Vox: Britain's Iconic Sound
The sound of Vox has been long associated with the "British Invasion" of music in the 1960s, but the Vox company began shortly after World War II. Thomas Jennings, founder of Jennings Musical Industries (JMI), began business in 1947. Throughout the 1960s, the company introduced amplifiers and organs heard on countless rock, pop, and psychedelic recordings. To scratch the surface of their sonic influence, Vox is known for providing the Beatles with amplifiers that could power over their massive, captivated – and infatuated – audiences, and also in part crafting the sound of the Doors through their Continental organ. For their 60th anniversary, Vox proudly reintroduced two of their flagship amplifiers – the AC15 and AC30 – uncompromisingly handwired in their native England.
Class A Amplifiers and the AC-30
Vox amps are often backed by the adjectives "chime" and "jangle" - a tonal character deriving from their Class A power section. The Class A design utilizes two power tubes in a series pattern, rather than each tube doing its own share of the work. This method shortens tube lifespan, but provides a more responsive, touch sensitive amplifier. The AC-30 combo has been the longest respected example of a Class A amplifier – and the most recognized Vox amp, having been seen on stages famously with Queen, Radiohead, and U2. The Vox company, much like the AC-30, has undergone many changes and stylistic approaches, but are constantly revered for their Invasion era. Today, Vox continues the invasion with a greater-than-ever build quality, and attainability towards any player; vintage or modern inspired.