Vox AC15 HW1X Hand Wired Combo Guitar Amplifier

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Product Description

There may never have been an amp boasting such a lofty and pure sound in the entire history of Vox. The Vox AC15 HW1X amp relies on the painstaking technique of turret board hand-wiring - a method requiring a high level of skill and craftsmanship - is used, resulting in wiring that's beautiful in its artistry, ensuring an efficient signal path with minimal loss and no restriction in amplitude. In the Hand Wired Series, tubes, transformers, speakers, chassis, and custom parts all join together in an ideal state to deliver the richest and most powerful sonic experience - the ultimate amp. Not bound by tradition, the Vox AC15 HW1X amp also provides a variety of new functions that keep pace with the needs of today's artists. Offering a rich variety of tonal shadings and a broad model lineup, the enormous potential of the Vox Hand Wired Series will reveal itself in any musical scenario.

Vox AC15 HW1X Guitar Combo Amplifier Features 

  • Fitted with matched Ruby Tubes for extended dynamic range
  • 12AX7 preamp tubes (x3); EL84 Duet
  • EZ81 rectifier
  • Traditional Vox two-channel design; Top Boost and Normal. High and Low inputs for each channel
  • The clean-sounding Normal channel provides an additional Bright switch for increased brilliance
  • Top Boost channel Hot/Cool switch to achieve even more gain (Includes VFS-1 footswitch)
  • MV/BYPASS switch completely bypasses the Master Volume section
  • OP mode switch cut the amp's Output Power level in half
  • 12 inch Celestion Alnico Blue Speaker
Constructed for ideal sound and power
Turret board hand-wired amps are every amp designer's ideal and every guitarist's dream, representing the ultimate in amplifier construction. Hand-wired amps are assembled entirely by hand, requiring staggering levels of technical expertise and care; and as such are often exclusive to today's limited productions or high-end models. The Vox AC15 HW1X pairs these demanding methods with rigorously-selected custom parts. These premium components are wired with a truly artistic degree of perfection. The result is that the subtle nuances of the guitarist's touch, the guitar's audio signature, and the natural character of the vacuum tubes are passed with perfect transparency to the speakers.

True all-tube design
The Vox Hand Wired Series is a true all-tube amplifier, employing vacuum tubes in the preamp, power amp, and rectifier. The preamp uses three classic ECC83/12AX7 tubes. Depending on the amplifier wattage, the power stage uses either a quartet (AC30 models) or a duet (AC15 models) of EL84 tubes. The Vox Hand Wired Series use a tube rectifier. The AC30 models feature a GZ34 rectifier tube; while the AC15 models use an EZ81 tube. These three elements, when combined, provide the vibrant, organic and unmistakable tone that is the heart of the classic Vox sound.

Two-channel design: Top Boost and Normal
The Vox AC15 HW1X amp preserves the traditional Vox two-channel design, providing a Top Boost channel and a Normal channel. True to form, the Top Boost channel delivers the legendary AC30 sound with a fully interactive tone stack. Vox has also added a new and unique Hot/Cool switch. The Cool setting produces the orthodox Top Boost sound, while the HOT setting bypasses the tone circuitry altogether to create a more pure sound to achieve richer gain. A VFS1 footswitch is included with your Vox Hand Wired Series amp, so you can quickly change between Cool and Hot, right at those moments when you need an extra dose of drive. The controls for the Normal channel consist simply of a volume knob, giving you a cleaner and more natural tube sound. In addition, this channel offers a Bright switch that, when engaged, adds emphasis to the upper harmonics of the tone.

Meets the challenge of todays broader tonal palette
The traditional, inimitable sound of the legendary AC30 and AC15 continues to fascinate the guitarists of today. Many modern players have viewed this timeless design and desired more up-to-date options. While continuing to preserve the classic AC30/AC15's sonic character, the Vox Hand-Wired Series offers the flexibility to meet the sound-creating requirements of a broad range of scenes and styles. The addition of a Master Volume and an Output Power (OP) mode switch lets you change the power amp's output level, delivering more detailed control over the gain/volume relationship, in turn providing more control over your sound. Despite being decked out in the retro-style fawn-colored vinyl suggestive of a 1960 era AC30, these amps are not mere nostalgia products - they are definitely designed for today's music scene.

Old School Master Volume bypass
The old AC30 and AC15's had no master volume, nor indeed do most hand-wired amps. With such amps, high-gain sound meant that you needed to play at high volumes. High volume is unavoidable if tone is the primary consideration, but can be inconvenient in many situations. The Vox Hand-Wired Series provides a master volume control, but also provides an MV/BYPASS switch that completely bypasses the master volume section. This means that the legendary sound that has fascinated guitarists for more than fifty years can be faithfully reproduced, giving you a direct and pure high-gain tone.

Product Specifications
Vox AC15 HW1X Guitar Combo Amp Specifications
  • Output Power: 15 watts RMS into 8/16 Ohms
  • Tube Complement:
    • Preamp: ECC83/12AX7 (x3)
    • Power Amp: EL84 (x2)
    • Rectifier: EZ81
  • Speakers: 12in. Celestion Alnico Blue (x1); 16 ohm
  • Inputs:
    • NORMAL Channel Jacks: HIGH (x1); LOW (x1)
    • TOP BOOST Channel Jacks: HIGH (x1); LOW (x1)
    • FOOT SWITCH Jack
  • Outputs:
    • External Speaker Jack
    • Extension Speaker Jack
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 610 x 260 x 550 mm / 24.02 x 10.24 x 21.65 inches
  • Weight: 22.8 kg / 50.3 lbs.
  • Included items:
    • Power cable
    • VFS1 footswitch
    • Dust cover

Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  631-390-6500 Warranty:  1 year parts and labor
Steve K. Submitted: 4/5/2018
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Great amp!!!
Product Rating
What is your opinion of this product?
More than I expected. I have been plugging into the "high" input of the normal channel and bypassing the master volume. Nice full sound with a little box sparkle. Takes pedals very well, I run a Carl Martin compressor, Radial Tone Bone, Keeley Mod Station, Boss Chorus, Boss delay, Keeley Kantana, Boss tuner. Plugging into the Top Boost channel gives more chime Vox is famous for. Played a small wedding recently and my bass player said he loved the tone, very "full", and that was at a low volume. I also have a Dr Z Maz 18 Jr, I really like the way the Vox breaks up compared to the Z. Will have to run the Z through a Celestion Blue sometime to see how much the speaker affects the tone. Extremely happy with the Vox!
Randy H. Submitted: 1/2/2018
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I’m in Love.
What is your opinion of this product?
This amp has the most beautiful tone of any other amp I’ve ever heard, It’s hard to describe. It has a buttery almost organic tone when played low but Kick it up high and it squalls like a banshee. Nothing else sounds even close. I absolutely love it! What can I say, it’s the holy grail of amplifiers.
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Tom Submitted: 12/3/2017
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Perfect Amp!
What is your opinion of this product?
15 amp setting allows good clean headroom to play live and 7 watt allows some grit without blowing out your ears at home. Amazing sound and feel. This one is the real deal with tube rectifier- also didn’t have to swap out tubes when I bought it. Great price for an all tube, hand wired, Celestion Blue equipped amp. The price coupled with AMS payment plans really put this one within reach.
Jim Submitted: 11/17/2016
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I have ten guitars. Makes every single one of them sing! Every one of them!!
What is your opinion of this product?
One of the best amps I have every played through.
Jose Submitted: 9/2/2015
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Tone Monster!
What is your opinion of this product?
Yes it's expensive but if you love the Vox sound, you owe it to yourself to try this amp. I owned the less expensive AC15 with the Greenback and while the classic Vox snarl was there, it lacked warmth. I ended up selling it a year later and using Fender for a while until I saw this bad boy. I took a chance and have not regretted it! I was a bit discouraged at first because the Celestion Blue speaker sounds brittle out of the box but after playing it for several hours, it starts to sound REALLY good. The amp also sounds best with the master volume bypassed. You may not be able to push the amp hard enough to get break-up with the MV bypassed without upsetting your neighbors (this thing is LOUD for a 15W) but hey that's what pedals are for. Get it!
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