#1
I found a Vox ac15cc1 1x12 and a Marshall JTM 30 2x10 on ebay for the same price. I currently have a ****ty line 6 spider II and i want to get a tube amp. Does anyone have any experience with either? I want something that gets good cleans but can also get a good overdrive sound. Thanks
#2
I prefer the Vox. It gets better cleans and pretty good overdrive. It really matters what style you play.
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#4
well what music DO you play?

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#5
haha well i'm not sure, my preferences are constantly changing. I'm experimenting with many different genres. I sort of play a little bit of everything, so i'm looking for something with many uses. If that helps...
#6
well vox is said to take pedals rather well, so i think you should go for that

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Sorry for the quick hijack but would the AC15's OD+an OD pedal get metal/hard-rock type of gain?
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#10
^ It will get to that gain with an OD, but it's not voiced for that sort of thing, so it won't sound as good as a more modern-voiced amp.

As for the thread starter's question, if you go for a JTM30, be sure to check it out and play it thoroughly first, as I've heard that they're fairly hit and miss in terms of quality. I've got a decent example of a 1x12, and it's a bit noisy at high volumes, but nothing too concerning. Also, the boost channel on it is nothing more than a clipping diode, so be sure to crank it as much as you can to get the tube saturation, and then bring the boost channel's gain in very subtly, no higher than 11 or 12 o'clock.

If it's a new VOX you're going for, then it's going to be nicer in terms of reliability, but it will sound distinctly like a VOX, whereas the Marshall will sound like a Marshall. They're two very different sounding styles of amp, so make sure you know which sound you're looking for.

EDIT: The Marshall will also be louder, twice the wattage doesn't mean twice the volume obviously, but it will be enough to make a difference, and the extra speaker will make it sound 'bigger'.
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#11
^^ Thanks that helped, and i have heard a lot about the jtm30 being really unreliable. I think i'm going to go with the vox.
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#13
just picked up an ac15 yesterday and am loving it. although, this ac15 has the alnico speakers in them and a tube rectifier, made in england as well. do they still make them with the tube rectifiers?

the sound from the vox is great. i play with a les paul, and i really think it brings life to my guitar (i played on a flextone before this, so it was a huge leap to move up to a tube amp).

as far as pedals are concerned, how do big muffs do on the vox?
#14
^ Is it the blonde-cabinet one? I don't think the Custom Classic AC15's have the valve rectifier, but those vintage reissue blonde ones have it and the alnico speaker. I think those have the GZ34 preamp too.
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#15
no its the brown cabinet cloth. this was made in 1999 with two EL84s and a 5Y3 rectifier tube. unfortunately not the vintage.
#16
Hmm, most Vox amps I've seen use either GZ34 or EZ81, but 5Y3 could be a different name for that. I've seen 5Y3 used in alot of old Fender amps. Was it brand new?
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#17
this amp was made in 1999 in england. i'm not too familiar with tube amps, actually this is my first.