Vox AC30HW2 30-watt 2x12" Handwired Tube Combo

30W/15W 2-channel All-tube 2x12" Guitar Combo Amplifier 2 Independent Preamp Circuits, a Half-power Switch, and Celestion G12M Greenback Speakers
Vox AC30HW2 30-watt 2x12
Vox AC30HW2 30-watt 2x12
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A Classic, Hand-wired Vox Amp!

The 30-watt Vox AC30HW2 handwired combo guitar amplifier transports you to the golden age of Vox tone. A retro oxblood grill cover and vintage fawn-colored vinyl over a birch plywood cabinet gives the AC30HW2 a classic style and sound. It's a traditional 2-channel design, with both a top boost channel that has a hot/cool switch and a normal channel that has a bright switch. At its heart, the AC30HW2 sports a painstakingly handwired turret board assembly, containing three ECC83/12AX7 preamp tubes, four EL84 power tubes, and a GZ34 rectifier tube - all of which are matched Ruby Tubes, which provide impeccable tone and extended dynamic range. A pair of 12" Celestion G12M Greenback speakers give you a bold and clear tone, and the OP mode switch lets you cut the output power level in half, which makes the AC30HW2 also an excellent recording/practice amp.

Vox AC30HW2 Combo Guitar Amplifier Features at a Glance:
  • 30-watt power output (8 and 16 ohms)
  • Handwired turret board construction
  • Birch plywood cabinet features solid bracing and a natural high-frequency diffuser
  • All-tube design
  • 2 x 12" G12M Greenback speakers
  • 3 x ECC83/12AX7 preamp tubes, 4 x EL84 power tubes, and 1 x GZ34 rectifier tube
  • Fitted with matched Ruby Tubes for extended dynamic range
  • Traditional Vox 2-channel design
  • Top boost and normal channels, each with high and low inputs
  • Normal channel provides an additional bright switch
  • Top boost channel provides a hot/cool switch to achieve even more gain
  • Master volume/bypass switch completely bypasses the master volume section
  • OP mode switch cuts the output power level in half
  • Vintage fawn-colored vinyl, reminiscent of the 1960 classic AC30
  • 2 x 1/4" output jacks for extension cabinets
  • Included VFS1 footswitch controls the top boost channel's hot/cool switch
  • Premium, custom-fit dust cover included
Get the sound of the Vox AC30 the way it was meant to be with a Vox AC30HW2 combo guitar amplifier!

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Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 2
Total Power 30W
Speaker Size 2 x 12"
EQ 2-band
Preamp Tubes 3 x ECC83/12AX7
Power Tubes 4 x EL84, 1 x GZ34 (Rectifier)
Inputs 2 x Instrument (Channel 1), 2 x Instrument (Channel 2)
Outputs 2 x Speaker
Footswitch I/O Yes
Height 21.65"
Width 27.76"
Depth 10.24"
Weight 67.9 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number AC30HW2

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Best Amp I have played

This amp came into my hands by complete fluke. I thought I was buying an AC30 from a gentlemen on craigslist, I was very excited. I showed up and this amp was out. I was skeptical because it didn't have any reverb. So i noodled a bit and decided to risk it and take the deal. I have had it for about 2 months now and it is amazing. The only pedals i use now are a tuner and a reverb pedal. I use the hot and cool functions for rythm and lead. Everything on this amp sounds sooooo smooth and it cuts through a mix perfectly. Does not matter if another guitar player is playing a 100 watt, because this amp vuts through the mix, so the volume does not effect it.

The AC15HW1 is almost great. The AC30HW2 is really great!!

I recently bought the AC15HW1, and while it sounded really amazing on its own, it didn't really work with my pedal setup, which requires quite a bit of dynamic range and clean headroom, especially when using fuzzes (it loved ODs and boosters though). The 15 would be perfect for someone who rides the volume knob, is happy with just an overdrive or two, or doesn't use too many fuzzes.... I definitely use too many! So I sent it back for exchange, and got the AC30HW2 instead, and it sounds just as good as the AC15 on its own (no pedals), plus it's got the clean headroom to take fuzzes and the stacking of pedals. The handwired aspect is appealing to me for the inevitable future maintenance and repair of the amp. I would like to be able to do these things myself at some point... Flipping the Hot switch is like having a built in Treble Booster in the TB channel. Couple it with an actual treble booster into the amp = FIERCE lead tone. The greenbacks sound great. I do want to switch them out for "Scumnico's" at some point at put the GBs in an ext cab, or mix the two so you get an X formation when the cab and amp are stacked. I've used the older AC30CC2 quite a bit, and while that is a great amp in its own right, the HW2's tone has a sweetness and "vintage mojo" that the CC kind of emulates but doesn't quite achieve. That said, I would be happy with an CC (haven't tried the newer C2s though), I just have the fortunate luck to be able to get the HW.... No reverb or trem might make some people mad, but not me. Never used it on the CCs, prefer tremolo pedals and not a big fan of reverb. The fact that they left it out of the design probably accounts for it being a few pounds lighter than the CC, which is a plus for anyone over 25 with a back.
Music background: Pro Musician, Recording Engineer
See also: Combo Amps, Vox, Vox Guitar Combo Amps