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Vox AC15VR Valve Reactor 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp  Black 

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Using an "old-school" split-panel design, the VOX AC15VR guitar amplifier from the Valve Reactor series offers two distinct channels-Normal and Overd...Read More

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Tube and solid-state, vintage and modern, clean and dirty... the VR Series combo amplifier has it all.

Using an "old-school" split-panel design, the VOX AC15VR guitar amplifier from the Valve Reactor series offers two distinct channels-Normal and Overdrive-with the Overdrive channel adding a separate Gain knob. In addition, the overdrive Style button delivers two distinctive flavors.

In addition to the Master Volume and Master Reverb, both channels of the VOX AC15VR guitar amp (Normal and Overdrive) share the same Treble and Bass tone controls. The amplifier's Overdrive channel features a Gain knob to add just the right amount of warmth and snarl to your sound. The 15W power amp feeds into a single 12" custom-designed Celestion speaker for attention-grabbing tone.

The VOX AC15VR's back panel features an external speaker jack for use with an 8-Ohm extension cabinet. Using an extension cabinet will mute the internal speaker.

FEATURES
  • Input jack
  • Normal volume control
  • Channel switching button
  • Overdrive style button
  • Overdrive channel gain control
  • Channel select LED
  • Overdrive channel volume control
  • Bass control
  • Treble control
  • Power LED
  • Mains power switch
  • Footswitch jack
  • External loudspeaker jack
  • Mains power connector/fuse

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SPECIFICATIONS

AC15VR Valve Reactor 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp

  • Dimensions: 23.70"W x 17.95"H x 10.43"D
    Weight: 36.16lb.
    Output Power: 15W RMS into 8?
    Speaker: 1 x 12", 8?
    VX12 Celestion custom speaker
    Inputs: Input jack, Footswitch jack
    Outputs: External LoudSpeaker jack
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VoxAC15VR Valve Reactor 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.7

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (10)
  • Warm / comfy (10)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Portable (8)
  • Good power output (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (7)
  • Home studio (6)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The modern tube amp

Like I said before, I wanted a reasonably priced tube amp, and that is exactly what this is. I give it an overall rating of nine because of the lack of genuine spring...Read complete review

Like I said before, I wanted a reasonably priced tube amp, and that is exactly what this is. I give it an overall rating of nine because of the lack of genuine spring reverb but that shouldn't give anyone reservations about this amp. I stupidly almost forgot to mention the most important thing about this amp; THE TONE!!!! So the amp has a clean channel, with classic clean tones that sound amazing through single coils (long live the strat!). In addition, it has two overdrive channels. The first is traditional gritty overdriven tube tone that is great for blues. The second channel is this epic violently saturated overdrive that rattles the walls and melts your face. So in conclusion, if this is an amp you've been considering...stop it and buy the thing!!!
One of the many things I love about vox amps is their simplicity. They don't ruin the amps with rediculous digital amp and pedal models (at least with MOST of their amps). It's just a series of simple features for simply pure and beautiful tone. My only complaint in this area is the fact that it doesn't use spring reverb. But considering the price range, it's still an incredible amp. And the digital reverb means there is no risk of damage when packing the thing around.
The quality is fantastic! What more do you want me to say!? I will say more however because I like to talk. lol A good friend of mine bought one of these amps last year, before I was familiar with Vox, and he loved it. We got together for a "marathon" jam and that thing sounded great all night long!! Well shortly after that, I bought one and have NOT regretted it. These amps are solid, sturdy, and most importantly light, making them great for travel.
I bought this amp here through MF, so it's obviously going to cost much less than it's actually worth. However, this is still a very affordable amp, which is why I considered it in the first place. I've had other amps in this price range, and quite frankly, they were trash. I highly recommend this to any guitarist who doesn't want to take out a freakin loan to get his/her hands on a quality amp.

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Hates my reverb pedal

Good sounding amp. Does not have effects loop and when I used my TC reverb pedal with the distortion channel the distortion sound became thin and distant. I have been playing for 25 yrs...Read complete review

Good sounding amp. Does not have effects loop and when I used my TC reverb pedal with the distortion channel the distortion sound became thin and distant. I have been playing for 25 yrs and have never had this problem with any other amp.

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5.0

Freaking Awesome!

By Philburt

from Salina, Kansas

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Vox AC15VR Valve Reactor 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    I have read reviews complaining about this amp not being loud enough. The output is insane! I can rattle pictures and windows in the house when she gets going. The amp is built beautifully. It is easy to transport and works well for just about anything you want to do. The sound is classic, clear and when you bring up that volume you can get the great break up sound. I am a very hard person to please and this amp has pleased me to no end. My only off comment on this amp is that the reverb feature is non-existent. Pedals work well with the amp and you can shape just about any sound that you want. You will not be disappointed!

     
    5.0

    VOX your sox off

    By Old rock & roller

    from Point Pleasant NJ

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • smaller settings

    Comments about Vox AC15VR Valve Reactor 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    I got this VOX AC15VR primarily to use in church. I was using a Kustom HV30 (also purchased from MF about 7yrs ago) that is similar in that it uses a 12AX7 tube in the preamp. But at 30 watts it was a little too loud. The VOX is just right wattage-wise plus it has a lot more bottom end than the Kustom. They both have 12" speakers but the back of the VOX is closed so maybe that's why. With the switchable channels I can go from a clean sound to a nice fatness to a lot of crunch. All without being too loud. BUT, don't let the 15 watts fool you, this thing can get pretty loud. I wish it had better reverb & maybe a few other built-in effects, which the Kustom does. But these are minor complaints. The amp overall sounds great. I used it for a gig on a boat last weekend & it work out nicely.

     
    5.0

    Great budget amp

    By Wes

    from Alabama

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Events
      • Performances

      Comments about Vox AC15VR Valve Reactor 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

      I bought this amp for playing at home and at church. It serves every purpose for which I need it. The open box option looks and sounds great with everything in complete working order, and with only a few small imperfections in the finish.

       
      5.0

      Best value amp on the market

      By Nathan

      from Canada

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio

        Comments about Vox AC15VR Valve Reactor 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

        I've owned and played a lot of amps, from Marshall, Mesa, Fender, Ampeg, Line 6, etc. There isn't a better valued amp on the market than this one. Hard to tell from a hand-wired AC15 when the right settings are dialed in, lots of sound for jamming or small performances, beautiful tone and the addition of a modern high-gain sound option make it flexible enough for most jobs. It sounds good enough for experienced guitarists, it's priced low enough to be accessible to beginners and the quality it excellent. I can't say enough good things about it.

         
        5.0

        Underrated Budget Tube Amp

        By Gene Frenkel

        from Beaverton, OR

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Vox AC15VR Valve Reactor 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

          As a guitar player that learned electric on run of the mill solid state amps, switching over to a tube pre-amped setup was the best choice I've made yet. It has consistent warmth, but can be dimed with the push of a button. The amp is an older model, but it feels brand new.

           
          5.0

          Vox AC15VR Combo Amp

          By Gary L

          from Michigan

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Vox AC15VR Valve Reactor 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

            I like this amp a lot. By tweaking the settings I can get a nice warm sound or gravelly overdrive. Plenty of volume if you want it.

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            love it

            By kellym

            from Boston, MA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Events
              • Performances

              Comments about Vox AC15VR Valve Reactor 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

              very happy with my choice, its a great amp.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Perfect if you dont need built in reverb

              By THERESPONSE.ET

              from Houston, Texas

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Portable

              Cons

              • Reverb Is Nonexistant

              Best Uses

              • Live gigs
              • Practice
              • Professional Recording

              Comments about Vox AC15VR Valve Reactor 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

              First things first I have to say, wow, this amp is a beauty, especially for the price. I previously had a marshall half stack tube amp, but as an active musician it just wasn't practically to lug around, so I started looking for a new more portable amp I could take to performances. This amp was everything I was looking for and more. Classic Vox tone and very pedal friendly, it has a wonderful bright tone that is perfect for lead work or really any playing. My only complaints are that the amp pops when initially turned on(Which really isn't that big of a deal) and that the reverb is basically non existent. Vox would have been best dropping the price and doing away with that feature. But overall if you are looking for a nice portable classic Vox tone for a reasonable price I highly believe this is the amp for you, no matter skill or experience level

              (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              Hates my reverb pedal

              By MTP04987

              from Undisclosed

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Portable
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • Limited Functions

              Best Uses

                Comments about Vox AC15VR Valve Reactor 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                Good sounding amp. Does not have effects loop and when I used my TC reverb pedal with the distortion channel the distortion sound became thin and distant. I have been playing for 25 yrs and have never had this problem with any other amp.

                (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                EVERYTHING YOU EXPECT FROM VOX!

                By arch69er

                from Clinton, MO

                About Me Professional Musician

                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Chine And Jangle
                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • No Power Tubes To Fail
                • Open Uncompressed
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • Can't See Knobs On Blue
                • Impossible To Open Up Cab
                • No Effects Loop
                • No Tone Cut Like Non-vr
                • No Tremolo Like Non-vr
                • Weak Reverb

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording
                • Small And Large Clubs

                Comments about Vox AC15VR Valve Reactor 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

                I purchased this combo looking for a more portable, gig-worthy amp and have owned a couple of AC30's in the past, both head and combo. Also have owned a 50W Night Train amd still have a Pathfinder 15R which is one of most prized amps for recording(I have an 8" Alnico Jensen in mine). The overall sound of this AC15VR is definitely a VOX, and you can actually feel the interaction between the preamp valve in the power stage and your strings when you dig in and play more aggressively. Great tone!!! Plenty of volume for small to medium clubs of say up to 300 without a mic. I use it on an On Stage Stands tilt-back which sits about 24" off the ground and it is perfect for reaching the controls. I am going to throw away the brown "chicken head" control knobs, because you cannot see them on a dim stage, especially when the amp is tilted back slightly. The brown is completely lost in the dark navy blue covering on the control panel. I tried to update the driver from the stock Celestion G12P-80, which has been renamed the VX-1 for VOX OEM use, but until I get a drawing from Korg, I am afraid to unfasten too many machine and wood screws. Workmanship of assembly is outstanding. Not crazy about the loud thump/pop when first turned on. Reverb may as well not be there; can't even hear it turned up to 75%. The Pathfinder 15R has a better digital reverb than these VR's, and I have heard the same comments about the AC30VR's reverb. I made a small 4-pedal daisy chain board for this amp, since it does not have an effects loop, and put my TC Electronics Arena Reverb pedal last in that chain; reverb problem solved and then some. I think VOX would be better served to offer this series without any reverb at all, and incorporate a parallel effects loop with some adjustability like on the AC30CCH. A head version would also be VERY cool. #1 footswitch control toggles between clean and OD1, which is a tone somewhere between a TS808 and a germanium fuzz box; if you work your volume on the guitar you can get some very useful lead tones with it and don't need any distortion or other pedal. OD2 is just too grainy and muddy for anyone other than grundge or metal thrashers; certainly not why I purchased the amp. For overall raw tone and power to play live with simple operation, it is tough to beat a VOX; single coils or Burstbuckers, it doesn't matter, but put a pair of toaster tops on a hollowbody Ric on there and turn on the time machine.

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