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Vox AC15 C1

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Electric Guitar Combo

  • All-tube
  • Power: 15 Watt
  • 12" Celestion G12M Greenback Speaker
  • 3x 12AX7 (ECC83) Preamp, 2 x EL84 Power amp
  • Inputs: Input Normal, Top Boost, Volume, Treble, Bass, Reverb, Tremolo (Speed and Depth), Standby, Power switch, Tone Cut Regulator
  • Back: 2x Speaker outputs
  • Impedance Switch (8 or 16 Ohm)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 602 x 265 x 456 mm
  • Weight: 22 kg
  • Optional footswitch: Art.198735 (not included)
  • Optional suitable case: Art.317592 (not included)
Power 15 W
Speaker size 1x 12"
Power Amp Tubes EL84
Channels 1
Reverb Yes
External FX Loop No
Recording Output No
MIDI Interface No
Connection for External Speaker Yes
Headphone connection No
Footswitch connection Yes
Incl. Footswitch No
Weight 21,7 kg
available since December 2005
Item number 185686
$568
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Profitable amp if you know what you want!
Hebb 26.04.2021
This Amp-series might be one of the more famous ones in the world, and the "status" that it has is understandable. I've it stationed in my bedroom beside my little "studio" corner and of course, it's a good looking amp and also a sort of decoration. The features may be limited but that's almost what to expect, if you're looking to buy an amp from the AC-series you know what you're searching for. As in my case i'm a huge U2 fan and that's is actually the main reason why i bought it.
Basically you have two options, either the Top Boost or the Normal channel.
I'll summarize it quickly from my point of view.

Top Boost - No additional pedal is needed to create a crunchy/overdrive sound.
Normal - Might need something between the guitar and amp to crunch it up a little...

A really good additional pedal to the Top Boost option is a simple Compressor pedal, my main order is basically: Guitar - Dyna comp - Delay - Vox Ac15. And for solos i usually add a Boss Sd1. It's quite simple when comparing to the tones you can get.

Then should you buy it? It depends...
1. Do you want to imitate specific bands, for example U2, Queen etc?
2. Do you have access to a place where you can really crank an amp to it's max?
3. Do you have a few different guitar pedals? (Probably yes..)
If you can tick these 3 then you might be the one to buy a Vox AC-15.
Now comes the 3 opposite questions..
1. Do you play at home, ex in an aparmtment/townhouse?
2. Do you have a really expensive guitar and almost no pedals?
3. Do you want a Vox AC-15 but with the Alnico blue speaker instead of the Greenback stock version?
If you can tick these 3 then might not be the one to buy a Vox AC-15..
I'm living in a house with neighbours in almost every direction and it's not very often when i can even crank it up to 50% without worrying about getting complains, i've solved this sort of by having compressor with relative low volume on. But i'm not fully satisfied with that solution.
Then as i said it's features are limited. Tremolo and Reverb is the only effects you can mod around with so i'd recommend having a few pedals just to spread the capabilities.
And the speaker... i underrated the Alnico blue speaker and planning on ordering it to get it replaced with the Greenback speaker. I'm not saying the Greenback is bad (which it isn't) but it's not the tones i'm searching for. So dig into the two options just to be sure you're choosing the right one.

Summarized it's a great amp and of course a really good option if the AC-30 is too big for you. I'm only 17 and i do not have all the money in the world but i still find this amp "cheap" compared to its capability. And especially to U2 fans wondering if it's any good for "U2" purposes - It doesn't requires more than this amp and ex a Korg SDD 3000 to give me shiver =)
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Classic British tube tone in a durable, solid and attractive package.
Anonymous 04.01.2017
When the time came for a decent amplifier upgrade, the main options I was looking for were mainly Fender and Vox. With a budget of roughly 1000E to spend, the main amps in my mind were the Fender Blues Junior, Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, and the Vox AC15c1 and AC30c2 models. Playing in a 60s rock'n'roll. rhythm and blues band. I always loved the tones coming out of the Vox AC30s and AC15s of The Beatles, Rory Gallagher and Brian May - and while the chiming rhythm sounds and soaring, overdriven solos of some of their iconic songs always resonated with me, the appearance of their Vox amplifiers (with their iconic tolex grilles), always appealed to me, too. It was for these main reasons that I gravitated towards the Vox amplifiers over the Fender ones.

Why did I go for the AC15 over the AC30 though? The Vox AC15 does the chime and jangle that are perfect for the 'Hard Days Night" early Beatles tones and jangle of Tom Petty, as does it the crunchy, overdriven tones synonymous with Brian May, Rory Gallagher and Oasis. It's smaller frame is also more suitable for my home environment, though it retains much of the tonal qualities of it's larger brother (but it houses a single Greenback speaker instead of two and a lower output of 15 watts). The amp is built to be durable and mine has seen no signs of damage or detrimental wear (or tonal / speaker degradation) in it's extensive use since it's purchase in May. Furthermore, the smaller body won't break your back in comparison with the lumbering AC30!

Overall, the amp is pure Vox tone - sounds terrific with my Rickenbacker and Fender guitars, and does both chiming, jangling rhythms and scorching, gritty leads perfectly. If I had to find a fault in it, it would be that in comparison to the AC30, the AC15 has slightly less 'headroom', with not much in the way of mid-range tonal control. This may be nit-picking though, as I genuinely believe the AC15 does both clean and overdriven tones justice, and handles a multitude of pedals very well. The amp also excels in studio and the tones recorded from it are crisp and colourful. Lastly, for around the 500E mark, you're absolutely getting bang for the buck and won't break the bank! I'm delighted with mine.
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Classic Looks & Sound
KMickP 18.04.2020
After much research I chose the AC15, the other main contender was the Fender Blues Junior but the Vox won on looks, sound and features. I also considered the AC30 but in real world use it was too loud and had too much headroom in that as I don’t play stadiums, I rarely would be able to get the amp cranked to the sweet spot & would risk a mutiny with the other players. The AC15 is loud enough in a band situation and you can get the power tubes cooking enough to get the true Vox sound.
The first impression as I took it out the box was the look of quality, the amp, it looks fantastic & well put together. In terms of sound, it just oozes classic tone which is effortless to achieve. There isn’t an effects loop but takes pedals great just going direct into the front end of the amp. In terms of genres I play mostly rock so with or without pedals it works great and Jazz & funk tones are easy to dial in. Nothing not to like so far.
In summary, it’s a fantastic buy, I’ve owned pretty much every major brand of amp and this is up there with the best and certainly at this price point, probably is the best!

Thanks to the guys at Thomann, flawless service as usual!
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Love it!!!
John F. K. 26.11.2019
I have the amp for a while now and i love it. I play it with a player series Telecaster and it just sings on both clean and dirty tones. I haven't had
the chance to listen to it before i bought it and i took a risk. It's way better sounding than any review on youtube. I thought Fenders were the cleans champion in my ears but the Vox is right next to them. That chime is awsome!

So,t to answer some usual questions: Tried it with a loud drummer and had no problem at all. I play mostly RnR with overdrive or distortion. For clean sounds you might need to mic it in a big gig situation. For home use is great as soon as you don't want to play too quietly. You can play it at low volumes and it will sound ok , but it shines more when it's loud(....and trust me this thing is loud). Master volume helps a lot in. I play it home at low volumes and i'm happy with how it sounds. I'm realistic, no loud valve amp will be great at low volumes.
I don't use many pedals but it took anything i threw at it great. No problems there.

So , is there anything i don't like? The amp is on the heavier side. I work out and i'm in good shape but still is not easy to move. More handles like the ac30 would help to carry it with a friend. I really don't think i should deduct any stars from my rating for it.

Thomann packaging and service was great. I really hope their aftersales policy is as great as i've read in many forums i follow.

Overall i recommend it. As i've already said...i love it!!
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