Vox Big Ben

Vox Big Ben

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Big Ben, Overdrive pedal from Vox in the Cooltron series.

7 user reviews

Vox Big Ben tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Vox
  • Model: Big Ben
  • Series: Cooltron
  • Category: Overdrive pedals
  • Added in our database on: 10/28/2007

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Vox Big Ben user reviews

Average Score:4.6( 4.6/5 based on 7 reviews )
 4 reviews57 %
 3 reviews43 %
Value For Money :

Skjold's review"Great crunch"

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This is an overdrive effect, nothing more to it. It runs completely basic 1/4" jack inputs and outputs with no MIDI or editing via an editing software on either Mac or PC.

The pedal is all out analog, utilizing a 12AX7 vacuum tube. The tube itself does not light up, when the pedal is active, but Vox has build in a blue light, that turns on when the pedal is powered up. Not a feature you need, but ads a nice sparkle to the design.
The case is all out chrome and on the bottom of the pedal, is a compartment to house six AA size batteries. If you choose not to run on batteries, that is possible to. 9 Volt DC and a healthy amount of milli amps should get you running.

I don't know exactly how many milli amps it draws, but if you only have a Cioks Baby size power supply, already running a few Boss pedals and maybe a Wah, then you won't be able to throw in this drive.


Boy oh boy, is this pedal easy to use or what? Three controls is all you get - and that's all you need for this one. It's an overdrive - not a plane!
From left to right you have the gain, tone and finally the level control.

I've never had to use the manual that came with this product, and I don't ever think anybody will.


The gain stage is really long, and lets you dial in the precise amount of saturation that you want. Keep in mind, that this pedal cleans up very nicely, so if you just back up you volume control on the guitar, you'll get a completely different experience with the pedal.
If you need a light crunch or a sparkle, you can get it. If a heavy distortion-type sound is more to you liking, then this stompbox will handle that as well.

The tone control feels like a low pass filter or a high frequency shelf, giving you the ability to create a creamy overdrive of a thin and harsh sound.

Level is rather self explanatory. As with any other overdrive or distortion effect, remember to adjust and level out gain and output level, so that you sound won't jump to much from clean to overdriven!


All in all this is a very good overdrive pedal. Not much to it, and really simpel to use.
Since this is a tube powered overdrive, you have to change the tube from time to time accordingly to how much you use it and how hard you drive it on the gain.
I havne't changed my tube yet, as I run it as a light crunch with a low gain setting.

I would be sad if this pedal was stolen, and would sure go out searching for a new one. I'm not sure that the pedal is in production any longer, so it would have to be found on the used market.

I think you get a great pedal for what you pay, no doubt about it.

Vrouam's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" one snag ..."

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See the other reviews.
Just a little big on the pedalboard.


it is a distortion pedal: 3 buttons ... is within the reach of children.


I was looking for a nice crunch (not a violent thing) and I was not disappointed. Other opinions are realistic about this product. if I had to blame something that is very "net", nothing to do with a vintage effect would be missing a little more (but that's when you're a fucker fly like me)


now it's been a year and odds and ends that I use and it happens from time to time it is cut and that's boring in the middle of a song and especially in concert.
simply re-press the switch and the sound comes back but it's boring.
In short, it is the default fucks a good foot in the air. And it bothers me because it really has a beautiful sound.
In comparison I have a TS9 upgraded and I prefer big ben.

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

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PDAL lamp (it is blue), trs beautiful color mtal chromium (attention is messy), square and rather large.
-3 Buttons (volume, tone, gain)
-1 Switch
Possibility of putting batteries (lasts 15 20 hours).


Super simple setup, very easy to find a warm, round, vintage trs.
the knobs are prcis, progressive and trs.
In this résumé as good pedals.


The is really, really good pedals for the blues / rock, trs warm, round, full of warmth and especially do not drool grows back.
Uses a strat US (single microphone) is prcis, raucous, full of harmonics.
I use a Laney VC30 lamps, the clean channel.


For the critics, I blame him (history of criticizing, right) do not go far enough in the crunch, not to have an overdrive trs muscle to dive into the world of hard rock.
For mtal, this is not the pedals for you.
I also found the price a little nine lev you pay the brand "VOX", luckily the quality is l.
If you are the blues / rock, the investment is well justified.

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

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Everything has been said below ... ;)


For settings, there is no simple> 3 knobs: Volume - Tone - Gain
No need for manual, everything is done instinctively.

This pedal has a lot of versatility: It is possible (after a while bending over) to dig up a well bluesy, vintage or fairly typical rock!


The sound is very nice (You can feel the button "VOX";))

The lamp (famous 12AX7) gives a warm and also grain foil!

This pedal is ideal for both rhythmic solos as well for good rock 'n' roll!
There are many possibilities, but this pedal is definitely not for the metal.

I use a godin artisan st, a Start or a Yahama US AES-620 on a Fender Twin Reverb and it sounds!


I have been using 4 or 5 months now and I do not regret that choice.

I tried many pedals before falling on the "Big Ben" and it was a nice favorite when I tested
Obviously the price is quite exaggerated, but the quality is there.

In short, a very good overdrive pedal. It shines, it's clean enough and yet when you combine dévastarteur gain tone & the way! ... but always with great clarity in the sound of the notes, which I like personally very much.

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