The Berkeley Amp: Tube and Solid State Control Panels and Features


Introduced in 1965, the original V-8 Berkeley Super Reverb was a tube amp that included reverb and tremolo and was inspired by the JMI Vox AC-15. The tube complement was three 12AX7, one 12AU7, two EL-84, and one EZ81. It was a single channel amp with three 1/4" inputs. The power switch had a standby position. A two button footswitch remotely controlled the reverb and tremolo. The rectangular box that frames the name of each control is umique to the V-8 Berkeley amp head and distinguishes the tube version from the solid state models. This was Thomas Vox at its absolute finest hour, in my opinion.



Introduced in 1966, the solid state V1081 Vox Berkeley II control panel was similar to the tube Berkeley Super Reverb. Like the tube model, the amp had a single channel with three 1/4" inputs, reverb and tremolo. A three button foot switch remotely controlled the reverb and tremolo, along with a fixed MRB (mid range boost) effect. The 17 watt power amp featured two germanium output transistors.



Introduced in 1968, the solid state V1083 Vox Berkeley III added a second channel to the amp. It included a three button foot switch for the reverb, tremolo, and MRB effects.
Unlike the Berkeley II, a 35 watt power amp with silicon output transistors powered the Berkeley III. The Berkeley III amp added an "E-Tuner" feature to the rear control panel.


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