Cool combo amps like the AC15?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs' started by Optimus Prime, Jan 20, 2006.

  1. Optimus Prime

    Optimus Prime Member

    Messages:
    313
    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2004
    Are there any cool combo boutique amps, similar to the Vox AC15, currently in production?
     
  2. rawkguitarist

    rawkguitarist Member

    Messages:
    8,244
    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2004
    Location:
    Oceania
    Well... find a Korg reissue Vox AC15 those are supposed to be pretty cool.

    BUT... there are plenty of great amps out there that improve BIG-Time on the AC15 platform. Such as the Matchless Lightning, Spitfire and my all time favorite the TopHat Club Royale. The CR smacks a Marshall and a Vox together and creates a killer sweet tone. Highly recommended.
     
  3. Optimus Prime

    Optimus Prime Member

    Messages:
    313
    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2004
    Cool! I'll check it out.
     
  4. riffmeister

    riffmeister Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    16,490
    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2003
    Location:
    near Philly
    CR is a way cool Vox-meets-Marshall type amp....I've had three over the last few years. And there are lotsa other choices out there, too.
     
  5. Optimus Prime

    Optimus Prime Member

    Messages:
    313
    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2004
    Like what? :eek:
     
  6. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny Member

    Messages:
    9,590
    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2002
    clark grifton:

    [​IMG]

    and good lord, its mad dope.
     
  7. davebc

    davebc Member

    Messages:
    4,303
    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2004
    Matchless Lightning 15
     
  8. hw2nw

    hw2nw Member

    Messages:
    2,115
    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2005
    Location:
    Nashville, TN
    + 1000000000000000

    I played one yesterday at NAMM for the first time...it was one of the most amazing amps I've played. Perfect for that chimey, super harmonic goodness. WOW.
     
  9. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny Member

    Messages:
    9,590
    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2002
    course, try playing one with a 9 piece band, and watch yourself disappear...
     
  10. sdgvintage

    sdgvintage Member

    Messages:
    345
    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2005
    Location:
    Bristow, VA
    I am getting ready to build a couple of custom Matchless lightning 15w clones. They are more or less vox ac15's.
     
  11. jpage

    jpage Silver Supporting Member

    Messages:
    9,261
    Joined:
    Mar 22, 2005
    Location:
    New England
    I would call the Marshall 18 watter a cross between Vox and Marshall (seeing as it's a Marshall with el84s). And those are very popular with a ton of builders now (for good reason--phenomenal little amp). You should be able to find a couple of dozen folks who would be happy to hand build you one if you don't feel like buying Marshall.
     
  12. rawkguitarist

    rawkguitarist Member

    Messages:
    8,244
    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2004
    Location:
    Oceania
    How many people play in a 9 piece band?? I've played with either my Matchless Hurricane or my TopHat Club Royale for the past 7 years... only once were they not loud enough, even with a loud band. Once! The other 500 gigs/rehearsals I've done plenty loud, clean too. :rolleyes:
     
  13. Tone_Terrific

    Tone_Terrific Member

    Messages:
    24,570
    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2004
    Location:
    Canada-GTA
    It can happen.:eek:
    A man has to face his (amp's) limitations.
    Nothing beats trying before you commit.
     
  14. jokerjkny

    jokerjkny Member

    Messages:
    9,590
    Joined:
    Jan 4, 2002
    wasnt really a loudness issue. rather, felt sonically buried no matter how loud the match was cranked. been using a Clark Grifton in place of it, and i have yet to experience those same problems.

    at home, chilling in the front of the tv, or even recording, the lightning was great, but IME, that's only half of the reason i own an amp.
     
  15. rawkguitarist

    rawkguitarist Member

    Messages:
    8,244
    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2004
    Location:
    Oceania
    Gotcha now! :AOK

    It helps to have 2x12s also. In full disclosure, I've done way more gigs with my 2x12 TopHat CR than my 1x12 Matchless. My CR has way more ass than the Matchless did. BTW, don't have my Matchless anymore. Wish I hadn't sold it though. I need to remember that alot of you guy's are talking unmic'd, I'm not.
     
  16. morgan

    morgan Guest

    My mid 90's ac15 tbx is still my favorite amp. The matchless, bad cats, tophats, are all nice amps, but they definitely do their own thing, it's their take on the vox sound. So I wouldn't necessarily call those amps improvements. But if you really want the vox sound, you have to go vox (or a valvetech hayseed, which has a halfpower switch, a 2x12 @ 15w is pretty sweet).
     

Share This Page