I was looking for another small amp, but one that would cut thru a little better than the 20 watt Marshall Valvetronix that I've played the past year or so. Looked at a couple of Line 6's but liked the way the Vox sounds. The AC30 model is right on the money. With 30 watts, I think it would be nice if it had an extension speaker out. Some of the effects are not up to the mark, in my opinion. But for $239 it is one of the better deals out there for practice or low/medium volume jamming. If this were stolen, I'd consider the AD50VT for the extension speaker out and increased volume.
Price: $239.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Avalon Music
It has master volume, volume, treble, mid, bass, and gain, chicken head control knobs, foot switchable channels and effects. The AD30VT is a tube/solid state hybrid, with a 12AX7 in the power circuit instead of the pre-amp ala Marshall Valvetronix. There is a sag knob on the back of the amp, or a wattage control knob. The benefit of this feature is that you can turn your master volume and volume to 10 and control the output with the wattage control. That way, you keep the tube cookin'.
I play a Custom Strat thru this amp. I play mostly blues and bluesy rock. Given the different amp models and effects, it could be used on most any kind of music. I have been using the Vox AC30 model for my clean channel and a Marshall Plexi model for the dirty channel. Some of the higher gain models produce a good amount of noise...however, there is a noise reduction control that works well. The cleans on the cleaner sounding models are sweet and sound great at high volume.
All of the effects are programmable as well as the amp models. When you find a tone you like, it is a snap to save it. Same with the effects. Some of the higher gain amp models are louder than the other settings. A little fiddling around, though, will fix this up with very little effort. If I can work one of these things, anybody can. As far as the effects are concerned, I don't use them often. An occasional trem or delay, for sure. But I prefer my own pedals to most of the on board effects.
The thing is put together like one of those outhouses you hear about (the brick ones). I've carried it around to different places in the back of my pick-up with no problems. So far, I've had no problems with it besides my family not wanting me to turn up. I don't know that it would stand up to constant use for a working musician, but it would certainly work well at small venues, or open mic at the neighborhood bar.