Bugera V22 Infinium 22-watt 1x12" Tube Combo Amp

22-watt 2-channel All-tube 1x12" Guitar Combo Amplifier with Reverb, EQ, Normal and Bright Inputs, Selectable Triode or Pentode Operation, and Tube Life Multiplier Technology
Bugera V22 Infinium 22-watt 1x12
Bugera V22 Infinium 22-watt 1x12
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Give This All-tube Powerhouse a Test Drive!

If you want a guitar combo amplifier that exudes vintage sound and style, the Bugera V22 Infinium is worth a test drive. Loaded with three 12AX7 preamp tubes and a pair of EL84 power tubes, this handbuilt, boutique-style powerhouse is ready to bring its 22 watts of phenomenal all-tube tone onstage or to the studio. Complete with two independent channels, selectable reverb, and a great-sounding British-engineered Turbosound speaker, the V22 Infinium delivers the tone and flexibility you demand. On top of that, Sweetwater guitarists dig Bugera's Tube Life Multiplier technology, which ensures that the V22 Infinium guitar combo amplifier gives you reliability and consistent tone over the lifespan of your tubes.

Bugera V22 Infinium Guitar Combo Amplifier at a Glance:
  • Classic all-tube design provides sweet harmonics and warm distortion
  • Infinium Tube Life Multiplier technology keeps your tubes healthy
  • Modern features provide you with a wide tonal palette
Classic all-tube design provides sweet harmonics and warm distortion

Inside the Bugera V22 Infinium guitar combo amplifier you'll find three 12AX7 preamp tubes, as well as two EL84 power tubes, giving you classic all-tube tone. The hand-selected 12AX7s provide you with everything from smooth harmonics to aggressive crunch, while the EL84s really drive the V22 Infinium when pushed to the max. With the V22 Infinium, you can conjure up anything from crisp chiming to classic crunch to metallic screaming.

Infinium Tube Life Multiplier technology keeps your tubes healthy

It's a well-known fact that tubes wear out. Luckily, the Bugera V22 Infinium guitar combo amplifier's Infinium Tube Life Multiplier technology can greatly extend the lifespan of your tubes, saving you money and ensuring the integrity of your tone. This technology actually monitors the performance of each of the amplifier's output tubes and maintains them at their ideal operating point for an evenly distributed load. Also, an LED next to each tube lets you know when they're about to die, so you can anticipate issues before they cause problems.

Modern features provide you with a wide tonal palette

The Bugera V22 Infinium guitar combo amplifer is definitely not a one-trick pony. Featuring a 2-channel preamp, you have access to both clean and high-gain tones. You also get a classic-style 3-band EQ (bass, mid, and treble) with a presence control, allowing for plenty of sound-tweaking. Finally, normal and bright inputs let you match the V22 Infinium to your electric guitar's tonal characteristics in order to optimize your tone.

Bugera V22 Infinium Guitar Combo Amplifier Features:
  • 12AX7 preamp tubes and EL84 power tubes provide sweet harmonics and warm distortion
  • British-engineered Turbosound speaker delivers phenomenal sonic quality
  • Infinium Tube Life Multiplier technology extends the lifespan of your tubes
  • Classic-style 3-band EQ and presence control allow for plenty of sound-tweaking
  • Normal and bright inputs help you optimize your tone
  • Integrated high-definition reverb with dedicated reverb control
  • Mode switch to select between triode or pentode operation
The Bugera V22 Infinium guitar combo amplifier gives you loads of vintage all-tube tone!

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Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Total Power 22W
Speaker Size 1 x 12"
Reverb Yes
EQ 3-band
Preamp Tubes 3 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 2 x EL84
Inputs 2 x 1/4"
Outputs 2 x Speaker
Footswitch I/O Yes
Effects Loop Yes
Manufacturer Part Number V22INFINIUM

Customer Reviews

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Excellent Value, Exceptional Tone

This is quite possibly the best tube amp one can buy under five (maybe even six, seven) hundred dollars. Cosmetically, it's an attractive looking amp, somewhat resembling a boutique amp that costs 15x as much. As for controls, the Bugera V22 comes packed with many different options including a drive channel, EQ (bass, middle, and treble), mid boost, presence control, and a usable digital reverb. As for tones, this amp is impressive. Despite being 22 watts, it's a very loud amplifier. The V22 has qualities that are reminiscent of both Fender and Vox amplifiers but the V22 retains its own tonal character. The clean channel is beautifully clear for a low-wattage EL-84 based amp. The amp can easily conjure up great vintage rock, smoky blues, and country-flavored tones within minutes. The V22 also features a bright channel and a pentode and triode mode as to not wake the neighbors or provide new means to experiment with volume and pushing the amplifier at a reasonable master volume. The amplifier also takes pedals incredibly well and has an effects loop. There do exist some issues but they are mostly minor. While the V22's drive channel is usable, it does lack a certain punch and can seem a little fizzy at times. However, this is nothing that adding a tube screamer or overdrive pedal can't fix. Also, I highly recommend having the stock tubes in the amplifier switched out by someone who knows how. One of the stock Chinese tubes went microphonic within minutes of unboxing and playing. A set of JJ's really opened up the dynamics. While the amplifier allowed me to dial in single-coil guitars (strat, tele) easily, humbuckers proved more challenging (Les Paul, Epiphone Dot). Given time, however, I found settings that I enjoyed for humbucker-based guitars. Also, the V22 is not an amplifier for the metal crowd. It's a vintage voiced rocker not a high-gain destroyer. The Bugera line of amps also have a notorious reputation for subpar quality control but I have not experienced any issues (other than the microphonic tube probably caused by shipping) in the eight months I have owned the V22. From reading others reviews, it seems as if Bugera has done much to improve the reliability of their products. In conclusion, despite some (fixable) issues, the V22 is an affordable and impressive amplifier that has a variety of different tonal options and features. I tested the V22 against a Vox AC-15cc and felt the Bugera easily went toe-to-toe with that amp and even bested it in many regards. Dont be fooled by the fact that it doesn't have a popular or boutique company name plate bolted onto the speaker cloth. The Bugera V22 is a seriously underrated (and maybe even under appreciated) amplifier that can benefit new and seasoned guitar players alike.

Best Tube Amp Sub $500

I have spent the last 4-5 months searching for the right amp. As a worship leader at my church I needed an amp that was very versatile and could go handle pedals very well. I tried every tube combo and head I could think of. From Backstar to Vox and everything in between I tried them all. I really loved the tone of the AC-15 but just could not afford that price point. Along comes the V22. This amp has all the chime and sweetness of an AC-15 with the pluses of an effects loop, triode/pentode switching, auto biasing tube sections, and a foot switchable 2nd channel. I tried it with my Gretsch Electromatic Jet and PRS SE245 as well as a friends Fender Strat and this amp shined with all three. If there were any concerns with this amp they would have to be with the second channel and the reverb unit. The second channel sounds good when pushed very hard but at low gain stages sounds thin. However, the lower gain stage stacked with another low gain pedal such as a morning glory or soul food really makes this channel shine. The reverb is very intense and has a slight tonality that I find slightly annoying but for me it doesn't really make that much of a difference because I run an external reverb in the loop. All in all this is a fantastic, versatile amp that takes pedals extremely well and cannot be beat for the $399 price point.
Music background: Worship Leader, Alternative, Indie

Don't be dissuaded-it's a great amp

Before you judge this 22-watt 1x12" tube combo amp, read ALL the positive reviews of the V5 & V55 infinium. I own both the V5 infinium (for serenading the misses in the living room) and a V22 infinium (for more punch at the low end in my music room) and find them both an exceptional value for all-tube combos. I must admit these are my 1st forays into tube power, but I really love the tonal qualities made possible by the EQ and amazing Reverb. The Tube life Multiplier Tech can only be a plus, but time will tell. Many thanks to the positive reviewers who have gone before me and helped sway my decision to purchase these amps. Ordered the V22 infinium on a Tuesday and it arrived on Thursday AM. Very satisfied with the entire process from purchase to delivery to customer service follow-up!
Music background: Hobbyist

Sounds Good to Me

After reading the previous review. I could not disagree more. Bugera took nearly a year and half from introducing this V22 Infinium Combo at NAAM 2014 and it finally coming out. I also own the V22 Infinium Head that I use through a pair of Marshal 1x12's and to my ears I like the new Turbosound speakers better. Enough so that I'm considering by the 1x12 Tubosound Cab. Since this Amp just came out I'm interested in others opinions but for my money this one is a winner. Enough so that I sold my Vox AC30c2 and passed up a tremdous deal on the AC15C1.
Music background: Hobbyist

Amazing sound, lots of options, great with pedals

I've had the Bugera V22 Infinium for about two weeks now and I am very happy. Along with playing solo at home, I used it for band rehearsal once and it held its own against a custom built Randall 55 watt combo, drums, and a bass. Everyone commented on how good it sounds. I will use it to play a house party in a month and I'm confident it will perform well.The clean channel is rich and warm and sounds like a tube amp should. Turn it up and it just gets better and doesn't have that splatter that you can get with lower priced solid state amps; it remains clean and clear. If I hit the gain button and turn up the gain and volume knobs I get all the crunch and dirt I will ever need. It looks great and everything feels solid including the knobs. I switch between the Triode and Pentode modes when playing with others or just practicing; it's nice to get the tubes cranking without blowing the windows out of my house while practicing. It takes my Boss Distortion/Overdrive, Compression, and EQ pedals very well. I haven't tried the foot pedal yet for gain and reverb but I will add to this if necessary. The reverb is solid state but sounds great and can achieve that "large hall" vintage sound. At this price point, I know I couldn't have done better. I play a G&L Legacy electric and it brings out all the great qualities of that guitar. I also play an Ovation acoustic/electric through it and it sounds beautiful. ++Shaka Dhladhla is my sales rep and he has been great. Sweetwater is going the extra mile to keep my business.
Music background: Playing for many years but seriously in the last few
See also: Combo Amps, Bugera, Bugera Guitar Combo Amps