All user reviews for the Vox AC30C2

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Average Score:4.2( 4.2/5 based on 10 reviews )
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papalolo12/07/2014

papalolo's review"A legend, period."

Vox AC30C2
It's a legendary amp. Dreaming about it is nice, but using it is much better... It's prefect for people looking for a warm sound, with its 30w watts that deliver more than the 100w of an electronic one...but at what price...and it's heavy (70lbs or so) and hard to dial in live. The pedal doesn't allow you to switch channels. You need at least an"ABY" pedal.(the Behringer AB100 even allows you to correct volume differences)
It's nice, solid, traditional.
Joe-Rhys06/22/2014

Joe-Rhys's review"The legendary amp!!"

Vox AC30C2
I finally tried it out!!
The famous all-tube AC30C2 (with 2 speakers) that's as heavy as a corpse!!
I copy the features:
- 1 Tremolo with depth and speed controls.
- 1 Reverb with tone and mix controls.
• 1 master volume control
- Preamp tubes: 3 x 12AX7/ECC83
- Power tubes: 4 x EL84
- Output power: 30 watts RMS into 16 ohms
- Speakers: 2 x 12" 8 ohm Celestion G12M Greenback
- 4 inputs: Inputs: Normal (high and low), Top Boost (high and low), all footswitchable,
- Spring reverb (switchable)
- Tremolo (switchable)
- ” Tonecut ” to adjust the presence
- Master volume control
- FX loop:
The EFFECTS LOOP allows you to add other effects to the signal path rather than insert them between your guitar and amp. Using the effects loop with, for instance, a DELAY, you can avoid distortions and strange repetitions. The EFFECTS LOOP sends a -10 dB adapted signal to the effects pedals.

- Dimensions (W x D x H): 702 x 265 x 556 mm / 27.64 x 10.43 x 21.89 inches
Weight: 32.2 kg / 70.99 lbs.
- Outputs: External loudspeaker jack, Extension loudspeaker jack, FX SEND jack

- Options: VFS2A Footswitch

USE

It's a bit of a mess and, to top things off, the name of the controls is upside down when you are looking at the amp from the front!! What a joke!!
But apart from that, I love its sound!!

SOUND

It's a really good amp because I can work the sound and really shape it.
It's an amp to do precise work, it was not conceived for distorted rock, hard rock or metal because it has no drive, crunch or lead channel!!
Only the Top Boost channel indicates that you can have a more significant sound.
In practice, you really need to crank up the volume of the Top Boost so the sound starts distorting...and it's really good!!
This amp really made my day today!!
I plugged in an LTD elite horizon III and really shaped sound the way I wanted!!


OVERALL OPINION

I tried it out one afternoon and was half satisfied!!
I said to myself: I have finally found a sound I love, but it lacks a more significant distortion, and I'll have to let it go!!
Indeed, it's a pity, because I had finally found an amp that lived up to my ambitions!!
I don't know if there's any trick, like on the '80s Marshalls where you had to plug a mini-jack of a normal input into a boost input to make the power amp distort more quickly, but I'd take it anyway, because it takes me closer to the sound I love!!
To finish, I'd say this vox is an amp for rock and funk above all, for distortion sounds you'll have to look elsewhere!!
Mik3850005/08/2014

Mik38500's review"The legend"

Vox AC30C2
I wanted to buy a twin reverb...I love its pristine sound!!!!
But once at the shop I said to myself: "At least try other amps just in case..." and looking around I saw the vox ac30 and I said to myself "what does that sound like?"

Phew!!! What warmth!!!! That's the first thing that came to my mind... Do you like tube sounds? You want a nice high end?

Go for it!!!

It's heavy to transport, but it's really good!!!!
900 euros, new....no regrets

USE

It couldn't be easier to use!!

SOUND

Excellent!!!!

OVERALL OPINION

Expensive!!!! I sold a kidney!!!

But now I have THE sound!!!!
iamqman06/26/2011

iamqman's review"Good but not as good as the original"

Vox AC30C2

One of my favorite all time amps that has ever existed. This was one of my first amps than I ever bought. I wanted to sound like the Edge from U2 and I knew he used a vintage Vox Ac30, but I didn't have $4000 to blow on a fickle 40+ year old amp that you should never gig with because of the age. Since I was gigging heavily at the time I needed something that I knew would withstand the abuse an amp can take playing in clubs and bars. This was a great amp to cover that classic Vox tone and still take a beating.


Vox AC30C2 30-watt, 2x12" Combo Guitar Amplifier Features at a Glance:

* 30-watt, 2x12" combo guitar amplifier
* Two channels with independent volume controls — Normal and Top Boost
* Reverb and Tremolo effects onboard (controllable via optional footswitch)
* Master volume section with Tone Cut and Volume controls
* True bypass effects loop for bringing in your own pedals
* Switchable 8-/16-ohm output jack for external speakers (mutes internal speakers)
* 16-ohm output jack for running a cabinet along with the internal speakers
* Features two 12" 8-ohm Celestion G12M Greenback speakers
* Uses 3 x 12AX7 preamp tubes and 4 x EL84 power tubes

UTILIZATION

Detail
Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Power 30W
Speakers 2 x 12" Celestion G12M Greenback
Effects Yes
Reverb Yes
EQ Treble, Bass
Amp Modeling No Amp Modeling
Number of Models 0
Number of Tubes 7
Preamp Tubes 3 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 4 EL84
Inputs 2 x Instrument (Ch 1), 2 x Instrument (Ch 2)
Outputs 2 x Speaker
Footswitch I/O Yes
Effects Loop Yes
Height 21.89"
Width 27.64"
Depth 10.43"
Weight 70.99 lbs.

SOUNDS

The sound I got from this amp wasn't bad at all. I wasn't used to Vox's at the time and the EQing was a little different then the Fender or Marshall front panels. After some use I got the hang of it.

I mostly used this with overdrive pedals and delays. I never turned this thing up to get that cranked Vox Ac30 tone famlliar with Brian May or Tom Petty. I mostly used a Ibanez TS9 and a TC Electronics G Major with this unit. I got some good pop and mild rock tone with it. Never was I going to get a Slash or hard rock tone. It just is not capable of doing that. Even with a Les Paul I was able to get a good classic rock tone similar to some U2 songs. After I felt that the Vox wasn't my thing and of course Chinese made I dumped it for a Marshall.

OVERALL OPINION


The tone from the amp is decent but I would never buy this thing again. If I ever got another Vox I would get a reissue UK made or plunge for a vintage unit. Vox has now replaced these amps with another version/model. I have seen some of these still floating around at guitar shops and online new. At new they come in ata round $1500. However, if you want one you best bet would be finding it on the used market. I have seen them in the classifieds for around $1000. however, these amps are made in China and I would never buy this amp again for that reason alone.

Or you can get an older one made in the UK for that price and you can keep your integrity. I wouldn't recommend this amp to anyone. Save you money and buy a used UK made one or get a clone amp made by Hayseed Amps.
iamqman04/25/2011

iamqman's review"Amazing tone"

Vox AC30C2
One of my favorite all time amps that has ever existed. This was one of my first amps than I ever bought. I wanted to sound like the Edge from U2 and I knew he used a vintage Vox Ac30, but I didn't have $4000 to blow on a fickle 40+ year old amp that you should never gig with because of the age. Since I was gigging heavily at the time I needed something that I knew would withstand the abuse an amp can take playing in clubs and bars. This was a great amp to cover that classic Vox tone and still take a beating.


Vox AC30C2 30-watt, 2x12" Combo Guitar Amplifier Features at a Glance:

* 30-watt, 2x12" combo guitar amplifier
* Two channels with independent volume controls — Normal and Top Boost
* Reverb and Tremolo effects onboard (controllable via optional footswitch)
* Master volume section with Tone Cut and Volume controls
* True bypass effects loop for bringing in your own pedals
* Switchable 8-/16-ohm output jack for external speakers (mutes internal speakers)
* 16-ohm output jack for running a cabinet along with the internal speakers
* Features two 12" 8-ohm Celestion G12M Greenback speakers
* Uses 3 x 12AX7 preamp tubes and 4 x EL84 power tubes

UTILIZATION

Detail
Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Power 30W
Speakers 2 x 12" Celestion G12M Greenback
Effects Yes
Reverb Yes
EQ Treble, Bass
Amp Modeling No Amp Modeling
Number of Models 0
Number of Tubes 7
Preamp Tubes 3 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 4 EL84
Inputs 2 x Instrument (Ch 1), 2 x Instrument (Ch 2)
Outputs 2 x Speaker
Footswitch I/O Yes
Effects Loop Yes
Height 21.89"
Width 27.64"
Depth 10.43"
Weight 70.99 lbs.

SOUNDS

This ton when you hear it on stage or on an album you can almost immediately recognize that it is a Vox Ac30. The have that familiar British tone but distinctly Vox. These am
iamqman04/11/2011

iamqman's review

Vox AC30C2
This is the best looking Vox Ac30 that they have ever produced! If you like the tone of a Vox AC30 then that is great but the look of this one with the dark red color is something special. The first time I saw this amp I wanted to own it. I just love the color of this thing is much that it makes me want to get a UK made reissue and get it re-tolexed to this spec color. Another great thing about this amp is that it retains the same traditional Vox AC30 grill cloth color. The only thing change is the tolex.

UTILIZATION

Vox AC30C2 30-watt, 2x12" Combo Guitar Amplifier Features at a Glance:

* Limited-edition Red finish
* 30-watt, 2x12" combo guitar amplifier
* Two channels with independent volume controls — Normal and Top Boost
* Reverb and Tremolo effects onboard (controllable via optional footswitch)
* Master volume section with Tone Cut and Volume controls
* True bypass effects loop for bringing in your own pedals
* Switchable 8-/16-ohm output jack for external speakers (mutes internal speakers)
* 16-ohm output jack for running a cabinet along with the internal speakers
* Features two 12" 8-ohm Celestion G12M Greenback speakers
* Uses 3 x 12AX7 preamp tubes and 4 x EL84 power tubes
* Dimensions (W x D x H): 27.64" x 10.43" x 21.89"
* Weight: 70.99 lbs.

SOUNDS

To me the Vox AC30 is the best amp to use either effect pedals or distortion pedals. I have played hundreds of amps and to this day none have take to pedals quite as well as the Vox Ac30. The disclaimer is though everything you do put in front of this will have a Vox voicing and you never can dial that thing out. So if you want to do Appatite for Destruction type tones then you better get a Marshall because this thing will never be able to produce those types of tones.

I love this amp with a Fender Strat and a Gibson Les Paul. To me those guitars fit the tonal characteristics of this amp so well. If you want to do a blues rock or classic rock tone then slap a Rickenbacker 12 string or 6 strong 360 in front of it and you will have Beatles and Tom Petty tones all day long. I am not a fan of the effects loop in this thing. I like to push the front end of a Vox because that to me is where this amp lives. Using the natural mild overdrive isn't as pleasing and slamming the front of it.

OVERALL OPINION

If you love the Vox tone and want something a little different and unique then try this red amp out. I love the deep red finish in the tolex that it has. It is just really sharp to look at. If you don't care how it looks and are more interested in how it sounds then try out the Vox Ac30 handwired combo or by a UK made reissue from a few years back. To me those sounds much better and you can get Celestion Alnico Blue Dog speakers in it rather than the Celestion Greenback speakers. To me if I'm going to play a Vox Ac30 then I need those Alnicos to get that sparkle and chime distinct with the Vox's of old.
Kev Blues09/18/2011

Kev Blues's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A must for vintage sound"

Vox AC30C2
I have the AC30C2 RED (limited edition, about 15 in France). It's a tube amp (13), connected to two HP with a power of 33W, with a reverb effect (which is somewhat set the volume tone reverb) and a tremolo effect. This is a vintage amp 100% for all lovers of blues rock of the period from 60 to 80 years. For saturation, push the volume to max and lower the master volume. Weight level, you better be careful during the two and has 4 input jack déplacement.Il, depending on the desired style of play with a minimum versatility, even though there is very typical in sound (but then what sound!). There is also possibility to adjust the tone right on the amp, with a round in his very special.
Regarding the addition of pedal, everything is perfect, in fact have the VOX capability aisante to fit any foot annex.

UTILIZATION

Amp which seems somewhat complicated at first on board, from its various branches, but is ultimately very instinctive! Gives a direct presence in sound-Croy-able! The choice is quick compared to some other amp (such as the Hot Rod Deluxe III).

SOUNDS

The sound is blues rocker 70 years, that is hot, drooling on command, or a little more edge and foil depending on the settings. we easily find the sound of Hendrix (with pedal), Jimmy Page (ledzep) playing with the effect of tone of the amp or any group of 70 years. In short it is powerful, direct, and it sends you instantly in your ears: "I'm not there to have fun" in other words: no more a joke!
In fact all the sounds are good to take, and let us dream.
Here we have the amp that can easily keep for a lifetime.

OVERALL OPINION

Although I acquired a few days ago, I carry my choice through a wide selection of amplifier in the same category (about 20aine). It has a unique kind, and the price reduction, so it's a matter not to be missed if you really want to step into your "career" in music. A choice I do it again without fail.
cedart09/05/2011

cedart's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" A legend Affordable ..."

Vox AC30C2
Amplification Tube 3x 12AX7 preamp and four EL84 in power.
The internal speakers are Celestion Greenback G 12'M.
2 channels each with two inputs (high or low) or all four possible input jack to 6.35 standard.
In and Out for effects loop with a switch to bypass.
Output 2 HP: 1 extension to keep the combo's internal speakers and add an external speaker (16 Ω only), and an external internal baffles cut out this combo has an impedance switch (8 or 16 Ω).
Making a footswitch jack that Appendix 6.35 is optional (exagéré!!) But good as the standard c you can have a two-way footswitch not stamped from the famous brand for € 10, the footswitch is used to enable or disable reverb and / or Tremolo.
The power is delivered 30watt as the name implies.
The settings for the Normal Channel: Volume and Tone Cut Master and the Master section of the amp.
The Top Boost channel settings: Volume, Bass and Treeble and of course the Tone Cut Master and the Master section.
Adjusting Reverb: Volume and Tone Adjustment Tremolo: Speed ​​(speed of effect) Depth (depth of the effect)

UTILIZATION

Configuration is very simple and it sounds good quickly especially if you push a little preamp + half of the race ... the volume knob and if you mount the master beyond the half then your amp is fully expressed in the neighborhood but be careful and your precious ears! IT MOVES. This is an amplifier stage ..... for the rooms rather ogle the side of 15w (AC15), smaller lighter cheaper and you get better sound at lower volume ...
The manual is clear enough and is making adjustments to the ear and depend on each.

Overall its a typical tube amp: hot and very dynamic (difference between a touch of strings and a violent attack is made so faithful)

SOUNDS

I play mostly blues rock and indie rock, he is at ease in all three records.
For the indie rock with heavy distortion prévoyé to add a distortion pedal. I use a Dirty Little Secret sounds potbellied type marshall crunch and a vintage MXR Distortion III Boost mode for choked rhythm of the right hand or solo. I saw this config of the owners of Marshall or other gas plant to make a funny face when their first reaction was to snub this antiquity used by the Beatles ....
For guitars I use mainly a Japanese Stratocaster 54 VSP, with which everything is possible distortions from light to light or lens comes in, or a Gibson Custom Lespaul which gives very good sound and light Jazz formidable to crunch distortion hot fat and typed in 70's Top Boost mode. The spring reverb is magical and effective tone control, tremolo is nice but typed vintage setting is not always easy to walk a little tremolo will be more efficient and versatile .....
Properly adjusted and with this amp never let me down ....

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 6 months it is now run in (cabinet and lamp) it sounds very well (the first few hours are a bit unsettling, do not actually need time to lamps (ten hours) and baffles new (just over) to achieve their highest quality. ... As a car)
I tried a few amps 60w Marshall TSL in stack (old amp) the vox allowed me to have a real clear sound brilliant definitely lacking in TSL devastating distortion even if he does not need external effects. I also have a Fender Bassman 100 head plugged into a Marshall 1960 A (4x12 ') the clean sound is just as beautiful as ever but this monster in need space and a great effect for a rich sonic pallette (no reverb channel not saturated) and then you have a van for transportation while the Vox is placed on the back seat of smaller vehicles ...
It weighs 32kg so still handle the three are not redundant. But when you want quality ...
The value for money is good even if we could have the footswitch supplied at that price! (Ps: the price shown is the retail price in New Caledonia ... high import tax!) 1000 €
I would do without hesitation that choice ...
Flying Tiger04/03/2011

Flying Tiger's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Vox AC30C2
What type of amplification: lamps, 3 x 12AX7 and 4 x EL84. What connection? : 2-channel switches in two ways high and low, an effects loop with a switch for the bypass, exit for additional hp. What is the power delivered?: 30w Which settings, effects?: Bass / treble / volume on the top boost channel, volume on the normal channel and both channels have a common setting "tone cut, and a master! a spring reverb with tone and vibrato setting the footswitch (for effects, not the channels) is optional foutage of mouth. 9 because of this.

UTILIZATION

The setup is simple?: Child the sound is perfect. I am considering a change of lamps for better lighting, but more for reliability than anything else. no complaints about the sound. except slight bp described at the end. contrary to popular belief, it is completely usable volume of a house or apartment from his master. In fact, it is much more usable at low volumes that the majority of amplifiers 5 and 15 w and I tested on the range of Vox is unquestionably the better sound of low volume, that ca is in the range of transistors, hybrids or lamps. The master will ask anyway to be used at least 1 / 4 to give. It goes without saying that we must reverse the lower the volume and can therefore consider adding a distortion pedal or overdrive. but lowering the master and increasing the volume to 1 / 2 we obtain a perfect crunch that 90% of people satisfied, except monomaniacs purists who swear by the Master fully (or even no master at all).

SOUNDS

Will it fit your style of music? : 70's rock, it is perfect. but I play with everything, really everything (except metal) What kind of sound you get and with what settings ("crystalline", "fat ",....)? I only play in indoor, high-volume times but never scene of course. my settings are for internal use so that I play primarily on the normal channel + low, because it takes more to my taste the pedals. I play with the master between 1 / 4 and 1 / 2, same for the volume knob. I do not want to have a distortion with the settings, I use it for 3 pedals to choose from: - maxon OD 808 (gain on zero, just to color the sound, or about 1 / 4 for a crunch, to mix with channel volume) - Marshall Guv'nor 2 (80's rock scorpions eg) - Marshall Bluesbraker 2 (disto vintage, classic rock, blues rock, black sabbath Gallagher eg) In addition to these pedals I have a 90 phase and a Line 6 delay Echopark. need anything else. I sold everything else. To use both channels, I installed an A / B box, but finally I turned, it's really not necessary, it is doing very well with one of the two channels. An important detail: the top boost channel, the bass is always Knob thoroughly, and the treble always zero. On the normal channel, the tone is almost always cut between max (treble cut), and 3 / 4. below ca it anyway really brilliant, very brilliant. I plug in 3 strats, all 3 being fitted with humbucker in bridge: a pearly gate, and a DiMarzio hotrail heavy blues. I also had an SG, which also sounded beautifully inside. The TV in the AC30, everyone knows so no comment. the rest, never tried. What are the sounds you prefer, you hate? I'm wary of his tendency to go in the treble. AC experiencing scene must surely be different. I do not need to break into a mix with me. I just looking for a sound that I like. otherwise, that I turn, I say it's the amp I wanted.

OVERALL OPINION

For how long have you been using it? almost a year for 3 or 4h/day. Did you try many other models before getting this one? not bad indeed. I sold my peavey and marshall my haze, which I did not play any more once the vox at home. What thing do you like most/least about it? the +: sound quality workmanship. it may be Chinese, but it's really very well done and finished, inside and out. the apparent reliability of the award on the master -: um ... the weight can be ... the day I go out I sometimes increases volume ups when I play, maybe due to the lamps of Chinese power I'll change them for DD. Frankly, nothing else .. What is your opinion about the value for the price? just fine (775 euros nine in local mag, 3 year warranty) Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice? ... I not only would do it again but I am looking for a more ac15C1
aerostef06/25/2010

aerostef's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Vox AC30C2
4 entries in 2 class segementées High and Low for each of the Normal and Top Boost channels.

The settings are super simple. you plug it sounds.

The Master is very very useful it can overload the normal channel or have fun on the top boost while respecting its surroundings.
Only the top boost channel has a control Bass / Treble
The reverb and tremolo are nice, nothing more.

Behind the effects loop (not yet tested: awaiting receipt of a jamman strereo)

UTILIZATION

Config: simple, there is no need to tweak knobs 30 to make it sound.

A manual: Or this?

Gets a good sound is easily one obtains a P. ... its you mean.

SOUNDS

What I like to play: Stones, The Who, Led Zep, Hendrix, Telephone, Beatles, ect ..., rock-oriented blues I waited 7 years before me with an AC30, I was stupid I Wheat lost by buying amps like ... with effects that I sold and then repurchased, all because I heard the criticism of style: it's hard, you become deaf and everything.

In the end you realize that there 's actually something to pat the ears but it has no interest because if you exceed a certain level you loses its definition.

The gear used:

Lespaul on: live in the top channel high boost, master volume to 12 and at 9 and 11 mini maxi
On SGjr: a tc then boost the channel's normal low, and master volume at 10:30 am to 9 am and 11 mini maxi

OVERALL OPINION

I've had it 2 weeks, HP is running smoothly, too ;-) but I'm going to change either of the JBL E120 OCCAZ or Beyma liberty8 or blue alnico and take advantage of OCCAZ to change by EL84 of Sovtek and will see what my doctor offers me for ECC83

What I like most: everything and especially the fact of not having a switch that toggles between the normal channel to channel top boost, let me explain: at first I railed against it, ready to buy an A / B box to remedy the problem or a compressor and in the end you t "used to it or you re-accustomed you to concentrate on the essentials: the feel of the game and not to hide your faults with the escalation of stuff.

What I like least: nothing so much as I did not move to use it ;-) 32 Kg!

Value for money: great, I could try a CC2 and I preferred the C2 and C2, do not ask me why, the friend who was with me he preferred the CC2 with the mixer channels.

I do not put the shot 10 as the footswitch for the reverb and tremolo option: it's just foutage of mouth.

This is a happy zicos more on earth and I'm not sure if I had dropped to 1,800 euros more for a vintage of 64 or 65 I am happier today especially (too much flip to be permanently in rad)