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Rating and Reviews: Bugera V5INFINIUM Combo

With a built-in power attenuator and headphone output for silent playing, the V5 is a great practice amp. The all-tube design features 12AX7 and EL84 valves.

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"This thing is amazing." submitted July 28, 2016

By Michael S in Syracuse, NY
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Musical Background: 10+ year multi-instrumentalist. Opened for national acts.
Music Style: Jazz, fusion, progressive rock, blues, retro rock.
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Overall: I picked this little guy up and wow. First off its under to 200 dollar price point. Second, its a class A tube beauty. The tone on this thing is better than some small boutique amps I have played on (VHT, Fender, Handmade). It's got a great clean tone when you want it, and an awesome filthy gritty tube tone when you want it. The attenuator is bada** for practicing, and the headphone jack works like a charm as well. I can't comment on the self biasing properties yet as I just got it, but I can say the stock tubes are not bad. I've had worse. If you're on the line, get it. You won't regret it. I also want to comment on the fit and finish. This thing looks amazing. It feels amazing and it plays amazing.
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"Bugera v5 infinium" submitted August 1, 2016

By Leonard Smith in Baltimore, MD
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Musical Background: Been playing guitar for quite a few years and drums for the last 7 months.
Music Style: Rock, blues, gospel, prog
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Overall: WOW! I can't believe how good this thing sounds. Driving tube tone at a volume that won't wake up the whole household. The reverb sounds amazing. I haven't hooked up any pedals yet. I also haven't had to ask for manufacturer support. All in all, I would say to someone who is considering buying this amp, "What are you waiting for?"
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"Bugera V5INFINIUM" submitted November 6, 2016

By M Campbell in San Diego, CA
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Musical Background: Guitarist/Musician/Songwriter/Mojo Man
Music Style: Blues, Classic R&B, Rock, Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Fraggle Rock
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Sound: Some categorize the tone as "muddy" and "dark". I found it to be to my liking, not too dark or muddy. But tone is a personal preference, to each his own. The reverb, being digital, is not all that bad. I have a Vox AC15 C2 with a AC30 true spring reverb tank in it...no comparison there, of course, but my Vox Night Train has a digital reverb in her which is rather nice. I would say this one is not much different to that one. I was able to coax really nice over driven tones from this amp. More blues/classic rock than metal. I never tried pedals on this amp, so no comment there. Feature: The best feature is the attenuator. That was my main reason for choosing this amp. I wanted a lower watt amp. It was between this and the Vox 4 watt model with an attenuator. This amp was almost half the price and had a gain control. Ease of Use: Prior to it's "melt down", I was able to get really great tones from this lil' amp. Dialing in the sound you want was easy and I could foresee the .1 watt being a useful tool for late night home practice. Quality: It felt like it was well made. Great looking, The vinyl covering looked and felt like high end leather. The handle was sturdy and I believe it was made of leather. I felt it would be around in my collection for years. Had it not been for the static/buzzing issue, I'd be playing her right now. Value: I hope mine was just a fluke and the rest of you get a issue free model. If so, I know you'll enjoy this amp. No other all tube amp with these features is any where near this value. Hell, I still want to give her another try someday. I'm sure mine was just a bad egg in the bunch. Or, I'll just get another Vox! Manufacturer Support: I did not contact them with my issue, just promptly returned it to zZounds. The Wow Factor: The "Wow" factor is the classic good looks and the beefy tones you'll get! Overall: I really wanted to love this amp, yet sadly after just a few days of ownership, it began to act up. This amp looks great and feels as though it's built really well; solid construction, "leather-like" vinyl covering, classic "chicken head" knobs. This initial tones I was able to get out of her were very much to my liking and I looked forward to getting her broke in and hearing how much better she would sound over time. Yet one afternoon while playing, it began to have a loud static sound, for no reason. I turned it off and then on again with no luck. Then, as mysteriously as it began, it slowly faded away. I continued to play with no more static. Cut to a few days later. it happened again, only more aggressively. Not wanting to take a chance, I decided to just begin the return process while she was still new. I still feel a bit saddened since I really wanted to love this lil' amp.
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