Vox AC30C2X 30-watt 2x12" Tube Combo with Alnico Blue Speakers

30-watt 2-channel All-tube 2x12" Guitar Combo Amplifier with Footswitchable Reverb and Tremolo Effects, Effects Loop, and Celestion Alnico Blue Speakers
Vox AC30C2X 30-watt 2x12
Vox AC30C2X 30-watt 2x12
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The Most Versatile AC30 Ever!

The AC30C2X is the most versatile AC30 in Vox history! Plug into this Custom Series guitar amp and you'll hear what we mean. Based on the classic AC30 design, the exciting new AC30C2X offers two channels - normal and top boost. Claim your own classic sound using the top boost channel's treble and bass controls while tweaking the tone cut and volume controls in the master section. When you balance the individual and master volumes, you can score everything from a classic chimey Vox sound to an edgy, overdriven tone. And we haven't even mentioned the AC30C2X's onboard reverb and tremolo yet.

While you can definitely get those British Invasion tones out of the Vox AC30C2X, this 30-watt, 2 x 12" combo puts a range of new sounds under your fingertips. Sweeten the sound using the tremolo effect, adjusting speed and depth to get your sound right where you want it. You'll also like having the warm spring reverb onboard to add space to your tone. The AC30C2X's reverb and tremolo effects can be turned on and off via footswitch for convenience. And if you're a pedalboard fiend, you'll appreciate the true bypass effects loop for bringing your favorite stompboxes in and out of your tonal path.

What's the magic behind the sound of the Vox AC30C2X combo amp? The tubes, of course! The AC30C2X offers up three of the popular 12AX7 preamp tubes and makes use of four EL84 tubes in the power section to make up its 30 watts. When you want to speak with more authority, just use the 8-/16-ohm output jack to play through an external speaker jack. Doing this will mute the built-in speakers. There's even a second extension speaker jack, so you can run through a 16-ohm cabinet at the same time you use the internal speakers. And speaking of speakers, the AC30C2X features a duo of brilliant 12" Celestion Alnico Blue speakers.

Vox AC30C2X 30-watt, 2x12" Combo Guitar Amplifier Features at a Glance:
  • 30-watt, 2 x 12" combo guitar amplifier
  • 2 channels with independent volume controls - normal and top boost
  • Reverb and tremolo effects onboard (controllable via optional footswitch)
  • Master volume section with tone cut and volume controls
  • True bypass effects loop for bringing in your own pedals
  • Switchable 8-/16-ohm output jack for external speakers (mutes internal speakers)
  • 16-ohm output jack for running a cabinet along with the internal speakers
  • Features 2 x 12", 8-ohm Celestion Alnico Blue speakers
  • Uses 3 x 12AX7 preamp tubes and 4 x EL84 power tubes
Dial in everything from classic British tones to modern edge with Vox's most versatile AC30 ever, the AC30C2X!

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Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Total Power 30W
Speaker Size 2 x 12"
Effects Yes
Reverb Yes
EQ 2-band
Preamp Tubes 3 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 4 x EL84
Inputs 2 x Instrument (Channel 1), 2 x Instrument (Channel 2)
Outputs 2 x Speaker
Footswitch I/O Yes
Effects Loop Yes
Height 21.89"
Width 27.64"
Depth 10.43"
Weight 73.59 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number AC30C2X

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Serendipity or Tonal Destiny...You decide.

The story goes, in 1962 Beatles manager Brian Epstein struck a deal with JMI Corporation's (the original manufacturer of Vox amps) Thomas W. Jennings. Epstein sold him and amplifier designer, Dick Denny on the idea that the Beatles would be a major show business success and that if the company gave the band amplifiers for free, Vox would receive enormous publicity. In addition, Epstein promised the Beatles would use Vox equipment exclusively as long as he was their manager. Dick Denny liked the idea, but Jennings did not. In spite of Jennings' objections however, Denny authorized the "gifts". As it tuned out of course, Epstein was right, very right.John Lennon and George Harrison had no idea that pairing their respective guitars, Lennon's Rickenbacker 325 and Harrison's Gretsch Country Gentleman (among others) with the Vox AC15 and subsequently AC30 would produce the totally unique sound that is the early Beatles. They were happy to scrap the junk they were used to playing with for new, more powerful equipment. And since it didn't cost anything, more the better.But what happened was serendipitous at least or destiny at best for the sound of those particular guitars through the Vox amps is now the stuff of legend.Though the circuitry has been modernized, the tone remains the same or as close to it as is humanly and technologically possible. Don't let the fact that they're made in China scare you off either. Anyone can assemble the thing, it's the parts that count (I'm paraphrasing of course).To put it bluntly, the thing is a beast, I mean loud, but in the best of all ways. I play a Ric 350v63 through it and yes, it comes across precisely the way it should, ringing, jangly, chiming, whatever adjective you want to apply a la Beatles. But I also play a Strat and Gibson SG through the thing and again, the AC30C2X does not disappoint in any way. It is solid too, well constructed. Weighs a ton, so I put it on a furniture dolly, problem solved.Is it an amp for your living room? No. It's an amp for maybe your basement or your garage if you need, but it's a stage amp for sure. It isn't necessary to detail the tonal controls, needless to say it's like all really good amps, there are enough control goodies for you to play with to get "that" sound you want which is perfectly subjective as we all know.If you're like me, looking for the old Beatles sound, you'll be more than pleasantly rewarded for the money you'll shell out for this thing. I have a Fender Deluxe Reverb as well and it compares nicely with the AC30C2X with the exception that the blue alnico speakers in the AC30C2X are unbelievable, just something about them that words can't describe, only your ears can.I gave the Vox AC30C2X a 5 not because of the "Wow! Blown Away" thing because I wasn't wowed or blown away. It's better than that, I'm totally satisfied, no buyer's remorse, no, "D**n, I shouldn't have spent all that money, nothing like that. How often in your life do you spend a grand and say, "I'm really glad I spent that money"? You will with this amp.Is the Vox AC30C2X the perfect amplifier? No, there's no such thing. But if you're looking for big sound with a unique voice, one that cannot be duplicated by any other amp even those claiming to have several models built in, this is it.Play on my brothers.

Killer Timbre & Classic Tones

As a lifelong Beatles fanatic, this amplifier has long sat at the toppermost of my list of Must Have gear. I originally ordered the AC30X2 with the Celestion G12M Greenback Speakers which has been described as having that mid-heavy Marshall tone. But what I really craved was that jangly treble resonance of the original AC-30, so I upgraded to the 30C2X with Alnico Blue speakers & I'm totally thrilled with the new amp. When I unboxed the amp and plugged in my Grestch Electromatic 12-string, the sound was everything I wanted and more! My guitar running clean through the amp has a presence & pointed articulation that elevates my guitar sound to a new level. The built-in tremolo & reverb sound very good even with basic controls. This Vietnam-built amp is rock solid and feels substantial in every detail. Once I clock 20 hours of amp time breaking in the new speakers, the sound should settle into a more smooth tone topped with that trademark "magical chimey, shining and shimmering tone." HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
Music background: Part-time Professional/Session

AC30C2X, Perfection, Possibly.

I have started, and then stopped writing a review for this amplifier about 4 times since receiving it last week from Sweetwater. It isnt an inexpensive amp, to be sure, and it took me a while to come to terms with it. I thought about sending it back a few times. It doesnt have the Marshall heaviness to it, nor does it have Fender cleans. What it DOES have is the middle ground that is missing between the two, it has its own very unique Vox sound. The more I play it, the more I understand why there are so many devoted AC30 players out there. It is responsive, it is dynamic and versatile, it is capable of some very beautiful overdriven sounds, and of some great cleans as well. The Blues have broken in, as have the tubes, and my only regret is that I didnt buy this amp sooner. Dont get me wrong, I really dig heavy/hard rock, and I own several Marshalls, a TSL 100, a JCM 800, and a DSL40C (all of which I love). But the Vox has taught me a lesson: There is a small, secret spot of perfection that lies somewhere between Fender cleans, and the *** kicking overdrive of a Marshall, and you can find it in a Vox AC30. It is quite capable of doing heavy rock (Zep, Sabbath, BOC, Deep Purple), and some great cleans (Beatles, U2, etc.). If this amplifier is in your Sweetwater cart, and you are just seconds away from pulling the trigger, trust me, do it. You wont be sorry. Oh yes, one more note, ask for Ken Davis when you call or email. Hes helpful and knowledgeable, I have purchased many items from him and always been really happy with the service I have received.The AC30 has totally changed the way I think about playing guitar.
Music background: Old Enough to Buy ****, Young Enough to Play

A dream come true.

Owning a Vox AC30 has been a dream of mine for most of my life. That dream has now come true and I have not been disappointed. I love the sound from my new Vox AC30C2X. I have several guitars that I play through it, and all of them sound great through this amp. Guitars include a Fender Telecaster, Rickenbacker 360 12 string, Rickenbacker 350V63, Epiphone Les Paul, and one that I built myself. Both humbucker and single coil pickups sound great. When I turn up the master volume control, I can get that famous smooth and creamy Vox distortion that this amp is so famous for. But when I turn down the master and turn up the channel volume, I can also get some wonderful clean tones from this amp. Thanks Sweetwater for helping me obtain one of my dreams. Great company to work with and Derek Senestraro was a vital part in my obtaining this amp. He went out of his way to answer all of my questions and gave me a great price on this amp. Thanks !!!
Music background: I have played guitar for most of my life, some keyboards also. Have a collection of vintage amps and guitars.I also have a small personal recording studio.

Legendary Amp!

AC30C2X, it is still the best amp today in my opinion. I spoke to Sean (our Sweetwater rep) over the phone about this amp for quite some time, despite knowing without a doubt this was the sound I was looking for. The crisp highs and soothing warmer lows of the Alnico blue celestions offer more than optimal quality of tone through it's 30watts. This amp couldn't possibly do more to please me and Sweetwater will always be like family! 5/5
Music background: Musician, Audio Engineer
See also: Combo Amps, Vox, Vox Guitar Combo Amps