Vox Valvetronix VT20+ 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp Black

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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
Specifications
  • 16-1/2"W x 8-3/4"H x 15"D
    19 lb.
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty.


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VoxValvetronix VT20+ 20W 1x8 Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.8

(based on 46 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (5)
  • Excellent sound (3)
  • Warm / comfy (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (4)
  • Home studio (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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5.0

Zero Regret Amp

By davidej123

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Extremely Versatile
  • Fun To Use
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances

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

    If you are getting your first electric guitar, buy this amp. You won't regret it. The huge range of easily available and high quality tones and effects will make it fun to play and learn. The built-in tuner and aux jack are really useful. It's light enough to move easily. The valve/tube control is super. If you need to be quiet, you can still get nice "break-up" if you want it. Conversely, it is strong enough to play small gigs and clean enough to record. I can get everything from ZZ Top to Brian Setzer to Surf Rock to The Beatles and Rolling Stones out of this Vox. Really hard to beat at the price. I started with a Fender Blues Jr. about 15 yrs ago - which is a great amp - but I rarely play it over this Vox anymore because the Vox is just so darn versatile. I also play a Fender Super Reverb occasionally. The VT20+ is just a great jack of all trades. Even if you have a big/heavy $1000+ amp, this is a great complement and practice amp.

     
    4.0

    Good Practice Amp or Starting Out Amp

    By Swazi

    from Nunya

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Sound
    • Portable
    • Powerful
    • Volume

    Cons

    • Effects Are Limited

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Jamming
    • Performances
    • Practicing
    • Small Clubs

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

    This amp is great for the price, it sounds decent and can get pretty loud. Loud enough that if you crank it, you can hang with a drummer and bass player.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best sounding amp I ever played through!

    By Richie Valentine

    from Vermont

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

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

      Played professionally for 30 years... I've had Marshalls and Fenders... I swear, best sound, ever!

       
      4.0

      Sounds bigger than it is

      By Karl918

      from Baltimore, MD

      About Me Experienced

      See all my reviews

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Great Amp Sounds
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Could Be Simpler

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Professional Recording

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

      There are lots of great preset amp models and effects, but it's not practical switching between sounds during a live performance. Truly great tone for a compact amp...surprisingly warm and powerful.

       
      5.0

      My new favorite amp

      By PileOAmps

      from Boston, MA

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      Pros

      • Portable
      • Tube Tones
      • Versatile

      Cons

      • Uneven Volume

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practice

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

      I have an embarrassingly large pile of small amps. I am unable to leave Guitar Center without grabbing one of the bargains in the used section. I have a few all tube amps that I love as well as some hybrids and all solid state DSP models. The thing I love about the VT20+ is that it combines the warm tube tones (thanks to the tube pre-amp) with the DSP effects and light weight of a solid state amp. It just sounds great! The variable power attenuator keeps practice volumes reasonable too. Only dislike so far is the big difference in volume when you switch amp models.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (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.

      (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.

      (1 of 1 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.

      (1 of 1 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.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Surprise power small package

      By Richie

      from Garland Texas

      Site Member

      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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