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 Post subject: Rickenbacker 330 and Vox AC30C2
 Post Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:42 am 
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Hi there!

I’m thinking about order a Rickenbacker 330 (6 strings).

Have anybody ever played this model with a Vox AC30C2?

Any opinions?

I’m sure the sound is great talking about clean channel, but how about the 330 with the top boost channel?

My favorite bands are The Who, The Jam, MC5, The Libertines, The Hives......

Henry78.


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 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker 330 and Vox AC30C2
 Post Posted: Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:11 pm 
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330/6 with vox ac30c2 sounds great.

330/12 with vox ac30cc2 (blue speakers) stops everyone dead in their tracks at the music store.

BUT 330/6 IMHO does not sound that different switching between the 2 amps. Something about those extra 12 string harmonics and the blue speakers is special.


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 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker 330 and Vox AC30C2
 Post Posted: Sat Jan 05, 2013 4:20 am 
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Thanks!!

How about the Rick 330/6 with the top boost channel?
Could I get a good distortion? (Weller in The Jam, MC5, The Hives....... not metal distortion).

Where I live it's difficult to test any Rickenbacker.

Henry78.


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 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker 330 and Vox AC30C2
 Post Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 12:40 am 
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I think The Who and their Rickenbackers were more associated with Hi-watt and Marshall amps rather than VOX. Bands using Rickenbackers/VOX were The Beatles, The Hollies and The Animals etc. Anyway, a Rickenbacker in combination with a VOX AC30 is a fine thing and very authentic sounding - I use my own 360 this way. A Janglebox or an activated Cry-Baby Wah-Wah in closed position and added to the chain will produce a very nice twang with this set up.


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 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker 330 and Vox AC30C2
 Post Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:28 am 
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No comments about Rickenbacker 330 six strings and Vox Ac30 top boost?

I would like to know what kind of sound I could get.

I'm looking for some video testing Rick 330 with Vox Ac30 top boost, but I can't find.


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 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker 330 and Vox AC30C2
 Post Posted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:12 pm 
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Henry 78. short answer: yes. you can get Weller/Hives sounds from that 330/Ac30 combo. you're talking about the new chinese voxes, i imagine, with a master volume. on an older model, you'd need to crank it the hell up to get more distortion. with mine, i use a hotplate.


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 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker 330 and Vox AC30C2
 Post Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:24 am 
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Ok, thanks insombob.

Yes, I am talking about new vox ac30c2 from China.

I’m going to order a Rickenbacker 330 but I can not test any where I live, and I’ve never played a Rick before.

I like playing clean sounds and crunchy (The Jam / Hives / MC5 / Libertines), and I’m wondering if it is possible with a Rick 330 (people told me that 330 is only good for playing rythms and clean sounds!).

What do you think about?


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 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker 330 and Vox AC30C2
 Post Posted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:50 pm 
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Pretty much every mod revival band in the 80s, 90s (and now i guess), garage rock band has a Rick/AC30 it seems. Weller was 330/AC30 for most of the Jam's career (check any live clip). MC5... well you've got Fred Smith with Humbuckers in his 620... through a Marshall i think? Hives... what's his name usually plays a Tele sort of guitar though an AC30ish amp... you'd be in the ballpark. My main guitar for years was a 360 before I got a 1997 (basically a 330 w/f holes, toasters, and a vibrato) into an AC30. power poppy garage rock stuff. more or less. not super crazy distorted. crunchy... with fuzz. guy in Fugazi used to use a 330. i don't really care much for them, but wouldn't say it was clean. also a guy in Against Me! (who now is a woman, but that's another story) uses a 330. punk rock. in a nutshell... you can play what you're looking for.


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 Post subject: Re: Rickenbacker 330 and Vox AC30C2
 Post Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:58 am 
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Go with the 330 and if you really want to push the vox get a set of late 80's/early 90's hi-gains. They sound huge but still very rickenbacker.


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 Post subject: Rickenbacker 330 and Vox AC30C2
 Post Posted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:52 pm 
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If you go on You Tube there are dozens of videos where people are demo-ing this or that Rickenbacker sound ... some are emphasizing the Ric with certain pedals ... some just for the amp tone itself .... some for their playing/picking techniques or how a particular riff sounds with particular Pickups such as Toasters or High Gains or "Hot Toasters" etc.

There should be lots of Ric/Vox demo videos out there since its such a favorite pairing.

Also check on the Ric Resource Forum (RRF) as there are many threads people have posted about their Rics and different Vox amps over the years... including vintage Vox Top Boost models, etc.


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