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Vox Heritage Collection LTD AC15H1TVL 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
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To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of VOX guitar amplifiers, Vox is pleased to introduce the first of a new Heritage Collection of hand-wired amplif...Click To Read More About This Product
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To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of VOX guitar amplifiers, Vox is pleased to introduce the first of a new Heritage Collection of hand-wired amplifiers--the AC15H1TV. Rather than just a typical reissue where a vintage amp is dusted off and copied, this amplifier, like the others in the Heritage Collection, transports you through the golden age of VOX tone, combining the prized EF86 preamp channel of 1958 with the 1963 Top Boost channel all in one amplifier. Add in some modern tone shaping control enhancements and the result is perhaps the finest VOX amplifier in the company's 50 year history.
The EF86: The magical VOX tone
What is it that makes EF86-based VOX amplifiers some of the most collectible in the world? Maybe it's the way the amp naturally overdrives, almost breathing with a life unto its own. Dynamic changes in pick attack almost seem to be anticipated before you make them. Or maybe it's the raw power of the creamy distortion as you crank the amp all the way up and slam down on a power chord. Whatever it is, there is an undeniable magic about this period of VOX amplification. An age when the most simple of circuits produced some of the most complex of tones. Now in short supply, the EF86 Pentode tube is at the heart of this elusive tone. Fifty years later, the magic returns.
The AC15H1TV: A detailed look
The 15-watt AC15 Handwired features two channels of VOX tone through a single 12" Celestion Alnico "Blue" speaker. The tube complement is made up of 1 x EF86, 3 x ECC83/12AX7, 2 x EL84, and 1 x EZ81 (rectifier).
Channel 1 is the EF86 Preamp channel, and features two inputs wired in the traditional way that gives them a 6dB gain difference between them. A two-position BASS SHIFT switch is included, with position 1 voiced to the original vintage-correct bass response and position 2 voiced to tighten the bass response and reduce any muddiness during high volume use. The three-position BRILLIANCE SWITCH provides flat response when in the OFF position. Position 1 is a new position voiced like the early AC30 "Treble" amps, while position 2 is the original brilliance circuit, which acts as a dramatic bass cut. The EF86 Mode switch reconfigures the EF86 valve from Pentode mode to Triode mode. Triode mode will give a lower gain tone with higher headroom. Pentode mode is the famed original mode and has a very sweet high gain tone with not very much headroom.
Channel 2 is the Top Boost Preamp channel. Like Channel 1, this channel includes two inputs wired with a 6 dB gain difference between them. The Treble and Bass controls are from the 1963 Top Boost circuit and are extremely interactive. Very minor adjustments of these controls can yield dramatic changes in tone color.
And true to VOX form is the Top Cut control, which cuts high from either channel end as it is turned up.
The O/P Switch adds even more flexibility to the AC15. This switch changes the power output valves from Pentode Mode, which is the normal operating mode of the power amplifier, to Triode Mode which halves the power output to 7.5 watts and will alter the tone to be somewhat smoother.
The finishing touches
Great care and research went into the cosmetics for this special amplifier to meld vintage correct attributes with some modern revisions. These touches include a vintage "TV Front" cabinet, pre-1960 logo placement, and a vintage inspired cream vinyl covering. An extremely limited edition run of 400 amplifiers will be produced with oiled mahogany cabinets.
Heritage Collection LTD AC15H1TVL 15W 1x12 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
- Power Output: 15 Watts RMS into 8 or 16 ohm loudspeaker load ” selectable via rear panel switch
Valve Complement: 1 x EF86, 3 x ECC83/12AX7, 2 x EL84, 1 x EZ81 (rectifier)
Loudspeaker: VOX/Celestion Alnico Blue 12" loudspeaker - 8 ohm
Dimensions (W x H x D): 527 x 527 x 263.5 mm / 20.75 x 20.75 x 10.375 inches
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so I got a killer deal on one of these from a dealer that couldn't sell it. I got it for $1300. It is the most beautiful amp I have ever seen. I gave it 4.5 on features because it has an alnico blue speaker and some cool controls reminiscent of the old days. The only thing I would have liked to see is a temolo and reverb. 4.0 on quality because I am a little dissapointed that it was made in china and I found some careless flaws in the wood work (joints aren't sanded, a small crack, and a gap in one of the joints). I mean for a $2000 limited edition amp, couldn't they have afforded to make it somewhere better than china? :/ I gave it a 5.0 on value because although it is expensive, it will appreciate because its the 50th anniversary edition and only 400 of them exist (mine is 311). I'm going to call vox and ask them about the joints. The finish is really nice but its only oil so I could get away with sanding it and re-rubbing it with the same oil. If you can afford it, get it. This will be a collector's item.