The V304, V304E2. and TO-68 Jaguar Organ - Nameplates


Figure 1. Gold plated plastic Vox logo as used on a GEM production V304 Jaguar Organ.

Figure 2. Photo etched aluminum nameplate front the front of a GEM production Jaguar Organ.




V304 - GEM Production

The earliest production of the V304 Jaguar Organ came from GEM in Italy. Like the Vox Continental, these GEM models used a plastic, gold plated logo in the right hand corner of the orange lid. Two plastic pins were molded to the back side of the logo to mount it to the organ. Prior to use on Vox organs, this logo was used on the T.60 amplifier head. This logo is shown in Figure 1.  

A larger, photo etched aluminum "VOX Jaguar" logo was glued to the front face of the organ, facing the audience. This logo is shown in Figure 2.


Figure 3. Photo etched aluminum Vox Jaguar strip on edge of orange lid, EME production.


Figure 4. Photo etched aluminum nameplate front the front of a EME production Jaguar Organ.





V304E2 - EME Production

The majority of Vox Organs produced in the 1960s came from the Thomas Organ consortium with EME in Italy and are known as the V304E2 model. These organs had an aluminum, photo etched Vox Jaguar escutcheon that covered the edge of the orange top facing the musician. See this escutcheon in Figure 3.

A photo etched aluminum "VOX Jaguar" logo was glued to the front face of the organ, facing the audience. This logo is shown in Figure 4, and is slightly different than the GEM name plate shown in Figure 2.


Figure 5. Photo etched aluminum Vox Jaguar strip on edge of orange lid, Heathkit production.


Figure 6. Closeup of Heathkit logo on the lid of an TO-68 Heathkit Jaguar Organ.


Figure 7. Photo etched aluminum nameplate front the front of a TO-68 Heathkit Jaguar Organ.

TO-68 Heathkit Jaguar

The nameplates on the Heathkit TO-68 Jaguar Organ were a styling mix of the GEM V304 and EME produced V304E2 organs. The orange lid had a VOX Jaguar escutcheon plate similar to the V304E2 organ but also added a "Heathkit" logo in the right corner. See Figures 5 and 6.

The nameplate on the front of the TO-68 Jaguar was more similar to the V304 GEM organ (look at the font used for "VOX"), This nameplate also added a "Heathkit" logo. See Figure 7.



North Coast Music is the ONLY source for Vox factory authorized and approved Jaguar Organ replacement nameplates in the world. Beware of counterfeits!

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