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Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp  Cream 

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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...Read More

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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 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.

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

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

SPECIFICATIONS

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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VoxAC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.5

(based on 66 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (48)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (10)
  • Portable (10)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Warm / comfy (6)
  • Good power output (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (6)
  • Amateur recording (3)
  • Performances (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Monster home/recording 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...Read complete review

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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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

Even better after speaker replacement

By No Nickname

from Chicago

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Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    I tried several small practice amps from other companies before deciding on the AC4TV. For 5 years, it's been so good for practice, at the office as well as a few recordings and small gigs that I wanted to use it for more. The original speaker couldn't clean up or get loud enough without sounding like trash(which can be good for some stuff). I replaced the speaker with a Celestion G10 Vintage and got a Strymon Flint. Now it's all I need for most gigs without drums.

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    5.0

    Great Sounding Amp When Used with a Distortion Pedal

    By Gieser surf rat

    from Huntington Beach, CA

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Portable
    • Powerful
    • Sounds good with distortion and wah wah pedals

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

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

      This amp is a lot like the amps I had when I was a kid back in the 1950s and early 60s. Like those amps, it does not have a gain knob for overdriving the preamp it only allows you to adjust the volume. On those old amps you had turn the volume up as far as it would go in order to overdrive the tubes in the power amp in order to get any distortion. The difference with this amp is that it has a built in power attenuator to overdrive the power amp tubes so you do not have to turn the volume up very much to get a little bit of distortion. The problem is, the most distortion you can get using this method is pretty much the level of distortion you hear in old rock roll songs from the 1950s. However, if you use this amp with a distortion pedal that has loads of extra distortion like a Reaper or Swollen Pickle, then you can get a great sounding rip saw distortion. What impressed me the most when using this amp with a distortion pedal was that when I strummed a chord, you could hear every string clearly ring out. A lot of other amps I owned in the past had a fuzzy muddiness to them when you strummed a chord with a lot of distortion. I also liked the way this amp sounded with a wah wah pedal. When the amount of power attenuation is increased on the amp you can hear the increase in the sustain of the wah wah sound. Also, when the power attenuation is increased hammer-on's and pull-off's seem to sound a lot clearer.

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      4.0

      If loud is your thing.

      By Bradley

      from California

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

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

        I kind of thought quarter watt setting would be quiet. But no, this thing has balls. It is as loud as a forty watter I have. Well almost. I like it.

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        (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Actually zero stars

        By Disappointed

        from Greensboro, NC

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Weak

          Best Uses

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

            Looked cool. Plugged it in. Played for about 2 minutes. Turned up to about 1/2 volume. Heard a pop and a fizzle, followed by silence and darkness. Okay, maybe this was that one unit in a thousand with a serious defect, but why take a chance that the next one lasts one day longer than the warranty? MF return process worked fine. I'll be back, but not for one of these.

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            4.0

            Vox Box with attitude

            By Jazzbo

            from Hudson Valley, NY

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            Pros

            • Attenuator
            • Ballsy Sound
            • Excellent Sound
            • Portable
            • Simple Controls

            Cons

            • White Cover Needs Care

            Best Uses

            • Guitar Amplification

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

            The Vox AC4TV amps up your sound with ballsy tone and attitude. Controls are dead simple. From 1/4 watts to 4, you can get pretty much anything you want. It makes my Gretsch Corvette sing, my Ibanez artcore semi-hollow body sound great and my strat clone sound better than it looks. It's new, so the tone gets a bit ragged as the volume goes up. I tamed it with an xotic xp compressor, and a reverb pedal. Turning the volume down on my neck pickup gives me jazz tones, turning it up and switching to the bridge pickup makes it growl. If you prefer not to spend countless hours tweaking digital controls and modeling devices and rather just play yer guitar, get this amp. This amp replaces both my digital practice amp and my "play it louder" 22w tube amp with the zillion tweak knobs. It also jacks into a speaker cab for larger sound. I use it at 4w to go into an 8 ohm 16" speaker cab and it rocks. Don't know how it plays at large venues, but expect to have to mic it if you go there with it.

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Gets Better with Age

            By solszew

            from San Francisco, CA

            About Me Professional Musician

            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

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            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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            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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            5.0

            Perfect

            By More B3!

            from Orlando 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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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Sweet Deal!!

              By guItaRduDe

              from Phoenixville, PA

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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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