This is the real Vox vintage tone, not the vox cc crap being sold today.. This amp was made with quality components These amps were made just as they used to in the 50s and 60s. Same great sound as it's bigger brother the AC30 heritage handwired amp, just less clean headroom obviously.
Just remember, if you are planning to connect this head to a cabinet that does not have blue alnico speakers you will not experience the true Vox chime and tone. The Celestion blue alnico speaker is an essential part of the Vox sound. Don't even expect this from the greenbacks. The difference is huge. That's why the good ones come with blue alnico.
(Originally written by gogo_a_go/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
Powerful 15-watt tube with two channels (two amps in one), four inputs, etc.
Neither FX loop nor reverb.
The second channel is extremely simple: gain, treble and bass controls, two inputs (normal and high gain).
The first channel has a different EQ circuitry but the user's manual is very clear about that.
For many years I tried to get a good sound with a Digitech multi-FX which had the reputation of being the best US-made effects processor... and I failed.
I tried to get a good sound with several solid-state amps... with high output volumes... and I failed.
I spent hours editing the V-Amp 2, which was supposed to be the best digital emulation tool... the sound was ice-cold...
So I tested "real" emulations made by Line6... the sound was better but still very average...
I then went the analog simulation path with the SansAmp... It's pretty good for recording applications but it's boring after a while...
And then I bought this vintage-style Vox and a Koch Loadbox, I turned all knobs all the way and I got the right sound... You don't even need to search for it! And it works with budget and expensive guitars!!
What about versatility?? Does it matter!?!
The sound is creamy and you don't need a pedal... Nothing sounds so good as the saturation, the crunch and the depth of power tubes.
This amp is so good that it encouraged me to buy a second one.
Compared to modern AC15/30s it sounds warmer, deeper, richer.
Use it at 3/4 or full power in pentode mode (I use a power attenuator but still at full power anyway) it's the ultimate sound experience!!
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Pierrotws's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
Beautiful amp, see news for the stuff. made by hand ... Only problem was more reverb and tremolo on the head but ... Is excusable because it is really done to be vintage!
I put 9 because I have to buy something to fill this gap with respect to the AC 15 CC1
Then, you type in the model "luxury" of Vox AC 15, 2 channels with 2 inputs (4 inputs at all, so ...), possible to go from 7.5W 15W.
'Is a bit more complex than the AC 15 CC1, in fact, you have a head worthy of a 50W amp! But you can easily find its rglage.
VOX sound! If you like the Vox, but you find that the AC 15 CC1 or CC1X could be better quality to achieve nirvana is what you need. Is the choice I made. I reproached the AC 15 CC1 to be a little "cheap" (solder not very reliable) I loved the sound, but I cried dsesperement saying "I will not have all my life"
The sound I VOX (vox better now that the AC CC1X 15) with a high quality head and rglages nice! you add 350 compared to the AC 15 CC1X. (The classic with the same custom as the HP)
I just bought a bomb!
We have the vox sound, an amplifier with very good quality.
In the beginners I wanted to buy the Vox AC15CC1 and then I fell for this version 50th anniv '
It is more expensive (double the Vox AC 15 CC1) but not play in the same CATEGORY, the quality is irrprochable, I pay 1150, he was worth! The series Heritage is for lovers who want vox sound quality of the leaves to pay the price.
Only problem is an amp "collector", a little more difficult to find (there were two VOX in France when I command)
I would make 10,000 times the choice is clear!
15w lamp while oats, two channels (rather 2 amps in 1), 4 inputs, etc. ..
No effects loop, no reverb.
The second channel is absolutely simple: gain, treble, bass 2 inputs (normal and high gain)
the first channel differs from the equalization circuit whose settings are a little different but the manual is clear on this.
I tried to ring for years a digitech multi effect presented as the top of guitar effects, made in United States .... blah blah ..
I tried to find the sounds of various amps drinking .. transistors by mounting the volume, and even home use .. blah blah ..
I programmed for hours on a V-Amp 2 sold as the ultimate imitation of digital emulation everyone knows .... cold ...
So I tried the real emulations made by line6 .... some good points here and there but ... blah blah ...
I turned to the analog simulation SansAmp ... It's not bad at all .. but to save you grown tired ..
And here we are, what the old vox, a loadbox Koch, we put the knobs at the bottom and there is no need to try to make it sound, it sounds .. alone with a guitar at 2000 € as with a 500!
Versatility? How important!?!
It's creamy, no need to pedal .. there's nothing like the saturation, the crunch, the depth of the power tubes.
This amp gives me one wish, buy more.
Compared to modern AC 15/30, the sound is warmer, deeper, richer.
Use with 3 / 4 or pentode mode background (ok but thoroughly with attenuator anyway) it's a Must!