#1
hey, im planning on buying a vox ac30 head with a matching cab (maybe celetons) in the next few days and i just wanted to hear what you guys think about that kindof setup. any with that setup? past experiences? any information or tips would be very much appreciated! thanks, dave
#2
AC30's are great amps, but what style music do you play?
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If you play sort of indie/classic rock/classic pop/blues i'd say it'd be very good for you
They're very popular

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Yes.Great amp,tons of effects,good cleans,good overdrive.


Eh? http://www.guitar-village.co.uk/product-detail.asp?id=2259&catid=30&manid=114&quantity=1&product=Vox+AC30+CCH+%28Head%29%2C+30w%2C+New

This is what he means, not the valvetronix one which i believe you mean
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#5
Why not get the combo?

Just wondering, if you want the stack go ahead and get it, but the combo is supposed to be excellent. I love the overdrive and clean sounds on an AC30, if you play classic rock and the like go for it.
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#6
AC30 = British legend. Along with Marshall tubes, AC amps, and the 30 especially, played a big part in the British Invasion. Beatles, Stones, the Who, etc. so many ppl used em in the 60s and 70s sound.
#7
thanks guys youve only reassured me. i play alot of indie/ psychedelic/ radioheadesq stuff. the reason why im buying the stack instead of the combo is because ive found a really good deal on a slightly used head and just plan on buying the cab for it. thanks alot and keep any more advice coming! thanks, dave
#8
If you can afford it, go for Celestion Blues, you'll be spot on with that 60's tone, otherwise greenbacks could be a look
#9
I have the Vox AC30CC1 that I run with a Tone Tubby 2x10. Sorta the best of both worlds. The 1x12 combo is a lot lighter than the 2x12, and about the same price as the head. So I can travel with just the amp, or bring the cab along for added speakers. The combo has both an extension and external speaker jack.

I absolutely love the amp.
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#10
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Yes.Great amp,tons of effects,good cleans,good overdrive.

wrong amp buddy. your thinking of the ad30vt. this is an ac30. billion times better
#11
They are brilliant amps. I preffered the Hot Rod Deluxe though (got it today actually).

#12
dear lord, buy that amp... like, yesterday. The first time I plugged into one, I knew I would never play another amp...I have the AC30cc2x and absolutely love it. If you can pony up the pennies, buy the blues as well... I'm glad I did.
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#14
I have a question about it as well. I've played it once, and loved its sound, and I love vox's sound in general (I own an AD50VT combo), but does it play stuff besides classic rock well? cause i play mostly punk, hardcore and Red Hot Chili Peppers-ish stuff.
EDIT: I don't play incredibly high gain stuff. Even when playing hardcore, i still use medium gain.
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#15
^ it's not always about the amount of gain it can dish out, it's the voicing. it'd do some punk and chili peppers well, but it's not modern voiced at all for hardcore or metal genres.
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#16
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AC30 = British legend. Along with Marshall tubes, AC amps, and the 30 especially, played a big part in the British Invasion. Beatles, Stones, the Who, etc. so many ppl used em in the 60s and 70s sound.



its no longer a british made amp, its made in china now which sucks, but back when it was is was great... still is just not as great.
#17
can Vox AC30s be considered vintage? cuz it's the same line still today in '07... and theres no reissues...
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#19
BRIAN MAY!!!!

If I could get any amp I would get a AC30 combo Maybe with blues for speakers

they are excellent amps
a ton of big artists use them live and in studio
#20
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can Vox AC30s be considered vintage? cuz it's the same line still today in '07... and theres no reissues...



Aren't the current ones reissues, hence "Custom Classic". An updated version of a classic?
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#21
I saw The Clientele and Peter, Bjorn and John the other day and they were playing an AC30 combo. Sounded pretty awesome, especially for The Clientele. I also saw The New Pornographers a few days later and they had an Orange half stack that sounded great. I want both amps.
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#22
Quote by muffinman123192
Wait? Did Shot just make a post about an AC30 that didn't include the phrase "Treble Booster"?

well ofcourse AC30s shine with a good treble booster. if you want a rangemaster clone for under $100, PM me!
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Aren't the current ones reissues, hence "Custom Classic". An updated version of a classic?

im not sure bout that... but they don't exactly say reissue. i expect same values on the components though...
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#23
Great amps, just make sure you've played one and liked it before you buy!

They sound amazing cranked, but not so great at really low volumes.
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wrong amp buddy. your thinking of the ad30vt. this is an ac30. billion times better


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its no longer a british made amp, its made in china now which sucks, but back when it was is was great... still is just not as great.


Well fyi before Korg took over Vox were crap. Even the legendary 60's JMI ones had HUGE reliability issues.

The Korg Voxes are great IMO. Some early ones had some reliabilty issues, but the new ones are great. What Korg does is basically make the best amp you can and sell it for as little money as you can.

Quote by Reincaster
Aren't the current ones reissues, hence "Custom Classic". An updated version of a classic?


No not rly.

Vox has themselves said that the Custom Classics are the new AC30s, which are though very much based on the old ones though (they're basically a reissue AC30TB but with extra fucntions).

Vox does make an AC15HW which is a kind of "reissue" model, like a fusion between the first AC15s and the TB ones.

If you want a "true" reissue then get a JMI:
http://www.jmiamplification.com/
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Well fyi before Korg took over Vox were crap. Even the legendary 60's JMI ones had HUGE reliability issues.

I think Vox had a dreaded CBS ownership phase, like fender. Yeah the 60s vox amps were unreliable, almost all 1960s amps had their problems though.
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The Korg Voxes are great IMO. Some early ones had some reliabilty issues, but the new ones are great. What Korg does is basically make the best amp you can and sell it for as little money as you can.


+1

I'd prefer tube driven reverb and tremolo, but that would've added on a few hundred dollars. For the money, it's really an outstanding amp. I bought mine in a pawn shop (can't get less reliable than that!), and have had absolutely no issues at all with it.
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#29
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Yeah the 60s vox amps were unreliable, almost all 1960s amps had their problems though.


As a 60's Fender owner, I really have to disagree with you there. Fenders never had the same overheating problems that Vox's did.
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Quote by mr_hankey
As a 60's Fender owner, I really have to disagree with you there. Fenders never had the same overheating problems that Vox's did.

but i'm pretty sure there are some '64 bassman amps that just didn't like being switched on and used, like just about everything electrical at that time. nothing is perfect there are still some unreliable amps around today *cough* marshall MG *cough* but as a general rule things have improved in the last 43 years

i'm aware that Vox amps were unreliable to a greater extent than most at the time though, but there shouldn't be any issues with a modern Vox.
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but as a general rule things have improved in the last 43 years


Yeah, but nowadays things are made to last until the warranty runs out (sometimes not even that), so they are less reliable. I'd be very surprised if the majority of the amps Fender makes today still work 40 years from now. And I'm pretty sure my Bassman will outlive todays Vox's, and probably me too. But yes, when disregarding cost, I think most things can be made better than 50 or whatever years ago.

Of course, this doesn't just apply to Fender.
#32
Well a lot of 60's Marshalls are very reliabable, why would so many artists use them in the stduio, to this day?
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#33
Is the natural OD on a Vox AC30 as good and creamy as on a Marshall (e.g. Bluesbreaker Reissue Combo ) or does it sound weird, like the natural OD on Fender amps, which is kinda "snappy", ya know what I mean?
#34
Well the OD on a Vox isn't as creamy as the BB, since the Vox has EL84 power tubes. Also the Voxes themselves are quite "jump-y" in sound. If you want a creamy OD an Orange is a better choice.
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Well a lot of 60's Marshalls are very reliabable, why would so many artists use them in the stduio, to this day?


Yeah, but Vox's aren't.
#36
thanks for all the tips/advice guys. i bought the amp and am completely satisfied with it! its awesome and i love it!! thanks guys!!