Vox Pathfinder V9168R 15w 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp 889406991637

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You won't have to dig deep to get great sound out of the VOX Pathfinder 15R Guitar Amp with Reverb. This player-friendly combo packs a ton of top-notch features and killer VOX sound into a package tha... Read More

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You won't have to dig deep to get great sound out of the VOX Pathfinder 15R Guitar Amp with Reverb. This player-friendly combo packs a ton of top-notch features and killer VOX sound into a package that's affordable and easy to use. It features 15W of power, a single 8" Bulldog speaker, gain boost, tremolo, and spring reverb.

Its distinctive, maroon-colored top panel features a Gain Boost switch plus controls for Volume, Gain, Treble, Bass, Tremolo Speed, and Tremolo Depth. Both the boost and tremolo are footswitchable via an optional VFS2 dual footswitch, offering you even more performance power. (See accessory box on this page.)

In addition to a headphone output that mutes the internal speaker for practice, the rear panel also has a special filtered line out jack and a speaker out. The line out gives you a good sounding signal for recording/live work without having to mic up the amp.

It sports classic VOX cosmetics like basket-weave vinyl, diamond grille cloth, white piping, gold beading, and, of course, chicken head pointer knobs.

Dimensions: 15-1/2"W x 15-3/4"H x 7-5/8"D Weight: 18 lb.

Features
  • 15W of power
  • 8" Bulldog speaker
  • Gain boost
  • Tremolo
  • Spring reverb
  • 2-band EQ (treble, bass)
  • Tremolo speed and depth controls
  • Boost and tremolo are footswitchable Headphone output with internal speaker mute
  • Line out DI jack
  • Speaker out
  • Basket-weave vinyl
  • Diamond grille cloth
  • White piping
  • Gold beading
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 15-1/2"W x 15-3/4"H x 7-5/8"D
    Weight: 17.7 lb.
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty.


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VoxPathfinder V9168R 15w 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.7

(based on 32 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

The Vox Pathfinder Blazes a Path to Toneful Bliss

I purchased my Vox Pathfinder Combo from Guitar Center and couldn't wait to crank it up at my home studio. This little amp rocks! I couldn't have expected more from a small 15 watt...Read complete review

I purchased my Vox Pathfinder Combo from Guitar Center and couldn't wait to crank it up at my home studio. This little amp rocks! I couldn't have expected more from a small 15 watt combo. I had the walls vibrating from the awesome power this little moster produced. Hook it up to a Marshall 4x12 cabinet and you won't believe your ears. No fancy effects or special features just a warm Tube-like tone with old-school distortion. This is a good-looking, reliable and compact combo. Buy it and you'll blow away much larger amps and have your bandmates amazed.

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ITS ONLY GOOD FOR A CLEAN TONE!!!!

I bought this amp for my son and its ok but its only good for a clean tone.Its horrible with distortion. If you like metal or dirty tones this amp will be a mistake.It...Read complete review

I bought this amp for my son and its ok but its only good for a clean tone.Its horrible with distortion. If you like metal or dirty tones this amp will be a mistake.It has a great british tone which some people might like but if you do get this amp,you should buy a distortion pedal if you want some distrotion but this amp is GREAT for clean tones!

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5.0

Great bang for your buck

By Kevin Smith

from maryland

Comments about Vox Pathfinder V9168R 15w 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

I bought this as a backup practice amp but lately I've been playing it more than my main rig (blackstar ht1r). Plays clean and high gain nicely. I like the distortion you can get with the boost button. I haven't made much use of the bass/treb controls, but they are there. The tremolo was fun to play with at first, now I usually leave a little dialed in along with some reverb. Overall great amp with simple controls.

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5.0

Oh Yea, OH YEA!

By William Leclaire

from Santa Cruz, CA

Comments about Vox Pathfinder V9168R 15w 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

Amazing tone from such a small amp! Outstanding quality throughout at every level. Plenty of features (K.I.S.S.) in a compact design. Tremolo and reverb are very nice. I use this with a digital effector and get amazing tones. I would say that tone quality realistically is on par with much larger, much more expensive amps I have owned. Lots of power unless your deaf or want to be. This is truly a GREAT BUY and having played a number of different guitar types through it, I would highly recommend it to anyone. Now I know why the Beatles liked Vox.....OH YEA, OH YEA!

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5.0

Very Good Practice Amp

By Ashwin Mahesh

from San Jose, CA

Comments about Vox Pathfinder V9168R 15w 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

This amp, despite the fact that it's only 15 watts, is still very loud. At maximum volume, it could tear the walls down. Turn up the gain, and that sound doubles, turn up the boost, and it quadruples. It can also be very quiet if you need it to. Theres also a headphone and speaker jack, if needed. Great amp for the price. Can't beat. Would highly recommend this.

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5.0

Great Little Amp

By william patterson

from Phoenix, AZ

Comments about Vox Pathfinder V9168R 15w 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

I can't make one negative comment about it. For that price, I could not be happier. I use it to play low key gigs, not for practicing. it's too loud for rehearsing at home :)

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5.0

Little amp BIG SOUND

By Kenny Howell

from Browning,IL

Comments about Vox Pathfinder V9168R 15w 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

Have you ever had that little amp that you didn't realize was your favorite amp until you go and trade it off because it only had a 10" speaker or didn't have a line out or effects loop or enough power? I had a Peavey Backstage 30 that I got rid of and have kicked myself in the butt many times and wanted it back. This VOX PATHFINDER 15R is AWESOME and a good recording tool also. This little baby has it all with the exception of an effects loop. It sounds so good that I don't even miss the effects loop. Very good build quality and sound. If you want more power and you love the sound, just come out of the line out of the VOX and go into the power amp in on the effects loop of a bigger amp and wow. The second amp acts as a slave amp and you can get all the volume you want. I can't believe it's not a tube amp or that it only has an 8" speaker. The distortion sounds like a tube amp, maybe better. I found my Peavey Backstage 30 replacement! Highly recommend!

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5.0

as good as "they" say it is

By Jared Jennings

from chapel hill, NC

Comments about Vox Pathfinder V9168R 15w 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

I have been through not 1, not 2, but THREE different practice amps in about 2 months. The first one I got was the fender mustang 2, that at first sounded oooookay, but after a while I was realizing that it didn't sound real, cause it's not! modelling amps are computers, not amps. Though vox makes one and every company makes head for them, I can say that they don't have a soul. Worse still, it's "break-up" point was really low, like if you played hard on purpose, or by accident (think pete townsend), it would sound crackly. I read about this problem on their forum, and the fender company actually acknowledge the problem, but offer no solution! yuck. I returned that one. amp 2- bugera 15 watt tube amp. This thing had great sound, I mean it's a tube amp (get your wine and cheese now snobs, lol). Problem with this thing was it was too noisy. I got a compressor thinking that would help, but not really. I read on amp forums that tube/solid state hybrids are noisy. Bottom line: if you don't have a FEW hundred to spend on a tube amp (five/six hundred at the LOWEST) I can see that being a problem with most of them, though it sounded good, though the "break-up" or "head room" on that thing was low as well, so it would crackle also when played, plus the hiss/hum would be so loud if you played softly it was like a serenade to your playing, lol. YUCK! So I wanted to return that one for the same, but was afraid of it doing the same thing. Plus guitar center were so patient up to this point, though I did have warranties on both of those amps. I looked online again for some time to make sure that this amp, whatever it would be, would be the one PERIOD. I laugh at not knowing about this amp. I really would of gotten this thing first if I knew. I just never thought they had any amps that weren't a million bucks, plus I only thought they had a modelling amp at this wattage (the valvetronix). Plus I realized I needed a solid state if I couldn't afford a tube amp, and I knew that would help on the noise. I ALMOST got a fender frontman 25r, but heard mixed reviews, plus after the mustang incident (read above), I felt burned by fender and feel they are kind of over-hyped, plus everything I was reading about their amps involved modifying the HECK out of them to get a good sound, so..... I got this based on all the great reviews of owners of them, and youtube vids to hear the tone of this thing. The break up point, once adjusted with gain as low as you wish and volume as high as you wish, lol, has a GREAT GREAT SOUND. I figured out the break up point on this after several days playing and it just sounds better and better. After reading on the vox forum, it tipped me off to getting a clean boost (mod tone) pedal, and some new cords for less noise, though that sounds a lot better once I've gotten the treble and bass adjusted. I use an old digitech multi effects, on of the old rp series, and I just use if for effects/delay/reverb, and I've gotten it to sound like just those things with none of the tone being altered by running it though this thing, and it sounds GREAT. The "distortion/overdrive" on this thing is very suspect. But like others have said, it takes pedals very well. I even just finished playing with different distortion sounds through it and it sounds really great. If you read this far, you need to get this thing. Best kept secret in amps. It has a speaker out, so you can run it into something bigger, which is SICK for a little amp to have. I am going to get a 12 inch vox night train cabinet for it in a month or so. Out of the box it sounds lovely, great clean tone, with some heart, nice bottom end/full sound. Can't wait to record with this and to get some new effects and start going. People even get 2 and run them in stereo, youtube has a vid of some dude doing that, which sounds great. down with fender, up with vox!

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5.0

Incredible.

By Eric Bessel

from Brooklyn

Comments about Vox Pathfinder V9168R 15w 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

This amp went way beyond my humble expectations of what a 15 watt amp is capable of. I couldn't stop talking about it. My father ended up getting one. My band mate was so impressed with the Vox quality amp at studio, she just bought a small Vox tube-head/cabinet combo.

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5.0

Unbelievable

By Brian Dellinger

from Hickory, NC

Comments about Vox Pathfinder V9168R 15w 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

I was looking for a small "bedroom box," and had spent several days on the web comparing prices and reading reviews. I read so many incredible (unbelievable things) about the Pathfinder R15, that I decided it would be the first amp I tried out on the short list I made to take to the music store. I was waiting at the door with my G&L in hand early on a Saturday morning. I told the salesman what I had read and he smiled and told me it was all true. I was not prepared at all for the rich, warm, tube-like tone, or the brilliant clarity at high volumes. At high volumes, this box brings the smoke. It had been 15 years since my last amplifier purchase, and I could not believe that this was a solid state amp. Either solid state tech has come a long way in 15 years, or Vox has reinvented it. I didn't even bother test-driving any other amps. After 5-10 minutes I was putting my guitar back in the case and headed for the register. I promise you that this is the finest amplifier in its class and price range. I've seen quite a few long-time guitarists plug into this amp and get a little wide-eyed. No one can believe the sounds that come from this thing. The reverb is pretty awesome, but I usually use very little and rely mostly on stomp boxes. I have two Danelectro boxes that I rely on pretty heavily, a Daddy-O Overdrive and a Fab Tone Distortion, and this amplifier really brings out the best in these two pedals. Playing through it clean, though, is what really amazes me. Its so warm and clear. I love this amplifier, have loved it for over a year now, and I would highly recommend it to anyone, whether on a tight budget (in which case it is a Godsend) or not. This is an absolutely unbelievable practice amp. Honestly, calling it a practice amp is almost an injustice.

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5.0

Great Value

By Peter

from SW Montana

Comments about Vox Pathfinder V9168R 15w 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

I have a late 50's Gibson Skylark tube and a 1978 Fender Super Reverb amp and this Vox Pathfinder has nothing to be ashamed of compared to those. I got the Vox because of the amazing reviews and I have not been disappointed so far. I got it because the tube amps keep having failures and issues and I don't know how much more I will be taking them out to gigs. I will try running my Telecaster into my Korg AX1500 multi-effects to the Vox and then mic the Vox for a gig. So far at home it has been great. It may not satisfy the tone-purist but it sounds great to me and that is what counts. Haven't used the effects much but I play mostly clean.

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5.0

Use it with pedals!

By Victor Cerpa

from Lima-Per��1/4

Comments about Vox Pathfinder V9168R 15w 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

This is a great little amp, in this price range is hard to get a nice and warm clean sound, but this one does it great. I have a Standard Telecaster and with a Boss SD-1 it give me great, round and warm sound. Awesome for classic rock and blues... and i mean, it's a Vox, it's made for that, if you want metal sound go with peavey o marshal...

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