V1143J Beatle Deluxe Amp with JBL D-120F Speakers

Inside view of the upper half of a V1143J Cabinet
V1143J Vox Beatle Deluxe with Four JBL D-120F Speakers
Most guitar amplifiers built in the 50's and 60's utilized "stock" stamped frame speakers manufactured by Jensen, Oxford or Utah. To satisfy customer demand for the inclusion of more durable and accurate loudspeakers in their amps, Fender started to offer an optional upgrade to JBL speakers as early as 1959. By the mid 60's, Fender offered an optional upgrade to JBL speakers in their Showman, Dual Showman, Twin Reverb and Super Reverb amps.

Thomas Organ followed Fender's lead in 1968 by offering an optional upgrade to JBL speakers in their V1143J Beatle Deluxe and V1133J Royal Guardsman models. This upgrade replaced the stamped frame UK made Celestion "Silver" Alnico speakers originally supplied with the Beatle Deluxe amp with four JBL 12" D-120F cast frame speakers having 4" edge wound voice coils.

Vox models featuring JBL speakers included a plastic "JBL" nameplate at the bottom center of the grill.

V1143J Specifications and Features
Output Power 120 watts RMS, 240 watts peak, solid state
Channel One Two inputs, volume, bass, treble, tremolo depth,
tremolo speed and selectable reverb controls, Top Boost switch. Foot switchable fuzz tone.
Channel Two Two inputs, volume, bass, treble, three position MRB Boost, Repeat Percussion and selectable reverb controls.
Channel Three Two inputs, volume and Tone-X controls
Speaker(s) Four 8Ω JBL D-120F speakers and two 15Ω Goodmans Midax mid-frequency horns
Size (Head) 9" H x 27" W x 10.5" D
Size (Speaker Cabinet) 40" H x 27" W x 11.5" D
Included Accessories cover, chrome roller stand, five button foot pedal
Retail Price (1968) $1648.00 USD
Retail Price Adjusted for 50+ Years of Inflation ~$14,098

North Coast Music manufactures many replacement and restoration

parts for the Super Beatle under license from Vox. These parts are
available exclusively at North Coast Music. Some are shown below.


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