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VOX | CATALOGS | PRECISION IN SOUND (1964, JMI) | PAGE 3

Vox echo units, reverb, MC and Domino amplifiers

1964 Vox 'Precision in Sound' catalog - page 3

As well as guitars and amplifiers Vox made echo and reverb units: Vox Echo, Vox Echo deluxe, Vox Reverbalux, Domino Echo; Metal Clad (MC) amps: MC15, MC30, MC50, MC100, and Domino branded amplifiers: Domino Normal, Domino Reverb and Domino Bass.

The Vox Echo De Luxe was described as follows:

The first model produced in the United Kingdom - and still the finest. Portable and compact, with three inputs, push/pull controls for variety of echoes, multi-echoes, and stunt incidental tones. Separate on/off controls. Brings all the exhilarating effects of a large auditorium into even the smallest space. In sturdy, attractive, carrying case, with clear operating instructions and storage compartment for cables and accessories

1964 Vox guitar catalog page 3 - Vox reverb and echo units, MC and Domino amplifiers

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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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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 Vertical Amplifier Cabinet Logo

Vintage Original 1960s VOX Vertical Amplifier Cabinet Logo

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

$49

This is a Vintage 1960s Vox Vertical Amplifier Logo It came from a vintage 1960s Vox Speaker Cabinet Normal vintage wear and wear on the lettering as seen in the pictures Please look at all the pictures Sold As Is All Sales Final NO Returns Buyer pays shipping, thanks
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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 1960s Celestion Vox Blue 15ohm T1074  15" Speaker Driver *RARE* T60 T100

Vintage 1960s Celestion Vox Blue 15ohm T1074 15" Speaker Driver *RARE* T60 T100

Heanor, DE75***, UNITED KINGDOM

£395

Vintage 1960s Celestion Vox Blue 15ohm T1074 15" Speaker Driver *RARE* T60 T100
This is an original early 1960s Celestion G15 'Alnico Blue' speaker taken from a Vox AC30 Expanded Frequency combo, custom ordered by Jet Harris of The Shadows. It is a Celestion T1074 with original cone. It is 15ohms, and is in good working order, testing well on a multimeter, and sounds incredible. It has been repaired in the past as you can see, but still works! These are classic speakers renowned for their ... more
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Vintage Jennings PA 50 Vox 1960s 1970s Transistor PA Amp Amplifier Drake Working

Vintage Jennings PA 50 Vox 1960s 1970s Transistor PA Amp Amplifier Drake Working

ware, Hertfordshire, SG12***, UNITED KINGDOM

£280

Vintage Jennings PA 50 Vox 1960s 1970s Transistor PA Amp Amplifier Working.

Used working condition

They were made in the late 1960s into the 70s, made by Jennings (VOX)

Serial number A1043

Have plugged into speakers and attached a micro phone to each of 4 channels on the front. All working sound mic is attached each channel

When you adjust volume on each channel sound can be all little uneven as volume is increased. This amplifier ... more
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Vintage 1960s Vox Foundation Bass Guitar Amplifier Head w /  2x15 Speaker Cabinet

Vintage 1960s Vox Foundation Bass Guitar Amplifier Head w / 2x15 Speaker Cabinet

Heanor, DE75***, UNITED KINGDOM

£1495

Vintage 1960s Vox Foundation Bass Guitar Amplifier Head w / 2x15 Speaker Cabinet
I am so happy to offer this beauty as a pair for sale. Last week I was contacted by a guy quite literally 5 minutes around the corner from my house about a collection of gear he??d had for some years. He??d bought these with a bit of money that had come into his home and had always loved The Rolling Stones so wanted to find some bits that he could keep on display in his house. It consists of a Foundation Bass ... more
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Vintage 1960s Bulgin valve amp power lead  Marshall - Vox

Vintage 1960's Bulgin valve amp power lead Marshall - Vox

London, E7***, UNITED KINGDOM

£125

1960's Bulgin power lead
here we have a vintage 1960s Bulgin power lead; as used by Marshall / Vox / Hiwatt / Watkins / Laney / Simms Watts etc etc
Just under 3 meters long, fully functional
This has a British three prong plug, its very easy to wire a EU or US plug onto this(or you can use an adaptor)
anything else just ask
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Pair 2x Vintage 1960s Celestion Vox Blue 15ohm T1074 & T900 15" Speakers *RARE*

Pair 2x Vintage 1960s Celestion Vox Blue 15ohm T1074 & T900 15" Speakers *RARE*

Heanor, DE75***, UNITED KINGDOM

£795

Pair 2x Vintage 1960s Celestion Vox Blue 15ohm T1074 & T900 15" Speakers *RARE
This is an original pair of early 1960s Celestion G15 'Alnico Blue' taken speaker from a Vox AC30 Expanded Frequency combo, custom ordered by Jet Harris of The Shadows. The left hand side speaker is a Celestion T900 with original cone. The right hand side is a T1074, again with original cone. Both were used extensively for the AC30EF range and are very rare speakers. They are 15ohms each, and are in good ... more
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Vintage 1960s Celestion Vox Blue 15ohm T900 15" Speaker Driver *RARE* T60 T100

Vintage 1960s Celestion Vox Blue 15ohm T900 15" Speaker Driver *RARE* T60 T100

Heanor, DE75***, UNITED KINGDOM

£395

Vintage 1960s Celestion Vox Blue 15ohm T900 15" Speaker Driver *RARE* T60 T100
This is an original early 1960s Celestion G15 'Alnico Blue' speaker taken from a Vox AC30 Expanded Frequency combo, custom ordered by Jet Harris of The Shadows. It is a Celestion T900 with original cone. It is 15ohms, and is in good working order, testing well on a multimeter, and sounds incredible. These are classic speakers renowned for their capabilities. Please have a close look at the high resolution ... more
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Vox Traveller amplifier, late 1967  /  early 1968, original footswitch and cover

Vox Traveller amplifier, late 1967 / early 1968, original footswitch and cover

London, WC2R***, UNITED KINGDOM

£700

Lovely little solid state Vox (JMI) Traveller, late 1967 / early 1968, with original footswitch (for its superb tremolo) and cover. A bit of wear as the amp was occasionally used live by its previous owner. Travellers with original covers are v. scarce these days. Just to mention, the amp has been listed elsewhere.... more
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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 Vox AC30 ss 1968 / 69 GREAT condition. Beatles / Status Quo 60s / 70s sound

Vintage Vox AC30 ss 1968 / 69 GREAT condition. Beatles / Status Quo 60's / 70's sound

Warrington, WA3***, UNITED KINGDOM

£2500

Experience the iconic sound of the 60's / 70's with this vintage Vox AC30 ss electric guitar amplifier. With 2 speakers and 3 channels, this combo amplifier is in good condition, excellent for its age. Made in the United Kingdom, this Vox AC30 model is a perfect addition to any musician's collection and is compatible with electric guitar amplifiers. Get ready to rock like the Beatles or Status Quo with this vintage Vox AC30 ss amplifier. This product line is highly sought after by musicians and ... more
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VOX AC 50  flat w. cabinet + surround stand, Black tolex, 1964

VOX AC 50 flat w. cabinet + surround stand, Black tolex, 1964

Berlin, 12***, GERMANY

€4500

Der VOX AC 50 ist ein Topteil-Verstärker mit 50W Leistung und Röhrentechnik. Er verfügt über 4 Kanäle und wird mit einem originalen Cabinet mit 2x12" Goodmans und Midax horn made 1964 und einem originalen JMI Swivel surround chrom Stäner von 1964 verkauft. Top mit Repro housing made by Coast Music. Cabinet all original by JMI. Hergestellt in Großbritannien, ist der Zustand sehr gut. Dieser Verstärker ist ein Muss für jeden Gitarristen oder Bassisten, der auf der Suche nach einem ... more
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Celestion alnico T1096, 15 ohms, late 1960s, Pulsonic cone, for Vox amp

Celestion alnico T1096, 15 ohms, late 1960s, Pulsonic cone, for Vox amp

London, WC2R***, UNITED KINGDOM

£260

Nice Celestion alnico T1096 speaker, 15 ohms, Pulsonic cone (20 102 003). On the dustcover in faded red "JA" - which may mean September 1968, though that is not certain. "JA" also appears on its twin, which is listed separately.
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Vox JMI Domino Vintage AC4 Head

Vox JMI Domino Vintage AC4 Head

Horley, RH6***, UNITED KINGDOM

£595

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 1950s 1960s Goodmans Black Label 15ohm Alnico 12 Speaker Driver Vox AC15

Vintage 1950s 1960s Goodmans Black Label 15ohm Alnico 12 Speaker Driver Vox AC15

Heanor, DE75***, UNITED KINGDOM

£225

Vintage 1950s 1960s Goodmans Black Label 15ohm Alnico 12 Speaker Driver Vox AC15
I found this beauty in the back of a handmade cabinet that was way worse for wear and rescued the speaker out of it! It's a black label Goodmans Alnico Black Label speaker, 15ohms. This is the speaker to put inside a late 1950s Vox AC15 for example - a real rarity! There is a small repair to the original cone, which has been done well. The white marks to the cone are purely cosmetic. It's a wonderful working ... more
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Vintage 1960s Vox AC30 2x15 EF Valve Amplifier Combo EMPTY Cabinet Ex Jet Harris

Vintage 1960s Vox AC30 2x15 EF Valve Amplifier Combo EMPTY Cabinet Ex Jet Harris

Heanor, DE75***, UNITED KINGDOM

£595

Vintage 1960s Vox AC30 2x15 EF Valve Amplifier Combo EMPTY Cabinet Ex Jet Harris
This beauty has resided in the LMS (Ronnie Lane Studio Collection) for many decades after it was personally purchased off of the wife of Jet Harris of The Shadows. It is an empty 1964 Vox AC30 2x15 Extended Frequency ?EF?? Combo amplifier cabinet. This amplifier was custom ordered and custom made for Jet Harris as an AC30 2x15 with a full cloth front panel - incredible! However, since then, it has had a ... more
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1971 Selmer guitar catalogue

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1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

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1972 Fender Precision bass

1972 Fender PrecisionA detailed look at an early 1970s Fender Precision bass guitar in custom black finish, with rosewood fretboard. 1972 list price, $307.50. The Fender Precision had been shipping since at least very early 1952 - with just one re-design circa 1957. This example, then, shows a model already two decades old, but barely changed since the '57 revamp. Fender got it right first time around, and although there are numerous minor cosmetic differences, the essence of this bass is effectively the same as it was in '52: a simple, single pickup instrument with a GREAT sound. Check out the demo video through an old Ampeg B15. It's no wonder this is the bass that everybody wants!

1967 Vox Stroller

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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

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

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.