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    Vox

    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.

    Features

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

    Unleash that British top-end tone. Order today.

     

    AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp Specifications:

    • 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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    VoxAC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
     
    4.5

    (based on 61 reviews)

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Excellent sound (6)
    • Portable (6)
    • Easy to use (5)
    • Warm / comfy (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home studio (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Professional musician (4), Experienced (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Unique and classic.

      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...Read complete review

      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.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      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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      5.0

      Gets Better with Age

      By solszew

      from San Francisco, CA

      About Me Professional Musician

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        Cons

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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.

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            4.0

            Good price, good tone

            By Adam Schleman

            from Indiana

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Inexpensive
            • Portable

            Cons

            • Poor Quality Components

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Professional Recording

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

            A great amp for the small price. With a power attenuator to select the output level you can achieve gritty tones at lower volumes. I would say this is a great amp for someone who is looking to see what the fuss is about with tube amps versus solid state amps.

            This is a Vox product so for the most part it is good quality. However, !DO NOT! change the power output setting while the amp is on. The one that my friend has (the one that I'm basing this review on) died after less than a years use... Granted, he had changed the tubes and speaker himself - Voiding the warranty.

            Great value for an amp that you can use an extension cab with. I ran it through a 1x12 cab in cooperation with the 1x10 in it and it sounded so much bigger and better. It's hard to find the headroom with such a low ceiling in this thing but it gets a great boxy tone if that's what you're looking for.

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            I don't think I could live without this

            By Jimmy G.

            from Boulder, CO

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • 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.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Perfect

            By BL

            from FL

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

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

              What a great little big sounding amp, portable, quiet when needed, powerful when needed. Highly recommended

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Sweet Deal!!

              By guItaRduDe

              from Phoenixville, PA

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Excellent Sound
              • Portable
              • Small
              • Vox

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Blues
                • Church
                • Small Events

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

                I love this amp. I own an ac15. For one booking I played at, I did not have a way to take my own amp, so i had to use the 8" ac4 available. I Loved it!! It sounded great, didn't have to be cranked, and looked freakin adorable!! It sounded great, pretty much like my ac15, and took my pedals really well. My friend recently ordered the 10" one, and it plays even better, and it sounds like there might be a little more headroom. Bottom line, if you play jazz, blues, or worship and need an amp with in a certain budget, look no further!!

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                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Buy...Get It!

                By Revjimi

                from Akron, PA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Limited Functions

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio

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

                I purchased this amp about 6 months ago and man does it sing. I was looking for a little amp to use teaching my lessons and so I bought this little beauty. Man after I got this home I found myself bringing out to gig after gig and being more and more impressed with it's sound.

                If your plan to mic your amp this is all the volume you will need. And with a few mods this amp will be more than enough for you to practice at home and bring to the gig.

                Trust me pull the trigger on this one...you won't be disappointed.

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                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Monster home/recording amp

                By Aaron-f1G1k

                from Phoenix

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Excellent Sound
                • Portable

                Cons

                  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.

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                    (4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    2.0

                    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.

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                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Ac4tv

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

                    I gave it a 9 for the reason of the low E and A string get muddy alot. (Mostly E) This amp is varry divers for a $250.00 tube. I run a Maxon Od9 Pro Plus in to mine. It really brings it to life and opens it up. The natural Over drive on the amp is nice but i find after you turn the vol nob past about 4 oclock it starts to get a little icky... But with the Maxon i can push it with vol at about 10-11 oclock and achive nice clear, thick, full bodyed distortion. I love this little amp, its nice and compact, good for travle, and you dont need to do more than turn it on and plug in to achive beautifuil vintage vox tone. This amp is hard to make sound bad.
                    Master Tone. Master Vol. 4-1-1/4 wat slecter. Lovely sounding tubes. Closed back.
                    Sturdy caseing,
                    $250.00 for a nice warm sounding tube amp that you can get nice cleat over drive from allowing you to play classic Hendrix to jazz and blues. Cant beat it.

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                    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Worth waiting for!

                    By Papabear-RHv0e

                    from Thomponville Illinois

                    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.

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