#1
Hello all...
Im looking to buy my first quality tube amp. I know its made in china, but that quality is supposed to be there, however Im not sure if it has "Chinese" greenbacks in it).

Since its 15 watts, I BELIEVE its on the border line of bedroom apt volume. However Im looking to push the amp enough to get the gritty sound out of it... ie ACDC, ZZtop tones out of it..

Anyways... My Question:
Since it now has two speakers, do I have to drive the amp that much louder to get that "breakup" grit sound? And if I do, can I throw a tube screamer infront of it to get the GRIT at lower volumes?


Thanks,
-SuperNewb
#2
The amp is fine for the bedroom. The two speakers isn't going to make it any louder per say, but it will make it sound bigger. Also, you will want to use a boost regardless to get the tones you are looking for.

For ZZTop, get a Big Muff or a Bixonic Expandora. Tubescreamer should be OK for ACDC type stuff but it's not going to sound like a hot-rodded Marshall stack.
#3
Quote by cdr_salamander
The amp is fine for the bedroom. The two speakers isn't going to make it any louder per say, but it will make it sound bigger. Also, you will want to use a boost regardless to get the tones you are looking for.

For ZZTop, get a Big Muff or a Bixonic Expandora. Tubescreamer should be OK for ACDC type stuff but it's not going to sound like a hot-rodded Marshall stack.



Understood. Thanks for the reply! Im looking at the Vox because of the versatility of the amp(with the clean chimey sound I can get too).. I guess I can always use a "brown" sound pedal for more of an overdriven marshall sound.

The main reason why I posted, was because I wanst sure if I to have to crank it up 3/4s to push to two celestian 30's to get that grit sound.
Last edited by supernewb at May 6, 2013,
#4
15 watts tube is gonna be way, way, way, way, way, way, way too loud if you want to crank it in an apartment. if you're ok with preamp distortion you can run it at quieter volumes and get "grit", as it has a master volume.

it presumably has chinese greenbacks, since celestion's greenbacks are made in china now (apart from the heritage series).
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#5
An AC15 is not going to run two greenbacks into breakup, it won't even drive one into any real breakup. All your distortion will be coming from the amp itself or pedals.
Putting a boost of some type (like a tubescreamer) in front of it will help getting more distortion at lower volumes. It will increase your preamp distortion.
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Hey guys! Hope you don't mind me tagging on to this thread. I am trying to decide between the AC15C1 and C2 (twin) models. Majority of my playing is house/apartment, rehearsal, and smaller live gigs. Style of blues and rock primarily. I have played the C1 and loved the tone. I'm curious if this c2 is worth the extra $200 ish dollars given the added speaker. Obvious drawback is the size, being the AC30 cabinet and weight increase. Thoughts? Thanks in advance!
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Get the C1 and a 1x12 speaker cab if you need it later on.
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#8
great amp, but if you're using it only for bedroom jams, I don't see any advantage in having two speakers. In fact I see only inconveniences. It's going to take more space, if nothing else.

The VOX AC15 with one speaker is already a great amp, even for many types of gigs! Especially if you want breakup.

I have an AC30C2 but I played on an AC15 for a long time with a band and it was totally fine.