Vox AC30 Vintage : iamqman's user review
« Nobody can replicate »
Let me begin by saying that this amp is everything that the AC30 is but with just Celestion Alnico Blue speakers. In my opinion this is the only way this amp should come. My favorite speaker is the Celestion Greenbacks but I play hard rock and metal and they fit my tone, but when it comes to Vox AC30 then there is only one speaker to be had and that is the Celestion Alnico Blue. This was the speaker of choice when the amp began in the late 50's early 60's and still is the best voicing speaker for this particular amp. It sounds better in every way comparatively to the Greenbacks. The tone is brighter but sparkles and drives a lot better in my opinion.
Vox AC30 Combo Guitar Amplifier Features:
30-watt power output (8 and 16 ohms)
Birch-ply cabinet features solid bracing and a natural high-frequency diffuser
2 x 12" Celestion Alnico Blue speakers
3 x ECC83/12AX7 preamp tubes
4 x EL84 power tubes
1 x GZ34 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
Included VFS1 footswitch controlls the Top Boost channel's HOT/COOL switch
Premium, custom-fit dust cover included
Number of Channels 2
Speakers 2 x 12" Celestion Alnico Blue
Effects No Effects
Reverb No Reverb
EQ Ch 2: Treble, Bass; Master: Tone Cut
Amp Modeling No Amp Modeling
Number of Models 0
Number of Tubes 8
Preamp Tubes 3 x ECC83/12AX7
Power Tubes 4 x EL84, 1 x GZ34 (Rectifier)
Inputs 2 x Instrument (Ch 1), 2 x Instrument (Ch 2)
Outputs 2 x Speaker
Footswitch I/O Yes
Effects Loop No Effects Loop
Weight 70.6 lbs.
The ability for this amp to take pedal is exceptional. There isn't really any better amp that can take pedals better than this amp. Throw a delay pedal and a TS9 in front of this amp and you'll get some great tone that is hard to beat.
I like this amp with every guitar you can throw at it. My personal favorite would have to be a nice Gibson Les Paul. It gets a round warm tone that fills the air. Say you want to get a nice U2 sound then slap a Fender Stratocaster in front of it and use the master gain controls and you'll get a great Edge tone.
The only thing that I don't like about this amp is the Greenback speakers. Don't get me wrong the Greenbacks are my favorite speaker but I mostly use Marshall's so it works for me. I think this amp sounds best with the blue alnico speakers. They get you a great solid chimey tone that mixes best with the amp.
I would recommend this amp to anyone who needs a vintage Vox Ac30 tone. Or any sound engineer who needs to add to his catalog. At new these amps come in at around $1400, which isn't bad for a Vox Ac30. Years ago Vox did a run of hand wired and they were almost twice the price. I think these may be made in China which would constitute the lower price.