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1965 Vox Pathfinder V1 Vintage All-Tube USA-Made 1x8 Tube Amp, Thomas Organ


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Up for sale, a 1965 Vox Pathfinder in perfect working order. A very early example of the Pathfinder, this "V1" iteration is an all-tube design offered only in 1965-66 before this model transitioned to solid state circuitry. Made in the USA via Vox's licensing deal with Thomas Organ, the Pathfinder was a direct replacement for the JMI-era Vox AC-4.

The Pathfinder is a single ended design pushing 7 all-tube watts via a cathode biased EL84 (6BQ5) power tube, with ECC883 (12AX7) preamp tubes and an EZ80 rectifier. The preamp features dedicated Treble and Bass knobs, a slight tweak on the classic JMI era Top Boost circuitry.

The Pathfinder delivers sparkling, snappy cleans with plenty of smooth treble bite. Cleans easily give way to ripping natural overdrive and a thick, barking sound. The EQ controls are very responsive with a broad sweep, and the Tremolo has a deep pulse with dedicated Speed and Depth knobs.

The circuit has been given a fresh checkup by our techs here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar, extremely original with the stock pair of Schumacher transformers that have date codes from '65. The original CTS pots are also all intact, with visible date codes from the 23rd week of '65. A three-prong power cable has also been installed. The tube complement includes vintage valves from the likes of Magnavox, Phillips, and Sylvania.

The cabinet has been fitted with a modern USA-made Weber 8" ceramic magnet speaker that provides a similar response to the original Oxford driver, yet arguably with tighter low end. The cab retains its tube chart on the inside, and the back panel is no longer present. The cab retains its original smooth black tolex, with new two-point plastic Vox corners and new (correct for USA Vox production) purple/green/white diamond lattice grillcloth framed by white piping. There is patina through the powder coating on the chassis in a couple spots, and all of the original machined chrome-plated knobs are intact.