The VOX AC30 Combo amplifier is an industry standard valve amp utilised by bands and artists all over the world, spanning countless musical genres. When you choose a VOX AC30 amplifier, you're choosing a classic sound that is rich, full and versatile - there's nothing quite like this all-valve combo amplifier. It's time to get serious about sound and join the ranks of rock royalty with a VOX AC30 amp.
The VOX AC30 amplifier has been an iconic amplifier since it was first introduced in 1959 as a 'Big Brother' to the VOX AC15 amplifier. This amplifier was responsible for powering the 'British Invasion' of the 1960s and used by the likes of The Beatles to create their classic jangly sound on their early performances. Bands and artists like The Edge, Hank Marvin, Brian May, Foo Fighters and many more artists have created their signature sounds utilising these incredible valve amplifiers. When you pick one of these up and plug in, you join the ranks of rock and roll royalty.
The VOX AC30 is a great all rounded amplifier, able to provide bell like cleans that respond nicely to your playing yet can be driven into tube saturation and provide a heavier, grittier sound when needed. This versatility makes it a great option for players of all genres, as all sounds are covered. You also have total control over the sound coming from your VOX AC30 via comprehensive, yet easy to use control panel. You have Master Volume, Master Tone Cut, Normal Volume, Top Boost Volume, Top Boost Bass, Top Boost Treble, Reverb Tone, Reverb Level, Tremolo Speed, Tremolo Depth - everything you need to create your perfect sound.
The sound of the VOX AC30 amplifier is achieved through its all-valve construction. The AC30 tube amp gets its power and tube saturated tone via 3 x 12AX7 preamp valves. The addition of 4 x EL84 valves in the power stage pushes the 30 watts of power through a two 12” Celestion Speakers for an incredible powerful, yet nuanced tone. This tube response ensures every nuance of your playing is captured correctly. Dig in and the valves will respond with grit. Play softly or roll your volume back on your guitar and the amp will offer up glass like cleans that really stand out.
VOX AC30 amplifiers also benefit from their Celestion speakers. At present, you have a choice of either Celestion G12M Greenback or Celestion Alnico Blue Speakers within the AC30 Custom series. Current available models are the AC30C2: 30 Watts with 2 x 12" Celestion G12M Greenback Speakers and the AC30C2X: 30 Watts with 2 x 12" Celestion Alnico Blue Speakers. This allows you to get the right tone for your needs. Choose the Alnico Blue for a 60s style jangle and chime, or the Greenback for that classic, bassier 70s style dirty tone.
All VOX AC30 models have connections for an extra speaker cabinet should you need one. A 2nd output jack on the rear of the amp is actually an extension speaker jack which allows you to run an extra 16 ohm cabinet alongside the internal speakers so you can get that fuller, wall of sound made famous by Brian May!
The VOX AC30 also has a few tricks up its sleeve when it comes to lush, analogue effects. The VOX AC30 Custom series allows you to sweeten the sound thanks to a built in Tremolo effect. You can also adjust the speed and depth of the tremolo to suit your sound. In addition, each VOX AC30 amplifier in the custom series includes a warm, Spring Reverb which adds space and depth to your overall sound. Furthermore, you can access these effects on the control panel on the amp or utilise the VOX VFS2A footswitch and activate effects whilst you're playing your guitar. Pro level effects users and tone snobs out there will also enjoy the fact the custom AC30 amps also have an effects loop installed with True Bypass switching for tonal clarity - ideal for delay pedals and modulation.