VOX | AMPLIFIERS | AC4 | 1964

1964 Vox AC4 amp

4w tube amp made by JMI in the UK

4w guitar amplifier made by Jennings (JMI) in Dartford, UK. Single 8" Goodmans speaker. Black tolex, brown diamond lattice cloth. Dimensions 16" x 16 1/2" x 7 1/2". Weight: 7.6 kg

1964 Vox AC4
1964 was the final year of the Brown grill cloth on the AC4. Compare this amp with a 1965 example, with new black lattice cloth and smaller Vox logo.
1964 Vox AC4 back view
From behind the speaker is clearly visible. Note there is no tremolo controlling footswitch in this example.

The Vox AC4 had a February 1964 list price of £23 2s 0d - compared to £115 10s 0d for an AC30. This was comparable in price to Vox's entry level solid body guitars. In the same price list, a Vox Stroller was listed at £19 19s 0d, whilst Clubmanwas £22 1s 0d.

1964 Vox AC4 controls

The controls consist two inputs, volume, and tone (this is also the on/off switch), and a speed control for the (missing) foot-operated tremolo. The pointers are unbranded black chicken-head knobs, though they may be white in other examples (compare with a 1965 Vox AC4).

Vox badge on a 1964 Vox AC4 guitar amplifier
This amp is fitted with a larger Vox logo (approx 100mm x 34mm)
2 amp fuse on a 1964 Vox AC4 amp
The fuse is removable for either 230v (UK) or 110v (US) operation, greatly increasing the export possibilities for this unit.
Goodmans speaker fitted to a 1964 Vox AC4 amp
Close up of Goodmans branding on the speaker of a 1964 Vox AC4 amp

The 8" speaker is branded Goodmans Industries Ltd, Wembley, Middlesex - and like the amp itself - made in England.

Brass vent covers from a vintage Vox AC4 amp

Vents are plain brass. By 1965 these would be replaced with plastic Vox branded pieces - compare with the 1965 Vox AC4 featured on this site.

1964 Vox Grill cloth
This is perhaps the classic Vox grill cloth: brown with stitching in green, red and yellow - this was replaced by almost identical black cloth - actually red, green and white diamonds on a black background in 1965.
1964 Vox AC4 identification / serial plate
The plastic identification backplate is quite worn in this example. It would read: "Vox Amplifier - manufactured in England by Jennings Musical Industries Ltd". The serial number and model designation are actually stamped into the plate; far more durable than the other lettering. 82mm x 101mm
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