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Bugera V22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
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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!

Bugera V22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp 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
    An incredibly durable footswitch allows you to select channels and engage the reverb




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  • What is so bad about this thing?

    As reviewed by Thomas on 1/10/2011

    (Ironic that this produc has 22 reviews (before mine that is)) So its been getting verrry mixed reviews this amp. Personally, I think its great. I haven't played through alot of amps, so I couldn't compare it to alot of different tones. I guess, having alot of head room and having a good blackface tone if sort of fenderish. I can say that the bright imputs and the boost switch makes sound like a vox sort of. Plus cranking the clean volume can give some country twang. The dirt channel is interesting, is sort of "more than old school" tube dirt. Very cool but I wouldn't use it that much myself. It come with a foot switch too! Saves me some money on a reverb pedal. So far i haven't found a pedal that this amp does not like. YAY! I havn't used the effects loop yet though so you're on your own. The only complaint I have is the reverb cutting out every now and then. Idk why it does it (tube amp=tube driven reverb) but if you use it for too long or too much of it, like say 10, it can stop working. Honestly, you can't go wrong with getting this amp. Well worth the money I payed.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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  • IF YOU DON'T BUY THIS YOU ARE CRAZY!

    As reviewed by Nick Burkel on 2/22/2011

    This is my first tube amp and i was playing through a 15 watt Marshall solid state, it sounded okay but i needed something a little louder. First of all i have the volumes and gain on 10 and when the master volume is on 3 my ears are bleeding! This amp is so powerful and packs a lot of punch. You can get so many tones from warm cleans to zeppelin and even some metal with no pedals! I play with my Epiphone Les Paul Custom and does this amp really compliment the sound. I dont like the sound with a stratocaster however, but i dont own one so it dosent bother me. Before i bought this amp i was really a Marshall user. But to tell you the truth i am never buying anything other than a Bugera. I am going to get a 4x12 cabinet and hook this amp up to it. This sounds amazing. For the price this amp compares to any amp over 1000$ easy!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.
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  • Great amp if you're willing to work for it

    As reviewed by Nicholas Hayes on 4/11/2012

    First of all, I bought this amp used and on sale for $300, so I went into it knowing that there may be issues. I owned the smaller version, the V5, for about half a year before buying the V22 after OBSESSIVELY researching many Bugera products, mostly this one. I saw that the older versions of the V22 had heat issues, meaning the channel would switch or reverb would turn on and off after it heated up. I went in knowing this issue, and if anyone did any research they would know this too. Is it acceptable? Probably not, but for the money I was willing to risk it and try to fix it if it had the problem. I received the amp and sure enough, it had the reverb on/off issue. The fix involves either replacing a part in the amp or attaching a heat sink to it. I attached a heat sink that cost $5 from Radio Shack, no more issues. After owning this for about a year, I now feel I can review it. The sound of this amp is thin and fizzy at low volumes, which I kind of expect, but it beefs up when you get the master to 4 or 5 and up. You get a really nice classic rock sound with settings across the board in the middle on 5, can't put my finger on where it's at compared to the big dogs, but the overdrive is probably between a classic Vox and Marshall crunch with the boost on, which I imagine you'll want to leave on if you play classic rock or blues. I find with the boost off the sound is way too modern with scooped mids. This sounds OK on the clean channel, but not so much on the gain channel for me - some people may like this for a more modern 90s kind of sound, just not my cup of tea. With the boost on playing the amp with my Super Swede you get that 60s-70s British honk which I love. I can get old Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, anything from that era. Surely loud enough to keep up with a drummer and the rest of the band. Reliability seems to be fine, I don't throw it around but I've traveled many times with it and played a few shows and it seems to be in fine shape after being cranked for a while. The stock tubes for me sound alright, definitely stuck a Tung Sol in V1 and it has more depth, but a little too bright, plan on swapping all tubes eventually, which I find is standard with any amp that comes with cheap tubes. I have a few complaints though, which is why I dropped a star. Number one, the quality issue can't be excused even if I've fixed it - I shouldn't have to and that's why everyone is making a big deal about this amp's reliability. Number two, the overdrive has a fizz on it that doesn't go away very easily, a lot of tweaking must be done to make this amp sound acceptably smooth. Third, while not a huge deal, the pilot light is blindingly bright. I can leave the lights off as long as this amp is on, trusting that my path will be lit with a blue hue. On a side note, I'm tired of reviewers giving this amp a bad rating because it "popped" and "fizzled" or "quit working." It's the tubes, they crapped out, take it back or buy some good ones, you'll feel the urge to upgrade them one day anyway. Give the amp a chance before saying "Screw this, the amp is making noise, I'm getting that Fender." For this price that's how it goes. Even bigger names have less than perfect tubes that come stock with their amps. Dare to be different and get a less known brand for way less money. Don't sour this amp's reputation because it came with a damaged power tube or a noisy preamp tube. In all, I wouldn?t recommend buying this amp if you want to use the footswitch and you?re afraid to open it up, it probably will have the channel switching or reverb problem. The fix is easy but not for people that are afraid to take something apart. I know absolutely nothing about amps besides how to change tubes and I did it successfully. You can really get a nice classic rock/blues sound out of it when turned up and it?s a good bang for your buck for a good practice/club gig amp.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
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