For more than 50 years, the AC-15 has been one of the most coveted tools for obtaining the “British” sound.
Vox has dusted off one of their flagship models for yet another reissue that offers a great blend of classic features and modern upgrades. The 12″ Celestion G12M Greenback speaker is probably the most notable improvement. You can expect some serious mids and tons of headroom from this speaker. As has been the case for many years, the “Normal” and “Top Boost” channels offer some variety for the overall voicing of the amp. Both of these channels share the master volume and “Tone Cut” controls. This is particularly cool because it means that the Tone Cut control operates on the power-amp level, not the pre-amp. The result is a true tone shaping of the overall amp voice, not the input.
As one might expect, the power tubes are EL84, which means plenty of UK “Snarl.” The speaker resistance can be switched between 8 and 16 Ohms, which comes in handy if you plan to use an extension speaker. The built-in reverb and tremolo sound ridiculously warm and lush, and can be toggled remotely during stage time with the Vox VFS2 footswitch.
Low-wattage amplifiers are one of the most overlooked and under-utilized tools out there. For recording, it is so helpful to be able to crank a 15-watt amp, and get all of that lovely “stuff” that oozes out of a tube amplifier when it is run at near full-throttle, without driving everyone else in your band (or the engineer) crazy!