Vox AC30: bands
Early AC30s (the AC2/30 and AC/30)
Raggett's Hall, Maidstone, 1958. The "VOX" logo has gone, but the small plaque underneath - "Jennings" (?) - remains.
Bill Kent again, the amp not yet decorated, but minus its logo.
"Melody Maker" magazine, 1st February, 1958.
Pictures and music from Bill's collection
Another AC2/30, used for steel guitar. Picture taken at the Embassy Ballroom, Welling (Kent), 1958. Published in "The Vox Story", ed. Denney and Petersen (1993).
The Jennings plaque on this one is now in the conventional place on the upper front edge of the cabinet.
Gene Vincent and The Rockets
Below, Gene Vincent, early 1960 - first or second leg of his UK tour (6th to 17th January backed by "The Rockets"; 24th January to 26th February backed by "The Beat Boys").
The AC2/30 is apparently upside down, its tilt caused by a cable plugged in on its "underside" at left. Invert in your mind the illustration of the AC2/30 below.
"Accordion Times", December 1957, Jennings advert illustrating the AC2/30.
Cliff Richard and The Drifters
Aylesbury Granada, February 1959, Cliff Richard and The Drifters. Picture from this site.
Detail, far side of stage. Note the handle.
Single speaker AC/30
"Melody Maker" magazine, 28th November, 1959, a detail from a Boosey and Hawkes advert. Dave Goldberg, noted in many adverts as being a Vox user, with what may be an AC/30.
The Cliff Richard Show, BBC, early 1961.
June 1962, with three generations of Vox amps: TV Front AC30/4 at front; AC15 middle; new split-front AC30 behind.
On stage, NME Poll Winners, 15th April, 1962, with two TV front AC30/4s. Picture from Getty Images.
"The Tremors", a band from Clacton, Essex, with a TV front AC30 and black panel split-front AC30/6 in late 1960 or early 1961, .
The guitar plugged into the Normal channel of the AC30/6.
The "Pop Prom", Albert Hall, 16th September, 1962: "The Allisons" backed by "The Cadillacs" - see this page for the latter. The fronts of both TV front amps have the band's name in applied letters at bottom, and top left, the first name of the band member.
The Rinky Dinks
From "Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar" magazine, January 1964, a rough-print picture of the "Rinky Dinks" with a TV Front AC30:
NME Poll Winner's concert, March 1961. Photographed by Harry Hammond.
Note the logos high up on the front and the special "The Shadows" legend. Picture from Getty Images.
Calais, 18th June, 1961.
"Melody Maker" magazine, 23rd September, 1961. New AC30s in black cloth with logos high up on the front.
Adam Faith's band
NME Poll Winners concert, 15th April 1962, photo by Harry Hammond, his archive now in the V&A archive. Notice the full cloth front of the speaker cabinet, as in the early adverts. Later beige cabs had split fronts - certainly by the time of the concert - see below.
April 1962, with an AC30 Super Twin. Photo from this page.
His band rehearsing, date unknown, but probably 1962.
Rehearsing, early 1962, Larry Parnes in the foreground. From left to right: AC30/6 Super Twin II (two cabinets) with an older Vox amp tucked behind; an AC30/6 Super Twin I or II; an AC30 Twin with another behind, probably a spare.
"Thank Your Lucky Stars", 6th October, 1962.