Vox AC15C1, Fuzz and Overdrive questions

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  1. TFB

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    I've spend plenty of time reading here, but this is my first actual post so please go easy! I have learned a ton from reading what everyone posts on here, so I figured I could get a little help.

    So some background... I've been playing for about 5 years. Not great, but continually getting better. I started learning on a terrible electric with no amp, then moved to acoustic, which is where I spent most of my time playing. So I'm finally really getting to electric playing and attempting to form a little band with a friend of mine. He is a drummer, and my girlfriend is a pretty skilled vocalist, so that gives us 3. The idea is to just get together and play some songs and see how we do before we attempt to add anyone else into the mix. The general concept is to cover all sorts of stuff we like and just create our own sound.

    I'm not seeking to replicate a particular tone, but a big fan of The Beatles, Psychedelic 60's, British Invasion, Rolling Stones, Black Keys, U2, White Stripes, Lenny Kravitz, etc. As of now, I am playing an Epiphone Casino (61 reissue) through a Vox Pathfinder with a Hoof Fuzz as my lone effect. I also have a DS-1, but I don't care for it whatsoever. I'm now in the market for a tube amp and need some help with amp and pedal acquisitions...

    1) I love the sound I get out of my Pathfinder and have kind of settled on the Vox AC15C1. It is within my price range, especially used and I haven't found a better fit in that price range. I've played one a few times at GC and it seems great, but I don't have much to compare it to. One of the criticisms I seem to see consistently is that the Vox AC's don't handle low end or some drive pedals well for that Dan Auerbach type tone. I have seen vids of him playing through a Marshall head and it seems to have that Vox-ish type bite to my ears, but I am still fairly new to guitar and amp tone. I know I love the cleans on it, but will the AC15C1 satisfy my desire for that vintage, bluesy, crunchy tone?

    2) Would a darker overdrive, such as the Way Huge Green Rhino, fit with the AC15? And how would it affect the tone?

    3) I love the sound of Fuzz pedals, and I intend to buy more. How is an AC15 with fuzz?

    4) Does anyone skip the distortion altogether and just use an overdrive along with a couple of fuzzes set for different tones?

    I appreciate any help or input!
     
  2. telepunk

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    You'll get a lot of varied responses to these questions, but hopefully this helps:

    - For the money, I think the AC15C1 is a good fit for you. I have one and I love it. Redone with JJ tubes, but otherwise stock. It's not a Marshall, but if you like the Pathfinder and the Vox sound the AC15C1 is the one of the best deals going.

    - I use a Blackstone Appliances and Cusack Screamer with mine and they both sound really good. I have tried several other overdrive and fuzz pedals through it as well with success. There are pedals you can get to cop the Marshall sound (PlexiDrive for JCM sounds and DLS for JTM45 sounds just for example - there are many many more) That way you can sort of have both major British tones. I really liked the Musket Fuzz through the AC15, but that will have some overlap with the Hoof.

    Good luck! It sounds like you are on the right track. The AC15C1 and he Hoof Fuzz are two great starting points.
     
  3. popinvasion

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    just get a hotcake a green rhino and a rat and be done. you will have it all.
     
  4. TFB

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    Thanks for the reply. I feel a little more reassured that I am on the right track,
     
  5. R_S_G_7

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    Everyone that buys a vox should just get a Hotcake with it, sounds like an extension of the amp. It should be your first stop.
     
  6. apeape

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    The Vox AC loves fuzz pedals. I have ran countless fuzz through it and all sound pleasing. But of course there are a few that stand out. Fulltone soul-bender, Peppermint Fuzz, Triangle muff, the regular Big Muff, Astro Tone to name a few.

    I am not too sure of overdrives though. I had a Tim before but i prefer my chinese Rat set to low gain. Its not as stackable like the Tim but it does have its plus points like it sounds "natural" in my opinion.
     
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    Are those of you who are using fuzzes and drives through your AC-whatever using the normal or top boost channel? Makes a big difference in which drives or fuzzes will will work, in my experience.
     
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    Good point Garygrt - I always run my top boost channel. It just has more punch than the normal channel and the tone stack is very useful.
     
  9. FenderBigot

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    ODs that have worked for me and my tastes with the C1... OCD, Timmy, Boss BD2 and the Amp11. All sounded good depending on your desired gain, but the C1 is best with the amp set just to the edge of breakup and then hitting it with a good OD. I have only tried one fuzz (Dano CC) and I'm not sure I'm a "fuzz guy" as some say.

    The C1 is a good tube amp... get some upgraded tubes in there soon as TELEPUNK points out. The JJ power tubes make a big improvement on the overall volume of the amp IMHO. Just ask the guys at Eurotubes to select you the proper rating for your desired level of breakup. I went with "maxium headroom" and the 15 watts is plenty loud enough to play with a drummer, but if you play a gig it'll still need to be mic'd most likely.
     
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    I love box style amps, and my favorite dirt boxes with them are boosts such as a zvex sho for low gain or skreddy screwdriver for mid gain. for fuzz I like the fuzz factory or mini bone
     
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    I run an OCD OD, a RAT WF RI, and a 69mk II on my AC. they all sound great through it.

    I've also run the Full drive, but i think i like the OCD better on the AC15.
     
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