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Vox AC1RV 1-Watt 2x3 Guitar Combo Amplifier

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  • Battery powered amp supercharged with rhythm patterns and more
  • Includes a total of 66 built-in Rhythm/Song Patterns, one extended length additional song pattern
  • 2 x 3inch, 4ohm speakers
  • Analog circuitry borrowed from the acclaimed amPlug series
  • OVEDRIVE switch provides more sonic variation
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Product Description

Ultra-small mini amps have gained great popularity as first amps or practice amps. Their highly cost-effective price allows them to be purchased casually as an accessory. The convenience of battery power and their space-saving ease of use only add to their appeal. Many professional guitarists like these amps for warming up in the dressing room. The casual guitarist may enjoy keeping a mini amp in the office, in the bedroom, or may carry one for inspired performing at any time. With the Vox AC1 already a member of the Vox lineup, the new AC1 RhythmVox adds a wealth of features never before seen on a mini amp - until now! In particular, the rhythm function rivals that of dedicated units, providing a total of 66 Rhythm/Song Patterns. The AC1 RhythmVox is a great choice not only as a first amp, but also as a warm-up amp on the road or in your rehearsal space, for practicing using the patterns as a metronome, or even as a rhythm box. It's sure to have a long and warm relationship with any guitarist. The AC1 RhythmVox also has a lot to offer as a guitar amp. To begin with, there's a full complement of gain, tone, and volume controls, letting you dial-in a broad range of sounds to suite your taste. A pair of three-inch speakers delivers a full-bodied sound. Refinements have been made to deliver even more highly developed realistic and full-fledged amp sound, based on the analog circuitry developed for the best-selling amPlug series of headphone amps. Best of all, Vox added an OVERDRIVE switch to provide more sonic variation. Switch it on for a serious high-gain sound; switch it off for a bright, clean sound.

Product Information

Item Weight 1.8 pounds
Product Dimensions 8.2 x 3 x 5.5 inches
Shipping Weight 1.7 pounds
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Shipping Advisory This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
ASIN B0043UNRG2
Item model number AC1RV
Batteries 6 AA batteries required.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 94 customer reviews

4.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #38,312 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#13,392 in Musical Instruments > Recording Equipment
Date first available at Amazon.com October 14, 2010

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From the Manufacturer

Mini Bass Amplifier with Rhythms

VOX AC1RV BASS

Become a one-man Rhythm Section! The AC1 RhythmVOX Bass portable mini-amp pumps 1 watt of power into a pair of 3 inches VOX speakers. As its name suggests, the AC1 RhythmVOX Bass includes some cool rhythm features. Ten Rhythm Patterns (plus the Song Pattern) create a total of 66 rhythm variations.

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To be clear, I bought the bass version.

The feature set of the amp is nice, and the rhythm tracks are a fantastic feature not found on any other micro practice amp I've seen. It even has a (low E) tuner.

It takes 6 AA batteries (cheapies included), but it can be powered by a 9V ac adaptor from any of your pedals that you might have lying around.

This item didn't work well for me. What I found was that even with the drive switch set low, my bass (a Jazz Bass loaded with two humbuckers) caused the sound to be significantly distorted even at the clean settings. I think it was just too much output for this little amp and its speakers.

If you have a passive bass and want a practice tool that gives you rhythm patterns and battery/AC power flexibility, this might work.
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This is just a terrific little amp. It is great with my electric acoustic when I turn on the overdrive fuzzy warm crunch, and very pure with overdrive off. The six required batteries are included and actually lasted a bit. I picked up a 9volt adapter however. The dials are nice and easily adjusted. The distortion with a real electric can get out of hand but you can push any stereo source through its 3/4 input (keyboard, mp3, korg kaoss). Fun versatile and surprisingly well made for the money. I pulled mine over with the guitar cord a couple of feet off a table and it didn't break. The extra six songs get old quick as they repeat the break and fill too often, otherwise this is a quality bank of rhythms with the reggae section possibly being too quiet. The built in tuner is kind of sensitive registers exact tune only. I couldn't output this to my mono HOG30 amp because it requires a stereo input for the rhythms but you can output to a stereo easily with the headphone jack for amplified sound.
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I own a similar looking amp (Vox Valtronic) and love it. In 20 years of playing music its my baby, though no story would be compelling without regret. (I have lost some great ones to trades as musicians love the barter system and I miss you very much Moog L-7). Surprisingly clear acoustic sound and enough crunch to make you go crazy train, this little guy packs a great punch (from a 10 year old mind you). Its best used for writing, I have found. Its a great idea machine that will never be so loud as to drown out everyone's opinion. You can whip this baby out of your glove box and practice anywhere, which invites creativity and writing. You have no excuse not to practice. Adjustable tempo and a ton of beats (says 6 but you can dial up anything you want). Granted this wasnt meant to be an actual combo with a memory for your settings, it will get you there whether your playing punk or Jazz. Great controls, solid feel, beautifully designed, inexpensive, and FUN! A perfect gift for any guitarist even if you have to buy it for yourself. Pinch harmonics ring, Gain rumbles, beats are cheap but valuable as well as variable to no end and is used way more often than not, clean as a mountain spring and anywhere between. Buy it. Love it.
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I improved the sound output by plugging a set of powered Altec Lansing 2.1 computer speakers into the mini-amp's headphone jack. The 2.1 set's adjustable subwoofer definitely enhanced lower-end tones.

If you have an available/nearby home theater receiver/amp (like my Denon) with an available AUX input, you can then easily use the 2.1 set's own headphone jack to output once again through even better speakers/subwoofer (like my Infinity/Polk/KLH 5.1 setup). Or you can connect directly from amp to receiver. A Denon or similar unit will boost and clean up the 1-watt output that's typical of this class of mini-amp.

On their own, these mini-amps' small speakers and low-watt outputs means they're useful for little more than personal practice and very small-scale jams. I like to play along with the Palladia channel (e.g., Daryl's House, Later w/Jools Holland), and my Vox helps me hear myself.

The Vox's separately volume/tempo-adjustable, 66-style drum accompaniment synth sure beats a metronome. The Vox's own AUX input (so you can play along with your portable music collection via ipod, smartphone, laptop, etc.) is another nice feature, as are the LED E-string tuner and clean/overdrive switch (to add some "crunch" on rock tunes). I bought a 9V AC adapter to save on batteries.

I've been using a clip-on Cherub guitar pickup on an acoustic tenor ukulele, which is just big enough to accept the clip-on over the bottom edge of the soundhole. Smaller ukes would probably need to clip to the headstock, where picking up unwanted fretboard percussion (your own fingering) can be a problem.

UPDATE, Nov. 2014: I'm upping my star rating from 4 to 5 after using the Vox AC1 Rhythm with my new solid-body electric tenor ukulele.
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I'm really happy I chose this over the amplug. It's a little bigger, but it has a built in "drum machine" (albeit non-programmable, preset patterns), tuner function, and can use batteries or wall outlet. Also, if you don't feel like putting on headphones you can still practice using the built-in speaker. I suppose you can't just slip it into the coin pocket in your pants, but it's still very portable (approximate size of 1 skinny/tall can of Redbull, bundled together with a smallish 6" sub sandwich). The only feature this one might miss compared to the Amplug is the line-out, where you might be able to use the Amplug as kind of a pre-amp/DI box.

But use it as a headphone amp and it's terrific. Sounds good. Nice and warm or a little fuzzy/growly, you can play with the gain knob and the volume knob to balance the amount of overdriven sound. Great for practicing without disturbing other people. Sounds good through my in-ear, earbuds. I haven't tried yet with full, over-the-ear type studio phones like the MDR-v6, so I don't know how it sounds through that.

Auxiliary input 1/8" jack to play along with an mp3 player or computer headphone-outs. Works great, but I just wish there was a volume for the Aux Input signal - as it is, I simply adjust the volume on my mp3 player, no big deal ... but it would've been a nice extra.

Drum presets sound good and usable to practice along with, and has a level knob to control drum loudness. The tempo knob is fine but hard to replicate a specific bpm. The tempo knob has about 270 degrees of travel to adjust between 40bpm and 240bpm (according the manual), so small movements of the knob make fairly significant changes in tempo.
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