Vox v9158 Pathfinder

Made by Vox

Description 15 watt, 1x8" practice amplifier.
Posted By John Yorio (329)
Directory Equipment: Amplifiers
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Overall Rating: 3.8 (of 5)
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On 8/31/2005, Peter Hsieh (1575) posted:
Overall Rating:
I look at a lot of other amps: crate, behringer, marshall before I choose this one. This amp is nice. extra points for good reverb and tremolo.
Price: $120.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Gutiar Center
Features:
This is a nice very good for its price. It is a solid state amp with gain control, boost, volume, treble, bass, tremolo and reverb. It is quite powerful. I use it to take to gigs.
Sound Quality:
I play blues, rock, and jazz with the wox. It is not that great for metal though. the amp sounds a lot better than most amps in its sizer and price range. It is not too noisy but gets fuzzy at higher volumes which can be a draw back
Ease of Use:
This amp is very easy to use. very basic.
Durability:
I've brought it everywhere and it is durable as heck. It is also a nice looking amp unlike most modern amps that look like plastic toys this one was a vintage look
On 10/14/2002, Dylan Tuggle (334) posted:
Overall Rating:
When I bought this amp, I was looking for a small, decent-sounding practice amp in the $100 range. The Pathfinder fit the bill nicely.
Price: $110.00 (new)
Where Obtained: local music store
Features:
Controls:
  • Volume
  • Gain
  • Boost button
  • Treble
  • Bass
  • Tremelo rate
  • Tremelo depth
Sound Quality:
I gave the sound an excellent rating based on other amps I've tried in this price range. The Pathfinder sounds warmer and more tube like than the other cheap practice amps I've tried. It also sounds great if you run a Line 6 POD through it. However, since this is a cheap solid-state amp, don't expect it to sound as good as real tube amp.
Ease of Use:
A monkey could work the controls.
Durability:
I've had mine for a couple of years and haven't had any problems.
On 3/17/2002, Joe Gonzales (258) posted:
Overall Rating:
I had this amp for less than 48 hours, and it is a blemish on my guitar playing experience. I ended up with a Kustom tube practice amp, which turned out to be better constructed, better sounding, and smaller and lighter to boot. I would recommend a Radio Shack amp before this one.
Price: $99.00 (new)
Features:
Its got a crappy overdrive, and its loud in a bad way.
Sound Quality:
I tried all my guitars through it, and they all sounded bad. It wasn't much use for anything except at very low volume. Did I get a bad one? The one I bought hissed constantly, and would feedback with any of my effects, no matter how low I turned the output. Plus, its got that super-lousy cheap solid-state sound.
Ease of Use:
This amp was impossible to use with effects. I had to tweak the volume on the effect and the amp constantly to avoid feedback, with limited sucess.
Durability:
Cleap sound, cheap construction. I can't tell you how it would hold up over time, I took it back two days later.
On 6/15/2000, Chris Oyer (2046) posted:
Overall Rating:
This was the cheapest amp at the store. This could use some tube-age and more volume without having to crank the gain. Its light, portable. Great for begginners/ backstage warmup/ jamming with friends.
Price: $90.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash
Features:
Just like the other review said
Sound Quality:
Its kinda soft spoken when clean, but put the kiddies to bed and get down and dirty with it! this baby can growl for a 15 watter.
Ease of Use:
Connect the wires and flip the power switch.
Durability:
Good
On 1/26/2000, John Yorio (329) posted:
Overall Rating:
I don't think there's another practice amp on the market that LOOKS this cool, let alone that has the sound to match. When I was shopping I checked comparable Danelectro, Fender, and Kustom offerings, as well as some "store" brand amps. If you see one of these used, absolutely get it - it makes a great practice amp, and if you close mic it, you can have a nice rich sound for your personal studio without having the neighbors call the cops. The price was a little high, but I'm sure you could do better. I went with a store that was convenient to me, but really wasn't any special deal.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $120.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Blue Bond Guitar
Features:
This amp has controls for Gain, Volume, Treble, Bass, Tremolo Speed, and Tremolo Depth as well as a boost switch. There's a footswitch jack (not included), headphones out, line out, and an out for an external speaker. Except for the fact that Tremolo is hardly as useable as reverb, it's go everything you could want in a practice amp - plus it looks cool.
Sound Quality:
The amp sounds very dry, using the Tremolo (very slow speed, very low depth) or an external chorus/reverb really brings the amp alive. In any case, it sounds much better than many practice amps in similar amp/speaker combinations. I like to set the bass on the warm side and roll back the treble a bit, plug my guitar in through a chorus pedal and get a nice sound suitable for practicing chord solos and scales. The gain more than the Tremolo (which is cool just not terribly useful) kept this from getting a 5 in Sound Quality. The gain is somewhat hollow sounding to my ears-unless i crank it, and then it defeats my purpose-which is to be able to practice without bothering the neighbors.
Ease of Use:
Plug in the amp, plug in your guitar to the amp. Turn the amp on. Twiddle some neat chicken head knobs. How much easier can it get?
Durability:
This amp survived an accident that destroyed my car. Suffering only slight damage to the cabinet and it's covering on the top of the amp, i got home with the amp the day after the accident, plugged it in, and it still played fine.