Unlike most other Vox amps, the Vox TB18C1 Tony Bruno Guitar Combo Amplifier
has a decidedly American feel, thanks to Tony’s influence and design. The TB18C1 combo amp 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 of the Vox TB18C1 Tony Bruno amp 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 for an outstanding tone that is rich and full.
Vox TB18C1 Tony Bruno Guitar Combo Amplifier Features
Mid Boost Switch
- 18 Watt, all-tube single-channel combo amp designed by Tony Bruno and Vox
- 2 x ECC83 (12AX7) Preamp Tubes; 2 x 6V6 Power Tubes
- Single 12 in. Celestion G12-65 speaker
- Volume, Master Volume, 3-Band EQ (Bass, Middle, Treble), and Reverb controls
- Mid Boost (Mid and Gain boost) and Dark (Hi-Cut) switches; Reverb
- External and extension speaker outs
- Bypass series effect Loop
The Mid Boost switch provides a mid/gain boost that is specially-voiced for players wanting to boost their solos or leads. Leaving this switch permanently activated dramatically changes the sound of the Vox TB18C1 amp and allows the search for excellent tone to extend even further!
This circuit further tweaks the Vox 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!
About Tony Bruno
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 latest range of AC30 and AC15 Custom series amps, and also the new AC30 and AC15 Hand Wired amplifiers. The TB18C1 joins the TB35C1 and TB35C2 in the Vox Bruno Series of amps.
The Vox Bruno Story
After establishing a strong working relationship Vox 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, Vox 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 Vox would use as a benchmark and continually reference throughout the project. After evaluating Tony’s amp 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 new sample and allowed him to modify and add new features to the unit. After many rigorous voicing sessions with Tony it was agreed Vox 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.