#1
Firstly i play classic rock/punk/blues/reggae

iv been thinking about an AC30 because then i would not have to upgrade agian, really ever.

But i was also woundering would an AC15 be O.K for gigs and pratice.

i could maybe pay about £700

but would rather around the £600 mark

thanks
#2
the AC15 would be good, but you should play it safe and get the 30 if your gigging. Classic rock, blues and reggae it can pull off np, but punk, absolutly not
#4
The AC30 has very little gain on tap and overdrives are boosters, they don't have gain piled on either. The most you could ever get out of this with a boost is MAYBE Van Halen. I haven't attempted to do that so that's a guess. You may just be better buying a nice distortion pedal, perhaps a Crunchbox and using that for punk. I'd suggest haveing an overdrive too for the rest of your lower gain tones\
#5
You would need a distortion pedal for the punk, and a AC15 would be fine for gigging if you don't need a really clean sound
#6
the Ac15 and AC30 are very different beasts. You really need to play both of them too see which you like better. Personally I like the AC30 better and would require the extra wattage for gigs
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#9
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not everyone has access to an AC30. not everyone lives right next to a guitar center. that's why people come on this forum looking for help. i wanted to buy an AC15 so bad but i couldn't test one out so i never bought it.
#10
Quote by woody42
iv been thinking about an AC30 because then i would not have to upgrade agian, really ever.

You have your answer right there.

Go for the extra bucks now, and you won't ever have to spend money again on an amp. The AC30 can do what the 15 does...and more. The AC15 turns to distortion a lot quicker than the AC30, that's not a good thing for when you want to play clean. With the 30 you can have clean sounds at a very high volume, and also good distortion.

And, by the way, you sure can play punk with an AC30. Punk is not insane distortion, you know. The Clash and The Fall and The Pistols never blew you away with Metallica distortion. They simply went for good, tight, crunch. The VOX AC30 gives you that.

One more point - the AC30 is extremely LOUD!!!! This sure isn't a bedroom amp. Oh, you can use it as a practice/bedroom amp, but you will be tempted to crank it up...and that will peel the paint off your walls.
#11
Go for the AC15.
It can be cranked to have enough gain for your needs, and it can get LOUD.

The AC30 will be too loud IMO.
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#12
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the AC15 would be good, but you should play it safe and get the 30 if your gigging. Classic rock, blues and reggae it can pull off np, but punk, absolutly not

It can definitely do punk, punk is just a trebly classic rock tone. With a boost you'll have no problem.

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#13
The AC15 can gig, and it can do what you want for sure. It depends on what 'punk' you're talking about though...
#14
Get the 30, miles better than the 15. To the guy talking about the 30 being too loud, it'll only be 3dbs louder, thats barely a difference.

To me the 15 sounds pretty lame in comparison to the 30. You also have to consider that they don't really sound the same either, so trying both is probably the way to go.
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#15
Quote by stradivari310
It can definitely do punk, punk is just a trebly classic rock tone. With a boost you'll have no problem.

Well, what kind of punk are we talking here?
#16
my ac30 gets punk without any pedals no problems.
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#17
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Well, what kind of punk are we talking here?



The Clash/Ramones/stooges/MC5

that kind of punk

the good kind.
#18
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The Clash/Ramones/stooges/MC5

that kind of punk

the good kind.


Then definitely yes.
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#19
Like Simsimius said the AC15 is louder enough to gig but you can always mic it and there is enough gain for hard rock.
#20
Quote by woody42
The Clash/Ramones/stooges/MC5

that kind of punk

the good kind.

Ah, with a boost, that should be no problem.

Def a good amp for you
#21
Quote by mcrfobtai
The AC30 has very little gain on tap and overdrives are boosters, they don't have gain piled on either. The most you could ever get out of this with a boost is MAYBE Van Halen. I haven't attempted to do that so that's a guess. You may just be better buying a nice distortion pedal, perhaps a Crunchbox and using that for punk. I'd suggest haveing an overdrive too for the rest of your lower gain tones\

no, clean boosts and treble boosts are boosters. overdrive pedals produce soft clipping which is designed to give you a smoother distorted tone somewhat similar to an overdriven tube amp. the only thing that makes them different to a distortion pedal is that a distortion pedal is hard clipping and not soft clipping

I think the AC30 should do just fine for punk without pedals, but you might have to crank it to get the right level of gain.
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#22
AC30 is perfect. Whoever's saying the AC30 can't do punk is pretty misinformed. A lot of punk bands use the AC30, even a lot of modern bands. So long as you're not playing it at 1, it'll give you way more than enough natural breakup for crunchy punk riffs.
#23
Just a few moments ago I just played "Anrachy In The U.K." on my AC30...sounded just like the record. And I also played Stone Temple Pilot's "Crackerman" on my AC30...sounded just like the record (by the way, DeLeo plays that song live with VOX AC30s).

I did use my EQ pedal as a booster to already boost the overdriven amp. But no distortion or overdrive pedal is needed for a VOX AC30. The AC30 can give you the crunch and distortion you want. The idea that this amp is just The Beatles sound is nuts.
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#24
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no, clean boosts and treble boosts are boosters. overdrive pedals produce soft clipping which is designed to give you a smoother distorted tone somewhat similar to an overdriven tube amp. the only thing that makes them different to a distortion pedal is that a distortion pedal is hard clipping and not soft clipping

I think the AC30 should do just fine for punk without pedals, but you might have to crank it to get the right level of gain.

I meant that people generally use overdrives to boost their amps and add more gain
#25
Quote by mcrfobtai
I meant that people generally use overdrives to boost their amps and add more gain

yeah, but the way you worded it could mislead people into thinking the kind of things about overdrive pedals that i'm trying to stop people from thinking

(things like "overdrive pedals only work with tube amps!")
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#26
Quote by Blompcube
yeah, but the way you worded it could mislead people into thinking the kind of things about overdrive pedals that i'm trying to stop people from thinking

(things like "overdrive pedals only work with tube amps!")

heh heh, whoops. Sorry everybody
#27
TS, the AC15 is not a smaller AC30, they are both very different. Try them both out first, you might need an OD depending on how much gain you want.
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