Any love for ac4's anymore, or is it over?

Jcbluesman

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Not much lately on ac4's. Post from 2009 or so in Google search. Im digging my ac4tv. For my music, 5 watts or less tube amps fit the bill. I live in a apartment so volume is a issue. Got it setup for my liking. Nos tungsram el84, Svetlana 12ax7. Took the back off. Pure nickel strings on my guitar With pickups adjusted low, perfect! I hope the wgs veteran 20 helps with volume and some earlier breakup.l like the vx speaker alright though. Any love 4'em, or is it over
 

Jcbluesman

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Yeah, im returning/learning playing the getfiddle. Its perfect for my needs at this time. I think a bunch of guy's got in to them, then moved up as skills changes needs. For my style though, 5 watters are perfect. I'll consider as I improve, and when I can justify it, I'll spring for a hand wired boutique 5 watter. Maybe the little vox ac hand wire job. I'm liking me some vox right now. Not in to the fender brown sound thing at all at this time.
 

Jcbluesman

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Got mine for 165 bucks, pawn shop find. As I get better, then an upgrade. Right now for my needs, im there. I put a wgs veteran 20. That opened it up a lot. Now I know the difference between a loose speaker and a tight speaker. I like'em loose, oh yeah. Its a fun amp to play now
 

Jcbluesman

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Maybe in the future. Where im living now, I'm pushing it with 4 watts, lol. My next step may be a extension speaker setup, but not needed now. All I know is I got to have el84. I need it man, I need it. :eek: uh, I mean:)
 

petty1818

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The new ac10 is such a great amp that I wouldn't even consider the ac4. I used to be a boutique snob but my ac10 is such a fun amp to play.
 

Jcbluesman

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Yeah, that would be my next
logical:cool: move. When needed, I don't know. Where I live and my level, we'll see. I'll buy according to my level. What I have now is enough to get a whole lot better. Prs, ac4tv, polytune, and you tube videos.Thats more than enough
 

bizzwriter

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I picked up an AC4 to use as a small amp for band practice -- works perfect for that. Great sound, and can get pretty loud when necessary. Not something I would gig with, though.
 

Hokiechris

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I have an AC4 with the 12" speaker. It's great for around the house. I never need to go past 12 or 1:00 on the knobs and I can dial is some grit with the gain knob.
 

Jcbluesman

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For me, im not close to playing gigs. I'm really just learning about tube amps. By tube rolling, speaker changes, and modifying ( I took the back off mine, which made a big difference) I'm learning about sound. As im making these changes, I'm enjoying playing more, learning more and hearing more of what I want to hear. Until about a month ago, harmonics, open, airy, loose, tight, balanced, etc, meant nothing to me in posts I read here and elsewhere. This ac4 has been a great learning tool all the way around. I think unless you are accomplished, a low watt amp is a good place to start.
 

Jcbluesman

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I have an AC4 with the 12" speaker. It's great for around the house. I never need to go past 12 or 1:00 on the knobs and I can dial is some grit with the gain knob.
Yeah, I changed out the 10" vx with a wgs veteran 20. Its looser with more of a natural feel to me. I wasn't unhappy with the stock but I found the wgs for 15 bucks on craigslist. I like the switch though. In my apartment, its all I need right now. Oh, the dust cap on the vx speaker is large compared to the wgs. No wonder it's a tighter sounding speaker. I suppose cone materials makes a difference between them also
 
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garret

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Played a friends and it sounded a bit boxy and muffled. Plugged it into a 2 x 12 and sounded very good.

But the same friend just got an AC15 with the celestion, sounds great! Will get one of them in the near future.
 

Jcbluesman

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Ac15, maybe. The ac10 may fit my needs when the step is needed. For me, without jamming, gigging, or getting paid for it, I don't needs more for learn'n, and im hearing things I like. Its cool hearing different things with a couple of swaps.
 

blaster

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I had the AC4-HW but didn't like it. There was a lack of bottom end that made me get rid of it. I now have the AC10 which is great, plus it has reverb, and a nice bottom end.
 




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