Believe it or not, there are cruel-hearted souls out there who think of the Beatles as a twee rock band. But take a look at a snapshot from the group’s 1966 U.S. tour—they look pretty tough with those 100-watt Vox Super Beatle amps towering behind them.
If you want to talk cute, well, the new Vox Mini Superbeetle—which pays homage to the original Super Beatle—is preposterously cute. It’s a 25-watt mini stack with a 1x10 cab and tiny, tremolo- and reverb-equipped head that nails the brand’s trademark jangle and can dish pretty tough tones, too, with the right guitar and pickups. And unlike the behemoth that inspired it, it won’t loom awkwardly like a monolith in your living room, require an ex-rugby player roadie, or demand a vintage amp technician on call 24-7.
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With its streamlined and gleaming chrome stand, the Superbeetle cleverly channels the spirit of Vox’s beautiful and mod mid-’60s aesthetic. (Although if we’re being sticklers for authenticity, the rectangular, rather than trapezoidal, head and early-’60s badge style make the Superbeetle visually more akin to an AC-100 than a ’66 Super Beatle.) Nevertheless, the Mini looks super hip, and rivals a tweed Fender Champ for little-amp-as-interior-design-element appeal. It’s also light and easy to tote from room to room. If you’re measuring to figure out whether it will nestle nicely between the fern and the end table, it’s just under 13" wide and about 22 1/2" tall.