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Tech Specialist for over 8 years.
I do not remember exactly when I first started playing but some of my first childhood memories involve music.
Vocalist/Guitarist for a punk rock quartet for 10+ years.
"I just sat there playing and messing with the wattage settings along with the tone and it all sounded like sweet magic..."
The first things I noticed when I pulled it out of the box was that it had a good amount of weight to it and was built relatively strong. It's a smaller amp so it was a bit of a surprise; however Vox is known for their strong cabinets and quality speakers (which often means heavy speakers). Looking at the face, you can tell it's a VOX right away, even if it didn't say VOX on the upper right of the cabinet screen.
There isn't much going on in the control panel, a single volume, single tone and a wattage adjustment knob (4, 1 or 1/4 watt) made me wonder, "Is it over simplified or wonderfully simple?" I plugged it in to the power conditioner nearby and hooked up my Les Paul, centered the tone knob and powered it up. The tone in this amp was incredible I just sat there playing and messing with the wattage settings along with the tone and it all sounded like sweet magic.
The drive in this amp is minor; it's not a hi-output distortion slinger by any means. It's a gritty, bluesy amp that gets dirtier the harder you hit the strings and the lower you set the wattage. Switching between my neck and bridge pickups caused a definite contrast of sound where the neck pickup made my tone more muddy and warm and the bridge was bright and articulate.
If you're looking for a single channel blues/jazz amp and love the Vox tone, I highly recommend the AC4TV.
Tech Specialist for over 6 months.
I have been playing guitar and performing for 25 years. Specifically as a performing and studio musician in the Nashville area for the last 15 years. Currently I am writing and recording on personal projects.
"AC4TV has that great tube tone that we all love, directly out of the box..."
Short, but oh so sweet!! I guess this article; will be short, as the VOX AC4TV can be summed up in a word. Saaweet!! About as basic as it gets, you plug in, turn on and set your output level, tone and volume. It doesn't get any simpler than this and it doesn't seem to matter where you set your controls, it all sounds good! The AC4TV also seems to be very responsive to your guitar's pickup volume. Another very impressing feature is the sheer volume. At 4 watts this amp cranks, and with the 1 and 1/4 watt output levels there is no loss of tone, just volume reduction and is still plenty loud. The AC4TV has that great tube tone that we all love, directly out of the box, and with a few of your favorite stomp boxes in front, this amp is totally awesome! My only regret was not recording and not using an extension cabinet, as I understand this little baby really shines in both aspects. Definitely next time! What else can be said? Great looks! Great tone! Great price! This one is a no brainer.
Tech Specialist for over 1 year.
I grew up surrounded by music, and for the past 6 years have been playing drums, bass, and guitar. I also gig frequently as a drummer in a blues/rock band.
"great tone, classic looks and a portable package make the Vox AC4 a perfect fit for any guitar player..."
The Vox AC4TV delivered classic Vox tone and looks in a 4-watt tube powered amp. Being a big Vox fan I had high expectations for this little amp. I wanted to hear that classic, rich tone with plenty of treble. That is exactly what this amp does.
Being so eager to hear this amp I wasted no time plugging it in and giving the volume knob a good crank. And there it was, that classic tone coming out of a 4-watt TV. Don't let the 4 watts fool you; this thing can push out plenty of volume. With the output level switch you can have a perfect practice level amp. Another great feature on this amp is the idiot-proof tone knob. There's no sitting around trying to "dial in" your tone, just turn the knob till you find the sweet spot. I found the speaker jack to be useful as well, run it through your favorite cab to push a little more volume.
There is a lot of saturation that happens with the tubes once you hit about half way on the volume, which I love, but after time I was ready to hear some clean. This is my only complaint with this amp; it's hard to get a clean sound at medium to higher volumes. It is also a little muddy at higher volumes. Getting tubes with cleaner headroom would remedy this in no time.
As a whole I loved this little amp and wouldn't think twice about picking one up as a practice amp. Great tone, classic looks and a portable package make the Vox AC4 a perfect fit for any guitar player looking for a new practice amp.