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On the TSV Workbench: The Vox AC30CC2

We keep a decent inventory of gear for backline equipment rental and every now and then that gear has to be serviced.

Recently one of our Vox AC30 guitar amplifiers started acting up so we decided to open it up and see what was going on.

As you may or may not know, the Vox AC30 is a tube amplifier. This means that the AC30's power is generated from vacuum tubes or "valves." These tubes serve to not only drive the amp, but also tend to produce a warmer, more-controlled and ultimately more-pleasant sounding guitar tone than that of a "solid-state" amplifier.

Well this particular amplifier, at this particular time is suffering from a serious lack in output. After a quick check of all of the amp's functions, it appears that everything works; the gain stages, reverb, tremolo, EQ and master volume controls all seem to be working fine. However, the overall volume that the amp puts out is incredibly low.

We're still going over a few things, trying to figure out just what the heck is going on with this thing. But while we had this amp opened up, we thought all of you out there in Internetland might like to see what a Vox AC30's amp chassis looks like.

We'll keep you posted on how this old girl is doing.

Until next time,

Keep on rockin'!

TSV

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