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Vox AC4C1-12 1x12 Classic Limited Edition Tube Guitar Combo Amp   

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Among the various VOX tube amps, the AC4 has remained one of the most popular over the years, as they provide a simple and hassle free way to enjoy t...Click To Read More About This Product

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A solid 4-watt combo amplifier with a 12 speaker sure to impress with traditionally VOX sound and design.

Among the various VOX tube amps, the AC4 has remained one of the most popular over the years, as they provide a simple and hassle free way to enjoy the rich sound of a tube-driven amp. While previous models were equipped with a 10" speaker, this new model features a 12" Celestion speaker that delivers even more robust sound levels. With diamond grille cloth and basket-weave vinyl exterior, it also carries on the classic looks of the VOX tradition. This is a Class A tube amp that you can enjoy whether you're practicing at home, performing live, or recording.

The AC30's Top Boost sound has fascinated guitarists around the world for over fifty years. Capable of massive crunch or the clean, classic "chime," this Top Boost tone is the essence of VOX's identity. The AC4C1-12 now delivers this unbeatable sound in a portable, compact body. Gain control, Bass and Treble tone controls, and a Master Volume allow any player to easily recreate this historic sound.

FEATURES
  • All-tube mini combo amp
  • Legendary Top Boost tone inherited from the VOX AC30
  • Gain, Bass, Treble, and Volume controls
  • 4-Watt Class A amplifier design
  • 12AX7 preamp tubes (x2); EL84 power tube (x1)
  • 12" Celestion VX12 speaker; retro Bakelite handle

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SPECIFICATIONS

AC4C1-12 1x12 Classic Limited Edition Tube Guitar Combo Amp

  • Output Power: 4-watts RMS into 16Î
    Tube Complement: Preamp:12AX7 (x 2)
    Power: EL84 (x1)
    Speaker: 12" Celestion VX12 custom (x1); 16Î
    Controls: Gain, Treble, Bass, Volume
    Input/Output: Guitar Input, EXTERNAL SPEAKER Output
    Dimensions (WxDxH): 406mm x 211mm x 451mm / 15.98" x 8.31" x 17.76"
    Weight: 10.6kg / 23.37 lb.
    Accessories: Power Cable
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VoxAC4C1-12 1x12 Classic Limited Edition Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.5

(based on 17 reviews)

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    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (16)
  • Portable (15)
  • Easy to use (13)
  • Warm / comfy (12)
  • Good power output (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (12)
  • Performances (10)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Professional recording (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Wonderful version of a great amp.

I like this amp a lot. In fact, I bought two. It's not the most versatile thing in the world. However, what it does, which is that it sounds like a classic...Read complete review

I like this amp a lot. In fact, I bought two. It's not the most versatile thing in the world. However, what it does, which is that it sounds like a classic Vox, it does very well. It gets beautiful sound at a sweet spot that is not quite performance level but above ideal bedroom level, making it a wonderful rehearsal and recording amp, or gigging with PA support. If you don't need pristine cleans and you have a reasonable drummer, small club gigs should be possible as well. Stock speaker isn't the greatest in the world, but the 1x12" cab can support many kinds of speakers. I even have an Alnico Blue in one, fits just fine with the bell on. Really comes to life with the master maxed out. I had the 1x10" AC4C1 combo a couple of years ago, and my only wish was that it'd come with a 12" speaker instead. It's like Vox answered my prayers with this small, reasonably priced, beautiful looking amp. Thanks, Vox!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Awful speaker

I was really looking forward to getting this amp for a home valve practice amp to use with my pedal board. When I first plugged it in I thought it sounded great, but after...Read complete review

I was really looking forward to getting this amp for a home valve practice amp to use with my pedal board. When I first plugged it in I thought it sounded great, but after a few minutes my ears were so fatigued. I tried it at different volumes and with the treble all the way down, and I still could not believe the laser ear shredding peakiness of the speaker. It is the worst 12" speaker I have ever heard in a guitar amp. It guess it is possible that I got a defective speaker, as the one I played at a local store did not have this issue. The one I had said it was made in December of 2015 in China.

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(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Awful speaker

By oasdnvo

from washington, dc

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Vox AC4C1-12 1x12 Classic Limited Edition Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I was really looking forward to getting this amp for a home valve practice amp to use with my pedal board. When I first plugged it in I thought it sounded great, but after a few minutes my ears were so fatigued. I tried it at different volumes and with the treble all the way down, and I still could not believe the laser ear shredding peakiness of the speaker. It is the worst 12" speaker I have ever heard in a guitar amp. It guess it is possible that I got a defective speaker, as the one I played at a local store did not have this issue. The one I had said it was made in December of 2015 in China.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      If You Want To Own A Vox Amp

      By Bebop

      from East Coast

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Vox AC4C1-12 1x12 Classic Limited Edition Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        I play a Strat and a Gretsch Hollowbody electric, with the Gretsch the amp definitely has the boxy or brown Vox sound, with the Strat, clean chime at low gain/high master settings, is loud enough for rehearsal or small venue (I used it for a concert in a 164 seat theater with a clean tone) easy to dial up loud, overdrive sound with the gain up, has no reverb, but good with a pedal, good price, I will no doubt upgrade the speaker, but for a portable, low watt Vox amp I'm happy with it.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Vox AC4C1-12

        By Steve

        from Mount Juliet, Tennessee

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Vox AC4C1-12 1x12 Classic Limited Edition Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          Overall great, traditional VOX tube sound. 4 watts into a 12" speaker. Have also driven a 2x12 cabinet with great lower tones. Very happy with purchase and oh so portable.

          (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Vox tones-buy it!

          By Marsh46

          from Arkansas

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Limited Functions

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

          Comments about Vox AC4C1-12 1x12 Classic Limited Edition Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          I am very happy with the tones and volume of this amp. It would be nice to have an IPod input to play backing track through.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          excellent amp, a lot of bang for your buck!

          By Weston

          from Rice Lake, WI

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Portable

          Cons

          • Tubes Could Be Changed

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Perfect Practice Amp
          • Performances

          Comments about Vox AC4C1-12 1x12 Classic Limited Edition Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          I have been playing out of my solid state Fender 212 frontman for 6 years which was LOUD and BIG, too much amp for me. Now just this last year my friend got an Orange Tiny Terror, I fell in love with the warmth of tube amplifiers, but not the sound of the Orange. So i started looking at Vox. All of the reviews were great, and so were the demo videos on youtube. So WITHOUT EVEN PLAYING IT, I threw down the money and got it from MusiciansFriend. I couldn't be happier, It works perfectly with my Ibanez semi hollow Artcore and my pedalboard. I can get anything from a beautiful, clean Jazzy sound to a nice crunch. And what I can't get out of the amp, my pedals do the rest. and the handle on top is nifty, totally looks old school. overall it is a beautiful amp.

          The one downside is that the Tubes could be changed right off the bat, I've noticed that when I turn the volume up that there is a slight humming sound. It is not even noticeable when I'm playing though. So I can do that later. that is the ONLY bad thing about this amp. That is why I am giving it a 4/5 stars.

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great classic Vox top boost tone in a smaller package.

          By Ren

          from Washington

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Vox AC4C1-12 1x12 Classic Limited Edition Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            If you like the classic Vox tone & top end chime of the AC30 or AC15 but don't need the volume levels then this is your amp. I purchased this primarily for home/practice use, but if you miked this amp or used an extension cab, you could easily gig with it. The 12" speaker removes any "boxiness" otherwise associated with these small amps, and the sound is actually quite full. Simple to dial in with only 4 tone controls. it's a fun amp.
            The only con is that this amp breaks up too early (even with single coils) . With the gain pushed past the halfway mark, it's pretty muddy. So if you want crystal clean tone the gain will have to be around 8 o'clock & even if you max the volume it's still pretty quiet.
            I will probably try switching out the pre-amp tubes (12AX7), for some 5751's which should give me a greater sweet spot before breaking up.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love this amp

            By Todd Hooper

            from Chattanooga, TN

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            Ask me a question

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Vox AC4C1-12 1x12 Classic Limited Edition Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              I bought this as a second amp for home, as I leave my Fender Blues Jr. NOS at church.
              I A/Bed them side by and was able to dial up the same tone minus the reverb on the Vox of course. I use a couple of delays and my MXR Carbon Copy helps make up for lack of verb.
              I like the Vox sound as it's got more of that closed back punch to it as opposed to the open, airy Fender sound. The Vox doesn't sound small or boxy at all. I run my pedals through it with a couple of LP style guitars and the bass doesn't muddy up at all.
              I can only run my Blues Jr. on 2.5 at church and side by side this amp hits the same volume on about 5, so that's pretty impressive to me, still leaving me what seems to be quite a bit of headroom.
              I am going to A/B them again and may possibly get rid of the Blues Jr. and get another one of these.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great Amp!

              By NEW VOX GUY

              from Anchorage, AK

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Vox AC4C1-12 1x12 Classic Limited Edition Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                Great little amp! I was worried that it wasn't going to have enough low end but it has surprised me. Lovely amp!

                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                THE Sound

                By Dinks

                from Kansas

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                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Portable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home Studio
                  • Performances
                  • Practice
                  • Small venues

                  Comments about Vox AC4C1-12 1x12 Classic Limited Edition Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                  I stumbled upon a used AC15 a few years ago, and I've never looked back when it comes to tone. The Vox jangle just does it for me. However, I've gotten tired of hauling 60lbs of amp everywhere and the 15 is a bit too powerful for smaller venues. I've tried several small amps, and they're alright, but they don't have THE sound that I love out of the AC15.

                  This little amp does. It's crystal clear and punchy. The 12 inch speaker gives plenty of bass response, which is typically lacking in smaller practice amps. The only thing it lacks from it's bigger brother is the onboard tremolo and reverb, but that's easily remedied with pedals. It's light and compact, so it's great for small venues and playing around the house, and it has plenty of volume for being a 4 watt amp. For home playing, I typically set the preamp at 1 o'clock (about 6 if there were numbers) and the power amp to 10 o'clock (about 3-4 if there were numbers). So there's a decent amount of headroom on the amp. I would think you could play most average sized bars without additional amplification, but I haven't tried yet.

                  If you're a Vox AC15 or AC30 fan, this is an excellent amp as a small alternative. There's very little tonal difference between my 15 and my 4, so I don't feel like I'm settling for taking my smaller amp if my back doesn't feel like hauling the bigger one.

                  (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Best Small Amp

                  By Bob 335

                  from New York, NY

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Apartment
                    • Home Studio
                    • Performances

                    Comments about Vox AC4C1-12 1x12 Classic Limited Edition Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                    I have a Vox AC30 back home in my country but when I moved to the US, I was looking for something that would fit well in an apartment but still gives me that Vox tone. After some browsing, I came upon this particular model of the AC4. I bought it without even trying, and I've never regretted it. It's one of the best small amps I've ever tried, even better than the Roland Cube for me. I would say it's on par with a Deluxe Reverb in the power that it gives. The warmth also rivals the AC30 that I have. It tackles everything well from jazz to blues to rock. I am surprised by the quality of this amp and it exceeded all my expectations. Definitely would buy this if I need a small and portable amp.

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