Pictures of Vox AC80/100 SDLs from 1964 (apart from The Beatles)

"SDL" = "Super De Luxe", signalling the presence of a guitar speaker cabinet in trolley. The Granada TV competition aside, the AC80/100 SDLs pictured on this page are all likely to have been Vox loan units.

GRANADA TV, September 1964

Vox AC100 (AC80/100) in September 1964, Granada TV competition

A Granada TV band competition, late September 1964 - "Ready, Steady, Win" - the Bo Street Runners won the equipment (note the early AC50 trolleys too), and "The Harbour Lights" won the Commer van.

18 and 20th October 1964

Rolling Stones, Brussels, 1964 with a Vox AC100 SDL

On Belgian TV (BRT), 'Tienerklanken', Brussels, Amerikaans Theatre, 'World Fair’, 18th October.

Above, the Stones at Olympia, Paris, 20th October 1964. The AC100 SDL was used by Brian Jones.

20th November 1964

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Gene Vincent and the Londoners with Vox loan equipment, November 1964
Gene Vincent and the Londoners with Vox loan equipment, November 1964

Above, pictures of Gene Vincent on stage with "The Londoners" at the Empire Pool, Wembley, 20th November 1964. Note: the thick-edged AC80/100 (no corner protectors) and SDL cab, the thin-edged AC80/100 on the drum riser, the early AC50 large-box trolley with a "basket-top" rather than parallel bars, and the Rickenbacker 325 belonging to the guitarist far right(a thing known for some time to Rickenbacker afficiandos).

Top of the Pops, November 1964

The Yardbirds with Vox loan equipment, November 1964

The Kinks and The Yardbirds (line-up with Eric Clapton) using the same Vox loan gear.

Unknown venue and date - late 1964

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. The bass set is a Foundation Bass cab and another AC100 or perhaps AC50. The large letters far left may spell "BEAT".

No other pictures of the Pacemakers with an AC100 SDL have so far come to light.

Gerry and the Pacemakers with an early AC100, late 1964, detail

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.