Vintage Vox AC100

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  1. hogy

    hogy Member

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    Anybody else here have one of these monsters?

    I just fell in love all over again with mine. For the past few years it has done duty as a bass amp in music room.

    Hooked it up to a guitar cab again yesterday and I was just blown away by how incredible it sounds. It has all the chime of a good AC30, but much more muscle (duh) and this huge, warm, clear bottom end. In some ways it reminds me of a Mac truck version of a Trainwreck Rocket.

    There is no better amp for a Stratocaster. It does Hendrix better than my '66 JTM45/100, seriously.

    Like I always say, big amp = big sound.

    Mine is the later version, btw, fixed bias El34s. The earlier version was cathode biased and had slightly less power (80W). Mine has the late cabinet that is open on the bottom (covered by a metal screen) and has a large vent on top. Earlier versions with the more closed of cab had a tendency to catch on fire. Mine has been very reliable. No heat issues, really.
     
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  2. FFTT

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    Pix and Clips!

    I kinda know where you're coming from with my Hot Cat 100R,
    the clean side is quite a bit like the AC100 through the Fane AXA12
     
  3. hogy

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    Hogy don't do clips, but I'll take a picture for you. Hang on.
     
  4. hogy

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    Here you go:

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  5. jbp

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    Hogy, ever since I heard the tones Charlie Sexton got out of his AC50, I've been SO curious about the AC100.

    What speakers are you playing through?
     
  6. big mike

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    Damn. that's like porn right there.
     
  7. hogy

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    Those are the original 15 Watt Alnico Celestions in that '64 Marshall cab. The amp is attenuated enough to keep the speakers safe.
     
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    How does the AC100 react to the Alex attenuator?

    I have a '66 Ac50 and was thinking of picking up an Alex attenuator.

    BTW your AC100 looks awesome, never even seen one in person let alone heard one...
     
  9. hogy

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    That's not an Alex, it's a Faustine. The AC100 works very well with the Faustine, but I don't crank the amp with it for fear of going over the attenuator's 100W rating.
     
  10. jbp

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    No other way to describe it.
     
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    Hogy;

    Have you serviced it? New caps, any replaced parts? If so, what type did you use?

    I can definitely see picking up that Strat and getting some nice semi clean chords out of that rig. The power and the glory, amen!
     
  12. Jon@Home

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    Had one for 15 years, an 80/100. Really enjoyed it but I could never turn it up to where it really liked to be. 100 watts...wow!
    Anyway, loved mine but sold it for a 15 watt amp.
     
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  14. hogy

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    Wow, that's a trip. I was not aware of that site, yet my amp is on there. Mine is very unusual, I posted about it on another board ten years ago, and from there it made it onto the AC100 site. It says it's mentioned in Jim Elya's book, I had no idea about that either, don't have the book. I guess I'll have to get it now.

    My amp at the bottom of this page:

    http://www.voxac100.org.uk/page_12.htm


    Thanks for that link!
     
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  15. v-verb

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    Very nice Hogy!

    I had an AC50 I liked a ton - traded it unfortunately. I won't go on again about how much I love my 2 Komets - oops I think I just did;<)
     
  16. jbp

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    Hogy, consider this a sign that it's time for a Komet-inspired AC-100. :dude
     
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    Hmm I think that may happen....here's hoping.

    A big superb clean machine that can roar - maybe with a tone stack switch and an attenuator that works well with that model.

    At the very least this will inspire a run on AC100s!
     
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    In an old Vintage Guitar Magazine article Ken Fischer bestowed his admiration for JMI amps. Excellent endorsement from the man himself !
     
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    I love everything about this photograph. One of the best gear shots I've ever seen. Everything just looks "right", from the rug to the strap, to the tweed in the background...awesome.
     
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    Id like to hear that.
     

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