It sometimes feels like the impossible task. Finding the ever-elusive perfect guitar tone that won’t cost the Earth, won’t feel like you’re lifting an anvil in and out of your car or make you wish you could turn it up to 11 because you can barely hear yourself on stage.
Then there are those gigs that requires the bands to share backline for changeovers to run as smoothly as possible. Having a mountain of huge & heavy tube heads is awesome, but when you’re not allowed to use any of it (or even still, have limited space in the car), having a rig that’s going to take up the same footprint as a pint can save you a lot of time and hassle. This also makes a difference if you play lots of shows on the weekends or you’re on a tour, smashing out night after night of shows and are worried about risking damage to your more expensive amp heads.
The answer to all these problems comes to you from Vox. Their innovative range of MV50 heads are tiny (and we’re talking tiny!) but powerful - offering 50 watts of power in a compact unit that weighs less than 500grams.
They’re designed to be used with the Vox BC108 cabinets, but VOX have cleverly included an EQ switch on the back that allow them to be used with, say a 4x12 cabinet for an extra-large sound.
Given the smallness of this incredible head, it’s a great choice for any tour that needs you to bring your own amplifier to the show. The MV50 could easily fit in a backpack or even be attached directly to the pedalboard for maximum space efficiency.
So, how do they do it? Well, it’s all about Vox’s amazing NuTube technology – analogue all the way, and quite possibly the future of vacuum tubes for amplification. You can be absolutely sure you’ll get a lush and warm tone from any of the different models available and using someone else’s cab to do the job won’t be so daunting.
There’s 5 different models voiced for different tones, but each one also provides quite a palette, so great sound straight out of the box is ridiculously easy.
They’re priced at just $299, so we suggest to come and give one (or all) of them a try next time you’re in the store!
In the meantime, check out this hands-on look at them with Alex: