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Take your tone anywhere from dignified blues to garage-leveling madness.

The stunning Bugera V22 1x12 Tube Combo Amp not only exudes unbelievable sound, but this 22W amplifier also possesses modern flourishes capable of taking it to any corner of the musical landscape. Perfect for practice, home recording, or small club gigs, the Bugera V22 is a loud lad that channels its mojo from 2 EL84 power tubes. These give it the bratty, breakup-prone power amp compression—especially in the its triode mode—its 6L6GC-equipped siblings can only achieve at high volumes.

The Bugera V22 gives you everything that antique amps deliver—without the bloated price tags. Don't be fooled, though; the V22 tube amp packs a special feature that makes it much more than a tribute to the early days of guitar amplification. To explain, we must take a quick step back in time . . .

Before greasy juvenile delinquents hijacked the blues, guitar amps generally came in 2 species: those with triode (having 3 active electrodes) power valves and those with pentode (containing 5 active electrodes) power tubes. Triode valves, which came before pentodes, provide what a lot of guitarists describe as a "gentler" tone. Pentodes, on the other hand, are decidedly more "in-your-face." The Bugera V22 combo is built for power pentode tubes, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for a singular pentode personality. This Bugera amp includes a Mode switch for you to operate the power section as if it had triode tubes—at roughly 40 percent less power. So what'll it be today—old-school or oldest-school?

The sound of the Bugera V22 tube combo begins with a 2-channel (Clean and Lead) preamp. Plug into either the Bright or Normal inputs, then adjust the 3-band EQ (Bass, Mid, Treble) and Presence control to create a sound all your own. Its 3 12AX7 preamp tubes provide the V22 amp with a feast of fuzz. The dual EL84 valves in the power stage propel its terse cockney tone through a Bugera 12" speaker.

If you need to feed more speakers, the V22 amp's Impedance switch adjusts it to 4, 8 or 16 Ohms—which gives it compatibility with just about any speaker cabinet you can find. You also get reverb, but for utmost durability and sound, this classic effect is derived from a professional quality digital processor. The spring reverb found in antique amps sounded great, but they're delicate and expensive to repair. This modern touch on the V22 gives you a vintage sounding reverb sound that's every bit as beautiful, but a million times less breakable. And if all these features weren't enough, you also get an incredibly durable footswitch to select channels and engage the reverb without stopping mid-show.

Whether you're making a record, practicing, or paying your dues on the dive bar circuit, the Bugera V22 Tube Combo Amp complements your guitar-craft with the gold-standard tones of the past—today!

Features

  • Hand-built 22W guitar combo, driven by 2 x EL84 valves
  • Way cool vintage look and feel
  • Original heavy-duty 12" Bugera guitar speaker for true vintage sound
  • Authentic 2-channel preamp design from the '60s featuring 3 x 12AX7 valves—everything from purring blues to mind-blowing crunch
  • Integrated high-class reverb with dedicated Reverb control
  • Vintage Equalizer section with dedicated Bass, Mid, Treble and Presence controls
  • Normal and Bright inputs for ultimate sound character to perfectly match your guitar
  • Multi-gain stage Lead channel with Pre, Post gain and Master controls
  • Amazing Mode switch to select between Triode or Pentode operation
  • Impedance connectors (4, 8 and 16 Ohms) to match virtually any external speaker cabinet
  • High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life

Guitar tones from the '60s stand the test of time. Order today.

 
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Little Giant...

Ive been searching the market for a while for a low/mid-power tube amp so I can retire my 64 Ampeg Rocket top-panel after 46 years of faithful service. Unfortunately I missed out on...Read complete review

Ive been searching the market for a while for a low/mid-power tube amp so I can retire my 64 Ampeg Rocket top-panel after 46 years of faithful service. Unfortunately I missed out on the Ampeg top-panel reissues (Jet/Super Jet) of a few years back, and since I no longer play out as often as I used to I couldnt justify the initial expense of a Fender Hot Rod/Blues or Princeton/Deluxe Reverb RI, much less one of the new generation of boutique boxes; the Bugera V22 fills the bill nicely, at minimal cost. Having cut my musical teeth during that Golden Age when guitar sounds were transitioning from surf to British Invasion to classic rock - Fender/Ampeg to Vox to Marshall/Hiwatt, if you will - I can perhaps more fully appreciate the versatility and potential in this little amp than many of the younger beginner/intermediate players to whom it is most likely designed to appeal; that said, there are also certain design idiosyncracies that make it somewhat less of a plug & play deal than it would appear at first glance. First off, there are no less than four volume controls - clean, OD gain/volume, and master, in addition to a global mid-boost switch - and while this makes it possible to achieve a broad spectrum of tones through a balance of pre- and power-amp tube saturation (or lack of same), its also fairly easy to end up with some thin, raspy, unfocused sounds if youre not careful; the tone controls - Bass, Mid, Treble, and Presence - also have a somewhat narrower operating range than many other amps, so youll need to check this out with the guitar(s) you intend to be using as some players may not have enough variety in this department (although, truth be told, the Bugera is no worse in this respect than some 50s-60s relics Ive played). Second, the normal input is hotter than the bright input - a reversal of traditional roles to be sure, and the reason for which totally escapes me. With a decent A/B box, however, you could have on-the-fly access to four distinct tones for each setting of the pentode/triode switch; this latter feature is an unexpected touch in this price bracket, and a major contributor to the aforementioned tonal versatility. With all tone controls set at 12 oclock, the triode setting evokes the classic Vox AC15/Marshall 18-watt sweet & crunchy sound in both clean and OD, further enhanced by the British-voiced stock speaker (even the model number - 12G70J8 - being reminiscent of Celestion nomenclature); pentode (my favorite) takes you well into early-60s vintage American combo territory - albeit more Ampeg/Gibson than Fender, and very sensitive to changes in both picking and left-hand techniques (more dynamic than the vaunted 2X10 Vibrolux, IMO) - with a dose of Brit midrange EQ thrown in (again, attributable to the stock speaker). The digital reverb is fairly well-voiced, and while itll never be in the same league as my blackface Super Reverbs tube-driven spring tank, itll get those Dick Dale/Ventures tones easily enough - better, in fact, than the solid-state, short-spring analog units built into most similarly (and higher) priced combos. In short, while this amp is highly usable as is, I really see it shining as an inexpensive platform for potential mods/upgrades; some good NOS tubes and a Jensen Alnico would turn it into a classic New York-style studio/club amp, for significantly less money than a fully-functional 60s Gemini I/II (most of those Ive seen have blown trem and/or reverb circuits), with far greater flexibility - and Im just waiting for Mercury to start producing a line of upgrade transformers. Highly recommended...

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Random channel switching mess

Amp sounds great but consider yourself lucky if you get one that works. I'm on my second one and so far so good. My first one had that annoying channel switching defect that's been...Read complete review

Amp sounds great but consider yourself lucky if you get one that works. I'm on my second one and so far so good. My first one had that annoying channel switching defect that's been well documented and widely reported and there are between 1 and 3 new ones reported every day on various forums. When the amp heats up, if you're on the distortion channel it will suddenly switch to the clean channel, the reverb will turn off, then it resets and goes back. Once it happens the first time, it will continue doing this every few minutes. If you check the forums, you will see that this problem affects a majority of the amps. Bugera Germany says they are aware of the problem but Behringer USA says they've never heard of it which I find very unlikely. Neither has offered a fix yet. I love mine because it works and has great tone but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone until bugera fixes the problem. If you don't mind going through 2 or 3 or maybe 4 until you get one that works, you'll end up with an amazing sounding amp but if you buy it, expect to have to send at least one back.

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5.0

3 Year Old Bugera - Great Tone

By D Studio

from Tampa, FL

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Bugera V22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    I recently purchased a pre-owned Bugera V22. I was a little hesitant due to some of the quality issues I read but most reviews were very positive. I am home musician who likes to play with friends every now and then. I don't gig so I can't comment on this amp for performance purposes.

    I was able to demo a used V22 at a local store and it sounded really good. I could see the tubes were all Bugera brand so I assumed they were original. I did change out the tubes a few days ago (JJ EL84's for the power tubes and Sovtek 12AX7WA for the preamps) and the sound is amazing.

    Base sounds rich and deep without being muffled. The mids are warm and the highs crisp but not overdone. The gain is also much better sounding since changing the tubes. It was a bit too crunchy before but is now great sounding and I am able to dial in just the right amount for whatever style I am playing.

    I compared this to the Blues Jr. III which is also a great sounding amp but could not tell a difference in sound quality. Given the numerous controls of the V22 and included foot pedals, this was a no brainer. Great value and amazing sound.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I AM SURPRISED!

    By Strat+el84's

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Bugera V22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    A review is only as good as the reviewer. Been playing 35 years on and off. Was a pro in my 20's. New wave and rock. ( yes, I am that old ) If you expect more for the price youre in fantasy land. I have paid a lot more for el84 amps that were not as good as this unit. Low power setting good for pop and jazz. You get surprising sustain and nice harmonics fron her in the triode mode. Very usable at a level that can cover a 50 person room, or practice volumes. In pent mode she shines like a unit that costs 5 times this price point. I have been using an early 80's Jap O strat and an ES339. This amp communicates well with either SC or HB. Super clean to heavy rock tones are very easy to get without pedals. I think she will do metal with pedals. The speaker does get muddy on the bottom when the amp is dimed, but short of that no complaints. Reverb is as good as you can get in a dig. unit. The strat gets nasty when the mid boost is engaged. I have a small collection of vintage pre amp tubes. But I have not felt the need to use em here. I may change out the speaker for a Webber Alnico Blue Dog in the future, but thats just cause I want to, not because I have to. Over all, if you play pop, blues, classic rock......basically anything this side of thrash metal, and your price range is 3 to 4 hundred. This is it. I honestly believe you CANT buy a better tube amp for less than that 500. Simply the best in this price range. Take it from me, you WILL be happy with this amp if your doing blues, rock or heavy rock! Great amp!

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    5.0

    A tone monster!

    By mindseye

    from atl ga

    Comments about Bugera V22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    Had the amp a week so far and still can't get over the sounds i can dial up from it..Clean channel is to die for... Not fender clean but none the less slightly darker but magical.. gain side is awesome also.. This amp will teach a beginner the art of picking dynamics with out a dought!. I play a 2001 usa strat and thinline telly and prs ce24 thru it.. Each has new majic... i was concerened with the amps quality issues.. but so far none!.... time will tell...workman ship is a solid B+ ,, I dont gig anymore but i cant wait to record this amp... It will stay stock for now... if any change is to be made it will be the speaker.

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    1.0

    Random channel switching mess

    By JC-hZrw3

    from Miami, FL

    Comments about Bugera V22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    Amp sounds great but consider yourself lucky if you get one that works. I'm on my second one and so far so good. My first one had that annoying channel switching defect that's been well documented and widely reported and there are between 1 and 3 new ones reported every day on various forums. When the amp heats up, if you're on the distortion channel it will suddenly switch to the clean channel, the reverb will turn off, then it resets and goes back. Once it happens the first time, it will continue doing this every few minutes. If you check the forums, you will see that this problem affects a majority of the amps. Bugera Germany says they are aware of the problem but Behringer USA says they've never heard of it which I find very unlikely. Neither has offered a fix yet. I love mine because it works and has great tone but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone until bugera fixes the problem. If you don't mind going through 2 or 3 or maybe 4 until you get one that works, you'll end up with an amazing sounding amp but if you buy it, expect to have to send at least one back.

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    (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Good and Bad

    By Bob-9K4GB

    from Emporium, PA

    Comments about Bugera V22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    This amp has great tone. Both channels can be made to sound tremendous. However, I am not able to get both channels optimized at the same time (to allow chnl switching on the fly for solos) due to the shared Eq, etc. The comprimise setting is good, just not optimal for both. IMO this amp @ 22 watts is the perfect size for home use and gigging. I usually mic an amp for best overall sound control when playing in a group. I'm on amp #2. The first one began switching channels and turning the reverb on/off randomly on its own. I thought highly enough of the sound and other features to try a second one, but concerns of reliability exist. The warranty is for only 1 yr. and Behringer no longer uses a network of localized repair stations (so I am told by the closest listed previous repair point). If the amp fails within the warranty you send it back where you purchased it and a new one is given for replacement. So what happens beyond the warranty period if service is needed? Schematics may be difficult to obtain. If this amp lasts, I'd give it a 4-1/2 star rating, otherwise it would be useless.

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    4.0

    Nearly Great

    By jonr

    from Columbus, OH

    Comments about Bugera V22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    Let me start by saying that for the money, this is a killer amp. I have had no problems with mine whatsoever. There is a wide range of tones in this amp, living somewhere between American and British tones. The clean channel is great, a huge, full sound. The ability to drop the wattage lets you get some crunch at reasonable volumes. I'm not a big fan of the gain channel, though. I like it's tone, but on the higher strings, if you hold a note, there is a fizzy decay to the sound. Bottom line: the clean channel is better than anything else out there at this price and worth it.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Dig this little EL84 amp!!!

    By Curt Carver

    from Park Hill Oklahoma

    Comments about Bugera V22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    I like the way this amp sounds clean or dirty. Not much noise to speak of even cranked. Mid boost is an added bonus, although I wish it was footswitchable. I've put it through band practice with flying colors. And could do small gigs easily. So far no issues with reliability. I do plan to do some upgrades.... tubes and maybe speaker but out of the box sounds sweet! I would definitely recommend this amp.

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    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Little Giant...

    By SI Picker

    from New York

    Comments about Bugera V22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    Ive been searching the market for a while for a low/mid-power tube amp so I can retire my 64 Ampeg Rocket top-panel after 46 years of faithful service. Unfortunately I missed out on the Ampeg top-panel reissues (Jet/Super Jet) of a few years back, and since I no longer play out as often as I used to I couldnt justify the initial expense of a Fender Hot Rod/Blues or Princeton/Deluxe Reverb RI, much less one of the new generation of boutique boxes; the Bugera V22 fills the bill nicely, at minimal cost. Having cut my musical teeth during that Golden Age when guitar sounds were transitioning from surf to British Invasion to classic rock - Fender/Ampeg to Vox to Marshall/Hiwatt, if you will - I can perhaps more fully appreciate the versatility and potential in this little amp than many of the younger beginner/intermediate players to whom it is most likely designed to appeal; that said, there are also certain design idiosyncracies that make it somewhat less of a plug & play deal than it would appear at first glance. First off, there are no less than four volume controls - clean, OD gain/volume, and master, in addition to a global mid-boost switch - and while this makes it possible to achieve a broad spectrum of tones through a balance of pre- and power-amp tube saturation (or lack of same), its also fairly easy to end up with some thin, raspy, unfocused sounds if youre not careful; the tone controls - Bass, Mid, Treble, and Presence - also have a somewhat narrower operating range than many other amps, so youll need to check this out with the guitar(s) you intend to be using as some players may not have enough variety in this department (although, truth be told, the Bugera is no worse in this respect than some 50s-60s relics Ive played). Second, the normal input is hotter than the bright input - a reversal of traditional roles to be sure, and the reason for which totally escapes me. With a decent A/B box, however, you could have on-the-fly access to four distinct tones for each setting of the pentode/triode switch; this latter feature is an unexpected touch in this price bracket, and a major contributor to the aforementioned tonal versatility. With all tone controls set at 12 oclock, the triode setting evokes the classic Vox AC15/Marshall 18-watt sweet & crunchy sound in both clean and OD, further enhanced by the British-voiced stock speaker (even the model number - 12G70J8 - being reminiscent of Celestion nomenclature); pentode (my favorite) takes you well into early-60s vintage American combo territory - albeit more Ampeg/Gibson than Fender, and very sensitive to changes in both picking and left-hand techniques (more dynamic than the vaunted 2X10 Vibrolux, IMO) - with a dose of Brit midrange EQ thrown in (again, attributable to the stock speaker). The digital reverb is fairly well-voiced, and while itll never be in the same league as my blackface Super Reverbs tube-driven spring tank, itll get those Dick Dale/Ventures tones easily enough - better, in fact, than the solid-state, short-spring analog units built into most similarly (and higher) priced combos. In short, while this amp is highly usable as is, I really see it shining as an inexpensive platform for potential mods/upgrades; some good NOS tubes and a Jensen Alnico would turn it into a classic New York-style studio/club amp, for significantly less money than a fully-functional 60s Gemini I/II (most of those Ive seen have blown trem and/or reverb circuits), with far greater flexibility - and Im just waiting for Mercury to start producing a line of upgrade transformers. Highly recommended...

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    5.0

    Amazing amp for this price

    By Brandon-lq2aB

    from Elizabeth, PA

    Comments about Bugera V22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    The good: Very good cleans, very warm. decent enough overdrive/channel 2. Built in FX loop is a great feature not found at this price. Pentode/Triode another great and useful feature. This amp has a ton of midrange options (3 band EQ w/ Mid boost plus Presence) Sturdy construction, metal power and standby switches and chickenhead knobs. The "Meh" For me, to make this perfect it would at least have the option to run EL34s or 6L6s. I prefer 6L6s but the EL34's suffice. 70W speaker a bit too much for the 22W amp. wish the footswitch could control the FX loop or at least have a master volume for it. Then again, this amp is cheap for the features it has. would definitely buy again.

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    5.0

    Awesome sound for little price

    By Chris Walker-Z04dk

    from Roanoke Alabama

    Comments about Bugera V22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    I played this amp for about and hour and I was amazed.Let me say if your considering buying a 333 soldano or a Vox nightrain.....you may want to look to the Bugera first..why? It's cheaper has two channels and an effects loop.The Soldano and Vox are higher one channel and no fx loop. Ok how does it sound? The clean is beatiful, clea,r full body notes very goood pick attack and eq is quite musical. The dirty can do quite a bit.It really sounds like the 6260 but with less gain.It sound as heavy as a Van Halen sound and the bass is tight.It my opinion it had a Paul Gilbert Laney type tone.I had to play scarified through it because it had that percussion type tightness not a huge amount of sustian but a great distortion.You've got to at least try one at this price and heck if you still don't like it you could run another stomp box or preamp through the fx loop return and still have a killer power amp and speaker.

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