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Discussion in 'Tone Zone' started by JGamble76, Sep 9, 2018.
A Bugera v5 Infinium for $100. Good deal or not??
It isn't bad at all actually. New they run roughly 200.00. I like Bugera and am considering that very amp. I have a G20 with double cabs and I love it. For home use the V5 would be a decent one in my opinion.
i have the t5 head and honestly, it sounds really really good when cranked
up. you can get some awesome sounds out of it, all while you not peeling
paint off the walls.
A lot of guys at our old place really rated the Bugeras, along with the Vox AC4s, & I had it in mind to suggest that to you as a possible option also. At $100 I would say grab it
... &, if memory serves me correctly, it has a blue indicator light
I just commented on the other thread about this exact amp. I really REALLY like mine. it's switchable from 5W down to 1 and 0.1W. 0.1 is pretty quiet, I like it best at 1W. I'm in an apartment so until I move it on up to a house it's stuck at 1W.
The built in reverb is nice (to my ears). It's a low gain amp so is you want to play metal you'll need pedals. Speaking of which, no effects loop. at 1W if you put the gain to 10 it breaks up nicely. I was playing it last night with my 339 with p90s and you dig in it breaks up and soften up the pick attack and it cleans up well.
I'm running it through a EVH 5150III 1X12. i tried a few and it sounded the best, though the cab was easily double the price I paid for the amp. I hear the bugera 1x12 cabs sound great but shipping(from sweetwater) to canada would have added 220 bucks to the cost. Came out to be roughly the same price as the EVH I guess. lol
There's also a cab sim headphone out I've only used it a few times. sounded pretty assey to me. I should try it out again just to be sure.
If you are after reverb, that places the Bugera V5 combo ahead of the Vox AC4 combo, but I do like the 1/4 watt setting on my Vox Head, it allowed me a move up to a 12” cabinet, & you can always add a reverb pedal
Oops I didn't notice you were looking at the v5, I have the t5...
Thank you all for your responses. Very helpful.
Definitely give it a go before buying. These V5 amps usually fall in either the "love it" or "hate it" category. You should find out what camp you're in before you lay down any money.
That said, if you you're a "love it" guy, you couldn't spend $100 any better.
They sound a little dark, and the tone knob sounds kind of "middy", instead of "trebley" like you'd expect.
I've had mine a couple of weeks and I'm still learning it. I can tell you that mine sounds best in my garage on the 5 watt setting up loud. They tend to lose some dynamics on the lower power settings and lower volumes.
The reliability was sketchy on some of the older ones, or so I hear. But mine seems rock solid so far.
Bottom line, if you like it, you'd be hard pressed to find a better amp for the money.
I'd look at the Monoprice Stage Right amps too. Lots of positive reviews on those. The 5 watt version will run you about $100, and the 15 watt (TONS of features and a 12" speaker) about $200, but they're always going on sale. Many people swear by them. I do too.
Good luck with your shopping @JGamble76 !
I've tried many Bugera amps and they deliver great sound and are true huge " Bang for the Bucks".
They can stand toe to toe with any amp, regardless of what the " Gear Snobs" say !!!!
I say let them drink their "Hater Aid ", with their pinkies sticking out !!!!.
For what it's worth I own a bugera G5 infinium head with matching cab. It's a hell of a lot of amp for the money. I am a fan of the smaller bedroom size amps. I already owned an epiphone valve junior head+cab and a modded blackheart bh5h+cab and while they are great amps and still get played, the bugera is very feature rich in comparison. The bugera might not have the lineage of other well known brands but I'm happy with mine.
I’m late to the party, but maybe it’ll help someone in the future. I had a 1960 Infinium and loved it through a mix of green and cream backs in a 4x12. I only sold it because I moved and didn’t have a band to play in anymore. Even with the master volume and two tubes pulled, it was still too loud for my house on Main Street, in a quiet, small town.