Bugera V55 55W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp  

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Welcome to your personal tonal time machine.

The Bugera V55 tube guitar amp captures the musicality of amps from the 1960s that to this day, remain the guitarist's choice for their ability to respond very dynamically to each players' nuances. Bugera's stunning 1x12 combo boasts modern touches that put an even wider palette of vintage voicings at your fingertips.

Bugera went to great lengths to give the V55 tube amp the ability to deliver everything those dusty relics of the rock revolution did—minus the collector-sized pricetags. But in true Bugera fashion this labor of love was taken one step farther to give you maximum tonal possibilities. To explain, let's take a quick detour to the late 1940s.

Before hillbillies began co-opting the blues, amps came in two varieties: those with triode (having three active electrodes) power valves and those with pentode (containing five active electrodes) power valves. Triode valves, which predated the pentodes, provide what many guitarists agree is a "softer" tone. Pentodes produce a slightly more urgent, aggressive sound. This Bugera amp runs on power pentode tubes, but include a Mode switch that lets you run the power section as if it had triode tubes—that is, at about 40 percent less power. This gives you the option of going beyond old-school—straight to elderly school.

The old amps that defined electric guitar tone were often single-channel amps. These amplifiers offer that same vintage clean, but add a second channel for modern high-gain tones. To begin, take your pick of the Bright or Normal inputs, then twist the three-band EQ (Bass, Mid, Treble) and Presence control to sculpt your signature sound. Depending on which channel you choose, three 12AX7 preamp tubes take your tone anywhere from dignified blues to garage-leveling madness.

The Bugera V55's power stage's dual 6L6 valves propel this tone through a Bugera 12" speaker. Need to feed more speakers? Both guitar amps have an Impedance switch that toggles between 4, 8 and 16 Ohms, making them compatible with virtually any speaker cabinet. These amps also have reverb, but in the interest of tone and durability, their reverb is derived from a studio-caliber digital processor. The spring reverb found in their post-war predecessors sound lovely, but they're delicate and expensive to repair. The Bugera V55's modern update gives you an equally mesmerizing vintage reverb sound without the wallet-draining vintage reliability. And if all these features weren't enough—you also get a road-tough footswitch that allows you to select channels and activate or kill the reverb remotely. So whether you're in the studio, rehearsing in the garage or pulling into Champagne-Urbana for a gig that pays two pitchers, the V55 tube guitar amp is able to complement your craft with the gold-standard tones of the past today.

Features
  • Hand-built 55W guitar combo driven by two 6L6 valves
  • Original heavy-duty 12" Bugera guitar speakers for true vintage sound
  • Authentic 2-channel preamp design from the '60s featuring 3 x 12AX7 valves—everything from purring blues to mind-blowing crunch
  • Integrated high-class reverb with dedicated Reverb control
  • Vintage Equalizer section with dedicated Bass, Mid, Treble and Presence controls
  • Normal and Bright inputs for ultimate sound character to perfectly match your guitar
  • Multi-gain stage Lead channel with Pre, Post gain and Master controls
  • Heavy-duty footswitch for Channel and Reverb function included
  • Mode switch to select between Triode or Pentode operation
  • Impedance switch (4, 8 and 16 Ohms) to match virtually any speaker cabinet

Bathe your guitar in sunshine-clean California tone and high-gain vintage gruff.

 
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BugeraV55 55W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
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4.0

A very good amp for the price

By The Hawaiian Superman

from Hilo, HI

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Bugera V55 55W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    This amp will not disapoint. It was a great deal. This amp has tons of clean headroom. The cleans sound very good. The overdrive sounds pretty good, but I prefer getting overdrive/ distortion with pedals in front. With this amp, I can get many different styles from jazz to rock and even metal. The parts seem to be good quality. My amp came with an orange jewel light instead of blue.

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    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Lets just say I'm impressed and surprised!!!

    By Steve-euGU6

    from Dodge City, Kansas

    Comments about Bugera V55 55W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    I wouldnt normally purchase anything associated with Behringer. I simply dont like theyre products and send their name right to the cheap category. I bought this for my son so hed stop using the equipment in my studio. We were on a budget and really couldnt afford the Orange or Bogner and he didnt want anything that said Peavey on it and I dont blame him. I settled with the Bugera V55 amp just from reading its specs and several reviews. I am impressed with its tone, construction, and appearance and with 40 plus years of experience both on the road and in the studio I am more than qualified to judge this amp. Weve had it for a month now and the tubes are nice and broken in. The sound is just what Id expect out of a tube amp, warm and full of character. The 12 speaker compliments the amp nicely and has just the right amount of breakup for a vintage sound. Though as we found out this is not an amp for the metal player, adding a distortion pedal to the clean channel will get you the sound youre looking for. The overdrive on the amp just sounds great and has a usable sound right out of the box. The clean is tight and clear and impressed me all the way! This amp doesnt seem to have the bottom required by many players using a 7 string guitar but adding a 4 X 12 cab really beefed up the low end and volume. Remember it takes more speakers to go volume up not more wattage. For a Boutique amp in this price range youll be hard pressed to find a better amp. This also included a footswitch that has a metal casing, NOT plastic, that should tell you something right there. Though the name Behringer doesnt fly easily out of my mouth I am impressed with what theyve done here!

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    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    sweet sweet sound

    By mark-KrHJ7

    from montgomery, Alabama

    Comments about Bugera V55 55W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    This amp is absolutely amazing. It sounds really good. The clean channel is excellent. I have my guitar plugged into the normal switch and I can get as bright as I like to, so I haven't tried the bright input. I had the volume on about 6 and the triode switch on (1/2 power). It had just a little bit of hair on it. When I switched it to pentode it stayed clean til about 7. The lead channel sounds ok. I have a great distrortion pedal that I really like and if I get over about 3 it's a liitle too much. You can get metal if you like, I just don't use it that often. The bad thing about it is I've had it for 4 days and on day 4 the volume started doing up and down like the tubes are having some sort of problem. If you get this amp I would suggest you get the warranty with it. I bought this amp to play with my son who plays drums. If someone stole it I would definately buy another one.

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    5.0

    An Amp Worth of a Vintage Guitar

    By Rob-XqoxK

    from Detroit, MI

    Comments about Bugera V55 55W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    I have owned the V55 for about a week now, and have auditioned it with Alnico Humbuckers (hollow body Jazz-Blues) Alnico Single Coils (Strat an Tele rock-blues), and tried some generic guitars with the amp. The amp is very well matched to vintage guitars (alnico pickups) and is certainly worth an audition. It doesn't sound bass robust and "ice pick" clean like a Twin / HRD, nor does it sound like a Vox or Marshall. It has it's own voice. I don't use drive channels much, but the clean channel and reverb (which is not so surf-springy) sounds good. The amp is as quiet as your electronics. I have not had any noise or RF problems with this amp, unlike some of the real vintage amps I have owned. 55 Tube Watts should be plenty of power, and the triode/pentode switch can help soften the tone. but I have not yet had the opportunity to rehearse or gig with the amp. I'll provide an updated review after I get a chance to see how the amp performs with the band. It looks like this amp is going to be a keeper, as long as it cuts through the mix with the band.

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