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Bring back that classic British tone in an affordable combo amp.
The 4W Vox AC4TV8 Guitar Combo Amp is a modern take on a bona fide classic amplifier. The all-tube Vox AC4TV8 practice amp delivers tone In the style of the Vox AC4 amplifier introduced in 1961. You'll notice that Vox even made use of the "TV" style cabinetry design first used on the 1958 Vox AC15 amp.
The Vox AC4TV8 amp retains the distinctive EL84 power tube of the original AC4. A 12AX7-powered preamp makes the AC4TV8 amp's sound unmistakably Vox, delivering that distinctively British top-end tone.
One of the challenges confronting an all-tube guitar amplifier is retaining a full tone at lower volumes. To solve this, the Vox AC4TV amp has a built-in power attenuator, with 4W, 1W, and 1/10W output levels—ensuring you never lose that classic tube tone, even at the lowest listening levels. The Vox AC4TV8 combo amp also adds a 16-ohm speaker output for you to add an additional speaker cabinet and amplify your sonic signature with authority.
It's retro, it's chic, it's all-tube, and it's all VOX. Order now.
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First off: I'm a harmonica player. I've plugged a guitar into this thing twice, and I liked it well enough, but I'm more an acoustic kinda guitarist. I do love me an amplified harp, though, and the common wisdom is that one needs a tube amp for that. I purchased this with an Astatic roadhouse over President's day to take advantage of the sale. Going down the list:Features was a 4 for the tone knob, power attenuator, and cab output. The former lets me muddy it up a bit to get more of that Chicago sound and reduce feedback (always an issue with a mic, darn it). Like other reviewers mentioned, just because it's a 4W amp doesn't mean it's wimpy, it'll kick out close to enough sound for a live occasion if you need it to, and if you need any more plug it into a cab, you should be fine. For at home, you can crank it down to 1/10thW, and not deafen the neighbor. Quality got a 4.5 mostly for the killer tone. I was worried about it being too "British," thinking it might be trebly or too brittle for that thick sound I wanted, but I needn't have worried. It does what a tube amp does. The only reason I didn't give it a 5, really, was out of disappointment that the casing was a molded plastic, instead of a tweed/other vintage fabric covering. Nonetheless, great tone for the price.Value, needless to say, was tops for an amp this cheap. Who cares about the speaker size, if you can plug it into a cab? Just makes it more portable for when you're not blowing down the local bar. Sweet tone, good features, jaw-dropping price.No problem with it shorting, yet.
This thing is surprisingly useful and hands out more tones (and MUCH more volume) than I expected. On full power, setting the volume beyond the 1 to 2 o'clock position causes the sound to get mushy and saturated... and not in a completely desirable (to me) way. The apparent volume doesn't increase after this point, either, so much as the overdrive increases. I'm getting a lot of initial bark followed by immediate squeeze, and it happens at a very specific spot on the dial, as though the tube biasing completely breaks over and sends 'em into complete saturation. Just before that point, though, you can get all the control you'd want from your guitar's volume knob: THAT is the thing that makes this amp so fantastic. At that point, though, the amp is louder than you'd think it'd be. When on the lower settings, you have to realize that you're also changing the way the tubes/circuit operate... it is NOT the 'same sound, only lower', it is actually a different sound. And realize that the overwhelming majority of tube amps with different "power settings" operate the same way... VERY few achieve actual "attenuation" of power by keeping the circuit the same, and instead send it to a variable load output. (which is the only way to get close to "really the same sound, only lower" Some folks misunderstand that and have expectations to match.The lower settings are useful, though, and sound good... but not nearly as good as the full-power/ lower volume setting. At this magical point, adjusting your guitar's volume knob will clean up the sound without a huge dig in apparent volume.Another excellent surprise, this thing is VERY quiet, even with single coils!!If you play a metal bridge/tailpiece setup, the natural 2k bump you get will mix with the chime of the amp and you'll end up with quite a bit of sparkly top end... If that's not your thing, you might be able to compensate if you're lucky enough to have a guitar with an affective tone control (many don't).I've put several pedals in front of it and got great results, too. Can't wait to plug this into a full-size cabinet.Great, great amp... very fun to play through. I haven't played through my Marshall or my Tech21 (both of which I absolutely love) since this showed up two weeks ago... it's just so damn handy and great-sounding that you WANT to play through it and see what you can get it to do.I had an AC30CC, which I sold like an idiot, and this thing seems to be made just as well. I would suggest trying out different tubes to see what other character I can unlock, but if you do, keep in mind that tubes (and speakers!!) reveal their true nature after they've been baked in for a bit. Play with this thing for a while to open it up, and then experiment. If this amp is interesting to you, you'll probably end up loving it.
this amp sounds pretty decent. the ability to switch the watt setting is pretty nice. it is what it is, a good practice amp. that being said, mine shorted out on me today, 48 days in. i have ready some discussion forums on vox's website and this seems to be a pretty common problem with this model. vox told me they would take a look at it but i have to ship it to them. pretty bad deal if you ask me. therefore i cannot recommend this amp to anyone.
For a tube amp, this thing is definitely set at the right price. However, while I love the cleans of this guitar, I'm thinking about switching out the tubes to get that crunch a little hotter. I gave the features a 3 because this amp really needs reverb to go along with it and I just found it lacking something in the tone without it. I think if they adjusted this amp with sicker tubes and a built in reverb, it would be perfect.
Just got this amp - I plugged it in right away and after a little rocking out through the built-in speaker, I was kinda "meh" about it -not bad but not instantly stoked on it. To me, it just had that "little amp" sound. And then in the manual I read "Trust us, you have to hear this through a 4 x 12" cab!" Yeah sure, ok...so...I used the speaker out and plugged this into my Marshall JCM 900 cab. WOW. Rich. Full. And LOUD - later we played this rig at practice with drums and it was loud and clear enough for us to hear easily. I am all about good deals and was skeptical about this one. Not anymore! Crank this little guy and be amazed at what 4 watts can do.
this thing is amazing, awesome sounding, perfect warm tube sound, with the clean tones, sounds amazing with an American Deluxe Tele, (thats all i have put through it so far) recorded a few tracks with it and i can put it on 4 watts and crank it loud and get SICK tone!! and i have even put it on 1/4 of a watt and recorded with it and just cranked my pre amp on my mic and you get the sickest room tone!! aaaammmmaazzing amp! buy it! now. there is no difference between this amp and the one with the 10 inch speaker, except the price. buy it. soooo good.
very nice looking little amp. sounds great, the classic tube sound is awesome for such a small little thing. Very loud, u wouldnt believe it is only 4 watts. my only complaint is that it may be too loud for bedroom practice, even with the reducer set to 1/4 W, it may be too loud for practice if u want that awesome sounding crunch. overall though, i am very pleased!
I liked the idea of a bedroom level practice. On the <1 watt setting with the volume pot on the guitar @ 12 this little guy distorts great. Clear to crunchy. So fun and no bleeding ears. If you are looking for a quiet amp that sounds great this is it. Solidly built. Good looking. I recommend it.