List of updates / new info. on Vox solid state amps (1967-1972)
2019 - January to April
"Vox Sound Equipment Limited" Dynamic Bass serial number 2153 and speaker cabinet - late 1969. Thanks to Dennis for the pictures.
"Vox Sound Limited" PA 100 Reverb serial number 1013. Thanks to Jim for the images.
Below the front and back cover of the Vox solid state brochure printed for the Australian market, probably in the last quarter of 1966. The amps illustrated are in their pre-production format - the Virtuoso still called the Supreme, and the Supreme called the Beatle.
Images of the central spread (detailing the amps) will be posted in due course.
The footswitch exhibited at the British Musical Instrument Industries Trade Fair in late August '66 is offered as an optional extra. Fortunately it was never formally put into production.
Dynamic Bass serial number 1011. Thanks to Sergio for the pictures. More to follow.
Above, a well-used but still-playable copy of the flexi disk produced by Thomas Organ to promote the new Vox Wah-Wah pedal in February 1967. Batches of the disk were evidently sent to Jennings for the promotion of its new pedal, released a couple of months after the American one.
See the entry below for 27th January for some more Thomas Organ advertising.
Defiant serial number 2085, "Vox Sound Equipment Limited", late 1968 or early 1969, complete with its cab and footswitch. Thanks to Romu for the pictures. One of the capacitors is marked "February 1968".
The entry below for 25th November notes the addition of an earlyish Conqueror. A couple of new photos indicate that is definitely early (and not just "earlyish").
The speaker cab is stamped as an ST30 (Super-Twin 30) rather than "Conqueror":
and the surviving 2N3055 has a date code beginning "6" - 1966, possibly "6E" or "6G":
Image enlarged beyond its natural size.
The entry below has been updated with further images of the Jennings version of the brochure.
Below, the Thomas Organ brochure from 1966 setting out the rationale for transistors. This was taken up in 1967 by Jennings and issued with a slightly different cover and other modifications.
The four pictures above, the Thomas Organ brochure
The cover of the Jennings brochure. Notice that the amplifier sections do not have the sloping sides depicted in the Thomas version.
Below, pages from the JMI solid state brochure, printed in black and white in the "Vox Story", ed. Denney and Petersen. The text provided in the American version has been enlarged upon considerably.
The nicest Dynamic Bass to have come to light so far - serial number 1068, the speaker cabinet still with its original cover. Thanks to Matthew for details and pictures. The amp is registered here. Below, the cover, with its cut-outs at back for the chrome amp support:
The cut-outs for the chrome support are reinforced with black leather surrounds (as the handle opening of amp covers are) to prevent tearing.
Dynamic Bass serial number 2049 - "Vox Sound Equipment Limited", early 1969 - registered here.
27th January (2)
"Billboard" magazine, 17th December, 1966. A picture of T. Warren Hampton, to whom applications for details of the new Thomas Organ Wah-Wah pedal were sent - see the entry below.
A Vox grey Wah from late 1967 / early 1968 - serial number 6382 - is currently on ebay.uk (no affiliation). Around 2,000 of these pedals were made by Jennings. See this page.
Below, early advertising for the Thomas Organ wah-wah pedal, which preceded the English one by a couple of months:
"Vox Teenbeat" magazine, volume II, no. 2 - not dated, but evidently from early 1967. The Stones tour of Europe "this year" - Hamburg, Berlin, Essen...Zurich, Athens, is mentioned. The tour in question took place in late March / April '67. And The Monkees are said to have scheduled two performances in London - which took place in July '67. Lower left in the advert, "Vox Ltd and Wah Wah Girls" - what a name.
From the same magazine. Mr T. Warren Hampton was the Wah-Wah man at Sepulveda - see the form below. Note the offer of the free record. There were also commercials on the radio - YouTube clip below.
Vox Foundation Bass serial number 2836. A great set, currently in Belgium. The amp was probably made in late 1972 / early 1973, one of the last of the line.
23rd January (2)
Dynamic Bass serial number 2094 - "Vox Sound Equipment Limited" - registered here.
Traveller serial number 1218 added here - "Amplifier" rather than "Vox Amplifier" on the plate:
Three JMI Conquerors from late 1967 / early 1968. They straddle the period during which logos came to have "Solid State" in smaller letters under "VOX":
Conqueror, currently here, said to be serial number 1459. The logos, however, do not have "Solid State". Perhaps correct.
Conqueror serial number 1425. "Solid State" in the logo of the cab but not the amp. The amp is registered on this page.
"Solid State" in the logo of the amp, so a serial number somewhere above 1420. A good set, complete with footswitch.
A Defiant from 1972 added here. The back panels of amp and cab do not survive; the two are nonetheless in reasonable order.