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Bugera V22 Guitar Combo Amplifier (22 Watts, 1x12")

Let it rip with this high-gain combo amp. The Bugera V22 has a pair of EL84 power tubes for sparkling highs and textured mids -- that classic British sound. (32) Read 14 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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A lot has changed since the 1960s, but the guitar tones created in those pre-moon landing days still stand among the greatest. The Bugera V22 is a stunning 1x12 combo that not only exudes that unbelievable sound, but 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 V22 channels its mojo from two EL84 power valves. These give the Bugera V22 the bratty, breakup-prone power amp compression (especially in triode mode -- more on that later) 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 packs a special feature that makes it so much more than a tribute to the early days of guitar amplification. Take a quick step back in time -- Before greasy juvenile delinquents hijacked the blues, guitar amps generally came in two species: those with triode (having three active electrodes) power valves and those with pentode (containing five active electrodes) power valves. 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 is built for power pentode tubes, but that doesn't mean you have to settle for a singular pentode personality. Thie V22 includes a Mode switch, allowing 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?

Voracious Vintage

The sound of the Bugera V22 begins with a two-channel (Clean and Lead) preamp. Plug into either the Bright or Normal inputs, then adjust the three-band EQ (Bass, Mid, Treble) and Presence control to create a sound all your own. The V22's three 12AX7 preamp tubes provide a vast feast of fuzz. Take your tone anywhere from dignified blues to garage-leveling madness. The dual EL84 valves in the V22's power stage propel terse cockney tone through a Turbosound 12" speaker.

If you need to feed more speakers, the Bugera V22's Impedence switch makes it compatible with 4, 8 or 16 ohms, making it compatible with just about any speaker cabinet you can find. You also get reverb with the Bugera V22, but for utmost durability and sound, this classic effect is derived from a professional quality digital processor. The spring reverb found in antique amps sound 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...the V22 also includes an incredibly durable footswitch allowing you 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 can complement your craft with the gold-standard tones of the past -- today!

Features

- Hand-built 22-Watt guitar combo driven by 2 x EL84 valves
- Way cool vintage look and feel
- Original 12" Turbosound 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

zZounds is an authorized dealer of Bugera products.
- Number of Channels: 2
- Power: 22W
- EQ: Bass, Mid, Treble Tone Controls
- Preamp Tubes: 3 x 12AX7
- Power Tubes: 2 x EL84
- Height: 17.8"
- Width: 22.5"
- Depth: 10.6"
- Weight: 41.9 lbs.
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 48 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 27 x 22 x 22 in
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 425-672-0816
Customer Reviews
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Overall: I have used this Bugera V22 I bought last year. It has a fantastic sound for blues and classic rock. You can get everything from Chuck Berry, Big Brother and Holding Company, and Jimi Hendrix. a little adjustment and those growling blues will happen. Tis amp takes pedals well if you like that techno rock sound. For now the tubes sound good and speaker very good as it is. At this price it would be very hard to find a amp of this quality in a genuine tube amp. The amp is beautiful in the vintage look. I plan on using this amp for many years to come and it is built to hold up for many years. Give it a try, you will be surprised.
Style of Music: Rock and Blues
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Overall: I have had the Bugera V22 for about two months now, and I LOVE THIS LITTLE AMP!!! It is amazing how lovely the tones are on both channels - I use the clean for rhythm and the overdrive for lead. I don't even use any of my pedals anymore, since it sounds better without them. The Pentode/Triode switch is useful, particularly for being able to crank up the pre-amp in lower volume settings. I play with at a medium sized bar three nights per week, and I have more than enough volume to play over a drummer - even when the place is cranking and we are really playing loud. Yes, I am up near the top of the volume range at that point, but that's OK because the clear channel still sounds good, and I don't need to get any louder. It is interesting playing through a smaller amp that I can actually turn up above five, as my other amps (a MusicMan HD 130, a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe and a Ceriatone Dumble clone) are all WAY too loud when I turn the volume much above three or four. It is also a really good looking amp - the two-tone tolex and gold piping look GREAT, and everyone thinks that it is some kind of expensive botique amp. I have had LOTS of compliments on the tone from other musicians. This is one of the best purchases I have made in living memory, and I would definitely replace it with the same amp if it were lost or stolen. I haven't had any problems with the original tubes, and the original speaker sounds great. However, there is a video on Youtube of a speaker upgrade that sounds awesome, so I am thinking that maybe in the future I will consider it. I have yet to find anything close to this amp for the price, or for even a lot more. I have not had to deal with the manufacturer, so I have no idea about the support they provide. I have had other Behringer products in the past (mixing board, PA amp) and they all worked fine.
Style of Music: Rock and roll, Blues, Funk, Reggae. Typical bar-band stuff. Pretty much the same as 90% of the people my age (except I don't pla
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