Vox AC15C1 LTD Ma­roon

Still rock­ing after 60 years

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What’s the Vox AC15 all about?

This AC15C1 is the cur­rent ver­sion of Vox’s very first combo, in­tro­duced in 1958. The mod­ern cir­cuit uses 12AX7s in­stead of the trou­ble­some EF86 and in­cludes a spring re­verb and a master vol­ume. Vox oc­ca­sion­ally re­lease limited edi­tions in cus­tom colours, like this hand­some ma­roon sam­ple.

What do the con­trols do?

The mod­ern AC15 has two non-switch­able chan­nels, called nor­mal and top boost. The nor­mal chan­nel has a sin­gle vol­ume con­trol, while the top boost chan­nel fea­tures vol­ume, tre­ble and bass knobs. There’s a re­verb level knob and speed and depth con­trols for the built-in tre­molo cir­cuit. Both chan­nels feed a master sec­tion with a vol­ume con­trol and Vox’s leg­endary ‘cut’ con­trol, which op­er­ates on the power stage and re­duces tre­ble as you turn it up, work­ing in the re­verse to what you’d ex­pect.

What about other fea­tures?

While the mod­ern AC15C1’s cir­cuit is quite dif­fer­ent, its vin­tage vibe means there’s no ef­fects loop or chan­nel switch­ing, how­ever, you can switch the built-in re­verb and tre­molo ef­fects.

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