Bugera V5

Bugera V5

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V5, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Bugera in the Vintage series.

21 user reviews

Bugera V5 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Bugera
  • Model: V5
  • Series: Vintage
  • Category: Tube Combo Guitar Amps
  • Added in our database on: 07/31/2009

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Bugera V5 user reviews

Average Score:4.9( 4.9/5 based on 21 reviews )
 17 reviews81 %
 1 user review5 %
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Mythrandir1's review"Top value for the money"

Bugera V5
The Bugera V5 tube amp is the best purchase I have ever made and it significantly boosted my motivation to keep on practicing. Before this amplifier I used a solid state practice amp, which is good in its own way, but the V5 brings you to a completely new world of sound and tone quality. I didn’t want to believe all those people who said that choosing a tube amp over a solid state one is a no brainer, but it is true, you simply can’t compare them. If you are currently considering purchasing a solid state practice amp, you should certainly try this one out before making up your mind. The V5 costs only a little more than the standard solid state amp of the same category, but its sound and tone simply surpasses it. I haven’t found a single flaw with this amplifier and I love the sound and features for this kind of entry level investment.


This vintage looking tube amp with its 8 inch speaker has a rather basic design, offering you all the controls you really need to shape your tone. You can get a wide variety of tones fast and easy by adjusting any of the gain, volume and tone knobs. The V5 also comes equipped with a control for reverb that is digital but it sounds extremely good to me and I use it very often. Quality-wise the reverb offered by this amp is much better than on any of the solid state amps I tried.
The Bugera V5 also features an attenuation switch that gives you the possibility of setting your amp’s output power to 0.1, 1 or 5 Watts, making this amp perfect for bedroom practice. It also has a handy headphone jack allowing you to play during the night without disturbing anyone who’s sleeping and making the neighbors call the police. I’ve used this feature on many occasions when desiring to play late at night and it works great, making me very happy for having this option. Another important feature is the fact the V5 gives you the option to connect it to another speaker cabinet, making the amp work as a head. While the speaker isn’t a Celestion or any other well-known quality speaker, you at least have the option of connecting it to one if you so desire. To me the speaker sounds great and for now I have no intention of purchasing a different one.


It’s important for me to mention that this amp is not for metal unless you are planning to also buy a distortion pedal. The V5 has no effects other than the reverb and it has no high gain settings like you encounter on other practice amps. You have only the lively tube sound which you can naturally overdrive by raising the volume and achieving a great classic rock or pop punk like sound. The amp can be used clean or overdriven without the use of any pedals, so if you are into any kind of hard rock and heavy metal you need to consider the additional costs of distortion pedals and any other effect pedals you might need to shape your sound.

Bugera’s V5 is meant to be used as a practice amplifier mainly, but you can also use it in a practice hall with your band mates, or even at a small gig. 5 Watts may not seem much, but for some reason 5 watts from this amp sound much louder than the 5 watts you get from any solid state amp. I own a Vox DA5 which is a 5W solid state amp and there is a huge difference in volume, despite having the same output power. I can’t explain why this happens, but it makes this little amp even more versatile than it already is. This amp is also great for some home recording by simply putting a microphone pointed at the center of the speaker. The recorded sound is live and clear without causing any background noise or adding any weird hum to the recording.

I mainly play progressive metal and punk rock, therefore I use distortion pedals together with the V5. Its clean sound and reverb are of great quality making it a pleasure to play through the clean parts of a song and then switching to a beefy distorted sound with the pedal is easy and very practical without losing any of the great tube tones. Even without the use of a pedal you still have plenty of options you just can’t really play any dirtier than overdrive. If you want a clean, warm sound simply turn down the gain, raise the volume a bit, add any amount of reverb that is to your liking and adjust the tone knob according to your taste. If you want something slightly heavier, more bluesy or pop-punk-ish, then simply raise the gain and if you are able to play loud, also raise the volume as high as possible. This will set the tube amp into a natural overdriven state, giving you a great variety of sounds and tones. When thinking about a naturally overdriven tube amp without any overdrive pedals, think of bands like Green Day, that don’t complicate themselves and simply use the basic amp. Adjusting your picking hand will also increase the overdrive effect. The beauty of having a tube amp is that it will actually respond to your changes in playing technique. For instance if you want to get most of that overdrive tones, then strum the chords as hard and heavy as you can and if you want to kick it down a notch simply begin strumming lighter. This can be very useful when wanting to switch from a clean sound to an overdriven one without making any modification during the song and without using any pedals.

Another added bonus which I discovered when switching from my solid state practice amp to the V5 is the fact that now I can actually do proper volume swells and even adjust my guitar’s sound during a song simply by lowering or increasing the guitars own volume. With the solid state amp volume swells seemed impossible, because as soon as I went from 0 to 1 the volume just shot up as if I went straight to 10 and there was no sound or tone difference between any of the volume settings. With this amp, I can actually enable my heavy distortion setting and when wanting to play a cleaner riff during the song, I can just roll back the guitar’s volume and it will lose some of its distortion and sound much cleaner and mellow. The possibilities are limitless, especially if you consider in investing in pedals and the quality of sound and tone which comes from a tube amp simply can’t be denied and anyone will appreciate it.

Reliability and durability

The V5 seems solidly constructed to me but I didn’t have many opportunities to knock it around to try out its durability. Been using this amp for nearly a year and there is no wear and tear that I can notice. I only use it for practice and rare, occasional recording and so far everything sounds in proper order. The speaker isn’t crackling or humming and the tubes are still in perfect condition without rattling or causing any strange noises. The build seems solid and you can always change the speaker or tubes later on if you desire any upgrades or you need to replace them for some reason. This amp can easily be upgraded even though its factory setup should not pose any kind of problems. The V5 seems highly reliable so far, never encountered the slightest problem since I bought it and I would confidently use it anywhere without being afraid that it might break down on me. It is however still advisable to have a backup if you are planning to play at a small gig because even the most expensive pieces of equipment can break down for unforeseen reasons and it is better to be safe than sorry.

Overall Impression

The V5 was certainly the best choice for me when I bought it and if I would lose it or completely destroy it, I will certainly buy a new one. The quality can’t be beaten in this price range and even if you are a metalhead looking for an aggressive sound, you can simply buy any distortion pedal and further shape your sound however you like. The clean setup sounds beautiful and lively while also having the ability to dirty it up a bit and play some crunchy riffs. The only thing that it’s lacking when it comes to practicing is an effects loop, but having that feature for this price would be far much to ask already. In my opinion this amp gives you the best value for your investment and I would recommend it to absolutely anyone, no matter the genre he or she enjoys.


jlbarthod's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Good small tube amp"

Bugera V5
1 entry
1 headphone (if I remember correctly)
Power 5 watts (with selector)


You plug and play, it's basic and that's enough.
For my part, I replaced the lamp by the mesa boogie and Sovtek and HP by Jensen. I was very satisfied with the result.


I did not keep the amp as if the power was sufficient for recovery, he was just a little concert (small rooms such caf 'therefore'). Replaced by a Blues Junior which I am also very satisfied.
I used it with an Epiphone Elitist Casino Mad Cat and a Telecaster.


It is possible that I bought because it really is a super portable ...
For the price, no complaints.

billou50's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" BUGERA V5"

Bugera V5
any lamp
volume-gain tone, reverb-
switch 1w / w 0.5
Black and white vintage look very nice.
The lamps are in a housing ... to dismantle to see.
Very serious finish


there's no simple, one branch, sought his sound, we play!


Typical rock / blues with a personal gain to 6 that crunch ... yum
With a strat. it sounds serious, with a semi-hollow Epiphone slightly less (lack of depth)
The switch is very effective to play weaker maintaining sound personal one more floor to 2.5 W and it was perfect,
Cash great sound effects ... + + +


I've had a few days and I do not regret.
I vules opinion before my colleagues and I find it great.
I was looking for a small amp for practice and long sounds at low volumes.
ATTENTION! it can not do everything, it is only a 5W; for the rest of my MesaBoogie 50w class A waiting ...
But to work at home or in small rehearsal is top.
164 € and it is really cheap.
Basic Instants02/16/2014

Basic Instants's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)"Excellent value for money"

Bugera V5
This is an amp 5 w Class A all-tube equipped with a digital reverb (which is rare for this price and a nice touch), a gain, a volume and a tone. It also possesses another very pleasant surprise for the price, a 5W/1W/0.1W power attenuator and a headphone output and an output to an external speaker 4 ohm minimum. The lamps are an EL84 power and December 1 AX7 pre-amplification.
It has a very nice vintage look with a vinyl coating 2 colors and a blue light.
I have owned for a little over a year, and I'm used primarily for training at home. The new price at the time was around 160 € in VPC.


Configuration is very simple. The manual reads in less than 2 minutes, that is if it is necessary to read. Sometimes you just need to remember how it was positioned level attenuator: when the sound seems a bit feeble, is that the left in 0.1 w ... Note that the difference in volume between 1 W and 0.1 W is not very obvious. Even at 0.1 W, the receiver gets along well. We can still play quietly at low volume at home. For those who have ds nocturnal inspirations, and eager not to wake the spouse and stay on good terms with the neighbors, you can also connect a headset.
The gain knob is used for sound ranging from light to crunch more or less pronounced, even slight distortion at the end of the race. The tone knob does its job quite well. I used mainly between 4 and 6, depending on the connected guitar. The reverb is correct. Personally I'm not super demanding, I just looking for a reverb that "wets" the sound a bit. On reflection, I understand less brands that do not put on their amp. The cost of an external reverb is € 80 minimum, which added to the price of the amp makes it less attractive compared to more powerful models.


I used v5 with a Baja Tele and a fender stratocaster japan equipped with vintage noiseless. I usually play things quite varied, and I need a good are clear, overdrive, and a larger saturation .. With it was mostly blues-rock and funk memory.
The sound palette is clear sound (roughly up to 3-4), crunch (4-7), and saturated beyond, without having a large distortion, overdrive instead. Overruns vintage amp sound. The amp cash pedals well which is also an asset. I plugged it a Boss DS 2, and Dr Jeckyl and Hyde, to have a larger saturation: no problem rendering is satisfactory.

The clear, memory is fairly neutral, clean. The tone knob can properly manage the treble. Saturated sound of the amp, as seen above, is good for blues, classic rock, and more generally, for styles that do not require a large saturation (or other metal), which allows you to see wide. I would describe the sound of vintage.
Size 8-inch speaker that the sound may miss some extent. I've realized playing with someone who used a more powerful amplifier with a 12-inch bowl. However, this is normal for this type of product and for the price. In contrast, the level of power, you can type beef with more powerful amps, subject, on the other is not at the bottom.

A word about customization. Considering the price of the amp, one is tempted to upgrade. For my part, I changed the lamp pre-amp to a Mesa Boogie, and I found that the result was positive (for cheap). I also changed the speaker for a Jensen CR8. The result I did not like because the sound was too acute and unmanageable with the tone knob. So, I put the original speaker.


I used this amp about 1 year and a half. Previously, this type of amp, I had a fender champion 600, the clear sound was great, but against no reverb, and I could not get a crunch that I liked. I also use a small Roland Micro Cube (very good by the way), and a Mesa Boogie DC22. It was for me to get an experience of a small tube amp cheap, with an attenuator and reverb.
Next value, it is excellent, probably the best on this niche small tube amp (I say this regardless of whether you might prefer other sounds, even to most expensive). A new 160 euros (and I'm not talking about the secondhand), you do not lose much to try, knowing that we do not need to shell out extra money for reverb.
Incidentally, my first motivation was to find an attenuator for my Mesa to play at low volume. I saw the price and I was calmed. When I saw that the Bugera was one, considering the price, I took.
I sold (no problem), because I do not use it anymore. I got thereafter, solution oriented head + cabinet 12 inches, much more expensive, but I preferred having a bigger speaker, a fuller sound with more bass and power plug in multiple amp heads (depending on mood).

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