The Vox Valvetronix VT100 is a 100W combo amp that gives you 22 amp models ranging from the latest high-gain types to hard-to-find boutique and vintage amplifiers. The Vox VT100 also boasts a full com... Read More
The Vox Valvetronix VT100 is a 100W combo amp that gives you 22 amp models ranging from the latest high-gain types to hard-to-find boutique and vintage amplifiers. The Vox VT100 also boasts a full complement of effects, allowing it to cover the needs of a wide variety of styles and performance techniques. The Valvetronix amp 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.
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Most Liked Positive Review
The Best Modeling Amp. Period.
I have owned many amps over the years, and now that I am actively gigging in a classic rock cover band again, the quest for great on-stage tone has become more intense. After...Read complete review
I have owned many amps over the years, and now that I am actively gigging in a classic rock cover band again, the quest for great on-stage tone has become more intense. After using many Peavey, Marshall, Fender, and Line 6 amps on stage, I was getting frustrated by my difficulty getting killer Fender Tweed, Marshall, and High-Gain tones out of the same rig in a live situation. The closest I got was with the Spider Valve 212, which sounded pretty good, but ultimately I found that I couldn't dial out the "digital hash" in the high end, which was too harsh to be inspiring. On a whim, I decided to try the Vox VT100. After taking some time to try different amp models and EQ/gain settings, I came up with a package of 8 user presets that I have now gigged with twice. All I can say is, I've finally achieved the inspiring on-stage tone I have been seeking for such a long time, across the board, from Fenders to Marshalls. This amp sounds great with both my Strat and my Les Paul, from southern rock to Led Zeppelin and even progressive hard rock. Been playing for 30 years, and this is hands down the best amp I've ever owned (modeling or non-modeling)! The effects are limited but sound great, especially the chorus. I also use a good delay pedal in the effects loop for more flexibility. I also use my Sparkle Drive with the Strat to add a little more dirt to the solos when using the Tweed patch. To my ears, the amp models on the VT100 are much more natural and musical sounding than those on the SV 212. The two speakers are great, and the amp really pushes air with authority. The low end is dynamic and punchy, and the high end is detailed and articulate, with some decent sparkle, which is interesting considering there is no presence control on the VT series. The variable power knob in the back is brilliant, allowing great tones at any volume (and this really works, it's not just a gimmick). The VT100 has plenty of volume on tap, but the amp cuts through in a band situation very well without needing excessive volume. To me this is one of the hallmarks of a good amp. The VT100 is just an extremely musical sounding amp. That pretty much sums it up for me!
Most Liked Negative Review
Great sound. Poor build quality.
I love the way this amp sounds. Most of the amp models are very good. Especially the Vox models. The quality of parts on this amp are however disappointing. I've had problems with...Read complete review
I love the way this amp sounds. Most of the amp models are very good. Especially the Vox models. The quality of parts on this amp are however disappointing. I've had problems with cheap input jacks which had to be replaced and the tube socket which cracked due to heat from the tube.
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Everyone else has said pretty much what I say about this thing. One recommendation is to put this thing on an amp stand and listen to pure awesomeness! I love gigging this thing.
Bought this amp a week ago and I'm super impressed. As noted by others, the presets are great and ability to set your own sound and save it is very easy. Very easy to reset everything back to the factory settings if you want to blow it all up and start over. Reccomend that you read the owners manual completely so you can get the most out of the presets. Nothing looks like a Vox and I really like the retro chicken head switches and grill. I've been using a Gretsch Tennesean and it's very easy to dial into that older rock sound. This is the first Vox amp I've owned, first amp ever was a 65 super reverb and I'd put this one up against that one for tonal quality. Also use Marshalls and Fenders, but they're kicked to the curb for now. Only wish that the foot switch was included, went back and purchased it and I'd reccommend buying it with the amp.
As far as modeling amps go, this is the best one money can buy. Every model sounds so realistic, I am convinced that even the most adept listener would not be able to tell the tone from this amp is not from a full tube amp. On top of the great tone, the on-board effects make this product a versatile, gig-ready beast of an amp. I will admit, however, that when I bought the amp on clearance for $375 with no returns, I was not planning on the amp dying after am hour of use. While the salesperson made it very clear that I could not return a clearance item, the store was able to swap it out for a new one, seeing as the amp died after only an hour of use. Since then, I could not be more pleased with the VT100's performance. The only thing I would recommend is to purchase the optional footswitch, as it greatly enhances the amp's versatility in a live situation.
I plugged in an Ibanez RG370DX into this thing because the Marshall amps were occupied (go figure) and that guitar was the only one on the floor that had a tremolo arm in it. I turned the song program to one of the metal channels, and was mesmerized by how powerful the distortion was. The tones were very well-defined. It's great for players who are unsure of what kind of tone they want out of their guitar since the song programs give perfect descriptions of how much gain the amp will have and what kind of tone it will produce (turning the knob all the way will give a bassy metal tone that's good for black metal. Turning the knob a few modes back will give a hardcore punk tone that hints at Dead Kennedys songs). This amp is very vesatile and you pay half of what you'd pay for a Marshall.
While I have to own this amp, I am definitely planning on purchasing one in the near future. I demo'd one at the Peoria Guitar Center in Peoria IL, and I am astounded!!!! I have had Mesa/Boogie, Peavey, Fender, and Johnson, but this amplifier has me freaking astounded. Everything is in place. Vox apparently has all of its ducks in a row. I had been considering a Line 6 Spider Valve MK II half-stack, and I might, in the future purchase one, but I may very well like this as much or better. For the musician on a budget, this would definitely be the choice. The different amp models are very effective...dialing in the right tone was a snap for me. I have yet to really give one a real-world work over, but I'm impressed as can be. I have been playing for 34 years, and I have played through a lot of different amplifiers, and I doubt I would ever be ashamed of this amp at any venue, large, great or small. Do check it out.
This amp is amazing. I love the fact that it has twenty-two built in amp effects and two subwoofers for more oomph. The cool thing is you can change the watts by a dial on the back from fifteen watts to a hundred watts. The only thing that kinda stinks is it's weight. But hey, if you like monsters like me, I say buy it. Trust me, you won't be dissapointed.
Dude, this amp kicks! The presets are great, the effects are great, I am just overwhelmed by the functionality of this amp. I went from playing a Marshall MG30 to this hunk of musical mayhem and I am stunned! There are only two things that i don't like about this amp: 1) The weight, but you could expect tat from a 2X12 100 Watt monster. And 2) No bulti in Wah. I already have a Wah (Ibanez Weeping Demon) but I still would like to have an auto wah feature. I almose bought an MXR Blue Box a few months back, but now I'm glad I didn't Because this already has an Ocatve effect that blows the Blue Box away! Buy it NOW!
This amp has it all. Great tone, and A LOT of options on sound. The cleans are wonderful. And the crunchy sounds are even better. I was surprised at how good the heavy sounds are considering this is a vox. It is a little dark sounding, so you might want to get an EQ pedal to make a good amp sound even better. I did have one problem though: When I got it, I plugged the headphones in and when I pulled them out the circuit didn't close and the amp was stuck on headphone mode, so I had to send it back. I got another one and have had it for about a year now and havn't had any problems with it. I would highly recommend it for any player who wants a versatile modeling amp that has an outstanding tube-like tone.
A year ago I bought the 15 watt version of this amp and was blown away with the clean and bright sounds I could get out of it. After some experimenting(didn't have the manual)I fell in love with all of the models on this amp. The only problem being the 8 inch speaker wasn't the best at power chords and palm muting, so I decided to upgrade to the VT100 for the added power and two 12's. One of the greatest things about this amp is the power sponge that lets you crank the amp without taking out the walls in your house.I still get the crystal cleans with this amp, but now I have the added power to get nasty if I want to.If it was stolen I would go out the next day and mortgage my house and buy another.Excellent amp.
Okay, this amp has an incredible tone, and the built-in effects are warm, rather than the cheesy digital tone of other modeling products. That being said... The modeled presets suck. They don't sound bad, but very few actually resemble what they're supposed to be. "Enter Sandman" sounds like a really high gain amp with tons of chorus. "Day Tripper" has more chorus on it than was even available when the track was recorded. "Where the Streets Have No Name" sounds like any amp's clean channel with a ton of delay. Even the Vox AC30 doesn't sound like my real AC30. My advice is to skip the presets and make your own. The amp has a great user interface for building a tone of your own, and isn't that what we should all want anyway? My main guitar is an Ibanez Artcore hollowbody, although I have several Strats as well. This amp makes even my MIM Strat sound great. It works even better with the Tonelab ST running through the effects loop. It has even more (inaccurate) models, but gives you a great interface for making your own and controlling them easily.