Vox Pathfinder 10 - Solid State Guitar Combo Amp

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93 out of 100. Incorporating 3200+ ratings and reviews.

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$110
Vox Pathfinder 10

Gearank High Notes

On October 18 2021 we announced the results of our annual analysis of guitar amp brands - Vox ranked #5.

Vox is sought after for the distinctly clean chime tone that their amps produce, and this is what you'll get with the Pathfinder 10, albeit in a smaller format with a more practice friendly volume level.

This amp is meant to be minimalistic, no digital amp modeling, just basic 2-band EQ, gain, volume controls and two channels that you access via the Overdrive / Clean button.

There are times where you just want an amp for a particular tone or purpose, and that is exactly what the Pathfinder 10 gives you, a plug-and-play compact alternative to big Vox amps.

And since most practice amps are focused on overdriven tone, getting a compact amp with good clean tone is a welcome change for many, especially those who are fans of the Vox amp sound.

It doesn't end with just cleans, because this small amp features an overdrive channel that properly represent Vox's overdrive channel sound, but in a more affordable and practice friendly format.

This combo houses a 10-Watt amp, and a 6.5" speaker, and it has a headphones output for quiet practice.

Specifications

  • Power Rating: 10-Watts
  • Speaker Size: 6.5”
  • Effects: Overdrive
  • Controls: Volume, Gain, Bass, Treble, Overdrive Switch
  • Input/Output: ¼” Headphone Out
  • Weight: 10lbs
  • Dimensions (Height x Width x Depth): 10.24” x 14.96” x 6.69”

Pros
Many smaller amps don’t retain the tone of their namesakes, instead they sound weak and uninspired overall, thankfully, this isn’t the case for the Vox Pathfinder 10. Reviewers appreciate how the Pathfinder 10 gets the Vox chime down with its portable profile. It also helps that it looks more like a classic Vox amp, which many appreciate. For an affordable compact amp, many are impressed at how good sounding the Pathfinder 10 is at volume levels that are suited for practice. There are also some owners that said they are also happy with the overdrive channel, especially when set to low to mid tier gain, in their online reviews.

Cons
As expected from compact amps, raising the volume too high will result in clipping or buzzing sound. This also applies when using the distortion channel. Another concern is the lack of mid-range frequency control.

Overall
If you're a fan of Vox, or you're into British style tones, then this is the perfect portable amp for you.

Although this was previously on our recommended list, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guide to The Best Practice Amps.

About the Author

Alexander BrionesAlexander Briones

I've written about and researched music gear for many years, while also serving as a music director at my local church, in addition to teaching guitar, bass and mentoring young musicians.