BANDS with AC50s IN THIN-EDGED BOXES
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.
A register of surviving AC50 Mark 1 amplifiers in thin-edged boxes is being compiled on this page.
Back view of the stage at the Ready, Steady, Go! Mod Ball, 8th April 1964, Empire Pool, Wembley, the AC50 as spare 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 switching on or off is a Vox AC80/100. At least one of the others is an early AC50.
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.
Ray Ennis of the Swinging Blue Jeans with an early thin-edged AC50 Foundation Bass set to his left.
The Roulettes - June 1964
"The Roulettes" on "Thank Your Lucky Stars", 13th June, 1964.
A detail from the shot above. Note the early AC50 - thin-edged box - at left.
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.
Unknown English band, 1964 / 1965.
Sounds Incorporated with Mary Wells, the amp and Foundation Bass cab just visible far right - certainly thin-edged, but just possibly an AC80/100 - the band certainly had one later on. Picture from Getty Images.
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 and 3 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.