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Incroyable ampli sonne !!... made in china - Avis Vox AC30CC2X

The main thing that differentiates this amp from the Vox Ac30 CC2 is that this amp has 2 12 inch Celestion Blue Alnico speakers in the cabinet. The "CC2" simply has two Vox custom Celestion GSH12-30 speakers instead. The better sound comes form the Blue Alnico speakers and compliments the amp much better. You will pay more for those speakers though.

This was the first Vox amp that I had ever bought. I was big on U2 at the time and wanted to get the amp that the Edge was using. He had a vintage AC30 which I wasn't about the slap down $4000 to get one from the 60's, so I opted for a reissue unit. I have to say this unit wasn't that bad at all tone wise.

It was made in Chine which I didn't check before I bought it, otherwise I wouldn't have got it. I would have bought an a few year old one that was still made in the UK. Buying a cheap manufactured Chinese made product that was once made in Europe or even anything made in the US now in Red China goes against everything inside me. So shortly after buying it I dumped it very quickly.


UTILIZATION

Vox AC30 CC2X Features:

30W all tube
2 Vox Celestion Blue 15W 12" speakers
Custom/normal EQ switch on Top Boost channel
Normal channel with Brilliant switch
Blendable Normal & Top Boost channels
Spring reverb with Dwell switch and tone control
Fully variable tremolo on all channels
Post-phase-inverter master volume
True bypass variable-level effects loop
Switchable cathode bias
Switchable smoothing filter values
Footswitch for tremolo and reverb
Baltic birch ply cabinet
Vintage-style transformers
Tone Cut control
Dual footswitch for reverb and tremolo

SOUNDS

The sound I got from this amp wasn't bad at all. I wasn't used to Vox's at the time and the EQing was a little different then the Fender or Marshall front panels. After some use I got the hang of it.

I mostly used this with overdrive pedals and delays. I never turned this thing up to get that cranked Vox Ac30 tone famlliar with Brian May or Tom Petty. I mostly used a Ibanez TS9 and a TC Electronics G Major with this unit. I got some good pop and mild rock tone with it. Never was I going to get a Slash or hard rock tone. It just is not capable of doing that. Even with a Les Paul I was able to get a good classic rock tone similar to some U2 songs. After I felt that the Vox wasn't my thing and of course Chinese made I dumped it for a Marshall.

OVERALL OPINION

The tone from the amp is decent but I would never buy this thing again. If I ever got another Vox I would get a reissue UK made or plunge for a vintage unit. Vox has now replaced these amps with another version/model. I have seen some of these still floating around at guitar shops and online new. At new they come in ata round $1500. However, if you want one you best bet would be finding it on the used market. I have seen them in the classifieds for around $1000. however, these amps are made in China and I would never buy this amp again for that reason alone.

Or you can get an older one made in the UK for that price and you can keep your integrity. I wouldn't recommend this amp to anyone. Save you money and buy a used UK made one or get a clone amp made by Hayseed Amps.