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Old August 15th, 2012, 01:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Vox vs Fender

The other guitar player in my band just got a new Vox ac15 and I may be in love with it. It's just got the best tone, perfect wattage, the reverb could e better but the trem is awesome! I play through a '76 Fender Twin. What are your thoughts on Vox amps vs Fenders? I kind of want to get an ac15 and an ABY box for both of them!

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Old August 15th, 2012, 01:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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If you can afford it, go for it. Two classic amps. My preference would be the Vox, but with both of them you would pretty much have the basses covered.
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Old August 15th, 2012, 02:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Flip side, but same advice.
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Old August 15th, 2012, 07:32 AM   #4 (permalink)
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You could try some yellowjackets in your twin and pop a compressor on.
It will wont get you there, but, it will help.
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Old August 15th, 2012, 09:01 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Apples and oranges really...Blondes and Brunettes Both have their own tone..remember..after playing anything for a long stretch, something else alway's sounds inviting

Thats what I love about the Fender Mustang Amps..some nites, I feel like jamming on a champ..other nites..perhaps a Princeton or Bassman..and Oh yes..it does it very well
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Old August 15th, 2012, 09:13 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Most non-Fender amps are not designed to sound like Fender cleans. The AC15 is a popular amp, and you can read a ton of threads about the Vox AC15 and AC30 on this, or other forums. Good luck on your quest.
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Old August 15th, 2012, 09:18 AM   #7 (permalink)
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You almost have to forget the Vox vs Fender here. What you have is a big clean amp compared to a smaller amp that is going to be more responsive.
The first Fender I used was a 6g2 Princeton the first Vox was a Large solid state with 4x12s. Needless to say the 6g2 was the responsive one and the Vox was the loud clean one.
Anyway the AC15 is a nice amp.
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No comparison really between the amps - I have my AC15C1 and love it and would never trade it for a fender because the Vox sound is generally what I want, however if I ever had the space/money for a second amp I'd probably pick up a fender as a good contrast for my Vox (probably a DRRI though, Twins scare me).
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Old August 15th, 2012, 09:42 AM   #9 (permalink)
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In my opinion, the only right answer is to have each. I love both Fender and Vox amps. If I HAD to pick one, I'd rather have a Vox though but really, try to have both.
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I believe the more amps the better.. just more colors on your pallette. I am a Fender guy,but I have had a Voxac15 in the past,and I enjoyed it...not as much as any Fender tho...I had to use dirt boxes to get my dirt out of the vox....I hate pedals.
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No comparison really between the amps - I have my AC15C1 and love it and would never trade it for a fender because the Vox sound is generally what I want, however if I ever had the space/money for a second amp I'd probably pick up a fender as a good contrast for my Vox

The same goes for me. I love my AC15 and don't really see myself grabbing a second amp anything soon but, if/when I do, it will most likely be a Fender to give me American tones to go with the British tones that I already have.
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Old August 15th, 2012, 12:02 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I love my ac15. The couple of drawbacks is the reverb and it doesn't make a great pedal platform. That's where Fender excels. I use a Peavey classic for my pedal platform
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I own, and love both brands.
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Old August 17th, 2012, 01:54 PM   #14 (permalink)
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I, too, own and use both. :D
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Old August 17th, 2012, 06:50 PM   #15 (permalink)
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For shi#s and grins try a Mesa Transatlantic TA 15. I was ready to pull the plug on a AC15 (a great amp) when I gave this amp a listen. The first Chanel is all Vox, with or with out treble boost,5,15, or 25 watts and IMO sounds more Voxy than the Vox. Then on the second channel you have Fender clean, Marshall roar and Mesas singing lead, all foot switchable. Great amp. I think it's $300 more but well worth it IMO.
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Old August 17th, 2012, 06:54 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Not fair.
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Old August 19th, 2012, 08:24 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I prefer Fender amps, generally speaking, but I like AC15's a lot.
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Old August 19th, 2012, 08:36 AM   #18 (permalink)
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I had a Vox AC30 C2 and sold it because it was too loud when i dialed in "my favorite" volume/gain settings...
Now i have a Blues Deluxe RI with a 5751 in V1 and a Jensen C12N and couldn´t be happier.
But to be honest those are two different animals and i also prefer the Blues Deluxe over the Vox because it takes dirt pedals soooo much better.That was a big problem for me to get a dirt pedal that worked for me with the Vox....
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If you can wind the twin up .....great!
But in most gig situations they are hardly past idle.

I'm lucky enough to have access to either a vox ac15 or a fender hot rod deluxe.
Both amps weigh in the same and have 12 inch speakers.
If its a big room...fender is on stage.
Otherwise its the vox, it just sounds good without any fiddling and you can crank it.
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Old August 19th, 2012, 11:59 AM   #20 (permalink)
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It all comes down to personal preference. I have a Princeton Reverb and an AC15C1. I spend 95% of my time on the AC15.

Why? It just sounds the way I want to sound. Sometimes, the Princeton is a perfect change of pace. But the sounds in my head seem to match up with what comes from that AC15.
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