Vox AC10C1 Tube Guitar Combo Amp 10W 1x10

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Street Price: 

$500
Vox AC10C1 Tube Guitar Combo Amp

At publication time, this amp was on our recommended list of Combo Guitar Amps Under $500.

The Vox AC10C1 is a 10W tube amp that's designed to be a portable grab-and-go alternative to the company's popular AC15 and AC30 models. It essentially houses the same Vox flavor tones in a streamlined and compact configuration.

It has none of the bells and whistles found in other amps, but it does come with all the essentials, including two 12AX7 preamp tubes and two EL84 tubes, along with the company's popular Top Boost circuit.

It also features a 10" Celestion VX10 speaker that's housed in a closed back cabinet, both of which are meant to complement the amp's voicing.

All of these features add up to give you the same clean punchy tones that Vox is popular for, with just the 2-band EQ and built-in reverb for a bit of tone personalization.

Specifications:

  • Power Rating: 10W
  • Preamp Tube: 2 × 12AX7
  • Poweramp Tube: 2 × EL84
  • Speaker: 1 x 10-inch Celestion VX10
  • Input: 1/4"
  • Output: 1/4" External Speaker
  • Cabinet: Close Back
  • Controls: Power Switch, Gain, Bass, Treble, Reverb, Volume
  • Weight: 27.12 lbs

Pros
Many users are impressed with how easy it is to get the AC10C1 to sound great, even experts are convinced that it reproduces Vox's Top Boost Tone nicely. Case in point, a Guitar World editor made this comment, "What makes it impressive is how detailed and focused its Top Boost tone is no matter what guitar is plugged into its input.". For a 10W amplifier, many say that the AC10C1 is very loud, more than enough for professional gig use as attested to by many reviewers.

Cons
While many love it for its Vox tone, there are some users who find it too bright sounding. And since it is a single channel amp, there's no getting around that Vox shimmer, so look elsewhere if you're not into the classic Top Boost tone.

Overall
You can't get more Vox than this amp in this price range, so get the AC10C1 if you're looking for this particular tone.

At publication time, this amp was on our recommended list of Combo Guitar Amps Under $500.

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