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Vox AC4C1-BL 4W 1x10 All-Tube Mini Guitar Combo Amp with Top Boost Blue  (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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
 
4.4

(based on 44 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (37)
  • Easy to use (34)
  • Excellent sound (33)
  • Warm / comfy (32)
  • Good power output (9)

Cons

  • Limited functions (5)
  • Weak (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (36)
  • Amateur recording (26)
  • Professional recording (18)
  • Performances (12)
  • Outdoor events / games (10)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (28), 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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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2.0

Good sound, just not big enough

By Clarky

from Leitchfield, KY

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable

Cons

  • Limited Functions
  • Weak

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio

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

I bought this thing and thought it would scratch my vox itch. It didn't. Not enough amperage and volume. No reverb was also not cool. I knew all that going in, but I tried it because of the musiciansfriend return policy. I am very thankful about that. I tried it and decided it wasn't for me. The amp is great and easy to use and all. However, it just wasn't enough. Maybe some one who has all the other effects and such could use it. Maybe a studio? Either way, I sent it back and replaced it with a Black star 20 watt. No problems at all. That's why I love these guys

(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

     
    5.0

    Great home/studio amp

    By Brian

    from Spicer MN

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Limited Functions

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

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

    This is a great sounding practice amp. It has plenty of volume for in home use, but it will distort if you try and push it to much. Works great for home studio use. Either with a mic or directly to an audio interface. We have run it through a pa system and it does loose some of its tone, but still sounds good. Great little amp that will do a great job for what it's designed for.

     
    4.0

    200 is a good price but the full price is a little high...

    By Tommy Tune...

    from Chino Ca,

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    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:

      This amp accommodates a high end stratocaster as well as a high end Gibson flying V...Tiny little guy not for public performance but perfect for getting all those cool sounds without loosing your hearing...

       
      4.0

      Great Practice Amp

      By DanTheHobbit

      from Japan

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      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've been wanting a little Vox for years and finally jumped on this little beauty. It's definitely a bright amp in my experience, though that may owe to my main guitar's pickups.

      There's a fair amount of headroom here, and the controls are as simple as breathing. It also handles pedals like a champion.

      A bit more bass would do this amp some good. I can get some good response from my Dirty Little Secret, but the amp itself doesn't produce a lot of low end on its own. A reverb feature would also have been a nice addition.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Top Boost Might Not Be For Everyone

      By Not Fully Amped

      from MA

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      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 !!!

         
        5.0

        Excellent practice amp

        By mardin

        from central NJ

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        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

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

            Using a straight out small tube amp. Sounds sweet!

            (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.

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