Note that for the most part, the amps and cabs below will have had brown grille cloth, as in the pic above - AC50 serial no. 1034 with its cab, and AC80/100 serial no. 178 with a cab belonging to another amp.
AC50s IN THIN-EDGED BOXES
Back view of the stage at the Ready, Steady, Go! Mod Ball, 8th April 1964, Empire Pool, Wembley. Note the AC50 behind the Foundation Bass cab and AC80/100 Bill is using. The back panel shows the amp is an early thin-edged AC50 - grille at bottom, connectors at top.
The general rule was that Bill used the AC50 at smaller gigs or where space on stage was limited. Otherwise, he used a Vox AC100 (in 1964 actually AC80/100) and two Foundation Bass cabs. For pictures of Bill Wyman with a series of Vox AC100 amplifiers and Foundation Bass speaker cabinets, see this page on the Vox AC100 website.
Brian Jones on stage 1964. The amp he is adjusting is a Vox AC80/100. At least one of the others is an early AC50. For pictures of the Stones with later small-box AC50s see below.
Brian Jones on stage 1964. The amp he is adjusting is a Vox AC80/100. At least one of the others is an early AC50.
For pictures of the Stones with later small-box AC50s see below.
The Dave Clark Five
The Dave Clark Five playing the Tottenham Royal in early February 1964. The band had four early AC50s. The one in view is driving two speaker cabinets.
A wide shot of the band at The Royal. For the Vox advert connected with the DC5's residency, which ran from 17th January to 23rd February 1964. The early advert, on this page, actually shows a T60 amplifier, rather than an AC50.
Gerry and the Pacemakers
On stage at the Albert Hall in April/May 1964 - an AC50 and T60 cab behind him, along with another couple of cabs.
SWINGING BLUE JEANS
Performing "Good Golly Miss Molly in 1964 - filmed for broadcast. On stage, among other things, an AC80/100 and Foundation Bass cab, and a small box AC50 with Foundation Bass cab.
Gary Thain of "The Others" with a thin-edged AC50 Foundation Bass set.
"The Confederates", a Brighton band, later reconstituted as "Jinx", with a thin-edged amp. The amp originally came with a Foundation Bass cab, and may be serial no. 1034B, on this page.
Sounds Incorporated with Mary Wells, the amp and Foundation Bass cab just visible far right - certainly thin-edged, but just possibly an AC80/100 - Sounds Incorporated certainly had one later on.
Screaming Lord Sutch and the Savages
In late 1964, The Savages had an AC80/100 and bass cab with perspex logo. The first image is a screen-grab from a film of a performance at the Lotus Ballroom, Forest Gate, available on YouTube - click here. Later, the band seem to have gone over to a thin-edged small box AC50 Foundation Bass set up. The last picture is from June 1965. During the course of 1965, however, the band were photographed endorsing Marshall equipment. Pictures 2-4 from this excellent blog.
Lonnie Donegan / Joe Brown and the Bruvvers (?)
Left, Lonnie Donegan on stage in 1964 with someone's thin-edged AC50 Foundation Bass set behind the bassist. Could it have been Joe Brown's? Right, Donegan at the Vox Factory in 1964 - a small-box AC50 behind him.
The Roulettes - June 1964
The Roulettes, June 1964, a TV appearance. It is not possible to tell for certain at present whether the small box AC50 at left is thin or thick edged. Picture from Alamy.
AC50s IN THICK-EDGED BOXES
The Stones - again
Picture from Getty Images. Bill Wyman in late 1964 with a small box AC50 (note its thick edge) and Foundation Bass speaker cab.
First two images: 8th August 1964, Kurhaus, Scheveningen. In the second pic, one can see the back panel has the connectors at bottom, grille at top = four input, thick boxed AC50. Third picture: The Stones on stage, Newcastle, 4th May 1964 - difficult to tell, but perhaps the AC50 in preference to the AC80/100.
Tony Hicks at EMI with a thick-edged small box AC50 behind him. The last picture is from a performance - Saturday Night at the Palladium - in early 1965.
The Rocking Berries
Chuck Botfield of the Rocking Berries, pictured in "Beat Instrumental" magazine, no. 28, August 1965. The amp: a small box thick-edged AC50 atop an AC30 cab (?) and trolley.
Davie Jones (later to become David Bowie) and his band, The King Bees, with a thick-edged AC50.
Shelley, on BBC's "Beat Room" - note the set is the same as the one below - in December 1964. Small-box AC50 on the drum riser, two T60 cabs far left.
The Beat Merchants
The Beat Merchants on the BBC's "Beat Room", 1964 / 1965, certainly with three small-box AC50s and four T60 cabs.
The Kinks - 1964 / 1965
The Kinks at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, August 1964. Picture from Alamy.
Immediately above, Pete Quaife of the Kinks with a thick-edged small box AC50 on stage, Paris, Theatre de la Mutualite, July 1965. Picture from Getty Images. Later in 1965, Quaife used a large box AC50.
YouTube clip of the concert in Paris, July 1965.
Left, Manfred on "Top of the Pops", his AC50 and Foundation Bass cab just visible at right. Right, a still from the promotional film of "Do Wah Diddy Do".
On the set of "Ready, Steady, Go", 1964
Above, "The Rapiers", from East Anglia, on stage with a small box AC50 and T60 cab. Picture originally posted here. Note the position of the logo on the amp - middle left, rather than top left, as in the amp below.
The amp from this set is now in Brighton, the cab in London.
The Barron Knights
The Animals (1964
The Animals in 1964.
Left to right: The Searchers in 1964 with a small box and large box amp - one can just make out the "BASS" legend in the first picture.
"The Bandits", a Rhodesian band - the AC50 Foundation Bass just visible behind the bassist.
The Amen 1970 / 1971
Pictures from 1970 and 1971 - from this blog page.
"The Poets", a Glasgow band, pictured in 1965.
The Merry Macs
The Merry Macs, a Scottish showband, with an AC50 Foundation Bass set up. One can just make out the "BASS" logo on both amp and cab.
"Country Pie" in the early seventies with a thick-edged small-box Foundation rig, a large box AC50 and Vox Conqueror.