Vox AV15 Analog Guitar Modeling Combo Amp 15W (Discontinued)

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$250
Vox AV15 Analog Guitar Modeling Combo Amp 15W

The Vox AV15 is a hybrid tube/analog modeling amp with a 12AX7 tube in the preamp stage.

Vox describes the "models" as analog preamp circuits that are based on classic amps like their very own iconic AC15 and AC30, but it also features other popular American and British amps to expand its drive selection to cover high-gain tones.

Basic tone shaping controls include gain and 3-band EQ, while advanced tone control is provided by the Bright and Fat switches, a Bias switch (for toggling tube response) and a Reactor switch for toggling amp damping.

Also noteworthy is its power level control, which can be used to achieve cranked tones at lower volumes - making this versatile amp truly practice friendly. Finally, it also comes with essential reverb, chorus and delay effects.

Specifications:

  • Power Rating: 15-Watts (with 12AX7 Tube Preamp)
  • Speaker Size: 8”
  • Models: 8 (Analog) Preamp Models
  • Effects: Reverb, Delay, Modulation
  • Controls: Preamp Circuit Selector, Gain, Treble, Middle, Bass, Volume, Power Level, Effects, Bright, Fat, Bias and Reactor
  • Input/Output: 1/4" and 1/8" (Aux) Input / 1.8" (Headphones) Output
  • Extras: Analog Preamp Circuits with 12AX7 tube
  • Weight: 16.9 lbs

Pros
Many are impressed with the amp's sound quality, some even praise its default out-of-the-box tones. And this applies to most of its voicings, from its chimey Vox clean tones, to its high gain model. Some even appreciate its crunch tone, which is described as organic. Speaking of multiple tones, the Vox AV15 is often commended for its versatility, which in turn makes users appreciate its value for money.

Cons
Not much complaint in the sound or build department, but there are some who are not happy with the included power cable. And note that this amp will require some maintenance compared to regular solid state amps - because it uses an actual 12AX7 tube.

Overall
If you're looking for a versatile practice amp with tube quality, then this should be high on your list.

This was previously on our recommended list before it was discontinued. You can find alternatives in our guides to Modeling Amps and Guitar Amps Under $300

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