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Rivera Venus 5 Guitar Combo Amplifier  From Rivera

1x12 combo amp, multi-channel, footswitch, master volume

Rivera Amps

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What We Think

The Venus 5 is a great addition the Venus Series from Rivera.  This is your high gain combo amp of choice! The vintage/modern switch is an essential feature on this amp.

Classic split grill and bad ass black tolex that looks good in any group.

This 50 watt 1x12 covers a TON of ground and will satisfy a variety of players. If you have any questions about this Rivera amp or any in the line-up, be sure to call or Email Sound Pure with any questions.  We are believers in teh Rivera brand and we want to tell you why!

Rivera Venus 5 Tube Guitar Amp Video Demo

The Rivera Venus 5 Tube Amplifier is one of the newest offerings from Rivera Amps. This Class A 50watt offering is a truly versatile package that sits comfortably between the popular Venus 3 and Venus 6 Amplifiers. This channel switching, 6L6 powered 1x12 Combo performs brilliantly, with a wide tonal range coming through the Celestion twelve inch speaker. The amp has plenty of clean headroom as well as harmonically rich overdrive with boost, and Class A touch sensitivity. The included footswitch makes switching channels a breeze and also controls the lush accutronics reverb. There is plenty of volume for live applications and it will record clearly at low volume with help from the vintage/modern switch that takes your wattage from 50 to 15. This amp also features an active effects loop with send and return level controls, extension speaker output, and many other easily accessible back panel functions. With classic styling and solid construction, the Venus 5 amplifier from Rivera Amps truly is boutique within reach. If you have any questions about this amp or any Rivera amps, please call toll free 888.528.9703 or email Sound Pure today.

Manufacturer's Description from Rivera

Rivera has created a new legend with our Venus ™ series of Class A amplifiers. Guitar Player Magazine awarded the Venus 3 and Venus 6 the coveted Editors Pick. Now, we have created a new addtion to the Rivera Venus ™ family, the 6L6 powered Venus™5.

With 50 watts of dual 6L6 Class A Magic, two independent channels with 3 band equalization powered by 5 12ax7 tubes, a lead channel with extraordinary gain and sustain, a super rhythm channel with oodles of headroom, and a new channel assignable and footswitchable Accutronics spring reverb, the Venus™5 is a stellar addition to our Venus™ family.

Our Rivera Vintage-Modern switch on the rear panel allows the power to be cut down to 15 watts while enhancing the even order harmonics, making it indispensable for low level recording, small venus performing, and practice. A detachable power cable as well as the AC mains fuse is easily accessed. Two speaker jacks and an impedance selector switch allow connection to the internal as well as external speakers. A Line Out jack gives you the option of slaving another amp or recording directly from the power amp signal that is at line level. An active effects loop with send and return level controls allows easy patching and signal matching to any external signal processor chain.

A 3 function FS-7R footswitch is included.

Available as a Top, 1-12 combo with a Celestion Vintage 30, and a 2-12 Combo fitted with Vintage 30’s or Celestion H30’s. Also available are the Venus™ 1-12 and 2-12 extension enclosures, fitted with Celestion G12H-30 or Vintage 30’s speakers as well.

Available in Black or Pearl White as standard colors.

Rivera Amps

About Manufacturer

In August of 1976, Paul Rivera founded Rivera R&D in Southern California to provide for musicians and the music industry leading-edge design, development, and manufacturing of products based on the philosophy that you, our client, are the center of our attention. It has been our driving force, from our early work in the 1970s with the who's who of the studio world, to our consulting work for many of the leading amplifier manufacturers, to today's extensive line of professional products that we proudly hand-build in the USA. Rivera is a privately owned company. We do not have to answer to shareholders. We answer only to you. Thankfully, in these times when other makers have taken their production offshore, closed, or allowed their products to deteriorate in quality and tone, we have prospered. This again is because of you, our loyal clients. Our continuing dedication to using only the finest of components in robust designs stands the test of time. Purchasing one of our amplifiers is a long-term investment in quality. You will still be enjoying your Rivera product long after our competitors' products are no longer serviceable and have been discarded. Only Rivera builds an all-tube stereo combo amp, the S120 series. Only Rivera builds an all-tube acoustic guitar amp, the Sedona. Only Rivera had the foresight and innovation to launch our powered subwoofer systems over six years ago. Every product in our line is dedicated to serving players and is designed to meet their needs. Years ago Rivera R&D was famous for complete effects racks and systems for bands and solo artists like Toto, Van Halen, Lee Ritenour, and many others. We are proud to launch our new Routmeister effects switcher, distilled from our years of signal-processing experience. This one product solves the frustration that many players have faced for years in organizing and controlling their stage systems. As we have grown, we have expanded our capacity to manufacture absolute top-quality amplifiers. We are now unleashing our new entry-level Pubster and Clubster series of amplifiers, compact beauties that sport all the quality of our more expensive models, with enough features and stunning tone to please the pickiest of players. For those of you purchasing a Rivera for the first time, welcome to our family. For those of you already in the family, hello again, and we are happy to be of service to you once more.


  • Class “A” powered by a pair of 6L6’s
  • 2 Channels with Boosts on Channel 1
  • Footswitchable and assignable Reverb
  • Vintage look with Split Grill
  • Dimensions: 24W x 12D x 18.75H
  • Weight: 57LBS