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Vox Custom AC30C2X 30W 2x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Black

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The Vox AC30C2X amp makes use of 3 x 12AX7 preamp tubes and 4 x EL84 tubes to deliver 30 watts of power. The AC30C2X tube amp uses 2 - 12" Celestion Alnico Blues, a... Read More

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The Vox AC30C2X amp makes use of 3 x 12AX7 preamp tubes and 4 x EL84 tubes to deliver 30 watts of power. The AC30C2X tube amp uses 2 - 12" Celestion Alnico Blues, and includes 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.

An Evolution in Tone
This Vox amp offers 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's all your own.

Both channels of the Vox Custom AC30C2X tube amp rely on the Tone Cut and Volume controls in the Master section. 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 guitar amplifier 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 amplifier using the Vox Classic Tremolo effect. Both the speed and the depth are adjustable, allowing you to generate just the sound you want. A warm Spring Reverb is also included on all Custom tube amp, adding spaciousness to the sound. The AC30C2X also includes an additional tone control in the Reverb section. All Custom Series amps can use the optional Vox footswitch, allowing you to turn the Reverb and Tremolo effects on and off as you continue to play. The AC30C2 provides an effects loop for incorporating your favorite effects into your sound. True "Bypass" switching takes the entire effect loop out of the circuit.

Features
  • Output Power: 30 watts RMS into 16 ohms
  • Speaker: 2 x 12" 8 ohm Celestion Alnico Blue
  • Inputs: Normal input jack (high and low), Top Boost input jack (high and low), FX Return jack, Footswitch jack
  • Outputs: External loudspeaker jack, Extension loudspeaker jack, FX SEND jack
Specifications
  • Dimensions: 27.64"W x 10.43"D x 21.89"H
  • Weight: 73.59 lb.
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4.7

(based on 30 reviews)

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So much for the money

I've owned this amp for about 6 months now and Vox has gotten EVERYTHING right on this one. It is cosmetically superb to most other any other combo. The sound? The cleans are...Read complete review

I've owned this amp for about 6 months now and Vox has gotten EVERYTHING right on this one. It is cosmetically superb to most other any other combo. The sound? The cleans are crisp and harmonically rich and overdrive is punchy and thick. It is LOUD and is great for small gigs, no need for a backup amp with this amp. One of the most versatile amps ive had, and thats saying a lot.

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Great in some regards

I have numerous tube amps including several newer Vox and Vintage Fenders. With this group of amps to use for comparison I find that the AC30C2X is a good but not great amp. The...Read complete review

I have numerous tube amps including several newer Vox and Vintage Fenders. With this group of amps to use for comparison I find that the AC30C2X is a good but not great amp. The speakers are the highlight of this amp. The Celestion Alnico Blues are fantastic speakers that deliver a very bright chime when played clean and deliver a ton of grit when the amp is pushed. This amp has the electronics built on a printed circuit board. This is ok and doesn't really have a notable impact on sound but I've found that PCB's don't hold up as well as point to point wired amps. They are also virtually impossible to repair, which I think is a serious drawback. This amp has an incredible diversity of sounds and if one takes the time to work with it you can certainly find the sound your looking for. For me I had to change out some tubes to get there though. The amp comes with Sovetek tubes which I think sound harsh and brittle in this amp. I changed out the EL 84's with a combo of old RCA, Sylvania, and GE tubes and found that the amp opened up and sounded much better. All and all I think this is a good amp for a working musician, it's way to loud for small homes or apartments. It's great for clubs though. It's fairly durable but the circuit board is a weak point. Remember though almost any commercial amp on the market these days also use PCB's. At the price point of this amp I think it's hard to beat. Spend the extra bucks to get this version of the AC30 rather than the one without the Celestion Blues.

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(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

one trick pony, 3.5 stars

By culver van vleck

from washington dc

to start off this has a great tone, but its a little pricey considering what little versatility it has. you can get a real nice clean tone, but not much drive at all. To get that distortion tone that Brian May uses you need to either get the Digitech Brian May signature distortion pedal(duh) or any good harmonic saturator or warm sounding distortion pedal. This amp is pretty heavy, (75 lbs), so i would definately get a cart to move this around for gigs. and if you are facing the amp, the dials are upside down, as if you are supposed to stand behind the amp when you are playing it. sometimes this amp can sound shrill, but fortunately it is easy to dial out of. the tremolo on this amp is definitely over par though, i also like how you can plug the amp into itself and get a more powerful sound. This amp is great for playing jazz, some blues and old rock. (wes montgomery, chuck berry, beatles, the who, kinks, muddy waters, jimi hendrix (mostly his clean tone). Another thing i like about it is the look, its not just a generic black box. Overall I would get this amp if you are a beatles or jazz aficionado, and own a gibson, fender, rickenbacker, prs, or gretsch. But when your are plaing anything post 70's, this amp is a fish out of the water.

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Last Amp You'll Ever Need

By disc.inc.

from Springfield, VA

There is really little that can be negatively said about this amplifier. It's beautiful looking, and well crafted. Simply looking at it lets you and everyone else know it's special. This amplifier is a tone-lover's wet dream. I've always been about perfecting my tone, and therefore I've been meticulous about strings, guitar, pedals, bypass, amps, and so on. This amplifier has met every expectation I've had in it. It has the crispest sound on Earth with a balanced dosage of lows, mids, and highs. The tremolo and reverb are especially great for crafting your own distinct tone. The natural overdrive you get from this tuber (by tweaking your dials) is PHENOMENAL. I've heard that replacing the stock tubes will benefit this amp...I'm skeptical, but I plan on giving it a try within the next year or so. You'll really never need another amplifier.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

vox custom tube amp

By Robert. C.

from Laredo, Tx.

This amp was a gift to me from my parents these past holidays. The tone of the amp is nice, clean, and loud. There is different options of tone. My friends say they wish they had this amp. They would like some gret tone like this for their guitars. I've had several different amps (including foreign amps) with different brands, but they all don't compare to this Vox tube amp. This amp is the best sounding...

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Husband loves it!!!

By Tara

from Hebron,OH

I bought this amp for my husband and he loves it. The tone is great and its also loud. My husband can get many tones out of it. He's always getting peoples attention with it. They can't believe the sound that they hear!!! He's had marshalls and line 6 but none of them can compare to the quality of sound you get with this amp...

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW....

By Jonathan Moore

from Siloam Springs AR

I bought one of these amps about 4 months ago at a GC here where I live and every time my band plays out people ALWAYS comment on how good my rig sounds, after all the AC-30 is the amp that made the Beatles famous.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Vox tones

By Justin

from WA

This is a decent update to the AC30 line from Vox, with the largest improvement being the Greenback speakers as opposed to the Wharfdales. I own an AC30CCH, and while I prefer that amp to this one, this is still GREAT for that Voxy chime. Played a Gretsch through it and it was just awesome!

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(14 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great in some regards

By Scott Taube

from Denver, Colorado

I have numerous tube amps including several newer Vox and Vintage Fenders. With this group of amps to use for comparison I find that the AC30C2X is a good but not great amp. The speakers are the highlight of this amp. The Celestion Alnico Blues are fantastic speakers that deliver a very bright chime when played clean and deliver a ton of grit when the amp is pushed. This amp has the electronics built on a printed circuit board. This is ok and doesn't really have a notable impact on sound but I've found that PCB's don't hold up as well as point to point wired amps. They are also virtually impossible to repair, which I think is a serious drawback. This amp has an incredible diversity of sounds and if one takes the time to work with it you can certainly find the sound your looking for. For me I had to change out some tubes to get there though. The amp comes with Sovetek tubes which I think sound harsh and brittle in this amp. I changed out the EL 84's with a combo of old RCA, Sylvania, and GE tubes and found that the amp opened up and sounded much better. All and all I think this is a good amp for a working musician, it's way to loud for small homes or apartments. It's great for clubs though. It's fairly durable but the circuit board is a weak point. Remember though almost any commercial amp on the market these days also use PCB's. At the price point of this amp I think it's hard to beat. Spend the extra bucks to get this version of the AC30 rather than the one without the Celestion Blues.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Killer tone

By Darren

from Benton, IL

I used this amp for Beatles, Rock, and blues. There is no shortage of tone on this. Great bottom end and works well with my strat and les paul. Total gigging amp.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Vox AC30

By Ken

from Pittsburgh, PA

I have several Beatles guitars and they are all great, but if you want that vintage Beatles sound, YOU NEED THIS AMP! With the classic Vox tube circuitry and the CELESTION BLUE speakers, this amp gives you that classic rock BEATLE sound. Plug in a Rickenbacker 325 with toaster pickups and you get that jangly John Lennon guitar you hear on all the early Beatle songs. You also get all the classic rock tone from other performers who all copied the Beatles. This amp ROCKS!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Vox Tubes

By Casey Craft

from Columbia, SC

This is a quality product. The tone is everything that it says it is. My only warning is...make sure you need the two 12" speakers. You have to turn the volume up pretty high to get the tone from the tubes. I play in church and use my amp for my monitor, I have one 12 and I can only turn it up half way. Careful not to get too much wattage for your needs!

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