VX The Kraken
A 50-watt box of glorious gain for hard rock, metal, extended-range and progressive players
VX The Kraken packs a versatile 50-watt power section that you can use at home, in the studio or on the biggest stages
Our grey two-channel monster starts with classic British-inspired rhythm tones in Gain I mode. Gain II sears on into tight, aggressive American high-gain grind, perfect for progressive and extended-range players. One for the gain addicts, VX The Kraken pushes all the boundaries of what you can expect from a 'small' amp. It'll even travel as hand luggage when you fly.
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Photos: Simon Whitehurst
Two Footswitchable Channels
Gain I begins with British-inspired drive; plenty of hair and friendly mids to suit anything from classic rock to metal. Gain II is tighter and more aggressive with a more modern midrange voice.
Bass Focus Switch
This is much more than a bass EQ. It works in the power section of the amp, offering either a tighter, more focussed bottom end, or conversely more loose and resonant depending on your needs and tastes.
Low Power AND Single Ended
There are two ways to tame the beast. The front panel switch offers a low power mode for around 9 watts. In addition, you can use the single-ended mode which switches to just one or other of the power valves (use them evenly to keep the wear roughly equal). Low power and single-ended together is taking you down below 2 watts RMS.
Assignable, Dual Master Volume
Assign Master I to Gain I and Master II to Gain II when you change channels… or have the masters completely independent to switch between at will, no matter which channel you're using. Your choice!
Two channels, two masters plus your effects loop. Switch it any way you want using the supplied footswitches, or – like Rabea – via remote jacks on your pedal switching system.
6L6 or EL34 Power Valves
You can choose to run either EL34 or 6L6 power valves. They offer subtly different tonal characteristics in terms of power stage overdrive and also overall frequency response. Notice we said subtle! There's a bias range switch to get you in the right ballpark, but precise bias adjustment is also advised whenever you change power valves.
VX The Kraken key features & specification
Format: Two-channel/mode all-valve head
Power: 50/15/9/2 watts RMS
Valves: 4 x 12AX7, 2 x 6L6 as standard
Size (mm): 342(w) x 185(h) x 185(d)
Weight: 8.2kg / 18lbs
Footswitchable gain modes 'Gain I' & 'Gain II'
Footswitchable master volumes
'Bass focus' switch
Series effects loop
High and low power modes
Power valves switchable to EL34
Padded carry bag included
One of, if not THE best metal amp we've ever played through.
Gear of the Year - Winner 2016
This is exactly the same spec as our vertical V212-VV cabinet, but in grey vinyl to match The Kraken aesthetics. Two Celestion Vintage 30 speakers, pine top, sides and bottom; ply back and baffle.