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Way back in 1961, VOX rolled out the AC4 amplifier. Nearly 50 years later, VOX is pleased to announce the AC4TV”the all-tube practice amp with remark...Click To Read More About This Product

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It's retro, it's chic, it's all-tube and it's all VOX.

Way back in 1961, VOX rolled out the AC4 amplifier. Nearly 50 years later, VOX is pleased to announce the AC4TV”the all-tube practice amp with remarkable self control. This up-to-date Class A version retains the distinctive EL84 power tube of the original AC4 amp and features a 12AX7 powered pre-amp, all driving a custom-made Celestion 10" speaker. The sophisticated sound is unmistakably VOX, delivering that distinctively British top-end tone.

Simple and sexy, the AC4TV wears its pedigree proudly. The cabinetry features the same TV-front design first used on the classic 1958 AC15, and still in use on today's AC15H1TV Heritage Series. One of the challenges confronting an all-tube amp is retaining a full tone at lower volumes. To solve this issue, the AC4TV features a built-in power attenuator, with 4W, 1W, and 1/4W output levels”ensuring you never lose that classic tube tone, even at the lowest listening levels.

The AC4TV also adds a 16-ohm speaker output, allowing you to add an additional cabinet and state your sonic signature with authority.

  • Affordable all-valve design
  • Switchable output levels: 4W, 1W, and 1/4W output
  • Quality vintage VOX styling

AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

  • Controls: Tone, Volume, output level (4W, 1W, W)
    In/Out Jacks: Input, External Speaker Jack ( ")
    Output: 4W RMS 16-Ohm
    Speakers: AC4TV - 1 x 10" 16-Ohm Celestion VX10 custom speaker;
    Valve/Tube Complement: 1 x 12AX7 (pre) / 1 x EL84 (power)
    AC4TV Dimensions: 13.78" (W) x 8.46" (D) x 14.76" (H);
    AC4TV Weight: 19.84 lbs.;
    Power cable included

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  • Portable (33)
  • Excellent sound (30)
  • Easy to use (29)
  • Warm / comfy (22)
  • Good power output (13)


  • Limited functions (7)
  • Weak (3)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (26)
  • Amateur recording (20)
  • Performances (11)
  • Professional recording (10)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (25), Professional musician (8), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review


Has it's place

This amp has it's place. Great "dirty" sounds good for leads and "crunch" chords. No real clean sound at any but lowest volume: volume overdrives the tubes...Read complete review

This amp has it's place. Great "dirty" sounds good for leads and "crunch" chords. No real clean sound at any but lowest volume: volume overdrives the tubes immediately, and breaks up the sound. Only has a volume, so somewhat limited there. Would be nice to have a gain and a volume control. Songs like Cinnamon Girl, Fly By Night, or Revolution sound great. But songs that need clean chords, or open chords can get muddy. Best when playing individual notes, or doubles. The 3 power levels give it some variety of tone. Tone control is responsive. Also playing with the guitar volume level has quite an effect on sound (I'm playing an SE Custom 24 PRS through it most of the time). Even at 1/4W power, it has nice sustain and a real naturally fuzzy dirty tone. Would not be loud enough to gig on its own, but could easily be miced through a PA. Playing through an external speaker adds additional tones (the onboard speaker is lacking in the high end). I personally like playing at the 1/4W level with volume cranked most of the way, and tone about 3/4, mostly using the bridge PU. I can get really great fuzzy sustain, but without ear-piercing volume. Nice for practicing without disturbing the neighbors (or the wife!). I've been pushing it pretty hard for over a week, and so far it's holding up fine. At SDOD pricing it's a good deal. At regular price.....might be better ways to spend your money. And it is a Vox, which I personally like anyway.


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Where's the CRUNCH???

Features-3 I love the power selector so you can pick your volume but that is the only feature- everything else is vanilla. Quality-2.5 the first one I got didnt work but the...Read complete review

Features-3 I love the power selector so you can pick your volume but that is the only feature- everything else is vanilla. Quality-2.5 the first one I got didnt work but the second one did. It is a nice expensive looking amp though.Value-5 It is an all tube amp with a warm sound for $250Overall-3 Why, because while I wasn't expecting any Slayer-like overdrive I was at least expecting some 70's classic rock crunch but the overdrive is pretty tame so why have a tube amp if you are going to end up using a pedal on it anyways???Bottomline this is a great amp if you don't live past 8 on the volume knob because the 10 on this amp is an 8 on most others. I think I may send this one back as well and stick with my old Fender practice amp. Nice warm amp though.

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(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


Worth waiting for!

By Papabear-RHv0e

from Thomponville Illinois

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Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Love this amp. I wanted a small tube amp and was flip flopping between the Blackstar HT1 and the Bugera V%. Glad I went for this one. Set on 4 watts and cranked to 10 it rattles the walls. Louder than my Marshall MG15DFX. Set on 1/4 watt and volume set to half and the tone is creamy smooth. I can roll the volume back on the guitar and this thing sings. Roll the guitar volume all the way up and the grit kicks in. Absolutely love this amp.
Easy to use. Uncomplicated but fantastic tone!
The cream Tolex and the trim is beautifully done.
Worth every penny.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


Monster home/recording amp

By Aaron-f1G1k

from Phoenix

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  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable


    Best Uses

      Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I upgraded the tubes in this already great little amp from the stock Sovteks to NOS General Electric JAN tubes. The difference is profound. I use the amp as a head for a 1 x 12 cabinet (which began its life as a Jet City - an excellent cabinet) loaded with a Celestion G12 "Blue". For the price of the amp, tubes, speaker, cabinet and yard of Marshall Bluesbreaker grill cloth (all <$1000.00), I have a setup that looks great, has a built-in attenuator for home use and recording, is loud enough for small combo jams and can be mic-ed for club use, and sounds better than many boutique amps that cost much more. I really don't see myself ever needing anything else; to my ears, I've found my perfect tone.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


      Gets Better with Age

      By solszew

      from San Francisco, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      A few years ago, after having had a few really disappointing practice amps, I came across the Vox AC4TV in the local Guitar Center. It sounded great, so I scraped the money together and took it home. I just love this little amp. It is a tough, extremely honest, amplifier, with myriads of great tones at all wattages and volumes. I plug my Tele directly in, and just can't believe how good this little guy sounds! I happen to love the Vox sound, so, despite having a great old Mesa MkIII purple stripe in the same room, this is the amp I'm usually jacked in to. I've had it for a little over 3 years now, and notice that, over time, the sound of the amp has just gotten creamier and more complex. The Celestion 10" breaks in very nicely, if a bit slowly. I remember being annoyed for a minute when I first got the amp home due to a bit of boxiness in the sound, but that went away quickly. This amp moves beautifully from the bedroom to the stage, and I have no problem recommending it to anyone.

      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


      I don't think I could live without this

      By Jimmy G.

      from Boulder, CO

      About Me Professional Musician


      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Looks Great
      • Portable
      • Solid Cabinet


      • 12ax7 Was Microphonic

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Rehearsals

      Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I have been using the AC4 for once a week rehearsals for my 7 piece funk band. After 3 months I have had no issues. Because the drummer is quiet I can run the volume between 4 and 5. It takes all 4 pedals very well: Boss Phaser, Guyatone Funky Box(envelope filter), Ibanez TS9, and VOX wah. It sounds tighter and more focused than the Marshall Class5 and the Fender Blues Junior. It has a closed back sound that I have never heard before in a combo amp. I love it. And the triple stitched red-gold-green diamond pattern on the grill cloth is sweet.

      I purchased the AC4 2 years ago. At the time I had no rehearsal studio so I could only run the amp on 1/4 watt in my living room. 6 months later I was finally able to run it full bore and realized that it had a bad preamp tube. It came with Ruby's. I upgraded the 12AX7 to a Groove Tube Gold Series and have had no issues since. The stock power tube is still in it and sounds great. The stock speaker is still in it and sounds great also.

      If you collect low wattage tube amps this is a must have. And if you move it around a lot, get the padded cover for it - it's inexpensive and the gold embroiderd VOX logo looks amazing.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


      Keep your receipt!

      By B-Rad G

      from Glenpool, Oklahoma

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      Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      It's a great little amp, but 4 watts can only go so far. It's great for a bedroom, maybe even a small church, but not much more. It's got a nice hint of the legendary Vox tone.
      It's incredibly straightforward. Volume, gain, tone. That's all you really need for a small amp like this. The vintage styling is also a great plus.
      I actually received 2 defective amps. One's tubes rattled so badly that it could be heard over the lower volumes. The second one just died after about 5 minutes of playing time and the light even turned off. Needless to say I returned both amps and got a Fender Super Champ XD.
      For a functional unit, the price is right for a class-A tube amp. It's only 4 watts, but it packs a little bit of a punch for something that weighs 20 pounds.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


      Unique and classic.

      By vivi

      from Green bay, WI

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      Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      In my eyes, the Vox AC4 stands on its own two feet along with its predacessors the AC15 and AC30. It changed the way i play my guitar, use my effects, and helped find my own distinct "tone".
      This amp is built to lack bells and whistles. You pay for this high quality Vox tone. Considering that, it does come with a single knob to adjust that very tone. That's all I can ask for, brightening it up or softening it down. Because it is a 4 watt, when the volume turned slightly below a 1/4 turn , it is crystal clear cleans (The clean tones are to die for on my Les Paul + effects). But anything past that adds a little more blues overdrive and overall volume. There is also an attenuator to switch between 4 watts, 1 watt, and 1/4 watts! If i had things my way, I might mod it to make it have more headroom on the cleans. Though again at 4 watts, it is truly meant to be a bluesy studio/apartment amp.
      With the stock speaker sounding a little stuffy in the combo amp itself, I would normally knock off a point. But that is just not how I use my Vox ac4. I play in an experimental rock band and my etup is my Les Paul running into my effects, then into the Vox, and that is powering my 4x12 Peavy 5150 cabnit. This little amp, at 4 watts power, sounds just really amazing in my 4x12. Absolutely stunning. I play gigs with this setup frequently in midsized venues. My rig is usually mic'd up , but it is still loud and fills the room nicely, again just a bit more headroom in the volume would have done me, personally, wonders.
      At retail, it is definetly not cheap, but you are paying for high qualty equipment. That doesnt factor in how unique this amps tone really is. Especially under some big speakers, it is worth its retail price. If you look around, you can probably find them used for sometimes half that price.

      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


      Great Tube Amp for the Money

      By Tyler Brooks

      from Pendleton, Oregon

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      Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      This is a no frills tube amp. You have a tone knob, volume knob, and a built in intenuator. The intenuator is great becuase you can get the amp to start breaking up and lower volumes. One of the other reviews wrote that this amp would not keep up with a drum kit. That is totally false. My amp, running on 4 watts, will definately keep up with a drum kit. I couldn't be happier with my purchase. So far I have just used this amp as a practice amp but I am planning on using it live at our next gig.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


      Among the best in its class!

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      This amp has been factory-modded with a premium transformer for optimum performance. It also has a 1 watt and 0.25 watts settings. Guitar World magazine says in their 2010 year's best gear edition: "it's a brilliantly conceived and superbly executed feature". This is a class A all-valve mini amp with a 10" Celestion speaker for less than $250! If you want more than what this amp can offer, I suggest you look for something bigger. However, keep in mind that you will also pay more. I don't understand reviewers trying to compare this unit to amps that cost four times more!? This is one of the best practice amps out there and can get pretty loud if connected to a 4x12 cab (16 ohm). It has one 12AX7 in the pre-amp and one EL84 in the power section. I have read about some people changing the AX7 for an AT7 for cleaner tones. I just like the traditional Vox tones from this little amp. It sounds great with my hollow body, semi-hollow body and telecaster guitars. I get amazing sounds with a Boss FRV-1 '63 Fender Reverb pedal at the end of my pedal chain and right before the amp. A perfect combination. This is a great amp and is highly recommended to those looking for quality within this price range. Well done Vox (again).

      (6 of 14 customers found this review helpful)


      product failure

      By Michael Rivard

      from Seattle Washington USA

      Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      Mine failed in 6 months of lite use. It was overheating with a guitar effects box (zoom G3) and I exchanged that for the Vox Tonelab ST effects box. That helped a little until the amp died. I put in new tubes and checked the fuses and it's still dead, even if the power light shines. To top it off Vox ignores requests for warranty service, I waited the alloted 72 hours and no reply, and no reply to follow up. There must be something wrong using this Vox amp with an amp modeller / effects box. It looks like a loss and I'm going to shop around for a replacement.
      I like the simple control plate, it does not have bells and whistles. It looks good.
      The tubes seem kind of on the cheap end, they are Slovtek. There is not much attention to detail on the exterior or interior. I'm sure it was assembled in a hurry. The sound is not all that amazing and it's quite hard to put it in overdrive as is.
      Got it here at a good price.

      (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


      Nice, but be informed.

      By Ben Robinson

      from Born in the USA

      Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I really liked this amp when I got it out of the box and plugged it in strait. It has presence and a nice little growl. Good for country when paired with a nice clean Tele, I think.

      I was surprised, though, when I took it to practice and mic'ed it up. I had to turn up the volume quite a bit to get it to cut through and then there was no low end chunk for muted rhythm playing. It was invisible in the soundscape unless I was utilizing it's highly emphasized mid range capacity.

      The mids are really nice. That is to say, they are mean and intentionally so. I would love this little beauty if it could support itself better from the bottom up. It did sound super cool when I ran it stereo with my "other" amp which is dreadfully void of the mid growl. Using the tight chunky bass from that other amp and the mids from the AC4TV, I was happy as a clam. ( How happy is a clam? ) Not too happy, I guess, because I really wanted to work with one amp, not two.

      I recommend this amp to anyone who wants to practice solo, or who doesn't need something with a tight bottom end. For the money, it is well worth it. I am not dissatisfied with it for what it is, but it isn't what I wanted. I hope that this review does not discourage you from getting one. I do, however want to get the word out that it lacks the chunky chunk in the badunky dunk.

      Let it be known that I have not tried to run it through any other speaker cabinets.

      Keep on rocking the free world.

      Yours Truly

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