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The Rose Morris company, who owned the Vox name through the 1980s, sold Vox to Korg in the early 1990s, who then manufactured a reissue of the early '60s AC30 Top Boost, correcting previous inconsistencies ranging from the correct style grille cloth to the GZ34 rectifier tube.
These AC30 amps were mostly offered in the traditional black Tolex/brown diamond grille configuration, but were also available in limited numbers with purple, red, or tan tolex.
The Vox AC30 was originally introduced in 1959 at Hank Marvin's request as the "big brother" of the fifteen watt (15 W) AC15 model, Vox's original flagship amplifier, because the AC15 was not loud enough with the screaming fans at Cliff Richard's concerts.
The AC15 was powered by a pair of EL84 tubes, an EF86-driven "Normal" channel, an ECC83-driven "Vib-Trem" channel, and rectified by an EZ81.
In spite of at least one AC30 production run titled "Limited Edition" of 100 units with starting serial number 0100 (1991) (no reverb), production of the AC30 has practically never ceased: Newer AC30s are reissues of the various top boost AC30/6 (AC30TB) models.
This first generation of AC30s were housed in "TV-front" cabinets, much like the early to mid-50s tweed Fender amps, and had a single 12-inch Goodmans 60-watt speaker, as opposed to the later, conventional twin 12-inch speaker configuration.Fender Telecaster with maple neck, leather scratchplate hand-tooled by Seymour Duncan; Gibson Sonomatic strings; John Grey five-string banjo,1 x ER 100-watt WEM amplifier4 x 12" Fane speakers WEM Copicat echo unit EKO Ranger 6-string acoustic Fender Telecaster with maple neck; Gibson Sonomatic strings; Fender Telecaster with rosewood neck (spare);1 100-watt WEM amplifier,1 x WEM Super Starfinder cabinet4 x 12" Fane speakers EKO Ranger 12-string acoustic Blackfoot Sue also appeared in International Musician magazine in advertisements for various sound systems - including audio engineer Claude Venet's "Mi" branded amplifiers (above, dating from October 1973) and the Vitavox Thunderbolt (below, dating from 1975).The Vox AC30 is a guitar amplifier manufactured by Vox.This second generation AC30/4 had two channels with two inputs, hence the "4" in the model name, and a single tone control, and was powered by a quartet of EL84 (6BQ5) power tubes, making it truly a doubling of the AC15 power amp circuit.
The AC30/4 also carried over the AC15's preamplifier circuit, which included the EF86 pentode in its "Normal" channel.In the late 1970s Vox also introduced a solid-state AC30 (AC30SS), which is the AC30 model that was used by Status Quo.A tube AC30TB with spring reverb feature was reintroduced in 1978.About this time, the "Top Boost" (or "Brilliance") feature became available as Vox's optional addition of a rear panel-mounted circuit that introduced an extra gain stage and tone controls for bass and treble (as opposed to the single "tone" control of earlier AC30s).