The Vox Valvetronix VT40 is a 60 Watt guitar amp. It features 8 user programs for saving your favorite custom settings. This great amp offers gain, volume and master volume. The unique power level control cam limit the power amp output wattage, creating distinctive power amp distortion at any listening level. This is a a real plus as it offers a great deal of variety and can be played at any level in terms of volume with the quality of audio diminishing.

It even features a built-in automatic guitar tuner. Although you could definitely bring this to a gig, in my opinion it does serve best as a practice amp. The Valvotronix uses a 12AX17 tube in the power amp, so although its more of what could be viewed as a hybrid as opposed to a true tube amp, you are still able to get a warm and responsive tone from this amp than you might get from other solid state amps on the market today.

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Pros

If you are looking for an amp that has a smooth tube-like quality to it and are on a budget, this amp will make you very happy. Vox is a name-brand and it will not let you down in terms of the sounds it has to offer its players.

 

Cons

Some people have complained about the speaker hissing. I have not experienced this myself, but obviously this is a huge con. Especially if you tend to play more laid back and quiet music such as folk, pop, Jazz or world music.

The amp is also a bit on the heavy side weight wise. This may not be a huge problem for everyone, but it as definitely a factor to be considered. I personally like lighter amps so I don’t break my back going to gigs. However, if you have a roadie or a crew with you, then I guess that does not matter. One of my favorite amps is the Fender Vibro king. And THAT is one heavy amp.

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