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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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
  • Air vents

Play in style with this VOX amp. Put the AC15VR in the cart today.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • 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 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

  • Limited functions (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (7)
  • Performances (7)
  • Amateur recording (5)
  • Outdoor events / games (5)
  • Professional recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), 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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Worth the money

I have to fight with this amp to get it to produce the jazz sound that I play, but it gets there and sounds good. It is more natural for classic rock though. ...Read complete review

I have to fight with this amp to get it to produce the jazz sound that I play, but it gets there and sounds good. It is more natural for classic rock though. However, to my surprise, it sounds fantastic with my electric acoustic, even better than my Roland. For some reason it doesn't catch that howl that many electric guitar amps catch when you try to play acoustic on them.
The reverb on this amp sucks, but I have effects that compromise with that.

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(22 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The modern tube amp

By ShaneEvanz

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Vox AC15VR Valve Reactor 1x12 Guitar Combo 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 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.

(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

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By Profdave

from Kentucky

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

I like old rock "chimey" sound and like the Vox sound in that regard. Before buying the AC15VR, I put it side by side in the store with a new AC15 classic all-tube amp. Both made in China. Not much different in price for me, and thought I'd just go with the classic. But, the two amps sounded very similar. Obviously the classic AC15 is the premise for the AC15VR, but honestly, there wasn't a lot of difference in the sound settings. The clean and Overdrive 1 setting of the AC15VR sounds very close to the actual classic AC15. Couldn't hardly tell the difference in the tube breakup sound quality. Neither could the others around. I guess the valve reactor technology works. Once the classic AC15 warmed up, though, the tubes did do a better job (of course) in lingering on the edge of creative feedback when I wanted it. The Overdrive 2 channel of the AC15VR is good for more distorted work and emulated more along the line of an Ibanez Tube Screamer at higher gain settings. What I liked about the AC15VR is that it sounded better and more flexible with my multieffects pedals, as I could get a cleaner sound with the amp as a basis to use the pedal. In the end, I went with the cheaper AC15VR. I appreciated the simplicity of the controls. There's not fifty amp simulations and effects to navigate through and a "knob forest" to deal with. That's why I have pedals. The volume is adequate for me, as I don't need massive sound. I mike the cab at gigs anyway. As for the negatives, I wish there was an XLR direct out. They should also provide a footswitch standard with the amp. One of the major positives is that it looks great. The insides are particle board, though. The grill doesn't have the inner protection of the classic AC15. But for the price, what do you expect? It works great for classic Vox sound and is good with multi-effects pedals. Also great soundcapes at lower volumes at home.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Vox AC15vr - great tone for the price!

By Tom Hunter

from Hungary

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

Overall this is a great amp. The place where I practice has Vox valvetronix amps and the ac15 model is dull and lifeless in comparison to the AC15vr. Side by side the VR blows the valvetronix out of the water. Although I haven't used an all tube AC15 I get the feeling that the VR would stand up pretty well. I think the secret is the normal channel, which I would recommend cranking (as opposed to the Vox manual, which suggests cranking the master volume) It has a very tube like character; very open and very responsive. If you play softly you get a glassy clean tone and when you dig in it gets very gritty and agressive. In comparison the OD channel quite dull. It takes pedals well and this thing is LOUD as hell. I've gigged with it a lot and with the channel volume cranked I barely have to go past 10 o'clock on the master for small clubs. Highly recommended for gigging guitarists on a budget.
Two channels, normal and overdrive. The overdrive channel has two settings, one lower gain and one high gain. Master volume, digital reverb, treble and bass. I give 7 because it could do with a tremolo in my opinion.
It's a solid piece of kit. Although the cab is made of particle board I'm not sure how much this affects the tone. The speaker is a generic celestion but sounds good. However, the speaker "pops" when turning the amp on an off. From what I have read this seems to be a common fault. It's annoying but so far it hasn't led to any more serious problems. May make it more difficult to sell but who knows.
I think this amp represents very good value. Although there are some minor questions about the quality, the tone and practicality more than make up for these.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Vox AC15VR review

By Norm Caffrey

from USA

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

I recently purchased the Vox AC15VR largely on the strength of reviews. I also own a Vox VT-80 which I am also happy with but was looking for a good sounding straight up amp without modeling or digital effects. I can get those from my effects units. I play out so it's nice to have a backup amp as well. The Vox AC15VR is larger than my VT-80 but only weighs about 5 pounds more at 36 pounds. (which is substantially lighter than the all tube AC15 and AC30 amps by Vox) making both of these amps very portable for gigging. The hybrid Vox AC15VR has 3 sound settings, clean (which I use mostly) and also has 2 very nice over drive options. The overall sound is excellent, cleaner than my Vox VT-80 and it can get fairly loud. As mentioned by other reviewers, it has any annoying pop when you turn it on and off. That is the worst thing I can say about it. I am very pleased with this amp and Musician's Friend delivered it safely and in a timely fashion. I highly recommend this amp.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

yes!!!

By Themis Economo

from texas

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

love this amp!!! beautiful cleans and gets dirty when needed. takes to pedals nicely. if you're on a budget, this is what you need.
gave it a 9 because the digital reverb could be better.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

EVERYTHING YOU EXPECT FROM VOX!

By Arch69er

from Clinton, MO

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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.

(8 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT LITTLE AMP.

By ZOKO50

from Umag, Croatia

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

If you like tube sound thats the thing you need. Great clean sound, excelent for jazz and blues, put all the way gain button and you'll get crunch sound for Zeppelin and Ac/DC. My Gibson Les Paul Standard just love it. And inportant thing, you don't need to spend lott of money for it.

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I own the older, smaller version with 8

By Gotta have my VOX!

from Western Hemisphere

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

I bought a vox instead of a fender if that means anything; I just really like their sound. It's just about loud enough for a jazz kit but you need two of them for rock. I mostly use this amp for playing at low volume when I want to practice. It likes pedals.

(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Amp!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

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

This amp is great for a guitarist who is tight on money but still wants an amazing sound it has amazing tone and i would highly recomend it. I really don't have any problems with it.

(4 of 4 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

(4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Hates my reverb pedal

By MTP04987

from Undisclosed

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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.

    (3 of 3 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.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      It's a winner!!!

      By TW97

      from Osprey, FL

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances

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

        This is a great sounding amp for someone on a budget wanting that warm tube sound. They have come up with a hybrid that is a real winner. The quality and workmanship is also quite good. If you try it, I can almost guarantee you will like it.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Freaking Awesome!

        By Philburt

        from Salina, Kansas

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        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!

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Best value amp on the market

            By Nathan

            from Canada

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            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.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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.

                   
                  3.0

                  Worth the money

                  By Jelly Bean

                  from Deltona, FL

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Portable
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                  • Limited Functions

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio

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

                  I have to fight with this amp to get it to produce the jazz sound that I play, but it gets there and sounds good. It is more natural for classic rock though. However, to my surprise, it sounds fantastic with my electric acoustic, even better than my Roland. For some reason it doesn't catch that howl that many electric guitar amps catch when you try to play acoustic on them.
                  The reverb on this amp sucks, but I have effects that compromise with that.

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