The Vox Student Amplifier

1965 Vox "King of the Beat" Catalog

The Student was an all tube amplifier produced by Thomas Organ for Vox. It appeared only in the 1965 "King of the Beat" catalog.

Cosmetically, the Student is similar to Gibson amplifiers from this same era. Aside from its grill cloth, there is little to distinguish this amp cosmetically or tonally as a Vox amp. This is not to say that this amp has poor tone, I am simply stating that I do not feel it sounds much like a Vox.

The Student is rated at 2 watts RMS, and has three tubes: a 35W4, a12AU6 and a 50C5. If you know much about tubes in guitar amps, these are a bit off the commonly traveled road. In fact, these three tubes were found in the amplifier section of most table radios produced in the 1950s and 1960s. Read more about the Student amp circuitry in the "V-5 Student Amp Under the Hood" webpage.

A single rotary control serves as the on/off switch and volume control.

The amp has a 7" speaker with a "pincushion" frame. I doubt that a replacement speaker would currently be available in this size.


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