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Vox Custom AC15C1 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp  Vintage 

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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 102 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Excellent sound (34)
  • Easy to use (31)
  • Warm / comfy (30)
  • Good power output (22)
  • Portable (16)

Cons

  • Limited functions (5)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (33)
  • Performances (28)
  • Amateur recording (24)
  • Professional recording (23)
  • Outdoor events / games (18)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (32), Professional musician (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Some Things To Consider..

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...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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4.0

Great amp for the money

By Ad3

from Nc foothills

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    I have the Green Back AC15C1. The green is rated for a whopping 25 watts, while the blue is only 15 watts. The blue though is a much more efficient speaker so the 2 are about equal volume. I think they sounded similar at loud volumes and could see paying the extra for the blue although people swear by the blue speaker. Wish the foot switch was included but other than that it is a solid loud efficient amp with a classic voice, and pairs excellently with about any amp I have run it in stereo with. Don't waste you money on JJ Electronics tube upgrades like me, sounded basically identical.

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    5.0

    Love this amp

    By Dwight

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

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

    Love this amp... Vox does it right

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    (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Difficult to dial in

    By Big Tee

    from San Diego

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use

      Best Uses

      • Home Studio

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

      I like my Fender Blues junior. I can't seem to get that sound out of the vox. I'm going to get some help in adjusting the knobs properly.

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I regret not buying this sooner.....

      By Zachary Grant

      from Texas

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Events
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

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

        I've never Owned a Tube amp before.... Just a Solid State amp that did the job. I really wish that I would have saved my money and gotten a tube amp from the beginning.... this thing is amazing. I wanted to get an AC30 but figured it would be a little bit too much amp for the small apartment that my wife and I live in right now.... Maybe in a few years I can upgrade.

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        (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Some Things To Consider..

        By LedHead209

        from Ceres, CA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        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.

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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Classic Vox Chime Without that 30 Weight!

        By Glenn "Help Me Carry This Amp" Jimenez

        from San Juan, PR

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Limited Functions

        Best Uses

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

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

        I really love the AC15. It was very easy to carry but produced an amazing sound. I sold mine, I was on the quest for Vox tone domination and have finally found it with the AC30c2... but the AC15c1 is not easily forgotten. It took pedals very very well, the only downside is that since it's so low in terms of wattage (compared to say a 100 watt head) there isn't a whole lot of clean headroom. At home, it was a beautiful sound. Live, it needed to become a fire-breathing overdrive monster...or else it didn't have enough volume.

        DO NOT BE MISTAKEN, this amp is loud. The police once visited me to give me a warning after I got a little too carried away with some jam tracks later at night.

        The greenback vs alnico debate is cork sniffery at it's finest. Does it sound better with blues? Yes. Does the greenback sound bad? Heck no. Dp some reseach on the G12m in case you're wondering if you should take a step up.

        all in all, the vox tone is there- it just might not have as clear a sound as you've heard on all those Tom Petty records... you do need more headroom for that.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        All the amp you will ever need

        By Bench

        from Lodi, NJ

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

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

          Easy to dial it the tones I use for my purposes. The clean sounds really give that clear bell like charm. Cranking it up also sounds great as there is the chords or notes don't get muddy. I play country, blues, and classic round and this amp can cover all the genres. Love this amp.!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Fantastic amp with legendary tones

          By Dan

          from Providence, RI

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Little Clean Headroom

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording
          • Recording

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

          I have wanted an AC for years, ever since one of my old bandmates bought his I have loved the signature chimey Vox tone. I traded in a Fender Deville and got a great deal on a used AC15C1. It is the PERFECT amp for recording. Since I am primarily a bassist, I wasn't concerned about the power of this amp, as I am mainly using it in a studio for writing and recording purposes. However, my bandmates have used it a few times for shows in 500-1,000 capacity venues and this thing SLAYS. It's loud enough to cut through the stage volumes of myself and my bandmates. While it is almost always miked up, I have heard it played in outdoor shows and parties without being miked, and it handled surprisingly well. The on-board effects (reverb and tremolo) are great. The 12" Greenback speaker it comes equipped with help give the amp it's classic tone. Fantastic amplifier, surprisingly loud. If you are looking to get a quality British tube combo amp on a budget, this is the amp for you.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great tone

          By GAbluesguy

          from Georgia

          About Me Experienced

          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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