Vox Valvetronix VT40+ 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp Black 889406674370

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The convenient and powerful Valvetronix VT40+ 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 VT40+ 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 VT40 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 VT40+ 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 VT40+ 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 VT40+ 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 VT40+, 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 VT40+. 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 40W output with maximum 60W output from unique Power Level control
  • 10" 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 16"D
    24 lb.
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty.


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VoxValvetronix VT40+ 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.4

(based on 51 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (33)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (1)

70%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (8)
  • Portable (8)
  • Warm / comfy (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Good power output (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (9)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Performances (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (5), Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Tone Ala Carte

I was interested in finding a reasonably price amp that had great tone and versatility. I thoroughly researched my options and narrowed it down to a few choices. I went into Guitar Center and...Read complete review

I was interested in finding a reasonably price amp that had great tone and versatility. I thoroughly researched my options and narrowed it down to a few choices. I went into Guitar Center and tried out several amps within the price range. I had been considering a full on tube amp but was not willing to commit to a single type of sound without purchasing several pedals. Out of everyone I tried the VT40+ by far has the best tone. It is very responsive and works great with aftermarket pick ups. It has seemingly endless different adjustments and features that take some time to figure out fully. The Vox VT+ series were the only modeling amps that gave a true valve feel and tone. There are one or two settings that sound a little digital. Overall the amp offers a great range of sounds from clean, blues, and even metal. I would have liked to have seen a line out feature but definitely not a deal breaker. The Vt40+ sounds great with the amperage turned down but really cooks above 30 watts. I would recommend any of the VT+ series amps for people looking for great tone, wide variety of sounds at a reasonable price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Awesome tool with some reservations!

Speaking only to the model I returned for exchange (waiting on exchange), due to the finish and noise issues, as noted above, 6 is generous. VOX should realize features alone do not...Read complete review

Speaking only to the model I returned for exchange (waiting on exchange), due to the finish and noise issues, as noted above, 6 is generous. VOX should realize features alone do not compensate for noisy analog output. Slick features DO NOT compensate on soft passages accompanied by noise.
After running through every setting, about half that I can use for my style, I am impressed. It is all in there. This little runt actually motivated the completion of two compositions. Excellent!
Finish covering on corners have some gaps and is very thin. I did send mine back for an even exchange due to the hiss mentioned by other reviewers, which is disappointing. The noise is less using some models than on others, and the Noise Reduction setting doesn't touch the hiss, another shame. I really hope the replacement is quieter, as I really love the features. Worse case if the new one is the same I will use it as a monitor, not using the output which kills the sound through the speaker, rather as a stand alone. I know Vox can tame the noise present in the Analog Output Circuit, it would not cost much and the reviews would change from hissy-fitty to WOW! Coincidently, I wrote to Vox directly about the noise and they did not respond nor do I expect them to. Poor form Vox - way to loose future customers. Hey, if a manufacturer builds downline models within a line they should reflect the top model.

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5.0

Versatile and Affordable

By Lucas

from St. Paul, MN

About Me Novice

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT40+ 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

    A very versatile amp, which I what I wanted. I needed an upgrade from my Line6 Spider IV 15-watt amp, because its clean tones were very weak and boring. This Vox VT40 definitely gives me the clean tones I want, and the dirty tones are great, too. The metal tones are fine, but not stunning. I play more than just metal, so I'm OK with that, especially since I don't have the money or space to have multiple specialist amps for different playing different genres. The hybrid factor is nice--far cheaper and lighter-weight than pure tube amps, yet still has good clean tones.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Returned due to humming.

    By Jpjr50

    from Boca Raton

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

      Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT40+ 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

      This amp sounds great but when not striking the strings the hum was loud even with the volume off on the guitar. I tolerated it for a few weeks then gave up and returned it for an Orange 35RT.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing

      By Musicman Mike

      from NC

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • No Line Out

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances

      Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT40+ 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

      I use this for practice and small gigs. When I practice at home everyone else is asleep, simply adjust the watts plug in the headphones and I'm off without bothering anyone. And the FX are spot on best little amp I've owned in years

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome amp!!

      By Robert

      from Chicago, Illinois

      Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT40+ 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

      This is the first guitar amp I ever bought, and after trying a Marshall DSL40C and Blackstar HT Metal 5, the Vox is my favorite and perfect for practice. I'm amazed that this little amp can sound so good! In my opinion it's hard to beat for the price and versatility that it offers. It has exceeded my expectations, I thought I'd have to spend around a thousand dollars to get a great sounding combo amp, but I was wrong! It took me a little while to figure out all the different settings, but it's intuitive and very easy to operate. Set on "Basic", "US 2x12" with the treble and bass turned almost all the way up, mids at half way, and the metal distortion level at the 2 o'clock position played through a single coil Strat this amp sounds amazing. If you play a lot of metal and want deep, full, fat sounding distortion I would highly recommend this amp. It sounds great on the clean setting, too, very clear and crisp. I actually had trouble telling the difference between the all tube Marshall, Blackstar, and this amp. It's not exactly the same as an all tube amp, but it is very, very close, the warmth is definitely there. The built in effects are great too, beats spending a ton of money on pedals. I've had this amp for 2 years and it has never had any problems.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A lot of amp for the money !

      By VendittiJ

      from Fernandina Beach Florida

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Nice Onoard Effects
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Not Enough User Presets
      • Silly Presets
      • Too Many Factory Presets

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Small gigs

      Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT40+ 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

      A lot of amp for the money ! not quite a class A, all tube sound but not bad at all for the price, 25 lbs, and small convenient size. I am totally happy with this amp for small drummerless gigs (I use it to play leads over the top when I loop acoustic guitar, and bass at my solo gigs .
      I am also happy with the quantity and quality of the onboard effects, and tuner. I have not experienced the "hiss" that I've heard mentioned but I only use it in manual mode and the eight user presets.
      I did not like the factory presets but in all fairness I'm picky and never liked factory presets ever on other gear I've had over the years. I wish it had more user presets available because this amp is endless in it's capability to make cool tones, effects, and sounds, and is pretty responsive for a solid state amp.

       
      5.0

      WOW! Modeling Amp? Get out of town!

      By Gitfiddle76

      from Detroit Michigan

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable
      • Powerful
      • Presets
      • Price
      • Tone

      Cons

      • Limited Functions
      • Not Enough User Presets

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT40+ 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

      I have the original Vox AD series from around 2001. It cost me around 1K and it rocks. Since then the Vox Valvetronix Amps have paled in comparison with that amp in terms of tone and performance. This one the VT+ comes closest. There are a number of excellent settings and amp models on this amp. The presets are actually really good. And even more very good tones. Does it sound exactly like a tube amp? Of course not. Will 99.9% of people that hear it know the difference? Of course not. For the options available on this amp it's excellent. All I care about is tone tone tone! If it sounds good I'll buy it. I don't care how many presets it has of whether you can jam along to a jam track. I just care if it sounds good. And man does it sound good! Wish there were more user banks available to save tones, because there are so many good tones that I want to save!!! I'm gigging this bad boy for sure. Buy this thing and find your tone.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      excellent amplifier for recording and gigging

      By DAVID

      from Sarasota, Florida

      Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT40+ 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

      Not normally a fan of modeling amplifiers. This thing breaks the mold. I have two Vox AC-30 top boost amplifiers an old Fender Twin Reverb and an arsenal of pedals. This amplifier changes everything. Built in tuner and the ability to place effects in chain and save them as presets. All very nice, but none of this means a thing as it is about the sound. OMG this thing sounds amazing. It nails the Fender sound, Matchless, Orange, Marshall, and of course the vox sounds are simply the best I have heard. Plenty loud enough to play most jobs around town with a 4 piece band. Do yourself and back a favor at 23 pounds much easier to haul then a 70 pound AC-30. Just take a listen and compare to any other tube or solid state amplifier then decide for yourself

       
      5.0

      It's a vox, you can't go wrong

      By ryan

      from Albany Oregon

      Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT40+ 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

      I typically prefer tube amps and over the years I've been fairly uptight about this preference but I've been very impressed with this little amp. All the sounds and features you get for $250.00 is very impressive. The VT40 is a ton of fun to sit down and play with. As far as recording goes you've got a ton of different sounds to play with,you can record any type of style with one amp, and the volume this little guy has is very impressive. For the price you can't miss.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Astonishing. no kidding.

      By Mark Aldridge

      from Raleigh, NC

      Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT40+ 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

      I've purchased 3 of these. Really a great sound, using Fenderr or Gibby style, whatever, all guitars sound great. You can throw away about 95% of the rest of amps currently made and just leave these amps, that's OK with me. Head and shoulders above most any other guitar amp, and believe me, like many others that have played for decades, I have owned & operated a Lot of amps. I don't care where they are made - Vox comes back soaring like an eagle with this amp. Valve Reactor is fine engineering. I'll tell, these sound as good as the ones from the 60's when the Beatles and all the Mercy bands used them (they were very expensive) Heck, these even sound Better! And no, I am not kidding. You might get a lemon at this price point. Heck its so cheap, throw it out and order another... This is a Triumph. I am making a note here: Hugh Success. Thanks, VOX ! You should hear the Voyage-Air Telair through this thing, and an Epi Casino. wow! :)

      (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Not Bad, Not Good

      By Guitar Teacher

      from Bay Area, California

      About Me Professional Musician

      Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT40+ 40W 1x10 Guitar Combo Amp:

      I bought this amp a couple of years ago. I have owned Vox amps in the past, and I liked their sound and dependability. I must say after working with this amp for awhile, I am not a big fan of this Vox amp.

      What I like:
      1. It can get loud. Some of my students have sizeable tube amps (Mesa Boogie), and I can keep up with them volume-wise. With the preamp tube you do get a little extra "punch." Without the tube, this amp is worthless.
      2. Although more common now, the Aux-In for your Ipod is a plus. I put all my teaching materials on my Ipod (Much easier than carrying extra speakers).

      What I don't like:
      1. I don't like all the "stuff" on this amp. I'm an old-fashioned rocker, who likes to plug-in and play.
      2. Inconsistent tone. I find it difficult to get consistent tone with the amp. Once you get it dialed in, it's fine, but getting there can be a challenge, especially when you're having to do this several times a day.
      3. Effects are just average, although the reverb may be the best and most variable effects feature.
      4. High end can be weak, and the bass response is overwhelming. I have found that especially on the upper end, the treble can distort and gets pretty thin (not good distortion), and when playing rhythm the low end is quite muddy and excessive. I often have to back off the bass completely. Thus going back to tone and EQ.

      All in all for the $$ it's not a bad deal. The amp has held up well under constant use (4 to 5 hours everday), which is a plus. I would not use this amp for performance. For practice and instructing it gets me by for now (Although I am considering changing amps soon)

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