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Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

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Way back in 1961, VOX rolled out the AC4 amplifier. Nearly 50 years later, VOX is pleased to announce the AC4TV”the all-tube practice amp with remarkable self control. This up-to-date Class A version ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Way back in 1961, VOX rolled out the AC4 amplifier. Nearly 50 years later, VOX is pleased to announce the AC4TV”the all-tube practice amp with remarkable self control. This up-to-date Class A version retains the distinctive EL84 power tube of the original AC4 amp and features a 12AX7 powered pre-amp, all driving a custom-made Celestion 10" speaker. The sophisticated sound is unmistakably VOX, delivering that distinctively British top-end tone.

Simple and sexy, the AC4TV wears its pedigree proudly. The cabinetry features the same TV-front design first used on the classic 1958 AC15, and still in use on today's AC15H1TV Heritage Series. One of the challenges confronting an all-tube amp is retaining a full tone at lower volumes. To solve this issue, the AC4TV features a built-in power attenuator, with 4W, 1W, and 1/4W output levels”ensuring you never lose that classic tube tone, even at the lowest listening levels.

The AC4TV also adds a 16-ohm speaker output, allowing you to add an additional cabinet and state your sonic signature with authority.

FEATURES

  • Affordable all-valve design
  • Switchable output levels: 4W, 1W, and 1/4W output
  • Quality vintage VOX styling
  • External speaker output
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Controls: Tone, Volume, output level (4W, 1W, W)
  • In/Out Jacks: Input, External Speaker Jack ( ")
  • Output: 4W RMS 16-Ohm
  • Speakers: AC4TV - 1 x 10" 16-Ohm Celestion VX10 custom speaker;
  • Valve/Tube Complement: 1 x 12AX7 (pre) / 1 x EL84 (power)
  • AC4TV Dimensions: 13.78" (W) x 8.46" (D) x 14.76" (H);
  • AC4TV Weight: 19.84 lbs.;
  • Power cable included
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MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty.


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VoxAC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.6

(based on 36 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

There is no substitute

Watched/listened to all the demos on you-tube and elsewhere of this amp and got very interested. Unfortunately there was almost no example of someone playing a Les Paul or similar through it for...Read complete review

Watched/listened to all the demos on you-tube and elsewhere of this amp and got very interested. Unfortunately there was almost no example of someone playing a Les Paul or similar through it for a hard rock/metal sound. If you are looking for an amp to shred through with a sound like late 80s speed metal, this won't do without a solid state pedal in front of it. However, if you are looking for a more classical dark growl, roar and punch sound like Tony Iommi or a powerful straight ahead hard rock sound like Angus Young or Joe Perry you can get there with your Les Paul plugged straight in, no pedals required. The amp is very responsive to the player and the guitar. The 10" Celestion speaker is clearly better than typical for this price range, however if you are looking for some heavy thump in your sound, you will need an external cab with 12s in it--this could be due to the closed-back design. It does sound great for bright chimey strat/tele sounds, however. At the 4 watt setting, it is very loud for anyone but 16 year old mountain dew freaks. At 4 watts you can get nice clean round chimey sounds at bedroom level from your strat. It does break up quickly, and at the 1/4 watt setting you can go into full marshall meltdown at a level that just drowns out the acoustical sound of your guitar--absolutely great for people who still want to be able to hear when they turn 50. You might think that you won't get a good thick sound at such a low level. Not so here. There are a lot of great amp modeling devices out there, speaker simulators etc., but there just is no substitute for the interaction between a player, guitar, and a real tube amp. The amp is part of the instrument, and now you can have the real thing at a sane volume level, and at an amazing price. I used to spend hours dialing around on my pedalboard trying to create "my sound." Now I just plug in and spend the time actually playing. What a concept... If you are on the fence, just do it-you won't be disappointed unless what you are really looking for is an AC30 or Marshall with multi-channel operations, eq, and built in reverb etc.

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Overdrive soudn only

Bought this amp thinking that tube amps are the only way to go; Period. I own a valveking and love it. So, I bought this for a practice amp, hoping for the...Read complete review

Bought this amp thinking that tube amps are the only way to go; Period. I own a valveking and love it. So, I bought this for a practice amp, hoping for the best sound available. After playing it for two days and several hours; had to take it back. The only sound that came out of this amp was that british overdriven sound. The only way to get a clean soud was to turn down to 3 or 4, but then had zero volume for practicing.I love Vox, so bought a Vt40+ instead of this one. MUCh beter in all capacities, save an overdriven sound. - Pros: BEAUTIFUL looking amp. How can you beat that retro white TV look? You can't. Definitley has that 'british" overdrive sound, and you can play it at 1watt or a .25 watt - Cons: One sound and one soudn only comes out of this amp. If you want anythign other than mud, stay away.

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(69 of 73 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

There is no substitute

By BB

from Pensacola, Florida

Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Watched/listened to all the demos on you-tube and elsewhere of this amp and got very interested. Unfortunately there was almost no example of someone playing a Les Paul or similar through it for a hard rock/metal sound. If you are looking for an amp to shred through with a sound like late 80s speed metal, this won't do without a solid state pedal in front of it. However, if you are looking for a more classical dark growl, roar and punch sound like Tony Iommi or a powerful straight ahead hard rock sound like Angus Young or Joe Perry you can get there with your Les Paul plugged straight in, no pedals required. The amp is very responsive to the player and the guitar. The 10" Celestion speaker is clearly better than typical for this price range, however if you are looking for some heavy thump in your sound, you will need an external cab with 12s in it--this could be due to the closed-back design. It does sound great for bright chimey strat/tele sounds, however. At the 4 watt setting, it is very loud for anyone but 16 year old mountain dew freaks. At 4 watts you can get nice clean round chimey sounds at bedroom level from your strat. It does break up quickly, and at the 1/4 watt setting you can go into full marshall meltdown at a level that just drowns out the acoustical sound of your guitar--absolutely great for people who still want to be able to hear when they turn 50. You might think that you won't get a good thick sound at such a low level. Not so here. There are a lot of great amp modeling devices out there, speaker simulators etc., but there just is no substitute for the interaction between a player, guitar, and a real tube amp. The amp is part of the instrument, and now you can have the real thing at a sane volume level, and at an amazing price. I used to spend hours dialing around on my pedalboard trying to create "my sound." Now I just plug in and spend the time actually playing. What a concept... If you are on the fence, just do it-you won't be disappointed unless what you are really looking for is an AC30 or Marshall with multi-channel operations, eq, and built in reverb etc.

(32 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great tone and good looks

By Willncarolina

from S. Carolina

Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

This is a great little amp! Wonderful tone from the tubes and 10" speaker. I was looking at digital modeling amps, but wanted to get my first tube amp. This one delivers great clean sounds with a good bit of headroom and a great warm sound when the gain is turned up. Has a built in attenuator so you can play 4Watts, 1Watt or 1/4Watt. For such a small amp, it can get pretty loud. Also has an external jack to plug into a cab. This is a very versatile amp with incredible sound.

(17 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Ideal Amp - Don't Read More Reviews, Just Do It!

By Alex Olea

from TX

Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Amazing VOX tone. This 4W amp is the real deal. I was on the fence until I went to Guitar Center and played it. I was still not convinced after playing it in the big open room.... What helped my decision was one of the guys in the store took me to the quiet room and hooked me up to a huge Marshall cab. I really could hear the power of the tubes and the sound fidelity. I didn't think about it anymore. I decided to get it. If I want to "upgrade" I will just buy a 12 or higher cab... Also, if you get the Guitar Center GP you cannot go wrong. It only makes sense to get it. I live in an apartment and it is perfect to play at night and get the FULL range of crunch you want! Honestly the 1/4, 1, 4W variance ability is very practical! All I need now is to throw away my Line6 PODxt and get a Shure SM57 to record amazing tracks in my bedroom. There is nothing that compares to it. Just get it. You will not be disappointed. My personal favorite is the tone at 12, the Volume at 10, and the wattage at 1. Beautiful crunch without bothering anyone... switch it up to 4 and you have a great volume/tone to jam with friends in a small setting.

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

OMG!!!

By Rodney Lawson

from Nashvile, TN

Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I'd been hearing the buzz about this little amp in the trade mags and on Youtube since January. Bring a writer of music for film and television, I'm always looking for more sound flexibility. Thinking that the AC4 would be a nice addition to my early 70's Fender Blues Jr. and and my '81 Marshall JCM 800 combo amps for recording, I bought one. I found that for pop, indie and some blues tracks, this little amp is perfect. You wouldn't think that with just volume, tone and wattage selection knobs, that you could get so much tonal variety. From dark and brooding to sparkling and chimey, the AC4 has a lot of personality. If I want a bit more gain, I use an Ibanez TS9 (circa 1985)Tube Screamer and a MXR dyna comp with Srats. One of best purchases I've made in a long, long time. For this much value, the price is unbeatable! If you do any recording, you gotta get one!

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Big Thing, Small Package

By Andy

from State College, Pennsylvania

Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I own a Vox AC15 and I was looking for an all-tube practice amp. Boy, I was really impressed with the sound. It tonally sounds just like my AC15, just breaks up earlier and doesn't have a 12" speaker, though you can pick up a 12" cabinet which I have on order! :) But, comparing the AC4 with the AC15 any further is not fair. If you crank up the amp to full volume at 4 watts and back off the volume knob on the guitar and you get a clean "chimy" vox sound. The tone knob on the amp can get really bright (for my taste) so I leave it at 12 o'clock. Now, add some more guitar volume and you get more and more drive. At the top (full volume on amp and guitar) you're going to hear classic Vox overdrive. I connected a Boss SD1 and Line6 Verbzilla (Spring reverb setting) and it's a perfect micro version of my AC15. A compressor might help to increase sustain. Ultimately, it's a great amp for tube lovers. If you don't mind the amp breaking up early (about 1 o'clock) which I certainly don't, go to a store and try it out. This is the least expensive established brand all-tube amp on the market but don't be fooled by the price. It delivers.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Little but gets the job done

By David

from Texas

Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

AMAZING little amp. Knows how to get dirty using a Visual sounds jekyll and hyde. Sounds good without it too. dont be decived by the size. it can scream! totally recomend it, i use it every wednesday at my church.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Decent little amp

By Jeff

from Texas

Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I went to GC with the intention of buying the Fender Champion 600. I decided to test out other amps while I was there and fell in love with this one. It was a bit more but I decided to get it anyway. I was looking for something to record in my home that wouldn't bother the neighbors and this is perfect. I read some reviews where people would gig with this. I wouldn't even consider playing this in a band. It's very loud for it's size but in my opinion 4 watts isn't going to cut it, but for home recording or practice it is perfect. I find the attenuator very useful. I can get a sweet crunch at low volumes on the 1/4 watt and 1 watt setting and can get a decent clean at the 4 watt setting. The clean does break up a bit early for my liking but my guitar has high gain humbuckers so I need to test it out with a Strat style guitar to make a better assessment. Don't get me wrong though, the clean is great and is loud enough for my purposes of recording. Actually, for a 4 watt amp this is much louder than I expected, just not band worthy. I was initially having buyers remorse for dropping the additional money but I think it is worth it in the long run. It's actually perfect for what I wanted so I'm very happy with it.

(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great amp, especially for the price

By Jeff K.

from Georgetown, Texas

Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I stopped playing in bands last year, and am now just jamming with friends and recording. My Fender Blues Junior was overkill for this -- way too loud to get the sound I wanted. After quite a bit of research on smaller tube amps (my amps have to be all-tube!), I tried several contenders at the local GC. The VOX AC4TV seemed just about ideal. The first night I had it, I stayed up playing until 3 AM! It sounds very good with the internal 10" speaker, and is very useable as such. However, I thought it deserved a decent speaker cab, so the next day I went back to GC and got an Ibanez IS412C 4x12 cab. I was stunned by the sound and tone of the VOX through this cab! It records great too. I mostly use the 1-watt amp setting for recording, and occasionally the 1/4-watt and 4-watt settings. At the 4-watt setting, you could easily play a small club with plenty of clean headroom, maybe even a medium club depending on your style of music. I have a feeling my Blues Junior is going to be feeling rather neglected!

(5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

I don't get it

By MKnauf

from Rochester, NY

Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Not a very good amp in my opinion but maybe better than some of the other amps in this price range. I thought it was too bright and thin sounding at low volumes, even with the tone control rolled back... bright does not equal Voxy tone to me - it has to be bright but not harsh, this amp is harsh. Turning it up was a real disappointment - it sounded ratty, fizzly and harsh, not at all what a tube amp is supposed to sound like - having built and played real AC4's I have to say this thing sounds sad... On the good side it does look to be well built and the styling is attractive, the attenuator works well enough and it's cheap. Personally I wouldn't waste my money on it though...

(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Overdrive soudn only

By Volkl Hunter

from Reno, NV

Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Bought this amp thinking that tube amps are the only way to go; Period. I own a valveking and love it. So, I bought this for a practice amp, hoping for the best sound available. After playing it for two days and several hours; had to take it back. The only sound that came out of this amp was that british overdriven sound. The only way to get a clean soud was to turn down to 3 or 4, but then had zero volume for practicing.I love Vox, so bought a Vt40+ instead of this one. MUCh beter in all capacities, save an overdriven sound. - Pros: BEAUTIFUL looking amp. How can you beat that retro white TV look? You can't. Definitley has that 'british" overdrive sound, and you can play it at 1watt or a .25 watt - Cons: One sound and one soudn only comes out of this amp. If you want anythign other than mud, stay away.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wow.

By Daniel

from Springfield, MO

Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Ya this thing kicks rear end. Buy it. That's all.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Little Amp

By Eddie aka Flood

from Brooklyn, New York

Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I tried this little amp at the Guitar Center. I was looking around for my little cousin who wants to learn how to play the guitar. Her mother does not want her to make too much noise. Since it has wattage selection and volume control. This amp would be good for my cousin. I plugged in a Gibson SG into the amp. I tried the amp's wattage settings. I set the volume at different levels. This amp is loud for its size and wattage output. It could sound really good at low volumes. There is no need for a distortion and overdrive pedal. The amp can produce the rock and roll distortion sound. It can create sounds coming from a clean channel. You may want to get the reverb, delay and the sonic maximizer stomp pedal for this amp. This will create a nice practice setup. This is a good amp when it comes to practicing on the guitar without disturbing your neighbors.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Class A amp get's an "A".

By Kenneth Custer

from Little Rock, AR

Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I've got a 12+year old Peavey Classic 30 that use the same tubes as this amp. But, the Classic 30 is loud even at 2. So, I've been looking for a great small tube amp that sounds as good and is built as solid as the Classic 30. I have found it. This is a great sounding amp. Plug in a P100 Les Paul special--or any other P90 guitar and you have tone heaven on earth especially if you like the sound of overdriven tubes. The saturation is so sweet and a 1/4 watt, I can even hear the backtracks out of my Mac without headphones. It is a really sweet sounding amp that won't blow out your hearing. And since it's a class A with a 12ax7's and a EL84 it's going to overdrive quickly and that is a good thing, there's not much difference in volume from clean to dirty. So, crank it all the way up and use the volume on your guitar to clean up the tone. It just amazes me how great it sounds at 1/4 watt. And with 3 controls, volume, tone and op level (1/4, 1 or 4 watt), what can be easier? If you want more--add a pedal. I can get the same tones that I've been used to with the Classic 30 but at a more reasonable volume. If you're looking for a great sounding tube amp (and face it tubes rule and class A's rule the tubes), BUY THIS AMP.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

As important as your guitar itself for tone

By Joel

from chicago,il

Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I was looking at the various small combo amps with simulations of the various famous amps of the past. Well the VOX simulator on one sounded great and then I thought "Why not buy a real Vox?" and found this. It was a bit more expensive than I wanted but when I got it home I had no regrets. In fact I feel like I was foolish for even debating it. This amp sounds so warm and smooth I feel like it was a major upgrade to my Fender and D'Armond hollow body. Crazy beautiful tone. I really like the 1/4 watt mode as well though actually that is pretty loud as well. There are no limitations on this amp. You have to try it and decide if the way it projects your guitar is what you're looking for. Amazing.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Vox ac4TV

By David Arlen

from New Port Richey, Florida

Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Just bought this amp today at Guitar Center. I've been researching 4-5 watt tube amps to use for my home studio because my 30 watt crate was way too loud and at low volume you did not get good tone. Chose the vox after playing four or five amps at my guitar center. My sales tech, Ben De Angelo, encouraged me to play both single coil and humbucker guitars on each amp I tried so I could see how my four electrics would sound. I'm very happy that I chose the Vox. Have played it for an hour straight and am still smiling. No, this amp doesen't have all the bells and whistles but for the price you get a terrific sound. The attenuator is what really sold me on this amp. Three power levels, all with great tube tone.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good amp overall

By WC Pond

from Red Wing, Minnesota

Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

After my wife complained that my current amp, AC15,was too loud, I got it in my head that I needed a smaller wattage amp. Being a Vox fan, I focused on the AC4TV. For its 4 watts, it is still pretty loud. It will cut the mustard for jam sessions, especially if you don't feel like lugging a 50 pound amp to your buddy's house. The retro look is awesome; right from the 1960s. Build quality is good for the price point. Tone wise, it has clear tube tone, but not as "chimey" as my AC15. It also gets "boxy" sounding when you dial back to the 1 watt and 1/4 watt settings and the tone isn't nearly as lively. (Read online that switching out the stock speaker for a Greenback helps tremendously.) Reverb would help. This amp breaks up early, so you can get some crunch at a lower volume. I've paired this amp with a Vox Stomp Lab which gives it more tonal depth. If you are looking to get into tube amps on the cheap, this is a good start.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Amp for a great Price Tube Sound at Transistor Prices

By H-Tek Funillogical

from Cincinnati Ohio

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Exceptional Value
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    For the money this is an exceptional amplifier. It takes pedals well (the exception to this is reverb) It sounds great. It is extremely simple to use. The 1/4 watt power setting allows you to get distortion from the power tubes at a volume that won't get the cops called. It also cleans up nice and has that chime Vox tone. I like using to record cleaner funk rhythms and loops. I like the fact that it has a speaker out line that you can use to power an extension cabinet. I hook it up to a 1 x 12 cab I have loaded with Jensen P12 N Alnico and it sounds just marvelous. I only have two complaints. The tone control when all the way engaged muffles things a bit much. Also a little more headroom might have been nice. it almost tends to break up a little too fast. These are minor complaints and more an issue of preference I think. There are so many bad transistor amps out there that are in the same price range. This is a really great amp that is a fantastic starter amp for a beginner. It doesn't have enough ooompf to get over a drummer and a full band but for solo performance in a small to medium sized room it works great. I really like it for recording too. I have two other high gain heads and this is a nice when i want to record without having any fuzz on the signal and still have the volume control all the way up on the guitar. Wonderful for Beatelesque and Funk tones, either through the onboard 1 x 10 speaker or running through an extension cabinet.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Nice and Simple

    By Sir Robespierre

    from newton, ma

    Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    I went out looking for a small tube amp to help me play in my church so that i didnt have to lug around a bigger 30 watt combo, and my eyes caught onto this. Simple op level knob, volume, and tone. All that you need is right there. 1/4th level is great for quiet play with awesomely saturated tone without killing everyone in the neighborhood. the 1 and 4 watt really open up the high end and give you that vox clean tone. crank those and then youve got vintage tone at a reasonable volume suitable for anywhere except the world touring level. Ive had it for about 2 years and its going strong without any problems and has acquired its few dings from bringing it around but no problems. For the price it's an amazing amp, looks great, incredibly easy to use (just let the tubes warm up before rocking out), and there you have a vintage sounding amp for a low price. weighs about 20 pounds so easy to bring around. if youre looking for a sound from the 60's-70's rock era, to any clean tone, youve got it. metal heads will have to mess around a bit with pedals to get what theyd want. Great vox quality.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Dead after just a few weeks of very light use.

    By jonathan

    from Denver, CO

    Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    Kick butt little bedroom amp. However, after a few weeks of very light use, the amp has failed. The LED stays lit but no sound. I estimate I only used it for about 8 hours total since 12/20/10. Naturally it lasted past GC's return period so now I have to deal with the manufacturer. I found a few discussion threads that indicate this has happened to others.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great little studio amp

    By Jason Fillion

    from New London CT

    Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    This is a great tube amp for the money. However, do yourself a favor and mod it. With a better speaker the tone of this amp really comes out. It is made of MDF, it should be made of plywood. It is made in Vietnam, but the quality I've noticed in the three I have is an 8/10. Change the preamp tube to an 12AT7 for more headroom. This amp brakes up at around 4. With mods this is the perfect studio amp, and it only weighs 20lbs!

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