I don’t always lead worship on electric guitar…
But when I do…
I play a Gretsch G5120 through a Vox Night Train
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See the video above for my thoughts on the Vox Night Train, but here are the highlights:
Like most church environments, we don’t want a lot of stage volume. In many cases, that’s because congregations don’t like loud noises :), but in our case at Newhope, we mic everything and try to keep stage volume to an absolute minimum. This allows our sound technicians to shape the listening environment for the congregation. And we like it loud.
Anyway, because of this, amp volume needs to be kept to a minimum, within reason. I used to play through a Vox AC15, and while I really loved the way it sounded, it was too loud. The Night Train has the same tone footprint, but at about half the volume. It has an option where you can run it at 7 watts rather than 15, which is just about perfect.
Total Vox tone in a tiny little package. I really can’t say it more simply – if the Vox tone is what you’re going for, the Night Train delivers. I play my Night Train head through an Egnater Tweaker 1×12 cab. It’s a pretty budget friendly cab, but I’ve swapped the stock speaker out for an Eminence Red Fang, which is a clone of the Celestion Alnico Blue. The Red Fang is a great speaker, and gets rid of the harsh higher end – really smooths things out.
It is very dynamic and responds well to your playing style. Back off and it cleans up. Dig in a bit and it bites.
I’ve found the Night Train sounds great with all my guitars. My main guitar is a Gretsch G5120, but I also use a Telecaster with a Seymour Duncan vintage mini HB in the neck and a Duncan ‘Lil 59 HB in the bridge. It also takes pedals very well.
The ‘Thick” mode sounds great for some nice fat overdrive, though I find myself using the Bright mode most of the time and driving it with pedals for overdrive.