V117 Sovereign Bass Amplifier

Open rear view of the Sovereign speaker cabinet showing four
Oxford 12T6 "Vox Bulldog" speakers with ceramic magnets

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Thomas Organ introduced two new medium priced Vox amplifier models in their 1968 "The Sound That Travels With the Stars" catalog. One was the V116 Scorpion lead guitar amp, the second was the V117 Sovereign Bass amp.

The Scorpion lead amp was a repackaging of parts contributed from the Royal Guardsman and Berkeley III amps.

The Sovereign Bass was similarly conceived. In 1967, the 60 watt RMS V1181 Westminster Bass amp head was uprated to 120 watts and became the V1182 Westminster. Vox continued to manufacture the earlier 60 watt V1181 Westminster amp head, but renaming it the V117 Sovereign Bass.

The Sovereign speaker cabinet had the same external dimensions as the Royal Guardsman speaker cab. The particle board Sovereign speaker cab was fitted with a full face Vox grill and equipped with four Oxford 12T6 12" "Gold Bulldog" speakers, made by the Oxford Speaker of Chicago IL. The Oxford 12T6 speaker was also used in the Vox Essex Bass amp.

A port was located at the bottom of the removable back panel of the speaker cabinet. It was designed to increase the bass response of the enclosure.

It should also be noted that Thomas Organ could have easily included the Royal Guardsman trolley with the Sovereign amp package, but they chose to not do so. Thomas Organ was making the first moves away from providing swivel trolleys and chrome stands from the US Vox line.

In 1969, Thomas Organ combined a pair of these speaker cabinets with a Vox V1143 Beatle head and called the resultant model the "Beatle Power Stak."

The V117 Vox Sovereign Bass amp and cab retailed for $669 in 1968. Adjusted for inflation, the 2010 retail price of the Scorpion would be $4,261.00.

Sovereign Bass Amp
Output Power 60 watts RMS
Channel One Two inputs,
one volume,
one bass,
one treble.
Channel Two Two inputs,
one volume,
one Tone X,
Speaker(s) Four Vox Gold Bulldog 12" speakers
Size (Head) 9" H x 27" W x 10.5" D
Size (Speaker Cabinet) 31.5" H x 27" W x 11.5" D
Accessories covers, casters, foot pedal.

North Coast Music manufactures many replacement and restoration

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


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