Vox Amps

Vox amplifiers have defined the history and sound of an entire generation of British bands with their famous “British Tone”. Foremost among them were the Beatles.…

In the early 1960s, Vox amplifiers were already very popular in Europe thanks to bands like the Shadows. But from 1963, with the Beatles, Vox achieved worldwide fame that extended to guitars, which until then were less appreciated, so much so that the English company began collaborating with the Italian brand Eko as early as '64. The Beatles continued to use Vox amps for all their tours. Among the first models used were the T60 for bass (the first transistor amp) and the legendary AC30. In late 1963, due to the increasingly loud screams of girls at concerts, John and George switched to the more powerful AC50. But even this wasn't enough. In 1964, just before the Beatles' show at New York's Shea Stadium, the first major rock concert in a stadium ever, Vox designed special 100w amps for the Beatles to deal with this unprecedented situation. With double the power of its predecessors, the AC100s are probably the most powerful guitar amps ever produced up to that time.

In our photo: an original 1965 Vox T60 bass head (like the one used by Paul McCartney) along with its Vox T100 cabinet and a Vox AC30 guitar amp. All strictly Made in England. You can see them in the videos for Now and Then, We Can Work It Out, Rain, Something and Dear Prudence.


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