Vox AC15C1X Tube Guitar Combo Amp 15-watt 1x12"

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96 out of 100. Incorporating 150+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$1,300
Vox AC15C1X

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 96/100 is based on analysis of 150+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

Vox played an important role in shaping the sound of iconic bands and artists, like The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, Brian May, Mark Knopfler and many more.

As such, it is not surprising that an amp like the Vox AC15C1x is still the go to tube amp for many guitarists.

This modern day iteration follows after the AC15 British tone tradition, with minor changes that improve its overall performance and add value to the amp.

Its primary difference from the other main version of the AC15, the AC15C1, is the introduction of the Celestion Alnico Blue Speaker in the C1X version.

The Alnico Blue speaker is described by Celestion as having a dampened attack and warm low midrange.

It offers a bit more flexibility, thanks to its two channel design that lets you choose between Top Boost and Normal.

The obvious choice would be to go the Top Boost route with its bass and treble controls, but don't look down on the Normal channel because it is useful when you want less tone coloration.

Other features include the addition of a tremolo with knobs for adjusting speed and depth, as well as a built-in reverb, which are great effects to have in an amp.

Specifications:

  • Power Rating: 15W
  • Preamp: 3 x 12AX7
  • Poweramp: 2 x EL84
  • Speaker: 1 x 12" Celestion Blue Bulldog Alnico
  • Input: 2 x 1/4" (Normal / Top Boost)
  • Output: 2 x 1/4" (8/16 ohms), Footswitch
  • Cabinet: Rear Ported
  • Controls: Power, Standby, Volume, Tone Cut, Treble, Bass, Tremolo Depth & Speed, Reverb Level
  • Weight: 48.5 lbs

Pros

Many users were impressed with the tone of the AC15C1X, citing the speakers to be the deciding factor for them choosing this versison. The tone is described as dynamic and warm with a lot of clarity thanks to the speaker's great pairing with the amplifier. Other descriptions include "3d sounding" and noting it to have "depth". Some describe the sound as magical with reports of it working well in clean settings or when overdriven. Build quality and workmanship also impress a lot of users.

Cons

On the downside, a few users wish that the amp came with an included footswitch, and they justify this with the amp's price tag.

Overall

While amp modelers do come close, there's just no substitute for the feel and sound of a genuine Vox amp like the AC15C1X. With its iconic status, premium build quality and tone, this is an amp that's worth every penny. If you're looking for a version of the Vox classic with a warmer and thicker tone, check out the AC15C1X.

At time of publication the Vox AC15C1X was on our recommended list in our guide to The Best Low Watt Tube Amps.

About the Author

Alexander BrionesAlexander Briones

He's written about and researched music gear for many years, while also serving as a music director at his local church, in addition to teaching guitar, bass and mentoring young musicians.