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Vox Brian May Special Recording Amp

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The Vox Brian May Special Recording Amp is based on May's legendary "Deacy" recording amp that was named for Queen bassist John Deacon. May cobbled i...Click To Read More About This Product

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With sonics like no other amp!

The Vox Brian May Special Recording Amp is based on May's legendary "Deacy" recording amp that was named for Queen bassist John Deacon. May cobbled it together from a car radio's amp circuit mounted in a '60s bookshelf speaker cabinet. May collaborated with the Vox design team to create the Special as an amp that would capture the fabulous sonics of the original homegrown unit. It's a 10W combo with a 6-1/2" speaker that replicates every nuance of the original. The Special is equipped with controls for gain, tone, and volume with a high/low gain switch. A Booster section permits driving another amp in the same way May overdrives his AC30s in concert using his famed Treble Booster device. The Special also is equipped with an emulated recording/headphone jack plus external speaker jack. Vox incorporates 2 battery simulation circuits, one each for the Booster and Amp sections that duplicate the novel sound produced by the original Deacy's battery power source. The result is an utterly unique-sounding combo for recording, practicing, or driving another amp.

FEATURES
  • Based on May's legendary "Deacy" recording amp
  • 10W combo
  • 6-1/2" speaker
  • Gain, tone, and volume with a high/low gain switch
  • Booster section permits driving another amp
  • Emulated recording/headphone jack
  • External speaker jack
  • 2 battery simulation circuits, one each for the Booster and Amp sections duplicate the original Deacy's battery power source

An amazing little combo that'll put a smile on your face the first time you give it a try. Click or call to order this one-of-a-kind unit today!

SPECIFICATIONS
  • 13"W x 10-3/4"H x 6-3/4"D.
  • 12 lbs.
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4.6

(based on 22 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A real winner

There's only one Brian May so don't even try to sound like him. But if rockin' is your business this amp is for you. You get major control over gain, tone and...Read complete review

There's only one Brian May so don't even try to sound like him. But if rockin' is your business this amp is for you. You get major control over gain, tone and distortion, and it's so intuitively easy to do it! A good clean sound is a little hard to achieve but that's not what this little jewel is all about. It's perfect for rock, blues, even metal. You don't have to crank it to ear-splitting levels to get a good rockin' sound. Best of all, it's affordable! Don't shun it...fun it!

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I paid for this?

Don't let the other reviews fool you; this doesn't even come CLOSE to emulating Brian May's tone. When I first bought this thing, I figured the reason I couldn't get any tone out...Read complete review

Don't let the other reviews fool you; this doesn't even come CLOSE to emulating Brian May's tone. When I first bought this thing, I figured the reason I couldn't get any tone out of it was because I was using a crappy Epiphone Jr. After running a Squier Strat, an Ibanez, and even a Burns Red Special through the thing, without any luck achieving the Brian May sound, I came to a single conclusion: this amp sucks. I understand that Brian normally uses Vox AC30s, but this doesn't even sound like the Deacy Amp Vox claims to have emulated perfectly. It's only redeeming feature is that when used as a treble booster, it achieves a slightly more accurate tone. Even then, if you want a decent booster, hunt down a Crispy Cream, as it's more accurate and less cumbersome than this heap of garbage. I am disgusted by the fact that Brian put his name on this.

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5.0

A real winner

By Cello Mike

from San Diego, CA

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There's only one Brian May so don't even try to sound like him. But if rockin' is your business this amp is for you. You get major control over gain, tone and distortion, and it's so intuitively easy to do it! A good clean sound is a little hard to achieve but that's not what this little jewel is all about. It's perfect for rock, blues, even metal. You don't have to crank it to ear-splitting levels to get a good rockin' sound. Best of all, it's affordable! Don't shun it...fun it!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

More like a clock radio

By Mike the Knife

from Georgia

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Pros

  • Cute
  • White

Cons

  • More Like A Radio Not Amp
  • Very Limited Sounds

Best Uses

  • Hooked Up Like A Pedal

I am surprised by the many good reviews for this amp. Yes you can use it like a pedal to overdrive a real amp. Which is how it was meant to be used. And it does give you some of that unmistakable BM tone that way. By itself, it sounds like you plugged your guitar into a clock radio. I don't know why anyone would like that.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best one-sided die ever...

By A Crown of Amaranth

from South Bend, IN

With tone like this amp displays in it's gain section, it's hard to beg the lack of honestly good clean tone. The controls are simple and give you all you need at your fingertips, and the emulated headphone/recording out comes in handy for direct recording and quiet practice.All in all, big "bang for the buck" factor, especially if you're looking for nice, slightly creamy solid state distorted tones.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Some Questions About The Amp

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Ok, this amp looks great and the sound clips are incredible sounding! I have a Fender American Strat and Fender Princeton Chorus Amp. Can I get the Brian May sound through a strat? Also, can I connect my fender amp to the May amp through the booster output to increase the sound?

 
5.0

Best small amp ever!

By MusicMan-a1RuM

from Los Angeles, CA

I actually own 2 of them and they come in handy with my session playing.

 
5.0

Fun little practice amp!

By Clu Gullager

from Traverse city, MI

Buy it! It costs about the same price as a distortion pedal.

 
4.0

great amp, once you figure it out.

By chris-nUAMC

from Worcester, MA

This amp is excellent, but when i first got it (as a gift) it took me some tweaking before i could fully explore its sonics. the mid-to-high gain sound is excellent, but it takes some time and a lot of knob manipulation to achieve a pure, clean sound,and it is hard to change sounds on the fly, which is difficult for recording. The price also seemed a little high for a fifteen watt amp, but its sonic capabilities are still excellent.

 
5.0

Brian May vox

By lespaul-WoDEP

from pasadena, ca

I heard about this amp from a pretty reliable source, and was pretty happy with getting it. I like the distortion at low sound etc. good overall amp, expecially for band/ at home practice.

 
5.0

Perfect Studio Amp

By Jay Kishor

from Baltimore, MD

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For a truly unique sound, The Brain May Vox Special has become a relied upon member of my "Gear Stable".The Gain knob can be adjusted (along with the Tone control) to give from a raspy, whiskey-throated distortion to a warm, chime-like harmonic resonance.The Boost button, when applied, gives an edgy, biting type of fuzz that is exquisite when it comes to soloing.It is also extremely clean going direct to the board, and hence, ideal in studio and sound reinforcement situations.You can't get this sound anywhere else, and with the price, this little piece needs to be in any Rock musician's retinue.

 
5.0

Brian May, Thank You

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have been looking a tone like this. I run the output to a fender power amp and running into a crate cabinet (using a strat). WOW, I love this tone, with a DS1 it just does everything I need it to. Thanks to Brian May for letting us record with that signiture sound (even though it is really in his fingers). This amp is as cool as it gets for such little money.

 
5.0

Exactly what it's supposed to be!

By Tom-9Z0ZX

from Jackson, MS

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Vox has done well with this one. It is built very well, is very portable, not expensive and does an excellent job of nailing Brian May's tone.

 
5.0

Amazing for the price

By blackstrat09-c97eL

from Mission Viejo, CA

only down side is it isn't very loud but you can hook it up with another tube amp and use it as a treble booster and control distortion.

 
4.0

Tone Machine

By Dennis-4XtsI

from Salem, OR

The Brian May Special Recording Amp is everything I have read about it. It is one mean tone machine and worth every penny. You will not be disappointed.

 
5.0

WAY Better than I (or you) Would expect

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This Really Gives true Brian May tones. If you follow the settings in the book, you get a little more ac30-ish tone, if you put everything to the midpoint it gets very decayish. Truly sounds nothing like the 10 watter you would expect. sounds more like a 20 watter. However, all people must realize that it's bhm's HANDS, that give him his tone. Still very accurate. BUY IT!

 
5.0

Best Amp Ever

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

People don't realize that the "Brian May tone" is in his fingers. He's the best guitarist in the world and people like us can't get the tone because we are not him. Only the master can have that tone, you need to learn how to use this amazing recording amp to your own advantage. Don't try to be Brian, find you own sound. Cause with this amp you can find a variety of amazing sounds. THE BEST AMP EVER

 
5.0

THIS AMP IS GREAT

By SF1

from Johnstown ,NY

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this amp is perfect for classic rock and metal. the harmonics are unbelievable. the tone is great. even if you're not a fan of queen or brian may, you have to give this amp a shot!

 
1.0

I paid for this?

By Abominable K

from Alexandria, VA

Don't let the other reviews fool you; this doesn't even come CLOSE to emulating Brian May's tone. When I first bought this thing, I figured the reason I couldn't get any tone out of it was because I was using a crappy Epiphone Jr. After running a Squier Strat, an Ibanez, and even a Burns Red Special through the thing, without any luck achieving the Brian May sound, I came to a single conclusion: this amp sucks. I understand that Brian normally uses Vox AC30s, but this doesn't even sound like the Deacy Amp Vox claims to have emulated perfectly. It's only redeeming feature is that when used as a treble booster, it achieves a slightly more accurate tone. Even then, if you want a decent booster, hunt down a Crispy Cream, as it's more accurate and less cumbersome than this heap of garbage. I am disgusted by the fact that Brian put his name on this.

 
5.0

Unique. Useful.

By Modest Mouse

from Moline, IL

There isn't a lot of extras with this amp, but what it does have is really special. a unique sound, it's cheap, and instead of wasting money on doo-dads you don't need, they fine-tuned the sound. if you plug this baby into a 4x12 cab, look out!!!! I am going to buy one. maybe two, and run them in stereo along with my 30 watt tube combo. The only thing i would want more of is wattage. but paired with a cab, it's on fire...

 
5.0

best sounding amp ever made

By rizzo-TLn4l

from Whitestone, NY

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I have been trying to get a sound like this for many years, but was never able to achieve it. This amp provides the best distortion sonics of any amp with no fuss or confusion. The volume level is fine for home and studio, but i would would love to see them incorporate this sound into a full size amp. The smooth high gain sound is even PERFECT for "classic" metal like black sabbath & AC/DC.

 
4.0

good but not versitile

By W. Campbell

from Montgomery, AL

The amp has great distortion sound but does not have a solid clean channel. The lack of reverb and a good clean sound decrease its quality in my opinion.

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