Notable users of the AC30

In no particular order, this is a list of artists and bands that have used or still use an AC30.

  • Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch and Jet Harris of The Shadows, for whom the amplifier was originally developed during early 1960s before Beatlemania.
  • John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison of The Beatles
  • Keith Richards and Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones
  • Pete Townshend of The Who
  • Brian May of Queen
  • Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin
  • Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple
  • Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt of Status Quo
  • Paul Weller of The Jam
  • Robert Smith of The Cure
  • The Edge and Bono of U2
  • Kurt Cobain of Nirvana
  • Noel Gallagher of Oasis
  • Bernard Sumner of Joy Division and New Order
  • Tom Petty and Mike Campbell of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  • Peter Buck of R.E.M.
  • Rory Gallagher
  • John Scofield, noted jazz/fusion guitarist
  • Joe Strummer of The Clash
  • Jim Albrecht of Hoi Polloi
  • Matthew Bellamy of Muse
  • Snowy White
  • Joe Satriani
  • Kenny Howes
  • Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues
  • Jonny Greenwood, Thom Yorke and Ed O’Brien of Radiohead
  • Hans Magnus Ryan a.k.a. Snah of Motorpsycho
  • Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol
  • Phil X of Powder, The Drills and Fretted Americana
  • Carl Barat of The Libertines and Dirty Pretty Things
  • Nic Cester of Jet
  • Jamie Hince of The Kills
  • Courtney Taylor-Taylor of The Dandy Warhols
  • The Pigeon Detectives
  • Cage The Elephant
  • James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers
  • Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother
  • Sergio Pizzorno of Kasabian
  • Jan Paternoster of The Black Box Revelation
  • Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon
  • Andrew White of Kaiser Chiefs
  • Brendan Benson
  • Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World
  • Tony Bevilacqua of The Distillers
  • Josh Homme and Troy Van Leeuwen of Queens of the Stone Age
  • Chris Shiflett of Foo Fighters
  • Jeff Beck
  • Marc Bolan
  • Bernard Butler of Suede
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • The Black Angels
  • Dave Davies
  • Grant Nicholas of Feeder
  • Topher Mohr of Mayer Hawthorne & The County
  • Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Tom DeLonge of blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves
  • Billy Lunn of The Subways
  • Rose Hill Drive
  • The Horrors
  • My Chemical Romance
  • Dustin Kensrue and Teppei Teranishi of Thrice
  • Kelly Jones of the Stereophonics
  • Greg Hill, former guitarist for MUTEMATH
  • Dan Kroha, guitarist and vocalist of garage punk band the gories
  • Nick Broomham
  • John Rzeznik of The Goo Goo Dolls
  • Andy Latimer of the prog-band CAMEL
  • Jeff Tweedy of Wilco
  • Kevin Parker of Tame Impala

23 thoughts on “Notable users of the AC30

  1. I think this list is missing one of the most talented and influential players in the history of rock, Ritchie Blackmore.

    Although commonly associated with Marshall Majors, his actual studio work for most of Deep Purple and Rainbow (Dio era) involved his AC30 almost exclusively. The most famous guitar riff in rock history, “Smoke on the Water”, was actually played on a Vox AC30 and very few people are aware of it.
    He even tried to get his Majors modified at the Marshall factory to sound as much as possible as his AC30, which he described as “perfect”. Because this was not possible, he had to hide it inside a Marshall cabinet for live shows.

    • That’s pretty interesting. I’ve only recently moved from Marshall to my beat up used Vocation Ac30 combo, and love it! I still use a 2×12 Marshall 1936 along with it because I love the punch it brings. I am going to look into a Vox 2×12, or possibly Avatar because of the good things I’ve heard, but for now love my set up.

  2. Maybe putting in more ‘complete’ information will make this page better. For example what model that artist used for how long, wether he is still using it, carrying it for gigs or just for studio, what famous song was involved, etc…

    • Hey there, that would be fine I agree. But itΒ΄s difficult to get those information. We try our best to find out πŸ™‚ If you have some information just write it here

  3. Dean Deleo from Stone Temple pilots is a pretty notable user as well. Just saying.
    I’ve seen Omar from The Mars Volta with one too.

  4. What about Mick Whitnall and Pete Doherty from Babyshambles? More often then not both of them are using AC30s though occasionally one will use a Marshall.

  5. Since you’re also listing newer bands, one major omission is both Brian Fallon and Alex Rosamilia of The Gaslight Anthem.
    Brian uses em more but Alex usually has one to A/B with live.
    Also, Tom Gabel/Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! has used em a lot.
    Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine uses em as a main studio rig and also as part of his massive live setup.
    It’s also a not-so-secret that James Williamson used them as the main rig for the Stooges’ Raw Power album. As did Brian Setzer for the first Stray Cats album

  6. Excuse me, but in your list of VOX-users you have forgotten another fantastic guitar-player of the 70ties who has been very influencial (although younger readers my not know him…?) with his remarkable and very individual sound: ANDY LATIMER of the the prog-band CAMEL used (and, so far as I know, still uses…) and preferred the VOX AC 30.

    • I read he used a Mesa boogie studio preamp thru some kind of solid state power amp like a Crown, or something and 4×12’s with Radio Shack speakers.

  7. Ray Davies used an AC30 in early Kinks stuff too.

    & almost as interesting – in their early early days they only had one AC30 between them and the whole band went through it… which I bet caused a lot of fights.

  8. & I just saw Bruce Springsteen using a pair of AC30’s in his Purple Rain tribute in Brooklyn last Saturday.

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