Vox vs. Fender

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  1. NeilYoung Fever

    NeilYoung Fever Member

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    Two legendary amps both with notorious for sounding great. Which does it more for you and why? Clean and dirty comparisons would be ideal.
     
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    Two different sounds. Both have their tone and are wonderful for it. There is no better between these amps.
     
  3. 56_Special

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    The Vox is more compressed, squishier, and has more midrange. Vox cleans tend to have some hair and have a sweet chimey top end. They overdrive gloriously. The BF Fender is stiffer, cleaner, and more scooped. The cleans are absolutely classic. They also overdrive more abruptly then a Vox and are less smooth. Both are great.
     
  4. NeilYoung Fever

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    Yes I know I was asking more or less what the differences were and personal preferences.
     
  5. Lublin

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    That is every reason why I own a Vox AC30. I also feel like they cut through a mix like a knife.
     
  6. Axemeister

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    You need to hear it for yourself, rather than having a bunch of us offer our verbal descriptions.

    Each amp has its own characteristics, and it is your tastes and your ears which will determine the best fit.
     
  7. Jacobpaul81

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    Also, Fenders sound different from Fenders.

    Tweeds
    Browns
    Blondes
    Blacks
    Silvers

    All sound different from each other and models within each period sound different from each other.

    I love the sound of a Vox AC30, but I prefer the sound of a brown/blonde amp driving 10" speakers. Brown/Blonde amps with that setup wonn't sound anything like most blackface amps.
     
  8. Claytone

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    I own both, a 62 brown Vibrolux and a 65 AC-30. My favorite amp is an original JMI-era Vox AC-30 in good working condition. These amps, set up properly, are not as tempramental as their reputation. An AC-30 can give you everything from Beatle chime and grind (She Said She Said) and can get loud as hell. The Fender brown amp is clean, warm and the size of a Deluxe making it easier to carry. Also plenty loud at approx. 35 watts. As has been said, listen to them both and choose based on what you hear.
     
  9. FenderBigot

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    I like both... this is why I run stereo off my chorus or delay with one amp a Fender and the other a Vox.
     
  10. ROKY

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    An old Blonde Bassman thru a pair of Celestion alnicos is the way to go .
     
  11. drewl

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    Like comparing steak and Lobster!
    Both great, and luckily I have an AC30 and a Pro Reverb, and like surf and turf, they go together well!
    Pro Reverb is a great all around amp, and the Vox is thicker and cuts like crazy.
     
  12. enocaster

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    I always wanted a Fender as a youngin' and finally got a NMV Silverface Super Reverb after years of pining and savin'. It was a "good one" (I got to test it in a room full of silverface amps). I found myself always using it with a dirt pedal set to super low-gain to juice up the clean sound… after years of this I bought an AC30CC1 (after testing the EL84 waters with a Bad Cat) and sold the Super with no regret (ok, maybe a little - the reverb was beautiful). I love the slightly dirty clean sound, sweet mids, and sparkly highs of the Vox!

    I would looove to try a Brown or Blonde Fender though.
     
  13. sickboy79

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    Both are amazing signature amp tones. I'm more of a Fender guy. Just am - no other reason than that! LOL! I guess I like that bigger/fatter Fender overdriven tone a bit more!
     
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    apples and oranges
     
  15. treedroppings

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    57 Fender Harvard vs 66 Vox Pathfinder ?

    hehehe the Vox was the deal for 350 and a mod Master volume that worked (sacriledge of course), it out shined a nearby Marshall 800! Of course I couldn't turn up the Stack at the time, but the Vox sounded good is the point.

    of course the Harvard had a real nice sound with a 66 firebird on it with 3 original p90s! :bong

    I guess I'll have to settle for my mk1 re-issue w/ 2 strats and the-paul-2
    to choose from... the only flaw seems to be that when its JJ tubes are on standby all day they tend to sound like Crap!
     

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