For many guitarists there is nothing like the VOX sound. Forever linked to the "British invasion" in the 1960's, VOX amplifiers were played by the most popular bands of the era including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Kinks and the Yardbirds.
At the Minor Chord we think VOX amps still have some of the best sound around and we carry a full range - from the big all-tube AC30 down to the little Mini 3 G2.
Bring in your guitar and try them out. You won't believe the difference a great amp can make!
The models below are usually in stock. Of course, we can also special order any other VOX model you may need.
The VOX Custom Line
VOX Custom amps are the models that immediately come to mind when you think of VOX... the amps that have been trusted workhorses for guitarists since the 1960's.
Why tubes? Solid state amps simply can't match the sound of tube circuitry, because tubes amplify differently than transistors and chips. That difference is magnified when you 'push' the amp by driving it beyond its limit, to the point where it can no longer deliver high-fidelity amplification. A tube circuit driven this way starts behaving like a compressor - producing that characteristic crunchy tone you're looking for. By contrast, overdriven solid state amps tend to hard-limit the waveforms instead of compressing them - a sound that is less pleasing to the human ear.
Because tubes have to be driven hard to produce the tone you want, it is important to choose a properly-sized tube amp for your playing situation. Not enough power and you won't be heard. But too much power is equally bad, because you may not be able to push the amp without driving your audience out of the venue! Recording, in particular, typically calls for a smaller amp. Use a big amp and you'll probably have to put it in an isolation booth before you turn it up.
This is the king of the AC15 family - a hand-wired masterpiece true to the historic AC15 tradition.
Here are the specs: 3 12AX7 preamp tubes, 2 EL84 power tubes producing 15 RMS watts into a 12 inch Celestion Alnico Blue speaker. Four total inputs: High and Low inputs into the Normal channel and High and Low inputs into the Top Boost channel.
But the important thing is - this amp sounds incredible! With its very special Alnico Blue speaker. We also carry the AC15HW1 which has the Celestion Greenback Speaker.
Why does a hand-wired sound better? Because a hand-wired signal path is more direct than on a PC board, where the little traces wiggle all over the place and run very close to other non-signal traces. A shorter and more direct signal path means more clarity and less noise. Come in and play this amp - you will be amazed!
The AC4HW1 is the smaller cousin of the big AC15HW1 above. With four watts of pure RMS tube power into a 12-inch Celestion GM12 Greenback speaker, this amp is perfect for a small performance venue or recording. That way, you can push the amp hard enough to get that tube "crunch" tone without blowing the walls out.
This is an amp with pure simplicity: Two 12AX7 preamp tubes, one EL84 power tube. One channel. Gain, Treble, Bass, and Volume controls; Hot/Cool tone modes with footswitch. No on-board reverb; if you need reverb, you can always add a pedal.
Bring your favorite electric and play this amp. You'll be impressed!
The AC30C2 is the classic British-invasion all-tube amp, with that characteristic warm tone and the ability to "break up" nicely and clearly when pushed.
With its three 12AX7 preamp tubes driving four EL84 power tubes that produce 30 watts of RMS power into a pair of 12-inch Celestion 'Greenback' speakers, this amp can make a lot of noise - and with the extra headroom your tone stays clear at all volumes.
Two different inputs (low and high) give you lots of tone options. Push the low input hard and you get a nice bluesy crunch. Drive the high input and you get a more 'hard rock' high-gain tone.
The AC30C2 gives you a lot of control, too. It has Normal and Top-Boost channels, a classic tremolo circuit, a genuine spring reverb, and a true-bypass switchable external effects loop. Plus external speaker jacks so you can play the AC30C2 head into other cabinets.
The AC15C1 shares many of the same characteristics of the AC30 but is a little smaller, a bit lighter, and a bit more affordable - making an excellent gigging amp for a small or medium-sized venue. With its 15 honest tube RMS watts it can still hold its own and be heard.
Most important, it takes less acoustic volume to push the AC15 into that "tube tone" zone. That means the AC15C1 might just be the right size for your situation.
The specs: Three 12AX7 preamp tubes, two EL84 power tunes, and a single 12-inch speaker. Normal and Top Boost channels. Classic tremolo and genuine spring reverb. External speaker jacks.
We stock two models of the AC15C1: The standard AC15C1 is equipped with a Celestion Greenback speaker, while the upgraded AC15C1X has an Alnico Blue speaker (shown at left). In our A/B tests, the Alnico Blue was a noticeable step up from the Greenback, adding a depth and body to the sound for only a modest increase in price. Well worth the upgrade!
The AC10C1 is a new mid-sized model in the VOX Custom line. It fits nicely between the 15-watt and 4-watt models, has great features, and is very affordable. This one has been a hit with our customers!
The technical details: 10 honest all-tube watts with two 12AX7 preamp tubes and two EL84 power tubes driving through a 10-inch Celestion VX10 speaker. That's enough sound for most musical styles in a small to medium-sized venue or for recording, yet the amp is compact and easy to transport.
And most important, the sound is really impressive for an amp of this size and price - boasting a true spring reverb and separate Gain and Volume controls.
If you play smaller venues or do any recording and need that famous VOX tube sound, the AC10C1 is definitely worth a look.
The VOX AC4 was first introduced in 1961 and has earned a reputation is a popular choice for home or studio. With 4 watts of genuine all-tube power, you can easily generate that tube "crunch" tone at reasonable levels. This latest model features a 12-inch Celestion VX12 custom speaker, and it can be connected to an external speaker cabinet for more tonal options.
Two 12AX7 preamp tubes, one EL84 power tube. Gain, Treble, Bass, and Volume controls. No on-board reverb.
VOX Valvetronix Amps
VOX Valvetronix amps are hybrids - most of the circuitry is solid state, but each amp includes a 12AX7 tube in the signal path to give you some of that genuine tube sound. These are moderately priced, lighter-weight amps that sound great.
The VT20X is an affordable and portable hybrid modeling amp with a 20 watt RMS power rating, which is a notch above the typical practice amp. Its 24-bit analog-to-digital conversion circuitry is 500 times more accurate than CD recording technology, ensuring that its sophisticated signal processing algorithms are always working on the purest signal possible.
Eight-inch speaker. Twelve on-board effects including compressor, chorus, overdrive, distortion, flanger, phaser, tremolo, delay, and four types of reverb. Load up the VOX Tone Room software, connect the USB port to your PC, Mac or iOS or Android device, and you unlock an unbelievable range of custom amp models, effects and presets. AUX-in jack so you can play along with a backing band. Headphone jack for quiet practice.
The VOX folks make an interesting range of small amps. Usually used for practice, these versatile little amps find other uses as well. Here are our favorites.
Mini-3 G2 OUR BEST SELLER!
The VOX Mini-3 has been our favorite practice amp for many years because it is a small, affordable amp that really rocks. It's now on its second generation, the Mini-3 G2.
It boasts only three watts of power and a 5-inch speaker, but don't let that fool you. This amp makes itself heard and it sounds great! It can model eleven different amp sounds from classic 50's or 60's 'clean' to a modest bluesy 'gain' sound to hard rock to metal. But then - amazingly - it can drop into a pure, clean acoustic mode.
The Mini-3 G2 has a full complement of digital effects: reverb, chorus, compressor, flanger, tremolo and a delay with tap-selected tempo.
Aux jack for playing along with your music library; a separate microphone input; headphone jack for silent practice; and both plugged-in and battery operation.
The VOX Mini-5 Rhythm amp is the big brother of the VOX Mini-3, the most popular practice-size amp in our store for years.
The Mini-5 Rhythm features 5 watts of power, a 6-1/2 inch speaker, and 10 styles of rhythm patterns to accompany you. If 5 watts is too lound, it has an output attenuation contorl so you can cut it back to 1 or 1/10 watt. And of course it has the same 11 amp modeling settings, headphone jack, Aux input and microphone input as the Mini-3. Operates either plugged-in or on batteries.
If you dig the features of the Mini-3 but want a bit more power and a built-in rhythm section to jam with, the Mini-5 Rhythm is your amp!
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