A compact and suave bass amp with a Vox full of useful goods inside.

Vox’s 50-watt Adio Air BS bass amp can certainly serve as a simple desktop “practice amp,” but it’s also loaded with onboard amp models and effects, works as a recording interface, houses an onboard tuner, and is equipped with Bluetooth for both streaming music and pairing with the amp’s free Tone Room app.

The personal boom-box-sized amp is powered by plugging in or with eight AAs. It’s unmistakably Vox-looking, with its diamond-pattern grille cloth protecting the two 3" drivers. The topside command center has a multitude of knobs and buttons to run all its features, but it’s a smart and clean layout making it quite user-friendly straightaway. I dove right in to the “modern” amp model and topped it with the onboard fuzz effect for a pleasantly full, grinding rock tone. When I got the easy to use Tone Room app running on my iPhone, it allowed for a host of deeper tone tweaking and explorations of preset sounds.

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Sam Fender shares a moment with his saxophonist and childhood friend, Johnny "Blue Hat" Davis, at London's O2 Brixton Academy in September 2021.

Photo by Linda Brindley

The British songwriter traversed the bleak thoroughfares of his past while writing his autobiographical sophomore album, Seventeen Going Under—a tale of growing up down-and-out, set to an epic chorus of Jazzmasters and soaring sax.

British songwriter Sam Fender hails from North Shields, England, an industrial coastal port town near the North Sea, about eight miles northeast of Newcastle upon Tyne. Fender grew up in this small village, which he calls "a drinking town with a fishing problem." He lived there with his mother on a council estate, a type of British public housing. This is the mise-en-scène for Sam Fender's coming-of-age autobiographical new album, Seventeen Going Under. On the album's cover, a photograph shows Sam sitting on a brick stoop.

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