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Vox AC30 HW2 Hand Wired Guitar Combo Amplifier

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There may never have been an amp boasting such a lofty and pure sound in the entire history of Vox. The Vox AC30 HW2 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 AC30 HW2 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 AC30 HW2 Guitar Combo Amplifier Features

  • Fitted with matched Ruby Tubes for extended dynamic range
  • 12AX7 preamp tubes (x3); EL84 Quartet
  • GZ34 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
  • Vintage fawn-colored vinyl, reminiscent of the 1960 classic AC30
  • A premium, custom-fit dust cover is included
  • 2 12 inch Celestion Greenback speakers
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 AC30 HW2 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 AC30 HW2 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.

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Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  631-390-6500 Warranty:  1 year parts and labor

Product Specifications

Product Specifications
Vox AC30 HW2 Guitar Combo Amp Specifications
  • Output Power: 30 watts RMS into 8/16 Ohms
  • Tube Complement:
    • Preamp: ECC83/12AX7 (x3)
    • Power Amp: EL84 (x4)
    • Rectifier: GZ34
  • Speakers: 12 inch Celestion G12M Green Back (x2); 8 Ohm
  • Inputs:
    • NORMAL Channel Jacks: HIGH (x1); LOW (x1)
    • TOP BOOST Channel Jacks: HIGH (x1); LOW (x1)
    • FOOT SWITCH Jack
  • Outputs: POWER OUTPUT Jacks (x2 for external/extension speakers)
  • Dimensions (WxDxH): 705 x 260 x 550 mm / 27.76 x 10.24 x 21.65 inches
  • Weight: 30.8 kg / 67.9 lbs
  • Included items:
    • Power cable
    • VFS1 footswitch
    • Dust cover


Customer Reviews

Moira Submitted: 9/7/2018
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Absolutely love this amp!
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If I could give this more than 5 stars I would. To say that this amp is amazing is an understatement. I had been looking for a certain sound with my guitar and this did it. Hands down best purchase I ever made
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Dennis McLaughlin Submitted: 7/27/2018
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Classic AC30 tone
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I was hoping that the HW series would be close to the earlier AC30TB and I’m happy to see that it will get you in the ballpark. There are some gorgeous tones to be found in this amplifier. The normal channel is well voiced and the lack of tone controls is not a problem at all. The top boost channel is excellent as well, with more jangle, and chime than the normal channel. You can dial in just the right amount of bass and treble and the hot switch adds some growl and oomph. If you’re after a more traditional sound, the master volume bypass switch is there for you. I love this amp!
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Wish Submitted: 7/23/2018
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Vox AC30's will always be one of the GREATS!
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I'm a big rock fan and I've always heard about the AC30 growing up my whole life from bands such as The Beatles (Obviously) to modern bands like Tame Impala and Arctic Monkeys. I love British products and music the most (though I am a yankee). The AC30 might keep evolving because of where it's manufactured and such, but it still sounds spectacular. I was thinking about getting the 60th anniversary since it's made in England, but I just couldn't wait and I'm glad I got this version.
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Jacob Taylor Submitted: 7/21/2018
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The Holy Grail of Tone
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The Vox Ac30HW2 is by far one of the best amplifiers I’ve had the pleasure of playing. The versatility allows me to dial in any range of tone from a mild break up to over the top round aggressiveness. With the Vox Ac0HW2 you can start with a phenomenal clean tone then dial in the perfect amount natural “break up”. If you’re looking for extra bite you can plug into the “Top Boost Channel” on the high input for a more aggressive style. I am constantly getting complimented on my range of tones after our sets! Not to mention the amp looks beautiful on stage with its unique aesthetic. I love the fact that it’s handwired so I know it can handle the road and long tours. American Musical Supply made it easy for me to purchase the amplifier with their easy no - interest payment plans!
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Jorge Ortega-Diaz, ortega.jorge88@gmail.com Submitted: 1/11/2018
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Tone for Days
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I've been through a few iterations of the Vox AC30, including the Custom Classic 2. This amp still puts out that jangly bright tone that Vox is known for, but builds on it so much more. The hand-wired nature of the amp makes all the difference. Incredible breakup on the the top boost channel, with the added "Hot" channel for the extra gain (which can pretty on par with high gain metal drive). The Normal channel is perfect for running a pedalboard and multiple drive pedals. I know the AC30 is known for being temperamental with running drive pedals, but that is not the case with this amp. Ran A Bondi Effects Sick As Overdrive through it and it sounded incredible. The amp can be as versatile as you want it to be. If you are looking for the classic Vox tone, this is the epitome of it. If you want a nice amp with a great drive section, but need a good foundation to run a pedalboard through and achieve a wider range of tones--this amp can do it just as well.
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Ruben Trevino from Katy, TX, USA, trevino.ruben@att.net Submitted: 7/11/2011
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The amp of a lifetime!
Fabulous build on this amp, from all points! If their was one amp of a lifetime to sacrifice for this is the one, it will never come up short on its mojo!
over the years, vox has made considerable changes in its operations, and now has rock solid gear. The ac30 hw2 represents their absolute finest hand wired offering to date!
Your general opinion of this product.
vox really produced a stunning amp with the ac30 hw2. Its absolutely phenomenal!
This amp will definitely improve your playing, as it really puts you in touch with all the little things your missing and not hearing!
Superb tone, and I should know being a tone freak!
I was put off at first with the blonde finish, but seeing it in person it really is super classy!
Controls are silky smooth, and very responsive!
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