Submitted September 30, 2014 by M Campbell
"Vox AC15C2 Guitar Combo Amplifier"
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I was on the fence as to whether I purchase the Fender Hot Rod Deluxe III or the Vox AC15 C2. Though I already own two Fender amps and, therefore, familiar with their quality and sound, I decided to go with the Vox because, for close to the same price, offered more of what I was looking for in a tube amp.
The most important factor is the sound. I have a good variety of guitars to choose from, each with different pick up configurations (Stratocaster single coils to Gibson Hummbuckers to P90’s, etc.). With the choice of the “normal” or “top boost” channels, along with the reverb and vibrato settings, I’m able to create an endless array of tones. In fact, I’m still discovering what this beauty can do. She has excellent clean tones and when pushed, can really create some great overdriven growls. I don’t really play metal or thrash styles, so I’m not looking to get massive distortion tones. If that’s your bag, you’ll need to use your pedals. If you want that crunchy, growling “natural” overdriven sound, this is it!
Unlike the Fender Hot Rod Deluxe II, the Vox comes with a vibrato option which I feel is just about mandatory if you want to play certain blues and “swamp rock” (I just don’t understand why Fender does not offer this on the Hot Rods nor the Blues Jr. amps !?!)
Ease of Use
Nothing overly complicated. It's pretty straightforward as far of the controls are concerned. The control knobs are very touch sensitive, just a little adjustment can make a big difference.
As far as looks go, she’s a class act! Fro the price of a limited edition AC15 C1 in red or purple, I got this AC15 C2 in her classic and iconic natural state, which I think looks way cooler than the limit colors, anyway. She’s just a stunning piece of art. Not to mention how rock solid it is, as well. As I mentioned earlier, this is one heavy amp. I about killed myself lifting her out of the box. You will definitely need a roadie or another band member to help you transport her around if you gig with her.
I took a chance and stepped outside my Fender box and rolled the dice on this Vox AC15 C2, and I’m very glad I did. For basically the same price as the Fender Hot Rod Deluxe II, I got much more (head)bang for my buck. I highly recommend this amp to anyone who plays blues, tradition rock, hard rock, classic rock, power pop…and just about anything else!
Have yet to deal with them. Let's hope I don't ever need to.
The Wow Factor
The Vox sound and look are iconic. She defiantly has the "WOW!" factor in spades.
Blues/Blues based Rock, Classic Rock, Hard Rock, Power Pop
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