Chris Chaney auditions The VOX AC30S1 with his Gretsch

Discussion in 'THE Gretsch Discussion Forum' started by ZackyDog, Nov 22, 2019.

  1. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    Impressive tone (even though the stock speaker is not a Celestion alnico).

     
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  2. audept

    audept Senior Gretsch-Talker

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    One of my favorite players, seen him live many times and he never disappoints.
     
  3. Merc

    Merc Country Gent

    May 6, 2017
    Florida
    Great player, great sounding amp.
     
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  4. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    Australia
    yeah Chris is always great - seen him with LE many times also :)

    This Vox is interesting but does not appeal to me at all.

    https://derringers.com.au/vox-ac-cu...-30w-1x12in-celestion-speaker-combo-amplifier

    $1300 in Aust for single channel (no top boost), digital reverb (no tremolo), 1 chinese made speaker neither creamback or alnico blue but they do put a loop in it. And Vox still manage to get this 30 watter to 54 pounds :)

    The VX12 16ohm speaker they use is same as one in the Vox AC4.
    It's not even listed on the Celestion website and does not get good reviews elsewhere.
     
  5. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    Australia
    Now if Vox had made an AC30 S1 with the following I would have been interested and I believe this would sell much better too.

    Top Boost - gotta have it.
    1x12 Celestion Creamback GM12
    Tube Spring reverb (no tremolo).
    Both 30w and 10w wattage selector.
    Headphones out and DI out.
    Under 45 lbs weight and under A$1000.

    Possible compromise on tube v digital reverb to cut cost and weight even more.
     
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2019
  6. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    I think that this is interesting, regarding his Signature Gretsch Guitar G6126TCC:

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  7. Bravefaces

    Bravefaces Gretschie

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    Jan 13, 2014
    Central Australia NT
    As nice a fella as he is great guitarist!
     
  8. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    Very interesting. So basically a white 6120 with a falcon headstock?
     
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  9. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Gretschie

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    May 20, 2019
    Sydney, Australia
    Have watched this video a lot and wanted to post it awhile ago, Chris is the reason I play gretsch's so yeah big fan, very worth watching live if you get the chance for anyone who hasn't seen The Living End.

    Seen him play heaps, meet him backstage once, got him to sign the pick guard of my Tene, I personally like his signature model but at $6500.00 here in Aus new when they came out with only a few made couldn't justify the money, he has said in an interview about it that when he spoke to Fender Aus about what he wanted he pretty much put all the best bits of his guitars he owns (setzer sig spec 6120, falcon neck, tv jones power tron neck, classic plus bridge), somewhat of a Frankenstein guitar as he called it, if that article was correct.

    I actually want to check one of these amps out though as it appeals to me, as Waxhead said yeah it could have a few more refined features but I'd be happy if I could pick up a good used item for cheaper then new, still heavy yes but still better then a 2x12 AC30.
     
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  10. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    Indeed :)
     
  11. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    @Stefan

    You might like this one too? It is an earlier, single-speaker amp: The VOX AC30 CC1. I see them on the used USA market occasionally. I am guessing the same would be true for Australia.

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    More information is here.
     
  12. Stefan87

    Stefan87 Gretschie

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    May 20, 2019
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    Hey @ZackyDog , yeah I have kept an eye out for these as well, not too many come up used these days but do look on the occasion.
     
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  13. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    Australia
    Yeah Stefan if you really want Vox tones in lighter package the AC30 CC1 might be better. It does have top boost and loop. At 54 lbs the old CC1 weighs same as this new S1.

    http://www.voxshowroom.com/uk/amp/ac30cc1.html

    again doesn't have a Celestion Creamback to deliver that Vox chime but you could easy replace the "Neo Dog" speaker Vox use with a Creamback. Costs more $$ of course but if you really want Vox AC tone in a re-issue that's your best option imo
     
    Last edited: Nov 24, 2019
  14. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    If you're going for classic/original VOX tones, I think that this (relatively) new alnico speaker, The Celestion Ruby, would get you in the ballpark, so to speak. At 35 watts, it appears to be the perfect mate for the AC30S1 or AC30Cc1.

    upload_2019-11-24_23-2-31.jpeg

    I haven't heard the Ruby (or the Celestion Cream alnico [90 watts]). But, I once owned a 10" Celestion Gold alnico (10", 40 watts; 12", 50 watts), and I've been using Celestion Blue alnicos for decades; they are both great speakers.
     
  15. Stefan

    Stefan Country Gent

    Jan 20, 2016
    Germany
    Hey,

    I‘m Stefan, you‘re talking to Stefan87 ;)
     
  16. ZackyDog

    ZackyDog Friend of Fred

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    Oops---sorry. Stefan87 caught that too, and responded to me :)
     
  17. TV the Wired Turtle

    TV the Wired Turtle Gretschified

    Jul 25, 2009
    so cal
    those CC1 had a lot of problems, I got wary and sold mine off before it went night night.
     
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  18. wizard_23

    wizard_23 Gretschie

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    Jul 18, 2012
    Melbourne, Australia
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    Awesomely spec’d axe. The Classic +/Powertron combination is great!

    They seem to go real cream too. Mine has just started checking up the neck a bit through the last winter. Excited for what it will look like in 10 years time.
     
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  19. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    Australia
    Ruby is good - I've played them - but at 35w is a bit too close to the 30-33w rated AC30. Creamback at 65w rated output is a better, safer option imo.
    It sounds very similar to the 90w Alnico Cream

    Ruby would be good for AC10 or AC15 imo :)

    https://celestion.com/product/216/celestion_ruby/

    https://celestion.com/product/123/g12m65_creamback/
     
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  20. Waxhead

    Waxhead Country Gent

    Aug 30, 2014
    Australia
    ok what kinda prob's did you have ?
     
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