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Overview

  • Tube-driven VOX Valve Reactor circuit uses a 12AX7 vacuum tube for true tube tone
  • Optimum 40W output with maximum 60W output from unique Power Level control
  • 10" VOX Original speaker
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The latest amp in the Valvetronix evolution with 99 presets, loads of FX, and more.

The convenient and powerful Valvetronix VT40+ combo amp delivers the guitar sounds sought after by discerning guitarists of every style. With a 12AX7 preamp tube, powerful new amp models, and the unique Power Level control, the VT40 Plus is ready to deliver the response and sound every player needs.

Tube-powered VOX Valve Reactor circuit
Every guitar player seeks the power and playability delivered by a tube amp; the fat drive tone, wide dynamic range, subtle picking nuances, and quick response. After painstaking analysis of guitarists' tastes and preferences, VOX has focused on the importance of the power amp circuit in creating the sonic characteristics long sought from tube amps. The VOX Valve Reactor was developed out of this power amp philosophy. Based on a 12AX7 vacuum tube, the Valve Reactor circuit at the heart of the Valvetronix VT40+ amp perfectly reproduces the operation, subtle nuances, and tonal character of a real tube-powered amp.

More amp models than ever before
The new Valvetronix+ Series boasts an amazing collection of 33 distinct amp models - a new milestone for Valvetronix amplifiers. In addition, the Valvetronix+ represents a giant leap in quality. The preamp EQ features Bass, Middle and Treble controls for precise tone-shaping. Beginning with classic VOX amps such as the AC30, the diverse amp model selection continues to encompass coveted amps from the pages of history, as well as the latest high-gain amps, providing a sound selection that spans the ages. Call up the sound of an old favorite, or experiment with amps you may never have tried - sought-after amps played by your guitar heroes, rare boutique amps, and vintage amps - and pursue unexplored sonic paths.

25 Diverse, high-quality effects
One of the best features of the VOX Valvetronix VT40+ modeling amp is the ability to combine the built-in effects with the onboard amp models to create a complete and powerful sound. Just as with the effects, the VT40+ makes no compromises when it comes to effects, boasting a level of quality that rivals top standalone units. The broad array of effects is divided into two sections: Pedal effects such as distortion, wah, and compressor; and Modulation/Delay effects such as chorus, flanger, and tape echo. In each section, there are 11 effects to choose from. Featuring easy-to-use settings, you can simultaneously select the effect type and adjust its parameters. In addition, there are three types of Reverb (Room, Spring, and Hall). With the addition of Noise Reduction, up to four different effects can be used at the same time.

99 Preset programs
The musicians at VOX have put together 99 preset programs for the VT40+, expertly voiced and ready for immediate use. Each of the 33 amp models provides three presets: Basic, Effected, and Song. An Effected preset calls up the correct combination of effect type and setting for a particular style.

Song presets are just like Effected presets; each one is a faithful recreation of the signature sound used by a famous guitarist to perform one of their classic tracks. Of course you're also free to edit any preset - or start from scratch with the manual setting - and save up to eight of your own custom sounds to the User presets.

Beyond the numbers
One of the greatest advances from previous Valvetronix models is the astounding sense of power generated by the VT40+. The power amp section has the potential to significantly exceed the wattage value indicated by the model name - as indicated by the shaded section of the Power Level knob. The new Valvetronix+ Series also feature a newly re-voiced VOX original design speaker that is sure to amaze you with a powerful sound that you would not expect from a chassis and speaker of this size. These fine Valvetronix+ amplifiers genuinely deliver sonic power that cannot be expressed by mere numbers.

Seize the power
The sense of drive produced in the tube power stage is what defines the inimitably fat and warm tone that's at the core of a great guitar amp sound. Our tube-driven Valve Reactor circuitry is at the heart of recreating this sound. Volume, Gain, and Master Volume controls provide key levels of controlling your gain to achieve a wealth of clean, overdriven and distorted sounds. In addition, these new Valvetronix+ Series amplifiers feature an altogether unique Power Level control. By lowering the Power Level, it's possible to achieve high levels of gain and distortion at any listening level. And, as was mentioned above, reserve power can also be dialed in using the Power Level control when you really need your amp to scream. The Power Level control allows you to take full advantage of the Valvetronix+ Series potential in any situation.

Convenient and versatile input and output
The headphone out jack can also be used as a direct line output. This output is equipped with the simulated response and character of a speaker cabinet, so you'll enjoy the natural spatial sense of playing through speakers, even when using headphones or when connected to a mixer or recording system. Plug your CD or MP3 player into the AUX input jack and enjoy jamming along with your favorite songs. In addition, the tuning function needed by every guitarist is built in, eliminating the need for a separate tuner.

Optional VFS5 footswitch operation
Plug in the optional VFS5 footswitch and use your feet to switch programs, turn the reverb and other effects on/off, and control their speed, providing additional options for sonic creativity and live performance power.

Amp Model List (33)
Three versions of each amp model are provided: Standard, Special, and Custom.
Clean, Cali Clean, US Blues, US 2x12, VOX AC15, VOX AC30, UK Rock, UK Metal, US High Gain, US Metal, Boutique Metal

Effect Model List (25)
Pedal: Comp, Acoustic, Auto Wah, U-Vibe, Brn Octave, Treble Boost, Tube OD, Gold Drive, Org Dist, Metal Dist, Fuzz
Modulation/Delay: CE Chorus, Multi Chorus, Flanger, Org Phase, Twin Trem, G4 Rotary, Pitch Shift, Filtron, Tape Echo, Delay, Chorus+Delay
Reverb: Room, Spring, Hall
Noise Reduction

Song Preset List (33)
Gravity, Brown Sugar, Cocaine, Creep, I Feel Fine, Pride, Foxy Lady, Enter Sandman, Song 2, Know Your Enemy, Blue Wind, Message In A Bottle, Under The Bridge, Sultans Of Swings, Rebel Rebel, You Enjoy Myself, Smoke On The Water, Beat It, For the Love of God, Best Of You, Satch Boogie, Smells Like Teen Spirit, Wonderwall, Pride and Joy, Walk This Way, Back In Black, Paranoid, Tie Your Mother Down, Black Dog, Sweet Child O' Mine, Five Minutes Alone, Hot For Teacher, Raining Blood.

Features

  • Tube-driven VOX Valve Reactor circuit uses a 12AX7 vacuum tube for true tube tone
  • Optimum 40W output with maximum 60W output from unique Power Level control
  • 10" VOX Original speaker
  • 99 expertly voiced presets
  • 33 Song presets spot-on recreations of the sounds used on classic tracks
  • 33 Basic Amp Model presets: Valvetronix amp modeling at its robust finest
  • 33 Effected Amp Model presets created with variety of effects including chorus, flanger and tremolo
  • 25 In-demand, top-quality effects, including 11 pedal-type effects, 11 modulation/delay effects with Tap Tempo control, and 3 reverb styles
  • 8 User Programs for saving your favorite custom settings
  • Accurate amp models encompass the entire VOX lineage from the traditional AC30 to the modern Night Train, plus an impressive list of other hard-to-come-by classics and rare high-gain boutique models.
  • Gain, Volume, and Master Volume controls
  • 3-band EQ
  • Unique Power Level control can limit the power amp output wattage, creating distinctive power amp distortion at any listening level
  • Built-in automatic guitar tuner
  • Newly revoiced VOX original speaker ensures ample power
  • Headphone output simulates the acoustic and spatial character of a full speaker cabinet
  • Timeless VOX styling

The perfect fusion of great tube-amp sound and cutting-edge modeling technology. Order your VT40+ now!

 

Valvetronix VT40+ 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp Specifications:

  • 16-1/2"W x 8-3/4"H x 16"D
  • 24 lb.
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VoxValvetronix VT40+ 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp
 
3.9

(based on 21 reviews)

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    (6)

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60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (4)
  • Excellent sound (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home studio (4)
    • Amateur recording (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent amp

    An excellent practice amp with great clean AND distortion tones. Has very useable effects unlike competing products. Easy to dial in whatever tone you want.

    You'll read a number of people...Read complete review

    An excellent practice amp with great clean AND distortion tones. Has very useable effects unlike competing products. Easy to dial in whatever tone you want.

    You'll read a number of people mentioning the hiss/snare effect. Yes its there. Its also there on the Peavey VYPYR and on a few models on the Fender Mustang. I tried them all and settled on the Vox. I wanted to like the Peavey VYPYR and its excellent distortion but has poor build quality and it STILL has unreliable firmware and locks up during operation - completely unnacceptable. The Fender offered recording capabilities, superior clean amp models and generally cleaner modeling but had poor quality distortion, lousy effects (beyond echo/reverb) and was difficult to dial in.

    One thing I really like about the Vox is that it remembers where you left off. Turn it back on and its where you left it. Not so on the Peavey or Fender. Another plus is that you have control over the power output and can really make it operate at bedroom levels in an apartment or small house while everyone else is sleeping and STILL get great tone. The Peavey and Fender are difficult to make quiet and when you do the sound quality declines greatly.

    As much as you'd hope for it, none of these are performance amps. They are serious practice amps that let you get your experimentation on. You could make them work in a pinch but I wouldn't ever buy them specifically for that purpose. That being said the Vox was superior in my testing and for my needs.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Awesome tool with some reservations!

    Speaking only to the model I returned for exchange (waiting on exchange), due to the finish and noise issues, as noted above, 6 is generous. VOX should realize features alone do not...Read complete review

    Speaking only to the model I returned for exchange (waiting on exchange), due to the finish and noise issues, as noted above, 6 is generous. VOX should realize features alone do not compensate for noisy analog output. Slick features DO NOT compensate on soft passages accompanied by noise.
    After running through every setting, about half that I can use for my style, I am impressed. It is all in there. This little runt actually motivated the completion of two compositions. Excellent!
    Finish covering on corners have some gaps and is very thin. I did send mine back for an even exchange due to the hiss mentioned by other reviewers, which is disappointing. The noise is less using some models than on others, and the Noise Reduction setting doesn't touch the hiss, another shame. I really hope the replacement is quieter, as I really love the features. Worse case if the new one is the same I will use it as a monitor, not using the output which kills the sound through the speaker, rather as a stand alone. I know Vox can tame the noise present in the Analog Output Circuit, it would not cost much and the reviews would change from hissy-fitty to WOW! Coincidently, I wrote to Vox directly about the noise and they did not respond nor do I expect them to. Poor form Vox - way to loose future customers. Hey, if a manufacturer builds downline models within a line they should reflect the top model.

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    3.0

    Not Bad, Not Good

    By Guitar Teacher

    from Bay Area, California

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT40+ 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

          I bought this amp a couple of years ago. I have owned Vox amps in the past, and I liked their sound and dependability. I must say after working with this amp for awhile, I am not a big fan of this Vox amp.

          What I like:
          1. It can get loud. Some of my students have sizeable tube amps (Mesa Boogie), and I can keep up with them volume-wise. With the preamp tube you do get a little extra "punch." Without the tube, this amp is worthless.
          2. Although more common now, the Aux-In for your Ipod is a plus. I put all my teaching materials on my Ipod (Much easier than carrying extra speakers).

          What I don't like:
          1. I don't like all the "stuff" on this amp. I'm an old-fashioned rocker, who likes to plug-in and play.
          2. Inconsistent tone. I find it difficult to get consistent tone with the amp. Once you get it dialed in, it's fine, but getting there can be a challenge, especially when you're having to do this several times a day.
          3. Effects are just average, although the reverb may be the best and most variable effects feature.
          4. High end can be weak, and the bass response is overwhelming. I have found that especially on the upper end, the treble can distort and gets pretty thin (not good distortion), and when playing rhythm the low end is quite muddy and excessive. I often have to back off the bass completely. Thus going back to tone and EQ.

          All in all for the $$ it's not a bad deal. The amp has held up well under constant use (4 to 5 hours everday), which is a plus. I would not use this amp for performance. For practice and instructing it gets me by for now (Although I am considering changing amps soon)

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          "Amazing amp for the price"

          By rogaromi

          from Bowerston, Ohio

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Mic'd Up For Large Gigs
            • Small gigs

            Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT40+ 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

            This amp far exceeded my expectations. I am amazed at how many features and great sounds are crammed into such a small package. It is well built ans I can get exactly the sound that suits my taste. I play Grateful Dead style jamming music, reggae and swing jazz. Get the optional footswitch for live use, you wil be glad you did!

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Does it all but a little sketchy

            By Peter

            from Washington DC

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Booklet
            • Has Everything But Pedal
            • Light And Affordable
            • Portable

            Cons

            • Acts A Little Weird

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT40+ 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

            Tons of models and effects plus a preamp tube plus metronome, equalizer, tuner - everything but a pedal in a light and portable package. At 40 solid state watts it goes pretty loud -- though recall that tube watts are 'louder' because a tube clips gracefully. So it's a beginner's dream come true: The caveats: (maybe TOO good to be true?) 1) I can't get a Fendery sound from my Strat - proably just need to fiddle with it; 2) am getting reverb when I turn up the volume - hmmm...; 3) speaker cant handle the brown sound in lowest octave - not surprising or important to me; 3) Metal settings sound too clear in highs and unusably distorted lower down - maybe my fault. On the other hand I've discovered a fabulous AC30 tone I plan to adopt for life! Advice: Compare to Fender's competing offering. Despite all the models it may come down to whether you prefer Vox or Fender tone.

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            (6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Not Worth It

            By soulrebel

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Built in Tuner
            • Compact
            • Lightweight
            • Portable
            • Stylish

            Cons

            • Confusing
            • Difficult To Use

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT40+ 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

            I was very excited when I first got this baby home. After about an hour of playing, I was still shocked at how complicated this small amplifier is. Vox seems to have tried to pack every single piece of technology which all seem to run into each other. The stock "99" sounds are good, but remembering what is what and switching back and forth, even with the foot switch (which is marginal at best, and its HUGEEEE), is troublesome. I was very disappointed with this model. It also gives off a weird hissing noise, almost like added dithering or something.

            On the plus side, it is very stylish, and an excellent size. It does have a lot of power it's size.

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            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Amp for the Price

            By JT

            from Salt Lake City, UT

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Pros

            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable

            Cons

            • Difficult To Use

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT40+ 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

            I needed a small electric guitar amp to use for some gigs that I do with my mostly acoustic blues/roots band, but did not want to spend a lot of money. I'd heard a guy using a larger VT amp at a gig and was really impressed with the sound, so I decided to give this a shot.

            While it has more features and presets than I want, it was easy for me to dial in a nice, clean sound that I can easily overdrive with my tube screamer when I want a distorted sound. The reverb is good, but has a longer "tail" than I usually prefer. However, I have been able to find the sweet spot without much trouble. I don't really use the other effects, but when I tried them they sounded much nice that the effects on other amps I've used. I especially like the auto wah.

            I've gigged twice with this and it sounded great mic'd through our PA. The guys in the band were impressed, and I got a lot of compliments from the audience. Granted, this is not a full tube amp, but it gets a great tube sound for the money, is lightweight, looks nice, and has been reliable so far.

            I won't comment on the high gain settings, since I don't really care for that sound much.

            Comment on this review

            (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Vox VT 40+... I like it!

            By Michael Gray

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT40+ 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

            I am very pleased with the amp. If something were to happen to this amp, I would buy another....from Musicians Friend.
            Good presets, multiple effects, memory for your favorite settings. I also have the VT 120+. This smaller unit works great for practice and playing smaller venues, while keeping the same settings I have on my larger amp. I really like it.
            I had trouble with the first one I ordered. It did not respond correctly to the Vox footswitch, also some effects would switch in and out and bleed over while I was playing. Musicians Friend was very helpful...swapped it out. I got the replacement amp and it seems to work great. The hiss is annoying on the hotter settings, but I can still get a very clean sound for jazz and easy blues. I wish the exterior was stronger. I think a bump against a corner wall or another amp will leave a mark on this amp. I also own a Roland 60 Cube. It is a tank and has great sounds...just not as many effects as this little Vox. I think overall I like this Vox better...will just have to be more careful with it.
            Very good value.

            Comment on this review

            (7 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            VOX VT40+ STAY AWAY

            By frankie ralph

            from Lossiemouth, North East Scotland

            Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT40+ 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

            This amp was overall an awful purchase, the only amp i desire from vox's range is the custom AC30 which has amazing reviews and they actually seem to be reliable. My Vt40+ is completeley recked and this is at fairly minimal use, the "US blues" effect somehow has become distortionate and it not actually useable, i am doing you a huge favour in recommending you do not buy this amplifier, save up a while longer and buy a TUBE AMP eg- Fender Twin Reverb , Fender Deluxe , Vox AC30 , proper tone and quality!!
            I would say the features on this amp are really good, there is something for every one and there is alot of differentiation on this amp.
            havent had many amplifiers to compare it too so i shall give it average
            at first i thought, yay great amplifier its amazing!!! then after six months ide decided it was a waste of 180, it developed a hissing sound and actually has a drone now and then!

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            (14 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very Pleased to Report - Update

            By Robert Camacho

            from Nashville, TN

            Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT40+ 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

            despite my frustrations with the original unit I received, which happens from time to time to all products out of the box, and though VOX has had previous problems with the line, Musicians Friend stood behind their decision to offer the product and made good on VOX's and their claims that the product was solid despite a small failure rate compared to the total units sold. Again THANK YOU Musicians Friend for your superb follow through and your total dedication to making ALL your customers Satisfied Customers - how totally refreshing in this day and age!
            After receiving a noisy unit and returning it , Musicians Friend went over and above the call of duty to have their technicians test the new unit before shipping it. I now have a QUIET and sweet sounding unit that works beautifully in every model, setting, and mode. Noise free the way to be!
            Totally loaded, ample volume, easy to use, outstanding bang for the buck, and works wonderfully with electric and acoustic.
            Super features, sound, and size.

            Comment on this review

            (12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Awesome tool with some reservations!

            By Robert Camacho

            from Nashville, TN

            Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT40+ 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

            Speaking only to the model I returned for exchange (waiting on exchange), due to the finish and noise issues, as noted above, 6 is generous. VOX should realize features alone do not compensate for noisy analog output. Slick features DO NOT compensate on soft passages accompanied by noise.
            After running through every setting, about half that I can use for my style, I am impressed. It is all in there. This little runt actually motivated the completion of two compositions. Excellent!
            Finish covering on corners have some gaps and is very thin. I did send mine back for an even exchange due to the hiss mentioned by other reviewers, which is disappointing. The noise is less using some models than on others, and the Noise Reduction setting doesn't touch the hiss, another shame. I really hope the replacement is quieter, as I really love the features. Worse case if the new one is the same I will use it as a monitor, not using the output which kills the sound through the speaker, rather as a stand alone. I know Vox can tame the noise present in the Analog Output Circuit, it would not cost much and the reviews would change from hissy-fitty to WOW! Coincidently, I wrote to Vox directly about the noise and they did not respond nor do I expect them to. Poor form Vox - way to loose future customers. Hey, if a manufacturer builds downline models within a line they should reflect the top model.

            Comment on this review

            (17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent amp

            By JJ

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT40+ 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

            An excellent practice amp with great clean AND distortion tones. Has very useable effects unlike competing products. Easy to dial in whatever tone you want.

            You'll read a number of people mentioning the hiss/snare effect. Yes its there. Its also there on the Peavey VYPYR and on a few models on the Fender Mustang. I tried them all and settled on the Vox. I wanted to like the Peavey VYPYR and its excellent distortion but has poor build quality and it STILL has unreliable firmware and locks up during operation - completely unnacceptable. The Fender offered recording capabilities, superior clean amp models and generally cleaner modeling but had poor quality distortion, lousy effects (beyond echo/reverb) and was difficult to dial in.

            One thing I really like about the Vox is that it remembers where you left off. Turn it back on and its where you left it. Not so on the Peavey or Fender. Another plus is that you have control over the power output and can really make it operate at bedroom levels in an apartment or small house while everyone else is sleeping and STILL get great tone. The Peavey and Fender are difficult to make quiet and when you do the sound quality declines greatly.

            As much as you'd hope for it, none of these are performance amps. They are serious practice amps that let you get your experimentation on. You could make them work in a pinch but I wouldn't ever buy them specifically for that purpose. That being said the Vox was superior in my testing and for my needs.

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