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Review: Vox AC10C1

Vox AC10C1 – with guitar 1

The new Vox AC10C1 combo amp nicely bridges the gap between the Custom Series’ AC4C1 four-watter and the 15-watt AC15C1.


Vox AC10C1 – full front

The Vox AC10C1 (street price in Finland approx. 520 €) isn’t a copy or reissue of any of the AC10 versions from the 1950s or 60s, but rather a modern reinterpretation of the company’s Top Boost-theme in a more compact guise, and made in China, just like the rest of the Custom Series.

This being so, the new AC10C1 amp does away with the old version’s vibrato effect, adding instead such welcome modern features as a quality digital reverb, and separate Gain and (Master) Volume controls.

Vox AC10C1 – front angle 1

Vox’ new combo looks like a smaller version of their legendary AC30 combo, which isn’t a coincidence, I’m sure. It sports lots of black vinyl, white piping, a golden metal rail, and the famous maroon front cloth with the diamond pattern.

The AC10C1 only weighs 12 kilos, which means it’s very easy to carry by its single top handle.

As we are looking at a production line, Chinese valve amp, it would be totally unrealistic to expect hand soldered point-to-point wiring inside this combo. The AC10C1’s electronic components – tubes and all – are mounted on three PCBs. You can have a good looks at this combo’s innards in this picture.

The little Vox’ two EL84 main amplifier valves have been placed just beneath the ventilation grille on the top (next to the handle). The preamp valves – a pair of 12AX7s – get their ventilation via a small slot at the bottom end of the cabinet’s back wall.

Vox AC10C1 – control panel LRG

The control panel sports the classic Vox chicken head knobs.

In addition to Gain and Volume, you will find a two-band EQ section, and the reverb control.

Vox AC10C1 – full back

In practical terms, the Vox AC10C1 is a closed-back combo, despite the small opening for preamp tube ventilation.

A ten-inch Celestion VX10 has been chosen as the combo’s sole speaker.

Vox AC10C1 – back panel

In the EU the new combo is sold with an Eco-feature. When the Eco-switch is set to ”on”, the AC10C1 will power off automatically if the amp isn’t played for two hours.

The AC10C1 can be connected to an external speaker cabinet, as long as the load is kept to 16 Ohms.


Vox AC10C1 – with guitar 2

Let me say something about the Vox AC10C1’s volume first:

This little amp is quite the belter for a combo rated at only 10 Watts! Yes, it does have a master volume control, but I still wouldn’t recommend using this Vox as a living-room amp in an apartment block. The Volume control really has to be set to 10 o’clock, or higher, to make this baby come to life.

The basic character of this Vox combo is rather bright and bitey – I had to take the Treble knob down to below 10 o’clock to find the sounds that I like.

This AC10C1 doesn’t have oodles of clean headroom, still there are some very nice clean tones to be had in the first third of the Gain control’s range, when you use Fender-type single coil pickups (Fender Stratocaster; amp gain at 10 o’clock):

Many valve amp snobs will view a digital reverb circuit as a big no-no, but in my view, the AC10C1’s reverb is one of the very best I’ve ever heard in an amp in this price range. The reverb is a digital version of a spring tank, and has a charming sense of depth. At higher settings you can even get some ”spring splash” by attacking the strings with gusto:

Due to its higher output a P-90-type pickup will require you to adjust the volume knob(s) on the guitar, if you want to achieve genuinely clean sounds. Here’s a clip of an Epiphone Casino (with Göldo P-90s), with the guitar’s volumes turned about halfway down (amp gain at 9 o’clock):

Here’s the same Casino with its volume controls set to 8 (the amp settings stay untouched):

Humbuckers, too, mean you will have to turn the guitar down a bit for clean sounds, otherwise the AC10C1 will start adding some of that famous Top Boost grit. The first clip uses a Hamer USA Studio Custom with its volume controls turned down to 5 (amp gain at 9 o’clock):

Same guitar, same amp settings, but the Hamer’s volumes have been set to 7:

You could sum up the AC10C1’s distorted sounds with one word – classic! This isn’t a high gain combo by no stretch of the imagination. This Vox feels most at home with Pop-, Blues-, and Rock-sounds of the Sixties and Seventies (and their modern descendants). If you want a piece of that classic Vox Top Boost tone (think Beatles, Queen, U2), the AC10C1 has it in spades at manageable volume levels.

Stratocaster; amp gain 3 o’clock:

Casino; amp gain 1 o’clock:

Hamer; amp gain 1 o’clock:

Stratocaster; full amp gain:

Casino; full amp gain:

Hamer; full amp gain:


Vox AC10C1 – front angle 2

In my opinion, the Vox AC10C1 is just the ticket if you’re after genuine Vox tones in a compact, easy-to-handle package.

Clean headroom isn’t to be had in abundance, but luckily this Vox combo reacts extremely well to volume changes on the guitar. The sound cleans up nicely, while the amp retains its full vigour and liveliness.

The Vox AC10C1 is loud enough for most rehearsal situations, and you might even use it in some small venues without a mike.

For studio work, too, I feel Vox’ AC10C1 has a lot to offer, because it enables you to get chunky Vox tones with much less bleed-through into other microphones, like the drum mikes.

Vox AC10C1 – logo


Vox AC10C1

current street price in Finland approximately 520 €

Finnish distribution: EM Nordic

A hearty ”thank you” goes to DLX Music Helsinki for the loan of the review combo!


+ value for money

+ compact size

+ reverb sound

+ amp sound


– limited clean headroom


Testipenkissä: Vox AC10C1

Vox AC10C1 – with guitar 1

Uusi Vox AC10C1 on teholtaan oiva väliaskel firman Custom-sarjassa neliwattisen AC4C1:n ja 15-wattisen AC15C1-kombon välillä.


Vox AC10C1 – full front

Vox AC10C1 (katuhinta noin 520 €) ei ole alkuperäisen (1950 tai 60-luvun) AC10-kombon uusintapainos, vaan uutuuskombo on Kiinassa rakennetun, nykyaikaisen Custom-sarjan jäsen.

Näin ollen AC10C1-vahvistimesta löytyy – alkuperäisen vibratoefektin sijaan – laadukas digikaiku, sekä erilliset Gain- ja (Master) Volume-säätimet.

Vox AC10C1 – front angle 1

Uusi Vox-kombo näyttää pienennetyltä versiolta firman legendaarisesta AC30-mallista – paljon mustaa vinyyliä, kultaiset ja valkoiset koristelistat, sekä vinoneliökuvioilla koristettu, ruskea etukangas.

AC10C1 painaa vain 12 kiloa, minkä ansiosta komboa on helppo kantaa sen ainoasta muovikahvasta.

Koska kyse on kiinalaisesta sarjatuotannosta, ei tässä voi odottaa käsinjuotettua, kallista point-to-point elektroniikka, vaan AC10 on toteutettu kolmella piirilevyllä, joihin myös vahvistimen putkikannat on kiinnitetty. Hyvän kuvan AC10C1:n elektroniikan arkkitehtuurista saa tästä linkistä.

Voxin kaksi EL84 päätevahvistinputkea sijaitsevat kombon kotelossa suoraan kahvan viereisen tuuletusritilän alla. Etuvahvistimen putket (2 x 12AX7) taas löytyvät kombon pohjan läheltä, jossa niille on takaseinässä toinen tuuletusaukko.

Vox AC10C1 – control panel LRG

Myös kombon säädinpaneeli on ulkonäöltään tyypillinen Vox-kombolle.

Paneeli tarjoaa Gain- ja Volume-säätimien lisäksi vielä kaksikaistaisen EQ-osaston, sekä säätimen kaiulle.

Vox AC10C1 – full back

Vox AC10C1 on käytännössä suljetulla takaseinällä varustettu kombovahvistin, vaikka takaseinässä onkin pieni tuuletusreikä.

Kaiuttimeksi on valittu yksi kymppituumainen Celestion VX10.

Vox AC10C1 – back panel

EU:ssa uutuuskomboa myydään uudella Eco-ominaisuudella. Kun Eco-kytkin on päällä-asennossa, AC10C1 menee omatoimisesti pois päältä, jos kombo on kaksi tuntia tyhjäkäynnissä.

AC10C1:n kanssa voi käyttää sellaista lisäkaappia, jolla on 16 ohmin impedanssi.


Vox AC10C1 – with guitar 2

Ensin sana Vox AC10C1:n tehosta:

Tämä vahvistin on 10-wattiseksi komboksi erittäin kovaääninen! Uutuus-Voxi ei mielestäni oikein sovi kerrostaloasunnon olohuonekomboksi, koska tämä AC-kymppi alkaa soida kunnolla vasta, kun Volume-säädin on avattu ainakin ”kello kymmeneen”.

Vox-kombon perusääni on melko kirkas – löysin minua miellyttäviä soundeja vasta, kun Treble-säädin oli kello 10:ssä (tai vielä enemmän kiinni).

Vaikka uutuus-Voxi ei tarjoa valtavia määriä puhdasta headroomia, löytyy Gain-säätimen alkumetreillä kuitenkin kauniita puhtaita soundeja Fender-tyylisillä yksikelaisilla mikrofoneilla varustetun kitaran kanssa (tässä soi Fender Stratocaster, AC10C1:n Gain: kello 10):

Monille putkipuristeille digitaalinen kaiku putkikombossa on kuin punainen vaate, mutta ainakin minun mielestäni Vox AC10C1 tarjoaa yhden parhaista digikaiuista tässä hintaluokassa. Kaikutyyppi on muhkea jousikaiku, joka myös ”pärskii” mukavan autenttisesti isoilla säädöillä ja kovalla atakilla:

Gibson P-90 -yksikelainen vaatii jo – isomman lähtötason takia – kitaran omien volume-namikoiden säätämistä hiukan alaspäin, jos halutaan, että AC10C1 pysyy puhtaana. Ensimmäisessä klipissä soi Epiphone Casino, ja sen omat volume-säätimet ovat puoliksi kiinni (AC10C1:n Gain: kello 9):

Tässä sama Casino, mutta omat volumet säädetty kahdeksaan:

Myös humbuckereilla täytyy säätää kitaran omat volumet alas, muuten Vox AC10:n soundi muuttuu jo hieman rosoiseksi. Tässä kaksi esimerkkiä Hamer USA Studio Custom -kitaralla:

AC10C1:n särösoundien kirjo menee hyvin vahvasti ”klassisen” puolelle. Tämä ei ole mikään high gain -kombo, vaan Voxin luontevin ympäristö ovat 60- ja 70-luvun Pop-, Blues- ja Rock-soundit. Kombo tarjoaa kätevästi tyypilliset (Top Boost) AC30-soundit kompaktissa – ja ei ihan niin kovaäänisessä – formaatissa.

Stratocaster, Gain – kello 3:

Casino, Gain – kello 1:

Hamer, Gain – kello 1:

Stratocaster, Gain täysillä:

Casino, Gain täysillä:

Hamer, Gain täysillä:


Vox AC10C1 – front angle 2

Vox AC10C1 on mielestäni juuri oikea vahvistin, jos etsii aitoa Vox-soundia helposti hallittavassa kokonaisuudessa.

Puhdasta headroomia ei ole tarjolla valtavasti, mutta onneksi tämä Vox reagoi todella hyvin kitaran volume-säätimillä, eikä näin saavutettu clean-soundi muutu elottomaksi tai ponnettomaksi.

Vox AC10C1 on riittävän kovaääninen bändikäyttöön treenikämpässä, ja pienissä keikkapaikoissa jopa livenä ilman mikkiä.

Myös studiokäyttöön Vox AC10C1 on mielestäni hyvä valinta, koska kombosta saa aidon Vox-soundin ratkaisevasti vähemmällä vuotoäänellä.

Vox AC10C1 – logo


Vox AC10C1

katuhinta noin 520 €

Lisätiedot: EM Nordic

Kiitos DLX Musiikille testikombon lainaamisesta!


+ hinta-laatu-suhde

+ kompakti koko

+ kaiun soundi

+ soundi


– puhdas headroom rajallinen


Vox AC10C1 – testi ilmestyy torstaina

Vox AC10C1 – with guitar 1

Lisätiedot: EM Nordic


Now on SoundCloud: Vox AC10C1


Lisätiedot: EM Nordic


Uutuuskitarat +++ New models out +++ Yamaha Revstar

revstar logo_ol

Yamaha on eilen esitellyt uuden sähkökitara-mallistonsa – Yamaha Revstar.

Tässä otteita F-Musiikin (Yamahan maahantuoja Suomessa) lehdistötiedotteesta:

Löydä uusi puoli itsestäsi!

Yamaha Revstar -mallistoa suunniteltaessa haettiin inspiraatiota Lontoon ja Tokion katupyöristä.

Toteutuksessa hyödynnettiin Japanilaista insinööri- ja käsityötaitoa yhdistettynä Yamahan 50-vuotiseen perinteeseen kitaranrakentamisessa. Jokainen yksityiskohta kaikissa Revstar-malleissa on tarkkaan harkittu antamaan kullekin kitaramallille oman persoonallisen luonteensa.

Tämä on Revstar – uusi kumppanisi!


RS320 in Black Steel, Red Copper or Stock Yellow high gloss finish (katuhinta noin 450 €)

RS420 in Black Steel, Fired Red or Factory Blue high gloss finish (katuhinta noin 550 €)

RS502 in Shop Black or Billet Green steel wool finish (katuhinta noin 670 €)

RS502T in Bowden Green high gloss finish (katuhinta noin 775 €)

RS620 in Brick Burst or Burnt Charcoal steel wool finish (katuhinta noin 890 €)

RS720B in Ash Grey or Wall Fade steel wool finish with licensed Bigsby (katuhinta noin 1.100 €)

RS820CR in Rusty Rat or Steel Rust steel wool finish (katuhinta noin 1.100 €)

RSP20CR in Brushed Black or Rusty Rat steel wool finish – Made in Japan (katuhinta noin 1.700 €)

Revstar: Tärkeät ominaisuudet

* Ensimmäinen täysin uusi Yamaha sähkökitaramallisto 20:een vuoteen

* 8 persoonallista mallia yksilöllisillä ominaisuuksilla

* Rouhea teollinen viimeistely

* Livenä testattu tekniikka

* Yksilölliset mikrofonit

* Huippumiellyttävä soitettavuus

Yamaha Revstar – complete lineup

Yahama Guitars have introduced their brand-new Revstar Series of solidbody electric guitars yesterday.

The Revstar Series, which was over three years in the making, encompasses eight different models – from the affordable RS320 (street price in Finland approx. 450 €) to the pukka Made-in-Japan RSP20CR (1,700 €).

Finnish distribution: F-Musiikki


F-Musiikista Line 6 -kitaratuotteiden maahantuoja


Mallinnustekniikan edelläkävijäksi tunnetun Line 6:n maahantuonti on siirtänyt F-Musiikille.

Line 6 -tuotevalikoimaan kuuluvat niin mallintavat kitaravahvistimet, efektipedaalit ja POD-multiefektit, kuin myös – yhteistyössä Yamahan kanssa syntynyt – uusi mallintava Variax Standard -kitaramalli.

Variax Standard Guitar

Lisätiedot: F-Musiikki

Huom: Line 6:n langattomien vokaalijärjestelmien ja PA-tuotteiden jakelijana toimii vastedes Yamaha Europe.


”Just one more!” – Living with G.A.S.


Just one more…pleeeeeeze!


We’ve all seen the memes on social media, haven’t we? And let’s be honest – there’s plenty of truth in them!

Many – if not most – of us guitarists seem to have an annoying tendency to want to amass a wide selection of instruments and/or effect pedals and/or guitar amps for personal use. This gear lust, which often leads to crammed living conditions, empty pockets, and considerable trouble with our significant other, is generally known as Gear Acquisition Syndrome, colloquially shortened to G.A.S. (or GAS).

It seems that GAS has become ever more prevalent over the last couple of (or three) decades, but the roots of this problem reach as far back as popular music and the advent of mass media.

MM2015 – Schecter USA Sunset Custom


G.A.S. through the decades

The early days

Gibson Nick Lucas Signature

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly the onset of GAS, but many people would agree that Gibson’s Nick Lucas Special signature model (first released in 1927) played a crucial part.

Nick Lucas (1897-1982) was an accomplished guitarist and popular crooner, whose biggest hits (in the late Twenties and early Thirties) coincided with the popularity of the radio and the wider availability of phonograph records.

The Nick Lucas Special was Gibson’s first signature guitar, laying the groundwork for the endorsement deals we’re familiar with these days. Apart from riding on an artist’s popularity, a signature guitar also tends to suggest to the guitarist that, were he (or she) to play this particular instrument, some of the magic (as well as the technical prowess) of the endorsing artist might rub off. In short, the message is ”buy this guitar, and you will become a better and more popular player!”

As most male guitarists not only care for their playing technique, but also for the opposite sex, becoming more popular always sounded (and still sounds) like a good idea.

The Fifties and Sixties – the guitar boom

Squier Cabronita Telecaster – body beauty

During the first half of the 20th Century the guitar grew from a not-very-common, specialist instrument into a popular mainstream choice – not least thanks to Country music and the ”singing cowboys” featured on radio and records, as well as in the movie theatres.

But it was Rock ’n’ Roll that put the guitar in all its shapes on the top of the desirability list for masses of youngsters in the so-called Western World.

Yet, GAS wasn’t such a serious issue at that time, because musical instruments were outrageously expensive then, and some of the top US-brands almost impossible to get hold of in Europe.

Andy Babiuk’s fantastic book ”Beatles Gear” gives the reader a very good idea of how difficult it was for the guitarists of the late Fifties and early Sixties to even scrape together enough money to buy a single guitar (or amp). Owning multiple guitars was the privilege of the biggest stars only. Back in 1965 a new, baby blue Fender Stratocaster would have set you back around 3,000 euros in today’s money! This makes a current American Standard Stratocaster seem dead cheap at approximately 1,500 euros. And remember, back then there was no such thing as a quality (licensed) copy, and even substandard instruments from Eastern Europe weren’t really cheap (Harrison’s Czech-made Futurama cost him the better part of 1,200 euros in today’s money).

Still, young players were brand-conscious, at least to some degree, and lusting for the exact guitar they knew their idol was playing. Even if they couldn’t afford it…

They don’t make ’em like they used to

Les Paul Burst

The transition of the plain old ”used guitar” to the ”vintage guitar” we all know today got to a start in the late Sixties, mostly fuelled by the two best-known brands – Gibson and Fender:

When flagging sales of the Gibson Les Paul prompted the company to scuttle the model in favour of the instrument we now know as the Gibson SG, nobody could have foreseen that the move would lead to the first run on a discontinued electric guitar model ever. Caused by the exposure given to the ”out of print” Les Paul Standard by the new wave of Blues players, spearheaded by Mike Bloomfield and Eric Clapton, many serious guitarists started actively searching for used Les Pauls. The fact that Gibson chose to reissue the Les Paul in the late Sixties, but failed to sense that the crowd lusted for the double-humbucker Burst (instead of the Goldtop and the Custom), quickly turned the original Standards produced between 1958 and 1960 into the stuff of legend.

Both Fender and Gibson became parts of large business conglomerates before the Sixties were over, and a feeling started to seep into the guitar community that the earlier instruments were of a higher quality than those produced under the new managements.

Big in Japan

Tokai ES-162 – body beauty

The proliferation of reasonably well-made guitars from Japan – often dead-on copies of US classics – at reasonable prices was what truly kicked off the phenomenon we now call GAS.

For the first time amateur and semi-professional guitarists could afford to own more than a couple of guitars. Effect pedals, too, would start to benefit from Far Eastern efficiency and mass-production.

Many of the 1970s Tokai-, Ibanez- and Yamaha-guitars – as well as the earliest Roland/Boss-effects – are now considered vintage classics in their own right.

Tokai ATE-33N Thinline – body beauty 1

Licensed copies

Epiphone Casino – April 2012 – close-up

The Eighties finally ”sealed our fate”, when it comes to GAS.

Many large brands started to release official (=licensed) copies of their own instruments in the 1980s, with the rest following suit in the following decades. Brands like Squier, Epiphone, or Sterling make it affordable to hoard instruments that offer at least some of the clout of their famous, upmarket brethren.

Sterling SUB Ray4 – body beauty


The Five Types of GAS-sufferers

J Leachim Jazzcaster – body beauty

We are all different – we don’t all lust after the same guitars, and we don’t all accumulate gear for the same reasons or in the same way.

I think one could divide us Gassers up into five basic categories, according to how and why we ”simply have to have that guitar”.

1. The Fan

The Fan is a hardcore follower of one (or two) Rock bands (or guitar gods), and he (or she) focusses on acquiring as much of the gear used by their idol as humanly possible. The Fan hopes to come as close as possible to their idol’s famous guitar tone, and he/she wants to feel (and look) the way his (or her) idol does when playing those classic riffs and songs.

2. The Nostalgist

The Nostalgist comes from a similar place as the Fan, having a clear vision of what it is he’s looking for. But, instead of trying to relive a certain band’s or player’s tone, as the Fan does, the Nostalgist wants to reclaim the (his/her own?) past. The Nostalgist longs for the classic looks and tones gleaned off vintage equipment, the sounds of a cooler, more vibrant place than the current here-and-now. Some Nostalgists also buy all the stuff they wanted, but couldn’t afford to get, when they were young.

3. The Hunter and Gatherer

The Hunter and Gatherer simply loves to get new toys, especially when he can claim to have ”snapped up a real bargain”. These are the guys that constantly trail the Internet, on the lookout for something, anything really, that might whet their considerable appetite. Very often it doesn’t even matter if it is an instrument (or other piece of gear) the Hunter and Gatherer really ”needs”; as long as it’s cool and ”a bargain” it’s a viable acquisition.

4. The Specialist

The Specialist has a strong focus on one, two or three specific pieces of equipment, that he (or she) simply cannot get enough of. These are the guys who seem to have a perfectly good reason for buying several dozen Telecasters, or a whole flock of Fender Tweed-era amps – or maybe they zone in solely on gear manufactured during one specific year…

5. The Pragmatist

The Pragmatist comes over as very reasonable, even though he’s an addict like the rest of us. The Pragmatist tells his wife that he doesn’t yet own an archtop guitar with DeArmond pickups, but that he needs just such a guitar to complete his ”colour palette” or ”toolbox”. Some Pragmatists – like professional guitarists, studio owners, or guitar reviewers – can make a real art form of their Gassing, meaning it takes the unsuspecting wife years (if not decades) to see through this charade.

Fuzz 2015 – Nice, old Tellies!

Naturally, things aren’t always as clear cut in real life as they might seem on paper. Most of us GAS-sufferers tend to display a mixture of two of three of the above GAS-categories.


”You can’t play more than one guitar at a time!”

GJ2 Guitars – Concorde 4-Star + 5-Star

Does owning more than one or two guitars have real advantages? If you ask me, my answer would be a resounding ”yes and no”!

The ”yes” part of my answer has to do with the fact that playing guitar (or bass guitar) is always a tactile experience. Different instruments have different neck profiles, they have different overall dimensions, different actions, different fret sizes, different fingerboard radii, and they simply smell and feel differently.

This is probably the main reason why we don’t all play Line 6 Variax guitars. They might be decent instruments with an astonishingly realistic array of different tones, but they completely lack the important tactile element that is so crucial in inspiring you to come up with different licks and different ways of approaching the guitar as an instrument.

A big, fat Jazz box will make you play noticeably differently to a sleek Strat or SG, and the same holds true for the differences between, say, an ES-335 and a Floyd Rose-equipped Metal axe.

On the ”no” side of the equation, buying a new piece of equipment will surely inspire you, but it won’t automatically turn you into a ”better” guitarist. Even though it’s hard to admit, only regular practice will move you forward on the long and winding road to improvement.

Tokai SG-75 – body angle


Damned If You Do…

In a way, we’re extremely lucky these days. There has never been a better time to be a guitarist than now. There’s an abundance of cool gear available, and much of it at rather reasonable prices.

The downside to this is, of course, that it’s so much easier to become a gear addict, because the price tag doesn’t necessarily act as much of a threshold, anymore.

Still, I tend to see the positive side of things, because the affordability of decent equipment makes it much easier for guitarists these days to try out different stuff on their way to finding the gear that’s most suitable for the music they make.

The Valve Bimbo – with SG