Vox rocks Frankfurt show

Celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year, Vox Amplifiers chose the Frankfurt Musikmesse music show to unveil a varied selection of new amps: including the new high-gain, metal-oriented Valvetronix XL modelling amp; two new additions to its DA digital range; and the ultra-desirable blonde AC15 Heritage Head & Cab.

The AC15 head and cab is handwired, and combines the prized EF86 preamp channel of 1958 with the 1963 Top Boost channel (the valve complement is made up of 1 x EF86, 3 x ECC83/12AX7, 2 x EL84, and 1 x EZ81 rectifier). The channels have modern tone-shaping controls (bass shift and brilliance, and top cut respectively) and output through a single 12” Celestion Alnico Blue speaker - and of course it looks the business:

The Valvetronix XL range of tube-powered modelling amps is also new. Aimed at the hard-rock guitarist, Vox claims the range delivers its hottest hard rock and metal sounds to date, reproducing classic amps of bygone eras, ranging from Glass and Funked to Molten and Thrashed. There are eleven onboard effects settings, and amps and effects combinations can be stored as programs.

And finally, the DA 5 portable digital modelling amp (with battery power option) is joined in the range by new DA 10 and 20 variants. For more info, click here.