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Bugera Vintage V22HD 22W Tube Guitar Amp Head   

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Building on Bugera's original Vintage V22, which has become a modern classic and inspired combo amp design, the impressive and hand-built 22-Watt, 2-...Read More

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Great vintage sound, with modern, hand-built engineering.

Building on Bugera's original Vintage V22, which has become a modern classic and inspired combo amp design, the impressive and hand-built 22-Watt, 2-Channel Vintage V22HD amplifier head exudes vintage tone and style, plus possesses modern features that will launch your sound into the sonic stratosphere. Loaded with three 12AX7 preamp and two EL84 power tubes, this incredible boutique-style powerhouse gives you the flexibility of two independent channels and selectable reverb, both switchable via the included heavy-duty footswitch.

Classic All-Tube Design
The Vintage V22HD features true Class-A technology with a 3 x 12AX7 front-end and 2 x EL84 tube power stage. A masterfully crafted all-tube amplifier head, the V22HD provides sweetly-balanced harmonics and natural tube compression, resulting in the warm distortion and break-up youve come to appreciate from those treasured vintage amplifiers of yesteryear.

The hand-selected 12AX7 preamp tubes in Vintage V22HD classic ˜60s-era preamp provide everything from sweetly-purring blues to mind-blowing crunch. Often employed in British-style amplifiers, the EL84 output tube is known for its crisp and chiming tonal quality when pushed to the max, and the V22HD harnesses every ounce of that power to awesome effect.

High-Definition Reverb
Adding to its impressive list of tone-shaping options, the VINTAGE V22HD?s high-definition Reverb puts the perfect finishing touch to your signature sound. Adjustable via the dedicated control on the front panel, you can finally achieve any sound you desire “ from a subtle touch to the cavernous, natural-sounding reverberation of a large arena.

Own the Tone
The VINTAGE V22HDs amazing tone-palette begins with its footswitchable, 2-channel (Clean and Lead) preamp. Tone-sculpting options abound, including an onboard 3-band Vintage EQ section (Bass, Mid, Treble) with Presence control. Normal and Bright inputs provide superb matching to your instruments tonal characteristics.

Expandable
The output impedance selector allows you to match any 4, 8 or 16-ohm speaker setup, such as their 112TS and 212TS cabinets. Plus, thanks to the V22HD's Mode switch, which selects between Triode and Pentode operation, you can instantly jump from sweet and warm “ to massively raucous high gain edge.

Footswitch Included
You have all the tools you need, right out of the box. Bugera includes a heavy-duty footswitch for channel and reverb selection to give you easy and convenient control of your tone, right from your pedal board “ allowing your focus to remain on your performance.

Made to Last
Long life and impressive durability are ensured, thanks to the high-quality components and exceptionally-rugged construction found throughout. Designed and engineered by Bugera Germany, it's covered by their 3-year limited warranty program.

FEATURES
  • Power: 22W (tube)
  • Tubes: three 12AX7 (preamp); two EL84 (power amp)
  • Two channels
  • Two inputs: normal; bright
  • Controls: 3-band EQ, presence, master, gain, volume, reverb, triode/pentode Amazing Mode switch
  • Built-in reverb
  • Impedance: 4, 8, 16 ohms
  • Infinium Tube Life Multiplier, which extends the life of power-amp tubes up to 20 times
  • Footswitch included

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BugeraVintage V22HD 22W Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.5

(based on 6 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Warm / comfy (6)
  • Easy to use (5)
  • Excellent sound (5)
  • Good power output (4)
  • Portable (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (6)
  • Performances (5)
  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Professional recording (3)
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5.0

Value 20watt tube amp

By barn

from fly over

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Bugera Vintage V22HD 22W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    Bought this as an open box from M/F, no problems, came with all the original packaging, manuals, etc. This replaces a 50 watt tube head that powered my Laney 2X12 cab. The clean is very clean, I get great tone from my humbucker guitars, and my single style p'ups. Second channel can be very crunchy and responds well to the gain control. Reverb is nice and smooth. Footswitch for channel and reverb, with LED indicator lights, and a fairly long cable. Good selection of speaker impedance, and options for I/O, effects loop, etc. Responds well to my selection of pedals. You could gig with this guy and be very happy with the volume, like I get from my 2X12. The controls are arranged in a sensible and convenient fashion, and in my preferred "chicken head" style. I recently added a G&L ASAT to my arsenal, and this amp drips tone with the open A tuning I'm playing around with. I don't have enough experience yet to comment on Bugera's tube management system, but the idea appeals to me, so we shall see. All in all an excellent tube amp for the money in the popular 20 watt class, full featured and versatile. I don't see how you can go wrong.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Price, features, and SOUND!

    By AlpineFloridian

    from South Dakota

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Features
    • Good Warmth
    • Price Point

    Cons

    • Gain Channel

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Bugera Vintage V22HD 22W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    I ran across this head while researching 2 channel amps around the 20 watt mark. I've been using a 15W Tweaker combo (which I love), but couldn't get the desired range of sounds while playing live without expanding my already cluttered pedalboard. Since no stores were carrying one that I could hear in person, I had to resort to online videos to figure out whether or not I liked the tones this could put out. After months of agonizing, I finally bit the bullet and ordered it sight unseen (sound unheard?).

    I got it with Bugera's 2x12 closed back cabinet. Since I live in an apartment, the initial tweaking was done at a reasonably low volume. My humbucking PRS SE Santana was pretty muddy in the "normal" jack, but after switching to "bright" I quickly found some usable tones. The clean channel is very rich sounding and required a bit of fiddling with the treble and presence knobs to get a tone that would work with a band. Once dialed in, it took my pedals beautifully and let the guitar tone really shine through. The gain channel was disappointing. Anything past mild breakup sounded fizzy on the top end and muddy at the bottom. The shared EQ got a decent compromise between the gain and clean channels, but I was a bit underwhelmed.

    As soon as I took it to band practice and got the speakers moving some air, things improved dramatically. The clean channel stayed articulate and warm, and the gain channel sat so well in the mix I felt like I wasn't using any volume at all. There was still fizziness with higher gain, so I kept that channel to a mild overdrive that I could push with a boost pedal and saturate with a drive pedal. A cranked OD pedal on the clean channel took care of the rest of the gain. At stage volume, this covers lush clean to mild, classic rock overdrive all on its own. With pedals, I can cover anything from ambient post-rock and 90's grunge to country/blues and classic rock.

    In short, TURN IT UP!!!

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Vintage V22HD 22W Tube Guitar Amp Head

    By weldaar

    from NJ

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clean channel is very good and takes pedals well
    • Easy To Use
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Bugera Vintage V22HD 22W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      I mainly use it for practice, but it does have enough power for smaller venues. Clean channel is very good, but the dirty channel leaves something to be desired. I use a good OD pedal with the clean channel and it's just great.

       
      5.0

      Love this amp!!

      By poppy

      from Canton, Ohio

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Bugera Vintage V22HD 22W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        This is for my personal use and sometimes I use it at Church and in my small studio .I really like this amp !!

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This amp has made my others jealous.

        By deanproxy

        from Atlanta, GA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Great Channel Switching
        • Great reverb
        • Loud Enough For Stage
        • Powerful
        • Quiet Enough For Bedroom

        Cons

        • Lack Bottom End
        • Lacks Bottom End

        Best Uses

        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Bugera Vintage V22HD 22W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I'm amazed at this amp. You will hear a lot of responses like "for the price, this amp is great!" but this amp doesn't need the "for the price" qualifier. This amp sounds fantastic. Period. The exceptionally low price is just icing on the already delicious cake. I own a few amps currently and have owned many amps over my time playing. I wouldn't say this amp replaces every amp I have owned, however, is phenominally better than amps way above its price range. I sold my Marshall DSL recently after owning this amp for 3 months and convinced myself that I was playing it way more than my DSL. I've owned a few Blackstar amps, and the Bugera blows them away, hands down. You may be able to milk a tad bit more gain out of a Blackstar, but tone wise, there is no comparison. Smack a nice overdrive in front of this amp and you're easily doing some heavy stuff.

        The clean channel on this amp is superb. Very warm. Very smooth sounding. Very organic. Turn on the reverb and you will get some amazing sounding clean tones. I would say the clean channel isn't as "dynamic" as a Marshall clean, but it is super clean and super great sounding. Crank the volume on the clean and you're getting into some nice sounding breakup even with the Master volume around the 1/4 mark. Roll back the clean channels volume to 3/4 or less and it's super clean and beautiful sounding.

        The overdrive channel sounds great. It has a nice growl and punch to it that really stands out. I love when overdrives get a nice growl and rumble to them that makes them sound super mean and aggressive, yet still retain presence to cut through. This amp provides that with no problem. Even at bedroom volumes, you can hear this amp growl. Hit an E power chord and you'll hear some great characteristics. Lots of rumble and sustain.

        This amp can get super loud, of course. It's 20 watts of power. However, the master volume is incredible. Put it on 1 and have no problems playing in a home without annoying your wife and kids. Knock the master volume down to 1/2 and you can play at night and not annoy anyone either. I can hear my strings over the amp at the 1/2 mark, but you can still hear the incredible sounds of the amp come through at that volume. This is an outstanding master volume. I do wish it has a resonance control that could bring in the bottom in when you have the volume this low, but it's still quite a great sound, even at this level.

        I'm surprised that they can make an amp that sounds like this at this price. If you can only get one amp, this is the amp to get because you'll have no problem using it at home and with your band. It will cover almost any musical genre except for very high gain that would typically need a noise gate, i.e. death metal and such... You're covered on anything from Classical to Country to Classic Rock to Metal.

        My other amps aren't getting as much play as this one and they the least expensive one costs 2x the amount this amp does. I love my other amps, but this one is not only a keeper, but my default choice as of lately.

        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        GREAT WARM CLEANS FOR JAZZ & BLUES

        By WebbMan

        from North East

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Bugera Vintage V22HD 22W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

          I've been playing for 30 yrs and a collector that buys, sell, and trades amps and guitars all the time and that's how I was turned on to Bugera. It's a hand wired, all tube amp that delivers amazing thick, warm cleans. I started off by trading a Fender amp for a used V22 combo. I was impressed and bought a New V22 HD Infinium and love it. The SELF-BIASING feature is real nice considering a new set of tubes are not cheap. As for the tone I already knew what I was getting from the V22 combo I previously owned HOWEVER If you are into the "Marshall" gains you need for Classic rock or Metal, this amp is not for you. I consider the gains section of the Bugera "V"intage line to be weak. Try the more versatile Bugera 6262 that does it all with decent gains and cleans. All in all, IF you are a Jazz & Blues guitarist DEFINITELY BUY THIS AMP.

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