After playing solid state amps all my life, I knew that it was time to venture into “tube world”. I like the sound of vintage stacks and small boutique combos, so I knew that this purchase was going to be one of the classic tube amp variety.
With my eyes open for weeks, I had found a few Vox AC30 reissues that I liked, but none of them in my price range. Then viola, an ad on kijiji.com! I picked up the CC2X version of the Vox AC30, a Gator case and the Vox effects control pedal (normally sold separately) for less than stores were selling just the amp for.
Needless to say, I’m very impressed with this combo amp. With very few controls the Vox still offers a plethora of options for shaping and controlling your tone. Whether it’s a classic rock crunch, a country twang, or a dirty blues; this amp pushes the sound with specs that suggest a 40 Watt output through a total of eight tubes (4 x EL84, 3 x 12AX7, 1 x GZ34).
So far my only complaint about the amp is the weight. Coming in just under 80 lbs., the amp comes stock with thick plastic handles that make carrying this amplifier up stairs or long distances a painful chore. The Gator case that was a part of my purchase protects the amp well during travel and transport, but makes moving the amp a two person job due to it’s size and awkwardness.
Again, the tones this amp is able to produce are fantastic. Although I use a pedal board (brownie points for the Effects Loop), I have no problem performing on stage with this amp sans tone boxes.