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Vox AC4, AC10 and AC15 amplifiers

1963 Vox 'Precision in Sound' brochure

This section shows a number of low-powered Vox amplifiers, the four watt AC 4, with one eight-inch speaker, the ten watt A.C. 10 with one, or two (Twin models) ten inch speakers, and the fifteen watt A.C. 15.

Freddie Garrity (from Freddie and the Dreamers) and an early picture of the Beatles illustrate the page. The Beatles photo was taken in the first half of 1963, and shows the group with Lennon and Harrison's AC 30 and McCartney's solid state T60 bass rig.

A roll call of other early 1960s Vox Amplifier uses is also listed: The Beatles, The Shadows, Jet Harris, The Tornados, Cliff Richard, John Barry Seven, Lonnie Donegan, Adam Faith & group, Gene Vincent, Dave Goldberg, Malcolm Mitchell, The Allisons, Johnny & the Hurricanes, The Jaywalkers, Shirley Douglass & Chas McDevitt, The Eagles, Joe Brown, The Dallas Boys, Shane Fenton, The Echoes, The King Brothers, Eric Delaney, Karl Denver Trio, Helen Shapiro & Red Price, Sounds Incorporated, Emile Ford & the Checkmates, Freddie & the Dreamers, The Dakotas

1963 prices for these amplifiers were as follows: Vox A.C. 4 £23 2s, A.C. 10 £47 5s, A.C. 10 Twin £57 15s, A.C. 10 Reverb Twin £78 15s, A.C. 15 £84 (from the accompanying Musicland price sheet).

1962 Vox guitar catalog page 6 - Vic Flick, Joe Brown, Lonnie Donegan, Chas McDevitt, Adam Faith, Cliff Richard and Hank Marvin

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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


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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1964 Vox AC50 / 4 Mk II Early Big Box, Original trolly, Foundation cab And Cover

1964 Vox AC50 / 4 Mk II Early Big Box, Original trolly, Foundation cab And Cover

Sacramento, California, 958**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


For sale is a rare 1964 Vox AC50 / 4 Mk II amplifier in excellent working condition. This vintage piece comes with its original trolly, foundation cab, and cover. It has been well-maintained and has a warm, rich tone that is perfect for any guitar enthusiast. The exact year of production is 1964, and it has been a highly sought-after item for collectors and musicians alike. Whether you are a professional musician or a collector, this amplifier is a must-have addition to your collection

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Vox AC15C1VB Electric Guitar Amplifier 15 Watt 1x12 Tube Combo Amp Vintage Black

Vox AC15C1VB Electric Guitar Amplifier 15 Watt 1x12 Tube Combo Amp Vintage Black



The amp pictured is the actual amp you will receive!
Just in on trade!
This limited edition Vox AC15C1VB was a Sweetwater exclusive amplifier that features all of the renowned VOX AC15 majestic tone, with a few upgrades including JJ power and preamp tubes, as well as a Celestion Creamback 12" speaker and a special Vintage Black-on-Black tolex and grill look for added stage ready presence
The VOX AC15 is the amp that started it all for UK-era rock and roll. Boasting both a ... more
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Vox AC15 Combo Vintage Guitar Amplifier

Vox AC15 Combo Vintage Guitar Amplifier



Excellent condition! Fitted with Wharfedale Vox Custom Loudspeaker and comes with foot switch and cover. Hardly gigged this amp has no scuffs or marks, looks super vintage and delivers 15watts of authentic British tone.
Please note cash on pick up only
... more
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VOX AC15 CC1X - Amplifier in stunning condition for an 09 inc VOX cover

VOX AC15 CC1X - Amplifier in stunning condition for an '09 inc VOX cover



VOX AC15 Custom Classic 15W all valve Combo Guitar amplifier - This Top Boost style single channel Reverb and Tremelo Vox AC15 is from 2009 and came from the factory with its Vox / Celestion Blue Alnico Speaker
It is in almost perfect condition, looks to have sat in a studio since new. VOX AC15 - Amplifier is in stunning condition for an '09 inc VOX cover. Upgraded with a Ruby Tubes Reverb Tank, a pair of 12AX7's by Sovtek + matched Ruby Tubes JJ EL84's.
Includes its original grey ... more
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Vox JMI Domino Vintage AC4 Head

Vox JMI Domino Vintage AC4 Head



Great condition, fully serviced

Essentially an AC4 in head form!

This would make a perfect recording amp. The cleans are full and warm and the drive is to die for. Do come and try it, I promise you won??t be disappointed!

All valves are the original British made Mullards it came with. They all test very strong on my AVO CT160 tester

I have a lovely little RCA cabinet that would pair with this perfectly (pictured at the end) - do message if you??re ... more
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Vintage Vox 1964 AC50 Head And Cab

Vintage Vox 1964 AC50 Head And Cab

Manchester, M19***, UNITED KINGDOM


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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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


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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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



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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Vox Voltage Selector 1961-64 AC30

Vox Voltage Selector 1961-64 AC30



Vox Voltage selector As used on JMI Vox amplifiers between 1960-64
Rare and very hard to findFully working and in excellent condition
Shipping UK £5 Rest or the world £20... more
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Vintage 1964 Vox AC10 Elac Silver Bell Alnico 10N / 85 10" Speaker Drivers *1960s*

Vintage 1964 Vox AC10 Elac Silver Bell Alnico 10N / 85 10" Speaker Drivers *1960s*



Vintage 1964 Vox AC10 Elac Silver Bell Alnico 10N / 85 10" Speaker Drivers *1960s
This is a wonderfully rare 1964 Vox / Elac 10N / 85 silver bell speaker that has been painted the majority in black. It's one of the earliest 'post blue' Elac speakers, with a hand written 10N / 85 model number on the inner rim. 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 ... more
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Tête dampli VOX AC50 à lampes originale 1974 révisée vintage guitare basse RARE

Tête d'ampli VOX AC50 à lampes originale 1974 révisée vintage guitare basse RARE

Paris, 75***, FRANCE


Tête d'ampli VOX AC50 à lampes originale 1974 révisée vintage guitare basse rare
À vendre: Tête d'ampli VOX AC50, 50 Watts à lampes, révisée, en état exceptionnel! Pour guitare ou basse
2 canaux, "normal" et "brilliant " . Originale de 1974, fabriquée en Angleterre
Achetée dans les années 90, bien entretenue, transportée avec soin, elle a servie en concert et en studio. Elle n'était ... 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



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.
... more
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1974 VOX - AC 30 - Reverb - ID 2881

1974 VOX - AC 30 - Reverb - ID 2881

Emmering, 82***, GERMANY


Vintage Brit Tone
Zustand: Anständig
SerNr: 30740
Gewicht: 33 kg Versandklasse: Heavy
Fußschalter: ja
Vermittlungsverkauf: 15441
Seltener Mid 70ties AC30 mit Federhall
Ein Lüftungsgitter fehlt und das Tolex ist an einer Stelle abgerissen
Aufwändig überarbeitet, u A. 4 neue EL84 Endstufenröhren
Die AC30 aus den 60er Jahren und Anfang der 70er klingen richtig cremig mit jeder Menge Endstufensättigung
Der AC30 war Rory Gallaghers ??one and only?? Amp, für ... more
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1964 Vox - AC 30 Super Twin Trapez Head - ID 2639

1964 Vox - AC 30 Super Twin Trapez Head - ID 2639

Emmering, 82***, GERMANY


Britisch Sound aus 60's
Zustand: Gut
SerNr: 03470
Gewicht: 16, 9 kg Versandklasse: Standard
Fußschalter: no
Vermittlungsverkauf: 10553
1964 Vox - AC 30 Super Twin Trapez Head - ID 2639
Sehr rares Trapez Topteil aus den 60's in gutem Gebrauchtzustand
Der AMP hat frischen "Checkup" in der Guitar-Lounge bekommen
Caps wurden teileweise ersetzt, nicht alle Leitungen sind original
Es wurde eine Auto-Standby-Funktion eingebaut, die Hochspannung wird erst nach ein paar ... more
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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1972 Fender Precision bass

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1967 Vox Stroller

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1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

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1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

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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

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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.