"I use the AC30CC2X. I guess I’ve always had a thing about Voxes. When I was younger I watched this film 'Blow up' and it had The Yardbirds playing in a basement surrounded by Voxes. There’s just a certain heritage… the way they look, the way they sound –just one of the best. The first time I did any recording was with an original 1960s AC30 and I can’t tell the difference –I think this (Custom Classic) is a spot on representation."more
I bought this amp used from my local guitar shop. At first I was very hesitant because I had read about several reliability issues online before buying. however I have to say that this is one of my favorite amps I have played (second only to a Matchless DC30 but the DC30 is still outdone by this amp in some cases). This amp really brings out the character of my guitar (which is telecaster). I can get amazing sparkling cleans or rich overdrive, often just by changing my picking dynamics. This amp sounds incredible at apartment suitable volumes. thats right, I play this in my apartment, the master volume works that well. But I have also cranked it up when jamming with other people and it more than holds its own. The reverb is very usable and the tremolo is a nice feature. The real cool thing about this amp is how tweakable it is. I can combine normal and top boost channels, change the normal channel to be brighter, and on the back of the amp there are even more options to tweak, so you can get the sound you are looking for. would highly recomend, just don't use the standby. That is the number one issue about this amp, but my amp tech told me to never use the standby switch and following his advice I have not encountered any issues.
For perfect clean, you won't do much better than this amp. It is not without it's faults: it's bloody heavy, no footswitchable drive, and mine didn't come with a proper footswitch for the tremolo (which is lovely) - but the clean channel on this is so good you'll get over all that. In hindsight, would possibly go for the AC15 option instead, it really is a bitch lugging this fatty around ;)
If I had to use one adjective to describe this amp, it would be 'sparkly'. The way it projects the high frequencies is not harsh by any means (in regards to the clean channel, I mean). I mainly keep it on the clean channel since I have a pedal board, but of course, it has that nice-thick-vox fuzz if you want it. Since it's a British amp, you have to alternate the level of the channel knobs in order to attain the clean/fuzz sound you want. For example, the channel knob needs to be higher than the master knob in order to get any fuzz but vice versa if you just want to keep it clean and still use the simple eq. I love the 'brilliance' switch, and I usually flip it with electrics that have humbuckers. As for my tele, I stay on the warmer side of things with this amp. My only qualm with it is how heavy it is. This amp is inconveniently heavy and the handles are awkwardly placed. I would and still am considering casters for it when I start gigging for my solo project.
I recently got this, and it's my first ac30. Overall, I really like it. However, there are some cap changes you can do that really help tame of its weirdness. Also not a fan of the wharfdale speakers.
On ne présente plus ce dinosaure à la dynamique impressionnante. En terme de son je ne demande rien de plus ? Est-ce qu'on le pourrait ?
Par contre la rançon du succès réside dans ses 32kg et sa fragilité.