Judging by all the chat online the Bugera V22 has become a very hot talking point. That’s no surprise given what it offers for the price – so you’d think there would be plenty of reviews knocking around. Alas the big names – magazines like Guitarist – don’t seem to cover Bugera gear. One expects this is either due to pressure from manufacturers of rival gear or a misguided belief that Bugera clones gear in a way you’d never see from Marshall, PRS, Blackstar et al. It would be sad if either of things are true.
But what of the Bugera V22 itself? At first glance it certainly looks familiar. The styling is clearly influenced – if not downright copied – from Matchless. The control layout and options owe quite a bit to Peavey’s Classic 30. Yet in terms of tone the Bugera V22 is clearly its own beast. As Behringer’s Australian sales manager Gary Compson explains, “[The Bugera V22] has a clean channel, a distortion channel, a reverb control and not much else to distract you from getting to the business of making music. It’s not a clone either. It has it’s own sound, which is somewhere between a Fender Deluxe and a Vox AC30 – and that’s a pretty good place to be.”