V22 review by Bugera

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 8
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.9 (74 votes)
Bugera: V22
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Price paid: $ 350

Purchased from: Sam ASh

Sound — 10
I use my Jackson RR24M through this amp. It has a single EMG-81. The amp can really do any sound you are looking for unless it is high gain metal. For that you will need an EQ pedal and a OD or distortion pedal. I use a MXR 10 Band EQ and Ibanez TS-9 Tube Screamer and I love the tone and the amount of distortion it produces. I was actually very surprised at how well this amp sounded. So far I am very happy that I choose it.

Overall Impression — 9
I play alot of metal, but also blues and rock. With my set up it does all those genres very well. I have been playing guitar for about 14 years and this is my first tube amp. Is there better out there? Yes. But not for the price paid. If you are looking for a low wattage tube combo amp this might be perfect for you. I would deff buy again if it were stolen. If it broke I would look somewhere else. My favorite features are prob the f/x loop and the ease of use that comes with this amp. You get a lot of options as far as creating your tone, but it is very easy to dial in a good tone.

Reliability & Durability — 8
Reliability. I know everyone has heard about Bugera's reliability issues. So far so good with this amp. Have yet to have a single hick-up with this thing. But I have only had it for a month or two now. So only time will tell. It is a very durable amp. Built solid and has some weight to it.

Features — 10
We have us a nice little 22 watt 112 all tube combo amp. It has 2 channels(clean & overdrive). It also has an f/x loop and a speaker ohm selection switch in the back if you want to run a cab off of it. It also has a switch to go from triode(half power) to pentode(full power)mode. As far as input goes there is a normal and bright. And you can tell the difference in the 2. On clean channel it has its own volume. Gain channel has its on volume and gain knob. They both share a low, mid, high, presence, reverb, and master volume. Oh, it also has a mid boost button, which comes in handy for certain sounds. It also came with a footswitch that changes the channel and turns on/off the reverb.

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    madh4ttr
    I have a 6262 head/cab(Bugera). Fantastic amp and havent had no probs in a year and a half. The V22 is a great sounding amp and is something I am thinking about getting for the "classic" tone it gets.
    Bluesman731
    I just bought this amp "V22" , as a backup/travel amp and I love it. I currently own a mesa boogie lone star classic also, $3000.00. This V22 "$300.00 is an inexpensive little tube amp that sounds fantastic. I just love it. I have been playing for over 30 years and have had many amps. This little amp is a true winner.
    MT in Austin
    I have had this amp for just about a week and I gotta say it gets better and better. Sounds great without any pedals. One design change I would make would be on the footswitch. Rather than channel and reverb switching, I would rather have channel and boost switching. Other than that tweak, I gotta say -- great tone, sweet feedback and excellent power for a 22 watt amp. I also own a Fender Hot Rod Deville 410. The V22 is not going to compete in the clean headroom department with Fender amps but, then again, it's not supposed to. Definitely worth more than the $350 or so I paid for it.
    srob7001
    CarvinDC127 wrote: Chris Schementi wrote: Since this amp is made by the same company that own Behringer, I'm not surprised about the reliability. I've only heard a Bugera once... it was a stack, and I did not like it. But that's just me. Definitely Behringer sux....and bugera is made out of crappy equipment. If a real amp needs to be reviewed it should be Diezel or Bogner. But my Peavey is still better than any bugera amp
    Gets your facts straight. Behringer doesn't make them they are distributed through Behringer. And sorry for doing a review on an amp that no one has but everyone has been asking about. And your Peavy XXX is a great amp, but some of us are into different things. Open your mind a little and quit acting like a stubborn child. "Mine's better than your!!"" Get over yourself. Funny you bring up Bogners. My buddy has one and he has had to take it in twice in 2 years because it would make this hissing noise and just quit working.
    themelodicdeathshow
    Its an amp theres awlays a possibility of having problems with any equipment, basically you can almost find good and bad reviews of everything, it all comes down to personal taste! Reviews are nice but you cant just go by what other people say, you have to try the product out yourself. I think these are nice budget tube amps personally!
    Kanthras
    @Chris Their amps are fantastic value for money. The Peavey clones sound just as good or better than the originals. It's nuts. You just have to take care of the amp a bit more than usual. They're not as well built/sturdy. Other than that, they don't have any actual reliability issues anymore (there was one problem with the first models, it's now fixed). Their cabs are supposedly fairly average though.
    sg4ever
    So how loud does this bugger get? I'm interested if I can get some nice CLEAN volume out of it. I'm a pedal guy you see and I can't good info on the volume. I was originally looking at a V55 but this will save me $100 if it fits the bill. Wish I could play it, but I can't find one to test.
    MT in Austin
    Played a V22 in the music store and HAD to take it home. Great tone in a sub-$400 amp. I haven't had it long enough to see reliability yet but I definitely dig the sound. The EL84s break up nicely and without blowing your ear drums. It has a very different, darker sound compared to my Hot Rod Deville 410. Comparing it to a Bogner costing at least 3-4 times the price is not the least bit reasonable. How loud? I was playing with my son on drums and it holds up fine without maxing it out. I'll give it a good test this weekend.
    moonshot
    I just bought one of these at GC for $299.00 with a $50.00 off coupon. This amp flat out rocks for the money! REAL tube tone, great features and beautiful vintage look. Serious clean tones and VERY Quiet. Should be a good studio/recording amp. Lots of tight bottom end with good punch! I'm gonna get a 2x12 cab for it and ROCK!
    Chris Schementi
    Since this amp is made by the same company that own Behringer, I'm not surprised about the reliability. I've only heard a Bugera once... it was a stack, and I did not like it. But that's just me.
    CarvinDC127
    Chris Schementi wrote: Since this amp is made by the same company that own Behringer, I'm not surprised about the reliability. I've only heard a Bugera once... it was a stack, and I did not like it. But that's just me.
    Definitely Behringer sux....and bugera is made out of crappy equipment. If a real amp needs to be reviewed it should be Diezel or Bogner. But my Peavey is still better than any bugera amp
    Chris Schementi
    CarvinDC127 wrote: Chris Schementi wrote: Since this amp is made by the same company that own Behringer, I'm not surprised about the reliability. I've only heard a Bugera once... it was a stack, and I did not like it. But that's just me. Definitely Behringer sux....and bugera is made out of crappy equipment. If a real amp needs to be reviewed it should be Diezel or Bogner. But my Peavey is still better than any bugera amp
    Haha I just bought a Bogner . And to Kanthras, that's good to hear because these amps really are enticing for someone in the market for a first tube amp.