Vox AC4HW1 4-watt 1x12" Handwired Tube Combo

Handwired 4-watt 1-channel All-tube 1x12" Guitar Combo Amplifier with Celestion Greenback Speaker
Vox AC4HW1 4-watt 1x12
Vox AC4HW1 4-watt 1x12
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Handwired Top Boost Tone in a Compact Combo!

When guitar players think Vox, they think top boost. The Vox AC4HW1 gives you Vox top boost tone in a compact, handwired package. This all-tube 4-watt combo gives you classic Vox tones through a single 12" Celestion G12M Greenback speaker. Volume, treble, bass, a hot/cool switch, and a master volume let you dial in everything from clean to crunch with definite Vox style. The AC4HW1 has cool vintage cosmetics that make it stand out onstage. Grab the tones you have been looking for in the cool-looking, compact, and affordable Vox AC4HW1 combo amp.

Vox AC4HW1 Electric Guitar Combo Amplifier at a Glance:
  • Vox top boost tone
  • All-tube design
  • Vintage vibe
Vox top boost tone

Finally, Vox has brought the sought-after top boost tone in a handwired, all-tube combination. The Vox AC4HW1 gives you that legendary top boost tone in the perfect studio-sized package. This expressive amp lets you also dial in clean chime all the way to heavy crunch. A hot/cool switch lets you bypass the tone circuit for a pure and rich gain boost. Get the historic Vox tones you have been looking for with the Vox AC4HW1.

All-tube design

Guitar players love tubes. A Vox wouldn't be a Vox without glowing glass. Just like its big brothers, the Vox AC4HW1 combo features 12AX7 preamp tubes and EL84 power tubes. Turret board construction and handwiring take this amp to the next level, giving you the classic Vox top boost tones.

Vintage vibe

Besides giving you the legendary top boost sound, the AC4HW1 gives you cool vintage vibe with old school looks. retro Fawn-colored vinyl and classic Vox grille cloth make this amp stand out from the crowd. A creme-colored handle and gold appointments finish off the vintage vibe and cosmetics of the Vox AC4HW1 combo.

Vox AC4HW1 Electric Guitar Combo Amplifier Features:
  • 4-watt handwired all-tube mini combo amp
  • 12AX7 preamp tubes and EL84 power tube
  • Hot/cool voice switch
  • Vintage-style Fawn cosmetics
  • 1 x 12" Celestion G12M Greenback speaker
  • Classic Vox top boost tones
Bring the classic Vox top boost sound to your rig with the handwired Vox AC4HW1 combo!

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Tech Specs

Type Tube
Number of Channels 1
Total Power 4W
Speaker Size 1 x 12"
EQ 2-band (Hot/Cool Switch)
Preamp Tubes 2 x 12AX7
Power Tubes 1 x EL84
Inputs 2 x TS
Footswitch I/O Yes
Height 17.72"
Width 15.94"
Depth 10.24"
Weight 29.74 lbs.
Manufacturer Part Number AC4HW1

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Love this Amp

Let me start by saying I have been playing for well over 35 years. I play rock and blues exclusively. I own several American Fenders, a Les Paul and a Paul Reed Smith. I also own several 7 other fine amps by Blackstar, Fender, Vox, and Egnater. I no longer play the clubs but I record a lot of original tunes in my home studio and I do not use computers of computer software to record or manipulate the sound. I plug in to an amp and I mic it to get the sound to my console. This Vox and my Fender Bassbreaker 007 combo make stellar recordings. Low wattage is where its at. I crank this amp and my ears don't bleed but I get all the sweet, singing, buttery overdrive and sustain without using a pedal. I don't care how good the pedal, there is nothing like playing through an amp that does what the pedal tries to do. Having said that, this amp takes pedals very nicely. If I want to paint with a different tone, I'll step on a stomp. The clean tone of this amp is also great. That Vox chime is beautiful but the dirt is what really shines on this amp. Pleasure to records with.
Music background: 35 years rock and blues

Hot Vox

I am exited to finally have this Vox 4 watt hand wired Amp. Sounds huge for it's 4 watt rating.The clean is clean and the dirty is very Phat, I like it a lot!!My hat is off to Sweetwater's awesome financing and my sales engineer Frank Gerdts.

The real deal

Don't let 4 watts fool you. This amps volume easily fills my living room. And with the windows open, my neighbors know what song I'm playing. As far as tone, this amp covers it in my book. I have a Charvel San Dimas, and I spend most of my time in the single coil neck position. The AC4HW can sing sweet clean, or just get on the verge of breaking up. With the hot setting switched on the amp and using the bridge humbucker, this amp is solid rock and roll. And it will do everything in between. Quality is second to none, and the 12 inch Celestion speaker is the icing on the cake. Not cheap for a 4 watt amp, but money well spent.
Music background: Rock star in my own mind

Touch of Class

First time I saw a Vox amp was watching the Beatles, in 1964. We were all so curious about their equipment, back then. But I was always a Fender Blackface kind of guy. Fast forward 40 years. The halcyon years of Fender and Vox are behind them, and profit motives supersede devotion to quality. The Boutique Cloners seize the day, knowing that there is a market, still, for high quality--but at a cost. The old vintage amps can be hit or miss, in terms of stability. So, I admit I was skeptical of this hand wired turret board initiative from Vox, and waited a few years for the capability maturity to kick in before dipping my toe in the water.And man, this amp is great. I had a few small amps, over the years, and this is as good as any of the boutique boys--4 watts can be mighty loud in the studio, and I am amazed at how loud the cleans can get before the arrival of the crunch. The value add proposition here is pretty incredible. It's hard to beat what you get with this deal. And it's a Vox!

Hard to beat it for classic/blues rock tone

This is a great-sounding, surprisingly versatile little amp, especially on the "Cool" setting. It overdrives at around 5-6 on the volume, and you absolutely want that power section overdrive to get that creamy sustain and compression that brings the tone to life. I must temper my enthusiasm by noting that it really doesn't do jazz clean tones; it just does not have enough clean headroom with only 4 watts driving a very Marshall-y-sounding greenback. I bet the AC15HW2 would do jazz just fine, with more wattage, two channels, more EQ, and a more articulate speaker, but that is a really, really loud amp for home use. This AC4 is just perfect for my own practice and GarageBand fooling around. It completely sizzles playing classic rock tones or blues. Early Led Zep? Dime the bass, treble at 6 or thereabouts to taste, gain at 4-5 and dime the volume. Southern rock? Add a bit more gain and set the volume at 7. Joe Walsh? Engage hot mode and put the volume at 8 or 9 and you'll swear he was in the room. It takes effects really well, too, in spite of lacking a dedicated loop. I estimate that this amp cranks out 85-90 db or so in its sweet spot, just a slight smidgeon shy of ear damaging levels, so it's too loud to be a late night bedroom amp and maybe even too loud for apartments depending on how thin your walls are, but quite manageable for daytime playing in the basement or living room. One additional plus of the amp's character is that all that volume creates natural reverb in whatever space you play it in, it's really not dry at all in the sweet spot. That said, I might eventually invest in a Fender reverb/tremolo tank. Adding to the living room amp appeal, it looks so handsome with the fawn covering, the diamond cloth speaker mesh, and the nifty creme piping, my wife lets me keep it in the living room. She actually complains when I dust cover it!
Music background: Hobbyist
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