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Vox AC30VR Valve Reactor 2x12 Guitar Combo Amp  Black 

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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 O...Read More

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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)

Ratings Distribution

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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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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Cool hybrid intermediate amp

By Ed Wood

from Durango, CO

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Powerful
  • Takes Pedals Well

Cons

  • heavy

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

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

I'm surprised how big it is, it can barely fit on the kitchen table, I was expecting something much smaller in size. but it's just as big as a "real" ac30 I suppose. It's a good intermediate amp. Has tube/valve in the preamp stage. Sounds warm enough, I really dig vox's Valvetronix VR technology it feels/sounds like the real deal imo.

Cosmetically good, neat, expected Vox quality. It has only a single channel input and is a bit bright, i add more bass than normal so it lacks some bottom end at lower volumes but comes out at higher/pushed volume for some reason. Theres no line out or fx loop or TREMOLO either sadly just ext. speaker n footswitch. Nifty channel switch dirty/clean variety with od1,od2, sounds believable, very good. You have to 'dial it in' like any vox amp to get a particular tone but i like that it requires a little bit more attention/tuning to rly appreciate it.

You can push it like a 'real' AC30 which is nice and get that nice natural breakup. Also the digital reverb is surprisingly weak I would say at least on mine, if reverb is important then I would look at a fender amp maybe but u don't rly need it. Has tremendous versatility and unique character.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Versatile Get-Through-This-Gig Amp!

By Glenn "Help Me Carry This Amp" Jimenez

from San Juan, PR

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Performances

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

I've used the Vox AC30-Valve Reactor amplifier for rehearsals and gigs. I've owned a couple of Vox Amps, these include the Vox AC15c1, AC50CPH, and the mighty AC30c2. This VR amp is a nice aproximation of the classic Vox sound, however anyone thinking this is going to sound the same as any of the AC models I mentioned above is going to be a little let down. Don't get me wrong- this is a great amplifier! Much more usable sounds than other "british" amps in this price range. It has a nice clean natural sound which does have a unique timbre but is more versatile than it seems. I've gigged with it and played material ranging from Blur to Los Lobos to Roy Orbison and the Beatles, James Brown and The Killers... and this amp has been good to me through every tune.

One thing to mention is the weight and size of the amp.. it does have that classic AC30 shape.. unfortunately it also has most of the weight! Not recommended for anyone needing a small amp that can be transported easily. I'd much rather lug around my actual AC30 if I need something 2x12.

It takes pedals well if you take the time to use the EQ to make this a more "neutral" tone from which to start.

(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!

    (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A GREAT SOUNDING AND VERSATILE AMP

    By Lunk

    from Colorado Springs 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!

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    LOVE THIS AMP

    By Isaeah.H

    from Anza, Ca

    About Me Professional Musician

    Ask me a question

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      Love This AMP VOX is the best! buy this amp it has everything it can play anything and sound amazing doing it. Any guitar you put through this amp it will make it sound so beautiful. All I can say is if your thinking about buying this amp do it already because you wont be disappointed I have had it for a year now and am about to buy another ac-30

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sounds as good as some all-tube amps

      By gitpicker

      from Illinois

      About Me Professional Musician

      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!

        (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great amp

        By hardcore_applecore

        from Australia

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        Ask me a question

        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!

          (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          What a find

          By josh king

          from Houston

          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.

          (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

          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.

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