Xvive V1 Classic Rock review

  • £46
  • €46
  • $88

Between a rock and a hard clip

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Our Verdict

If you're after a value-for-money distortion, it's a worthy contender.

For

  • Decent build. Pocket-friendly build. Works well with bridge humbuckers.

Against

  • Abrasive tone control.
Buying options

This US-designed, Chinese-built stomper from Xvive isn't quite what you'd expect - while you probably associate classic rock with bucketloads of mids, the CR scoops them out.

"There's a smooth distorted tone at mid-gain settings, up to huge, sustaining solos at higher levels"

Nevertheless, it delivers a smooth distorted tone at mid-gain settings, up to huge, sustaining solos at higher levels.

For us, it sounded better with bridge-humbucker beef than single-coil spank, but either way, you'll need to keep the tone control low: it adjusts only the extreme highs in the signal, so gets abrasive very quickly.

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Tech Specs

Battery/Adaptor TypeNine-volt mains adaptor
FeaturesTrue-bypass