Vox AC15HW1
Vox AC15HW1
iamqman 04/27/2011

Vox AC15HW1 : iamqman's user review

« Sweet tone! »

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This is the way God intended Vox's to sound like. Let's cut through all the garbage that Vox has put out in different variations and added letters on the model number to get more sale. I understand the sales part of it, but I am talking about tone and purity. I think there has been a loss of integrity on Vox's part with shipping their operation towards China and selling the same amps for the same price. It just makes me sick! Not actually sure if this handwired amp is made there but it would greatly disappoint me if it were true.

Vox AC15HW1X Combo Guitar Amplifier Features:

* 15-watt power output (8 and 16 ohms)
* Hand-wired turret board construction
* Birch-ply cabinet features solid bracing and a natural high-frequency diffuser
* All-tube design
* 1 x 12" Alnico Blue Speaker
* 3 x ECC83/12AX7 preamp tubes
* 2 x EL84 power tubes
* 1 x EZ81 rectifier tube
* Fitted with matched Ruby Tubes for extended dynamic range
* Traditional VOX 2-channel design (Top Boost and Normal)
* High and Low inputs for each channel
* The Normal channel provides an additional BRIGHT switch
* The Top Boost channel provides a HOT/COOL switch to achieve even more gain
* Master Volume/BYPASS switch completely bypasses the Master Volume section
* OP mode switch cuts the output power level in half
* Vintage fawn-colored vinyl, reminiscent of the 1960 classic AC30
* 2 x 1/4" output jacks for extension cabinets
* Dimensions: 24.02" x 10.24" x 21.65"
* Weight: 48.9 lbs.
* Included VFS1 footswitch controls the Top Boost channel's HOT/COOL switch
* Premium, custom-fit dust cover included


Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Power 15W
Speakers 1 x 12" Alnico Blue
Effects Yes
Reverb Yes
EQ Ch 2: Bass, Treble; Master: Tone Cut
Amp Modeling No
Number of Tubes 6
Preamp Tubes 3 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 2 x EL84, 1 x EZ81
Inputs 1 x Instrument (Ch 1), 1 x Instrument (Ch 1)
Outputs 2 x Speaker
Footswitch I/O Yes
No Effects Loop
Height 21.65"
Width 24.02"
Depth 10.24"
Weight 48.9 lbs.


This is a great tone for a great sounding amplifier. The hand wired version basically putts every thing as far as components and wired via a turret board which makes it easier to fix but also makes things harder to break.

This is the classic Vox Ac15 tone that you heard on many recordings from the 60's and 70's. The familiar British grind that is so familiar to the tone of Brian May and other is achievable from this amp. It is going to be a little bit more compressed and spongier than an AC30 but definitely have the same character.


At new these amps come in at around $1500, which is not bad for a new hand wired amp. I know that when Vox started these hard wired series amps a few years back they were almost double the price. This a little bit more reasonable, but makes me wonder where they are built.

If you are in the market for a great sounding amplifier that is hand wired and compacted this might be the one for you. I recommend every person who plays guitar to at least try this amp. If you are getting ready to record than this is an amp you will almost definitely need.