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

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$1,200
Vox AC15C1X

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Gearank Recommendation

The AC15C1X appeared on our recommended list for Tube Amps Under $1000 from May 2017 until November 2019.

It also went on our recommended list for the first edition of Low Watt Tube Amps where it remained until being out-ranked by other amps in August 2022.

Overview

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.

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.

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
Although this was previously on our recommended list there are now more highly rated options in our guide to The Best Low Watt Tube Amps.

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