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Vox AC30CC2X

AC30CC2X, Tube Combo Guitar Amp from Vox in the Custom Classic series.

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iamqman06/22/2011

iamqman's review"Amazing sounding amplifier!!...made in china"

Vox AC30CC2X
The main thing that differentiates this amp from the Vox Ac30 CC2 is that this amp has 2 12 inch Celestion Blue Alnico speakers in the cabinet. The "CC2" simply has two Vox custom Celestion GSH12-30 speakers instead. The better sound comes form the Blue Alnico speakers and compliments the amp much better. You will pay more for those speakers though.

This was the first Vox amp that I had ever bought. I was big on U2 at the time and wanted to get the amp that the Edge was using. He had a vintage AC30 which I wasn't about the slap down $4000 to get one from the 60's, so I opted for a reissue unit. I have to say this unit wasn't that bad at all tone wise.

It was made in Chine which I didn't check before I bought it, otherwise I wouldn't have got it. I would have bought an a few year old one that was still made in the UK. Buying a cheap manufactured Chinese made product that was once made in Europe or even anything made in the US now in Red China goes against everything inside me. So shortly after buying it I dumped it very quickly.


UTILIZATION

Vox AC30 CC2X Features:

30W all tube
2 Vox Celestion Blue 15W 12" speakers
Custom/normal EQ switch on Top Boost channel
Normal channel with Brilliant switch
Blendable Normal & Top Boost channels
Spring reverb with Dwell switch and tone control
Fully variable tremolo on all channels
Post-phase-inverter master volume
True bypass variable-level effects loop
Switchable cathode bias
Switchable smoothing filter values
Footswitch for tremolo and reverb
Baltic birch ply cabinet
Vintage-style transformers
Tone Cut control
Dual footswitch for reverb and tremolo

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.
Freakoid03/22/2010

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

Vox AC30CC2X
The model I have as of June 2005.

Characteristics have been widely mentioned, but some details:

  * The tube amp to 8 tubes, contrary to what we read sometimes: 
-3 ECC83 / 12AX7 (preamp)
-4 EL 84 (amplification)
  -1 GZ34 (rectifier) 

  * The power switch does not change the 33/22 power amp. At position 22, the receiver distorts sooner. 

* The reverb is not very pretty: the decay is too long. Substituting Accutronics reverb is almost obligatory for anyone wishing to use the reverb from the amp (which is not my case, a delay Robert Keeley is responsible for a small reverb slap-back type)

* The tremolo (although transistor) is quite nice but the speed is too slow for versatility. Vox / Korg has made changes since then. Personally I still use my Voodoo Lab Tremolo.

  * The tube replacement requires removing the rear panel and the chassis. A changing a tube during a concert is hard to imagine! 

  * The HP cable is very short: changing tubes requires a pivoting frame ... a bit dangerous! (Vox did extend the cables from) 

  * On the first model used a mixture of Vox Chinese tubes and Sovtek. It appears that AC30 CC is now delivered with Tungsol in preamp (the Chinese were responsible for a large number of failures) of EH and Sovtek Amplification for the rectifier. Mine (purchase) was equipped with Tung Sol preamp. Although the amp sounded already very well I still change ... uh, well, all the tubes finally: 

- V1 Mullard ECC83 ribbed flat (NOS)
- V2: ECC83 Mullard ribbed plate (NOS)
- V3: Telefunken Smooth Plate (NOS)

The EL84 has been replaced in favor of a quad Mullard EL84 KM1 (NOS) and the grinder by a DD (deemed more reliable).

UTILIZATION

The manual gives details of a game's history and the Vox AC30. Korg has done a good job rather from the acquisition of the brand in 1992 and last one feels passionate about everything. Nice.

From a technical point of view the user manual to better understand the small switches on the back: Vintage / Modern, Warm / Hot ... For everyone else knows what is a volume knob:)

This rule like all Vox amps (bass, treble, gain ..) with one exception: the master must be very strong for the EL84 working properly.




SOUNDS

According to many users (See reviews in Harmony Central) and I could hear the CC2X is what Vox has done better since the period JMI. I am really amazed by this amp: sound is creamy and precise, are present but mild acute, severe stand well ... The up-grade Mullard in there is for something, but the amp had these features before the change ... The Mullard has reinforced its qualities.

The range of sound of the AC30 will clear lens in crunch supported. All styles of music located in the palette of his will be played.

I mainly use this amp with two guitars: a Telecaster Reissue 52 and a Gretsch Duojet (Micros Dynasonic).
- For the Telecaster, I use the normal channel between noon and 1 hour, the master at background brightness switch off, cut the treeble at 7:00 .. I add a little boost top (about 8/9h) with bass and treble to 11 to add a little gloss.
-For Duojet, I reverse the proportion of channels while keeping the same EQ: Top boost between 12 and 13h, usually between 8 and 9am.

The amp loves my pedals: Analogman TS9, TS808 HW, Mad Professor Fuzz, Tremolo Voodoo Lab, Wha Fulltone Delay and Robert Keeley!




OVERALL OPINION

I tried this amp by chance I was looking for an HP Blue AlNiCo finally I am left with the AC30!

Funny because a few years ago I found the Vox sound whatsoever. I also believe that this amp does not fit all: it has a particular sound, meets or amplifies the characteristics of guitars. A bad guitar sound very bad. This is also a good test to evaluate the sound quality for a guitar!

I'm not a fan of his crunch with humbuckers for this amp: Starplayer My TV stays in the closet ...

One of the high quality of the Vox is to transcribe faithfully the nuances of the game: by leading strings we pass from light to a real crunch.

I tried and / or have fiddled Amp: comparison with others is a matter of taste, I loved it for years my Les Paul Custom plugged into my Marshall JCM800 and I loved my Duesenberg In the same JCM800, then I loved my Gretsch in my Ampeg Jet 20 (amp too unknown elsewhere) ... Today I hate couples Gibson / Marshall D. Still, this amp is probably what Vox has done better since then JMI!

To answer the post below: The SM57 has a very good dynamic and works well for big sound (think Marshall). For a Vox, I would rather a Sennheiser E906 or better yet: a Royer R-121 (but this is not the same price).

And finally: For buyers head AC30CC: Beware marriage with Celestion V30 is truly catastrophic!

Edict of 16/03/11: I sold this amp, mainly because of its power (too much) to take a AC15HW1X: the EL84 need to be pushed so that the amp sounds really good.
Small clarification: the HPs are fitted as original Blues purchased various parts: they are brighter and have less headroom.
eloulou111/26/2009

eloulou1's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Vox AC30CC2X
This amp is PERFECT! ..

I just looking for the best microphone for him, the better position, and I look great advice!

Because I yelled at pretty regularly by my group for the lack of punch on my tracks protools, NOT in my cabin
with my Fender Start Mex, my ToneLab LE, and my VOX AC30 CC2X, ca thrown A LOT ...

But here, mo sound engineer generally uses a Shure SM-style, and I'm not dutout hot idea ..

what do you think? What mic? Where is?

thank you all!

UTILIZATION

power interesting! sometimes too attack ..

SOUNDS

VERY SLOW TO HEAT! .... 1H for a sound slap .. it LONG LIVE ...

Otherwise impecccc ..!

When claps, claps! ..
Fair, or put the mic ........ and above, which! ...

(SM57, beeekkkkk ...)

OVERALL OPINION

heating time but conceivable unreasonable ..
sixcordes7604/10/2008

sixcordes76's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Vox AC30CC2X
All Tube Amp.
30 watts
2 input jack (a standard type "brilliant" and a "top boost" that adds as much grain as you want!
Effects loop, tremolo (depth and mix control), reverb (control intensity and mix).
Foot swith to enable / disable the reverb and tremolo.
Setting Low / high for the normal channel and low / medium / high for the top boost.
A separate gain controls for both channels at ... interesting settings.

UTILIZATION

Simple operation, manual useless ... the sound is easily worked by trial and error the knobs ..
The sound is called "Vox typed" but I would say, "like all the amps" .. I find this amp versatile, I play ds 2 formations: a clear and focused sound rather lautre saturated rock ... everything passes ss worries.

SOUNDS

For my group typed the clear standard input
For the other type saturated rock I return to top boost ... and terrible!
I love this lil grain given to the clean channel is super hot now.
Played with a Gibson Les Paul Standard ... it farts!
I think we can all ask is this amp.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for 1 year 1 / 2, I never think to change it .. and then buy one to play in stereo (lol).
I like his presence, his power (yes, 30 watts ca real hard ... the head has never used more than half, yet it was a big stage!)
Nothing to do, of course with a transistor amp.
A bit expensive but my taste bcp warmer or a Hot Rod Marshall.
I recommend it to anyone who wants an amp that runs and who does not give up!
Bemol .. weight! .. .. It's heavy heavy!
11/01/2007

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

Vox AC30CC2X
- What kind of amplification (lamp, transistor ,...)?
Submitted on my Vox AC-30 parat superfluous ... dernire evolution of cr combo by the firm in 1959, is of course an all-tube amp (4 x 3 x EL84/6BQ5 --- --- 1 x GZ34 12AX7/ECC83). The CC2 spcificit of X is the quip be Clestions legendary HP 12 "blue AlNiCo.

- What is the power dlivre?
Is that the key limitations of traditional classifications. The AC-30 amp is 30 watts. However, the yield of each watt db is staggering: This combo does not fear any three bodies.

- What connection?
The ct vintage of this Custom Classic is obvious that ds aperoit both inputs on the top. Between a normal one between IOTC Top Boost while slecteur shuffled allows both channels of sound for Labor to measure.
Loop insertion effects true bypass allows you to place quantities of post-processing effects (chorus, flanger, time limit ...).

- What are the rglages the effects?
The rglages are-simple but powerful in effectiveness.
- On the normal channel, Brilliance switch provides extra enjoyable sparkling treble frequency drives.
- On the Top Boost channel, a debauchery of legalization is possible thanks two potentiomtres frquences acting on the bass and treble. We can not dig mdiums?? Error ... Switch Standard / Custom can vary between two types of legalization. If Custom mode is fairly basic, standard acts directly on the frquences mdium (acute increase reduces the mids and vice versa).
- A Master Volume of the ct (true more than SERIES Custom Classic amps compared to the originals) the tone of the Tagus cut power plays the rle of a contour SETTING THE: 0 we are in the neutral and you turn, you cut the frquences more acute.
- The AC-30 CC Submitted rverbration an exceptionally long, rich and deep. It is of course the amount of the dose related but also play on the Tone of this rvrbration and adapt it to sonic thanks a Dwell switch.
- A tremolo agrmente all with SETTING THE intensity and speed, but hlas not the waveform remains sinusodale.
A two pedals to activate switches or cut rverbration and tremolo.
- Finally, the loop insertion effect dmultiplie the possibilities of AC30: SERIES climbs, the signal sent by the send is 100% line. If you plug an external prampli (like a POD or pdalier) in the Return, the Vox prampli the bypass is what You Save lamps of this fast mounting and background noise. It is awarded on the basis that if you plug a cable into the send.

UTILIZATION

- The configuration is it simple?
Yes and no. Yes, because there are only a few manipulations to obtain a large enough ventail of sound, little knob. Not because we do not find it right away DIFFERENT channels between the switches, the two entries. There is also no question of moving from a clear sound saturated with a single click like modern amps. In consquence will require a prvoir distortion pedals for this type of use.

- Gets it easy to sound good?
It is impossible to get a bad sound. If this amp is a legends is that there is a reason. The advantage of the CC SERIES prsence is the master volume that can play low volume with the grain channel pousss bottom.

- The manual is clear and sufficient? ...
The "manual" is an insult. At this price and with such a history derrire him, the AC-30 MRIT a encyclopdie. The plate is ple face and tells us the bare minimum (LAN switches). No mention is made of the types of lamps used. However, a small box hung a fist gives four examples of the tense rglages for discovering the sounds of the instrument, and it plutt friendly.

SOUNDS

- Is it your style of music?
I play rock, soul and blues. Nothing wrong: the AC-30 CC2X is comfortable in all these areas.

- With what (s) guitar (s) / low (s) or effect (s) do you play?
I plug in a US Telecaster above. The association is idalie: the twang and the punch is fully expressed is retained. In effect, I plug in lamp essentially a compression between the guitar and the amp (Ibanez TC999 Tube King). I think m'offir ending for an OD / DISTO Jekyll & Hyde complter to the sonic palette and compensate for the impossibility to change the channel during a game the other hand, trmolo is remarkable.

- What kind of sound you get and with what rglages ("crystalline", "bold ",....)?
The Vox is above all a clear, beautiful, may be the best in the history of guitar amplification. It is also the sound of the Brit invasion, John Lennon, the Kinks, Led Zeppelin ... snapping sound but rough, angry, but happy with the body. Saturation but no big push the volume and you will not believe your ears. A good crunch sounds can sometimes produce more powerful and more imposing than heavy loadings.

- What are the sounds you prfrez, you dtest?
Normal channel may seem a little dull when compared to the Top Boost imdiatement APRS have exploded the ears of his neighbors. Yet it would be a shame to spend ct as well as less typical to find it a more traditional sound very useful in certain circumstances. With the Top Boost channel, we get a brilliant sound, full, open and fleshy. Potentiomtre the volume (gain) amne an overdrive and a mid-term crunch at the end of the race. It becomes STRID when we shuffled with the normal channel. Another possibility that I love: with a gain 1 / 4 on the Top Boost, snap the blender, push the Normal channel 2 / 3 (gloss off) and now get started in a small fawn boogie La Grange : You left for a night your improvisation! All these sounds are amazing and you have the HP reconnatre Clestion Alnico Blue Bulldog really make a diffrence: they respect the feel of the guitar and accentuate the nuances of the game

OVERALL OPINION

- How long have you use it?
has now two months since I ... and I love him more every day than the day before!

- What is the particular feature you like best and least?
I like everything: sound, look, the legends ... same manipulation "old" channels, the exact antithse my Pod XT, part of the fun.

- Have you tried many other models before acqurir?
Marshall, Hiwatt, Fender, Line 6 POD ... I have used and heard many great amps and trs good simulations. But the Vox AC30 CC2X silent for me.

- How do you report qualitprix?
1500 for a combo SERIES. I did not think much dpenser one day. But this amp is amazing and I could have more for it. I feel like jou guitar up Submitted. Now I can start playing the guitar.

- With the exprience, you do again this choice?
I give myself a few months to say whether this rdage MODEL delivers on the harsh in terms of reliability but I'm not too worried. We are not talking of any novelty fluff DSP: All components Submitted largely proven to the most demanding musicians.

EDIT: APRS three months of use, I just had a problem on the BTE. The fuse temporal power supply (a T2A) jumped during the heating time. A short tour by the APRS sales service has identified the culprit: the lamp rectifier GZ34! It seems to be a problem on this frquent MODEL.

EDIT 2: Almost six months later, I found this amp complment essential: the pedals from Fulltone OCD. Completely transparent, the pedals acts as a channel for supplmentaire amp with more gain than is obtained by saturating the channel top boost. We can reconcile the authenticity with a vintage scnique use more modern. In addition, the switch Low Peak / High Peak of OCD idalie fits the philosophy of CC SERIES: in LP, the grain is "vintage" while at HP, it sounds a little more modern, as with the switch on the back of suitable combo.
kluck02/08/2006

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

Vox AC30CC2X
Reissue of the AC30 made in China
power of 30W is widely advertised as measured ca must make it 50 or 100W
2 inputs, an effects loop and a switch for tremolo and reverb
CAUTION back ca heavy burden

UTILIZATION

Nothing complicated
one branch, it does everything in the middle and it will play full stop, no-brainer ca SONNE
sound, that of a class A in top shape and heat make you an EMG to a PAF of 59 years
reverb:: TOP
Tremolo:: TOP
sound TOP

and yet I have a real blackface fender and although different that is the same level

SOUNDS

I play blues rock to see a bit jazzy, with a 335, and an expert Vigier
of course the clean sounds are warm, but the crunch is the same level with grain and a great reaction al attack
respect for the guitar is total, 335 sounds differ from one Lespaul same for the couple strat / tele

It is not an amp for modern metal (saturation limit to black desire / telephone)

OVERALL OPINION

I have compared

my blackface: he takes no trouble to compare
AC30CC2 a VOX (normal hp): the difference in sound is amazing how CC2 comparative listening with almost CC2X pass for a transistor
a Mesa F50: bof any dish, reverb decay, its clear Baluch, crunch means
Mesa Rectoverb one: not bad, but not the stuff that makes the difference

It's been roughly a year and a half I'm looking for a successor to my blackface is too short to play in groups (20W) and 65 from the reed twin with a bowl of 15, I had never been fooled a this point.
astneric12/23/2005

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

Vox AC30CC2X
Amp lamp 33W, 22W switchable to (very useful)
8 lamps: 4 x EL84 (Electro-Harmonix), 1 x GZ34, 3 x 7025 (3 dernires the trust does not inspire me, however one of them silent dj microphone purchase)
CHAC lamps is not easy, is actually disassemble everything.

2 The usual channels of the AC30: Normal Channel and Top Boost channel.
Effects loop, pedals switch provided to control reverb and tremolo.
Speaker Outputs supplmentaires.
Also new: you can switch the scale filter 22F (its vintage) 44F (its more modern, cleaner and sharper, at least as much as can be an AC30)

UTILIZATION

The rglages, although wonderfully effective and influential on the trs, trs are simple:
-Gain + bass + treble for the Top Boost channel
-Gain + Switch to Normal brightness

This gives his sound quickly. But still we remain in trs typ bubble AC30.

The Manual (8 pages) Describes perfectly all the connections and rglages.

SOUNDS

My Rickenbacker 360 sounds wonderful on it, I finally got the sound I wanted and do not regret it.
The sound is round, feed the clean sound is beautiful crunch is the CLAT. Do not expect anything fMeasure a crunch, pushing the volmue well and playing very hard ...

For my part I do not push the gain more than 3 / 4, it provides a crunch that I like way, I prfre up the volume and boost the power tubes. Like any amp lamps, he dvoile high volume.

OVERALL OPINION

I use it for a few weeks and I just can not get enough to Linster.
I tried the CC2 version (HPs Vox) to me far less convinced. In the beginners j'tais perplexed Difference in price, but it seems justified (fortunately there ...) The sound is slamming, Dfine better, less drooling, but above all an impressive dynamic possde and without comparison with the CC2.
I also tried a '70 Vox (the hill is near the price of CC2X) and certainly more vintage sound, because it certainly is better rod too, but it is not envy the new AC30. They perfectly keep the grain and all the particularity of the Vox. For me, no Intrets to seek all costs of the old Vox ct, the CC2X the gal with no problem and adds many amliorations at the functional level (see above)

The Chinese-made did not yet possible problem, a trs seems well constructed, see the reliability in recent years.
But I put 9 because it's not good to dlocaliser and exploit the Chinese, not well at all! The HP is about them Celestion "made in england"

I do it again without hsiter this purchase, but I recommend to compare it to CC2, much cheaper but can be used.