Price paid: $ 500
Purchased from: Sweetwater
Sound — 10
I'm using an Ibanez guitar with Seymour Duncan split-coil pickups ('59 and JB). I play rock - Radiohead, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, so basically anything that has a Vox-type sound. Therefore, the Vox AC15C1 is a perfect choice for me as far as my tone goes. The amp has some slight buzzing when it's inactive, but that seems to disappear even by having your fingers touching the strings. The sounds the amp can make range from nice, jazzy, reverby cleans to more twangy cleans to some passable heavy-rock distortion, depending on your pickups.
Overall Impression — 9
This amp is a great match for the sort of indie/alternative music that I play. Weird Fishes/Arpeggi sounds perfect. Pedals sound quite nice too. Overall, I'm very pleased with this amplifier and would recommend it as a fairly cost-effective method to achieve some sweet sounds.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I've only owned this amp for a short while. I can't in good conscience take any points away from it because it feels sturdy and I've not yet had any problems. The handle on it is made of leather, I believe, and all of the knobs and materials seem to be of good quality. It's still manufactured in China rather than the UK, but I would gig with this amp without a backup for sure.
Features — 9
This amp was produced in 2010. It's about as versatile as a tube amp of this sort can be - you can get classic Vox clean tones and some great distortion out of it at reasonable volumes. The reverb sounds lovely as does the built-in tremolo. There is no effects loop, nor a headphone jack. The amp has two inputs, one for the normal channel and one for the top-boost channel, which obviously boosts the high-end of the signal. The top-boost channel has a responsive EQ with treble and bass, though the normal channel does not. Finally, there's a knob called Tone Cut which can increase or decrease higher frequencies depending on where you have it set.