Vox Cambridge 30R
Vox Cambridge 30R

Cambridge 30R, Hybrid Combo Guitar Amp from Vox in the Cambridge series.

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Audiofanzine FR12/14/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

Vox Cambridge 30R
(Originally written by elco7/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Tupe preamp with one 12AX7 (with average gain) coupled to channel 2.

10" Celestion blue speaker (8 Ohms) plus external speaker output

2 channels with boost

Tremolo effect

Spring verb


Knobs and switches, no mid filter.

I don't like the fact that you need two footswitches (one for channel selection and the reverb, and one for the tremolo effect).

Very easy to use!

It has enough output power for rehearsals if you place it on a table. It's not powerful enough for live gigs.


The 10" speaker produces powerful mid frequencies. Since the amp has no mid control, you'll have to make extreme EQ settings or stick to the basic sound of the amp (like I did).

I set the bass control to max.

The reverb and channel 2 controls produce no effect beyond 6.

But I find the reverb sounds nice. I don't use the tremolo effect...

The crunch sound is nice and it gets really powerful with a TS-808 or even a Bigmuff.


This combo sounds very good and it looks great. I like the typical VOX speaker covering (much better than the metal one in new models).

Good manufacturing quality but watch out for the corners because they are not reinforced.

This model is a bit obsolete due to the Valvetronix Series. The Cambridge 30 is good but not the best and for the same price people will prefer to get an amp with an additional digital section.
MGR/Michael Behuniak (Seattle WA)03/19/2002

MGR/Michael Behuniak (Seattle WA)'s review"VOX Cambridge 30 Reverb"

Vox Cambridge 30R
I bought this VOX Cambridge 30 Reverb combo amp at Guitar Center (Seattle) at a close-out sale price of $179. I was looking for a good quality practice amp for under $200 and this amp fits the bill perfectly. I tried out several other amps in this price range: Crate GFX-15 (very good), Fender Champion 30, and the smaller 15 watt VOX Pathfinder. In terms of great vintage tone and over-all sound, the Cambridge 30 was a no-brainer. Also, a great steal at $179...normally sells for $299.

I play a Fender 62 Custom Telecaster Reissue, and this amp is perfect for it's classic vintage tone, especially if you like playing Beatles, Stones, Kinks, etc. Also very good for more modern stuff like R.E.M, U2, and Nirvana (clean stuff, ie, Come As You Are).

The Reverb on this amp is absolutely killer. The clean channel is very bright and clear with a bell-like chime with no background noise or hiss. Perfect for jangly Beatles or R.E.M. stuff.

Channel 2 has a gain and mid-range boost. You can dial in all sorts of bluesy-tones by adjusting the volume and gain controls accordingly. I particuarly like the overdrive boost...you can get great vintage tube sounds (like 'The Who Live At Leeds' sound). Back off the boost a bit and you can recreate that classic Stones 'Brown Sugar' type of distortion.

This amp is NOT suitable for METAL Styles...you'll need a quality distortion box if that's what youre looking.

Oh yeah, this amp comes with built-in Tremolo also. Nice feature, especially if you like CCR...turn up the tremolo and you can sound just like 'Born On The Bayou'.

Overall I adore this amp, and the great tones I can get out of it...it also has that classic VOX appearance also, complete with the diamond-quilt grill cloth, and funky chicken-head controls.

The nothing I really don't like about this amp. If I had to nit-pick, I wish the 12AX7 pre-amp tube was more accessible...you have to remove the entire chassis to access it. No big problem, as I wasn't planning on replacing it soon anyway, but probably will one day just to see how it affects the overall sound.

The VOX Cambridge 30 Reverb appears to be built very solid. Be nice if it had corner protectors, that's about all I can think to improve the cabinet (And making the pre-amp tube more accessible).

Anyway, this amp is perfect for practice and jam sessions, recording, and small venue performances. If you play electric guitar and you're in the market for an inexpensive 30 watt amp with a great vintage 60's Brit-Rock tone, the VOX CAMBRIDGE 30 Reverb is a great choice.

(and TRY to find ANY combo amp with a GENUINE 10" CELESTION speaker, built-in reverb AND tremolo, a 12ax7 pre-amp tube, clean and overdrive channels, mid-range boost, and 30 watts power rating for under $200)lr

Michael Behuniak, Mar 2002
Seattle WA

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

elco7's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Vox Cambridge 30R
Pramp 'the' lamp, a 12AX7 gain medium, which couple channel 2
an HP 10 "Celestion bulldog 8ohms (+ hp output outside)
2 channels with a boost
spring reverb


Turn buttons and other snap, no medium setting.
The shot of the two cranks, it's not terrible (one for reverb and channel 2 and the other for tremolo)
Yes it is very simple to use!
In surlev repeats a pass on a table, but not repiqu concert should not exaggerate


The 10 hp is full of mediums, as there is no medium settings, it is necessary to twist the bottom or equa love the basic sound of the combo, which is very easy
Low 10 it is

the reverb and channel 2 will give more nuances beyond 6
The reverb is very nice I think. The tremolo I do not know how to use ....
The crunch is pretty cool, moreover with ts-808 or even a BigMuff front is super manly.


Ah that's what combo, the elongated size gives it a certain allure. And the good vox have a nice fabric (not like the new Metal.)

The bill is good, although the corners protgs not get damaged.
What is unfortunate is that it is slightly surpassed because of Valvetronix the cambridge 30 is good but not essential, and for "the same price," some prefer num section America and more.

janouch's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Vox Cambridge 30R
This is a 30 watt which seems to deliver more
It's a hybrid amp with a preamp year lamp
All the necessary conections are present
A tremolo quality as the reverb
All with "LE" Vox design, as then the Beatles, much more class than the new design chrome, sleek and cold.


Could not be more simple. It's less headache than amp modeling (which in any case it is seeking a vintage Vox unadorned)
Always handy to the side of the Vox only bass and treble buttons (no need for more)
We quickly found the sound we want to have when choosing this type of amp. (Since it has often chosen for its musical direction ... Rarely has the metal case)


It is suitable for all styles of music from rock and roll roots more than the current through the blues (see jazz but now I do not know because I do not play jazz on my guitar)
I play a telecaster reissue 1952 and is "super" ... Need I say more ...
It is particularly at ease on the grunge type sound and it's personally what I was looking so they're not alone.
It sounds Vox input and that's just ... magic! As an old recipe of grandmother who would be successful all the time


I use it for 1 year. (It is no longer produced and that's a shame because I would do the same choice, and above all I do not like modeling ... especially if it is to be positioned in the Vox, both directly to the amp copied)
I love a tile appearance of another time, his desire to burning fat, just snapping three agreements or to shout to have a note Rory Gallagher in the lead (among others).
Thanks to the preamp is very light very close to an AC 30 (except it's cheaper and it will cost cheaper lamps)
Given the quality of all elements of this amp, the tremolo breathtaking quality, great reverb, the HP celestion, the lamp system etc ... The award is given! I regret not having proffité when he was still in production and I would reiterate a used one if necessary without hesitation. In my opinion this is a gem whose popularity will only continue to climb To be continued ...
I frankly did not find negative even looking good.
I hope that Vox will change tack and return to hybrid amplifiers as well designed as was the Cambridge Reverb, leaving a little aside the modeling amps that make something of a gadget in hand. This is an excellent alternative from the Vox AC30 too expensive and all the amps that do not sound ugly. (It is rather in the first class ... A better prices)

lapinmalin's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Vox Cambridge 30R
Tube preamp - transistor power amp, 30 watts, 2 speakers Celestion Bulldog 10 "
- Clean channel: volume - bass - treble
- Saturated channel: volume - Gain - Bass - Treble - Mid-boost - OD1-OD2
- Reverb and tremolo which can adjust the speed and depth

Negative: each channel has volume, but no master


Very simple: zero setting (see above). It looks like a AC30 is so basic. One branch is a little hack, and presto, you have the sound.


I use it with a little Gordon Smith (http://www.fairplay.demon.co.uk/) or an Epiphone ES 335 equipped with Seymour Duncan P90. Clear sound a little crunchy, beautiful. No need for additional effects. The vintage sound is perfect for my style (brit, pop, rock). Fans of hard and heavy, I'm afraid it is not your amp.

I teamed mine with a power amp of 100 watts. And it became a real machine for slaughter! He buries any Marshall.

For those who do not know, these little amps are equipped with a source of optical coupler failed. The amp loses all his abilities when it is hot. Simply replace the part (+ or - € 50.00) by a specialist, and that's it.


I dreamed of a small Vox, and here I am in love. I probably paid dearly for this amlpi used, and to do customize, but the result is this: I have a Vox combo (as they are beautiful!) With a super powerful sound of hell tiny light as a feather. What more? Anyway, I did well to get rid of my Marshall.