The AC-100 Super DeLuxe
The AC-100 was the largest all tube model produced by VOX. All the major touring groups of the mid sixties utilized the amplifier, but the AC-100 is a very unstable amplifier and tended to blow up when pushed hard. It is purported that The Who initially got their stage act of smashing guitars and amplifiers because of the AC-100's tendency to malfunction. The Who would take their frustration out on their equipment but when it became apparent that the audience enjoyed the spectacle, amplifiers were then smashed as part of the show as much as out of shear frustration.
The AC-100, initially named the Supreme in England, was soon renamed and the Supreme moniker was given to the 120 watt model in the solid state line. The AC-100 was originally released as the AC-80/100 (Cathode Biased) and then as the AC-100 MkI and finally as the AC-100 MkII. The AC-100 MkI had the front cabinet routed which made the cabinet thinner in appearance than the MkII model. The cabinet in all other dimensions was the same as the MkII. The MkI usually had brown fret cloth and a black control panel whereas the MkII was normally a gray control panel amplifier with black fret cloth.
In all instances the AC-100 was a special order item and never put into full production. Hence, the AC-100 is, next to the 4120/7120's, one of the rarest VOX amplifiers. A good original example will fetch about $3500 today.
Output Power 100 watts
Tube Compliment ECC83, 12AU7 (x2), EL34 Quartet.
Channel One Two inputs,
Speaker(s) Four Vox Celestion Alnico 12" speakers
+ two Midax HF horns.
Size (Head) 7" H x 19" W x 11.5" D
Size (Speaker cabinet) 40" H x 27" W x 12" D
Accessories Cover, Chrome roller stand, Foot pedal.
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