Vox AC10

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  1. chet again

    chet again Tele-Meister

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    I tried a few out and they all make a kind of mild rattling noise when you hit the low "E" string at higher volumes. Anyone else notice this and do you have one?
     
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    I've got one and I don't have any rattle. I think it sounds great and was great value for the price.

    Cheers
     
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    I've heard tell an AC10 can trigger a whining noise right above the guitar.
     
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    I've had mine since they first came out..many gigs out..took it apart after I got it, changed out the stock speaker and tubes for Celestion Greenback 10 and Mullards.. It has been a workhorse..ZERO issues and dead quiet..I was lucky I guess..it happens that way
     
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    Truth is its probably a microphonic tube. My tubes had to be swapped by the manufacturer because it was making some ghost noise.
     
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    chet again Tele-Meister

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    Thanks, guys. I think I'm getting one tomorrow. I love the tone of the amp but was worried that I couldn't get rid of that noise. I had a tweed Fender Pro Jr. that had the same problem and I could not fix that amp.
     
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    I bought mine secondhand a couple of years ago and there was something similar going on. I replaced the stock EL84's with JJ's and checked the tightness of the speaker mounting nuts. No more issues since.
     
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    When I read the title I thought maybe you this is where it was going. This is a great sounding AC10.

     
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    Sold mine yesterday . Cool amps and the closed back gives you great bass.

    Would have loved to have tried a Red Fang in it but I need to buy real life things and get my Gemini 1 serviced so the Vox had to leave .
     
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    If you do buy one, spend the extra $20 or so and get the custom. Upgraded speaker that makes a very good amp, great.

    Oops, guess it’s designated “vs”, not custom
     
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    I had an AC10 that did exactly what you said. I believe it also did it at the octave E (12th fret) on the E string (or, a note around there, it’s been awhile since I’ve had it). Changed tubes but still did it. Ended up with an AC15C1x.
     
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    My advice is worth exactly what it costs, but get the AC15. My greatest regret in life is buying a 67 Fender Bandmaster instead of that.
     
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    I already have an AC15C1. I was just thinking of getting the AC10 cause I found one at a good price. I chickened out yesterday though.
     
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    The problem that you mentioned could just be a bad tube contact. I've had that same situation with an old Fender Deluxe. And since the AC10's tubes are mounted horizontally, you might want to open the amp and give them a little wiggle. Good luck!
     
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    YES. I bought one used and it's been rattling on the low E string since I bought it. So last week I took the cover off, and played the low E string while pushing on the power tubes with a screwdriver handle. The rattling went away when one of the tubes was pushed against. I ordered a matched set of JJ EL84's and installing them fixed the problem. The amp functions perfectly now, with no rattle to be heard even with it cranked all the way up.

    When I removed the bad tube, I thumped against it with my finger and you could hear a metallic rattling from the inside of it.
     
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    I tried 3 different AC10s at two stores and they all made the noise.

    I would not lose money if I bought the particular amp I'm interested in. I could sell it if I didn't like it and not lose money.
     
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    I have a Red Fang in mine, happy to have it in my collection. I take it out to my buddy’s as I leave my Princeton at home.
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    My AC10 is rattle free.
     
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    As I posted earlier, mine is rattle free as well. When I bought mine I played it side by side with an AC15. The AC10 actually sound bigger and had more balls which I assume is due to the sealed cab (compared to the open back cab in the AC15). I did like the AC15 but I was happy to go with the smaller amp as it was mainly used for home use - though I am happy to report I have used it for a couple of smaller gigs. I have just also started to use it in a stereo set up with a Tone King Gremlin. It holds its own with the Gremlin and was about 1/4 of the price. Cheers.
     
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