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    High-quality modeling meets the acclaimed Vox Valve Reactor tube technology.

    The Vox Valvetronix VT30 is a 30W combo amp that gives you 22 amp models ranging from the latest high-gain types to hard-to-find boutique and vintage amps. The Vox VT30 amp also boasts a full complement of effects, allowing it to cover the needs of a wide variety of styles and performance techniques. The Vox VT30 also includes 66 preset programs, including 22 song programs that simulate the guitar sounds of famous guitarists. Now even beginners can start enjoying serious guitar sound right away.

    The VOX Valve Reactor circuit is the key factor that separates the Valvetronix amplifiers from other modeling amps. The 100% analog original power amp circuit actually has the same power amp circuit as a full-tube amp, using a 12AX7 miniature triode to reproduce a distinctive tube amp sound unattainable by digital technology. In other words, it replicates aspects that have an important influence on the sound of a tube amp, such as the power amp's class A/AB operation and the interaction of the power stage with the speaker. You get not only the response of the original amp's power amp circuitry, but also the power amp's distortion as well as the nuances and subjective sound pressure of a full-tube amp.

    Features

    • 30W combo amp
    • VOX Valve Reactor circuit uses a 12AX7 to produce real tube power amp sound
    • 22 realistic amp models are built in, ranging from the latest high-gain types to unobtainable legendary boutique amps and vintage amps
    • 12 high-quality effects including independent reverb, rivaling the quality of dedicated units
    • 3 banks (basic, effected, and song) are provided for each amp model, giving you a total of 66 preset programs
    • 22 programs of "song presets" simulate the sounds of famous guitarists
    • You can save 8 of your own edited programs
    • Power level control allows you to adjust the output wattage of the power amp, so you can obtain that distinctive power amp distortion even at low output levels

    Take the versatile VT30's tube-and-modeling technology along for the ride — order now.

     

    Valvetronix VT30 30W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp Specifications:

    • Amp Models: Boutique CL, Deluxe Tweed, Super 4x10, AC15TB, AC30HH, Express Train, AC50CP2, UK 25TH, US '90s, UK Modern, Boutique Metal, Modded CL, Tweed 2x12, Tweed 4x10, AC15, AC30TB, Boutique OD, AC30BM, UK '80s, Cali Metal, UK '90s, Metal Bull
    • 12 Effect Models: Delay, Tape Echo, Chorus, Comp, Octave, Flanger, Phaser, Rotary, Tremolo, Pitch, Reverb, Noise Reduction
    • Number of amp types: 22
    • Number of programs: 66 preset, 8 user
    • Input/output jacks: 1 x Input, 1 x Foot SW jack, 1 x Phone jack,
    • Power amp output: Maximum 30W RMS @4 ohms
    • Speaker: 1 x VOX original (10", 4 ohm )
    • Signal processing A/D conversion: 24-bit, D/A conversion: 24-bit, Sampling frequency: 44.1 kHz
    • Power supply requirements: AC, local voltage
    • Power consumption: 40W
    • Dimensions: 17.95" W x 16.93" H x 8.82" D
    • Weight: 27 lb.
    • Included items: power cable
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    4.6

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    What's not to like!

    When I first started playing back in the late 60's, I was in a band that had mostly VOX amps. At time it was mostly for looks (come on, what looks better...Read complete review

    When I first started playing back in the late 60's, I was in a band that had mostly VOX amps. At time it was mostly for looks (come on, what looks better than 60's VOX amps. The American VOX amps were made by Thomas Organ company and while they looked like their English counterparts they didn't sound nearly as good. The Royal Guardsman amp we had spent more time being repaired than being played. In the late 70's I got a beat up but wonderful sounding VOX Berkely and my bad taste over earlier VOX amps was completely changed. Unfortunately I soon got into a fairly loud band and the Berkely couldn't compete so I traded it for a Peavey MACE. I missed that VOX sound for many years.About 6 years ago I bought a VOX Pathfinder which is an excellent amp that I originally bought to rehearse. It was so loud and nice that have been using to play live for the past four years (I use the line output and go to the PA for more sound). The Pathfinder has been faithfully reproducing that classic VOX sound every weekend when I play jobs(Classic rock to lite FM lounge type music). Because I have been a little rough on the Pathfinder, I decided to buy another one (for cosmetic purposes only, the amp still works great). When I went to order the Pathfinder I saw the VT-30 for just a few dollars more. With built in effects, metal grill, and amp simulations...Hmmm sounded nice. I got the VT-30 and so far I couldn't be happier. It is has a really great sound. The effects are very nice and since getting this I realize I won't don't need my peadal board (I just ordered the 5 button VOX footswitch which I highly recommend if anyone buys this amp). The amp simulations are nice and the effects are surprisingly good. I especially like the chorus+compressor setting and the delays.You get 8 storage locations for your custom settings (choose an amp modal, pick the effects you want to use, set your EQ with the treble,mid and bass knobs, set the pre-amp gain for distortion or lack of it, then set the volume and "save" to one of the 8 memory pads. The VT-30 gives you a total of four places to set volume...the pre-amp gain, the volume for that paticular patch, then an overall volume that feeds the main power amp that also has a power reducer knob on the back that brings down the power amps output volume without changing the sounds you created. All four are actual physical knobs that you turn by hand not some "virtual" number on a display. This amp is the best of two worlds. It is part analog (pre-amp with an actual 12AX7 tube and analog amp)and part digital (effects and amp simulations). The overal sound is big amazingly big and fat and very analog.As a part time very active player, I need an amp that play cleanly one night in a restaurant/lounge setting and then be cranked up to rock out at a "shot and beer" joint the next. This amp can do that easily.Note: Only a few minor complaints. The footswitch is a must and is somewhat expensive. It costs $60.00 and should be included with amp. Without the footswitch you can only change settings manually, so if you want to use the patches you made or turn the effects on and off while playing live, you need this pedal.My other complaint is that there is no line out. This is a real mystery. There is only a headphone out, but the speaker gets cut off when you use it as a direct out. That's real shame. The Pathfinder has both a great (and quiet) 1/4" line out and a headphone out.)This is a big oversight by VOX.

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    Crummy build w/ excellent sound

    This amp sounds fantastic. I bought it because I don't always like using tube amps. Yes, I said it. ...and no I don't consider this a tube amp.Too bad Vox missed...Read complete review

    This amp sounds fantastic. I bought it because I don't always like using tube amps. Yes, I said it. ...and no I don't consider this a tube amp.Too bad Vox missed the boat on two important aspects....the first of which is pathetic.1) The build quality is terrible. Don't get me wrong, the amp can take an intentional foot to the metal grill...and I thank them for that. But I presume they mounted the input jack to the PCB. Why do companies still do this? Its one thing to skimp on things to make it cheaper, but not on the part that gets used almost as much as the on/off switch.Needless to say its broke and I have to rip it apart to re-solder the thing.2) The foot switch is neutered. I bought a $60 foot switch for this thing...took it back the next day because I found out the presets don't save the effects, its only the amp and reverb. I would like to know the thought process that went into that exclusion. I don't need 8 presets at my feet if the only difference is going to be distortion. This seems so archaic that I must have done something wrong but thats Voxs' fault if you have to save effects a different way from the normal means of holding the preset button for 2 seconds to save the patch as clearly described in the manual. Its just inexcusable for a modeling amp with effects to not let you save the effects.However with all that said, this amp does sound fantastic. Its loud enough to play over a drummer, but its just not built strong enough to make it to band practice in the first place. If you want it strictly for a bedroom amp, I would give it 4 stars.

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    5.0

    Great little workhorse amp!

    By some punk

    from Hainesport, NJ

    Pros

    • Good tube amp replication
    • Large variety of models
    • Lasts for a while
    • Pedal-friendly
    • Sturdy
    • Versatility

    Cons

    • Dark at times

    Best Uses

    • Great for all purposes

    I've had this baby for about two and a half years now, and it's running great! The amount of models this amp has is staggering, and you can dial in some pretty amazing tones! I have my VT30 set to a tone that's eerily similar to the Green Day guitar sound, it's amazing! It is a bit dark, as Voxes are, and it's not GREAT with single coils (though my guitar has a humbucker-size P90 in the bridge and sounds really good). But if you want a good substitute for a tube amp (or you just don't like playing them but want a good sound) and you want versatility in your tone, I highly suggest this amp. Oh, and it can take a real beating. Two and a half years and mine doesn't even have a scratch!

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    5.0

    THE PERFECT SMALL AMP FOR ANYONE

    By Andrew Kish

    from Atlanta, GA

    I love the versatility of modeling amps. The thing about modelers is that you have to tweak them... Forget factory presets! Use your ears! Remember that the amplifier is an extension of your guitar and that you should "play" the amplifier as well. I bought the VOX Valvetronix VT30 to gig with. It has the perfect balance of size, weight and volume output. I honestly can't turn it all the way up... The amp can certainly handle it without breaking up, but it drowns out my drummer and bassist in our practice space. The controls are laid out well and easy to use. The 5-button footswitch is a must-have and well worth the $. My only complaint about the footswitch is the lack of individual LED's on each of the 4 channel buttons. The lack of an effects loop doesn't bother me at all. The 11 effects that come in the amp are the ones that belong in an amp's effects loop, and they are very musical, useable and tweakable. The VT30 does not have a tube pre, as some other reviewers have stated. The pre is 100% digital. The tube is placed in the signal chain after the pre, as part of the "hybrid" digital power amp. The manual goes into depth on the construction of the amp so I won't go over it here, but I'll just say that this design is pure genius... unlike any other amp out there. It has the ability to switch between A/AB architecture to more accurately give you the feel of the amp being modeled. (One caveat: The amplifier volume spikes when switching between certain amp models... this is a result of the power amp switching between A/AB! It doesn't do it through the headphone jack, it only does it when the power amp is being used.) This amplifier has tons of low end for its size. The midrange response is perfect, but the treble has a bit of a shrill bite, depending on the guitar and amp model being used. Tweaked properly, it will really cut through a mix without being turned up too loud. I have tried all of the amp models, and of course found my favorites... but they are all very useable, and sound very good. This amp can be used for virtually any style. It will clean up very well, and the clean tones have plenty of volume. The dirty tones have just enough tube response to trick you into believing that you are using the real thing. Very inspired. This amp is anything but sterile... It comes to life and breathes. This is the first amp I've owned by VOX... I'm hooked now!
    This amp is perfect with the exception of only having 8 memory locations, no built-in chromatic tuner, and the lack of a built-in wah (accessible via footswitch, i.e. POD 2.0/floorboard combination)
    Metal speaker grille and closed-back cabinet design.... plywood construction - what more can I say? Treat it with respect and it should provide you with years of trouble free operation.
    This thing was waaayyyy too cheap. My expectations were low based on the price. I have been perpetually surprised and pleased with this amazing amplifier as each day passes.

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    4.0

    Know How to Use It

    By Grant McAndrew

    from Madison, WI

    Overall, it's a good starter amp and it gives you some options to experiment with it. Once you tweak and find out what it's good for it can be a lot of fun.
    It's got a lot of effects, few of which are any good. The amps models can be good, but only when used in Manual mode, the preset mode is awful. In preset mode it sets the treble, bass, mid, gain, and volume for you, which is really annoying and not useful at all for me. I use the power knob on the back to control the volume, as the Master and Volume knobs don't do much.
    It's build pretty well. It's easy to carry around and can get pretty loud. I haven't had any issues with the knobs or anything like that.
    It's a fairly cheap amp, and if you know how to use it, it's worth it. I use it in Manual mode on the AC15 setting, control the reverb with a footswitch, and use my three effects pedals. I'm basically using it as an AC15, until I can afford to get a real one. Sounds good with humbuckers and single-coils, though I mostly use a strat.

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    5.0

    Love it!

    By Jonsey91

    from Portland,OR

    I bought this amp awhile back from a friend and I have owned it for about 6 months now and I must say this is one beast of an amp. It is a great all-around amp I primarily play metal but I do like to explore other types of music as well.For the price you defiantly cannot go wrong, I would strongly recommend this amp to any one who plays guitar that wants great all around tone and features without breaking the bank.

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    5.0

    Awesome Practice Amp.

    By Mybleedinglung86

    from Tampa, FL

    Bought this as a down-grade from my old live rig and this amp does not disappoint. The amp models are great especially the Vox ones (obviously)I really like the Silver Jubilee model (UK 25th), the SLO (Boutique OD)and the AC15TB which gets a nice on the edge of overdrive sound. The effects can be hard to subtlety out of and I recommend using an actual delay pedal for more control. The is loud enough to be heard over a drummer and the range of tones is awesome. The only down is paying extra for the foot switch which is essential if you are gigging.

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    5.0

    Love this amp

    By MonsignorMonk

    from Little Rock, AR

    I have nothing but great things to say about this amp. I am primarily an acoustic guy and so i needed a very reasonably priced amp that also performed well in live, small club situations. The Vox VT30 has exceeded my needs and has been my only amp for nearly 5 years. I have used it with a 79 american strat as well as an epiphone dot and have gotten exactly what i needed from the amp. i typically use only the more classic models - the tweed and blackface fender settings. Reverb is very nice and the other fx sound great, although i typically use only reverb abd tremelo.i do wish the tremelo on my amp would allow a faster setting but thi is a small concern. i also had to replace the input jack as the nut was plastic and repeatedly came off. this has been corrected in more recent editions of the VT30.Great combo amp at a great price and fits easily in my back seat! a winner.

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    5.0

    Good for Practice and a Small Gig

    By Gothabilly Steve

    from Highland CA

    I bought this amp for mainly a Practice amp, cause it is much smaller than my Show amp but this lil guy has alotta Features, I had it over about a 10 months, and I gotta Say this amp has almost everything I need when I go to practice now I leave most of my Pedals at home. So I like the fact that I have less stuff to Carrie around and I LOVE the Presets Feature just plug and play. I am still learning what else this amp can do ohh also I like the Noise Gate love that too I hate playin with that buzz or hum in the background but this makes me sound very clear. I also Love how this amp is very Flexible as well you can jump to styles with a turn of a knob. I havent tryed it on a Gig yet but I am sure it will sound great Mic Up and this amp makes my Gibson Sound Great I play with P-90 Pick ups soo I would Recommend this amp and I might even buy another one maybe a the 100 watt version but yes this is a great lil amp

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    5.0

    Endless Possibilities!!!

    By Kjb0419

    from Sacramento, Ca

    I have owned this amp for about a year now and I have to say, it is spectacular. I love the built in preamps. There really are endless possibilities with this amp and you can make them LOUD! I have used both my fender telecaster and my Ovation acoustic through this amp and they both sound great! I would highly recommend this amp!

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    5.0

    Made My Gretsch Pro Jet Come Alive!

    By GWROBERTS

    from Rives, TN

    Just bought one of these on clearance and saved a lot of money. I also have a Fender Super Champ XD which is a good amp but has several drawbacks and nowhere near as versatile as this Valvetronix. Unlike the Super Champ XD, the VT30 allows you to have more than one effect; you can have reverb and tremolo. Also the volume is easlier to control. There are tons of amp models and effects.Last but not least, my Gretsch Pro Jet with stock pickups just sounds better and clearer through the Valvetronix VT30.Since it is a clearance item, this may or may not be available; but if you own a Gretsch Electromatic guitar, take a good look at the Vox Valvetronix Series.

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    5.0

    What's not to like!

    When I first started playing back in the late 60's, I was in a band that had mostly VOX amps. At time it was mostly for looks (come on, what looks better than 60's VOX amps. The American VOX amps were made by Thomas Organ company and while they looked like their English counterparts they didn't sound nearly as good. The Royal Guardsman amp we had spent more time being repaired than being played. In the late 70's I got a beat up but wonderful sounding VOX Berkely and my bad taste over earlier VOX amps was completely changed. Unfortunately I soon got into a fairly loud band and the Berkely couldn't compete so I traded it for a Peavey MACE. I missed that VOX sound for many years.About 6 years ago I bought a VOX Pathfinder which is an excellent amp that I originally bought to rehearse. It was so loud and nice that have been using to play live for the past four years (I use the line output and go to the PA for more sound). The Pathfinder has been faithfully reproducing that classic VOX sound every weekend when I play jobs(Classic rock to lite FM lounge type music). Because I have been a little rough on the Pathfinder, I decided to buy another one (for cosmetic purposes only, the amp still works great). When I went to order the Pathfinder I saw the VT-30 for just a few dollars more. With built in effects, metal grill, and amp simulations...Hmmm sounded nice. I got the VT-30 and so far I couldn't be happier. It is has a really great sound. The effects are very nice and since getting this I realize I won't don't need my peadal board (I just ordered the 5 button VOX footswitch which I highly recommend if anyone buys this amp). The amp simulations are nice and the effects are surprisingly good. I especially like the chorus+compressor setting and the delays.You get 8 storage locations for your custom settings (choose an amp modal, pick the effects you want to use, set your EQ with the treble,mid and bass knobs, set the pre-amp gain for distortion or lack of it, then set the volume and "save" to one of the 8 memory pads. The VT-30 gives you a total of four places to set volume...the pre-amp gain, the volume for that paticular patch, then an overall volume that feeds the main power amp that also has a power reducer knob on the back that brings down the power amps output volume without changing the sounds you created. All four are actual physical knobs that you turn by hand not some "virtual" number on a display. This amp is the best of two worlds. It is part analog (pre-amp with an actual 12AX7 tube and analog amp)and part digital (effects and amp simulations). The overal sound is big amazingly big and fat and very analog.As a part time very active player, I need an amp that play cleanly one night in a restaurant/lounge setting and then be cranked up to rock out at a "shot and beer" joint the next. This amp can do that easily.Note: Only a few minor complaints. The footswitch is a must and is somewhat expensive. It costs $60.00 and should be included with amp. Without the footswitch you can only change settings manually, so if you want to use the patches you made or turn the effects on and off while playing live, you need this pedal.My other complaint is that there is no line out. This is a real mystery. There is only a headphone out, but the speaker gets cut off when you use it as a direct out. That's real shame. The Pathfinder has both a great (and quiet) 1/4" line out and a headphone out.)This is a big oversight by VOX.

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