The AC15 Custom also offers footswitchable spring reverb and classic VOX tremolo to enhance the already impressive sound.
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The AC15's smaller siblings - the AC2 (fitted with a 6" speaker), soon to become the 8" Elac speaker equipped AC4, and the 10" equipped AC10 (made in single and twin speaker versions), were similarly configured. From late 1958/1959 onwards VOX AC15s (and their smaller siblings) featured a top strip of covering material above the distinctive VOX diamond patterned speaker cloth.
This new "classic" design would continue on into VOX's later generations of products (including the yet to be announced and now ubiquitous AC30), although the colour of the covering material was to subsequently trend towards black.
The company claim is that "the search for the Holy Grail of VOX tone ends here".
Combining the prized EF86 pre-amp channel of 1958 with the Top Boost channel of 1963 all in one unit, and boasting modern tone shaping enhancements - the AC15H1TV is arguably the finest VOX amplifier ever produced, in the company's amazing 50 year history.
David’s Hiwatt settings (2006): linked input (upper normal and lower bright, guitar into upper bright) normal , brilliance , bass , treble , middle , presence , master (o’clock) 1969 – 1972 One of the earliest known pictures of David with his Hiwatts dates from the Van Dike Club in Plymouth UK. It is not documented when he bought the amps but most likely sometime during July as the band was vacant for most of the month.
Dave Reeves, who had been working for Sound City between 1966-68, had started his own company called Hiwatt and by January 1969 he began making custom 100w heads for local musicians and bands like Jethro Tull and The Who are seen using Hiwatts in May later that year.Hylight 4x12 Early Sound City cabinet and grill cloth like The Who used at Rock and roll circus.2x12 2/17 with purple Fane labels,25w, flux 17k.2x 122142 with purple Hiwatt labels,50w,17k flux. Actually holds 4 50w Goodmans speakers, clearly non-original. Quite scruffy externally, a fair amount of foam wadding internally. 122142 Flux density 17000 Power handling 50 watts Impedance 15 Ohms Serial No. Hylight 4x12 Totally original, 122231 Fanes black plastic cover all dating to 1974. The letters are obviously swapped as mentioned by bygonetones.com, since the G12-65 did not come into production until 1978/79, therefore M indicates the year 1979. Since 1956, all Celestion chassis drivers have been stamped with a date code (2 numbers and 2 letters), denoting the exact date of manufacture.