The 4W Vox AC4TV8 Guitar Combo Amp is a modern take on a bona fide classic amplifier. The all-tube Vox AC4TV8 practice amp delivers tone In the style of the Vox AC4 amplifier introduced in 1961. You'l... Read More
The 4W Vox AC4TV8 Guitar Combo Amp is a modern take on a bona fide classic amplifier. The all-tube Vox AC4TV8 practice amp delivers tone In the style of the Vox AC4 amplifier introduced in 1961. You'll notice that Vox even made use of the "TV" style cabinetry design first used on the 1958 Vox AC15 amp.
The Vox AC4TV8 amp retains the distinctive EL84 power tube of the original AC4. A 12AX7-powered preamp makes the AC4TV8 amp's sound unmistakably Vox, delivering that distinctively British top-end tone.
One of the challenges confronting an all-tube guitar amplifier is retaining a full tone at lower volumes. To solve this, the Vox AC4TV amp has a built-in power attenuator, with 4W, 1W, and 1/10W output levelsâensuring you never lose that classic tube tone, even at the lowest listening levels. The Vox AC4TV8 combo amp also adds a 16-ohm speaker output for you to add an additional speaker cabinet and amplify your sonic signature with authority.
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I swapped in the Jensen MOD8-20 to mod my VOX AC4TV8. The AC4TV8 is a 4W tube amp with the stock 16-Ohm speaker. The amp really puts out 8.5 Watts when matched to an 8-Ohm speaker. This speaker does the trick. Gone are the muddy humbucker sounds, and single coils sing even more. But beware, you can't use the attenuator switch with the amp modded this way unless you put in higher rated screen resistors (you risk blowing them). Leave it at the full power 4W setting and you're okay (and the amp will be delivering 8 Watts to the speaker). There's tons more room in the volume knob to get different tones now because the breakup is smoother, work the guitar volume too. Maybe I defeated the purpose of buying a 4W tube amp with an attenuator, and I will upgrade the resistors eventually to handle the load when using the attenuator switch. Works better with pedals too.
This is my first amp, along with my first guitar, Ibanez RG2EX1. I first had a VT15 with the digital patterning, but I could tell the sound was sort of one dimensional (been a musician for 23 years, so I'm not tone deaf, I just started on the drums!!!). So, I went to GC, traded up, and got a really sweet sound from these tubes. This is set up in my bedroom, and I've gotta stand back when I'm on the 4 watt setting. This is really about quality, rather than quantity, though. It's a winner.
I just wanted a tube amp that just sounded awesome but at the same time didn't want to wake the neighbors up playing in the later hours. Come to find out that Vox put out a tube combo that just solves my problems. Checked out the price and said "why not?" When i plugged it in it just sounded awesome. Rich fat tones came off of it through my les paul. And settin it at 1/10w with everything cranked up gave me jus the right amount of blues crunch i wanted. When i tried it with my cousins strat it was a little easier to get some distortion. Vintage feel, sound, and look, all the way through. I love it. And don't let the size fool you. This little guy gets loud.
I have bought and tried a Fender Super Champ, Marshall MG10, Vox Pathfinder 12R, Orange Crush 30R, Marshall AVT 30R and now the AC4TV8. I wanted an amp to use in my living room when I am just sitting to pratice with. The Vox fills the bill. Three Controls all valve with a great sound. The built in attenuator allows to overdrive at very low wattage and still produce a smooth full tone. To get the crisp clear just turn the attenuator to 4 or 2 watt and the volume down, to distort turn to 1/10 watt and volume all the way, sweet sound. I used a Les Paul Standard and Fender American Strat, Epiphone Dot and a Martin OM1. The Martin Acoustic did not really sound that good but the others was just fine. Adjusting the Volume and Tone Controls on the Guitars help to dial in any style with excellent results. My only want would be to add a built in reverb unit which would contribute some depth to the sound. I used a pedal but it altered the sound by reducing the signal just enough to change the tone. Excellent Product. I did connect the amp to my Marshall 1960A 412, set a 16 ohms and 4 watts used at group pratice. It had enough drive and volume to pull it off. Pre warned, it is not for metal players, it is not harsh enough. Thanks Vox and Guitar Center!
I have been looking for a tube amp that fits the criteria of being affordable, quiet, great sounding, and well constructed. This is exactly what I need. I am still somewhat of a beginner/intermediate guitarist, and I have been using a Marshall MG15DX and Peavey Vypyr 15 to practice with. This thing blows both out of the water (tone wise) and provides the perfect saturated tube sound at low volumes. It really chimes, offering a perfect clean or crunchy (think Beatles), British sound. I play through an Ibanez Artstar AS-120, and I am blown away by the tone I get by just riding the volume and tone controls on my guitar. If you wish to add a pedal or two, I have played through an unmodded TS9 and Boss CS-3, and the amp takes them quite well. The bass response is great for an 8" speaker, but in the future, I plan to buy the 1x12 vox cab which can be easily connected using the 16ohm speaker output jack. At 4 watts this thing will scream and at 1/10watts, it is perfect for playing in my thin walled apartment. There is some loss in fullness at 1/10 of a watt, but it doesn't bother me at all. I wish it had a reverb, but I plan to remedy that with an AD-9 soon. One last thing is that it looks so good.
Exactly what I was looking for! My practice amp is a Fender Blues Junior, and I gig with a Fender Deluxe. Since my practice amp stays where we rehearse, I typically use the Deluxe, but unless you heat up the tubes, and crank the volume; it's hard to get that distinct 'tube drive'. So each time I practiced at home, the dogs left the room and the windows rattled. I tried this little amp out at Guitar Center and I was very impressed with the sound even at the lower volume. There is plenty of dive and crunch to satisfy the die hard tube aficionados. It has that classic look, and classic sound. I have played my Eric Clapton signature Strat, and my Gibson ES175 through it and the sound is great with both. Definitely worth the investment if you�ۡ���re looking for a genuine tube sound. You can't beat the sound, and you can play at a decent level so as to not remove the paint from the walls, or drive the neighbors crazy.
Don't need the 10" speaker, it's not the size but how you use it! Awesome tone in all 3 wattages. Takes all stompboxes well. It nails any classic British tone and works as a very cool practice amp/recording amp as well. Chime is what this thing is all about and it is essentially an AC30 with 1 output tube instead of 4. So if you want AC 30 tone w/o the volume, this is the machine. very cool Vox!!
Within 3 minutes of flipping the switch on this class A guitar box, I was blown away by the sweet saturated tube tone of the Vox AC4TV8. Your amp & guitar become one with this modern/vintage styled amplifier. you can control the amp with your guitar volume switch & your playing style. With 4 watts of pure class A power & the EL84 tube, the 8 inch Celestion speaker moves a lot of air & can rattle the windows in your home with ease. the 12AX7 tube breaks up beautifully & Gives great tones much like Malcom Young, Pete Townshend & Billy Gibbons to name a few. The attenuator is great for playing at lower volumes while still mantaining that tube crunch. a perfect recording amp. I'm buying a second one to have on hand when friends come by to rock. The AC4TV8 is a great addition to any guitar player's arsenal. You need this amp!
this is an excellent practice amp if u want to be able to hear when ur 60. i just got one today because my hot rod deluxe is going to a repair shop and will be gone for a while and is way too loud anyway so i ceased the opportunity to buy me a nice practice amp. the tone is good. ill admit the 10 inch speaker sounds a little better and significantly louder but if your going to college this amp is quiet enough to play without annoying anyone but the 10 inch combo even on 1/4 watt would be really annoying to hear if u want to study. the tone knob doesn't do a whole lot if u asked me i like my volume about around 10 or eleven ocklock for optimum tone and if i need more compression or gain in a solo i jsut put my keeley ts9 in front of that and it works like magic. once u put the volume past halfway the tone gets a little yucky because im using a gibson les paul with pretty high output pickups 490/498 on a strat u could turn the volume much higher though. the clean tone is really good the transition into distortion/ light overdrive is superb and the hardish rock tone is good
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