drop below nominal levels. Similar technology has been used for decades in all-wheel drive cars, where systems modulate the power going to each wheel to improve traction. Just consider Infinium Series amps "4-wheel drive" for your guitar.
Infinium Series amps take all the guesswork out of tube replacement by illuminating an LED next to a tube that is reaching the end of its usable lifespan. And thanks to Infinium's Auto-Bias design, you simply replace the indicated tube “ without a trip to the repair shop, saving you even more money.
Available exclusively from Bugera, Infinium Tube Life Multiplier Technology is a major breakthrough in amplifier design and manufacture, providing incredible reliability for your stage performance and more consistent sound over the lifespan of your tubes. Since they are always operating at optimal levels, your output tubes perform more predictably and last much longer, thanks to Bugera's marvelous Infinium Technology, saving you some serious money.
- Power: 5W (tube)
- Built-in 2-way attenuator
- Tubes: one 12AX7 (preamp); one EL84 (power amp)
- Single channel
- Speaker: 1x8" Turbosound
- Controls: tone, gain, volume, reverb
- Built-in reverb
- Infinium tube-life multiplier, which extends the life of power-amp tubes up to 20 times