Originally Posted by reep
I've been rereading the Bill Wyman book "Stone Alone" and something said has me scratching my head. in detailing his early gear purchases, he talks about going out and buying an upgrade amp.....a Vox AC-30. Setting aside the power issues (I know lower wattage amps for bass were pretty common then), could a person actually get away with playing bass through an AC-30?
JMI's "bass version" of their AC30 was called the AC30X (X for expanded). It housed two 15" Celestion T900 speakers so the cabinet was enlarged to accommodate them.
Also the circuit and components used in the AC30X were voiced much lower than the standard AC30. It was really designed as a keyboard amp rather than a bass amp.
Lots of great photos and info on it and all of the JMI Vox products in Jim Elyea's Vox Amplifiers, The JMI Years. If you're into Vox amps and their history and the bands/artists that used them, you'll love all 682 pages of this book.
Regarding Bill Wyman's AC30, his was a regular AC30 Twin (guitar amp) covered in Fawn Rexine covering material. Apparently he still owns the amp but it's well worn.