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An Evolution in Tone
Vox Custom amps offer 2 channels: Normal and Top Boost. Each channel is equipped with its own Volume control, and the Top Boost channel offers highly interac... Click To Read More About This Product

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An Evolution in Tone
Vox Custom amps offer 2 channels: Normal and Top Boost. Each channel is equipped with its own Volume control, and the Top Boost channel offers highly interactive Treble and Bass tone controls. This powerful channel pairing provides an abundance of tone-crafting control, letting you dial in a classic sound that is all your own.

Both channels share master Tone Cut and Volume controls. The Tone Cut control operates in the power stage rather than the preamp stage, allowing an additional degree of tone shaping. The Master Volume control works in conjunction with the individual volumes of each channel to create just the right degree of gain staging. By balancing the individual and Master volumes, the Vox Custom Amps can deliver everything from a clean Vox "chimey" sound to a powerful overdriven tone.

Sound in Motion
You can sweeten the sound of your Custom Series amplifier using the Vox Classic Tremolo, with adjustable speed and depth. A warm Spring Reverb is also included on all Custom Series guitar amps, adding spaciousness to the sound. All Vox Custom amplifiers can use the Vox VFS2 footswitch, allowing you to turn the Reverb and Tremolo effects on and off as you continue to play.

Power Sharing
The Vox AC15C1 combo makes use of three 12AX7 preamp tubes and uses a pair of EL84 tubes to drive a single 12" Celestion G12M Greenback. All guitar amps in the Vox Custom Series offer a switchable 8/16-ohm output jack for powering an external speaker cabinet when you need to speak with a little more authority; using this jack will mute the internal speakers. Additionally, a second extension speaker jack allows you to run an extra 16-ohm cabinet along with the internal speakers for a fuller sound.

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Features
  • 2 channels
  • 15W into 16 ohms
  • 12" Celestion G12M Greenback
  • Normal input
  • Top Boost input
  • Classic tremolo effect
  • Spring reverb
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 23-11/16"W x 10-7/16"D x 18"H
    Weight: 48-1/2 lb.
    Output Power: 15 watts RMS into 16 ohms
    Speaker: 1 x 12" 16 ohm Celestion G12M Greenback
    Inputs: Normal input jack, Top Boost input jack, Footswitch jack
    Outputs: External loudspeaker jack, Extension loudspeaker jack
    Optional VFS2A Footswitch sold separately
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One year parts and labor warranty.


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VoxCustom AC15C1 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.8

(based on 175 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (154)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (48)
  • Easy to use (46)
  • Warm / comfy (44)
  • Good power output (33)
  • Portable (22)

Cons

  • Limited functions (7)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (44)
  • Performances (36)
  • Amateur recording (33)
  • Professional recording (29)
  • Outdoor events / games (23)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (41), Professional musician (10), Novice (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter

It seems everyone who is interested in this amp are in the dark. There are no consumer reviews of it anywhere. So I hope this helps someone. I have owned anything from all...Read complete review

It seems everyone who is interested in this amp are in the dark. There are no consumer reviews of it anywhere. So I hope this helps someone. I have owned anything from all tube Laney to Marshall amps and still own a Vox AD120VT, which is the reason why I bought this amp. Because all I ever ended using were the Vox models. Anyway I am very impressed with this amp! The normal channel sounds great, but then you plug your guitar (I'm using a Tele deluxe with Humbuckers)into the Top boost and wow! A whole new world of chime heaven. Very warm, rich, dimensional, and articulate. and very big in sound for it's size. For a 15 watt amp this little guy is really loud! I set this amp up next to my AD120VT balls to the walls both amps at level 10 and the AC15C was holding close to even with the AD120VT (120 watts). This does not make sense to me! I guess true that tube watts are louder than Solid State watts. You can easily play with a loud drummer with this amp and still have some clean volume before break up. I also liked the overdrive. When the Top boost channel was gained out the break up was thick and warm. There were a lot of complaints about the Vox AC Custom Classic series reverb being to big and washy. I don't know if Vox used the same reverb tank in this amp. It too seems a little big, but I like it. Think of the opening theme guitar riff of Shine On You Crazy Diamond. As for eq there is a tone cut knob for the main volume (power amp section) that gives you some control of any treble harshness you might have. The Top boost channel is more versatile then the Normal channel it also has Treble and a bass knob to tweak it's preamp's section. Before I bought this I thought I would need to get some good tubes for it, but it sounds great the way it is and I'm sure Vox designed the amp circuits around the tubes they would use in production. I can't wait to try out some Mullards and Tung sols in it after the warrenty expires. The only thing I wish this amp had was pedal jack to switch between the 2 channel, but it's Ok that can be done with an a/b pedal switcher. Aside from that I am very happy with every thing about this amp and I feel like a made a great choice in buying it. I would definitely recommend it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice tone (if you can get it). To get it, you may need to do a little tweaking.

Sounds great now, thanks to me. for an amp that rattles is not a good deal. Build it right and charge a little more, or give it up and join the ranks of...Read complete review

Sounds great now, thanks to me. for an amp that rattles is not a good deal. Build it right and charge a little more, or give it up and join the ranks of the $99 toy amps for kids, and just call it a day. The problem I discovered is so obvious that Vox has to know it exists. Shameful.
It has what you need for the sounds a Vox makes, but the quality is a bit lacking. If you're looking for a metal amp, this is not it. Clean headroom is also a little lacking, especially with humbuckers (usable with single coils, to a point). Nice classic crunch, but don't expect to be completely impressed unless you're willing to do a little tinkering (and willing to drop another hundred-plus bucks for new parts) like I did.
I posted a review on this already but I don't see it here, so allow me to explain the problem and how I fixed it. There was a glassy rattle in the first one I brought home. I replaced the power tubes with a set of matched Mesa Boogie valves. Same problem. I sent that one back. Amp number 2 arrives. Again, the glassy rattle was there. So, I took the back off (again) and isolated the rattle to the power tubes (again). This problem, with this amp, is all over the internet by the way. You can look it up. It's very common (now they tell me...). So, I kept this one, and instead, decided to tune it up myself. I ordered a re-trube kit (JJ tubes) and damper rings (Eurotubes.com). Getting the tube retainers back over the dampers takes a steady hand and a little luck, then you need a pair of small pliers ot bend the base of the clips away from the glass (the dampers make the retainers bow inward, so you have to pull them back out). I pluged it in (with the back still off) and discovered a "new" rattle, from the board that the power tube sockets are monted to. Touching the board stops it, so I wedged a thick rubber washer tightly between the edge of the board and the chassis frame. Problem solved. Anyway, this is a design flaw. The power tubes should not be directly coupled to the circuit board, which is not shock mounted. If you have this problem with yours, this is the fix. Sounds great now. 'Probably didn't need the tubes at all, but it sounds almost as good as a classic AC30 now. Night and day difference. The stock Chinese tubes are junk. Reverb tank still sounds like a tin can though. That's next to go.
Hey Vox, how about building these things a little better so every one of your products isn't like some kind of project, right out of the box. I thought Vox quality had improved more by now (back in the 80's they were complete junk). I think they still have a lot of room for improvement. Of course, once you get one the way you like it, they sound great. That part should not be the customer's problem, however. You also owe me $120. I'll just take it out of the new Vox gear I won't be buying until you guys stop selling "do it yourself" kits...

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2.0

Quality control issues

By Jerry

from Kings Beach CA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Warmth

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Vox Custom AC15C1 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      ac15c1 Good luck getting one without any undesirable noises. I'm sure they are out there. The two that I tried both had a sneaky frequency issue that sounded like chirping crickets. A high pitched noise would soar over the (lower pitched) notes played. The sound was inherent to both amps - I tried them in multiple locations with multipe guitars with both amps and then I tried them in the clean sound room at the guitar center. I like the sound of these amps but I'm hesitant to drop the money for a "custom" made one.

       
      5.0

      LOVE THIS AMP

      By Fender Amp man

      from Long Island NY

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • FUN TO USE
      • Good Warmth
      • GREAT LOOKS
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • JAMMING
        • Just Playing it.
        • Performances

        Comments about Vox Custom AC15C1 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        I'm am a fender amp guy but always was interested in that VOX sound. I started out looking at the 4 watt, 12 inch speaker so I went out looking for it to give it a test. I played it several times in several locations. Then I looked at the AC 410 it was nice too. So now I'm confused oh which to get. My mistake was to try the AC 15 no I'm really confused. So now I find myself playing the 3 voxes every time but each visit to my local guitar center I was playing the AC 15 more then the other two. I have several male guitars. Mostly high end ones, I would bring them down to play with the AC 15. Let me tell you I was sold. I purchased the AC 15. I must say it's was a wonderful decision. For people on the fence I'd say get it but rember it is not a Fender, or any other amp it's a VOX! It is what it is. Some reviews I've read say it doesn't have this or it doesn't have that, what it does have is that great vox sound. When you buy it also order the cover and don't complain that it doesn't come with a cover. Cars today don't come with spare tires !!!! Look into the VOX foot switch to work with the tremolo and reverb. Also look into getting an ABY switch. I use a radial engineering switch. Trust me these are worth the investment for the AC 15 or AC 30. I love playing through this amp. I still am a fender Tube guy but I do love this VOX. Oh and by the way it's a heavy amp about 50 LBS.

         
        5.0

        Classic vox tone all the way !

        By Crunchy Chimey

        from London

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Vox Custom AC15C1 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          Classic rock tones aplenty here. You don't need pedals with this amp as it sounds great just as it is, but an overdrive or boost pedal will get you into some higher gain territory for solos. I use a Boss SD-1 which seems to go very well with this amp. I have other OD's but the SD-1 oddly enough is the OD that just seems to work best. I cant comment on the other custom variations of the AC15, but my one is just a standard stock AC15C1 model with a greenback speaker, and it sounds just perfect to my ears. Probably if you are not going through a PA and need stage volume and the power to project your guitar to the back of a large club, the AC30 is probably the one you want (be prepared cos it is heavy, I know as I have owned 2 of them and they are beasts). This is the classic Vox amp you've been hearing for years on many well known old and modern studio recordings. As soon as you fire it up, it will make you smile, cos you know you have nailed the sound you've been hearing all your life. Compared to some of the versions that have been around over the last two decades, I would say this is the best AC15 they have come out with so far.

           
          4.0

          I wish I could give this 5 stars

          By Maxsweeb

          from Albany NY

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Best sound quality
          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Lovely clean
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Doesn't take multi fx pedals well
          • Very heavy amp

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Vox Custom AC15C1 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          This amp is amazing! I love the cleans, they are truly luscious! I could go on and on about the sound quality and the beauty of this amp, but to keep it brief I will cut to the chase. This amp does not have enough built in gain for my taste (I play hard and punk rock). The obvious solution would be to run a distortion pedal, trust me I know. I have a boss me-70 multi fx pedal, this amp does not really handle it well as it gives a static feedback when it is activated. Still I love this amp and would not regret this purchase one bit.

           
          5.0

          Great amp!

          By Mike

          from Winter Park, Florida

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio

            Comments about Vox Custom AC15C1 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            I bought a Vox AC15 to compliment my new Gretsch 6120. I opted for Vox over Fender because of the great crunch-gain Vox produces in addition to the excellent clean sounds. It's so easy to get good sounds out of this amp! My only regret is not buying the AC30 instead. Steve at Winter Park store is the best, too. He's been helping me for many years.

             
            5.0

            Would Recommend

            By alexander

            from undisclosed

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Vox Custom AC15C1 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            Best amp that i had ever used, exact tone/ clear aound i was looking for. Easy ordering process as well.

             
            5.0

            Look no further- Just Amazing!

            By md328

            from Podunk Ohio

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Vox Custom AC15C1 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            I checked out several amps considered comparable in size, power and features including Fender, Blackstar, Marshall, Orange and others before purchasing but kept coming back to the Vox. It just has an absolutely beautiful crisp clean sound and awesome drive with PLENTY of volume! Seriously just give this amp a try and you will not be sorry.

             
            5.0

            My youth worship leader has this amp and it sound fantastic

            By Spiderman

            from Phoenix AZ

            About Me Novice

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy way heavy

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Vox Custom AC15C1 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            I am sure i will get this in near future

             
            5.0

            Great classic sound.

            By wayne

            from undisclosed

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Vox Custom AC15C1 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            Sounds great. Classic 60's sound. Would recommend to all.

             
            5.0

            The Best Sound Around.

            By Dwayne

            from undisclosed

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about Vox Custom AC15C1 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            When shopping for an amp I asked the advice of several people on which amp to buy (I play Blues). No one recommended the Vox regardless I chose this amp because everyone was rating it 5 stars and the other brands that were recommended were not rated as hi in customer satisfaction. I am very happy with it the performance is everything and more than what I expected the sound and tone is incredible.
            Dwayne

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