Best Vox amps: from the much loved AC30 to modern do-it-all practice amps

Vox AC30 in a living room
(Image credit: Future)

The lustrous gold Vox logo has been an enduring presence in the world of guitar-based music. From its humble beginnings in the late '50s to helping the Fab Four be heard over hoards of adoring fans in the swinging '60s, this British institution would cement itself into every decade thereafter. Walls of AC30s would enable Queen to break free in the '70s, cause Tom Petty to free fall in the '80s and there should be no surprises that these amps would end up in the hands of Radiohead axeman Jonny Greenwood in the ’90s. In the present day, Vox amps can be seen taking up residence on stadium stages around the world. So, if you've been thinking about following in the footsteps of rock royalty, this guide to the best Vox amps is a great place to start. 

Perhaps best known for their vintage diamond-clad AC combos, the British amp legends actually do a lot more than that, with an expansive catalog that includes modern digital modelers, pint-sized practice companions, as well as their celebrated tube amps. In this guide, we've made sure to include a wide selection of the amplifiers Vox offers today, covering various price points, applications and styles. 

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Daryl Robertson
Senior Deals Writer

As a Senior Deals Writer at Guitar World, I help create and maintain the site's 200+ buyer's guides, scour the internet for the best possible deals on a range of guitar products, and spend a lot of time getting hands-on with the latest guitars, amps, pedals, and more. My gear reviews have also been featured in many prominent publications, including Total Guitar and Future Music magazines and MusicRadar.com.

During my career, I have been lucky enough to talk to many of my musical heroes, having interviewed members of Sum 41, Foo Fighters, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators, Creeper, Thrice and more.

In a past life, I worked in music retail. For a little under a decade, I advised everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned pros on the right gear for their needs. 

I also have a passion for live sound. I'm a fully qualified sound engineer who holds a first-class Bachelor's degree in Creative Sound Production from the University of Abertay and I have plenty of experience working in various venues around Scotland.