First introduced in 1958, the AC15 15-watt combo has been at the forefront of a rock & roll revolution that took place in England and forever changed the world. Now Vox introduces the next incarnation of this renowned amplifier, the AC15HW1X. This AC15 has been updated with modern features in addition to the traditional specs to create one of the most versatile amps available.
The AC15HW1X has an array of features including Master volume, spring Reverb, Treble and Bass controls and Tremolo with fully variable Speed and Depth. Tremolo and Reverb are footswitchable with the included VF002 footswitch. The sturdy cabinet is outfitted with a single 12" Celestion Alnico Blue Speaker. The Blue has a bright, lively character with a carefully controlled bottom end and shimmering highs which remains popular and distinctive to this day. This legendary loudspeaker suits a wide range of playing styles and has been heard on some of the most historical rock recordings ever made. The speaker impedance is switchable (8 or 16 ohms) for connecting external cabinets. A VOX footswitch that controls the turn the Reverb and Tremolo is also included, as well as a protective custom fit cover.
There may never have been an amp boasting such a lofty and pure sound in the entire history of VOX. The VOX Hand-Wired Series relies on the painstaking technique of turret board hand-wiring – a method requiring a high level of skill and craftsmanship – is used, resulting in wiring that's beautiful in its artistry, ensuring an efficient signal path with minimal loss and no restriction in amplitude.
Two-channel design: Top Boost and Normal
The VOX Hand-Wired Series preserves the traditional VOX two-channel design, providing a Top Boost channel and a Normal channel. True
to form, the Top Boost channel delivers the legendary AC30 sound with a fully interactive tone stack. VOX has also added a new and
unique HOT/COOL switch. The COOL setting produces the orthodox Top Boost sound, while the HOT setting bypasses the tone circuitry
altogether to create a more pure sound to achieve richer gain.
A VFS1 footswitch is included with your VOX Hand-Wired Series amp, so you can quickly change between COOL and HOT, right at those moments when you need an extra dose of drive. The controls for the Normal channel consist simply of a volume knob, giving you a cleaner and more natural tube sound. In addition, this channel offers a BRIGHT switch that, when engaged, adds emphasis to the upper harmonics of the tone.
“Old School” Master Volume bypass
The old AC15 had no master volume, nor indeed do most hand-wired amps. With such amps, high-gain sound meant that you needed to play
at high volumes. High volume is unavoidable if tone is the primary consideration, but can be inconvenient in many situations. The VOX Hand-Wired Series provides a master volume control, but also provides an MV/BYPASS switch that completely bypasses the master volume section. This means that the legendary sound that has fascinated guitarists for more than fifty years can be faithfully reproduced, giving you a direct and pure high-gain tone.