Vox AC30s in perspex

Trade Fairs, 1964-1965

Leaving aside the question of whether perspex amps really were produced for display/promotional purposes in 1963 (it has been suggested, but there is good reason for thinking not), some examples below definitively from 1964 and 1965. Impressive though they may appear externally, it has been said that they sound pretty dreadful.

The two main Trade Shows in the mid sixties were the "British Musical Instrument Industries" Fair (annually in late August), and the "Frankfurt Musikmesse" (annually late April or early May). Material on these shows is being collected on the .

It is perhaps worth adding that a Super Beatle amplifier - amplifier section and speaker cabinet - was produced in perspex by Thomas Organ in the USA in 1966, emulating JMI. See the pictures below.


Picture taken at the Vox stand, "British Musical Instrument Industries" Trade Fair, Russell Hotel, London, 24th-28th August, 1964. This is NOT 1963. For more on the '64 Fair, on the Vox AC100 website. Underneath the perspex AC30 one can see a copy of the 1964 JMI catalogue.

Detail from the picture above. Images of a 1964 dealer catalogue, a copy of which can be seen clearly on the AC30's podium, are .

For the time being, a single picture probably of one of the amps from 1964 - note the blue speakers.

Partly reconstructed, the replaced parts (unspecified) painted in silver. Copper panel. The speakers are Celestion T1088s - model number visible on the gasket.

"Beat Instrumental" magazine, October 1973, signalling that Dallas Arbiter had taken over Vox ("Vox Sound Limited" as it was from early 1970 to its collapse in late 1972). The perspex AC30 is certainly an old one, probably from 1964 - note the cursive "VOX" logo. The small piece of text that is visible on the gaskets of the speakers looks like "T5" = T530 - but perhaps too indistict to be wholly certain.


At least two perspex amps with grey panels were produced in 1965, both for promotional purposes at Trade Shows.

One of the later amps, sold on ebay in 2007. Grey control panel, new-style "dome" voltage selector. The speakers, presumably T1088s, have been chromed.

The USA, 1966

Owned at one time by Mitch Colby. Both amp and cab have a diamond lattice in or impressed on the perspex.

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