The AC30BM is Vox's tribute to Brian May. As long as Brian has been playing guitar there has been a wall of AC30s standing behind him. The mainstay of his tone is the AC30's Normal Channel combined wi... Click To Read More About This Product
The AC30BM is Vox's tribute to Brian May. As long as Brian has been playing guitar there has been a wall of AC30s standing behind him. The mainstay of his tone is the AC30's Normal Channel combined with a small treble/mid boost pedal, with both usually turned all the way up. With Brian's help Vox has created the AC30BM: a re-creation of Brian's stage guitar amp and boost pedal setup. Just like Brian's customized setup, it gives you everything you need and nothing you don't.
The top panel has Power and Standby switches and a single chicken-head Volume knob. The treble booster has been integrated into the amplifier and is footswitchable. Vox also incorporated a unique 15W switch on the back panel that works unlike any other half-power switch. It changes the number of output valves, the value of the output valve bias cathode resistor that biases the valves, and changes the impedance of the output transformer, resulting in a true 15W Class A circuit. The amp construction is predominantly hand wired with a few pieces of printed board circuitry used where hand-wired components on turret tags is unsuitable.
All this premium tone and serious sonic power is translated through two Celestion/Vox Blue Alnico 12" speakers. This limited edition run of only 500 combos worldwide will never be repeated.
"You, like me, are unimpressed by dozens of controls on a guitar amplifier. You want one knob, and it sounds perfect -- right? Well, this is it.
To the best of our capability and belief, here is an amp you will never have to mess with. If it sounds great for you today, it will always sound great. Power up, plug in, turn up the ONE volume knob, and play. We hope you love it -- the concept and the amp.
This is a very special edition of the classic Vox AC30âand we do mean classic. This amp faithfully and gloriously recreates every nuance of the legendary '50s Class A Vox AC30. Only the frills have been taken away to maximize power, clarity, and efficiency. And a couple of very important options have been added: a built-in switchable treble booster, exactly on the lines of my own units, switchable adaptability to the room size, and a standby switch. Simple. Sweet. It will sing for you."
-- Brian May
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Well, I love this amp. Great tone, simplicity, not too shabby. The problem is that I need versatility above a single Brian May sound (with a Brian May signature guitar and the right technique, you can get some pretty convincing tones). All in all, a good one trick pony, but just not for me.
The Vox AC30BM is one great sounding amp. I love the fact that it's wired with a set eq and there are no controls for such. That's just more stuff out of the circuit that I don't care for anyway. They nailed the sound of vintage AC amps with this one. Unfortunately, these have some of the reliability and QC issues that the other current Vox amps have like grill cloths that don't quite fit, AC input jacks that break easily as well as other more common things like weak solders. I got mine and had to immediately (1 week later) put it in the shop. Warranty took care of it, but still...These are also pretty expensive. Even the typical street price is pretty high for something that's not a fully handwired, boutique amplifier. For that kind of money, you're getting close to the price of an original. They have their issues too though. Back to this amp...even with the few QC issues and high price, they sound amazing. If you're looking for the real Vox tone, this is your amp.
I love the sound of the amp, yes it is really great, but i hate how there is only one setting possible on it and you have to have all kinds of stopboxes if you want to make the sound a bit your own.
This amp has taken my guitar playing to a higher level. The sonic capabilities are endless with this amp.All the time trying to find the right guitar when all I needed was the holy grail amplifier.You really don't need a bunch of knobs.This amp sounds great on it's own. Add a line6 pod or some effects pedals and let the magic begin.Get one before there gone, only 500 made.
Perhaps it's cause I'm blonde, but I am beyond thrilled with the simplicity of deisgn and the ease of use found in the Vox AC30BM Brian May Custom combo. Since the technical complexity lies within (due to master crafted, hand wiring), I am free to enjoy the sound, focusing on the process of playing/writing/ recording rather than pondering all the different levels and how to make them perfect. With the Brian May Custom it's all right here! And it's perfect! I am actually running my Gretsch Tennessee Rose through it which has proven to be another amazing marriage in tone. The only extraneous thing I have introduced, in order to round out my personal sound aestetic, is REVERB. So, I bought an Electro-Harmonix's "Holy Grail" which gives you a LOT of pedal for a not a lotta buck. Needless to say, I am one happy girl! : ) -Rock/Pop, Singer/Songwriter