Originally Posted by gomestar
nice. modeled after the AC15.
To date, it's probably my favorite AC15 clone I've played, and I've pretty much played them all. It's really quite a simple amp. He literally designed it to be an exact copy of an AC15 but he added a mid control and some other really useful options like an EF86 and 12ax7 channel. I don't know too many amps that offer this, and when you think about it, it's a really awesome thing to do. Almost essential really. Why not have both?
These are great videos. It's a shame guitarists they picked are playing some pretty lame riffs mostly that I'd say 90% of real guitarists find useless. But still gives you an idea of the general tone.
I've played all those, coincedentally... I can give an overview.AC15 Hand Wired
- Unsurprisingly, these things are about the truest you can get the vintage AC15 tone. In fact, they're so close that a lot of players get turned off of them because ironically, when we talk about Vox tone, we aren't always talking about the sound of an original AC15. This is why I like the Tophat stuff. They are a lot like a real Vox, but they sound more like players imagine they should, rather than how they actually do sound. I think the HW series is a bit overpriced but worth it if you are looking for that kinda thing.Matchless Lightning
- A very abrasive sounding amp. Kind of like an AC15 got in a fight with an EL34 amp, but kept the EL84 chime and clarity. More MID heavy than your typical Vox clone.Dr. Z M12
- Hard to get a bad sound out of this amp. It sounds better doing hard rock stuff than the cleans to me. The Dr. Z has a bit more headroom than most AC15 types, which I think hurts the clean tone. You don't buy an AC15 for clean headroom. I think Dr. Z kinda missed the point their. Definitely not the amp to buy if you want traditional Vox tone.65 London
- You won't find any U2 style Vox sounds here. If I remember correctly it's a Marshall channel and a pre-top boost vox channel, which is not what most people expect. Great amp for what it is. But it's not Top Boost tone.
All are obviously top notch amps but all are very different. Really depends what you're looking for.