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

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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

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

(based on 38 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (32)
  • Excellent sound (30)
  • Easy to use (29)
  • Warm / comfy (27)
  • Good power output (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (31)
  • Amateur recording (22)
  • Professional recording (15)
  • Performances (12)
  • Outdoor events / games (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (23), Professional musician (11)

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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4.0

This is a fine 10 inch combo ...

By Dubayew ...

from Glenview, IL

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Verified Reviewer

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 !!!

     
    5.0

    Excellent practice amp

    By mardin

    from central NJ

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

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

      Compact, light, and with that classic Vox top boost circuit. Plug it in, crank it up, enjoy. Not a lot of controls but what one hears is that Vox chimey overdriven sound. Plenty of volume. Great deal. I also have a Mesa Lone Star Special that has a 5-watt setting and it can be driven hard too. The Vox sounds different and for some purposes--like ripping the open-G chords on the Black Crowes "Sometimes Salvation," the Vox sounds right.

       
      5.0

      Awesome Amp for it's Size!

      By Kem Cre

      from Aiken, SC

      About Me Professional Musician

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

        Using a straight out small tube amp. Sounds sweet!

         
        5.0

        Delightful.

        By Stormy

        from the merry old land of vox

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        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.

           
          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"-

             
            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!

                 
                5.0

                AC4C1-BL, Vox Combo

                By Muscle Guitarist

                from Danville, IL

                About Me Professional Musician

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

                  I love this amp, it is a jewel.

                   
                  5.0

                  It's a real VOX!!!

                  By kenren10

                  from Claymont, DE

                  About Me Experienced

                  Ask me a question

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Genuine Vox tone
                  • More versatile than you might think
                  • Portable
                  • solid

                  Cons

                  • No FX, loop or boost

                  Best Uses

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

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

                  I was aware of some other Vox AC4 models but hadn't heard of this and when it showed up on SDOTD for a significant discount I gave it a shot. I like it a LOT. It's very simple to use - only four knobs so it's hard to get lost and easy to get a great sound. I tend to think of the Gain as preamp and Volume as power amp (as opposed to distortion and master) because there are many great combinations and it's hard to get bad tone out of it. It's a closed-back design with a small plastic grille on top so it runs hot (that's not a bad thing!). I wouldn't have bought such a low-wattage tube amp when I started playing electric but it's plenty loud for me - it won't wake the neighbors unless you really try but it can wake anybody in the house if needed! I would have preferred the classic VOX diamond-weave grille but it's very attractive nonetheless (and I prefer the look to the AC4TV). It's a (slightly) more modern look but still classic. It's laughably easy to pick up and gig and sounds great in small to midsized rooms, though if you are playing with a PA you will want to mic it (especially with drums). It's got the Vox clean sound, a smooth but dynamic overdrive and everything in between. I use a TC arena reverb (and sometimes a dunlop tremolo) in front as there is no loop but if you are playing loud rock they won't be missed as much as you might think. It takes kindly to most dirtboxes I have tried and I prefer Fulltone GT500 and Full-Drive 3 as they have a separate boost which comes in handy.
                  Currently I am splitting my time between this and a VHT Special 6 (another killer I will cover in another review). I'm a happy customer.

                   
                  2.0

                  Amp nice but the 10" Speaker is not great

                  By TkVoice

                  from Minneapolis

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                  Verified Reviewer

                  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

                       
                      5.0

                      Plenty Loud, Great w/ my Epiphone ES339 P90 PRO

                      By Solochalice

                      from Coos Bay, OR

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                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Amateur Recording
                        • Home Studio
                        • Practice

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

                        Tried several guitars with this VOX and found P90's with heavier strings sounds great. Best Pedal I've tried so far is a BOSS Compression, Sustainer C5-3. Plenty loud for my home use.

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