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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
  • An incredibly durable footswitch allows you to select channels and engage the reverb
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BugeraV22 22W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.3

(based on 116 reviews)

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  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (32)
  • Easy to use (27)
  • Warm / comfy (27)
  • Good power output (20)
  • Portable (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (23)
  • Home studio (21)
  • Professional recording (16)
  • Outdoor events / games (14)
  • Amateur recording (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (25), Professional musician (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Tube Amp

I've been playing guitar for over 25 years, mostly just as a hobbyist, but also as a paid musician, and in the studio. I've owned or used most of the big name...Read complete review

I've been playing guitar for over 25 years, mostly just as a hobbyist, but also as a paid musician, and in the studio. I've owned or used most of the big name amps, and a few boutique tube amps. This amp is a perfect bridge between the two, for those on a budget or for those just looking for 'the sound'. I play jam band music (Dead, Phish) and rock. I own a fat Strat and an Ibanez AS73 (hollowbody with humbuckers). This amp handles both effortlessly. I compared this side by side with an AC30, and I preferred the warmth that the Brugera has. The AC30 seems brittle in comparison.

The pro's:
-Clear, punchy cleans.
-Rich distortions-even at low levels. Humbuckers absolutely sing
-Effects loop with very little to no signal loss-just leave a pedal on in the chain
-Responsive EQ-I can get very close to the 70's Garcia tone, for example
-Good quality parts-speaker sounds great after breaking in, tubes are nice and warm. Solid footswitch.
-Good volume for practicing-you don't need to crank it.
-Surprisingly decent digital reverb-works for me
-Its loud-plently loud for a small/medium venue. It mic's well too.
-Output for a 2x12, which I'll be buying soon.
-It works well with effects. I'm running a pedalboard with a JHS Little Black Buffer>Qtron+(with a Boss OC3 in the loop)>Boss MO-2>TurboRat>MXR Eq>Volume
In the amp fx loop: Ibanez PT9 Phase>TC Spark Mini>EHX Memory Toy Analog Delay
-The price.
-The price. Seriously...you won't find this quality for this price anywhere else.

I may buy another for backup or for a stereo rig. I'll have two amps and a 2x12 cab for less than the price of a Twin Reverb.

Conclusion? Buy one. You'll love it. It doesn't have the 'name brand', but it does have the quality.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It aint the champ yet, but it's getting there

I play a vintage Tele a Deluxe Strat, a Gibson SG and an Ibanez Artcore, this amp doesn't do any of them a dis-service. At band volume it's clear and cuts really well...Read complete review

I play a vintage Tele a Deluxe Strat, a Gibson SG and an Ibanez Artcore, this amp doesn't do any of them a dis-service. At band volume it's clear and cuts really well through the mix and at quieter volumes has a really nice creamy warmth in the triode mode. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to any player and in my opinion it just may be the best recording amp to come down the pipe in a long time. I've owned Fender, Traynor and Mesa amplification and this stands alongside all of those.
What more could you ask, the reverb is excellent and has amazing depth, the clean channel is sparkly with no harsh and when you kick this little jewel into the gain/lead channels it compresses, growls and crunches with the best of them.
So far so good in the 7 months I've had it, whether at a practice, gig or just fooling around it's never had a breakdown which seems to be the common complaint for Bugera/Behringer. The controls are sensitive enough that you can really hear the difference between a 3 and 4 or a 8 or 9 setting
Once the word gets out, they'll sky-rocket in price which is always sad, I can hardly wait for the Magician to make it into the market. 85 watts of crazy and I'm going to own one as soon as they're available

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(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

UPDATE: 2-1/2 Years Later

By SeaBass4Lunch

from Baltimore, MD

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Pros

  • Adjustable tube bias
  • Deep rich speaker
  • Digital reverb unit
  • Good Warmth
  • Snug solid
  • Trem pedal great wamp

Cons

  • Digital reverb unit
  • Standby switch circuitry

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Professional Recording

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

I think a product and fellow musicians deserve a follow-up review, significantly later.

Here's what amazes me still: I have the original tube loadout--haven't replaced a tube YET--with no performance issues whatsoever. Sure, I'm pinching myself, especially after reading the neg reviews. The amp has matured nicely: knobs still are tight and smooth and work flawlessly; the speaker has developed a sweet, smooth vintage sound, with an awesome-sounding yet very smooth degree of breakup at higher volumes; the triode-pentode switch still works effectively; the covering fabric is still tight as a drum head, and no screws or fasteners have backed out; the circuitry works very well...with one exception...

The standby flip switch doesn't really cut off the sound entirely. I'm planning to take the amp to a shop for a check of this portion of the circuitry.

This has been the second-best amp purchase in my 40 years of playing. The BEST amp purchase is my Tech 21 Trademark 60w. The Bugera V22 has proven to be the best tube amp purchase. Yes, I'm quite surprised with this revelation!

(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love this thing

By Bones McCoy

from Miami, FL

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

I've had this for around 2 years now. My only complaint is that my tubes have started to fade, but that happens with any tube amp. Getting them replaced soon. My tone is still beautiful (enough to make my rhythym guitarist envious), and I love it. No matter if I'm using my strat, epiphone, semihollow, acoustic, or classical, it sounds great. It gives great clean tones and very nice distortion tones. I would buy it again in a heartbeat. The amp has great features, great tone, it's a great deal, and it will last a while. I use it almost daily, and regularly haul it to gigs (it's my main amp, and by main, I mean only), it's held up great and is still running strong. It would be a disservice to NOT buy this amp, in my opinion.
I only give it an 9 for features because it's reasonably stadard, but what it does come with is very good. It has a presence knob, built in reverb, and two channels, and that's pretty rare on a 22 watt amp. It also has a boost button which I don't really use, mainly because there is no footswitch for it. The reverb sounds excellent, and just a little can really give you some nice reverb. I turn it up to 9 for one song, and it's just crazy. I mostly have it set on 3.5. You can also control the reverb from the footswitch.
The quality of all components are great. I've taken this thing to gig after gig after gig, and it's stood strong. The footswitch is still intact, and it's taken a real beating. It's covered in a leathery-type of substance, and it's very strong, and protects the guts well. I prop it up on an amp stand, it sits perfectly and is never a hassle. No problems with the input jack, like the time when my Line 6 75 watt's input jack completely fell out. Both (normal and bright) have stayed in their hole.
If you're looking for a deceptively small, great tone machine at a low cost, look no further. I'd pay more for this amp, any day, assuming I had the money. This is a great bargain. That's all I can really say. Tons of bang for your buck.

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This may be one of the top 5 tube amps.

By GUITAR 6

from Panama city beach florida

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

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

    Just let me say this amp is well made, the cabinet, pc board, layout and easy to repair if needed. The amp is quiet, with great warm tube sound, from the clean channel, with good sounding digital reverb, no it is not a spring unit, but it inhances the guitar tone nicely. I am a big reverb fan and i can tell you unless you are looking for surf reverb, this is very nice.The tone stack is after the first two tube stages for better tone. very good control on bass-mid- treble. I like the triode switch on the rear panel, if you like a very creamy balanced tone, the triode mode can't be beat. There are a lot of good comments about the lead channel, it sounds good to me but i am a clean player. After reading all the reviews, i can say the speaker is very good, you would have to buy a celestion blue to improve the tone, some might be louder, but not buy much. the tubes that come with it are pretty decent, i change the outputs to JJ'S and heard very little change.Playing though the bright input to me give the amp a british tone less gain, less bass. How can you not like the looks of this amp. I play country, surf, finger style guitar and the amp sounds great for all styles.I am now retired and have also built tube amps. i could not make an amp like this with out spending 3 times the amount of money. I highly recommend musicians friend for this amp.

    (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    great amp

    By Retro-6E6yl

    from Alaska

    About Me Professional Musician

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • People Are Catching On

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    I have had this amp for a year now, gigged with it about 20 times and pushed hard. To me it sounds kind of like a cross between a marshall and a fender. The bright switch engaged gives you total marshall brutality
    that will cut through ANY mix.

    Awesome overdrive channel, the clean is also gorgeous and full - it "blooms" or "breathes" nicely and has a nice round bottom with clear articulate top. Headroom is pretty good on clean for a 22watter.

    I keep it on pentode; half wattage compresses/mushes to much for my liking.

    Oh yeah this amp will crank.

    The tone sits beautifully in the mix with all knobs but reverb straight up. Its the perfect live amp. Pair it with a 4x12 and get your master to about 7 and you will be basically be hearing a cranked marshall-esque tone that has got all the mojo you need....after all, the biggest ingredient to your tone is your fingers but this amp will help....

    I love this amp and will never get rid of it.

    next to a $1500 JCM900 marshall 1x12 combo this amp (to me) sounds better. More juicy and the clean absolutely stomps any marshall clean tone.

    This amp can cover a lot of territory from jazz,
    blues, rock, pop to metal...but if you are a real metal guy you'd probably be better of with a Bugera 333xl --> that amp also has serious mojo.

    the V22 is a small slice of heaven at a bargain price.

    I don't know how they do it but I am glad they did.

    You won't regret buying this amp - it stomps on most amps that are three times the price.

    (10 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    It aint the champ yet, but it's getting there

    By Russell Bracci

    from Undisclosed

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

    I play a vintage Tele a Deluxe Strat, a Gibson SG and an Ibanez Artcore, this amp doesn't do any of them a dis-service. At band volume it's clear and cuts really well through the mix and at quieter volumes has a really nice creamy warmth in the triode mode. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to any player and in my opinion it just may be the best recording amp to come down the pipe in a long time. I've owned Fender, Traynor and Mesa amplification and this stands alongside all of those.
    What more could you ask, the reverb is excellent and has amazing depth, the clean channel is sparkly with no harsh and when you kick this little jewel into the gain/lead channels it compresses, growls and crunches with the best of them.
    So far so good in the 7 months I've had it, whether at a practice, gig or just fooling around it's never had a breakdown which seems to be the common complaint for Bugera/Behringer. The controls are sensitive enough that you can really hear the difference between a 3 and 4 or a 8 or 9 setting
    Once the word gets out, they'll sky-rocket in price which is always sad, I can hardly wait for the Magician to make it into the market. 85 watts of crazy and I'm going to own one as soon as they're available

    (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Clean Amp

    By jthop3

    from Jacksonville, FL

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

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

      Bottom line...the newer ones with the amber jewel light are the ones to own. I played an older one that had some tube rattle and heat problems (these were remedied easily), but what sold me was the clean channel. Plenty of room, loud and clear. Distortion channel, not bad, actually very good for classic stuff. That's it! This amp is well built and even the included pedal is upgraded. Unless you are attracted to labels, look no further...

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fabulous V22

      By Dave Herman

      from Santa Fe, NM

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Not So Much

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

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

      One trick pony.
      Loud. Blow away the drummer.
      Beautiful tone. Jaw dropping tone.
      Bouncy bottom end with strong top end.
      Dirt channel is worthless.
      So much clean gorgeous tone up loud...WOW!
      Had this one for a year now without maintenance. Can't get rid of this, it just sounds so good.

      (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      perfect for clean/warm tone

      By Cohen Anderson

      from Georgia

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

      I bought this amp because I can't always haul around my JVM410H head & stack. I wanted a warm/clean tube amp with reverb and that could power an external speaker/monitor. This amp is perfect for band practice/gigs. I mic my amp and run it through our PA so volume isn't an issue...though it can get loud. I adjust the volume according to how loud I want my monitor. I was very happy with the warm/clean tone it offers. EQ is solid, EXCELLENT REVERB. I have plenty of dirt pedals...so I'll never use this amp's distortion (it's ok, but sounds best with a light distortion for blues). I strongly recommend this amp if you're a clean player or if you're like myself, a pedal guy, and want solid tone/reverb and need to power a monitor.
      -powers an extra monitor/cabinet/speaker aside from its own. I have it powering a 12" monitor with a horn.
      -clean/distortion channels. master volume. presence, reverbs, low, mid, treble EQ.
      -small useful footswitch that has a reverb & channel button
      -very warm, clean, bright tone.
      -built solid
      -for the price...you can't beat this amp if you're looking for a clean tone.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Amp!

      By Jeremiah

      from North Carolina

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

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

        Excellent amp, especially for home/ studio use. Incredible clean tones! The crunch channel isn't that great, sounds kinda similar to a fuzz. I play my 97' fender American Standard Strat and 09' Gibson studio through it for mostly blues/ rock and it does wonderful. Also I use a boss me-70 multi-effect in front of it and it works well. Overall a great amp for the money.

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Gugera V22

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

        Great amp. Change the tubes and you will have amp that competes with the best of them for a fraction of the cost. If you are on the fence about this amp don't be. This amp is addictive once you turn it on and start playing with different sounds you will know what I am talking about. If you love classic tube sound this is the amp for you. Do not expect it to sound like a Mesa Boogie but if you like 80's Marshall like distortion and Fender like cleans you can't go wrong with the V22.
        I have waited 3 weeks before posting a review to give time to really get to know this amp. I lived through the tube era and played back then so I am very familiar with tube amps. After the first week I loved the sound but the tube rattle was terrible so I opted for JJ's and replaced all the tubes which where cheap and got to me fast through Musicians Friend. After about 20 hours of playing the tubes really baked in and the sound is great. I can go from sparkly Fender to Marshall growl with ease. The amp is responsive to the touch cleaning up nicely rolling back the volume and gets nasty fast when you dig into the strings. Rated at only 22 watts it still gets very loud, as load as my 75 watt Line 6 and has no problems keeping up with full group settings. I am not sure about the speaker. I have a 1962 supro cab with 2x12 inch Jensens that I like to run it through. I read that there is a break in period for the speaker and they sound fine after that. Reverb is better than many spring verbs I have heard.
        So far so good. I have only had this amp for 3 weeks but have logged at least 2 hours everyday and many times 4 hours a day on it. I have not seen any of the peddle issues that I read about from older reviews. I am not sure about the speaker. It sounds great with my Music Man Super Sport but brittle with my Gibson Bluehawk. Les Paul sounds great as did my tele. I will give the speaker a little more break in time as I have used an external cab for a lot of my playing time on it. The cosmetic's and build quality are top shelf. This is one of the best looking amps I have seen in a long time. The one thing that really looks cheap is the cable from the foot switch. I can see that I will replace that sometime.
        I would challange anybody to find a better deal than that. I have owned nearly everything out there from Fender Marshall Sound City and Hi Watt. The V22 more than competes in sound and at a fraction of the cost. This is by far the best value in a tube amp that can be had.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice amp!

        By Edward Attix

        from Mississippi

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

        Like it a lot!
        Loving this amp so far. Only had it a couple of weeks, and it does not yet seem to be plagued with many of the problems anymore that you may have read about with earlier models. Crossing fingers on having no problems. It has some really fine tones. One thing I really like, compared to other amps of this size is the volume control. You don't have to keep the volume level under "2" to play at home. You have a full range of volume control without blasting the whole house. I'm loving the tones I can get out of this thing.
        So far, so good. No issues.
        Excellent bang for your buck!

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Classy and Classic

        By Tim Kellogg

        from Augusta, Kansas

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

        I plugged in my hollowbody and immediately fell in love with the sound, and the more I learned how to use all those knobs and switches, the better I can make it sound and the more I love it. I totally smoked my fretting fingers the first weekend I had it, couldn't stop trying different settings and just playing simple stuff over and over just to dig on the sweet tone. It didn't even occur to me to try my old strat with it until I'd been at it nearly nonstop with my hollowbody for about three weeks, and I then discovered that my new amp had made me want to hear my strat again, too, which I'd put away for the most part because it basically required some sort of effects to sound decent to me, unlike my ES-175, but I had only ever plugged it into cheap solid-state amps and I had never heard it sound all that great until I tried it with this one, clean or distorted as all get-out, it just sounds RIGHT, and I have yet to feel a need to mess with any pedals, just using what this beautiful amp came with. Seriously, the way my hollowbody guitar sounds, on clean and on gain, with this amp is AMAZING.
        It comes with the footswitch for the clean/gain channels and the reverb. It has 2 different modes for 2 different power-levels and sounds. It has a "boost" button that adds a lot to the midrange and gives it a whole different sound with one button. It has a normal and bright input to suit your needs, and the book suggests humbuckers may sound too dark and muddy through the normal input and you may want the bright input. I have an ES-175 hollowbody, and it has humbuckers, but I'm guessing my guitar isn't sounding like a LP or SG on either input. My solidbody guitar has single-coils, but I like it's sound on both inputs, actually, though I prefer my ES-175 on the normal input. There are so many knobs and so many variations and possibilities, if you can't get the sound you want, you should probably keep experimenting.
        This thing has a solid, classic, classy look, feel and sound. I have absolutely no complaints so-far and am very impressed with the way this amp is put together.
        For my budget, for a tube combo amp big enough to play in my local bar without a mic on it, it was down to this one and the nearest-equivalent Peavey. I've not seen any evidence of anything wrong with either of these amps; I just preferred the sound of the Bugera for my taste and my guitar and my music.

        (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Too Bad..........It could be an outstanding Vintage Style Amp

        By wayne stoeckert

        from Rochester NY

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

        This was my 2nd Bugera V22..........This one was also shipped back to MF. The first was purchased as a reasonably priced alternative to carting around a Twin Reverb or Marshal Half Stack, as my current needs require less wattage and more portability. Upon arrival, I was totally blown away by tonality of the clean channel..........As I prefer using pedals with a clean channel, I was pleasantly surprised at first........Until the output volume started fading in and out. Having read the reviews before purchase..........I wasn't totally surprised....So back it went, and ordered another..........This time the clean channel tonality was not as good, but hoped it would improve with a few hours on it.......Then the next objection.........Holding a chord, clean or over driven, boomy overtones took over as the chords started to fade................I've played through tube amps all my life.....Marshal, Fender, Mesa and Vox........All with never an issue, so I'm used to being able to depend on their reliabilty.
        I know these are separate issues from the ones found in the other reviews........As I said, Too Bad!
        Compontents need to reviewed...........Raise the price a bit if nessesary....It wound still be a bargain!

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Could not pass on this amp. A great buy.

        By Frank Digiovannangelo

        from Philadelphia, Pa.

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

        The only thing I have to say is change the tubes!

        The Chinese tubes are junk and Sovtek tubes are not expensive and have less microphonics.
        I'm disabled and need to stay close to the amp when I play.
        I also got rid of the tube cage and now the amp is totaly clean with no tube rattle or microphonics at ALL!
        I changed the speaker to a 75 watt Jensen Lightning just because I had one on hand.
        I feel better with the Jensen since I have always used them in the past for replacement.
        The Bugera speaker was good but the Jensen makes this amp sound the way I want it to sound.

        I've tried 10 Guitars through it, mostly my custom Super Strats and 2 Telecasters.
        I also tried 2 strats with active pickups and a Hammer with split coil EMG pickups.
        The pickups for the Strats were 3 with Fender 69's and the rest were custom made level ALNICO 2's.
        I've had a lot of tube amps in the past mostly Fenders, but sold them.
        This amp is cheaper than the Fender solid state and Hybread Amps I have now and I had to have one just to play with it.

        (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        V22 Purchase

        By Tones

        from New York Metro

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

        First I want to say how impressed I was with the folks at Musicians Friend. Once I informed them of the problem I was having with the amp they immediately set me up with a return. Excellent customer service.... This amp has just tremendous tone! It was exactly what I was looking for. Compact, great looks and has a killer sound.... Sounded perfect with my Fender Custom Shop Strat.... then the volume started to just drop out on the clean channel. I prefer to use a Tube Screamer or Blues Driver with the clean channel. So, only the third time I used the amp, I had to send it back. Very dissapointed with that. Am considering getting another one, but having this one drop out after only three uses, I am reluctant to get another and use it at a Gig.... But if you get a good one, I think you will love the sound and looks of this amp.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        As good as I thought it would be

        By Denny Harvey

        from Louisville Ky

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

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

          I had played a Bugera V22 in the local music store. I fell in love with the tone of the amp. When my band mates decided to go to in ear monitors, I knew my 40 watt fender was just too loud for what we were wanting to do. I purchased this on a whim and I am very glad I did. I have a $1049 fender 65 deluxe reverb and this stays right with it. It has more features than the 65 DRR such as channel switching, master volume control, presence control and a mid control. These allow you to create a variety of sounds. This amp is 22 watts, the same as the DRR, but, uses EL 84s instead of 6V6s. Overall an incredible sound. Built good, chassis is nicely configured. I can't comment on durability as I just got mine, however I am seeing them being used in many of the local acts here in town. Bottom line, if you want a deluxe reverb sound but can't afford one try the Bugera V22. You'll be glad you did!

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very pleased with Bugera.

          By Carlosupernatural.

          from Oregon

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          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Bigger Than It Looks

          Best Uses

          • Easy To Get A Sound From

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

          You can spend a whole lot more and not get the sound that this amp projects. This is a quality machine that was well thought out and designed. It's sturdy and well built. It projects a great sound at low volume as well as high. Simple to use and calibrated for 0 to 10 increases. I play a Strat and LP Studio through it and can get anything from a crystal clear sound to dirty as I want. The only drawback is it's size as it is bigger and heavier than it looks. However, it's size does add sound. Move over Fender, Bugera has arrived.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          3 Years Old...Sounds Great!!!

          By D Studio

          from Tampa, FL

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          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth

          Cons

          • Gain Is So So

          Best Uses

            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.

            Bass 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 solid. I do prefer to use a Boss Blues Driver instead of the built in gain channel. 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.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Simple, Solidly built, Sounds Great

            By Cannonball

            from Saratoga, NY

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

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

              This 22W Bugera Tube Amp is an impressive sounding, solidly built and easy to use amplifier. It is much louder than I expected it to be for being only 22Watts. The Sound is clear even when cranked, without any humming or buzzing coming out of the unit. The Standby switch feature is awesome and saves you from having to power off and on when changing cables/guitars.
              The digital Reverb sounds good and the amp definitely has that 'Warm' tube sound. Nice overall amp and reasonably priced.

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Bugera v22

              By Kurmanification

              from Wisconsin

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

              Overall this amplifier is totally, totally worth it. It has awesome features, and it takes pedals really well. It is an awesome studio amp and could probably do small gigs (I mic mine). Totally reccomend it!!!
              The features are really what shines with this amp. It has many more features than you would expect a tube amp at this price to have (for me specifically the effects loop, and reverb). Genrally for a cheap tube amp youd expect a bare-bones, one trick pony kinda thing.
              Honestly, the quality was a bit shaky. I bought it and cranked it up to about 3 o clock and there was some loose bolts that shook when I played. This company claims to have everything hand made (which I don't doubt) but when you hear that your expectation would be for it to be almost perfect which is not quite true in this case. I might of had a faulty model or something, I dont know.
              The value for this amp is great. The money to feature ratio is very awesome. Totally worth it.

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