Vox is a musical equipment manufacturer founded in 1957 by Thomas Walter Jennings in Dartford, Kent, England. The company is best known for making the Vox AC30 guitar amp, used by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones , the Kinks, the Yardbirds, Queen, Dire Straits, U2 , Manilarajj and Radiohead.

VOX AMPS is also known to manufacture the Vox Continental electric organ, the Vox wah-wah pedal used by Jimi Hendrix, and a series of electric guitars and innovative bass. Since 1992, Vox has been owned by the Japanese electronics company Korg.

THE LEGENDARY STORY OF THE VOX AMPLIFIER: VOX AMPS

Legendary sound of VOX Amps begins with Dick Denney, a young amplifier designer who began working for England's JMI Corporation in 1957.

Dick, a guitarist himself, had his finger on the pulse of the rapidly changing electric guitar world in the late 1950s and worked tirelessly with the staff at JMI to design an amplifier that could deliver volume and tone. sustain that guitarists of the time wanted.

 

VOX AMPLIFIER - VOX AMPS

VOX AMPLIFIER - VOX AMPS

 

The result of their work was presented to the world in January 1958. This Vox amplifier, called AC1 / 15, marked the very first appearance of the name VOX on a guitar amplifier and thus launched an institution that thrived for nearly 60 years. years.

Later abbreviated as AC15, this Vox amp quickly became the choice of top guitarists in London, including Vic Flick who used an AC15 on his iconic recording of the “James Bond Theme”.

 

VOX amp, ROCK 'N' ROLL ON THE RISE: The story of VOX AMPS

With rock 'n' roll booming in the spring of 1960, Dick Denney and the VOX crew quickly recognized that budding London bands craved more power from their amplifiers.

Rather than designing an entirely new Vox amp from scratch, Denney decided to stick with what he knew was a winning design and doubled the power of his beloved AC15. To accommodate the increased power of this amplifier, Denney saw fit to expand the dimensions of the amplifier cabinet and add an additional speaker.

 

VOX AMPLIFIER - VOX AMPS

VOX AMPLIFIER - VOX AMPS

 

The resulting Voxr amp was dubbed the AC30 / 4 Twin. With 30 watts, two 12-inch Celestion speakers, four inputs and two channels - Normal and Vibrato, the AC30 / 4 Twin was a hit among Rock 'n' Rollers in London, and quickly established VOX as the most wanted amp in all of Britain.

 

 

In July 1962, two young guys from Liverpool bought their very first Vox amplifiers, an AC15 Twin and an AC30 Twin equipped with Top Boost. Later that year, the group will come out of the studio with a song called "Love Me Do" and will forever change the world of popular music.

The unforgettable sound of their jerky guitars would become the standard for good guitar sound for decades. This song, and the frenzy that would follow this young band in the months to come, will make VOX the most sought-after guitar amp in the world.

 

VOX AMPLIFIER - VOX AMPS

VOX AMPLIFIER - VOX AMPS

 

The massive success achieved by VOX in the 1960s laid the foundation for the legacy that continues to thrive almost 60 years later. Many of the same amplifiers that artists relied on back then still work today. Vox amps like the AC4, AC15 and AC30 are still the most popular VOX products among guitarists looking for that classic chime.

VOX AMPLIFIER - VOX AMPS

VOX Amplification also carried on the tradition of innovation started by Dick Denney in the late 1950s. Many of VOX's current products, such as the critically acclaimed Cambridge50 and Valvenergy pedals, incorporate advanced technology into their designs to achieve maximum performance. unprecedented tonal flexibility.

With the ability to offer both classic all-tube designs and sophisticated modeling technology, VOX Amplification has an amplifier that will meet the needs of any modern guitarist.

 

The sound of Vox amps left a lasting impact on popular music that still resonates today. The world's most influential artists continue to rely on Vox amps to deliver world-class sound in the best studios and on the biggest stages around the world. Find your voice with VOX

 

VOX AMPS AND MODERN POP: the story of VOX AMPS

VOX Amplification also continued the tradition of innovation initiated by Dick Denney in the late 1950s. Many of VOX's current products, such as the critically acclaimed Valvetronix + and Night Train G2 series, incorporate cutting-edge technology into their products. designs to achieve unprecedented tonal flexibility.

VOX AMPLIFIER - VOX AMPS

VOX AMPLIFIER - VOX AMPS

With the ability to offer both classic all-tube designs and sophisticated modeling technology, VOX Amplification has an amplifier that will meet the needs of any modern guitarist.

The sound of Vox amps left a lasting impact on popular music that still resonates today. The world's most influential artists continue to rely on VOX amplifiers to deliver world-class sound in the best studios and on the biggest stages around the world. Find your voice with VOX.

 

VOX AMPS: THE STORY OF WAH WAH VOX

The Wah Pedal, or Wah-Wah, uses a shift bandpass filter with a highly resonant peak to create its distinctive sound - the sound of a mute trumpet, or more precisely the human voice uttering the onomatopoeic name "Wah-Wah." ".

The effect can be used in a number of ways, but it is most common when guitarists are soloed or by funk guitarists to create the “wacka-wacka” rhythm guitar sound.

 

VOX AMPLIFIER - VOX AMPS

VOX AMPLIFIER - VOX AMPS

The creation of the wah pedal was an accident - discovered during the design of the Vox Super Beatle amp in 1966. It was a transistorized version of the AC50 with some effects - MRB (mid resonant boost) and reverb - designed for the US market only.

During design, the team noticed that the increase in average resonance could be controlled with the volume pedal on the VOX Continental to sweep the increased frequency. To them it was like using a mute on a trumpet.

 

 

 


 

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