JMI offered left hand versions of most of their Vox guitars - at least their 1960s price lists suggest as much, though very few examples come up for sale, suggesting minuscule levels of production. The Vox Clubman bass was one of the brands best selling early guitars, so it is perhaps more likely that left handed examples of this model should come up than some of the far more obscure instruments.
The Clubman bass was, after all, the least expensive bass in the Vox range, aimed at student musicians. It had a short (30") scale, but was relatively well equipped with twin Vox V1 pickups. Lightweight and very playable. At this point, the Clubman bass shared many parts with it's six-string equivalent, the Clubman guitar, including body, pickups, scratchplate, tuning keys; but not bridge or neck.
This example, like most early Vox instruments, has a laminate wood body, and a very thin one at that - just 15/16". Compare this to a later, 1965 example, that has a pretty nice solid mahogany body with a depth of 1 1/16". It isn't a massive difference, and they weigh the same, but that extra 1/8" gives the later example a more substantial feel, and importantly, provides that bit extra room for a front-mounted output jack.
The front of the headstock with JMI green Vox decal, typical of early UK Vox production. The decals on these early UK Vox guitars were never hard-wearing, but this one has lasted better than most. The text gives model designation and describes the location of manufacture: Dartford, Kent. Interestingly, the model is described as Clubman II bass - suggesting the existance of a (single pickup) Clubman I bass. In fact the equivalent guitar model was widely shipped as a Clubman I and II (see a 1963 Clubman II guitar) but the bass was almost exclusively dual pickup. No doubt small numbers of Clubman I basses were produced, but even as early as 1962 the bass was being described in Vox literature simply as 'Clubman bass' with two pickups listed as standard. See the 1962 Vox catalog which describes Clubman I and II guitars, and although it mentions single and dual pickup basses, only use the name 'Clubman bass'.
The tuning keys fitted to this bass are not original, still open-gear type, but with larger plastic buttons than the original ones.
Beneath the scratchplate we see the wiring loom. This is a very simple circuit consisting a volume control for each pickup, and a master tone control. The scratchplate is identically cut to allow left or right handed use (i.e. there is no bevelling on the edge of the guard, but all screw holes are similarly recessed on each side. The 'unused' underside of this scratchplate is considerably less faded than the exposed side.