I’ve had an interesting history with amps. Back in the day I used to be all about modeling stuff – I guess I thought Line6 was pretty cool. My first amp ever was a Line6 Spider 1×12. Man, that thing sounded terrible. Then I moved up and got a POD 2.0. Then came a POD XT Live. I never could get those things to sound like real amps.
Somewhere along the line I picked up a Peavey Classic 30, which was a great amp, and I never should have sold it. But I did, because I guess I thought I wanted a modelling amp. So, still keeping with the modelling thing, I bought a Vox AD60VT, which is an early Valvetronix “Blue” series modelling amp. It sounded way better than the POD stuff, but it was still a modelling amp.
In December 2008, I decided that my electric guitar tone needed to be pure and simple, and that meant a tube amp. I always used the “Vox AC15” model on my Valvetronix amp, so that’s what I bought. Now, Vox makes a couple versions of these. There is the Custom Classic line, made in China (that’s what I’ve got). They’ve got a stock model, and one with a Celestion Blue speaker, which costs a lot more. Then there are the hand-wired made in England versions. They are expensive. Mine is the Custom Classic line. How about some photos.
I picked up my AC15CC1 used for about $500 used, and it’s got an Emminence Red Fang speaker in it, which is a nice upgrade. The Red Fang is a clone of the Celestion Blue.
It sounds nice and chimey, just like a Vox should. Cleans are great, and when you push it, the amp breaks up really nice. The speaker upgrade smooths it out a lot on the higher frequencies. Sounds good with single-coil and humbuckers.
One thing I don’t like about the amp is the reverb. It’s got built-in tremelo (which sounds great) and reverb, but the reverb is pretty nasty.