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Vox AC4TVH 4W Tube Guitar Amp Head   

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

The Vox AC4TVH Tube Amp Head arrived nearly 50 years after the debut of the AC4 guitar amplifier in 1961. The AC4TVH guitar amp head is an all-tube practice amp with remarkable self control. This up-to-date Class A amplifier retains the distinctive EL84 power tube of the original AC4 amp and features a 12AX7-powered preamp. The sophisticated sound is unmistakably Vox, delivering distinctively British top-end tone.

Simple and sexy, the Vox AC4TVH guitar amp head wears its pedigree proudly. The amp's cabinetry features the same TV-front design first used on the classic 1958 Vox AC15, and still used on the Vox AC15H1TV Heritage Series.

One of the challenges confronting an all-tube amp is retaining full tone at lower volumes. To solve this issue, the Vox amp head features a built-in power attenuator, with 4-watt, 1-watt and 1/4-watt output levels—ensuring you never lose that classic tube tone, even at the lowest listening levels. Pair your Vox AC4TVH head with the Vox V112TV cabinet for the ultimate practice amp.

FEATURES
  • Affordable all-valve design
  • Switchable output levels 4W, 1W, and ¼W output levels
  • Quality vintage Vox styling

Unleash that British top-end tone. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS

AC4TVH 4W Tube Guitar Amp Head

  • Controls: Tone, Volume, OP Level (4W, 1W, ¼W)
  • In/Out Jacks: Input, External Speaker Jack (¼")
  • Output: 4 Watt RMS 16-Ohm
  • Power cable included
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VoxAC4TVH 4W Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.5

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Useful tool, but be careful

This is a good product and a lot of players will find it very useful (including me), but it has certain shortcomings that need to be factored in to a decision to buy...Read complete review

This is a good product and a lot of players will find it very useful (including me), but it has certain shortcomings that need to be factored in to a decision to buy it.

(1) Any hopes of using this amp turned up high on the 1/4 watt setting to get a normal blues or rock sound at living room volume must be abandoned. 1/4 watt turns out to be very loud, say about the loudness of a trumpet played fortissimo. Amp manufacturers need to realize that guitar players need a practice amp they can actually use and make something that's more like 1/8 watt. The only sound this amp will do at low volume is clean.

(2) But, it's a pretty good clean. While the sound is a bit sterile, it's still a tube sound, a real Vox sound. With the tone control turned all the way down, it sounds surprisingly close to an early 1960s Fender. There is a bit of give to the sound even at very low volumes that makes it much more usable for blues than most amps when played clean.

(3) Bass response is a bit weak and there's no bass control to boost it. But, it will be adequate for most players.

(4) The styling is good, very early-1960s British. Only weak point: the carrying handle is obviously made out of molded plastic, which makes the unit look like a bit of a toy.

(5) Everyone says the speaker supplied with the combo unit or the extension cabinet is not very good. I admit I haven't tried either. Instead, I ran the head into a cabinet with a Jensen P10R, an ideal speaker for producing warm, vintage tone. And the head sounds pretty good with this speaker and hasn't burned out yet.

(6) But, it might: this head is designed to run a 16-ohm cabinet only and has no switch to run at 8 ohms. 16-ohm cabinets are only standard in Britain. In America nearly all cabinets are 8 ohms. Vox should really offer an 8-ohm out for the American market.

(7) The board used is reportedly MDF (basically glue mixed with sawdust), not real wood. It would certainly be preferable to have solid pine or Baltic birch plywood. It would also raise the price a bit.

(8) And this points to a strong point of this unit: it's inexpensive for a quality sound.

(9) The unit is also very light and compact, huge advantages.

(10) But it's not a practice amp. For that purpose, the 4 watts are useless and it would be much better to have 1/8 of a watt or maybe less, so it can actually be used halfway up (for blues) or all the way up (for rock) in the situations everyone plays in most: bedroom, living room, hotel room, backstage, recording studio. Vox's 1/4 watt setting is definitely a step in the right direction, but it still doesn't go far enough.

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Just another attempt....

I am not sure why everybody keeps trying to make a little tube amp that - just because its got tubes means it sounds good. Vox - leave that to the Fuchs, Dr....Read complete review

I am not sure why everybody keeps trying to make a little tube amp that - just because its got tubes means it sounds good. Vox - leave that to the Fuchs, Dr. Z and Songworks. I tried this and it just sounds lite a solid state amp.

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4.0

Definitely has its own unique sound.....

By Strat Guy

from Winchester, VA

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Vox AC4TVH 4W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

...which may or may not be your cup of tea, depending on how you feel about Vox amps in general. That said, it does do the Vox thing quite well. I've owned an AC15C1 prior to this, and it was a decent amp also. The AC4TVH captures a similar tone but achievable at a much lower volume level. One important item of note: the AC4TVH is *not* a top-boost amp; it seems to be modeled after the "normal" Vox channel. This is a great tone, however. It has a simple 3-knob control panel: volume, tone, and OP level (an attenuator). Since there is no master volume, the volume knob itself acts as a gain knob, just like the amps in yesteryear. The "sweet spot" seems to be around the 12:00 position. Beyond that, the amp moves into a super-saturated overdrive that I simply do not like. So I generally leave the volume at around 12:00 or lower. The tone knob is not very noticeable at lower volume levels, but becomes very effective when the volume is cranked up. I leave the attenuator at that 1W or 4W setting - 1/4W sounds dull. With regard to the tone of this amp, it does have that upper-midrange "chime" (harmonic overtones) that Vox is famous for. I am playing it through an Egnater Rebel 1X12 speaker cabinet, and the tone sounds very good. I should mention that that upper-midrange chime seems to resonate a bit too much sometimes, and I noticed it playing on stage one day. I had the amp miked and sort of isolated so that I was using the stage monitors to hear myself, and I really noticed that the upper-mids were resonating powerfully - almost too much, through the monitors. People who were hearing it through the PA mains did not report this, though. The amp lacks bass response, but I plan on replacing C5 with a 22nf cap to fix this problem (search online for the mod - it's a simple capacitor replacement). Overall, this amp has a great vintage tone and takes pedals nicely. I'm hitting it with a Joyo Ultimate Drive to add some grit, as well as a delay.

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4.0

Useful tool, but be careful

By VikingBlood

from New England

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Decent tone
  • Portable

Cons

  • Lacks an 8-ohm out
  • TOO LOUD

Best Uses

  • Playing clean at home

Comments about Vox AC4TVH 4W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

This is a good product and a lot of players will find it very useful (including me), but it has certain shortcomings that need to be factored in to a decision to buy it.

(1) Any hopes of using this amp turned up high on the 1/4 watt setting to get a normal blues or rock sound at living room volume must be abandoned. 1/4 watt turns out to be very loud, say about the loudness of a trumpet played fortissimo. Amp manufacturers need to realize that guitar players need a practice amp they can actually use and make something that's more like 1/8 watt. The only sound this amp will do at low volume is clean.

(2) But, it's a pretty good clean. While the sound is a bit sterile, it's still a tube sound, a real Vox sound. With the tone control turned all the way down, it sounds surprisingly close to an early 1960s Fender. There is a bit of give to the sound even at very low volumes that makes it much more usable for blues than most amps when played clean.

(3) Bass response is a bit weak and there's no bass control to boost it. But, it will be adequate for most players.

(4) The styling is good, very early-1960s British. Only weak point: the carrying handle is obviously made out of molded plastic, which makes the unit look like a bit of a toy.

(5) Everyone says the speaker supplied with the combo unit or the extension cabinet is not very good. I admit I haven't tried either. Instead, I ran the head into a cabinet with a Jensen P10R, an ideal speaker for producing warm, vintage tone. And the head sounds pretty good with this speaker and hasn't burned out yet.

(6) But, it might: this head is designed to run a 16-ohm cabinet only and has no switch to run at 8 ohms. 16-ohm cabinets are only standard in Britain. In America nearly all cabinets are 8 ohms. Vox should really offer an 8-ohm out for the American market.

(7) The board used is reportedly MDF (basically glue mixed with sawdust), not real wood. It would certainly be preferable to have solid pine or Baltic birch plywood. It would also raise the price a bit.

(8) And this points to a strong point of this unit: it's inexpensive for a quality sound.

(9) The unit is also very light and compact, huge advantages.

(10) But it's not a practice amp. For that purpose, the 4 watts are useless and it would be much better to have 1/8 of a watt or maybe less, so it can actually be used halfway up (for blues) or all the way up (for rock) in the situations everyone plays in most: bedroom, living room, hotel room, backstage, recording studio. Vox's 1/4 watt setting is definitely a step in the right direction, but it still doesn't go far enough.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

AC4TVH 4W Tube Guitar Amp Head

By John Daigrepont

from Georgia

Comments about Vox AC4TVH 4W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

This is a nice sounding little amp head. No built in effects, just a tone knob. Really forces you to explore all the nuances of your guitar and the various sounds you can get by adjusting your guitar rather than the amp.
This is the second one I've bought. The first one died the month after the warranty expired (the output transformer and a couple of other components went kaput). The tech I took it to told me it would cost more to repair it than to replace it. So I bought a new one, but opted to purchase the 3 year warranty with this one. I'll see how long this one lasts.
This is a great sounding amp for the money.

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(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice, but there are better at this price point

By BrewCityMusic

from Lake Geneva, WI

Comments about Vox AC4TVH 4W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I have to be honest, I haven't messed with swapping tubes, etc so I can't comment on this amps potential, however for the $200 I would definitely look at almost any of the other low-wattage amp offerings out there right now. Side by side with my Blackheart, the lack of soul in this amp was noticeable (not that the Blackheart will win any awards, but it was still far better). As to people who will use this with DSP or a multitude of pedals, it may be the "thing" for them but for that unmistakeable tube tone, it falls a bit short of expectations.

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(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

ac4 head,lame alert

By Majicman-KYZXD

from Van Isl. Canada

Comments about Vox AC4TVH 4W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

Recently picked up one of these and can't get a good tone out of it.Basically has no personality.Tried it through many different cabs including Vox(alnico blue)marshall etc.Its average tone at best.Having said that I love Vox pruducts in general,but was a little let down with this one.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Is it just my imagination...

By Rastaman

from Near Toronto, Canada

Comments about Vox AC4TVH 4W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

or does the tone control have very little effect on the overall sound? It looks gorgeous sitting on top of it's matching speaker, & I love the 1/4 watt option.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

beatle juice

By mike rophone jr.

from Row dialin'

Comments about Vox AC4TVH 4W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I got a deal on this gem as a condition 3,took it apart,fixed the cab,then plugged it in,and WOW! great studio amp.I put it on the 1W setting,,"miked" it through my P.A.and WOW! again,with some DSP effects,this amp CAN be used to play out with,,I was always struggling with stage volume,,NO MORE!

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for Home Studio Project

By Maestro-ybcmU

from Istanbul

Comments about Vox AC4TVH 4W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

Was comparing this with AC15HTVH at a local music store. What made me decide to get the AC4TVH is due to its various low wattage capabilities which allow me to crank it up comfortably in a home studio setting but yet get that authentic Vox crunch. You won't get that privilage from AC15HTVH which of course a brilliant and really loud amp in its own right. Great for home studio works. Very versatile, works well on paddles and of course that warm and crisp tube sound that you need. Get a good guitar, tremolo and reverb pedals or throw an additional delay to go along with this amp. For small venue gigs and home studio use this unit is definitely sufficient and satisfying.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Makes me love tubes

By utmbarto

from Toronto Canada

Comments about Vox AC4TVH 4W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I've always been a solid state kind of guy but after trying this thing at a local shop I have mostly changed my mind. Its not very big but its loud and gorgous. I played an Epiphone Les Paul through it and it had the kind of dirt I was looking for. Then just by rolling down the volume a tiny bit it sparkles. I definatly want this amp!

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5.0

My favorite amp.

By Special K-9IXeb

from Jacksonville, Fl.

Comments about Vox AC4TVH 4W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I'm running this amp through a homemade cabinet with 1 12inch Jensen 35watt 16ohm speaker. It sounds amazing. I have a les paul with a dimebucker and '59 it's very sensative to the pickups. I can get dirty very easily with the dime then switch it to the neck pickup and it cleans right up. This amp is plenty loud (loud enough for a drummer) I don't see any problem playing gigs with this thing. I wish it had reverb or tremolo but I cant really complain anywhere else. I went off reviews on MF and youtube to purchase this amp. Extremely pleased. Sounds really good with pedals too. I have a holy grail nano and green screamer in front and it accepts them very well. I've owned a fender twin, 6505+, traynor 210, fender silverface bassman.....this is my favorite amp....attractive price, aesthetics and tone. I played a ac15 long ago with a tube screamer and I've wanted a vox since......I have one and love it.

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