Feature Packed, But the Sound Leaves More to be Desired
I own an number of small low wattage tube amps. I purchased this amp based on the features offered in a small all tube amplifier. My expectations were a bit high and I ended up a bit disappointed.
On the positive side this amp is well constructed and has the look and feel of a vintage "boutique" tube amp from the 60's. Simple and easy controls include separate volume and gain along with a single use tone adjustment. Digital reverb is a nice touch and sounds fantastic. In addition, the amp has a nice three way power attenuator allowing you to switch from the full 5 watts to 1 watt or .1 watt for bedroom volume while running the tubes hot. There is a headphone jack and ext. speaker jack as additional options to the stock speaker. Overall, this is a nice package of features compared to most small tube amps.
On the negative side, I was a bit disappointed with the sound. Clean tones at lower volume are fine. As the amp gets cranked, there is a distinct lack of body and drive in the tone. The distortion tends to break early and seems thin t me. The amp is loud enough for small venues or if you mic. The amp takes pedals well too. This would be a fine amp for a beginning guitarist based on the features, but for those more advanced, the tone just doesn't cut it. For the cost, I would recommend spending a few more dollars and getting a Marshall Class 5 combo. While the Class 5 lacks reverb and is a bit larger, the tone is fantasti, and, in my opinion, blows this amp away hands down in sound quality.
For those who buy this amp, I recommend at least upgrade in tubes. I am pleased with the overall look and features of the amp and for me this is the perfect platform for extensive modding. I think Bugera is putting out a quality constructed product and I love the features offered here. So, overall, this one is nice out of the box; but don't expect to be blown away at the sound.