This is a great little vintage guitar amp. 4w tube AC4 made by Jennings (JMI) in Dartford, UK, in 1965. And as you can see it's in great condition. Single 8" Elac speaker. Black tolex, black diamond lattice cloth. Footswitch activated vibrato circuitry. Dimensions 16" x 16 1/2" x 7 1/2". Weight: 9.0 kg. I love this amp and play it a lot! Vintage Vox amps, especially those made by JMI in England, are getting seriously expensive - if you see a Vox AC4 for sale at a reasonable price, snap it up! Check out the pics and the video clips below.
The Vox AC4 was the entry level amplifier in Jennings' (JMI) Vox range - full of great tube tones, and a perfect practice amp, but with insufficient volume for any sizeable performance. It had a November 1965 list price of £26 5s 0d. 1965 was actually the final year of production, making this one of the last examples to leave the Dartford factory.
Controls are really simple - two inputs, a master volume, a master tone (this is also the on/off switch), and a speed control for the foot-operated tremolo. The pointers are Bulgin brand chicken-head knobs. These are white, but in other examples they are black.
'Vox Amplifier - manufactured in England by Jennings Musical Industries Ltd'. The JMI serial number plate is quite distinct from the earlier examples - compare with this 1964 AC4. This is aluminium plate - still 82mm x 101mm, but much thinner. It naturally still contains the model designation (AC4) and serial number (04766) stamped in the designated boxes.
One 1965 feature, again quite distinct from older examples (again, compare with this 1964 AC4), is the black plastic Vox branded vents - as opposed to the brass unbranded type used previously.
1967 Vox Stroller with 1965 Vox AC4 - check out the video clips below and in the supporting members area
Here are a selection of demo clips of various vintage guitars using this amplifier. This truly is a sweet sounding amp!
This is a great playing guitar: 1966 Epiphone Granada played here, through a 1965 Vox AC4. Although the body style really limits access to the top of the fretboard, it really has a great feeling neck, and is a lot of fun to play. A beautifully built instrument. Recorded here with an Electrovoice RE-20 (left channel) and Shure SM57 (right), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - all highly recommended gear!
This video shows the 1963 Vox Shadow played through a 1965 Vox AC4. It's got a great biting bridge pickup and a wonderfully mellow neck, with the tone rolled down. Recorded with an Electrovoice RE-20 (left channel) and Shure SM57 (right), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface
Two great pieces of British musical history: 1967 Vox Stroller played through a 1965 Vox AC4 - a great combination! The Stroller is as simple as it gets. Single pickup at the bridge with just a tone control and no tremolo. The AC4 is a very small amp with a great tone - too quiet for most accompanied performance, but great for home use and as a recording amp. Recorded here with an Electrovoice RE-20 (left channel) and Shure SM57 (right), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - all highly recommended gear!