Twelve years in the making, this 682 page book by VOX historian Jim Elyea fully documents the early part of VOX’s golden history from before its inception in 1957 through the end of the JMI-era in the late 1960s. It contains many behind the scenes stories, providing an insider’s perspective on the rise and fall of Jennings Musical Industries and Vox amplifiers.
Inside the 9½” x 12″ hardcover format are hundreds of newly shot hi-resolution photos of over 100 vintage Vox amplifiers, hundreds of contemporary photos from the 1950s and 1960s, as well as details from dozens of vintage Vox catalogues and promotional items.
Never before has such a large and complete work been completed on any guitar amplifier brand.
In seven sections, Vox Amplifiers, The JMI Years discusses virtually every detail of Vox amps, presenting them in such a way that you can begin reading anywhere in the book, and have fun
Included in the book are:
- Production figures
- Parts date codes explained.
- How to accurately date your Vox amplifier.
- All of The Beatles’ Vox amplifiers, including rare and unseen photographs.
- The real story behind the Top Boost.
- All of The Shadows’ Vox amplifiers and echo units are shown and discussed.
- Also covered are the Vox amplifiers of many other players and groups including The Who, The Yardbirds, Brian May, and Mike Campbell.
- The development of the A.C.30 Twin (including the 4-input model) is explained.
- 45 Vox amplifier models are rated for their sound, and for their suitability for home, studio, and live use.
- The complete history of the JMI years, including early TV front amps, and JMI’s pre-Vox amplifiers.
- The Fawn amps are covered in great detail.
- The story of the Custom Color amplifiers, including all the covering variations, is discussed and pictured.
- Stands and Trolleys are presented.
- The various versions of the protective covers are presented.
- Over 60 Vox speakers are explained.
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