The Edge’s main guitar amp for years has been a 1964 AC30 in a 1970s cabinet, with early 1970s Vox amps as backups. Silly me , I just published a link on how to date your Fender amp and I just went and dated y Deluxe Reverb ! It sounds great and so I have decided not to mess with what was a factory Mistake/ Change/ Customisation?
As for the flavor, Vox amps have a very warm, creamy sound that compresses magically, and breaks up slightly, as you turn them higher in volume.
If you zero in on any Beatles recordings from 1962 to early 1966, that’s the guitar amp sound you hear.
Through his career with the Jam, Weller never deviated from his trademark sound of a Rickenbacker guitar through an AC30—and live, a phalanx of them.
As a tribute, the complete box set of Jam recordings (“Direction, Reaction, Creation”) features a cover photo of Ricks leaning up against a cream-colored Vox AC30.
The roll call includes Birch-Stolec Industries (1970) Dallas Arbiter (1973), and Rose Morris (1978).
The AC30 went through some design changes during that time, not necessarily for the better.Here’s a little bit of both: Early AC30s were fitted with alnico magnet Celestion speakers.The tubes in a Vox consisted of EL84s in the output stage and 12AX7s in the pre-amp stage.Instead, RM came out with a “Silver Jubilee” version in 1985 that trimmed back the gain in the preamp stage—a workaround for the cheap tubes available at the time.Though Korg began its life as a Japanese builder of drum machines and keyboards it’s beyond doubt that their involvement with Vox saved the brand and made it more robust for the 21st Century.It also had six inputs, two each for normal, brilliant or vibrato channels.