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VOX | CATALOGS | CHOICE OF THE STARS (1962, JMI) | PANEL 7

The Shadows / Vox amplification

Vox 'Choice of the Stars' brochure

Vox amplification - the choice of leading artists. This page shows an early 1960s line-up of British band, the Shadows, who were Vox's biggest endorsers at the time. From left to right: Jet Harris, Bruce Welch, Brian Bennett, Cliff Richard and Hank Marvin. This line up of the band was only in existance from October 1961 (when Bennett replaced Tony Mehan), and April 1962 (when Jet Harris was replaced by Brian Locking).

Amplifiers shown are Vox AC30, whilst the guitars are USA-built Fenders. JMI were the UK distributor for Fender at this time; Hank Marvin played a Fender Stratocaster whilst Jet Harris played a Precision bass.

1962 Vox guitar catalog page 7 - The Shadows / Vox amplification

Vintage Vox amplifiers for sale

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Vintage 1967 VOX Cambridge Reverb, Thomas Organ, Model V1031, small combo amp

Vintage 1967 VOX Cambridge Reverb, Thomas Organ, Model V1031, small combo amp

Morton Grove, Illinois, 600**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$775

This is a vintage V1031 Vox Cambridge Reverb Solid State combo amplifier built in 1967 by the Thomas Organ Company in Sepulveda, California. The reverb tank is not working although the reverb functions great when tested with another tank. Everything else works as it should. The original Vox speaker has been replaced with a 10 inch Celestion. New power cord with 3 prong grounded plug. Sold as is. No returns. Weight: 32 5 lbs.... more
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Vintage 1960s Vox ??Cordovox?? Keyboard  Organ Stand  Original *RARE*

Vintage 1960s Vox ??Cordovox?? Keyboard Organ Stand Original *RARE*

Rossville, Georgia, 307**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$599

This vintage 1960s Vox ??Cordovox?? keyboard organ stand is an original and rare find for any music enthusiast. Stainless Stell and wood , with padded textured top!!The stand was made in the United Kingdom and its brand is Vox. Its model is and it falls under the Musical Instruments & Gear category, particularly under the Keyboard and portable Organ subcategories.

Aside from its rarity and brand, The stand is being sold as used but is in good working condition Measurements are ... more
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Vintage Original 1960s VOX Amplifier Cabinet Countersink Finish Washers

Vintage Original 1960s VOX Amplifier Cabinet Countersink Finish Washers

Port Charlotte, Florida, 339**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$32

These are Vintage 1960s Vox Amplifier Speaker Cabinet Countersink Finish Washers for the back of the Speaker Cabinet They came from a vintage 1960s Vox Speaker Cabinet Normal vintage wear and tarnishing Hard to find Great for making your Vintage Speaker Cabinet Original Looks like there are 13 of them Please look at all the pictures Sold As Is All Sales Final No Returns Buyer pays shipping, thanks
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Vox AC30 Vintage Amp  /  Organ Handle Plastic Genuine Original 1960s-70s

Vox AC30 Vintage Amp / Organ Handle Plastic Genuine Original 1960s-70s

North Hollywood, California, 916**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$149

Vintage original plastic handle taken from a ?70s Vox AC30 amplifier, in very good condition with some normal cosmetic signs of use / aging (see photos). This handle will fit many vintage Vox amplifiers as well as the lid for Continental and Jaguar combo organs. Mounting hardware not included
* If you are located outside the US and aren't able to place your order online, please contact us to discuss shipping quotes
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Vintage 1964 Vox AC30 Amplifier AC30 / 6 T Amp JMI

Vintage 1964 Vox AC30 Amplifier AC30 / 6 T Amp JMI

Springville, New York, 141**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$3999

Vintage 1964 Vox AC30 / 6 T. Great condition. Recently serviced. Works and sounds great. Looks like a jack was added for an additional speaker cab. This jack has been removed, but the plate remains. Original Mullard preamp tubes. Also appears to have had wheels at some point. These have also been removed. Some screws on the back are not original. Awesome amplifier. Trem / Vib sound incredible. This amp weighs 72 pounds on its own. Shipping will be expensive but professional packaged. Please ... more
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Vox AC30 Vintage Amp  /  Organ Handle Plastic Genuine Original 1960s-70s

Vox AC30 Vintage Amp / Organ Handle Plastic Genuine Original 1960s-70s

North Hollywood, California, 916**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$149

Vintage original plastic handle taken from a ?70s Vox AC30 amplifier, in very good condition with some normal cosmetic signs of use / aging (see photos). This handle will fit many vintage Vox amplifiers as well as the lid for Continental and Jaguar combo organs. Mounting hardware not included
* If you are located outside the US and aren't able to place your order online, please contact us to discuss shipping quotes
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JMI 1967  /  1968 Vox Super Foundation And Foundation Cab

JMI 1967 / 1968 Vox Super Foundation And Foundation Cab

Leeds, LS16***, UNITED KINGDOM

£800

1967 or 1968 rare vox super foundation and foundation cab.

This amp is very powerful and sounds like a vintage ampeg b15. Don??t need to mic this one. Was used as a bass touring amp by the rolling stones ( not this one but the same model and age)

It is the JMI real deal.

I changed the speaker for a 1966 vox which sounds better but have the original still which comes with the sale

Feel free to contact me and try it out or any questions. Very ... more
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Vox AC 30 / 4 1960 Replica hand built by Rod Jinks, with Vox stand

Vox AC 30 / 4 1960 Replica hand built by Rod Jinks, with Vox stand

Sheffield, S26***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1799

This is a hand built replica of the 1960 Vox AC 30 / 4 combo that made history, by Australian amp wizard Rod Jinks, who specialises in recreating old gear. He made a few of these, this is serial number one, so unique. The amp chassis cost over £2000 in total, so you could grab a bargain
It was built from using the JMI (Jennings Musical Industries) original blueprints, then sent to the UK where it was installed into a genuine Vox AC30 cabinet, imported brand new from the Vox Showroom, and I... more
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Vox Gitarren Verstärker AC-100 Defiant Beatles Ära guter Zustand Rechnung 1969

Vox Gitarren Verstärker AC-100 Defiant Beatles Ära guter Zustand Rechnung 1969

Achterspannerhof, 56***, GERMANY

€4000

Komplette Anlage gem. Fotos incl Fussschalter für Effekte
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Vox AC30 1962 JMI Copper Panel blue speakers top boost vintage 60s

Vox AC30 1962 JMI Copper Panel blue speakers top boost vintage 60s

London, N8***, UNITED KINGDOM

£2500

1962 vintage Vox AC30, JMI model with the desirable copper panel and original blue speakers. This wonderful amp was meticulously renovated by Roger Kenyon of Sound Services in the late 90s and further serviced by John Kelly, one of the top amp specialists in the UK. Housed in a retro Vox cabinet to hold the magic components in for years to come, this beautiful amp has all the reliability and performance of a brand new amp , while keeping all the essential 1962 sound and components original. The ... more
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Vintage 1966 Vox UL715 UL Series Guitar Amplifier Head Joy Division *1960s* RARE

Vintage 1966 Vox UL715 UL Series Guitar Amplifier Head Joy Division *1960s* RARE

Heanor, DE75***, UNITED KINGDOM

£9995

Vintage 1966 Vox UL715 UL Series Guitar Amplifier Head Joy Division *1960s* RARE
I cannot even begin to express how excited I am to offer this beauty for sale - along with a truly incredible story that I can share with permission. I was offered this incredible 1966 Vox UL715 a few weeks ago from the long term owner since around 1989. He'd bought it off of a family member in Leeds who'd had it since the mid 1980s, but none of the family quite realised the rarity of this until we spoke, and now... more
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Vox Vintage AC30 Handle JMI 1963

Vox Vintage AC30 Handle JMI 1963

Totnes, TQ9***, UNITED KINGDOM

£75

Vox AC30 Handle JMI 1963
As used on AC30's AC15's 10's etc
Shipping Uk £5 Worldwide £20
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Vintage 1960s Goodmans Audiom 91  /  100 100w 8ohm 18" Speaker *Vox & Marshall*

Vintage 1960s Goodmans Audiom 91 / 100 100w 8ohm 18" Speaker *Vox & Marshall*

Heanor, DE75***, UNITED KINGDOM

£395

Vintage 1960s Goodmans Audiom 91 / 100 100w 8ohm 18" Speaker *Vox & Marshall
This is an original mid to late 1960s Goodmans Audiom 91 / 100 100w 18" speaker driver. These were used in many Vox and Marshall cabinets of the 1960s, and this one is in wonderful working condition throughout. It tests well on a multimeter, and sounds incredible. These are classic speakers renowned for their capabilities. Please have a close look at the high resolution photographs below, as these form part of... more
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Vox AC50 1967 JMI guitar amp

Vox AC50 1967 JMI guitar amp

Vilafranca del Penedes, 08***, SPAIN

€2390

Original Vox AC50 JMI from the year 1967 Working perfectly. New EL34 valves
Externally restored with original Vox parts
Cabin with 2 original Vox speakers + Goodmans horn.... more
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Vintage Vox 1964 AC50 Head And Cab

Vintage Vox 1964 AC50 Head And Cab

Manchester, M19***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1650

An amazing 1964 matching Vox AC50 head and cab.

This sounds incredible with and 18?? celestial greenback from 1974 in the cab.

It??s a two channel head, normal and bright, with hi and low inputs. You can get a bad sound out of this stunning and well maintained amplifier.

The clarity from the 18?? speaker is insane.

Get in touch for all trades and part exchange information.

Collection in person preferred but can meet at reasonable ... more
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Vintage 1964 1965 Vox AC10 2x10 Combo JMI Amplifier EMPTY Unloaded Box 1960s

Vintage 1964 1965 Vox AC10 2x10 Combo JMI Amplifier EMPTY Unloaded Box 1960s

Heanor, DE75***, UNITED KINGDOM

£295

Vintage 1964 1965 Vox AC10 2x10 Combo JMI Amplifier EMPTY Unloaded Box 1960s
This is a truly wonderful early Vox AC10 combo box, complete with the original plate to the back. When I found this, it was being used as an extension cabinet, so someone had partially blocked up the panel hole as you can see. Easily reversible. The handle is a replacement from the 1970s, and the front grill cloth and Vox logo is also a replacement but done very very well. It's a great project starter and a rarity ... more
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Valve Head  /  Combo  /   Strap Handle 1960??s Chrome - Marshall - Laney - Wem - Vox

Valve Head / Combo / Strap Handle 1960??s Chrome - Marshall - Laney - Wem - Vox

Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12***, UNITED KINGDOM

£35

Sale is for 1 handle assembly. The end caps / fixings appear to be new old stock

1960??s Chrome fixings with black handle.

These were used by loads of manufacturers, Marshall(on a few of their mail order combos, Capri etc) simms watts, sound city, Laney Carlsbro, Wem, hiwatt etc etc

11-1 / 2" long
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VOX AC 30 von 1967 / 68

VOX AC 30 von 1967 / 68

Weißenstadt, 95***, GERMANY

€1720

Betreten Sie das legendäre Reich der Musik mit diesem kultigen Vox AC-30 Verstärker, der 1967 das letzte Kapitel britischer Handwerkskunst markierte. Ein seltenen Vox AC-30, dem letzten, der in England gebaut wurde, bevor das Unternehmen Konkurs ging und die Produktion nach Italien 1968 verlegte
Dieses Stück Klanggeschichte hat die Studios zahlloser Künstler geziert, sein unverwechselbarer Ton wurde in den Licks von Gitarrenvirtuosen wie Rory Gallagher verewigt. Von den schimmernden ... more
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Vintage 1960s Vox AC10 Elac Bell Alnico 10N 10" Speaker Driver

Vintage 1960s Vox AC10 Elac Bell Alnico 10N 10" Speaker Driver

Heanor, DE75***, UNITED KINGDOM

£75

Vintage 1960s Vox AC10 Elac Bell Alnico 10N 10" Speaker Driver
This is a wonderfully rare 1960s Vox / Elac 10N bell speaker that has been painted in black. It's in working condition and is 15 / 16ohms. However, it's had a few repairs over the years, all done well. Grab a bargain! Please check out the pictures as they form part of my description.
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VOX AC 30 TOP BOOST Bj. 1966 / 67 combo amp mit Endstufenreduzierung

VOX AC 30 TOP BOOST Bj. 1966 / 67 combo amp mit Endstufenreduzierung

Hagen, 58***, GERMANY

€2499

Ich verkaufe meinen Vox AC 30 Top Boost. Warum? Weil es an der Zeit ist und ich ihn nicht mehr benutze. Um es kurz zu machen: Ich habe den Vox Anfang der 70er Jahre aus erster Hand gebraucht gekauft. Man kann auf den Fotos sehen, dass der Amp gespielt wurde, abgerockt ist, und auch schon Mal in Reparatur war. Aber warum auch nicht? Eine fast 60 jährige Amplegende, die nie mal kaputt war, gibt es das? Mindestens 2 mal ein Satz neue Röhren, 1 Endstufen Travo in den 90ern Tremolo funktioniert ... more
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1972 Fender Precision bass

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1967 Vox Stroller

1967 Vox StrollerThe Vox Stroller was the brand's entry level electric solid body guitar, fitted with just one pickup and a fixed tailpiece. Although aimed at student guitarists, it wasn't a terrible instrument, but did lack somewhat in adjustability, having no accessible truss rod and only a floating rosewood bridge. But this example is actually quite an improvement on earlier versions, with a standard 1/4" jack and a solid mahogany body. 1967 price £18 2s. JMI ceased UK guitar production in late '67, and combined with decreasing demand for the Stroller, this surely must be one of the last examples shipped.

1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

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1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.