Bugera V55 Infinium Tube Guitar Combo Amp 55W 1x12
Bugera made it possible to own a feature packed 55W tube amp in the sub $500 price range with the V55 Infinium.
This two channel amp features a multi-gain preamp stage with three 12AX7 tubes, while a pair of 6V6 tubes drive the output. And it doesn't end with just tubes, because this amp comes with essential gigging features that include having two independent channels, a complement of EQ knobs, a switchable reverb and a boost switch for even more gain.
Bugera also equipped the V55 with a Pentode/Triode Mode switch that essentially lets you reduce the output power to half for driving the amp at lower volume levels.
Thanks to its bigger 12" speaker, the lower frequencies are more defined, which is quite impressive for the price.
Finally, the tubes are protected by Bugera's Infinium technology, which helps prolong tube life and features tube life monitoring via small LED lights at the back.
- Power Rating: 55W (2 Channel)
- Preamp Tube: 3 x 12AX7
- Poweramp Tube: 2 x 6L6
- Speaker: 12" Turbosound
- Input: 2 x 1/4" (Normal / Bright)
- Output: 2 x 1/4" Effects Loop, Footswitch
- Cabinet: Open Back
- Control Knobs: Clean, Gain, Volume, Bass, Mid, Treble, Master, Presence, Reverb
- Control Switches: Standby, Power, Channel, Boost, Mode (Triode / Pentode), Output Speaker Impedance
- Weight: 50.7 lbs
The overall market response to the Bugera V55 Infinium is largely positive, with most users pointing to its combination of gig-ready specs and affordable price tag as its strong points. One user aptly put saying that this amp screams, loud enough for most stage and gig settings. It also helps that the amp has an elegant vintage appearance, which many users approve of.
While the clean channel received a lot of praise, there were a few users who were not satisfied with the high-gain tones. And some recommend switching out the generic tubes to get the most out of the amp.
We were recommending the Bugera V55 Infinium until we performed a thorough review of tube combo amps in June 2018 at which time we found there were more highly rated options available. You can see these recommendations in our guide to The Best Combo Tube Amps.