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 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.
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.
A rare colour shot of Gerry and the Pacemakers on stage in late 1964 venue yet to be identified, at back an early AC100 SDL (thick-edged amp). The bass set is a Foundation Bass cab and another AC100 or perhaps AC50. The large letters far left may spell "BEAT".
A detail from the pic. above. The amp has no corner protectors. One can just about see the jutting out of the basket top of an early trolley. For other bands, Beatles excepted, with early AC100s (really AC80/100s), see this page.
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.
Below, two screengrabs from the documentary on Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages, made in early 1965 - scenes shot at the Lotus Ballroom, Forest Gate, London, September 1964.
Note that the bassist is plugged into the second (the low) input, as Paul McCartney did too. The film as a whole is available on the BBC website.. Further grabs will be set up on a separate page.
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
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 MARK ADDAM SHOW BAND, 1967
A small promotional shot taken in 1967 of this Brighton-based band
FLEETWOOD MAC: Peter Green 1968
A colour pic. of Peter Green's thin-edged AC80/100 and two early T60 cabs from Getty Images. Audio of the concert below.
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.