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Bugera V22 Infinium 22W 1x12 All Tube Guitar Combo Amp

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Building on Bugera's original and inspired V22 amp design, the impressively full-featured and handbuilt, 22W, 2-Channel Vintage V22 Infinium tube com...Click To Read More About This Product

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A fantastic, medium-powered, highly portable 1x12" tube combo.

Building on Bugera's original and inspired V22 amp design, the impressively full-featured and handbuilt, 22W, 2-Channel Vintage V22 Infinium tube combo amplifier not only exudes vintage sound and style, but possesses modern features that will launch your tone 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. Add to this to the revolutionary Infinium Tube Life Multiplier Technology and amazing 12" Turbosound speaker, and the Vintage V55 Infinium becomes one extraordinarily versatile tone-machine that is ideally-suited for the studio, stage, practice room and concert hall!

The Vintage V22 Infinium features true Class-A technology with a three 12AX7 front-end and two EL84 tube power stage. A masterfully crafted all-tube combo amplifier, the V22 provides sweetly-balanced harmonics and natural tube compression, resulting in the warm distortion and break-up you™ve come to appreciate from those treasured vintage amplifiers of yesteryear.

The hand-selected 12AX7 preamp tubes in Vintage V22 Infinium' 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 V22 harnesses every ounce of that power to awesome effect.

Infinium Tube Life Multiplier Technology
Years in the making, our Infinium Tube Life Multiplier Technology can extend the usable lifespan of your amplifier' expensive power tubes by up to 20 times, saving you huge money and ensuring the integrity of your tone. How? This revolutionary circuit automatically and continuously monitors the performance of each output tube, and dynamically drives it towards the target operating point, for an evenly distributed load.

Infinium also compensates for the effects of aging, automatically adjusting current levels to keep your tubes sounding as good as new “ even when AC line voltages drop below nominal levels. Similar technology has been used for decades in all-wheel drive cars, where systems modulate the power going to each wheel to improve traction. Just consider Infinium Series amps œ4-wheel drive for your guitar.

Infinium Series amps take all the guesswork out of tube replacement by illuminating an LED next to a tube that is reaching the end of its usable lifespan. And thanks to Infinium' Auto-Bias design, you simply replace the indicated tube “ without a trip to the repair shop, saving you even more money.

FEATURES
  • Power: 22W (tube)
  • Tubes: three 12AX7 (preamp); two EL84 (power amp)
  • Two channels
  • Two inputs: Normal, Bright
  • Speaker: 1x12" Turbosound
  • Controls: 3-band EQ, presence, volume, gain, reverb, master, Amazing Mode triode/pentode switch
  • Built-in reverb
  • Impedance: 4, 8, 16 ohms
  • Infinium technology, which extends the life of power tubes up to 20 times
  • Heavy-duty footswitch included

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BugeraV22 Infinium 22W 1x12 All Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
3.9

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (18)
  • Excellent sound (17)
  • Warm / comfy (16)
  • Good power output (12)
  • Portable (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (17)
  • Performances (15)
  • Amateur recording (14)
  • Outdoor events / games (10)
  • Professional recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

new on the scene

needed a tube amp for regular playing, some gigs, chose the v22 for price and sound, and that was new on the market, and i wanted a more brit sound without shelling out...Read complete review

needed a tube amp for regular playing, some gigs, chose the v22 for price and sound, and that was new on the market, and i wanted a more brit sound without shelling out for a marshall....glad i bought it, a fun amp sounds from marshall to vox to fender...pretty broad for such a simple amp....after years of using big name amps im very satisfied with my v22. would recommend it to vets as well as newbees....

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Solid Entry Level Tube Combo

As described by other reviews, the V22 has a great articulate clean sound. The gain channel distortion is a bit weak/buzzy, but I am sure I will find a musical use for...Read complete review

As described by other reviews, the V22 has a great articulate clean sound. The gain channel distortion is a bit weak/buzzy, but I am sure I will find a musical use for that. The amp sounds great with effects pedals in front and with a multi-effect unit on the FX loop. Lots of tonal variety from the on-board EQ and presence controls. Also, lots of extra features for the price such as variable power, footswitch, external speaker port...and these all work well. Unfortunately, the first amp I received had the dreaded "tube rattle", and it could not be solved. Bugera tech support and customer service was great. They even sent me a couple replacement EL84 tubes...but no joy. As usual MF stood behind the purchase, and quickly sent me a replacement V22 under their return policy. This one works and sounds great. If no return was needed, I would give this product 4 stars. Great price for a feature packed, good sounding tube combo amp.

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Real EL84 value

By Sling

from Riverside CA

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Pros

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

Cons

  • QC

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

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

I've had the V22 Infinium for a week now, was planning to wait 30 days, but I've heard all I need to hear at this point to write a review. This is a budget priced amp, there's no secret there, and I was not really expecting this thing to run laps with my Marshall JMP MKII 2203, '64 Bassman, or '67 Super Reverb, but rather that it would make a good at home jam amp that would get descent clean tone @ lower master levels. I was very wrong about what this amp is. I have owned several excellent modern production valve amps as well as my hard earned vintage circuit pieces mentioned and I can say in all honesty, the V22 has quality of tone that in no way sounds less inspiring than those amps. From 3 dimensional clean with as much headroom as you want, to kerrang breakup with a ton of hair and growl, this amp sounds amazing anywhere I put the controls. Does what only EL84s can do, and does it with it's own character and attitude. It looks like a Matchless, sounds like a Marshall pre mated to a Vox power circuit on gain, and like a black face Fender pre mated to a Peavey Classic power circuit on clean. The reverb isn't spring, but I'm really surprised how it matches and augments the quality of tones this amp produces. The only criticism I have is that the old QC problems with fastener torque and tubes rattling in the sockets have not been eliminated still. There was a small screw rolling around in my chassis and the power amp valves buzz around under certain frequencies. Bear in mind, these are cheap, low quality valves in this amp, I can only imagine how much better this amp will sound with JJs, or Tung Sols (I'll find out soon). At this price, there is nothing that can touch this amp. If classic rock/hard rock/ blues/garage rock/ etc. is your bag, this amp has the tones you're looking for. Even if you had a few grand to throw around, don't discount the V22, you might get all the tone you wanted for less than a quarter of the price you expected.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

THE BEST TUBE AMP ON THE MARKET

By Steve from Upstate

from NY,NY

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Incredible Tone-Second to NONE!
  • NO tech needed to change tubes
  • Verstile
  • Very easy to change tubes that last longer

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • JUST A GRATE TUBE AMP AT 1/3 THE PRICE
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    Been plasying 30 years and this is one of the nicest Tube Amps you could ever own. I dumped my AC 15 with the two Greenbacks for this because it sounds so much better. Built to last! One of the STURDIEST Amps you'll ever own and by far one of the BEST SOUNDING AMPS on the market today at a 1/3 of the price of whay you would pay for a good 5 Watt amp. This is the BEST BUY on the Market for a Tube amp bar none and I have owned about EVERY tube amp under $1200 in my 59 years of Life, and my 30 plus years of Playing Electric Guitar.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    new on the scene

    By mic

    from grass valley, ca.

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    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances

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

      needed a tube amp for regular playing, some gigs, chose the v22 for price and sound, and that was new on the market, and i wanted a more brit sound without shelling out for a marshall....glad i bought it, a fun amp sounds from marshall to vox to fender...pretty broad for such a simple amp....after years of using big name amps im very satisfied with my v22. would recommend it to vets as well as newbees....

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      BEST AMP FOR THE MONEY

      By Steve from Upstate

      from Upstate NY

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      Pros

      • Amp is super clean and the distortion is greatr

      Cons

      • 51lbs it's not a grab and go amp

      Best Uses

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

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

      I have owned a lot of amps over my 59 years and so of playing guitar but this amp stands in a class by itself. It sounds better than amps costing 3 times it's very low price and has a tube extender that will let your tubes last 20X longer than a conventional amp. Super Cleans right out of the box and a great distortion channel. If this is on your radar don't hesitate over it just buy it, you will be very glad you did and yes it does have Reverb This amp sound is second to none it is one heck of a deal and you WILL NOT find a better amp for this price, they could double the price and iot still would be worth every penny

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My favorite home amp

      By Max

      from New York

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

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

        I've played many tube amps in my life. For the price, this is by far the best deal in terms of quality. It sounds great, it's versatile and it looks beautiful. It's a bit large for 22 watts, but it's worth every cent.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best amp

        By Big Al

        from Bristol, Va

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • no cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        Wow, Wow, fantastic amp, love everything about it especially standby switch, have owned several amps including Fender blues junior, this amp is the best amp I have ever used and is built like a tank, easy to get the sound I was looking for, I took a Fender Squier strat and souped it up with Tex-Mex pickups with all new wiring especially + and - wiring, the difference in tone was 100% improved. This amp should last me for years and years. Thanks MF

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Bugera V22 Infinium 22 watt "Surpised big time"

        By Chuck

        from Louisiana

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio

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

          Very nice amp for the money! My first tube amp in a long time, but have played through Fenders, Marshall,s and , Peavy's! Am very surprised at the clean channel, even better sound than what I heard through YouTube reviews! The gain side is ok, but can get better sounds with analog pedals! Good sustain with my Les Paul, and my Strat never sounded this good through my Vox Valvetonix. So far, so good! Have to wait and see if the Infinium technology will extend valve life above normal. Also the amp really looks great, but heavy! Like the pentode, triode switch!

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Outstanding value for this kind of sound!

          By MikefromMs

          from Mount Olive, Alabama

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            I use this for personal practice and playing with other guys for fun. I love the pure and living sound of tubes. This makes my Line 6 Jam clean sounds sound not so good. The amp is plenty loud and the tone adjustments presence, bass, so forth, really change your sound. You can get any sound just about except metal, of course. My amp came with a bad tube rattle; but I love the am so much, I went ahead and ordered some new JJ tubes. I ended up putting the original Burgera power tubes back in the amp as they sound better in that part of the amp than JJs. I would recommend the amp in a minute, but have the company you buy from pull it out of the box and run the amp with the gain turned up in second channel to check your tubes.

            (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent Amp

            By wp

            from nc

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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 Infinium 22W 1x12 All Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              I don't use this amp but a guitar player in my band recently bought one. Best combo amp for the money. If I ever have to buy a new amp, this will be it.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great amp!

              By Tom C

              from Liverpool NY

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio
                • Performances

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

                Just got into tube amps within the past year and wanted something with a little more oomph )and minus the digital voicings) than the small Fender I was using. I took a chance on this one based on reviews read and couldn't be happier. Excellent tone! I play a Fender American Deluxe Strat and an Epi Casino with modded pickups (a little less hot than stock) through it and am impressed at the articulation and flexibility. It's a heavy little monster but a nice sounding (and looking) amp.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                does as advertised ... looks great, lay out real good.

                By ronin

                from mi.

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • only had it two weeks but so far so good .
                • Portable

                Cons

                • haven't found any yet.

                Best Uses

                • use at home

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

                they make a head version would have gotten that and twin 12 cab if I could have swung it money wise . Like the idea. Looks good, sounds awesome, likes my les paul. Doing blues on it at the moment. Very resonable price.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A lot of bang for the buck

                By Chuck

                from Louisiana

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • Poor Sound Quality

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Performances

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

                This amp will make a Les Paul growl like a Marshall. And for the money you cannot beat this deal! Been having mine for over a year and not one problem yet. Also like the auto bias for the power tubes, saves time and money. Have to crank it though to really get the Marshall sound! The clean channel is good but it's not a Fender either, although changing the speaker might make a difference! Effects loop works good with my overdrive, delay, chorus, and wah pedals but the wah sounds better going directly from guitar to input jack ! Can cut the power in half with the pentode and triode switch. Nice amp for the money, hands down.

                Service and delivery comments:

                Ordered on Thursday, at my door Monday evening , not bad!

                (2 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                KEEP SHOPPING

                By Steve from Upstate

                from Upstate NY

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                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Came tottally Inoperative
                  • Limited Functions
                  • Poor Sound Quality
                  • Weak

                  Best Uses

                  • Leaving it at the store

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

                  Been playing over 20 years go this Amp with2 inches of dust on on it. Plugged it in to the replace tubes flashing (remember, this is the amp where the tubes last 20 times longer ?) The ting had one tube light up and shrieked like a Banshee. What a waste of time and money. Totally undependable . Save your money and get a GOOD TUBE amp. You get what you pay for and this amp is not worth it's price IMO

                  (2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Decent amp, but TERRIBLE Bugera customer service

                  By Jam

                  from Madison, WI

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Warmth

                  Cons

                  • Defective out of box

                  Best Uses

                  • Amateur Recording
                  • Home Studio

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

                  First, I do like the sound and features of the amp. The clean channel has great tone and the gain channel sounds good with gain set around 2 or 3 with a nice bluesy breakup. I'm not thrilled with the gain higher than that but a new set of tubes might help a bit. The reverb is better than I expected and the footswitch feels solid although the cable for it is pretty flimsy. However, I found that it has a bad power tube right out of the box. From the first time I tried it I noticed a rattle noise when I play certain notes, even at low volume and clean or dirty. I did some troubleshooting and pinpointed the noise to the tube - with the power OFF, a gentle tap with the tip of a pencil on tube 1 produces the same noise, the others are all quiet. Considering where this shipped from I wasn't really that upset and as I said, I like the sound of the amp.

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Nice amp!

                  By DRB

                  from St. Louis MO

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                  Pros

                  • Good Warmth

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                      I bought one of these used and it's a great sounding amp. After playing with it a few minutes, I dialed in a great Tony Iommi tone! It also has a great clean tone. This amp is nicely designed and attractive enough to leave in the living room like a piece of furniture.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      What a great product!

                      By The Jazz Man

                      from Griffin, Ga

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                      Verified Buyer

                      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 Infinium 22W 1x12 All Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                        The sound of the amp is remarkable. It has a pristine clean channel and a channel that can be modified to achieve a wide range of distortion or overdrive. The amp is beautiful and the speaker matches perfectly.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Verdict is still out

                        By vegasdemilo

                        from ames, iowa

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording

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

                          Let's get one thing straight, for the money, this is a pretty darn good deal.

                          I haven't spent a ton of time dialing it in quite yet. I'm a two-amp guy. I like running one clean and one dirty and mixing the two together. My intention was to run this clean with my Vox dirty, but I don't know if I like the clean tone on it. I love the Vox distortion, and I like the distortion on this more than the clean, but not as much as the Vox. I've only messed around in my home studio, haven't cranked it on a stage yet.

                          I'm sure it'll find a use, I just haven't pinpointed its true strength yet. I'm not complaining. :)

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          The sound caught me by suprise

                          By Bro Ric

                          from Huntsville AL

                          About Me Professional Musician

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Excellent Sound
                          • Good Warmth

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Performances

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

                            I was running late for rehearsal . Just plugged it up and twist a few knobs and got busy. The sound impressed me so that i had to do a double take . I noticed it was running on 4 with plenty more room to go sitting next to the drummer and the reverb was so rich I was like blown away. I really like this amp so far . Only played it 3 or 4 times but every time it has done me well.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            A good amp with decent tone and plenty of volume.

                            By Drew

                            from Harrogate, Tn.

                            About Me Experienced

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Excellent Sound
                            • Good Warmth

                            Cons

                            • Lacks gain and bottom end

                            Best Uses

                            • Events
                            • Home Studio

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

                            It's still a decent amp. I just needed to go through more gain pedals for it. A good eq would help too.

                            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Nice for the price

                            By Bruce

                            from Maine

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Excellent Sound

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio
                              • Performances

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

                              I got this as a gift. I love the sound. The clean channel and reverb are great. The distortions you can get a pretty good with a nice low end. Only downside was after a few months the tubes started to go bad and got a rattle that would come through the speaker. Bugera sent me a new set of tubes no questions. The reason for gave it 4 stars because the tubes are so cheap, they sound great but won't hold up through time. Or maybe I just got a bad tube, because only one power tube was bad but they have to be replaced in pairs

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