Vox VT100X Modeling Combo Guitar Amplifier 100W
The VT100X is part of Vox' line of hybrid amps that combine a solid-state poweramp section with a multi-stage tube driven preamp section.
To be more precise, it sports a 12AX7 preamp tube that adds realism to its built-in amp modeling capabilities.
This means that you get the warmth of tube, and the versatility of solid-state digital amp modeling, which lets you choose from 20 amp models and 13 effects, with up to 60 preset slots to work with.
When paired with the included Tone Room software editor, you get even more control over the amp models, and you also get more amp models to work with.
At 100W and equipped with a 12" speaker, this combo amplifier is loud enough for most applications, including big venues.
Interestingly, the 12AX7 preamp lasts longer than the average tube amp because it is not driven hard.
- Power Rating: 100W
- Tubes: 1 x 12AX7
- Speaker: 1 x 12"
- Amp Models: 11(Up to 20 via Software)
- Effects: 13
- Controls: Amp Models, Gain, Treble, Middle, Bass, Volume, Power Level, Multiple Buttons for tweaking presets, amp model, effects and other parameters
- Input: 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8" (Aux)
- Output: 1 x 1/8" (Headphones)
- USB: 1 x USB Mini-B
- Weight: 41.67 lbs.
- Extra Features: Expanded Amp models, Presets and Effects when paired with included software
Overall market response towards the Vox VT100X is quite positive, with many reviewers pointing to its value for money being its strength. As expected, the VT100X gets a lot of kudos for its authentic sounding renditions of classic Vox tones. But there are also plenty of commendations for its other amp models, including its mid to high-gain tonese, especially when driven hard in big venues. There's also much appreciation for its versatility, which together with its loud projection makes the amp a good all-in-one rig that'll work for most venues.
A few users feel that the amp does not respond well to their analog pedals, mostly because of the lack of effects loop. While others feel that the effects are a bit limited in quantity and control, they wish at least a tap tempo button. There are a few who have minor qualms about the amp's control and software. The amp is also a bit on the heavy side, but this is to be expected given that it is rated at 100W.
For the money, the Vox VT100X gives you more than amp modeling, it has real tube preamp circuitry, 100W of power and a 12" speaker. It is a great buy for those looking for a loud and versatile combo amp.
Although this is a good amp which has been popular for many years, there are now more highly rated options available which you can see in our guides to The Best Modeling Amps and The Best Guitar Amps Under $500.