Note that for the most part, the amps and cabs below will have had brown grille cloth, as in the pic above - AC50 serial no. 1034 with its cab, and AC80/100 serial no. 178 with a cab belonging to another amp.


The Stones

  • Ryde 1964
  • Stevenage
  • Mod Ball

Left, Ryde on the Isle of Wight (22nd Mar.) - there are eyewitness reports of the concert here. Centre: Stevenage (1st April). Right: back view of the stage at the Ready, Steady, Go! Mod Ball, 8th April 1964, Empire Pool, Wembley. Note the AC50 behind the Foundation Bass cab and AC80/100 Bill is using. The back panel shows the amp is an early thin-edged AC50 - grille at bottom, connectors at top.

The Dave Clark Five

Left and centre left, at the Royal, Tottenham - Pathe film. Centre right, unidentified venue. Below Vox flyers.

Gerry and the Pacemakers

On stage at the Albert Hall in April/May 1964 - an AC50 and T60 cab behind him, along with another couple of cabs.


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.

The Confederates

"The Confederates", a Brighton band, later reconstituted as "Jinx", with a thin-edged amp.

Sounds Incorporated

Sounds Incorporated with Mary Wells, the amp and Foundation Bass cab just visible far right - certainly thin-edged, but just possibly an AC80/100 - Sounds Incorporated certainly had one later on.

Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages

In late 1964, The Savages had an AC80/100 and bass cab with perspex logo. The first image is a screen-grab from a film of a performance at the Lotus Ballroom, Forest Gate, available on YouTube - click here. Later, the band seem to have gone over to a thin-edged small box AC50 Foundation Bass set up. The last picture is from June 1965. During the course of 1965, however, the band were photographed endorsing Marshall equipment. Pictures 2-4 from this excellent blog.

Lonnie Donegan / Joe Brown and the Bruvvers (?)

Left, Lonnie Donegan on stage in 1964 with someone's thin-edged AC50 Foundation Bass set behind the bassist. Could it have been Joe Brown's? Right, Donegan at the Vox Factory in 1964 - a small-box AC50 behind him.


The Stones - again

Top three images: 8th August 1964, Kurhaus, Scheveningen. In the second pic, one can see the back panel has the connectors at bottom, grille at top = four input, thick boxed AC50. In the lower two images: Bill Wyman with a small-box AC50 behind him (grille cloth is less than 3 diamonds tall, so not an AC80/100). See this page for a further picture. Right, the Stones on stage, Newcastle, 4th May 1964 - difficult to tell, but perhaps the AC50 in preference to the AC80/100.

The Hollies

Tony Hicks at EMI with a thick-edged small box AC50 behind him. First photo and detail from J. Elyea, Vox Amplifiers, p. 617. The last picture is

Davie Jones

Davie Jones (later to become David Bowie) and his band, The King Bees, with a thick-edged AC50.


Shelley, on set in December 1964. Small-box AC50 on the drum riser, two T60 cabs far left.

The Beat Merchants

The Beat Merchants on the BBC's "Beat Room", 1964 / 1965, certainly with three small-box AC50s and four T60 cabs.

The Kinks - 1964 / 1965

Grabs from the video below. Evidently a small box single channel AC50. The grille on the back is high up, so the inputs are likely to have been in diamond formation. The Kinks must have had this amp for a while, as the concert in Paris was April 1965 - large box AC50s had already come into production by September 1964.

Manfred Mann

Left, Manfred on "Top of the Pops", his AC50 and Foundation Bass cab just visible at right. Right, a still from the promotional film of "Do Wah Diddy Do".

The Zombies

On the set of "Ready, Steady, Go", 1964

The Barron Knights

Late 1964

The Animals (1964) and Alan Price (1966)

Far left a grab from a performance of the House of the Rising Sun (partially encompassed in the clip on the left below). Live shots, centre left and right. Note the bass flag on the amp in the left-hand shot (behind the Vox PA column). Far right, Alan Price.

Great live performance by Alan Price.

The Searchers

Left to right: The Searchers in 1964 with a small box and large box amp - one can just make out the "BASS" legend in the first picture.

The Bandits

"The Bandits", a Rhodesian band. Picture originally posted here.

The Poets

"The Poets", a Glasgow band, pictured in 1965.

The Merry Macs

The Merry Macs, a Scottish showband, with an AC50 Foundation Bass set up. One can just make out the "BASS" logo on both amp and cab.

Me and the Others

"Me and the Others" c. 1965. There is a closer view of the early thin-edged AC50 and Foundation Bass cab on the updates page (posted on 6th March).

The Meddy Evils

Playing the Sinah Warren club, 1967.