Do VOX AC4TV amps have that classic sound?

lpfan1980

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Ive always wanted a VOX and a tube amp and found this little guy for a very nice price online. Do they have that fuzzy warm sometimes haunting sound that the AC-30S AND 15 have even a little even if not ill buy it if its good regardless be so cool to have a tube amp in my little collection! Opinion plz.
 

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Wont upload pics right now but its tweed covered I believe.
 

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I think it’s not a good comparison to an AC 30 or 15.
It really depends what you’re trying to get, but maybe a AC 10 used or (much better for “that sound”) a used AC 15.
That said, if you like the sound you’re hearing in demos, couldn’t hurt to give it a try.
 

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It does have a bit of it if its cranked! other than that it sounds REALLY GOOD a 2 tube practice amp really cool!
 

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I have an AC4C1 (a Top Boost, more or less) with no power reduction, but has gain and volume as well as bass & treble controls so I can get my distortion at lower volume. It uses two 12ATX7 in the preamp. I think they are both good little amps.
 

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I owned an AC4TV and a Marshall Class 5. They are the only two amps I ever got rid of because I could not stand them. They work for others, though, so more power to ya!

Matt @matthew bear knows I like some chimey, edge of breakup ringing, glassy rhythm toanz, so it is not like I don't like EL 84 or Vox tone.

BTW- I kept my MIC Fender Champion 600 (actually traded the Vox for it), so it is not that I don't like cheap, low powered amps, either! :p

I tried everything with my AC4; clean, crunch, attenuated, run through my vintage Pulsonic Celestions, loud, quiet, with pedals, without. No bueno for me. It was better with humbuckers, but I love P-90s and fuzz and the little Vox was not good with either or both.
 

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So, with this amp you are missing out on the clean and the edge of breakup clean, and the dirt ain’t quite it. I understand budgets but an AC 15 is miles ahead in proper Vox tone. Honestly, I love and really miss my AC 30. It was one of the 2000s ones with the wharf dale speakers. The AC 15 from that era is a bit brighter, but the 30 from that era had a switch to blend the 2 channels... just glorious! But stupid heavy, I think it was close to 80 lbs.
 

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Im going to look for a bargain AC-15 or 30 but the VOX demo sounded great its sounds nothing like my 2 solid state Marshalls Bass Amp or Line 6 Ive never had a tube amp before and its a good price so ill get it if I cant find the other Thanks for the advice thats why I love MLP!
 

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Is it too soon to mention Marshall 2204? :lol:

If you are going to get a real tube amp, you might as well get one that matters.

MGL makes a fine replica.

If you need a combo, google JMP 2104. You will have a forever amp.

Go big or go home. :rock:
 

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No. The AC10 is 100% proper Vox tones. The AC4 falls short. It is very sterile sounding. Unless it is mega cheap just avoid it.
 

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No. The AC10 is 100% proper Vox tones. The AC4 falls short. It is very sterile sounding. Unless it is mega cheap just avoid it.
My limited experience tells me the same thing.
 

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I think it has its place, but I agree — I’ve run mine through my old AC30’s speakers and it does not sound like a 4 watt AC30. It’s rattier, has no headroom, and generally sounds like what it is — a tiny single ended underpowered amp.

My daughters use it for practice so it was worth the $120 I paid for it. I’d get the AC10 for what you’re after.
 

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I had an AC4TV. It sounded OK when I had it cranked, but there was still a real brittleness to it that I didn't enjoy. It also had no versatility at all. I sold it and don't miss it.
 

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From what I’ve heard of the ac 10s, they seem pretty awesome. Never played one IRL though.
 

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Has anyone else here tried the AC4C1 or the other models with the gain control? Not the same amp as the TV, as they also have two preamp tubes along with the gain. One of the AC4s has a 12" speaker as well.
One reviewer said to turn the bass knob on the C1 all the way up and then break it off :laugh2:
 


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