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The convenient and powerful Valvetronix VT20+ 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 uniq... Click To Read More About This Product

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The convenient and powerful Valvetronix VT20+ 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 VT20 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 VT20+ 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 VT20+ 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 VT20+ 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 VT20+, 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 VT20+. 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 20W output with maximum 30W output from unique Power Level control
  • 8" 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
  • Use the optional VOX VFS5 footswitch to change programs to turn effects on and off, or to set the Tap Tempo function
SPECIFICATIONS
  • 16-1/2"W x 8-3/4"H x 15"D
  • 19 lb.
Pro Coverage
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty.


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VoxValvetronix VT20+ 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.8

(based on 47 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (5)
  • Excellent sound (4)
  • Warm / comfy (4)
  • Easy to use (3)
  • Good power output (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Home studio (4)
  • Outdoor events / games (3)
  • Performances (3)
  • Professional recording (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

vox has done it again

this amp is truly amazing. i was sceptical at first because i didnt think it would be loud enough to be able to jam but it gets loud thanks to the 30 watt push...Read complete review

this amp is truly amazing. i was sceptical at first because i didnt think it would be loud enough to be able to jam but it gets loud thanks to the 30 watt push that it has. the onboard effects on amps generaly are not good but on this thing they sound great and all of the amp models sound phenomonal. if you are looking for an amp to practice with like i was buy this because it will give you much more.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good tone and effects but TO NOISY!!

There is no doubt that this amp is very versitile, loud and you can get a great tones out of it. But thats no good when the amp is always humming and hissing....Read complete review

There is no doubt that this amp is very versitile, loud and you can get a great tones out of it. But thats no good when the amp is always humming and hissing. I've tried everything but the noise is always there. I even went back to the store and tried diferent amps and all have the same problem. This would be the perfect amp but unfortunetly its to NOISY!! Do an internet reaserch on the hissing on the Vox VT20+ and you?ll see it for yourself. I wouldnt recommend this amp, you can get a better one just spending a little more money.

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(38 of 38 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

vox has done it again

By Dr. Shredmaster

from Philadelphia,PA

Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT20+ 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

this amp is truly amazing. i was sceptical at first because i didnt think it would be loud enough to be able to jam but it gets loud thanks to the 30 watt push that it has. the onboard effects on amps generaly are not good but on this thing they sound great and all of the amp models sound phenomonal. if you are looking for an amp to practice with like i was buy this because it will give you much more.

(34 of 70 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Mark Benedict

from Torrington, CT

Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT20+ 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

This truly is the best amp for the money in my opinion - Get it! FUN ....FUN....FUN!

(21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic!!!

By Steve

from Astatula, FL

Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT20+ 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

The tone of this amp is just incredible, very warm and tube-like. Probably because it has a tube. The amp models sound accurate, and the on board effects blew me away. The effects are also divided into two sections, pedal and modulation, so they can be combined in many different ways. There is also a separate control for reverb. The knobs are extremely responsive, allowing for almost endless tone shaping. I play an Epiphone Les Paul with Seymour Duncan humbuckers, and I can coil tap for that single coil sound. I can get any sound I want from heavy to clean. My dad came for a visit last week. He's 77 years old and has played guitar most of his life, been in several bands, even made a couple of records in Nashville. I can't count how many times he said "I really like that amp!" This amp is the real deal. It's not just that you can "get" so many sounds, but it's how GOOD it sounds! If you haven't tried one, plug into one at Guitar Center and see for yourself. Have fun!

(18 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect amp

By Alex

from Milwaukee WI

Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT20+ 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

No other amp is this price range is even close to valvetronix. I've played all of these solid state amps around 200 bucks and they don't have the valve tone that this one has (those other amps don't have a tube in them). With all of the effects onboard, the tuner, aux input, and 33 amp models, this amp is awesome. I don't have a ton of money to spend on an amp so to be able to get one like this for under 200 bucks is great.

(17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

good all around amp

By Fernando Gonsalez

from baldwin park ca

Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT20+ 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

So I finaly pulled the trigger and bought this amp. I was debating weather to get the mustang or this amp. Both sounded pretty good considering the 8 inch speaker they sport. The draw back of the mustang is the fact that it needs to be hooked up to a computer to get good use out of it, that reason alone kills the portable factor. The vox amp has all the options on the top, no need to hook up to any computer or anything (just ur favorite guitar). The only complain is there's no speaker out, that's why I gave it 4 stars. If your thinking of buying this but debating because of the small speaker let me tell you, the speaker carries a good tone. Oh and this amp blows away the line6 amps.

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Real Deal

By Mark

from Hebron

Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT20+ 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

I work at GC and I own it. This little amp is the real deal and will keep you playing around with it for hours on end to get different sounds! I tried all of them in the store for weeks and nothing comes close for the price and sound. If I had one complaint it would be you do have to study the manual some to take full advantage but just playing with it on your own you will get from various clean to rock hard distortions sounds with ease! You wont be sorry on this and my advice is get the biggest you can afford out of the VT series. They make a 40vt and a 80vt that we juts got in. They all sound the same but juts louder as you move up.. If you want digital/fake sounds and loud then get the Line6 or the Peavey,, if you want warm tube like sounds then get the Vox!

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Vox VT20+ vs Fender Mustang I

By C E Flint

from Mississippi Delta - Home of the Blues

Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT20+ 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

Bought the Mustang I shortly after Christmas and was knocked out by SOME of the tones. Effects were passable. FUSE software fun to play with in my studio. The Mustang sounded great as a direct to my board, making recording very easy out the headphone/direct out jack. Sound thru the speaker was passable, but certainly not loud enough even for light gigs or small rehearsals. I had built this great tone in FUSE with an overdrive pedal and tape delay and was playing along with my DR-880, which plays both drums and bass (great box). Reached a point where I wanted to simply turn off the OD and couldn't. Why? I hadn't plugged into the computer. I got to thinking, why should any amp be tied to a USB to so something as simple as turn off the overdrive. The novelty of USB/PC/Fuse had worn off and I was back to reality. Enter the Vox VT20+. I swapped the Fender for the Vox (plus about $40 more bucks) and couldn't be happier. I can get an amazing array of tones out of this amp. I can adjust everything from the top of the amp. The 8" Vox speaker sounds much better than the Fender 8" counterpart and the amp is powerful enough to gig or rehearse. With the Vox, I also get very usable sounds with the direct out, even though it bypasses the tube power section. It will not take the place of my regular gig amps (although miked it certainly could), but the VT20+ is a great box for rehearsal, studio, and as a backup. Both amps have good tones, but I give the edge to the Vox in tone, volume, and ease of use.

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Bang 4 your $

By Joe

from Cleveland, Oh

Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT20+ 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

Keep in mind I have only had this amp for a few days but compared to the Epiphone amp I am replacing the variation of Great sounds I can produce is mind boggling! I have literally fallen in love with this amp! If your looking for a great practice amp...look no further!

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Packs a wallop

By James Sollmi

from Farmington Ct.

Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT20+ 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

For a small box the versatily and power of this little guy is worth the price. The presets can turn ordinary notes into exciting musicallity. I love the tube technology in the Vox series and would recommend this model . It well worth the price.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

everything+more

By caleb

from fort worth texas

Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT20+ 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

the vt20 is an amazing amp that delivers great tone and effects. i just bought this amp about 5 days ago and i have no complaints. the effects are crazy you can get about any thing u want with this amp. my favorite setting is the blues setting. this amp is amazing without breaking the bank.!!!!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Sound

By Jim Rolph

from Santa Teresa, NM

Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT20+ 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

I have been playing my Godin Kingpin through an acoustic amp (Roland AC-30) but I wanted a more electric sound. After researching the various amps out there, as well as sampling a few at my local Guitar Center, I really started to like the VT20+. However, I was a bit put off by what seemed to be a LOT of complexity in choosing/selecting among the many setup parameters. The young man at GC didn't have a clue, so rather than buy the day I was there, I went home and did some independent research. I found many favorable reviews which reinforced my experience and, most importantly, the manual online at the Vox website. So I was able to review the operation of this little amp and determine that I could better understand and deal with it. I love GC because it's the candy store for musicians and they will let you go and hammer on their gear all day long without complaint. So I gladly returned there to make my purchase. It is not difficult to maneuver among the various knobs and buttons once you develop an understanding of their functions as well as the signal chain. In just a few minutes at home, I had achieved the three sounds that I wanted to use most often, and have those saved to the preset buttons. Now I can access these easily as well as fiddle with all the others when I am in a mood to explore. As time goies by I'm sure I'll fill up all 8 presets with different sounds that I require. The sounds out of the left hand side of the amp dial (clean through through AC30) are what I was after for my playing style (no heavy metal here!). The amp can be either very clean or just a bit dirty without radical distortion with a lot of available customization out of those 6 amp types. The pedals, modulations and reverbs are all available to allow further tailoring to your satisfaction. I am able to get a really beautiful, chimey & full sound with the 'CALI CLEAN' amp that really suits me to a 'T'. And I'm certain that I will dial in more presets as I explore a bit further.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Good tone and effects but TO NOISY!!

By Diego Zapata

from NY

Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT20+ 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

There is no doubt that this amp is very versitile, loud and you can get a great tones out of it. But thats no good when the amp is always humming and hissing. I've tried everything but the noise is always there. I even went back to the store and tried diferent amps and all have the same problem. This would be the perfect amp but unfortunetly its to NOISY!! Do an internet reaserch on the hissing on the Vox VT20+ and you?ll see it for yourself. I wouldnt recommend this amp, you can get a better one just spending a little more money.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible little amp at an amazing price

By Matt

from Charlotte, NC

Site Member

Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT20+ 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

I got this amp last year to replace a 15w practice amp, looking for an amplifier with a fuller sound than the solid-state I'd been using for years, and I didn't want to break the bank doing it. This little thing is exactly what I was looking for. Despite having a solid-state circuit after the single-tube pre-amp, it doesn't have the flat, thin sound that I've heard with a lot of budget solid-state amplifiers. On top of that, it has a huge range of sounds, from a calm, mellow clean all the way up to finger-shredding heavy metal. I have a channel saved in the built-in memory banks that imitates an acoustic guitar, one that sounds remarkably similar to Eddie Van Halen's tone, and one that is a dead ringer for Synyster Gates' signature sound. It sports loads of built-in effects from the typical overdrive, delay, reverb, and echo, plus goodies like a noise gate and compressor. On top of that, it sports pre-built amp "models" that mimic the high-dollar amps pretty well. All this, plus the EQ, gain, and volume settings are all programmable into any of the four channels, and there's even a power dial to back it down just a little if you feel the need. I put this little amplifier through the ringer almost daily. It can run with the best if I want to play some clean blues riffs, and then it can change at the push of a button, creating the heavy metal sounds that will make me wonder if the neighbors are getting upset. I'm very impressed, and it's exactly what I was looking for.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Never doubt the vox!

By Luke Steffanson

from Portland Or

Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT20+ 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

ive had this amp for a while now. its never had any issues or glitches. ive had alot of fun with this bad boy. it is definately worth the price. if you are planning on playing gigs and performing, probably think about getting the next size up. if you just want a pretty sick practise and jammin in the basement amp, this is just what the doctor ordered. one of the favorite things about this amp is that you can hook up your ipod/mp3 player and jam along with any song. i totally recommend this.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Awesome...with some exceptions.

By Will Robinson

from Woodville, TX

Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT20+ 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

I bought this amp about 3 months ago and I'll say, it's a pretty amazing amp. For the first month it sounded absolutely amazing. It has very large amount of flexibility, you can get a huge amount of sounds with this thing. You can store sounds in the bank it has too, pretty awesome feature. The reason this is a 4 star instead of 5 is because of the actual quality of the amp. After the first month, bends, palm-mutes, and the like didn't sound too good, and the tuner started to go a bit hay-wire. The features the amp offers are incredible, if it's built better, it's one of the best amps, ever. But, as is, still very good. By the way, I got a DigiTech RP355 Multi-Effects pedal, and it is actually making the amp better. Less feedback, better sounds on different techniques, just an awesome thing. The two together are incredible.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A very nice amp indeed....however...here is how to make it better

By Jim Kenniff

from Lncaster, Pa

Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT20+ 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

This amp is made very well and offers more as you spend time with it. I have old fender, ampeg, premier, and marshall amps from late 50's and early 60's. I've been playing since '64. My guitars are old as well (and that means me too!). I bought this for having a small portable multieffect amp. I've been playing with this for several days and agree with the others...the gain structure (gain to volume to master volume)is sensitive and is more than critical to getting the best out of this amp. Learn the structure in manual mode before you just punch in a preset sound. Once you learn it in manual mode it will be great clean and scream as well. Then you can play with the presets with a full deck of understanding the structure interplay. However, my ears were not really happy untill tonight when I did two things: 1. Took the back off Why? Because you can feel and hear the air trying to escape the cbinet and your sound is probably woofy too, be that with a tele or gibson with humbuckers. I believe you will be amazed as it opens up...no pun. 2. Still I was not smiling really big until I thought..hey why not try another speaker (the stock speaker is not very special at all) so I put in a Jensen P8R 25W 4ohm I had in the house Well now it is an amp! You could go nuts and put in a 10" speaker too with some work...this amp is asking alot of an 8" speaker, so give it a good one.There are a couple of jensen 8" speakers for @40 bucks. The one I put in I bought years ago and are @80 bucks. The point is take the back off then get another speaker. It also records directly well. Vox has done a very nice job. Why they closed off the back escapes me. Now if you like the back off, you can make a new board to screw the amp to the amp frame. It's a great amp enjoy it at its best....it is a keeper! Jim

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

VERY NICE AMP

By MARK MORING

from MACON, GA

Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT20+ 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

I BOUGHT THIS AMP SPECIFICALLY FOR THE AC30 SETTING IN MANUAL MODE. I'M NOT A VERY BIG EFFECTS GUY TO BEGIN WITH SO ALL OF THOSE BUILT IN EFFECTS DON'T MEAN ANYTHING TO ME. THIS AMP DOES A VERY GOOD JOB OF EMULATING THE AC30. THAT ONE VACCUM TUBE TRANSFORMS WHAT WOULD PROBABLY BE A MEDIOCRE AMP AT BEST INTO A NICE TONE GENERATOR. I HAVE ALWAYS PREFERRED TUBE AMPS OVER SOLID STATE AMPS. I CAN'T JUSTIFY THE COST OF AN AC30 SINCE I HAVE QUITE A FEW TUBE AMPS. $165.00 FOR A VT20 IS A NO BRAINER FOR AN AMP THAT DOES A VERY GOOC JOB OF EMULATING AN AC30.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Impressed!

By Steve

from Chandler, AZ

Site Member

Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT20+ 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

After using a Peavey VIP-1 for a couple of years I wanted an amp with more presets so I started looking around. After reading reviews of the Vox VT-20+ I decided to try it. At the time that I'm writing this, there are 40 reviews of the VT-20+ on GC's website. Thirty-five of those reviews are 5 stars, four of them are 4 stars. Ratings that high for any product are very unusual. Because of those ratings, I bought this amp without even trying it out in the store. A little about me before I go on; I got back into guitar a couple of years ago after a 30 year hiatus. I'm not in a band and have never been in a band. I play at home for my own enjoyment and the VT-20+ is only the second amp that I've had since getting back into it. I only have one electric guitar, an Aria Pro II Cardinal that by the way, turned out to be a real find. It was 32 years old when I bought it and it looked like it hadn't been played at all. There's some minor surface pitting on the bridge and a couple of small chips in the finish in inconspicuous areas. Other than that, it's pristine. So anyways, my review is from an intermediate guitar player's perspective who hasn't been exposed to tons of different gear in various settings. Okay, that's out of the way After getting it home, unboxing it, and skimming over the manual, I fired it up. After playing around with it for a couple of hours, I started to get a feel for how to use the various models and effects. I've had it for two days now and love it. The VT-20+ has much better sound quality and volume than the VIP-1. It will create several different types of distortion that sound much better than anything on the VIP-1. Also, the flanger effect on the Peavey is pathetic compared to what you can get on the Vox; it's wicked and a blast to play around with. The flanger does work better with some amp models and settings than others though so you have to experiment a little bit. I also play Country and it's easy to get good sounds for that too. I play frequently late at night which means low volume and this amp is very good at low volume once you figure out how to use the gain and three other volume controls. It maintains good distortion and punch at low volume; another area where the Peavey falls short. Before getting the Vox, I thought that I had a problem with sustain on my guitar. Turns out it was not a problem with the guitar, it was the Peavey, it cuts it off. Sustain when using the Vox is great, a note or chord will ring out for a long time, especially when using distortion. I also thought that I had subpar pickups because when I got the volume adjusted to play rythym along with a song, I could hardly hear the notes during lead. Again, it turns out that the problem was the Peavey; I can hear lead notes much better with the Vox, the volume is much more consistent. I'm still going to invest in the Vox VFS5 footswitch and/or a volume pedal though so I have more control. For me, I find that the controls are much easier to decipher and use than on the Peavey. The Peavey always felt rather awkward in that area. For example, the Peavey has a P1 and P2 knob for edit mode. These control various qualities of the various effects but unless you consult the manual or just play around and figure it out, you don't really know what they do. The Vox is much more straight-forward in that respect. I considered getting the VT-40 but the VT-20+ has PLENTY of volume for home or garage playing unless you like having your ears bleed. The only thing that I wish the VT series had is an LCD display so that you could name the presets but at this price point, that's probably unreasonable. About the only complaint I have at this point is that on page 4 of the manual, it states, "You can use up to four effects including noise reduction simultaneously (or up to five effects if you use "multiple effects")." Maybe I'm missing something but page four is the only reference to "multiple effects" that I can find in the manual. The manual doesn't explain how to use effects simultaneously.

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5.0

Very Impressed!

By Steve

from Chandler, AZ

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Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT20+ 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

After using a Peavey VIP-1 for a couple of years I wanted an amp with more presets so I started looking around. After reading reviews of the Vox VT-20+ I decided to try it. At the time that I'm writing this, there are 40 reviews of the VT-20+ on GC's website. Thirty-five of those reviews are 5 stars, four of them are 4 stars. Ratings that high for any product are very unusual. Because of those ratings, I bought this amp without even trying it out in the store. A little about me before I go on; I got back into guitar a couple of years ago after a 30 year hiatus. I'm not in a band and have never been in a band. I play at home for my own enjoyment and the VT-20+ is only the second amp that I've had since getting back into it. I only have one electric guitar, an Aria Pro II Cardinal that by the way, turned out to be a real find. It was 32 years old when I bought it and it looked like it hadn't been played at all. There's some minor surface pitting on the bridge and a couple of small chips in the finish in inconspicuous areas. Other than that, it's pristine. So anyways, my review is from an intermediate guitar player's perspective who hasn't been exposed to tons of different gear in various settings. Okay, that's out of the way After getting it home, unboxing it, and skimming over the manual, I fired it up. After playing around with it for a couple of hours, I started to get a feel for how to use the various models and effects. I've had it for two days now and love it. The VT-20+ has much better sound quality and volume than the VIP-1. It will create several different types of distortion that sound much better than anything on the VIP-1. Also, the flanger effect on the Peavey is pathetic compared to what you can get on the Vox; it's wicked and a blast to play around with. The flanger does work better with some amp models and settings than others though so you have to experiment a little bit. I also play Country and it's easy to get good sounds for that too. I play frequently late at night which means low volume and this amp is very good at low volume once you figure out how to use the gain and three other volume controls. It maintains good distortion and punch at low volume; another area where the Peavey falls short. Before getting the Vox, I thought that I had a problem with sustain on my guitar. Turns out it was not a problem with the guitar, it was the Peavey, it cuts it off. Sustain when using the Vox is great, a note or chord will ring out for a long time, especially when using distortion. I also thought that I had subpar pickups because when I got the volume adjusted to play rythym along with a song, I could hardly hear the notes during lead. Again, it turns out that the problem was the Peavey; I can hear lead notes much better with the Vox, the volume is much more consistent. I'm still going to invest in the Vox VFS5 footswitch and/or a volume pedal though so I have more control. For me, I find that the controls are much easier to decipher and use than on the Peavey. The Peavey always felt rather awkward in that area. For example, the Peavey has a P1 and P2 knob for edit mode. These control various qualities of the various effects but unless you consult the manual or just play around and figure it out, you don't really know what they do. The Vox is much more straight-forward in that respect. I considered getting the VT-40 but the VT-20+ has PLENTY of volume for home or garage playing unless you like having your ears bleed. The only thing that I wish the VT series had is an LCD display so that you could name the presets but at this price point, that's probably unreasonable. About the only complaint I have at this point is that on page 4 of the manual, it states, ""You can use up to four effects including noise reduction simultaneously (or up to five effects if you use ""multiple effects"")."" Maybe I'm missing something but page four is the only reference to ""multiple effects"" that I can find in the manual. The manual doesn't explain how to use effects simultaneously.

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5.0

Surprise power small package

By Richie

from Garland Texas

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Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT20+ 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp:

I have tried several guitar amps all have been solid state this one does have a tube and that is where I found the surprise.It was power and big sound and excellent cleans. Spend time on this one finding your favorite. They say 20 watts with a 10 watt boost to bring 30 watts I found this to be false the amp is loud with that lovely valve reactor technology. I am in love! I now am a VOX fan and love tube sound wish I would have learned about it earlier.The settings for the AC30 with the Brian May effect is sweet this whole amp is sweet. I recommend it to anyone for any level of play either the beginner such as me or the advanced player. Purchase this on or the larger versions you will not be disappointed. Thanks for reading and most Importantly jam on!!!!!!

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