Further instances of bands with thin-edged Vox AC80/100s (aside again from the Stones and Beatles)

Pictures of bands other than the Beatles and Stones using early AC80/100s are, relatively speaking, fairly uncommon. But this page will doubtless expand as further examples come to light. Vox produced something like 120 thin-edged cathode biased AC80/100s, and a high proportion of those must have gone to the bands of the day.

Most of the amps (and cabs for that matter) in the black and white shots below will have been brown fronted. Above, for reference, a thin-edged single-channel AC50 with its bass cab, and an AC80/100 (serial no. 178) with the former and another.



BILLY J. KRAMER AND THE DAKOTAS

Singing their hit (a Lennon/McCartney composition) "From a Window", on the TAMI show, December 1964, with Gerry and the Pacemakers, below

A later small promotional shot of Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas with large box AC50s and a thin-edged amp (?) - difficult to tell, but certainly an AC100 - on its side.




JOHNNY MILTON AND THE CONDORS

Pictured at the California Ballroom in Dunstable in 1964. Although the images are small, the band evidently used a thin-edged AC80/100 to drive two Foundation Bass cabs.




SWINGING BLUE JEANS

Performing "Good Golly Miss Molly in 1964 - filmed for broadcast. On stage, among other things, an AC80/100 and Foundation Bass cab, and a small box AC50 with Foundation Bass cab.




MANFRED MANN

In late 1964, Manfred Mann were using two pairs of Foundation Bass cabs (ie. four in total, one pair for bass, one pair for the organ) driven, most likely, either by two small box AC50s, or one AC50 and one AC80/100. Manfred certainly used an AC50, as the colour picture below indicates. The stills are from the film performance of "Do Wah Diddy Do".

For the video of "Do Wah Diddy" click here (YouTube). The number was filmed at the Mecca Palace, Edinburgh, by Pathe News Films.




GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS

In April 1964 Gerry is seen on stage at the Albert Hall, London, with a thin-edged AC50 and T60 cab (along with a couple of other T60s). Later in the year the band posed in promotional photographs - first with a T60 cabinet and AC30, and then with new large box AC50s.

On the TAMI show, 29th December 1964, with Chuck Berry and Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, the band had an AC80/100.




SCREAMING LORD SUTCH 1964

Screaming Lord Sutch at the Lotus Ballroom, Forest Gate (South London), in late 1964. On stage behind him, a thin-edged AC80/100 surmounting a bass cabinet with an early perspex logo.




THE RUSTIKS / REMO FOUR / SOUNDS INCORPORATED

The Beatles on stage in Edinburgh, 19 October '64. Two other AC80/100 bass rigs (besides McCartney's) are visible. The line up that night included The Rustiks, Mary Wells, Sounds Incorporated, The Remo Four, and Tommy Quickly. Click here for the programme, and for fabulous colour pics of fans queuing click here

SOUNDS INCORPORATED

A shot of The Beatles' and Sound Incorporated's equipment prior to the Shea Stadium concert in 1965. The amp with its back facing the camera is clearly an early AC80/100 - the arrangement of its back panel does not match any of the amps known to have been used by the Beatles. For a comparable back panel, see serial number 117, on this page.




THE PRETTY THINGS - probably not

The Pretty Things on "Top of the Pops" in 1964. Along with the pair of AC30 Super Twins, two brown-fronted T60 cabs are on stage, one either side of the drum riser, but the amp or amps driving them - presumably an AC50 or AC80/100 - are out of shot.




THE HOLLIES - probably not

The Hollies in 1964 had small box AC50s with early large box cabs and trolleys (note the basket on top. In the third picture, taken at the Albert Hall in that year, there is a T60/2x15" cab with an AC50 or just possibly AC80/100 on top.




THE MARK ADDAM SHOW BAND, 1967

A small promotional shot taken in 1967 of this Brighton-based band




FLEETWOOD MAC: Peter Green 1968

First image, Windsor 1968; the others, Copenhagen 1968. Note that Green's thin-edged AC80/100 is running through two T60 cabs. His amp, like Wyman's, presumably had two speaker outputs. Further pictures from the concert are posted here.