The only Vox I have owned or played through is a AC10 C1 so lm no Vox expert. But i do love the sound with a Strat/Tele. I agree they can be a bit spikey but i just just roll the treble back and turn the cut up. But believe it or not what really lit it up was my EVH WOLFGANG SPECIAL what a sound. This little amp kicks butt very loud for the size and only weighs 27 lbs. I use it at band practice a lot though I've never giged with it.