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15 watts of pure Brit-inspired tone, pumping through a 12" Celestion greenback speaker.

An Evolution in Tone
Vox Custom amps offer 2 channels: Normal and Top Boost. Each channel is equipped with its own Volume control, and the Top Boost channel offers highly interactive Treble and Bass tone controls. This powerful channel pairing provides an abundance of tone-crafting control, letting you dial in a classic sound that is all your own.

Both channels share master Tone Cut and Volume controls. The Tone Cut control operates in the power stage rather than the preamp stage, allowing an additional degree of tone shaping. The Master Volume control works in conjunction with the individual volumes of each channel to create just the right degree of gain staging. By balancing the individual and Master volumes, the Vox Custom Amps can deliver everything from a clean Vox "chimey" sound to a powerful overdriven tone.

Sound in Motion
You can sweeten the sound of your Custom Series amplifier using the Vox Classic Tremolo, with adjustable speed and depth. A warm Spring Reverb is also included on all Custom Series guitar amps, adding spaciousness to the sound. All Vox Custom amplifiers can use the Vox VFS2 footswitch, allowing you to turn the Reverb and Tremolo effects on and off as you continue to play.

Power Sharing
The Vox AC15C1 combo makes use of three 12AX7 preamp tubes and uses a pair of EL84 tubes to drive a single 12" Celestion G12M Greenback. All guitar amps in the Vox Custom Series offer a switchable 8/16-ohm output jack for powering an external speaker cabinet when you need to speak with a little more authority; using this jack will mute the internal speakers. Additionally, a second extension speaker jack allows you to run an extra 16-ohm cabinet along with the internal speakers for a fuller sound.

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FEATURES
  • 2 channels
  • 15W into 16 ohms
  • 12" Celestion G12M Greenback
  • Normal input
  • Top Boost input
  • Classic tremolo effect
  • Spring reverb

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SPECIFICATIONS

Custom AC15C1 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

  • Dimensions: 23-11/16"W x 10-7/16"D x 18"H
    Weight: 48-1/2 lb.
    Output Power: 15 watts RMS into 16 ohms
    Speaker: 1 x 12" 16 ohm Celestion G12M Greenback
    Inputs: Normal input jack, Top Boost input jack, Footswitch jack
    Outputs: External loudspeaker jack, Extension loudspeaker jack
    Optional VFS2A Footswitch sold separately
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VoxCustom AC15C1 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.8

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (35)
  • Easy to use (32)
  • Warm / comfy (31)
  • Good power output (23)
  • Portable (17)

Cons

  • Limited functions (5)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (35)
  • Performances (29)
  • Amateur recording (25)
  • Professional recording (24)
  • Outdoor events / games (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (33), Professional musician (9), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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I've had this amp for over a year now, it sounds good at bedroom levels and small gigs.

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-Overall best "Entry Level" tube amp...Read complete review

I've had this amp for over a year now, it sounds good at bedroom levels and small gigs.

Pros:
-Overall best "Entry Level" tube amp (compared to: Blues Jr, AC10c1, Vaporizer, Excelsior, Ramparte)

Cons:
-Annoying high pitched rattle when certain frequencies are played. Mine isn't loud enough to be a deal breaker or be heard in a live setting, but this seems to be a common problem among these and other entry level tube amps so look into it
-Heavy, 50lbs doest sound like a lot but it can become tedious when loading
-Bright, almost shrill at times. I usually play on my neck humbucker and its still pretty bright sounding. Master Tone Cut helps but what this(and any other Vox amp) needs is a 3 band EQ. Bass & Treble controls on the Top Boost channel are very subtle
-Vox still makes amps with two channels that you can't switch between without the use of a ABY box. This is 2015, not 1958. "Hold on everyone, let me just plug into my Top Boost channel before I solo". Why are amps still being made like this??
-Reverb is WEAK. Turned all the way is the equivalent to my buddies Hot Rod Deluxe III turned up 25% of the way
-Takes 22 screws to remove the back panel.. why?
-Didn't come with the switch to activate tremolo/reverb or the dust cover

Conclusion: I love this amp, I really do. However, a simple 3 band EQ, switchable channels, and a stronger reverb tank would have made it 10x better. I chose it over a Blues Jr. because it has tremolo, a standby switch, and a second channel that would be useful in jam situations with a shortage of amps. Id recommend it to a friend but only after informing them of its shortcomings.

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Nice tone (if you can get it). To get it, you may need to do a little tweaking.

Sounds great now, thanks to me. for an amp that rattles is not a good deal. Build it right and charge a little more, or give it up and join the ranks of...Read complete review

Sounds great now, thanks to me. for an amp that rattles is not a good deal. Build it right and charge a little more, or give it up and join the ranks of the $99 toy amps for kids, and just call it a day. The problem I discovered is so obvious that Vox has to know it exists. Shameful.
It has what you need for the sounds a Vox makes, but the quality is a bit lacking. If you're looking for a metal amp, this is not it. Clean headroom is also a little lacking, especially with humbuckers (usable with single coils, to a point). Nice classic crunch, but don't expect to be completely impressed unless you're willing to do a little tinkering (and willing to drop another hundred-plus bucks for new parts) like I did.
I posted a review on this already but I don't see it here, so allow me to explain the problem and how I fixed it. There was a glassy rattle in the first one I brought home. I replaced the power tubes with a set of matched Mesa Boogie valves. Same problem. I sent that one back. Amp number 2 arrives. Again, the glassy rattle was there. So, I took the back off (again) and isolated the rattle to the power tubes (again). This problem, with this amp, is all over the internet by the way. You can look it up. It's very common (now they tell me...). So, I kept this one, and instead, decided to tune it up myself. I ordered a re-trube kit (JJ tubes) and damper rings (Eurotubes.com). Getting the tube retainers back over the dampers takes a steady hand and a little luck, then you need a pair of small pliers ot bend the base of the clips away from the glass (the dampers make the retainers bow inward, so you have to pull them back out). I pluged it in (with the back still off) and discovered a "new" rattle, from the board that the power tube sockets are monted to. Touching the board stops it, so I wedged a thick rubber washer tightly between the edge of the board and the chassis frame. Problem solved. Anyway, this is a design flaw. The power tubes should not be directly coupled to the circuit board, which is not shock mounted. If you have this problem with yours, this is the fix. Sounds great now. 'Probably didn't need the tubes at all, but it sounds almost as good as a classic AC30 now. Night and day difference. The stock Chinese tubes are junk. Reverb tank still sounds like a tin can though. That's next to go.
Hey Vox, how about building these things a little better so every one of your products isn't like some kind of project, right out of the box. I thought Vox quality had improved more by now (back in the 80's they were complete junk). I think they still have a lot of room for improvement. Of course, once you get one the way you like it, they sound great. That part should not be the customer's problem, however. You also owe me $120. I'll just take it out of the new Vox gear I won't be buying until you guys stop selling "do it yourself" kits...

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(20 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Nice tone (if you can get it). To get it, you may need to do a little tweaking.

By Ronald P Molway

from Virginia

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Comments about Vox Custom AC15C1 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Sounds great now, thanks to me. for an amp that rattles is not a good deal. Build it right and charge a little more, or give it up and join the ranks of the $99 toy amps for kids, and just call it a day. The problem I discovered is so obvious that Vox has to know it exists. Shameful.
It has what you need for the sounds a Vox makes, but the quality is a bit lacking. If you're looking for a metal amp, this is not it. Clean headroom is also a little lacking, especially with humbuckers (usable with single coils, to a point). Nice classic crunch, but don't expect to be completely impressed unless you're willing to do a little tinkering (and willing to drop another hundred-plus bucks for new parts) like I did.
I posted a review on this already but I don't see it here, so allow me to explain the problem and how I fixed it. There was a glassy rattle in the first one I brought home. I replaced the power tubes with a set of matched Mesa Boogie valves. Same problem. I sent that one back. Amp number 2 arrives. Again, the glassy rattle was there. So, I took the back off (again) and isolated the rattle to the power tubes (again). This problem, with this amp, is all over the internet by the way. You can look it up. It's very common (now they tell me...). So, I kept this one, and instead, decided to tune it up myself. I ordered a re-trube kit (JJ tubes) and damper rings (Eurotubes.com). Getting the tube retainers back over the dampers takes a steady hand and a little luck, then you need a pair of small pliers ot bend the base of the clips away from the glass (the dampers make the retainers bow inward, so you have to pull them back out). I pluged it in (with the back still off) and discovered a "new" rattle, from the board that the power tube sockets are monted to. Touching the board stops it, so I wedged a thick rubber washer tightly between the edge of the board and the chassis frame. Problem solved. Anyway, this is a design flaw. The power tubes should not be directly coupled to the circuit board, which is not shock mounted. If you have this problem with yours, this is the fix. Sounds great now. 'Probably didn't need the tubes at all, but it sounds almost as good as a classic AC30 now. Night and day difference. The stock Chinese tubes are junk. Reverb tank still sounds like a tin can though. That's next to go.
Hey Vox, how about building these things a little better so every one of your products isn't like some kind of project, right out of the box. I thought Vox quality had improved more by now (back in the 80's they were complete junk). I think they still have a lot of room for improvement. Of course, once you get one the way you like it, they sound great. That part should not be the customer's problem, however. You also owe me $120. I'll just take it out of the new Vox gear I won't be buying until you guys stop selling "do it yourself" kits...

(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Some Things To Consider..

By LedHead209

from Ceres, CA

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Pros

  • Great sound

Cons

  • Design Flaws
  • Tedious Weight
  • Tube Rattle

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances

Comments about Vox Custom AC15C1 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I've had this amp for over a year now, it sounds good at bedroom levels and small gigs.

Pros:
-Overall best "Entry Level" tube amp (compared to: Blues Jr, AC10c1, Vaporizer, Excelsior, Ramparte)

Cons:
-Annoying high pitched rattle when certain frequencies are played. Mine isn't loud enough to be a deal breaker or be heard in a live setting, but this seems to be a common problem among these and other entry level tube amps so look into it
-Heavy, 50lbs doest sound like a lot but it can become tedious when loading
-Bright, almost shrill at times. I usually play on my neck humbucker and its still pretty bright sounding. Master Tone Cut helps but what this(and any other Vox amp) needs is a 3 band EQ. Bass & Treble controls on the Top Boost channel are very subtle
-Vox still makes amps with two channels that you can't switch between without the use of a ABY box. This is 2015, not 1958. "Hold on everyone, let me just plug into my Top Boost channel before I solo". Why are amps still being made like this??
-Reverb is WEAK. Turned all the way is the equivalent to my buddies Hot Rod Deluxe III turned up 25% of the way
-Takes 22 screws to remove the back panel.. why?
-Didn't come with the switch to activate tremolo/reverb or the dust cover

Conclusion: I love this amp, I really do. However, a simple 3 band EQ, switchable channels, and a stronger reverb tank would have made it 10x better. I chose it over a Blues Jr. because it has tremolo, a standby switch, and a second channel that would be useful in jam situations with a shortage of amps. Id recommend it to a friend but only after informing them of its shortcomings.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Amp

By SK Apostle

from Atlanta

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth

Cons

  • Heavy But Quality Parts

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Kind Of Ok 4 Events
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Vox Custom AC15C1 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

I hope my review is at the top of the list because it has info I wanted. First about me: I gig regularly in a bar cover band. I also play every Sunday at my church. I play every day somewhere. I have a Jet City 20 watt head (4 1/2 of 5 stars), and I have a Peavey Windsor head (.025 of 5 stars, makes a great place to sit), Vox AC4 (5 of 5 stars, possibly the perfect low power amp) and this AC15C1. This Vox AC15 sounds really good. 15 tube watts is easily enough to cover my drummer. I for bars it will cut through with no problems. Simply put the top boost channel is nice with British tube break up early on. VERY little clean head room on top boost channel. The NORMAL channel is nice. it has some pretty good clean head room but the fact is by the time you crank the normal channel to match the volume of the acoustic drums you have moved in to light crunch territory. so if you want a very clean sounding amp at higher volumes you better get a Fender. That being said. I like thins amp. I just with I had more clean head room.

(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sounds great looks Gorgeous.

By Randy

from Rochester, NY

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Pros

  • Crunchy And Sparkly
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable

Cons

  • Not much clean headroom
  • Not Much Clean Volume
  • Quiet Clean Headroom

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Mobile DJ
  • Performances
  • Practice Amp
  • Professional Recording
  • Small Venues Esp Miked
  • Studio Amp

Comments about Vox Custom AC15C1 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

Personally I did a lot of research and compared other similar wattage amps and decided upon the AC-15C1 for my main go to amp. I will be straight in describing why I like it and why you also may not. This is not the amp to buy if you want super clean volumes and wish to use your overdrives fuzzes and distortion pedals, at least not if you want clean VOLUME. The cleans on this amp are beautiful for recording volume, warm and sweet and can rival the best fender cleans (or smoke them). However, if you want to turn up at practice or on stage your getting crunch... and in my opionion some amazing crunch, the best in its class. I was looking for that perfect garage rock tone, plug straight in and get it overdrive, and this amp delivers with a cherry on top while maintaining clarity. The reverb and tremolo effect are rich and deep. Not much to say except they work excellently and If Surf reverb tones or some Jazz tremolo or fill in the blank, are on your mind, trust me it will do it. The tubes are a pain to replace. You need to take out like 15 or 20 screws and pull off the back cover to expose them. The benefit, If you treat this baby right your tubes last good and long. I bought a fender excelsior, burns through power tubes sooo fast. My vox still has the stock power tubes burning good with quite regular use after more than a year... (I use it almost daily at moderate volume and my bandmate uses it weekly at full volume for practice), definately reliable and gig worthy. I started out digging the Top Boost Channel and have reverted to mainly the normal channel, It is more natural, warm, and just easy to dial in, the top boost delivers a brighter more aggressive sound that is certainly useful for some applications. Its quite loud for a 15 watter but like I said its crunching when it is loud. Last point... It looks like the cadillac of guitar amps. Maybe not important but if looks could kill...

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Vox AC 15 112

By Gator

from DFW Texas

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Vox Custom AC15C1 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    This is one of the very best amps in this price range, without question. I've always liked vintage amps and own several --54 Bassman 115, 59 Bassman 412, Concert 410, 37 Gibson EH-150 112, as well as a Peavy Delta Blues which is a great blues amp. Never owned a Vox before this one. I had tried a friends and fell in love with it.

    Having played for more than 40 years, I learned long ago that the 15-30 watt amps are my faves because I can overdrive them naturally and get better sound than any pedal can create. It also gives you great flexibility in your live performance by using your guitar's volume controls to achieve more drive with increased volume.

    The unique part of this amp is 2 fold. First, of course, you can dial in the clean chimey sounds that the early Beatles, the Byrds, Brad Paisley,and the Tom Petty get with the 3 12AX7 preamp tubes combined with EL84 tubes--a match made in heaven. I expected that. But what really surprised me was the unique tone you can get by overdriving this little monster. The natural overdrive of this amp delivers more natural sustain than I've ever gotten w/o a box (or without using a huge Marshall stack in a large setting). The natural sustain hangs on completely until you hit the next note. And let's face it, in 90% of the places most of us play, 15 watts of pure tube power is all you'll need. So getting this kind of sustaining overdrive in a small amp is really special.

    I play mainly blues, but also some rock. I know some blues purists will castigate me for leaving my 54 bassman (24 watts) at home and bringing my Vox, but I remember playing with Little Milton, who always played through an AC30, and he was a blues diety. Do yourself a favor before you spend money on another amp in this price range and try out this baby---spend a little time with it in a room because the settings are very sensitive, but make sense once you spend about 10 minutes with it.

    The spring reverb is adequate, not great. The tremolo is useful and more than adequate, but the tone is the king in this little beast. Don't let the brand name fool you--this amp can do it well in rock, blues or country.

    (7 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Take 2 (+1)

    By Ronald P Molway

    from Virginia

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    Comments about Vox Custom AC15C1 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    So, I got the thing home and I really liked it -at first. Then the rattle started. Look it up. It's extremely common. I brought mine down to GC and the guys there pretended thry could not hear it (it only sounded like jangling ice cubes in an empty glass, but I suppose some folks might miss it... Yeah, right.) We changed out the power tubes with some new Mesa Boogie ones, and the vibration was still there. That amp went back. Take 2: new one arrives and I let it warm up before plugging in (Les paul and 335). Same problem. I go onto the internet, and what do I find? These amps seemingly ALL do this. A few "experts" opine that "...all combo amps do this", No, they do not. I have several and this is a first. I have an AC30, MB Mk III, Marshall 50W 1x12, and a Fender twin. Never heard of it. Try again. I ordered a re-tube kit (JJs) and dampeners from Eurotubes (about nintey bucks. Thanks...) They just arrived, so tomorrow we'll see. Bottom line: there's obviously a quality issue with this amp - and there are those who will insist that the rattle is "normal". No. It isn't. If the retube doesn't fix it, it's going to be "Take 3". After that, a refund. So far, I am not impressed. Vox can do better.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Classic Rock Tone Machine!

    By Doc Holiday

    from Waverly, OH

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound
    • Powerful
    • Small Gigs

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Vox Custom AC15C1 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I mainly play in a living-room setting and wanted that big classic overdrive sound at a reasonable level. I have found my tone in this amp. I chose this amp over a Fender Blues Jr, because I personally liked the reverb on this amp better and thought the drive was more of the Jimmy Page sound I was going for. It also has tremolo, which is foot-switchable for when you need to Run Through the Jungle. The cleans are sparkly and beautiful, well suited for your Wind Cries Marry, Lenny tones. Crank it into overdrive and you have all your classic tones. Roll back your guitar volume and it cleans up nicely. My favorite feature of this amp is the Tone Cut control. I especially like this when using a Stratocaster, it keeps the high frequency sounds under control and even using a Les Paul seems to smooth out the whole mix without affecting the drive at all. I would absolutely recommend this amp to anyone who plays classic rock and blues.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Wonderful tube tone and distortion.

      By Magic

      from little rock, ar

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Vox Custom AC15C1 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        This has everything you want in a Class A tube amp: easily controllable distortion as well as warm clean tones. I had used a solid state amp for a long time with stomp boxes to replicate the tube sound. Got the Vox and rarely use a box anymore. The amp distorts quite easily, so you control it with your guitar volume pots. Dial in as much, or as little, distortion as you want, and adjust the amp volume to the room. Warm, clean tones? Cut your guitar volume down, and boost the amp volume. It's really as simple as that. Sometimes I use a little compression or a fuzz just for variety, but this amp does so much and has such a nice variety of tones that it'll put a smile on your face every time you play. Love the thing. Wish I had bought it years ago.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great all Tube Combo.

        By Keith811

        from va

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Blues
          • Classic Rock
          • Country
          • Events
          • Home Studio

          Comments about Vox Custom AC15C1 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          This amp has amazing tone. Don't be fooled if you try one and it just doesn't sound right. The speaker take a few hour of playing to break in. Give the tubes a few minutes to warm up before you start playing also. Don't be scared of the small power rating either. It's only 15 watts but it is loud and sounds good loud. It actually sounds better when the volume of the amp is much louder than i need it for practicing without the band. This thing has no trouble getting over even the loudest of drummers. It helps to put it on a stand also. It sits quite low to the floor. You wont get heavy metal out of this thing but honestly who is buying a vox for Metal? This amp can go from crystal clean with bell like highs and tight bottom end to saturated dirty tube overdrive. It works well with pedals too. I've used several different OD pedals on it and a booster. The booster is great if you keep the amp set where it's just breaking up at full volume on the guitar. Kick in a little boost with the pedal and bang! Solo Time! The Vox AC15C1 is excellent amplifier and you wont find a better sounding all tube amp with reverb and trem for what this thing costs. http://youtu.be/0CP3ihe9WQY

          (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          What a great amp!

          By JayTea

          from New Jersey

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Great With Ric Or Sg
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Vox Custom AC15C1 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            Great crunchy sound without losing tone. Superb chime without painful overtones. Vox have really excelled with this reissue of their classic AC15 Custom. Plus this thing is loud!

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