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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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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!

 
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.

 
4.0

Good value but there are better amps

By Kangariff

from Australia

I run mine through a 2x12 cab with V30's and this is a nice match particularly if you enjoy the AC30 sound and who doesn't - really. It is better than most amps that I have owned a clear exception is a Laney G100L which was an excellent amp but a totally different animal.I love the clean chanel set for crunch, it can really sound sweet but strong if that makes sense?I have had a problem with an intermittant reverb, I opened it up and wriggled the connection lead for better purchase and its been ok since???This amp is hard to beat for the money, that's the advantage of Chinese manufacturing I guess but there are a few amps I would rather own. I've just paid a deposit for a JCM800 2203 which is nearly twice the price out here.My advice, if you have the money go for a more traditional amp, AC30 handwired, Marshall JCM or a Mesa Boogie if that suits your taste. But if cash is tight this amp will let you enjoy the gigs until you can afford better.

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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

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

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

Superb Head

By guitarman-KI.xv

from Midwest

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I can't speak highly enough about this amp head. The clean channel is wonderful and can do some awesome crunchy tones and mild overdrives. Channel 2 is out of this world once you get things set right. Responds well to guitar volume changes. It is really worth full retail compared to what is out on the market. Can't speak of quality as I havn't had it long enough to see how that goes. The stock tubes were fine by me. Lot's of power out of this head.

 
5.0

GrEAT AMP

By kcooper

from Texas

This head is great! I had a Marshall TSL 120. This amp blows it away. Much more versatile than the Marshall. I'm using it with a Strat and a Les Paul. It's amazing with both.If you need an amp that will do everything, this is it.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

To be Happy with...

By Simon Niemann

from Geleen, Netherlands

The VOX AC50 head is a superb amp. I use it with a '76 Les Paul Custom (with '57 classic and '57 classic plus pickups). The sound of the "clean" channel can be smoothly overdriven, giving a warm and crystal clean rock sound. At low gain values it is as clean as the old AC30. It was a very good idea to give the first channel a gain regulation too. The second channel is very rough. Using it's gain you can get any desired distortion and feedback. Of both channeles the tone regulation is very good, you can alter your sound in any direction: from sharp and brillant to muddy deep. This is 50 Watts? It blows like hell. The footswitch is very robust. Wight and size: it's heavier and bigger than a JCM 800 top. The VOX AC50 head is better for me than the JCM800, but of course I don't play heavy metal. Enjoy!

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