Designed to sound identical to Mayâ€™s legendary live/stage setup with slightly more versatile features, the 30 Watt AC30BM has a built-in foot-switchable boost circuit (rather than Brianâ€™s separate treble/mid boost pedal), a back panel 15 Watt switch that performs a true power reduction by changing the number of tubes, biasing values, and output transformer impedance â€” all of which allows the user to achieve the legendary Brian May tone at lower volume. In addition, the amplifier employs 2 x 12AX7/ECC83, 4 x EL84 and 1 x GZ34 tubes.
Predominantly hand-wired, the AC30BM stays true to the original with components mounted on turret tags; however some modern printed circuit board construction is employed for adding more stability to the amplifierâ€™s performance with no loss of the original tone. Other features include built-in treble/mid single transistor boost circuit with gain and bypass panel switches, two Celestion/VOX Alnico Blue 12" 15 Watt loudspeakers and a supplied external footswitch.
The amp features Brian Mayâ€™s signature logo on the control panel, and comes complete with a durable padded vinyl cover embroidered with Brianâ€™s signature, as well as a product introduction from Brian himself with the user manual.
Price and Availability
The VOX AC30BM is available March 2006 with a U.S. MSRP of $3000.