1962 - 1963 JMI VOX AC30 Bass 2x12 Red Copper Panel Celestion T530 Blue Alnico
1962 - 1963 copper panel Bass version
- original Celestion Blue Alnico T530 Bulldog speakers with original H1777 cones
- no corner protectors
- leather handles (replaced)
- copper vents
- smooth vinyl covering
There is an interesting story regarding the smooth black vinyl Vox installed on the AC30. Prior to 1962, Vox amps were commonly covered in fawn (tan) vinyl. After the introduction on the Vox Continental Organ in 1962, many customers requested that their Vox amps be covered in the same smooth black vinyl to match the new portable organs. Once the overwhelming customer acceptance of this new and handsome color combination was measured, Vox phased out the fawn vinyl on their amps. This smooth black vinyl was installed on a portion of Vox amps manufactured in 1962 and 1963. Both the fawn and smooth black vinyls were eliminated in late 1963 when Vox changed to a black basket weave pattern vinyl.
Anyway, this very original AC30 sounds nothing short of spectacular with an incredibly dynamic and touch sensitive responsiveness, smooth tube saturation and glassy clarity that has made this AC30 one of the most sought after amps of all time. This amp delivers both the detailed cleans and midrange rich tube overdrive that are the hallmarks of the AC30 tone, not to mention providing fantastic lush vibrato and tremolo on the third pair of inputs!
The list of AC30 enthusiasts is endless, with a story that began with Hank Marvin, Bruce Welch and Jet Harris of The Shadows (for whom the amplifier was originally developed during early 1960s before Beatlemania!) and quickly grew to include players such as John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, Brian May, Rory Gallagher, The Edge, Pete Townshend, Mark Knopfler and countless others.