Magazine article Guitar Player

Voodoo Amps V-Plex 50MV

Magazine article Guitar Player

Voodoo Amps V-Plex 50MV

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WHEN IT COMES TO AMPS, THE MARSHALL PLEXI is one of those watershed tone machines that spawns imitators as well as updaters. The V-Plex 50MV ($2,999 retail/$2,199 street; 4x12 cabinet, $1,599 retail/$1,099 street) actually has a foot in both camps, as it delivers classic plexi mojo, as well as more modern and aggressive tones. With its expertly applied gold piping, Plexiglas front panel, and similar control layout, the V-Plex's cosmetics reek of old-school Marshall cool. Inside the spot-welded steel chassis you find chassis-mounted tube sockets and pots and a single glass epoxy board that holds the majority of the V-Plex's circuit. The soldering is top-notch as well.

Plugging in various Gibson SGs, Fender Telecasters, and a PRS McCarty, getting up and running on the V-Plex was a no-brainer. I set every control at halfway, and bingo--the GP sound lab was bathed in badass Brit raunch with a biting three-dimensional treble response, snarling midrange, and a taut bottom end. As I inched up the preamp gain with the Volume control, the milky sustain intensified, yet all of the musical morsels remained. And the range of the amp's gain is very, very nice, as you can go from more trad Marshall tones--think of Humble Pie's Rockin' the Fillmore--to the tactile sizzle of early Van Halen.

The V-Plex's tones are dynamic as hell, and they respond to your touch wonderfully--even when I slathered on as much distortion as possible. Backing off my guitar's volume, the V-Plex cleaned up nicely, yielding a string-to-string clarity with just a smidge of hair swirling around each note. Not really pristine enough for, say, Nile Rodgers-style funk, but if you're into scintillating, harmonically opulent cleanish textures, you'll be a happy mofo. The V-Plex's EQ is much like an old Marshall in that it's way subtle. But that's okay, because each of the four inputs massages your guitar's signal in different ways--from bright and lean to portly and mean--so I was able to fine tune each guitar simply by plugging into a different input. …

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