Vox AC30 Vintage
Vox AC30 Vintage
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mooseherman 06/06/2009

Vox AC30 Vintage : mooseherman's user review

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What type of amplification (Tube,transistor,...)?
This tube amp is one of the best amps of all time. It's an older model, but don't let that fool you. It really rips when you crank it. 

How much power is delivered?
It's 30 watts, but it rips. 

What connection types are there?
There are your basic 1/4" inputs

What are the setting controls, effects?...
There are three main controls, tone, volume, and vibrato. There are three volume controls (normal, brilliance, and vibrato), tone controls (bass, mid, treble), and two vibrato controls (speed and vibrato-tremolo). 


Can you easily get a good sound?
It is more difficult to get a bad sound than a good sound out of this amp. Amazing tone. The amp is powerful without being muddy, the sound is clear and crisp.

Is the manual clear and sufficient?...
The manual is pretty unnecessary, but it's easy enough to read I guess.


With what guitar(s)/bass(es) or effect(s) do you use it?
I use this amp with my Strat and with a Les Paul. I like the Strat more.

What kind of sound do you get out of it and with what settings ("clear", "heavy",....)?
With my Strat, I tend to get a bright, twangy rock sound that sounds great for classic rock and blues. It can be pretty sweet, too, when you make it a more clean, calm warm sound. 

What are your favorite sounds and/or the ones you hate?
I don't like the sound when the vibrato is up too much. Otherwise, everything sounds great. I really like the sound of the vibrato, it's hard to beat among amps of this nature. The only thing I like more is the Fender Twin vibrato, but this is a completely different beast anyway. 

Is the frequency curve sufficiently neutral?
The frequencies don't get too out of control, so I guess it's pretty neutral. 


What thing do you like most/least about it?
I like the great tone that you can get out of this amp. I sometimes struggle to get a good lead sound out of it, but usually a little compression and distortion is all you need. 

Did you try many other models before getting this one?
I have a Fender Deluxe that I like that is somewhat comparable to this, but I've tried some other Vox amps and haven't had as much luck (specifically the Valvetronix). 

What is your opinion about the value for the price?
The amp is definitely pricey; most amps that are classics like these are. It's definitely something you have to invest in, so obviously, not for the faint of heart. However, it's so rewarding that it's worth it. 

Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice?...
I would definitely make the same choice again if I had to. 

Precision and quality of the sound?
There are few amps that rival the sound of this one. Incredibly clear, warm, and crisp sounding, nothing about it is bad.