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Vox AC50CPH Classic Plus 50W Amp Head   

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The Vox AC50 Classic Plus 50W head is an EL34-powered line up that marries the classic VOX tone and chime of rock and roll legend with a versatile hi...Click To Read More About This Product

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Both classic Vox and modern.

The Vox AC50 Classic Plus 50W head is an EL34-powered line up that marries the classic VOX tone and chime of rock and roll legend with a versatile high-gain channel that does it all -- from the '50s to tomorrow. Sound big? You bet. What do 50 years of classic VOX sonic history sound like? Play one.

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  • 50W power
  • 2 channels (classic Vox and modern high gain)

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SPECIFICATIONS

AC50CPH Classic Plus 50W Amp Head

  • Power Output: 50 Watts RMS into selectable 8 or 16 ohm loudspeaker load
    Tube complement: 4 x 12AX7 (V1:Low microphonic) and 2 x EL34B
    Dimensions (W x H x D): 702 x 265 x 285 mm / 27.6 x 10.4 x 11.2 inches
    Weight: 22 kg / 48.5 lbs.
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4.8

(based on 16 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice amp, great price

I bought this amp after much deliberation, and some serious comparison shopping. I alresdy own a vintage ac30 top boost and a Marshall TSL 100 The vox, while the perfect size and sound...Read complete review

I bought this amp after much deliberation, and some serious comparison shopping. I alresdy own a vintage ac30 top boost and a Marshall TSL 100 The vox, while the perfect size and sound for the cover songs my band 86'd is playing, Tom Petty the Stones, Bush all the way to White Zombie and Rage against the machine, is simpley to valubal and fragile to expose to the bar scene. I love the Marshall, very versitile, but too powerful for a bar gig. Big amps turned down sound like crap. So I bought the Vox ac50 plus and at first ran it thru my Marshall 1960A cab, which is closed back and loaded with celestion 80's. The 1st channel which is basicly an ac30, but with 50 watts sounded amazing, with rich cleans all the way to creamy Queen like drive. The 2nd channel though was way too bassey, no matter how much I cut the bass on the e.q. This channel is quite gainy, in a good way and having seperate gain controls and channel volumes is a great feature on an amp at this price point, but again the bass was just overwhelming. The tubes are Ruby's and JJ's so I knew that wasn't the problem. I checked the bias and everything was fine, so i simpley switch to my open backed Randall 4-12 cabinet thats loaded with jensen jet speakers that are rated at 100 watts for a little extra headroom, and MAN what a difference!! This rig sounds amazing!! I run a ts9 tube screamer and a keeley compresser thru the front of the amp, and a boss vintage c-2 chorus, a vintage boss dm-2 analog delay and a newer boss dd-3 digital delay through the effects loop. While there is no return level there is a send cut or boost on the loop. Now the first channel just sparkles, very versitile, and the bass problem on the second channel is gone, replaced by tight bass authoritative mids ans shimmering, almost 3-d highs. I run both channel e.q's pretty flat, and use the tone cut on the 1st channel to either cut or boost the treble. Another nice feature is reverb control on both channels, so no more dirty rythems caked in verb! I love this amp, although it is quite heavy, its the perfect wattage because you can set the master volume high to cook the tubes, than use the channel volumes to act almost like an attenuater. I've had so many compliments on my sound its amazing. BUY this amp

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Chinese Craftsmanship all the way!!!

I purchased this amp about a year and a half ago. At first I was delighted with it, except for the fact that you can't get a decent clean tone at any volume...Read complete review

I purchased this amp about a year and a half ago. At first I was delighted with it, except for the fact that you can't get a decent clean tone at any volume (this soon would become my pet peeve with this amp after a while). However after about 8 or 9 months, the problems started. And they continued right up till the time I got rid of it. First the fuses kept blowing, then the pots started to go, then my volume would drop away to nothing. I'd bring it in to an amp tech, and they could not find out why!!. Finally after its third trip to the repair shop in 4 months, I got fed up and traded it in on a hughes and kettner statesman, and I could not be happier with the choice. I went into the store where I traded it a week later and they told me that they were showing it to a customer and the master volume pot blew!! So, if you are looking at spending $1,500 on an amp, DO NOT BUY THIS!! you will regret it. Vox should go back to making their amps in Britain because the Chinese build ones don't cut it!

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5.0

Nice amp, great price

By BigRobStratman

from Kernville Ca

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I bought this amp after much deliberation, and some serious comparison shopping. I alresdy own a vintage ac30 top boost and a Marshall TSL 100 The vox, while the perfect size and sound for the cover songs my band 86'd is playing, Tom Petty the Stones, Bush all the way to White Zombie and Rage against the machine, is simpley to valubal and fragile to expose to the bar scene. I love the Marshall, very versitile, but too powerful for a bar gig. Big amps turned down sound like crap. So I bought the Vox ac50 plus and at first ran it thru my Marshall 1960A cab, which is closed back and loaded with celestion 80's. The 1st channel which is basicly an ac30, but with 50 watts sounded amazing, with rich cleans all the way to creamy Queen like drive. The 2nd channel though was way too bassey, no matter how much I cut the bass on the e.q. This channel is quite gainy, in a good way and having seperate gain controls and channel volumes is a great feature on an amp at this price point, but again the bass was just overwhelming. The tubes are Ruby's and JJ's so I knew that wasn't the problem. I checked the bias and everything was fine, so i simpley switch to my open backed Randall 4-12 cabinet thats loaded with jensen jet speakers that are rated at 100 watts for a little extra headroom, and MAN what a difference!! This rig sounds amazing!! I run a ts9 tube screamer and a keeley compresser thru the front of the amp, and a boss vintage c-2 chorus, a vintage boss dm-2 analog delay and a newer boss dd-3 digital delay through the effects loop. While there is no return level there is a send cut or boost on the loop. Now the first channel just sparkles, very versitile, and the bass problem on the second channel is gone, replaced by tight bass authoritative mids ans shimmering, almost 3-d highs. I run both channel e.q's pretty flat, and use the tone cut on the 1st channel to either cut or boost the treble. Another nice feature is reverb control on both channels, so no more dirty rythems caked in verb! I love this amp, although it is quite heavy, its the perfect wattage because you can set the master volume high to cook the tubes, than use the channel volumes to act almost like an attenuater. I've had so many compliments on my sound its amazing. BUY this amp

 
5.0

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By Travis-HLzJf

from Lincoln, NE

This amp rocks. Only bad thing is that I also had the plastic nut fall off and my input jack fall into the head with no way of getting it out except my friend had $3,000 bucks worth of Snap-On Tools and we finally fished it out. Other than that its built like a tank and sounds out of this world. I don't even use the heavy channel. I don't know why you'd need the 100 watter cause this one gets louder than human ears can take set on about half volume. Definitely one of the best purchases I've ever made!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Chinese Craftsmanship all the way!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I purchased this amp about a year and a half ago. At first I was delighted with it, except for the fact that you can't get a decent clean tone at any volume (this soon would become my pet peeve with this amp after a while). However after about 8 or 9 months, the problems started. And they continued right up till the time I got rid of it. First the fuses kept blowing, then the pots started to go, then my volume would drop away to nothing. I'd bring it in to an amp tech, and they could not find out why!!. Finally after its third trip to the repair shop in 4 months, I got fed up and traded it in on a hughes and kettner statesman, and I could not be happier with the choice. I went into the store where I traded it a week later and they told me that they were showing it to a customer and the master volume pot blew!! So, if you are looking at spending $1,500 on an amp, DO NOT BUY THIS!! you will regret it. Vox should go back to making their amps in Britain because the Chinese build ones don't cut it!

 
5.0

FAT

By DOURCYNIC

from Phoenix Arizona

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This amp is so sick, I've got a nasty grungy explosive sound when I turn the Fat switch on. The combination of the clean to dirty gives a huge variety of sound. Its grittier and bassier than oranges or marshalls.This head gives me goose bumps...It sounds very expensive...

 
4.0

Great sound but Chinese built

By RJ-iTG0e

from Louisville Ky

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This amp gets a great tone through my Genz Benz G-flex 2x12 cab. The sound is fantastic, though not quite as loud as my Peavey JSX 2x12 combo. The build quality however is lacking. The input jack is secured only by a single nut on the outside of the head. This nut is plastic. I plugged in my cord one time, pulled it out one time and the nut snapped and into the head went the input jack. It was 20 minutes before band practice. I spent the next hour trying to get it out and get it fixed. I ended up replacing the plastic nut with a metal one I bought at Home Depot.Other than the build quality I really do love the tone of the amp. Its darn hard to beat for the price. Just replace that stupid nut before you plug in.

 
5.0

Great Amp!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I have had this amp for a few weeks and already I think it may be my favorite amp ever. Let me begin by saying I am blown away by the versatility of this amp. Just looking at it one might think that its a straight forward and simple amp but I quickly realized this amp is capable of a ton of different sounds. I really like the distortion but just be sure to turn the master volume up higher than the channel volume or it may get muddy. The clean is awesome! I was really surprised by it. The tone cut feature is amazing. I really love the reverb on this amp too; it doesn't get all wobbly sounding like most amps I have played that are in the same price range. Speaking of price, this is an amazing deal. This amp comes with Ruby and Tung-Sol tubes also so that is really cool. The only thing I don't like about this amp is that its so heavy but I can easily forgive Vox for that.

 
5.0

I Love this Amp!!!

By Louie-CzvVR

from St. John's, NL, Canada

I almost bought an AC30CC2X, but decided to go with the AC50CPH head and a Vox V212BN cabinet because of the added versatility you get with the higher gain channel. I could not be happier with my decision!! The tone of this amp is unbelievable. the cleans are pristine, and at high gains you get that awesome classic overdriven sound. I'm in a cover band at the moment, and we play everything from The Red Hot Chili Peppers to The Darkness to John Mayer, Incubus etc etc, and this amp handles them all beautifully. My only word of caution is that if you are big into heavy metal, perhaps this amp is not for you. you won't get that heavy crunch so if that's what you're looking for, buy a Randell or a Kerry King Marshall or something. This did not effect my rating because I knew that before I bought this head and I'm fine with it. I have no need for that sound.

 
5.0

the sound in my head, and then some!!

By DarkStanley!

from Windsor, On, Canada

Best amp I've ever played. It's like owning a modded JCM 800 and a Vox ac30. You can get any sound you want out of the thing, and all ranges of tones sound amazing. I could top 40 with this tonight, then use it with my metalcore band tommorrow. hands down best versatility you can find. D.I. output, effects loop, footswitchable reverb, what more could you ask for in a tube amp? The price means nothing after you buy it. I would've paid twice as much. Buy this head just as an excuse to not get a mesa.. this head is better. and nobody will expect to hear what comes out of this thing when they see the VOX lettering!

 
5.0

AND THE WINNER IS...

By Mike Check

from Wilmington, NC

I went to the local shop, tried out an AC30 and really enjoyed it. Then I began reading about the AC50CPH and the price that seemed too good to be true. I bought this head without ever trying one out, which was a bit scary i'll admit. Amp head came to my house, quite a heavy beast, plugged it in and let it warm up. Within 60 seconds of playing the amp I was beginning to find THE TONE that I've always wanted. This amp sounds incredible. I tried all 5 of my guitars and after tweaking the tone a little for each one, I found sounds that I wish my guitars had been making all along these past 12 years. I bought it because I love the VOX sound, it was 2 channels, and had a high gain channel. Channel 2 (High Gain) is soooo thick coming from a LP. It's a sound that you feel you could almost bite into. The high gain channel is what I originally bought it for, but now I'm hooked on those gorgeous cleans I'm getting from on channel 1. Best "on board" spring reverb I've ever heard. After playing one, I feel like I should have paid another grand or so... You'll never see Marshall sell an all Tube Head for anywhere near this price and still get professional quality.

 
5.0

Magnificant!

By VoxBox

from Ocean City, NJ

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After playing a Marshall for 5 years I was in search of tonal paradise. I looked at higher end Marshalls, and mesas. Mesas tend to pigeon-hole your guitar's tones. Marshalls have gotten tired to my ears and now enter the Vox AC50CPH. I played and Ac30 in the studio and couple gigs and was blown away at the tone, but I needed more watts. This amp has the clean tones of the AC30 to a "T" your clean tone will sing, your distortion will purr with the creamy tubes and the reverb is absolutely pristine. Just give it a try you don't have anything to lose and you won't be dissappointed.

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