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Vox TB18C1 Tony Bruno Guitar Combo Amplifier (18 Watts, 1x12")

Get creamy, vintage tones from the VOX TB18C1 guitar amplifier. This combo was designed with legendary designer, Tony Bruno. (2) Read 2 reviews for this product | Rate and review this product
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Product Description

VOX continues their collaboration with legendary American boutique amp designer Tony Bruno, exploring tonal territory with the VOX Bruno TB18C1 guitar amplifier.

The TB18C1 joins the TB35C1 and TB35C2 in the VOX Bruno Series of amps. Tony Bruno is a highly respected and sought after boutique amp designer from the USA. He has hand-built over 1000 amplifiers during his career, which are regarded as some of the finest sounding amplifiers in the world. A long-time friend of VOX Amplification, Tony Bruno's unparalleled knowledge of boutique amplifier design has been called upon by VOX in the past, on projects including the 2002 hand-wired AC30, the VOX Night Train, the range of AC30 and AC15 Custom series amps, and also the AC30 & AC15 Hand Wired amplifiers.

Check out this overview video of the TB18C1 brought to you by Vox:


The VOX Bruno Story

After establishing a strong working relationship they decided to do a full collaboration and allow Tony to design a circuit that they would put into mass production. This was a first for both VOX Amplification and Tony Bruno. So, making use of Tony Bruno's expertise of American-style boutique amplifiers and VOX Amplifications resources and development team, they set sail on the seas of tone, into unchartered waters to bring boutique sound and quality to the masses. First, Tony personally hand built a prototype to his uncompromising standards that they would use as a benchmark and continually reference throughout the project. After evaluating Tony's amp they at VOX R&D made a replica of the unit using a PCB design instead of Tony's usual handwired method. Vox then unleashed Tony onto the sample and allowed him to modify and add features to the unit. After many rigorous voicing sessions with Tony it was agreed they had something that not only shared the same excellent tonal quality of the original unit, but also included features that would otherwise be impossible to create without the use of Amplifications modern development and production resources.

The TB18C1 amplifier is the result of an uncompromising collaboration between VOX Amplification and Tony Bruno. Enjoy!

Amplifier Overview

Despite their British VOX pedigree, the TB18C1 has a decidedly American feel, thanks to Tony's influence and design. The amp chassis features a pair of 6V6 power tubes, known for their smooth and clean high end, creamy mids, big bass, and for their rich "breakup" when overdriven. The preamp stage is driven by two 12AX7 preamp tubes. The single-channel preamp offers both High and Low level inputs, as well as Volume, Bass, Middle, and Treble controls. External speaker jacks and extension cabinet jacks are standard equipment. The TB18C1 features a 12-inch Celestion G12-65 loudspeaker mounted into a rugged plywood cabinet.

User Friendly Features

In Tony's design for the TB18C1 amplifier he included a number of features to allow the user to tweak their tone to perfection, in any situation:

Mid Boost Switch
The Mid Boost switch is a mid/gain boost. This specially-voiced mod is ideal for players wanting to boost their solos or leads. Leaving this switch permanently activated dramatically changes the sound of the TB18C1 and allows the search for excellent tone to extend even further!

Dark Switch
This circuit further tweaks the TB18C1 amp's tonal diversity. When the Dark switch is engaged, the high frequencies are dramatically cut; this makes the amp feel like a completely different beast!

Features:

- Boutique circuit design by Tony Bruno
- Vintage American tone
- High-quality reverb
- Mid Boost switch
- Dark switch dramatically cuts the high end for a deeper tone
- Effects Loop
- Plywood cabinet construction
- Celestion G12-65 speaker
- Custom-made premium transformers
- 12AX7 (x2) preamp tubes
- 6V6 (x2) power tubes
- 18 Watts RMS

zZounds is an authorized dealer of Vox products.
- Amp Channels: 1
- Controls: Volume (Preamp), Bass, Mid, Treble, Reverb, Mid Boost, Master Volume, Dark switch
- Inputs: Guitar Input High and Low,
- Outputs: Speaker Out (8 / 16 ), External Speaker Out, Extension Speaker Out, Series Effects Loop
- Output Power: 18Watts RMS
- Power: 100-240VAC
- Cabinet Construction: Plywood
- Speaker: 1 x Celestion G12-65 12" Speaker; 15
- Dimensions(W x D X H): 588 mm x 257 mm x 552 mm / 23.15" x 10.12" x 21.73"
- Weight: 17.8 kg / 39.24 lbs.
- Accessory: Manual, AC power cable
If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 631-390-6500
Customer Reviews
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Sound: Crystal-clear clean tones and tube-warm overdrive puts this amp up there with Vox ACs and Fender Blues and very responsive to playing. Plus, 18 watts goes a lot further than you might think. Feature: Simple controls and EQ, mid-boost and 'dark' switch help you dial in the tone that you want. This amp does exactly what I needed it to do. Ease of Use: The simple controls and EQ are all you need in this amp. The simplicity of this amp is exactly what I was looking for. Quality: The amp seems very durable. No problems yet, though I'm expecting the cloth cover won't last as long as the rest. Not really a big issue though. Value: This amp costs as much as other amps of this size and quality, so not much sets it apart in that aspect, but given what I needed this amp to do, it does the job incredibly we'll and exactly the way I hoped it would, so it was worth it for me, but maybe not everyone. Manufacturer Support: Haven't had any problems with this amp, but Vox has always been fair with me on other things I've needed. The Wow Factor: All-black look is cool and all my musician friends love the tone and quality. This is an amp that I'm proud to carry around with me. Overall: This amp is definitely a hit! When I first saw the picture of the amp, I mistook it for a Vox Valvetronix amp, but don't let it fool you. First, the all-black look is killer and sets it apart from other Vox amps like the AC. Then, I saw that it was 18 watts! Nothing huge, but I liked that about it since most amps are either 15 watts. Just another thing that sets it apart just a little bit. What I liked about this amp is that it has the classic Vox crystal-clear clean tone, but you have a little more control over your tone with the mid-range control and it's inherent American voicing. This is a great amp when paired with very responsive pickups. I plug into the high gain input so that when I play lighter, it's clean, and playing harder gives me just enough drive and, with it being all-tube, it has the warmest and richest overdrive just like anything you could hope for! And as a final note, I really like how simple and straight-forward this amp is. I looked for a long time for an amp that sounded good and didn't have so many knobs and switches, mainly because I planned on running a lot of pedals through it and I wanted the amp to be as simple as I could. This amp is everything I would have expected out of a Vox amp and better than what I hoped for!
Style of Music: Rock, Punk, Metal, Indie, Worship
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