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Massive amounts of power and geat, vintage-style tone from an ultra-portable head.
The Matrix Vintage British VB800 40W guitar head is the first in a series of amplifiers designed to deliver all the tone and power of a classic valve head without the weight or maintenance issues. The VB800 is a groundbreaking mix of cutting-edge amp technology and classic valve sound.
Weighing at a little less than 1.9 kg / 4 lb. the VB800 weighs around a tenth or more of what some tube amps are, including the one it was based upon. As a guitarist, putting all your energy into a show, the last thing you need to be is a powerlifter at the end of a night. Or maybe you've simply lifted enough heavy gear that all that weight has taken it's toll on your back. The VB800 is light enough to not have to worry about either of those. The weight saving has another added benefit too, especially if you are a travelling musician. Whether it's by car or plane, less weight in the trunk means better milage which saves on fuel and less weight on the plane means no super expensive excess baggage charges.
It's only 300mm (12") wide, 75mm (3") tall and 175mm (7") deep you can. It's small enough to fit into a backpack or gig bag, or even carry on luggage. That means it's quick and easy to pack down and you can take it wherever you need, without breaking your back. Planes, trains, subways or car, it'll fit in nicely.
Don't think that because the VB800 is that small and lightweight, that it's just another wanna-be lunchbox amp. It's not. The VB800 has been designed to go toe-to-toe with it's heavyweight cousins and give you the big sound, enough volume and push of air you'd expect from an all tube head. A big enough sound to take anywhere your music takes you.
If you have owned a tube amp, you'll be all too well aware of the expense and hassle when power amp tubes start to wear out. Re-tubing and re-biasing of the power amp stages seems to come around all too often, especially if you gig with any regularity. Getting the same tone you had before can become a hit and miss affair with different tubes and good quality power amp tubes aren't getting any cheaper. The VB800 has two JJs ECC83s in the pre-amp section but these should last a long time, typicaly several years and cost little to replace. The power amplifier section however is all solid state, featuring a modified GT-FX, class A-B MosFet amp that has been proven and used by literally hundreds if not thousands of guitarists over the past few years. Nothing to wear out, nothing to replace, years of trouble free performance and great "valve like" feel. The VB800s pre-amp section faithfully re-creates the depth, power and feel of the iconic British head it's based on and our famous GT-FX power stage delivers all the volume you will ever need. Whether it is a 12" single cab in your bedroom for some low-volume practice, or a 4x12 on a loud stage, the VB800 delivers the same tone, same feel at any volume level. Unlike a valve head that either had to be run loud and hard to create the tone you wanted or is either too quiet or blaringly loud to be used at home, the VB800 delivers consistent tone at any volume.
With an adjustable level serial effects loop, that's transparent and does not suck tone like some, the VB800 can accomodate traditional stompbox fx pedals or more complex effects into the mix to fine tune your tone. It's small enough to even share space on the pedal board if you need! Running more complex systems like the four cabling method with multi fx is also a breeze. Modelling amp users can take advantage and use the VB800 to add some "valve mojo" in 4CM or of course just use the FX Return input to feed their signal into the power section, providing a mono power amp similar to our GT-FX series amps,
Whether you're searching for a more portable amp or looking to upgrade to a more powerful, gig-able amp or even looking to build your tone on the foundation of a classic British amp sound, the VB800 will cover all those needs without the weight, size and maintenance costs and with the addition of being reliable, cost effective and most importantly, sounding great.
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