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New: A brand-new, unused, unopened and undamaged item in original retail packaging (where packaging is ... Read moreabout the condition
Type: 5w Guitar Amplifier
Number of Channels: Single Channel Brand: Bugera
RMS Power: 5 Watts RMS - 10 Watts Peak Power Model: Vintage 5 (V5)
Rack Mountable: No MPN: Bugera V5 Combo Guitar Amplifier

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A New 'Bugera V5' All Valve, 5 Watt Guitar Amplifier Combo with RAT Valve Rectifier, Bias and Gain Switches, Power Scaling and Digital Reverb.

This Amp has Been -

'RAT' Hot-Rodded

Bugera V5 Standard Features - The Build Quality of this Amp is Superb. High Quality Components and decent PCBs. All Steel Chassis with Top-Class Transformers. The Cabinet has a Great 'Retro' look, Solid Construction and a nice Vintage Style Carry Handle. The Front Control Panel features Input, Gain, Tone, Volume and Reverb Controls plus A Nice Amber 'Jewel' Pilot Light and 'Toggle' Power Switch. The Rear Panel has a Multi Impedance Speaker Output, Power (Speaker) Attenuator and Headphone Socket. The Amp is about the same size as the Old Epiphone Valve Junior but is a WAY Better Amp all around.

The most recent Amps are fitted with a Blue 'Turbosound' 8" Full-Range Speaker which works well in this Amp. No need to Change it. Fitted Amp Cover Included.

The Amp Audio Path is ALL Valve, Class 'A', Single Ended, Auto-Bias using a '12AX7' Preamp and 'EL84' Power Valve. The 'Digital Reverb' is Mixed in from a Parallel Circuit. At NO Time is the 'MAIN' Analogue Valve 'Audio' Signal converted to Digital. 

There are a Few Issues with the Stock Amp - When the Amp is switched On, there is a Pronounced 'Mains HUM' -  The Power (Speaker) Attenuator is a total waste of time, it SUCKS all of the Tone out of the Amp and the Headphone Output is Useless. The 'Voice' of the Amp is better suited to a 'Strat' or 'Tele' Type Guitar, in Standard form, it is not 'Les Paul' Friendly.

I have Corrected all of these Issues and added some Nice Extras. The Amp now sounds Fantastic with 'ANY' Type of Guitar, The Reverb sounds Good, Plenty of 'Clean' Available (at lower Volumes) and LOADS of Great 'Crunch'.

- Modifications - 

1. - The Stock Speaker Attenuator has been Replaced with RAT 'FIXED-OPR' ('Output Power Reduction') -

The Stock 'Power Attenuator' Switch remains the same but the Internal Circuit has been replaced. It is very unlikely that you will ever need more than '1 Watt' of Output Power for Home/Practice use - 'OPR' lets you get a true 'Cranked Amp Sound' at Lower Volume Levels - Fat Harmonics - Sustain a Mile Long - the Full Works, but at a MUCH Lower Volume Level. A '3 Position' Switch allows you to Select the Output Power of the Amp - '5 Watts' - '1 Watt' or '0.1 Watt'. As you 'Switch Down the Power' - The Volume Drops but the Tone is Maintained. The 'OPR' System is Electronic - NOT a Passive Speaker Attenuator.

2. - Auto-Bias - You will never need to Re-Bias any of the Valves in this Amp even if you change them.

3. - Tri-Rectifier - 3 Position Switch located on the Rear Panel - The Stock Amp uses a Silicon Rectifier which results in immediate Note Attack. With the Tri-Rectifier, using the Valve (V1-or-V2) setting, the Amp is a LOT more 'Vintage' Sounding with some Great 'SAG'. The Valve Rectifier is a NOS EI 'EZ80'.

4. - The Stock Amp does not have a Standby Switch - I have replaced the Factory Mains Power Switch with a Carling 3 position 'Off / Standby / On' Switch.

5. - Additional Smoothing Capacitors fitted - Tightens up the 'Bass'.

6. - '3x Bias' -and- '3x Gain' Switches.

This gives you 9 Combinations of 'Voice' settings on the Preamp Valves. From 'Clean' -to- 'Major Crunch' - it makes the Amp a lot more Versatile with a high chance that you can find the sound you want.

The 'Bias' Switch -

A. - 'Up' Position is 'Sharp and Bright' with Reduced Bass Response - Works Best with 'Humbucker' type Guitar Pickups.

B. - Centre Position is 'Clean and Mellow' - OK with Any Guitar Pickups.

C. - 'Down' Position is Factory Standard - Works best with 'Single Coil' Type Guitar Pickups.

The 'Gain' Switch -

A. - 'Up' Position is 'Low' Gain.

B. - 'Centre' Position is Factory Standard 'Medium' Gain.

C. - 'Down' Position is 'High' Gain.

7. - The Stock Amp has an Annoying 'MAINS HUM' which also makes it useless in a Studio. I have got rid of the HUM and the Amp is now Silent - NO Background Noise.

8. - I have replaced the Speaker Output Socket and fitted an Auto Switching 'Dummy Load'. The Amp will now be safe if it is ever switched 'On' without a Speaker Connected.

9. - The 'Headphone' Socket and Circuitry has been replaced - Headphones now work as they should (Frequency Corrected) and can be used 'With -or- Without' the Main Speaker Connected.

10. - I Have added a Dedicated 'Line Out' Socket - For Direct Connection (DI) to a Mixing Desk, Recorder or Slave Amp. The 'Line Out' Signal is taken from the Output Transformer, it can be used 'With-or-Without' the Main Speaker connected.

11. - There are several 'Other' Modifications that I do to All of my Amps to Enhance Performance, Reliability and keep the Background Noise Very LOW.

12. - Full RAT User Manual detailing all of the Modifications.

All Amps are 'PAT' Approved.


 I Modify a Selection of Valve Amplifiers with Different Specifications -

Please check out my other listings to see what is Available.

If in the unlikely event your Amp stops working - I will put it right for you. My work and all Internal Parts (excluding the 3 Valves) will be Guaranteed for 12 Months.

A New RAT Bugera V5 Combo Amp will be sent by UPS Overnight Carrier, as soon as Payment is Clear. Free Delivery in the UK Mainland Only. NI, Highlands and Islands at cost. Please email me for a Quote.

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