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Vox AC4C1-BL 4W 1x10 All-Tube Mini Guitar Combo Amp with Top Boost

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All-tube, legendary top-boost sound, now in a compact, portable amp.

The VOX AC4 mini combo amp with Top Boost offers legendary tone in a compact and fashionable package. 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-BL 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. Remarkable not only for its authentic VOX sound, the AC4C1-BL is also captivating in its appearance.

The rich, blue vinyl and Tygon fret cloth date back to 1963. Completing this vintage ensemble is an "old-school" Bakelite handle. Boasting the highest levels of design sensibilities, the long-awaited VOX AC4C1-BL offers an easy way for anyone to achieve the legendary AC30 Top Boost tone. The AC4C1-BL delivers the signature VOX Top Boost tone in a portable, compact amplifier. Gain control, Bass and Treble tone controls, and a Master Volume allow any player to easily recreate the historic VOX sound. Using a Class A, all-tube amplifier, the AC4C1-BL utilizes a pair of 12AX7 preamp tubes, and relies on a single EL84 Power tube to deliver 4 watts of power through a 10"" Celestion VX10 Speaker. Adorned in the rare and vintage look of rich blue vinyl paired with Tygon grille cloth, the VOX AC4C1-BL is sure to be an instant classic.

FEATURES
Gain, Treble, Bass and Volume controls
4W Class A design
Two 12AX7 preamp tubes and one EL84 power tube
Historic 1963 blue vinyl cover; Tygon fret cloth; retro Bakelite handle
10" Celestion VX10 speaker

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VoxAC4C1-BL 4W 1x10 All-Tube Mini Guitar Combo Amp with Top Boost
 
4.5

(based on 46 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (32)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (38)
  • Easy to use (36)
  • Excellent sound (34)
  • Warm / comfy (34)
  • Good power output (10)

Cons

  • Limited functions (5)
  • Weak (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (38)
  • Amateur recording (28)
  • Professional recording (18)
  • Performances (13)
  • Outdoor events / games (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (30), Professional musician (12)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect for the home!

The Vox chime quickly turns to a gritty overdriven beast when this amp is put through its paces. It more than fills my living room with sound.
As others have said,...Read complete review

The Vox chime quickly turns to a gritty overdriven beast when this amp is put through its paces. It more than fills my living room with sound.
As others have said, this amp loves pedals. I was wanting some reverb, so I got an Earthquaker Devices Dispatch Master to broaden the spaciousness of the amp. It's a perfect pairing. The warble of an MXR Analog Chorus makes this amp do amazing things.
I picked the AC4 with an open box discount, so I paid a discounted price for an amp that looks and sounds brand new.
I'd love an AC-15, but have no need for it given the size of our house. Even at 4 watts, this amp more than meets my needs. Don't hesitate if you're in the market for a small practice amp for your house or studio!

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VOX AC4

I was looking for a small, portable tube amp that I could use at small room gigs. I came across the VOX AC4 at GC and thought I found a winner. For the...Read complete review

I was looking for a small, portable tube amp that I could use at small room gigs. I came across the VOX AC4 at GC and thought I found a winner. For the price I jumped on it. Once I got it home and plugged it in it didn't sound nearly as good as it did in the store. I'm not getting those warm tube tones that I craved. I haven't had a chance to play out with it yet so this review may be a bit premature, but I'm seriously thinking of returning it and spending a little more for a Blues Jr. I realize that the Vox is only 4 watts compared to 15 of the jr., but there is just no comparison in my opinion when it comes it comes to sound and volume. If you're looking for a practice amp that's also a head turner then this is your amp. I'm not sure it will handle live gigs as well as expected.

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(20 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Mini Top Boost

By Startocaster

from Disney World

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Vox AC4C1-BL 4W 1x10 All-Tube Mini Guitar Combo Amp with Top Boost:

    Stunning looking amp. This is not an AC4 with blue tolex. It has 2 x 12AX7s, not one like the AC4. This means more gain. It also has gain, bass, and treble controls. No wacky attenuator, which was just a few giant resistors in the AC4. It has a 16 ohm Celestion with a large ceramic magnet. Using the speaker jack disables the internal speaker. Tone is clear to about half way up on the volume control, then you get some nice tube break up. Cranking the gain up produces a different kind of distortion, less compressed. Cranking the gain and volume, get some ear plugs! It never sounds muddy, but can be weak with single coils, so use humbuckers, crsnk the bass up and be amazed. Input jack on mine feels like it could break at any time.

    (14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Brit-Blues tone.

    By Fat Al Johnson

    from Ann Arbor, MI

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    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Portable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Vox AC4C1-BL 4W 1x10 All-Tube Mini Guitar Combo Amp with Top Boost:

      The Vox AC4C1 is a killer little amp. The master volume, treble and bass controls make this amp a great improvement over its recent predecesor (AC4TV). Due to its size this amp lacks low end. It sounds best with humbuckers. With the gain set low and the master way up you can achieve British Invasion type chime and shimmer. With the gain cranked you'll hear the solo tones of the great Brit-Blues masters. For the price you're getting a lot of amp.

      (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      tone tone tone

      By texirish

      from san marcos tx

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Vox AC4C1-BL 4W 1x10 All-Tube Mini Guitar Combo Amp with Top Boost:

          I love this amp. I always play shows with my amp mic'd up, so loudness is not an issue. What this amp delivers is tone. Total tone. Even through the 10" speaker, it sounds awesome. There's plenty of variety of sounds from clean all the way though smooth overdrive. It doesn't matter where you set the tone controls, it will sound great. It responds great to changes in the guitar and loves pedals. I couldn't ask for more at this price!

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A Vintage Styled Gem!

          By VG

          from Atlanta

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Vox AC4C1-BL 4W 1x10 All-Tube Mini Guitar Combo Amp with Top Boost:

            Got this on the SDOTD a week or so ago and man, I'm glad I did! I've been a Fender amp devotee for some time, Playing a PRRI (and still love it), but there are some sounds I just couldn't coax from it. Particularly, that chimey 60's sound (think "Son of a Preacher Man" or "Circular Story" from the Man from Uncle soundtrack). While the Princeton is great on stage, playing it at pleasing volume to me at home is not so pleasing to the wife. I thought about getting a pedal to try emulating a Vox tone and BAM, this pops up! I'd had the AC4 TV some years back and it didn't impress me enough to keep it. This one has separate treble and bass (and it's gorgeous) so I figured what the heck.

            That missing sound I can't get from the PRRI is here in spades! With separate volume and gain knobs, I can put the overall loudness where I want and have a blast. The tone stack operates very differently than what I'm used to, but it's a welcome change that leaves me smiling. Sounds great with my Tele, but oh boy did it bring life out of my Gibson Midtown P90, which I never cared for through the Fender. No onboard effects, but I've got a combo tremolo/reverb pedal coming to give this all the vintage vibe I need! I haven't used it live yet, but it would definitely have to be mic'd up to the PA.

            I don't understand the negative reviews related to "underpowered " or "lack of options" related to this amp. If you got a bad one okay, but the description plainly tells us it's a 4 watt amp with a 10" speaker and no effects. If you buy this thinking you're going to play on a stage unmic'd, the joke was on you from the get go. Rate it for what it is, already. And what it is is a great sounding (and looking), low wattage vintage vibed British toned amp for a home or studio application.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fun, simple and full of great tones!

            By Moe Phugga

            from Chapel Hill, NC

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good price
            • Good Warmth
            • Mucho Character
            • Portable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Easy To Mic
              • Events
              • Home Studio
              • Kickin' New Riffs At Home
              • Loud But Easy On The Ears
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording
              • Tones Big Amps Can't Get

              Comments about Vox AC4C1-BL 4W 1x10 All-Tube Mini Guitar Combo Amp with Top Boost:

              It's uses are only limited by your imagination and the amount of support gear you've got. Small gigs, just go bareback. it's plenty loud enough, since a good drummer will tone down for small places anyway. For larger gigs, mic through the mains.

              I enjoy the simplicity. Just set the volume and tone where you want them, (I like the volume almost pegged and the tones set high) Then use the guitar controls to tweek tone and distortion. There's hardly ever any need to fool with the amp controls.

              It's really fun with a pedal board. A boost or preamp pedal will send the tone to that wild, hard to find place that most amps will never let you experience, even with weak pickups or a light handed playing style. Of course the usuals like reverb, delay and phaser are a must too, and they sound great with this amp. Can't tell you why, but try one and you'll hear it right away.

              Every guitar player should have this amp or something very similar, just for the simple ease of use and tone drenched playability, and nevermind that it looks just cool as hell.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Sweet Amp!

              By Blue Tone Cat

              from Rio Vista,

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home Studio

                Comments about Vox AC4C1-BL 4W 1x10 All-Tube Mini Guitar Combo Amp with Top Boost:

                Clean and glassy with single coils; bluesy and crunchy with humbuckers. Excellent small gig / practice amp. Low noise and high style!

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Perfect for the home!

                By Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget

                from Cobb, CA

                About Me Novice

                See all my reviews

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Events
                  • Home Studio

                  Comments about Vox AC4C1-BL 4W 1x10 All-Tube Mini Guitar Combo Amp with Top Boost:

                  The Vox chime quickly turns to a gritty overdriven beast when this amp is put through its paces. It more than fills my living room with sound.
                  As others have said, this amp loves pedals. I was wanting some reverb, so I got an Earthquaker Devices Dispatch Master to broaden the spaciousness of the amp. It's a perfect pairing. The warble of an MXR Analog Chorus makes this amp do amazing things.
                  I picked the AC4 with an open box discount, so I paid a discounted price for an amp that looks and sounds brand new.
                  I'd love an AC-15, but have no need for it given the size of our house. Even at 4 watts, this amp more than meets my needs. Don't hesitate if you're in the market for a small practice amp for your house or studio!

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  VOX AC4

                  By Rey Rico

                  from Philadelphia, PA

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Portable

                  Cons

                  • Poor Sound Quality

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Vox AC4C1-BL 4W 1x10 All-Tube Mini Guitar Combo Amp with Top Boost:

                    I was looking for a small, portable tube amp that I could use at small room gigs. I came across the VOX AC4 at GC and thought I found a winner. For the price I jumped on it. Once I got it home and plugged it in it didn't sound nearly as good as it did in the store. I'm not getting those warm tube tones that I craved. I haven't had a chance to play out with it yet so this review may be a bit premature, but I'm seriously thinking of returning it and spending a little more for a Blues Jr. I realize that the Vox is only 4 watts compared to 15 of the jr., but there is just no comparison in my opinion when it comes it comes to sound and volume. If you're looking for a practice amp that's also a head turner then this is your amp. I'm not sure it will handle live gigs as well as expected.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Not a lot of bass punch, but everything else.

                    By The Shirt

                    from South Carolina

                    About Me Professional Musician

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Portable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home Studio
                      • Performances

                      Comments about Vox AC4C1-BL 4W 1x10 All-Tube Mini Guitar Combo Amp with Top Boost:

                      I picked this little guy up for live gigs. I wanted something small, light, and tube - and that's what I got! Mics real good, and a few pedals make it come alive. Pretty cool. Obviously, with one ten, it's not going to give much bass punch. But it sits in the mix real well.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Appreciate it for what it is

                      By Uncle C

                      from Houston, TX

                      About Me Experienced

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Studio
                        • Practice

                        Comments about Vox AC4C1-BL 4W 1x10 All-Tube Mini Guitar Combo Amp with Top Boost:

                        Nice, quality tube amp. Tried both the 10" and 12" speaker combo's. Preferred the 10 to the 12 because of the tonal qualities and better breakup. Handles pedals very well. Just a great little amp with a surprising power and tone.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Little Amp

                        By Bassman2k2

                        from Memphis

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording
                          • Events
                          • Home Studio

                          Comments about Vox AC4C1-BL 4W 1x10 All-Tube Mini Guitar Combo Amp with Top Boost:

                          I play bass but I am also a pretty good guitarist too. I wanted a Vox AC 30 but cost was prohibitive and my house is too small. All I really wanted was good Vox sounding samall amp. Well I saw this baby on the CHEAP and I legally stole it! It is everything you want in an amp. The sound is marvelous with a Tele, Les Paul, or my cheap 12 string electric. Add a Wah Wah and an overdrive box oh my God. Beatles, Byrds, Petty, Hendrix, and Brian May are all in there waiting to come out and thril your ears!

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          I bought two

                          By beatnik532

                          from Tupelo MS

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Amateur Recording
                            • Home Studio
                            • Professional Recording

                            Comments about Vox AC4C1-BL 4W 1x10 All-Tube Mini Guitar Combo Amp with Top Boost:

                            I have been using this amp to practice and record for years. Nice clean tone and massive dirty tones with a good mic, It takes pedals well so I bought a second one for my stereo FX pedals

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            Top Boost Might Not Be For Everyone

                            By Not Fully Amped

                            from MA

                            About Me Experienced

                            Comments about Vox AC4C1-BL 4W 1x10 All-Tube Mini Guitar Combo Amp with Top Boost:

                            Not sure if I like the top boost circuit. I think this amp's voicing is rather more ratty than chimey. Depending on your guitar and amp settings it is possible to get a pretty vintage "organic" kind of clean/semi-clean sound out of this amp that I like. But It is really easy to get a very harsh, nasal and fizzy sound as well. I think you may find yourself fighting the really nasty qualities of this amp and while you can find the best balance of gain, master, EQ on the amp and tone and volume on your guitar, I would recommend trying to decide if you want to adjust to an amp with such an over the top voicing or would rather find a small tube combo with a more neutral voicing to begin with. I don't know. A lot of people seem to love this amp. But then there are those out there that are trying to defeat the top boost circuit and replace the speaker with something less fizzy. Anyway, I would especially recommend trying before buying.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            This is a fine 10 inch combo ...

                            By Dubayew ...

                            from Glenview, IL

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Good Warmth
                            • Portable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Amateur Recording
                              • Home Studio
                              • Performances

                              Comments about Vox AC4C1-BL 4W 1x10 All-Tube Mini Guitar Combo Amp with Top Boost:

                              I just wanted a portable AC 84 cathode biased amp ... The Celestion speaker in the closed back combo has a nice presence. Turning up the gain makes my distortion pedals redundant ... It give some nice chime with the Rickenbacker 12 !!!

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Delightful.

                              By Stormy

                              from earth

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Vox AC4C1-BL 4W 1x10 All-Tube Mini Guitar Combo Amp with Top Boost:

                                This is a simple and light amp that I highly recommend. The innards do what we want. And it comes in a nostalgia inducing package that reminds me of an old 45 record case....that's not a reason to buy it, but it is pleasant bonus. To me, the sound is close to the AC4 model with the 12" speaker...but I'll guess because of physics that i don't understand, side by side this "10" is a tiny bit louder than the 12" when all knobs are set a 12 o'clock. I don't which one I like better, so one solution is to get both.

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great buy-

                                By Tony

                                from Westwood, NJ

                                About Me Experienced

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Events
                                  • Home Studio

                                  Comments about Vox AC4C1-BL 4W 1x10 All-Tube Mini Guitar Combo Amp with Top Boost:

                                  I have bought two of these- for me and my son. A no-frills tube amp that has the old VOX jingle in its treble, and a more than satisfactory low end. It almost requires pushing up the gain knob, but I have been playing too long to desire anything near distortion breakups. It's a perfect amp for apartment dwellers and/or a small house. Love its look, feel, and tone- esp when it was a "Stupid Deal"-

                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Great amp!

                                  By Majors Junction

                                  from Chicago

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Excellent Sound
                                  • Good Warmth
                                  • Portable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Vox AC4C1-BL 4W 1x10 All-Tube Mini Guitar Combo Amp with Top Boost:

                                      I love the way this amp breaks up at a volume level that is practical. I plan on using it for most of my live applications too. Granted in many cases I will put a mic on it to bump up the volume through the pa but the fact that it is so light weight and portable makes it a great buy. Very happy about this purchase!

                                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      2.0

                                      Amp nice but the 10" Speaker is not great

                                      By tkvoice

                                      from Minneapolis

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                                      Pros

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Home Studio

                                          Comments about Vox AC4C1-BL 4W 1x10 All-Tube Mini Guitar Combo Amp with Top Boost:

                                          I bought this amp because of all the great reviews. I am used to a AC15 with a 12" Greenback.
                                          I was looking for the same tone/sound at lower volumes. ..This little AC4C1 is not even close .... but if you use a 12" greenback it comes close unfortunately the box is too small to mount a 12" speaker. I tried swapping the speaker out for something better ... didn't work .. no bass. I understand that Vox makes a AC4 with a 12" speaker ... I would try that amp before this 10".

                                          The amp itself works nice, very responsive and tube like.. not much for tone controls.

                                          I ended up selling mine and will stick with the AC15

                                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          3.0

                                          Nice amp but...

                                          By Tony

                                          from Wilmington, OH

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                                          Pros

                                            Cons

                                            • Difficult To Use

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about Vox AC4C1-BL 4W 1x10 All-Tube Mini Guitar Combo Amp with Top Boost:

                                              Nice little amp but it didn't sound any better than my Carvin V3M. I would have considered keeping it if there had been a low impedance line out for stage use.

                                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              5.0

                                              Great Big Tone - Small Amp!!!

                                              By Jim S

                                              from Tiverton, Rhode Island

                                              About Me Experienced

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

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

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Amateur Recording
                                                • Home Studio
                                                • Performances

                                                Comments about Vox AC4C1-BL 4W 1x10 All-Tube Mini Guitar Combo Amp with Top Boost:

                                                Vox amps have legendary tome, and the AC4 is no exception. This is a great amp for practice, hpme recording or small venues.

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