Congratulate me boys! I gots me a Vox AC15C1!

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  1. Guitar Rod

    Guitar Rod Senior Member

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    I've been wanting a Vox forever. Beatles. Tom Petty. Brian Adams. Brian May. Crowded House. Such a unique sound that informed my musical tastes. Well one came up at a decent price in great condition and I jumped. And it's worth it. That chime. That distinct breakup. Nothing until you experience it in person. Been grinning all night.

    The plan was to get a new AC10, thinking it would be better for home play. The AC15 has a rep for being LOUD. But one came up for less than the AC10 new, so I took a chance. I don't get that criticism. Of course it sounds better and better as it gets louder and louder, but it still sounds fantastic at low volumes. And the addition of a really good spring reverb and tremolo was nice. The tremolo surprised me. More useful than I thought it would be.

    Always thought I was a Marshall guy, but I'm definitely a Vox guy as well. So I'm set for both, as well as a (Micro) Orange. Eventually a Fender will finish the collection, but I'm in no hurry. I have my tonal bases covered for now.
     
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    Gridlock Senior Member

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    Beautiful amp. Tried an AC15 once in a store and was really impressed. My only experience with a Vox.

    Congrats.
     
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    JohnnyN Old School Premium Member

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    Great amp! Congratulations :)
     
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    one of the better tones out there even turned down...great buy
     
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    brokentoeswalker Senior Member

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    Congrabulations !!!
     
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    cherrysunburst00 Senior Member

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    Oh HECK YEAH!!! CONGRATS

    I luv dem tube amps.
     
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    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    Right on, Rod. How clean can you get it? I am curious about the AC30 head.
     
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    Congrats. Very cool!
     
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    Um ya congratulations.:thumb: Vox AC is one amp series i've never got to try. Feel like i'm missing out.
     
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    I don't play a lot of clean, but I can get it pretty darn clean, especially on the Normal channel. Think intro to Ticket to Ride. Always has that sparkle, though.
     
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    I felt the same way.
     
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    Congrats man. I’ve been thinking about getting one of these. I used to have an AC30 and miss it.
    I think you were right to get the 15 instead of the 10 because one of my friends who’s super into amps, says the 10 sounds a little boxy in comparison.
    So enjoy!
     
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    lemmy loud Senior Member

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    Nice!
    :cheers2:

    My Son has one. That, and p90 Gold Top is a pretty righteous sound.
    Im sure you'll have good days ahead!
     
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    Thanks! I was a bit concerned about that with the 10" speaker. Sounded great on YouTube, but most were close-mic'd. But it gets raves.
     
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    Thanks!

    It really is. And I did get a good deal on it.

    Tanks!

    Thanks! Sold my Mustang III to get them toobs. :thumbs:

    Thanks, Northern!

    Thanks!

    Thanks! :thumb:

    Thanks man.

    Thank you! :cheers2:
     
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    Amazing how much a new piece of equipment can change things up. I find myself playing my Tele almost exclusively on it. Match made in heaven. Have played that Tele more in a week than in 2 years of owning it. They belong together.

    And it forces you to learn new songs. Beatles, Petty, Fogerty, Finn. With the Mustang, Zoom G1Xon, or Bias FX, there is such an embarrassment of riches, I don't tend to stay on a preset for long. Like having a thousand songs on your phone and never listening to one all the way through because you keep clicking to find one better. They have Vox, but it's just easier to switch over to a Marshall tone. Well now I have to plug in and set up the Vox, wait for it to warm up, and it sort of focuses you to concentrate on it and it alone. Not hard with that hypnotizing shimmery, sparkly, CHIMEY sound.
     
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    Test drove this amp several times a few years ago. It has a great sound and I've always liked the VOX look too! These are amazingly loud for 15w.
     
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    Haven't had a chance to stretch it's legs yet (but want to), but I'm very surprised at the quality of sound even at lower to medium volumes. And I agree. I wanted that black with gold stitching and classic grill cloth. Just looks right.
     
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    I have the same "surprising" experience with my single coil guitars (G&L Legacy and a Jazzmaster), they sound the best through my Vox AC's. I would have thought that they would been been very shrill through a vox, but instead it is just a great musical chime and edgy break-up. When I head out with one of my humbucker guitars I generally take the PRRI or the Mesa, with the single coils its the AC10 that gets the nod (flipped my AC15 but am now wanting another one, badly...)
     
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    Yeah, the Tele can be bright on other amps, but sounds full and chimey with the Vox. I don't play my Strat much at all, and it also sounds brilliant with the Vox. Probably because I like to stick with that slightly dirty clean.

    How do you like the AC10 vs AC15? If the 15 didn't come up in like new condition at a good price, I was going to get the 10 new. Still intrigues me, maybe more because I love this amp so much.
     

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