V5 INFINIUM Reviews



5-Watt Class-A Tube Amplifier Combo with INFINIUM Tube Life Multiplier, Original TURBOSOUND Speaker, Reverb and Power Attenuator


4.6/5.0 based on 14 customer reviews

  • from Carmen Scalfaro
    September 13, 2016

    A little buzz but overall really good for the $$$.

    Really nice little amp. I love the settings that allow me to lower the wattage. I do hear a little buzz coming from the tube but not too much to worry about it.

  • from Amazon Customer
    April 15, 2016

    Great buy and tone. Especially for the price.

    I got one of these as a Christmas gift from my folks. I've been playing for 22 years. I've owned more amps than I can remember. If you're looking for a great 5 watt all tube combo that won't break the bank or disapoint, look no further. That's unless you're expecting high gain metal or hard rock tones without the use of external effects...then you may want to look elsewhere. If you're looking for clean to dirty in a vintage voice, this little gem has you covered. Its extremely easy to get a good variety of clean to creamy overdrive tones just by adjusting the gain and volume knobs. The onboard reverb is of good quality. Be careful though, because its quite strong. Personally I find that anything over the 8-10 o'clock range is washy and distracts from your tone and playing nuances. As for tone controls, there's only one knob. Its all you really need though. I may be biased in this department however since I usually set my tone on my guitars themselves, and fine tune the amp. The 8" turbosound speaker sounds nice. It will also take the full 5 watts in stride well. For those of you who might be curious as to whether the amp can hold its own at practice with a full can! I have a 33 watt all tube head and two twelve cab loaded with vintage 30s I used to lug around before I got this. This little gem is much easier to carry up and down the three flights of stairs at my apartment. Another cool thing is that you can use the bugera as a head as long as your cab is 4 ohm minimum. Just unplug the 1/4" cable that goes to the speaker, plug in your speaker cable to the amp and cab, and viola. It drives my 2 vintage 30s well on the 5 watt setting. I doesn't have the volume or sparkle of my 33 watt of course, but does sound better than the onboard turbosound speaker. If you don't live alone, or live in an apartment like amps are usually too loud. They also don't like being turned down since you lose so much character when you aren't saturating the tubes. Fortunately, the amp has a 3 way power attenuator. 5w is full power, 1w for moderate volume, 0.1w for bedrooms or apartments. The benefit of this is that you still get all the tube saturation, but the attenuator acts as a power soak to drastically reduce the volume. There is a degree of tone loss when you go down to 1w, but its most noticeable at 0.1w. I find that if you turn the tone knob up a little, you can get a good bit back. Make no mistake, this amp sounds best at 5 watts with the main volume over 3 o'clock...or 7 if the knobs had numbers. When it comes to real tube sound at whisper volume, the attenuator is a nice feature that you will enjoy. There is no onboard effects loop but it seems to take effects well. I've tried a few analog delays, phasers, and comps and the amp reacts nicely to them. My favorite to use with this amp is my early 90's tubesreamer. I don't really use it as overdrive so much as a boost. This really helps bring out the tone when you set it to 0.1w. One of the best things about this little amp, is how it responds to playing dynamics. I generally set my volume on my guitars between five and six. From there I let my picking control the volume. In true tube fashion, even with the gain up soft playing will result in subtle breakup, and harder will give you drive. If you have a guitar center near you, and are on the fence, go try one out. I personally think you'll be hard pressed to find a brand new sub $200 tube amp that sounds as good, responds to dynamics, or is as versatile as this one Some final advice: when using this amp at practice with a full band (drummer/bassist/ect.) you will want to elevate it to around waist level. If you place it on the floor with the kick and bass cab, you'll spend the entire practice fighting to hear yourself. Waist level not angled with the volume over 3 o'clock works great. Don't worry, the turbosound speaker can handle it just fine. If you are just getting started, and need a good amp to begin with, this will do great. Don't waste your money on solid state. Don't let think that 5w won't be loud enough. Don't think that a 30w solid state combo will be any louder or produce better quality sound because its bigger. Start with this. If you're seasoned and want real tube tone that won't wake your baby in the next room, give it a shot. Don't let the unfamiliar brand name scare you...its a gem!

  • from Steven
    August 15, 2015

    Great Tube Amp, Low Price

    Best bang for your buck tube amp. I compared this with similar amps from Vox, VHT, and Fender. The power attenuator is a nice feature as it lets you reduce the output from 5W to 1W or 0.1W. I usually keep mine on 0.1W in the bedroom which is plenty loud enough for that environment. 1W isn't terribly louder and 5W would be enough for small gigs I suppose. I'm not a big fan of modeling amps and the only effect this amp comes with is reverb which I think sounds quite good. You can always add any effects pedals you'd like for more versatility. The amp has a dark bluesy sound that overdrives nicely and has a great clean tone as well. The build quality seems good and solid and as far as the styling goes its a good looking amp. The best thing though is the price!

  • from Amazon Customer
    March 05, 2016

    Five Stars

    Nice little amp!

  • from Colin S. Maxwell
    September 08, 2015

    Best value for a guitar amp

    Great little amp. I got mine just for playing in my living room and it suits that purpose just fine. Sounds great with effects as well.

  • from Music Pro
    July 27, 2016

    Five Stars

    Cool!!! With Harmonicas!!!!

  • from Ralphson
    February 27, 2016

    Great sound

    Makes my steel sound so sweet .I love my V5

  • from Daniel J. Favata
    May 19, 2010

    Tiny Tonefull amp!

    Im gonna make this simple. If you love the sound Eric Clapton got outta his Marshall Bluesbreaker overdriven,this amp dialed in with a Nice Tele or a Paul will give you shivers down your spine,If you love the 40s to 50s smokey blues and jazz sounds,again,get this amp! If you dont give a damn who makes it and where it was made but appreciate fully a sweet sounding small tube amp that will inspire you,get this amp! Ive owned and played more than a good share of amps big and small since I started in 1983 and this amp stands out more than any of em! The Bugera v5 is a great looking amp and a hell of a deal for 150.00 ,at least check one out!

  • from JackinJax
    July 03, 2016

    Mighty Mouse of tube amps!

    For its size and price this pint sized but hefty all tube amp is the ultimate bedroom practice amplifier. I've even used it during a practice session where other larger, more powerful amps were being played and was easily heard with the controls at noon (50%). I said all tube, but, I think the reverb circuitry is solid state. Even so, it sounds pretty good. The .1, 1.5, 5 watt step down power attenuation is what drew me to the V5 but I don't use it that much since I rarely overdrive the power tube for the music I play.

  • from David Roper
    January 02, 2011

    Bugera V5

    I picked up one used at GC for $100. Great little amp for the price. The attenuator is a nice feature. I can get good cleans as well as a nice crunch. Very responsive to pick dynamics. Sounds great with Tele, Strat and ESP with EMG 81/60. Also sounds great with pedals. For the price it's hard to beat. It sounds great recorded too. I recommend this to anyone looking for a small tube practice amp that won't break the bank. I'm looking forward to hearing it with new tubes though it sounds good with the factory tubes.

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