May 5, 2008

The Vox AC30

By David Lopez

For the past month, I have had the opportunity to use the Vox AC30 extensively.

Being an LA-R&B-Gospel player most of my life, I can’t say that I’ve had many requests for the type of sound that an AC30 delivers.

My church recently purchased an AC 30 to fulfill backline requests for visiting bands and, it was also the main amp at a church I was playing at this week in Atlanta.

Here are some personal discoveries that I have made about this legendary amplifier.

While tweaking the amp, I never really locked in to a sound that I preferred.  Although, I did find a sound that was workable.

When the band started playing, the strangest thing happened; the amp sounded great.

When the band stopped and I played by myself, the sound went back to workable.

This amp seems to sonically fill in the cracks that the other instruments do not occupy.  It stays out of the way of everything.

The amp has a huge midrange footprint that can’t be denied.

The lightbulb finally went on.  I think some more trips to Nashville are in order.

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