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The VOX Heritage AC15 Head and Cab!!!

jrock1

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I just bought the AC15 Heritage Head and Cab today (Honeymoon phase)and just spent the last two hours playing through the EF86 channel with my '63 Cherry 335 and my Fulltone TTE - and it sounded just beautiful...lush and jangly, yet throaty at the same time - and chunka chunka in the base strings - and that was at low level. It just does that same thing at higher volumes with more overdrive - just great - not sure if it likes pedals yet - though the way this thing sounds, why would you want to use any anyway. First attempt was not overly successful. But I didn't have the time to really try and dial something in. I'm sure with a bit of tweaking it will...but that '63 335 through the TTE through this thing tonight was the best...Not sure about the tube compliment (names), but I saw a JJ which looked like it might have been the rectifier tube. Couldn't see a name on the EL84s, but I think I read Sovtek somewhere else. And I couldn't see the preamp tubes - the problem is to get to the tubes, you have to unscrew the back of the head and there are way many screws, so it would not be easy to access tubes on the fly... but whatever they are they sound great. I think breaking in the AlNiCO Blue will only make this thing even better, if that's possible...I'll be playing it out next Friday and see how it cuts through the band - I don't think it will be a problem at all...more later.

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rbehm

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Sweet ..I have one on order..glad to hear you like it..I am looking forward to giging with mine when It arrives:2cool
 

jrock1

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If someone gets inside of their's before I do, please post pics of the guts and the tubes. Thanks.
 

rbehm

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If someone gets inside of their's before I do, please post pics of the guts and the tubes. Thanks.

The tubes are JJ..rectifier....Electro Harmonix EL-84's...russian ef-86
Tung-sol 12ax7...sovtec-12ax7wc ..tung-sol 12ax7
I took it apart ...I will post some pics later...this little amp is a tone gusher..It is built quite well...Vox operates the plant in China ..looking at the parts and build quality I am not worried about reliability other than tubes..
Such a rich throaty ,chimey tone...and it will only get better when the Blue is broken in.....I love the fact it sounds great out of the box ...I can tweak it to taste...not a lotta clean headroom..but it breaks up so smoothly and musically .It gets pretty hot I wonder if I should point a smalll fan at it.
Oh did I mention it looks so sexy it's crazy.. I AB'd it against a Dr-z maz 18 1x12(which is a great litttle amp) my band mates and a local tone dog all agreed hands down the Vox won the day...
 

jrock1

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Thanks for the tube report. I haven't had the time to open mine up yet - but I've played it at a gig and rehearsal and your tone report is dead on. At the gig I found that for more straight ahead rock, Marshall type leads, I needed a pedal that my current pedal arsenal wouldn't work with this amp. So, my buddy came over the next day with a few and the Vox Big Ben worked the best - still not Marshall tone with this amp (after all it's a Vox, not a Marshall), but it does give me enough of what I need for leads of that nature. Having said that - there is this Marshall handwired 1974X that I played at GC recently (I think newer one without the transformer issues) that sounded unbelievable with my '63 335. It is in for repairs of the tremelo that was not working. It has a ripped tolex (GC!) so I can get it for a great deal and still have the warranty - and I will use both with an A/B box and I will be more than set! But, once again, the head and cab version of the new handwired Vox that I have sounds just amazing - I don't use any pedals for rythym playing at all anymore - just jangly, chuncky bottom and throaty as you've said - and I agree, once the Blue breaks in it will only get better, I imagine (if that's possible). I think I prefer the EF86 channel, but both are great - and you can run both channels to an A/B box and set them separately and go back and forth - so its like two amps in one... and light to carry!
 
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