Vox AC30 vs Vox AC15: which of these diamond-clad icons should you choose?

Vox AC30 vs Vox AC15: Close up of Vox badge on an AC15
(Image credit: Future)

Rock 'n' roll's love affair with the Vox AC range runs deep. This legendary series of amplifiers is so profoundly ingrained into the fabric of guitar-based music that it's become part of its DNA. It's fair to say if it wasn't for Vox, many seminal artists would never have found their true voice. If you've thought about adding one of their retro-inspired tube amps to your rig, you've most likely asked yourself the question: "Vox AC30 vs Vox AC15, which is the best option?" Well, hopefully, we'll be able to give you some answers today to help you make an informed decision. 

For us at Guitar World, we see Vox as the reigning kings of vintage-voiced combo amps, making the AC30 and AC15 the two shining jewels in their rock 'n' roll crown. So, really you can't go wrong with either amp. That said, both combos have their own unique set of characteristics that allow them to excel in different areas. 

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Daryl Robertson
Senior Deals Writer

Daryl is a Senior Deals Writer at Guitar World, where he creates and maintains our 200+ buyer's guides, finds the best deals on guitar products, and tests the latest gear. His reviews have been featured in prominent publications like Total Guitar, Future Music magazine, and MusicRadar.com.

During his career, he has been lucky enough to talk to many of his musical heroes, having interviewed Slash and members of Sum 41, Foo Fighters, Feeder, Thrice, and more. In a past life, Daryl worked in music retail. For a little under a decade, he advised everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned pros on the right gear for their needs. 

Daryl is also a fully qualified sound engineer, holding a first-class Bachelor's degree in Creative Sound Production from the University of Abertay.