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Old 01-03-2013, 06:56 PM   #1
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Question Not sure which Vox AC30 to get...

I currently own a Fender Mustang III and fancy something a bit better. I have always wanted a Vox AC30, as a few of my favourite bands have used them, making the amp all the more appealing. I was wondering which model of the amp I'd be better off getting, should I go for the VR model, or cough up that extra bit of cash and get a C2? I would get a HW2X but that's a bit out of my price range unfortunately.

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Old 01-03-2013, 07:04 PM   #2
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id go with the c2

i was looking at them myself but fell short with the cash.

so i ended up with a ac15c1.

i love the tones you can get with it
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:05 PM   #3
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The VR isn't a real AC30. Don't get it. The C2 is better than the VR, but the C2X is where you can get the real traditional AC30 tone.
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:06 PM   #4
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Or would I be better off getting a Fender amp of some sort? Perhaps the Blues Deluxe or Twin Reverb? I'm after something can produce a warm and jangly tone
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:07 PM   #5
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If you want warm and jangly, definitely get the AC-30C2.
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:08 PM   #6
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if i was gonna get an AC30 i'd try to go as old skool as possible. i've heard their modern speakers aren't bad, but i'd like the option with the celestion blues.
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:08 PM   #7
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there all good amps just go try them out till you find the one you want.

the VR is a tube pre amp? and SS the rest?
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:14 PM   #8
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AC30C2x is the one id pick because of the alnico blues.
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:15 PM   #9
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C2 without a doubt. The Valve Reactors are little more than nicer looking Valvetronix modelling amps. The C2 is an actual AC30.
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:21 PM   #10
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the VR is a tube pre amp? and SS the rest?

Not even. The preamp is solid state. The power amp has a 12AX7 as a driver (more or less). Basically the 12AX7 is configured as a miniature power amp which then feeds a SS real power amp. The idea is to attempt to introduce artifacts produced by a tube amp which are then amplified further by transistors that actually drive the speaker.
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Old 01-03-2013, 09:22 PM   #11
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Get the C2.

And later on swap the speakers for 2 Celestions V30. And you are sold.
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Or would I be better off getting a Fender amp of some sort? Perhaps the Blues Deluxe or Twin Reverb? I'm after something can produce a warm and jangly tone

Perhaps it would be a good idea to provide all the usual information (budget, style, current kit, location) then we can give proper suggestions - it may be that none of these are the perfect solution for you.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:11 AM   #13
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Now, having owned/played pretty much all Vox amps, I'll say go for the C2.

I use to have a VR as my main gigging amp for a while and for what it is, it's not too shabby. Although the C2 is much, much better.

The cleans aren't as dull, the drive is more natural, takes pedals a lot better, tremolo is insane, the reverb sounds second to none (imo, better than a DR) and the overall tonal quality and harmonics feel and sound so much superior.

The C2 is my current gigging and practicing amp. The one con I have with the C2 is that it's insanely heavy - but hey, it's worth every backache. Oh.. and it's very loud, but it depends on your situation. In my suburban home I can play it fine without the neighbours complaining.

I actually love the C2 so much that I own TWO of them.

Even though the VR does a fairly good job of replicating the real thing, it just doesn't match the quality of it's tube brother.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:05 PM   #14
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Definitely steer clear of the VR and go for a C2 or find a second hand CC. If you can stretch to a CCX then the Celestion Blues are the classic AC30 speaker, but you can always make a change later.

The CC has a tube rectifier but worse speakers, the C2 has a SS rectifier and greenbacks, but the construction is generally considered to be worse.

For a jangly, British voiced alternative, Laney make some nice, cheap stuff.
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