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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.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options

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

(based on 95 reviews)

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Pros

  • Excellent sound (30)
  • Easy to use (26)
  • Warm / comfy (26)
  • Good power output (18)
  • Portable (13)

Cons

  • Limited functions (4)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (26)
  • Performances (22)
  • Professional recording (20)
  • Amateur recording (19)
  • Outdoor events / games (14)
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    • Experienced (26), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sounds great looks Gorgeous.

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...Read complete review

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...

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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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5.0

All about the tone

By Oldenkrusty

from Austin tx

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Kinda Heavy

Best Uses

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

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

I came to the vox ac15c1 in a round about manner- I was looking into some changes to my rig a few years ago. I had been using a hot rod deluxe for the past 13 yrs, and while I liked and still like the fender, it was becoming more difficult to heft it in and out of my trunk and was a bit too loud for for what I was doing - clubs and house parties. I decided I wanted some portability and after weighing options purchased a boutique amp and cabinet. That was short lived as the power transformer failed in under 30 hrs of use. It took 7 months to get a warranty repair and at that I cut my losses. I decided to get the amp I passed on in order to get the boutique rig - the vox ac15c1.
After playing it for a month, I can say it is the choice I should have made to begin with. It has the sound. And it has a versatile tonal pallet at useful volumes. It lacks the clean headroom of my fender or of an ac30, but I rarely play real clean real loud.
You get the signature vox chime that tickled your ears on those British invasion hits and a practically hypnotic tremolo. There is much discussion on boards with references to many mods some do wth these amps, but I am going to enjoy it as is for a while before I think about changes. My les paul and tele each sound good, and the amp seems to exploit what makes each of those guitars special. Sounds great with and without my pedalboard- I tend to use the amps overdrive and grind rather than pedals. If you are reading this you likely have read other reviews that say the same thing. This is the real deal. Yep, it is almost as the fender I set out to replace so I got a cart and a car with less liftover.

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5.0

Great tone

By GAbluesguy

from Georgia

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances

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

    I've been playing through a Fender Prosonic for years. Love the tubes but it needs to be turned up to get a good sound and it is LOUD even at low settings. So went shopping for an amp that would sound good at lower volumes for practicing, jams and small clubs. This one is it. Few bells and whistles but great tone and warmth. The drive channel is perfect for the blues and clssic rock that we like to play. I put my Zoom G3 in front of it to dial in a bit more grit and add effects where needed and that is working for me.

    I tested the latest solid state modeling amps at local music stores before ordering the VOX and there is no comparison. Its all about tone!

    Only downside- no channel switching. I find myself just leaving it on the drive channel. It adds warmth without distorting the sound too much. For a sparkly sound you need to plug into the clean channel, and as others have reported there is not a whole lot of clean headroom.

    It has plenty of volume for what we are doing.

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    5.0

    Great amp at a great price

    By Gtrgy27

    from Columbus, Ga

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent Sound

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      Let's make this quick and simple. This amp is single channel but has two inputs, one that is a little brighter and that gives you some eq options, so maybe you could call it a twin channel. There is a master volume and channel volume for each input. that allows you to crank the individual channel and saturate the tubes while keeping the volume reasonable. That being said, this 15w gets loud enough for a small gig, and still let's you get a great sound. I also own a fender super sonic 22w. This amp is no where near as loud as my fender, but that's a good thing because I can actually get it to break up without going deaf. However, that does mean you don't have quite as much headroom when using pedals. Speaking of pedals, my board sounds just as great through this amp as my fender. The clean is transparent and chimey, and gives you a nice canvas to color with whatever pedals you use. I actually think I like the reverb better than the verb on my fender. Downside is my board is set to use an effects loop and this amp does not have a loop. It does have some nice outs for extension cabs with variable ohms. But the greenback inside is amazing, so I haven't seen the need to use my extension cab yet. I use this amp in conjunction with my fender amp for a little bit different tone, or as a good quality amp for writing/practicing at home. Not too heavy to haul around, at least not for me. It allows my boutique pedals and my les paul to sound exactly like they were meant to.

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      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

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        5.0

        Simply a great amp

        By Fabs58

        from Long Island, NY

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Good Warmth
        • Unique Vox Chime

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Professional Recording
          • Small Venue Performances

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

          Simply a great amp. Clean tones in the top boost channel give you that "Vox chime" while the overdrive is pure tube gold. Just a great blues/classic rock sound. At 15 watts, this isn't the loudest amp you'll play and if you want to play larger venues, you will probably have to mic the amp. But the tones you can elicit from this amp - without pedals - are simply wonderful. And the price won't empty your bank account.

          If I had one wish for this amp it would be for footswitchable channel selection. After that, I can't see much that this amp needs. Go give it a try. I would definitely recommend this amp.

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          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great amp

          By Johnny

          from Stone Mountain, Ga.

          About Me Novice

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home Studio

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

            I bought this on all the great reviews, and wanted to try a different sound.
            I knew I could return it if I was not happy.
            After a week, well, this is a keeper!
            Very nice amp, highly recommend.

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            (9 of 10 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.

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            (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Sounds great looks Gorgeous.

            By RandyB

            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...

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            5.0

            I love this amp!

            By Ed

            from Bend, Or.

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances

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

              Great sound and easy to use. Top boost channel produces great range of tones!

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              5.0

              A Classic Amp

              By Oldskool

              from Maryland

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              Pros

              • Excellent Sound
              • Good Warmth
              • Powerful

              Cons

              • Preamp Tubes Limited

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

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

              I purchased this amp several years ago, and have been very fond of the versatility of this amplifier. Has great bass, mid presence and highs. Build quality is quite good, has good clean headroom and great distortion. One knock, however. The stock preamp tubes are just enough to get the amp going, but do yourself a favor and upgrade the preamp tubes to REALLY get the tones out of this amp! It gets very loud for 15 watts, don't be put off by the numbers. Recommended!

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