best new vox since the marshall-made ac30tb RI's in the 90s
I like everything about this amp. I don't miss the vib/trem channel, the bright switch on the normal channel brings the non-top-boost JMI brilliant channel sounds and the 'hot switch on the top boost channel is to die for. The master volume is pretty useable and the half-power switch is a huge help in these days of stage volume restrictions. What a well-though-out take on the classic design. Did I mention the gorgeous fawn Nubtex? Even the stock greenbacks sounded pretty solid, but she really came alive when I installed a G12 blue and an H30 55hz clone. That pair of speakers really makes for a larger than life vox tone, clean or dirty.
I love 2203s and 2204s... mesas? its more a build quality theing. I outright dislike the triple rec though, poor man's soldano. love the SLO100 and the hotrods although I don't turn the gain up so high and I play 'em stupid loud so the power tubes are giving up a little when I dig in.
Have absolutely loved this amplifier. Had some minor issues with unwanted buzz with bad power supplies in live applications. Found out that there was an issue with the resistor placements on the grid, but once we fixed that there were very few issues! LOVE THIS AMP!
Will update this soon, but i played one awhile back fell in love so i decided to buy one sight unseen. I've gone through so many AC30c2 (and the CC2 and the AC30vr) that i decided to try this one. I'm stoked to hear the sounds.
Its night and day compared to a Chinese AC30. A little brighter, tighter and punchier than my 1962 ac30, but very close. You will never part with this amp. Vox nailed it this time. If you got the version with greenbacks consider replacing them with Blues (weber blue dogs will do, though I prefer the Celestion RIs once they break in). The greenbacks sound good but get a bit mushy. This amp is also loaded with useful features that don't bog the circuit down. Hot mode is a blast! And this amp is just beautiful to behold, isn't it?
mine holds up to my vintage ones.... I really like the ac30 for its dirt though, dunno why everyone is so obsessed with the clean sound because there isn't much of it at stage levels, its subtley dirting up right away on any stage where you're not asked to be a tinny whisper under the drums. in half power there's almost no headroom on the reissue.... my '63 really has no headroom. There just isn't a truly clean sound but the sounds it makes are clorious. but congrats. This is vox's best amp in years. I am dying to try the new EF86 versions they released at NAMM. Kinda weird that this one has the fawn tolex from the EF86 preamp era while the new ones with the older preamp have transitional smooth black tolex.... and then only the funk custom classics get black basketweave nubtex. Vox is a mystery these days.