Vox AV30

Hybrid Electric Guitar Combo

  • Power: 30 W @ 4 Ohm
  • Equipped with: 1 VOX Original 10" speaker
  • Preamp tubes: 2x 12AX7
  • Controls: Gain, treble, mids, bass, volume & power level
  • Preamp switches: Clean 1, Clean 2, Crunch 1, Crunch 2, OD 1, OD 2, H.Gain1, H.Gain2
  • Preamp Bright & Fat switch & Poweramp Bright & Fat switch
  • Effects: Mod, Delay & Reverb
  • AUX in
  • Headphone connector
  • FX Loop
  • Speaker connector
  • Power consumption: 27 W
  • Dimensions: 513 x 247 x 474 mm
  • Weight: 12 kg
  • Compatible foot switch: Vox VFS2 (Article Nr 165749) & Vox VFS5 (Article Nr 217599) - both optional; not included
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Further Information

Power 30 W
Speaker size 1x 10"
Channels 2
Reverb Yes
Effects Unit No
External FX Loop Yes
Line Input Yes
Recording Output No
MIDI Interface No
Connection for External Speaker Yes
Headphone Output Yes
Footswitch connector Yes
Incl. Footswitch No
Weight 12,0 kg

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Exactly what I wanted

AlcalaBob, 16.10.2018
I wanted the warmth of a tube amp with the power and light weight of a solid state and this fits the bill. It's a superb amplifier. The dual channels with easy foot-switch control means you can set each with just what you need, clean, crunch, OD, whatever with independent controls for each channel. As predominantly a jazz player mostly playing at home but wanting the option of taking it out on a gig, I mostly wanted a super clean sound with a touch of delay and reverb, and maybe one with some crunch, and the effects are excellent (there's also a chorus). But it's not just an excellent jazz amp. The eight separate analog amp channels go from clean to super-distorted but surprisingly it never loses clarity and there is an amazing amount of gain on offer so there's huge flexibility.

A particularly cool feature is the amp stage. Because it's a valve amp on input and output (only the effects are solid state, and you can loop out through pedals if you want to), you have options for bright/fat (input stage) and bias/reaction (output stage) which gives a huge amount of control over the sound. I've played it through single coils and humbuckers across the whole range and it really will do whatever you want. So much choice it'll confound you!

It's 30W but it can be loud enough for medium-sized gigs, or as a quiet practice amp at home. At low volume, low gain, it's still crystal clear and you can even take the phones output (3.5mm, make sure it's a stereo cable) into an audio interface and because of the cabinet modelling, it comes through just the same. There's even an external speaker output to put it through another cabinet but the existing 10" speaker gives a very full sound, especially with the amp emulations - it can sound just like an AC30 if you like.

The cabinet is sealed and the speaker is slightly offset (so you need to mic it slightly further over to the right) and unusually, there is a sound-post inside just like in violins. The result is that the cabinet contributes hugely to the full sound you get. One thing to watch perhaps is that the speaker is mounted on the front of the cabinet behind the cloth cover so it might be possible to accidentally damage the cone is something pokes through it. I wouldn't rest the amp face down...

For home recording into Logic Pro, I've tried the phones line out straight in, but also mic'd it with a condenser mic and the sound with either is pristine and clear. At last I've got a high quality valve amp sound I can easily record and mix.

I can't think of any downside at all. It's listed as a hybrid but it behaves very much like a high quality valve amp which would typically cost a lot more. Very highly recommended.
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Absolutely amazing amp

09.02.2017
At first I was looking for an all valve amp but i became interested in hybrid amps because the vox specifically had just what I needed in terms of effects and tone without being too expensive so I went with the vox av30.
The quality is nice and the amp itself is quite pleasent to look at. At first I could only play it at bedroom volumes in an apartement so I wasn't all that impressed even though it certaintly sounded better than my old 20 watt solid state. But when I took it to jam with my band it sounded absolutely amazing. The cleans stay clean up to a relatively high volume and the overdrive tones are sweet aswell.
The small switches in the preamp and power amp section is a huge help aswell with a clear difference when you switch from bright to fat.
The speaker honestly sounds like a 12 inch one and it is definitely loud enough to jam with a drummer.

All in all I love this amp and have played it for about 6 months now and I also use it for recording.
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