AC30C2: The most versatile AC30 design in VOX history
The VOX AC30 combo amp has been an icon for decades, known as the sound that powered the 1960s’ “British Invasion.” Based on the classic AC30 design, the Custom Series AC30C2 and AC30C2X offer numerous up-to-date enhancements, delivering the most versatile AC30 design in VOX history.
• All-valve 30-watt combo
• Twin channel design provides Normal and Top Boost tone
• Treble & Bass controls
• Gain and Master Volume allow for warm overdrive at any level
• Tremolo & spring Reverb effects
• External and extension speaker output jacks
• Two Celestion G12M “Greenbacks” speakers
An Evolution in Tone
The VOX AC30 Custom Series amp offer two channels: Normal and Top-Boost. Each channel is equipped with its own Volume control, and the Top Boost channel offers highly interactive Treble and Bass tone controls. This powerful channel pairing provides an abundance of tone-crafting control, letting you dial in a classic sound that is all your own.
Both channels rely on the Tone Cut and Volume controls in the Master section. The Tone Cut control operates in the power stage rather than the preamp stage, allowing an additional degree of tone-shaping. The Master Volume control works in conjunction with the individual volumes of each channel to create just the right degree of gain-staging. By balancing the individual and Master volumes, the Custom Series can deliver everything from a clean VOX “chimey” sound to a powerful overdriven tone.
Sound in Motion
You can sweeten the sound of the AC30 Custom Series using the VOX Classic Tremolo effect. Both the speed and the depth are adjustable, allowing you to generate just the sound you want. A warm Spring Reverb is also included, adding spaciousness to the sound. The AC30C2 and AC30C2X also include an additional tone control in the Reverb section. All AC30 Custom amps can use the VOX VFS2A footswitch, allowing you to turn the Reverb and Tremolo effects on and off as you continue to play. The AC30C2 and AC30C2X also provide an effects loop for incorporating your favourite effects into your sound. True “Bypass” switching takes the entire effect loop out of the circuit.
The AC30 Custom Series makes use of 3 x 12AX7 preamp valves. A quartet of EL84 valves in the power stage drives 30 watts of power through a two 12” Celestion Speaker. You can choose either the AC30C2 with a G12M Greenback speakers or the AC30C2X that uses the Alnico Blue Speakers. All models in the Custom Series offer a switchable 8/16 ohm jack for powering an external speaker cabinet when you need to speak with a little more authority; using this jack will mute the internal speakers. Additionally, a 2nd output jack – the extension speaker jack - allows you to run an extra 16 ohm cabinet along with the internal speakers for a fuller sound.