VOX SUPER FOUNDATION BASS AMPLIFIERS

Vox Sound Equipment Ltd - 1968-early 1970

Note the designation on the control panel - "Vox Sound Equipment Ltd". Older Supremes, that is to say those produced in 1967, have "Jennings Musical Industries" - .

In late 1967 Jennings Musical Industries, as it hand been, came to end. Tom Jennings and Dick Denney were fired, along with a number of their close circle. The company continued, however, under Cyril Windiate, Reg Clark and others through the unsettled days of late 1967 and early 1968. The decision was then taken to repurpose the company as "Vox Sound Equipment Ltd". VSEL would continue to manufacture and sell the solid state amps, along with the AC30 and AC50, effects pedals, PA equipment and guitars. Jennings and Denney went on to found Jennings Electronic Industries (JEI).

For more on "Vox Sound Equipment Limited", .

Transformers were supplied by "Twickenham Transformers", owned by "Stolec" = "Stow Electronics", and based on the Ponswood Industrial Estate (Windmill Road, St Leonard's-on-Sea, Sussex, TN38 9BY).

A good number of solid state amps made during the JMI period passed to the new company for sale. Those amps were rebadged as VSEL externally, but one often sees JMI inspection stamps internally.

The general characteristics of VSEL Super Foundation Basses are much as the same as VSEL Supremes:

  • Serial numbers begin at 2000.
  • The plates were handstamped at first, numbers given in the form xxxx.
  • Control panels and serial number plates have "Vox Sound Equipment Ltd"
  • New chassis and preamp sections were not stamped with serial numbers as JMI units had been.
  • Boxes at first are the standard late JMI format, four metal vents on top. The back panels are plain tolex however, rather than Vox cloth.
  • Handsome new labels were adopted for the speakers in speaker cabs.
  • At around serial number 2100 a new style of serial number plate comes in.
  • At around serial number 2100 also the four metal vents on the boxes give way to three plastic. The opening along the back panel remains metal however.
  • Certain models destined for Denmark were designated simply with a letter and number:

    A1 = Supreme

    A2 = Super Foundation Bass

    B1 = Defiant

    B2 = Foundation Bass

    C1 = Conqueror

    C2 = Dynamic Bass

  • Logos flip-flop between "VOX. Solid State" in gold-coloured letters, and "VOX" in silver, before stabilising with the latter.
  • At around serial number 2200 (also for the Supreme) a new circuit comes in, dispensing with the standby. There is only one lamp on the front of the amp.

Below, a growing register of surviving amps. If anyone knows of any VSEL Super Foundation Basses that have not yet been included, .

VOX SOUND EQUIPMENT LTD (1968-1969)

Serial number 2009 - currently in Europe
Serial number 2029 - currently in France

NEW

Early Vox Sound Equipment Limited amp and cab. Hand-stamped serial number plates on both. Cab no. "098". Thanks to Fabrice for the pictures.

Serial number 2079 - currently in Germany

A Super Foundation Bass with a JMI 1 x 18" bass cab.

Serial number 2081 - currently in the USA

NEW

Serial number unknown

A full rig. No shot of the serial number plate. Logo apparently in silver with "Solid State". Two indicator lamps at front.

Serial number 2144 - currently in the Middle East

As in the amp below, the box is a JMI box - four cut-outs on top, and metal vents - VSEL were presumably using up older stock at this point in production.

Serial number 2174 - whereabouts unknown

An older box with metal vents.

Serial number 2219 - whereabouts unknown

Control panel, but otherwise in good condition. The cab has been regrilled with modern Vox cloth.

Serial number 2231 - currently in Germany
Serial number unknown

Excellent condition. A new-style box with plastic vents, but still gold string - as serial no. 2231, above.

Serial number unknown

NEW CIRCUIT FROM THIS POINT

The obvious external indication is the single lamp on the front for the mains supply. The standby circuit and lamp have gone.

Around serial number 2300 a BASS flag was used for a short time instead of the standard one - so too in Foundation Bass amps.

Serial number 2237 - whereabouts unknown

Old pictures (probably from ebay uk).

Serial number 2281 - whereabouts unknown

Only the serial number plate for the time being.

Serial number 2304 - currently in Europe

Still Vox Sound Equipment Ltd.

Serial number 2307 - currently in Serbia

A good Vox Sound Equipment Ltd amp. Thanks to Goran for the pictures.

Serial number 2310 - currently in Finland

In company with no. 2304, and presumably 2307, this has a BASS flag. The amp is the latest SFB currently known to have a VSEL plate. Thanks to Ville for the pictures.

Serial number unknown

As above, plastic vents and gold string. The cab is the old style large 1 x 18". The amp still has its hang-tag and a BASS flag, which regularly figure on solid state amps of this period.





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