The new Vox AC30S1 is essentially a single-channel design ‘inspired’ by the classic AC30’s trademark Top Boost channel. Does that make it an Ac30 “Light”?
Vox is trying to capture the vintage vibe of their original Top Boost Ac30 circuit here, paring it down to the basics. You get a single Celestion-made 12″ speaker that is powered by the two 12AX7 preamp tubes and four EL84 power amp tubes – which is what you would expect from an AC30. But you’re only getting the Top Boost channel section of the original.
This new AC30 variant comes with an onboard digital reverb that is voiced to emulate a classic spring reverb, just without all the cost and extra hardware required. There’s an effects send and return onboard, plus an external speaker output as well. It’s rated at 30 Watts, obviously.
If the price is right then this could be a nice (although not so little) combo for gigging musicians. 30 Watts RMS will be pretty loud. I’m looking forward to hearing some reviewers’ opinions on this new model, as on paper it sounds like a good idea. If, like me, you use effects pedals (An understatement there, surely? Ed.) , then you don’t exactly need two channels anyway.
RRP – GBP 735
- Vox AC30S1 top control panel: Vox
- Vox AC30S1 Combo: Vox
- Vox AC30S1 rear panel: Vox