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NAMM 2010: Vox covers all bases

NAMM 2010: Vox covers all bases

Following the array of new launches from Korg, the Korg-owned amp and effects brand, Vox, has gone one better with a veritable smorgasbord of new releases, some of which will be available immediately.

Not among those, but perhaps the most exciting of the Vox launches is the AC30 C2, described by the company as 'an AC30 with The Works'. The Vox AC30 combo amp has been an icon for decades, known as the sound that powered the 1960s’ British Invasion. Based on the classic AC30 design, the all-new Custom series AC30C2 and AC30C2X offer numerous up-to-date enhancements, delivering what Vox says is the most versatile AC30 design in Vox history. The AC30 C2X will be available in April at an estimated retail price of £1,100, with the AC30 C2 available immediately, as is the other new amp in the series, the AC15C1.

In similar vein, the new AC30 and AC15 VR models, which use the Vox Valve Reactor (VR) circuitry and provide a diverse soundscape of authentic tones. Using an old-school split-panel design, the VR Series offers two distinct channels— Normal and Overdrive—with the Overdrive channel adding a separate Gain knob. In addition, the overdrive Style button delivers two distinctive flavours.

Vox has also launched the Pathfinder Bass 10 – the long-awaited bass addition to the Pathfinder amplifier series, the new AGA70 two-channel vacuum tube acoustic guitar amp and the Am Plug Cabinet that transforms any of the Vox Am Plug headphone amps into a tabletop mini-stack amp.

After the introduction of the delightful Virage range of solid and hollow-bodied electrics at this show a couple of years ago, Vox continues its foray into the world of electric guitars with the SSC (single cutaway) and SDC (double cutaway) 33 and 55 series solid-bodied electrics. The signature Vox 3-D contoured body ensures impeccable comfort and fatigue-free playing, offering a natural ¬ playing position, either seated or standing. Elegantly carved top surfaces result in a distinguished look and a comfortable playing position. Easy access to the upper frets is provided by the deeply cut inverse heel joint. Position dot markers are placed both on the ¬ fingerboard and on the side of the neck for fast reference. The 33 guitars use the same MaxConnect aluminum bridge as the Virage, offering extended saddle travel for flawless intonation with any-gauge string. Strings slide in from under the back edge of the bridge to make changing strings a snap. The full contact shape and light weight combine to deliver thick, rich tone with clear, singing harmonics. Our VOX Super Smooth tuners offer the 33 guitars enhanced tuning stability, so you can play with con¬fidence. The mahogany necks are topped with rosewood ¬ fingerboards.

Rounding things off nicely is the HDC-77 semi-hollow electric guitar, featuring many of the same design cues and distinguished components as the esteemed Vox Virage. The sharp-horned HDC-77 offers an outstanding value for a quality instrument that is beautiful to look at. In addition to the unique body sculpting and design, the HDC-77 features the same inverse heel joint, deeply cut for free access to the upper frets, as the original Virage series guitars.

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