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Vox AC10 10W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp  

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The AC10C1 is an all-tube 10-watt amplifier that joins VOX's flagship lineup of tube amps, the Custom Series. More portable than the AC15 and more powerful than the AC4, the AC10C1 provides an array o... Click To Read More About This Product

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The AC10C1 is an all-tube 10-watt amplifier that joins VOX's flagship lineup of tube amps, the Custom Series. More portable than the AC15 and more powerful than the AC4, the AC10C1 provides an array of classic VOX tones and comes equipped with studio-quality reverb and a master volume.

The AC10 was one of the first amplifiers to bear the VOX name and was available only for a short period of time in the early 1960s. Long adored for its ability to achieve rich, articulate tube tone at very manageable volumes, the AC10 has become a highly coveted piece of VOX history since it's discontinuation in 1965. Now, in 2015, VOX is proud to reintroduce the AC10C1 and provide players with an easy way to enjoy the legendary VOX top boost sound. Enhancements include reverb and a master volume, the AC10C1 is the perfect companion for the home, studio or stage.

Features
  • EL84 power tubes; 12AX7 preamp tubes
  • Custom 10" VX10 speaker made by Celestion
  • Simple but effective Gain, Bass, Treble, Reverb, and Master Volume controls
  • Specially designed, high-quality reverb for subtle ambience or vast spaciousness
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VoxAC10 10W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.4

(based on 27 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (22)
  • Excellent sound (20)
  • Portable (20)
  • Warm / comfy (19)
  • Good power output (16)

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (19)
  • Performances (15)
  • Amateur recording (12)
  • Professional recording (11)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Winner In Every Respect

For years I have been looking for an amp that sounded as good (but with more wattage) as my 6 watt 1979 Fender Champ (a "tuber") and after trying several...Read complete review

For years I have been looking for an amp that sounded as good (but with more wattage) as my 6 watt 1979 Fender Champ (a "tuber") and after trying several brands of solid state amps (Fender, Marshall, Peavey, Kustom and Acoustic), I finally decided to bite the bullet and spend the money for a tube amp. Enter the newly released Vox AC10C1. You could say this amp is the Drew Brees of guitar amps. It may not be the biggest guy on the field but it is a genuine winner in every respect and it packs a heck of a punch. This is absolutely the loudest ten-watt amp I have ever played. There are no numerals around the volume knobs but if it there were, they would go up to at least 11 or 12. It has a single channel but that channel has the famous Vox 'Top Boost' circuit. The tone controls have a wide range and are very responsive to even the most subtle of adjustments. The gain/master volume control allows you to dial in sparkling clean sounds, or an uber crunchy wail should you so desire. The digital reverb isn't really something to write home about but it sounds better than the other digital amp-based reverb units I have heard. (If you push it past the 9:00 position, it gets rather mushy and not of much use but when applied subtly, it does sound pretty darn good.) The amp has a closed back so it has a great bottom end and a very focused sound overall. The Celestion VX10 speaker has a terrific sound as well. Cosmetically, this is a very attractive amp. I'm a huge Beatles fan so I must admit that I love how it looks. (Note: Vox Amplification is now owned by Korg and these amps are made in China but the overall quality is superb and only serves to further enhance the Vox reputation.) On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give it an 11.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

NIce Amp, Poor Quality

I pick up this amp in a trade when it was only 3 months old. I've used it for practice and one performance in the 5 months now that I've owned it. Out of...Read complete review

I pick up this amp in a trade when it was only 3 months old. I've used it for practice and one performance in the 5 months now that I've owned it. Out of the clear blue my amp started making a static noise when I turned it on. The noise stays on for about 10 minutes then it stops. The amp then preforms like it should for the rest of the time I'm using it, usually around 2 to 3 hours. I tested the preamp tubes, there in good shape. A friend who does electronic repair said it sounds like a capacitor may have a leak in it. If moisture gets in it and causes a static noise. Once the amp is on it dries out the moisture and it sounds alright. You would think an amp only being 8 month old would hold up better. I do love the sound of the amp thought. There is no stand by switch on this model, kind of a pain. If you need to service the amp there is about 16 screws to take out to get inside the amp.

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5.0

Great Amp

By Prossatolla

from North Georgia

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Vox AC10 10W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    Amp sounded great at the store and even better after I got it home. I play a LP with 57's and it sounds amazing. Another guy in the store was playing an AC 15 right beside where I was demoing the AC10. The 15 sounded great but the 10 stayed right there with it tone wise. I also demoed a Bassbreaker 007, but at the end of the day, the Vox just sounded better to me. Really happy with it. No buzzes or issues on the low notes.

     
    5.0

    get it up off of the floor!!!

    By hack

    from Pittsburgh

    About Me Experienced

    Comments about Vox AC10 10W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    I love this amp!!!...... but you must have it on a stand off of the floor ! Iv'e had this amp for a year now. The tone was fantastic at the store. The more I played it at home the more disenchanted I became. It had decent tone at real low volume but got very uneven as I turned it up. It had too much bottom end but if you lowered the bass you lost the mids and the highs were too high and it got all muddied up the louder you drove it. I had it sitting on the carpeted floor of my music room. Then one day to save space, I set it up on a stand that was straddling my larger fender deluxe reverb amp. The difference was amazing!!!! The amp has a beautiful clean tone and is very well balanced and even. When driven with the gain turned up it breaks up real nice with a great bluesy tone. The difference is night and day

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Vox nailed it with this one

    By StratDude

    from Winchester, VA

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Vox AC10 10W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        Having owned An AC15C1, AC4TVH, and an AC4C1-12, I'd say I prefer the AC10C1 over the others. All are good amplifiers and offer unique tones. The AC15 was far too heavy and wasn't worth the features I never used (tremolo and "normal" channel). The AC10C1 is about 20 pounds lighter than the AC15, and to my ears sounds more like the classic AC30 tone I've always liked. And unlike the AC4, the 10 has reverb which is useful. It's a very natural-sounding digital reverb, but you'll soon discover that you don't need to set it much past 9:00 as it get get very overwhelming. The AC10 is essentially a Top Boost circuit with a 10W EL84 push-pull power amp, I don't know why, but even with its small 10" speaker it is capable of pumping out a lot more bass and sounds larger than the 12" speaker in the AC4C1-12. It also has more available preamp overdrive than the AC4s. It really does sound big for its size and that upper-midrange "chime" that people either love or hate rings out nicely. So yeah, of the four Vox amps I've owned, I like this one the best, even better than the AC15.

         
        3.0

        I returned mine

        By Ed

        from Omaha

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Portable

        Cons

        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Vox AC10 10W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        I ended up returning mine. It does sound good. It does 1 main trick, but that is it. Turning it up louder, the sound start to fall apart (cab design?), so I don't think this is very gig worthy. Others have been ok with it, but I think you're better off just spending a little more and getting an AC15 instead

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The best amp in its price class by far

        By Brian the Blues Guy

        from San Francisco, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Great Value
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Vox AC10 10W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          I've owned this amp for nearly a year now and I have to say, it might be one of my favorites I've ever owned. Don't let the small package fool you - 10 watts of tube power can get loud, easily enough to keep up with a drummer at practice. If you're worried about playing gigs with such a small amp, don't. If you're playing at any decent venue, they always mic up the amp anyway. It has separate volume and gain knobs, so you can keep it cleaner at higher volumes or get breakup at bedroom levels, which is perfect for me since I live in a city apartment with roommates. I often keep the volume knob at around 9:00 and the gain knob around 10:00, and that's plenty enough volume for me when my roommates aren't home.

          I think the thing I love best about this amp is the sound. When you plug in a Strat, it sounds like a Strat. a Les Paul sounds like a Les Paul. Unlike other amps in its class, this amp really retains the sound qualities of the guitar instead of the amp itself taking over the sound. The breakup on this amp is phenomenal. It honestly sounds pretty close to some of the $1000+ boutique amps I've owned in the past. The gain doesn't get too broken up even at the max setting, but it sounds great. If you need more gain, just chuck a pedal in front of it.

          The digital reverb is maybe the only caveat I have with this amp. When set to a lower setting (around 9:00 or so), it sounds great, and rivals some spring reverbs. However, anything past say 10:00 and it becomes too spacey. I wish Vox had made the reverb knob on this amp have more of an incremental difference, instead of having it max out so early on at 10:00.

          Other than that, though, this amp is near perfect. I seem to have been lucky in getting a good one right out of the factory, as I have not experienced any hiss or rattle, and I have been playing on the stock tubes for a year now. I presume that once they go and I upgrade the tubes, this amp will sound even better. I own the tan version and it's a beauty.

           
          5.0

          The best sounding amp for the price

          By Joe

          from San Jose

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Vox AC10 10W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          An ideal overall tube amplifier for small practice rooms or smaller jazz venues. Easy to use and it nails a juicy lush tube sound every time.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          NIce Amp, Poor Quality

          By Green Stratman

          from Northern Michigan

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Portable

          Cons

          • Build Quality Issues
          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Practice and Small Room Performances

          Comments about Vox AC10 10W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          I pick up this amp in a trade when it was only 3 months old. I've used it for practice and one performance in the 5 months now that I've owned it. Out of the clear blue my amp started making a static noise when I turned it on. The noise stays on for about 10 minutes then it stops. The amp then preforms like it should for the rest of the time I'm using it, usually around 2 to 3 hours. I tested the preamp tubes, there in good shape. A friend who does electronic repair said it sounds like a capacitor may have a leak in it. If moisture gets in it and causes a static noise. Once the amp is on it dries out the moisture and it sounds alright. You would think an amp only being 8 month old would hold up better. I do love the sound of the amp thought. There is no stand by switch on this model, kind of a pain. If you need to service the amp there is about 16 screws to take out to get inside the amp.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          It's a gamble...

          By Bantry Bay

          from Yuba City, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Needs mod right out of the box

          Best Uses

            Comments about Vox AC10 10W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            Yes, it truly has great sound, is very loud, is very portable, all the good things others have written are true. However, as some (if not many) have written about, it's a gamble that the amp you get will not have the rattle, crackle, hiss, that is also written about. They and the two AC4TV Mini's that I previously had all had this sound when hitting the low notes on any guitar. After an internet study, I opted to order two JJ Electronics EL84 Power tubes, and 2 Tung-Sol 12AX7 PreAmp tubes. So now, it is every bit the amp it should be, just bummed that I had to spend $65 to get it to the quality it should have been from the factory. Vox should just put quality tubes in and not risk their good name on a gamble with cheap tubes.

             
            4.0

            Loving the AC-10..

            By luthravin

            from Eugene, Oregon

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Good Warmth

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Vox AC10 10W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              First one I got..went back.. very bad short in it during warm-up..Just received my repkacenent, which came in sooner than quoted..Work great from first use..played first show with the amp..miched it up and it was perfect..open area.. flawlessly handled everything I threw at it..

              (3 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Not Enough Volume Or Clean Headroom

              By jpbass

              from Baltimore, MD USA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable

              Cons

              • Insufficient Clean Headroom
              • No Standby Switch
              • Not Enough Volume For Live Band Use

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Personal Rehearsal
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Vox AC10 10W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              I had the opportunity to audition one of these amps in my own home rehearsal studio room. If you are looking for a high gain Vox tone for recording, this works really well, but that's about the extent of it's usefulness. Definitely not enough clean headroom, even at a reasonably low rehearsal volume, to use for a group rehearsal or performance. It's a shame, because it's really a solid, attractive looking amp. My Vox Pathfinder 15r is a better fit for me. It's a shame they don't make those anymore.

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