The Westminster: V118, V1181, V1182

In 1965, Thomas Organ was importing AC-50 heads with 1 x 18" Foundation speaker cabinets from JMI in the UK and renaming them the "Westminster Bass." The UK model was dropped in 1966, replaced with a US produced, Thomas designed solid state model also named the Westminster.

The earliest version of the Westminster were the V118 and V1181 models. The V118 and V1181 had 60 watts of power (120 watts peak), a slight uptick from the 50 watt rating of the AC-50 heads that powered the UK produced model. Within a year the 60 watt models were replaced by theV1182 Westminster head that featured 120 watt RMS (240 Peak) output stage.

After the V1182 120 watt Westminster head was introduced in 1967, the V1181 Westminster head was renamed the V117 Sovereign.

The V118, V1181 and V1182 heads powered either a V418 or a V4182 Westminster bass enclosure that included an 18" Cerwin-Vega speaker.

The V1261 Westminster Stack was introduced in 1969. It combined a V1182 Westminster head with two separate 4 x 12" cabinets.

The Westminster head had two channels. The Normal channel had volume, bass and treble conrtols plus a Top Boost switch. It was useful for guitar as well as bass. The Bass channel included only two controls, Volume and "Tone-X."

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Westminster Specs
Output Power V118 -V1181 models - 60 watts RMS
V1182 model - 120 watts RMS
Channel One Two inputs
Volume Control
Bass Control
Treble control

Top Boost Switch
Channel Two Two inputs,
Volume Control
Tone-X Control
Speaker(s) Model V418 - One four ohm 18" speaker by Cerwin Vega
Model V4182 - One two ohm 18" speaker by Cerwin Vega
Size (Head) 10" H x 21.5" W x 11" D
Size (Speaker Cabinet) 31" H x 27" W x 15" D
Accessories Cover, chrome cart stand, two button pedal.

North Coast Music manufactures many replacement and restoration

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


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