The Vox AC100CPH Classic Plus 100w amplifier head is EL34-powered and marries the classic VOX tone and chime of rock and roll legend with a versatile high-gain channel that does it all ” from the '50s... Click To Read More About This Product
The Vox AC100CPH Classic Plus 100w amplifier head is EL34-powered and marries the classic VOX tone and chime of rock and roll legend with a versatile high-gain channel that does it all ” from the '50s to tomorrow. Sound big? You bet. What do 50 years of classic VOX sonic history sound like? Play one.
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This is the first tube amp ive purchased, and it's a beast. I really love it. It has such a wide panorama of sound that is easily accessed by simplistic controls. amps that overload you with this and that built in effect and a million channels aren't really my thing, so it was refreshing to play through this. The clean tone is the most impressive thing on the ac100. it's crystal clear, chimey, and capable of so much. the reverb on both channels is a little thin, but gets the job done. the distortion channel is very versatile also. i would personally reccomend a distortion pedal to add to this, but it still sounds really good. it has a thin, crunchy tone that is awesome for beatles, u2, and other good driving tones. also, the tones on both channels can handle lead and rythm styles alike. all around great amp. scatterbrained review, great amp
I'd like to say that this head sounds great but I can't....yet. I purchased it for my son for Christmas. He opened it up, set it up (using a 14 gauge speaker cord), plugged it in, let it warm up, strummed a chord and POP...a pre-amp tube blew...just like that. So now it sits for at least the next week to 10 days in the authorized Vox repair center. He's a big fan of the Vox sound and I wish I could say something nice. Maybe in a week to 10 days..........
This is the first all-tube head I've purchased, and I can say that It will probably be the last. This thing can seriously do it all. It goes from sparkling cleans on the first channel, but when you crank the gain you get a crunchy classic AC30ish tone. Then on the second channel, with the proper tweaking, you get this really thick, smooth, marshally type distortion. This amp definitely can do it all, and at the same time, it won't break your bank.
After playing the 50 watt version at the local store, I loved the tones available in this amp. I bought the 100 watt version for the extra headroom...believe me there's plenty of that. I've been playing a Marshall JCM900 for the past 3 years, and it's been ok. However, I despised the ol' Marshall's clean channel, so I began searching for solutions. This is when I discovered the AC100CPH. This amp's clean channel is as close to the AC30 "top boost" you can find without buying an AC30. The amp's reverb is usable, but somewhat shallow, but if you want "soaked" reverb you'd be looking at a Fender, anyway. The distortion channel on this amp could be used in a number of ways. With a slight gain, I found some "Angus-like" tones. Slightly more gain, and I began to discover some "STP" howl. Tweaking the EQ, and cranking the gain knob to max, that elusive "Pumpkins" sound came out. Cranking gain and volume on channel 2 might kill someone (or at least their hearing). This could easily have been a 3-channel amp because of the "fat" switch's tone shaping. The problem is that this channel's tone seems almost TOO fat and not focused enough with the "fat" engaged...solution: a TS9 Tubescreamer slightly overdriven can re-shape the tone to a precise "satch-like" distortion for solos. I found some very usable "seattle grunge" tones this way too. I play though mostly Humbucker-based guitars, but my Strat sounds amazing through this amp, too. I'm told Vox is discontinuing this line, so the price was SERIOUSLY dropped. I'm sure they've got a new model rolling out, soon, but for this price, just go with this amp. I said goodbye to my Marshall after hearing this amp, and I have no regrets about that. For most, however the 50-watter is fine, and it retrospect it probably would have been fine for me, too. One last thing: avoid the matching Vox 4x12...it's weak...I kept my 1960A Marshall cab because it's THE cab, and I'm glad I did. Plus, a Vox head on a Marshall cab looks surprisingly cool, personally speaking.