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OVERVIEW

Twin channel guitar amplifier with Celestion speakers and digital reverb.

The VOX AC30VR Valve Reactor combo amp uses an "old-school" split-panel design, the AC30VR offers 2 distinct channels-Normal and Overdrive-with the Overdrive channel adding a separate Gain knob. In addition, the VOX amp's overdrive Style button delivers 2 distinctive flavors.

Equipped with 2 custom-designed 12" Celestion speakers, the VOX AC30VR combo delivers a roaring 30W of power. The Normal channel offers both Bass and Treble tone controls, along with a single Volume knob. A Gain knob has been added to the Overdrive channel, as well as a Middle control for more defined tone shaping. In the Master section, the AC30VR features a unique Tone Cut circuit knob for dampening the high-end frequencies. Master Reverb and Master Volume controls are also provided.

The VOX AC30VR amplifier's back panel is equipped with an external speaker jack for use with an 8 Ohm extension cabinet. Using an extension cabinet will mute the internal speaker. Also provided is a jack for the optional VOX VFS2A dual footswitch (not included), which offers hands-free channel-switching and reverb on/off action.

FEATURES
  • Input jack
  • Normal volume control
  • Channel switching button
  • Overdrive style button
  • Overdrive channel gain control
  • Channel select LED
  • Overdrive channel volume control
  • Bass control
  • Treble control
  • Master volume
  • Master reverb
  • Power LED
  • Mains power switch
  • Footswitch jack
  • Headphone jack
  • External loudspeaker jack
  • Mains power connector/fuse

Tube and solid-state, vintage and modern, clean and dirty… the new VR Series combo amplifiers have it all.

SPECIFICATIONS

AC30VR Valve Reactor 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp

  • Dimensions: 27.64"W x 10.43"D x 21.89"H
    Weight: 50.71lb.
    Output Power: 30W RMS into 8 Ohms
    Speaker: 2x 12", 16 Ohm VX12 Celestion custom speaker
    Inputs: Input jack, Footswitch jack
    Outputs: External Loud Speaker jack
    Options: VFS2A Dual Footswitch (sold separately)
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VoxAC30VR Valve Reactor 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.7

(based on 22 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (7)
  • Excellent sound (7)
  • Good power output (4)
  • Portable (4)
  • Warm / comfy (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (8)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Professional recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (4)

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(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What a find

By josh king

from Houston

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Comments about Vox AC30VR Valve Reactor 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

I have been playing for about 14 years now, so I've played with alot of amps. From your solid state and tube amps; Crate, Fenders, Marshalls, Kustoms, Line6, Behinger, Peavey, and off the wall brands. I have to say this amp surprised me, I really didnt know what to expect from this amp. I have been wanting a Vox for some time and and decided to take a gamble and order this amp without even heard it played on. Gamble worth it. I just recieved it 2 days ago and haven't quite tweaked it to my 100% likeing, but once the celestion speakers are broke in and I have more time to tweak it untouchable. For the price you pay and the quality you get it's unreal. Even guitarist just starting out can and will enjoy this amp, don't let the 30 watts fool you this thing is loud perfect for room,garage, jam seesions and small venues or bars; hell if you mic it you can play bigger. The sound quality is awsome my PRS loves this amp. One suggestion turn your MASTER GAIN to about 3 o'clock and control your volue with the channel volume control. This is the best way so far that I've done to get the best sound out of it. The rest will be up to your taste.

(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great amp

By hardcore_applecore

from Australia

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Works well at any volume
  • Works well with pedals

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

    Comments about Vox AC30VR Valve Reactor 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    For the price it is really good. I love the sound of tube amps, however they are not the most reliable pieces of equipment. Have previously owned fender and marshall tubes - constantly needed tech maintainence and could only get a good tone at volumes not suited for the bedroom.

    The AC30VR sounds great at loud and soft volumes. This was initially going to be a practice amp keeping aside my fender deville 4x10 for band rehearsals and shows. I no longer use my fender deville - at all. The AC30VR has a much better sound and is very versitile in terms of achieving a range of tones. This amp is loud enough for guitarists lacking ego who understand that their club show is not wembley stadium. Keeps up with loud drummers easily. Not much more to say! Really good amp for the price!

    (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Vox AC30VR Valve Reactor 2 X 12 Combo Amp

    By Derek Cheek

    from Charleston, South Carolina

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    Comments about Vox AC30VR Valve Reactor 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    As I stated in the 'Value' section of my review, I purchased my Vox AC30VR from Musician's Friend as a mint condition used item. The only difference, besides the excellent price, was the packaging and the lack of manufacturer's warranty.

    Nothing beats the look of the Vox AC30 amps! The only thing this amp is lacking is the gold piping around the sides. Everything else screams classic Vox!

    The AC30VR is about 30 - 50 pounds lighter than a regular AC30 or other full-tube amplifier. The three plastic handles, on top of the amp, make it easy to carry around. The handles and overall construction quality (although made of particle board) seem pretty solid.

    The amp is not as loud as I would like it to be. I am able to dime it out, on the normal channel and in the bedroom, without disturbing the neighbors. The amp starts to break up around 7 or 8 on the normal/master knobs. If you want a clean tone (or more volume out of the amp), for live shows or recording, Captain Obvious would suggest lowering the volume and putting a mic on the cab. The OD1 channel is great! Great classic Vox/British tone and distortion. Great for blues, classic rock, and some heavier alternative rock. The OD2 channel adds more distortion/gain and, in my opinion, only gives you mediocre heavy rock/metal tones. I usually keep my AC30VR on the clean/OD1 channels and use external overdrive/distortion pedals to add more 'flavor.' You may be better off doing this to acheive better heavy rock/metal tones over using the OD2 channel.

    The reverb on the Vox AC30VR is somewhat lacking. I've found that it's either all or nothing. I don't like using much reverb but, if you don't crank the reverb past 5 or so, it's barely noticeable. I have kept my amp's reverb around 3 then use an external pedal to add more or less to taste.

    If you're looking for classic Vox AC30 looks and tone, without the AC30 price, this is the way to go! I've read other reviews, which suggest changing the 12AX7 tube and speakers (to Celestion Vintage 30) to give it more of a true-to-AC30 tone. Even in changing out the tube and speakers you would still save a decent amount of money over the real thing. And, coupled with an Line 6 M9/M13 or AxeFX, it's a great amp for U2 sounds!
    I purchased a mint condition used Vox AC30VR and got an excellent deal from Musician's Friend! The only thing that was different was the packaging and the lack of a manufacturer's warranty.

    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Simply Awesome!

    By blue collar convict

    from Ayer, Ma

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    Comments about Vox AC30VR Valve Reactor 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    I have owned this amp since the day it came out...literally..And I must say I am in love with it.I was originally gonna buy the full tubed AC30 but in a way I am glad I didn't. This amp for it's size is pretty light weight and un-like the full tubed version it has 2 kick ass gain channels.If you are looking for a sparkling crystal clean clean channel you will NOT get that from this amp at high volumes. But thats because it delivers that brilliant vintage style British tone thanks to the 12AX7 and awesome speaker break up. The first gain channel is perfect for rock and blues and the second gain channel is great for hard rock/metal. (kinda funny pumping pantera and lamb of god out of something that looks so sexy and vintage.)The only downside I have come across with this amp is that the reverb sounds very digitized to me so i bought a Fender 63're-issue tubed reverb unit. Along with the amp I also bought from Vox the chrome AC30 stand which is kinda pricy but once you get it it's totally worth it, the 2-button foot switch, and the Vinyl cover which once again is kinda pricy but once you see it you understand why (very durable, thick and vintage looking). All in all I feel if you can't find your tone buried somewhere in this amp then you should probably just stop playing guitar.

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent amo

    By Nicholas Landolina

    from US

    Comments about Vox AC30VR Valve Reactor 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    One of the coolest amps I've owned and I've been playing guitar for 42 years now. Hands down, it beats alot of solid state, digital, and tube amps that I have owned, and I have owned way too many amps over the years. Gives you very good versatility and this is a great amp for jazz, blues, classic rock, and heavier rock. If you want metal tones, use a pedal for that little bit of extra gain. The build quality is very good and the price is right.
    This amp has two channels with two separate overdrives on the dirty channel. Clean channel has volume, treble and bass, overdrive channel has gain, volume, bass, mid treble, and there is a master section which has reverb, master volume, and tone cut. Has an extension speaker jack which does shut off the internal speakers. I would have liked this feature to NOT turn off the internal speakers as this would be cool to add a second 2x12 cab. Reverb is digital and there is no effects loop, which is not a big deal for me.
    This amp is very well built. Comparing it to my Fender Mustang III I would say the quality is a bit more sturdy on the vox, and fit and finish is flawless. The clean channel delivers that Vox Jangly tone and with an increase in the volume, you do get a little break up. This amp takes pedals extremely well and I'm using an Ibanez TS-9 and EH Big Muff for additional overdrive tones. OD1 gives you a nice bluesy tone, and OD2 really kicks it in and you can get some excellent sustain. This is one of the best solid state amps I've played through and beats my Peavey Transtube 212 EFX hands down. With the 12ax7 in the power amp section, you really get a nice tube feel and tube tone even at lower volumes. With the footswitch, I'm not seeing any latency issues that some have complained about on other forums. Reverb is a little weak and it's not that classic Fenderish type reverb. This amp is really a good, solid amp. Sounds great at bedroom volumes and equally as good cranked. Comparing this amp to my Peavey Delta Blues 30 watt I used to have, this amp is not as loud, but still delivers. Can be mic'd for larger venues.
    A good buy for the price. Delivers a variety of tones and with the tone cut, you can get good sounds with both single coils and humbuckers. I was concerned that this amp would be overly bright with a strat, but that is not the case at all. This amp is well worth its price.

    (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The British left behing a Winner

    By Rick A

    from Dearborn Heights MI

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    Comments about Vox AC30VR Valve Reactor 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    I called this website wanting a amp to sound like a Brit amp and with a little Queen thrown in there and the great staff ponted me to this ampLets Just say Thank you, you have done it again

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A GREAT SOUNDING AND VERSATILE AMP

    By Lunk

    from Colorado Sprngs, CO

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Light For A 2x12
    • Portable
    • Powerful
    • Sturdy Build
    • Tonal Options
    • Volume Ranges

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Garage Band
    • Home Studio
    • Jamming
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording
    • Small to Medium Gigs

    Comments about Vox AC30VR Valve Reactor 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    I WAS AMAZED AT THE SOUNDS I COULD EXTRACT FROM THIS NO FRILLS AMP. IT IS ALSO VERY PEDAL FRIENDLY. ALTHOUGH I HAVE PLENTY OF SS AND TUBE AMP CHOICES, THIS ONE DOES EVERYTHING WHEN PAIED WITH MY PEDAL BOARDS, AND IT HAS GREAT SOUND AND BUILD QUALITY!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Exactly as expected

    By Johnathan_Nance

    from Upstate SC

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Warmth
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Vox AC30VR Valve Reactor 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

      Had an AC15C1 which was all tube, but I needed more clean headroom. The AC30VR gives great volume and great tube tone without compromising your pocket. A great choice if you cant afford the AC30 all tube package. If you're familiar with Vox tone, you can definitely achieve this with the VR technology. Its not preloaded with gimmicky effects or loaded down with extras, which is no problem for me because I have pedals for that. There is no effects loop BUT contrary to other reviews, I have had absolutely no issues tweaking my pedals to cooperate with this rig. Plenty of volume, plenty of tone. And 3 handles on top make carrying this equipment easier than my previous 2x12 cabinet. Recommend for the serious traveling musician. Yes it can handle the live venues and events. I havent used the OD channels yet, the normal channel gives me warm sounds and aggressiveness like a true tube amp, just the way I like it.

      (4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      AC30VR

      By Jaco

      from USA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Fills A Room With Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Too Bright

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Vox AC30VR Valve Reactor 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

      Greetings earthlings! The AC30VR is not an AC30 tube amp, but what it is...an AC30 with an overdrive and tone boost added. After replacing the too bright and very harsh chinese tube with a tung-sol, the amp's tone warmed up nicely. I play fender guitars through the amp and its great for accompaniment chording and clean country pickin. The OD 1 and 2 allow for loud rock, metal, punk drive. the amp can be heard more fully 3 meters away rather than right up close. Odd observation eh? I picked mine up used for less than retail price. the amp helps me become a better player. I can hear myself clearly and cleanly, mistakes and poor technique are not hidden in smooth tube response. A great Travis style players amp. Reverb is a little thin and an effects loop I/O would have added so much more vesatility. Overall, buy an AC30CC1,AC30CC2, 0r AC30HW if you going to run full volume. If not, the AC30VR is a unique and exciting amp to play through, costs less, weighs less, and sounds great!

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sounds as good as some all-tube amps

      By gitpicker

      from Illinois

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

        Comments about Vox AC30VR Valve Reactor 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

        Amp sounds great! The clean channel is nice and shimmers. The Top Cut control is really useful for adding/cutting the highs. I put a Wampler Hot Wired pedal through the clean channel and it sounded great. Overall, I am impressed with the amp and it's hybrid-tube tone. Don't expect to get exact AC30 tones from it. It not an actually AC30! Should be a great gigging amp to cover all kinds of styles. Guitar played throug this amp is an Am STD Strat w/Dimarzio pickups. Would recommend checking one out!

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