So, we’ve had the VOX AC4 Combo Amp in-stock for about two weeks and shipped TONS of ’em out with glowing reviews from our customers. We’ve had several customers still waiting on the half-stack option to come in and they arrived today!
If you haven’t heard about these amps yet, they’re uniquely-voiced low-wattage tube amps dressed in a very cool vintage white color scheme. I personally got the pleasure of spending some time with the combo amp and it really blew my mind.
The “low-watt tube amp” thing is really popular right now and just about everyone is trying to snag a corner of the market. I think that’s great – we’re finally seeing some nice sounding tube amps for about the same price as their equivalently powered solid state counterparts. However, the problem I have with a lot of these amps is that they don’t have their own “voice” or personality. I won’t cite any examples but I’ll tell you that the AC4 certainly bucks that trend.
The AC4 offers a unique take on that top-end British tone Vox is so famous for. Where as it doesn’t sound particularly like an AC15/AC30, it shares many of those familiar tonal characteristics all while maintaining a distinct sonic personality of its own. Using a P-90 equipped single-cutaway guitar – I quickly dialed up a variety of inspiring tones that made me want to play more and more. I cruised through some blues riffs and country leads before slamming the AC4 with some grungy/fuzzy sun-kissed garage rock riffs and then backing off a bit for some traditional classic rock and funky grooves. I flipped through all the power settings and found that there wasn’t too much tone alteration between them, which was a wonderful surprise.
I know it might sound like I’m talking a lot about such a simple amp but this one really hit home with me and sometimes, simple is beautiful. I’ve included links to some official Vox AC4 sound samples below.