Revolver was probably the second album I ever bought.“It has been named over and over as the most important rock album of all time, so to have the amp that created those sounds in my possession is incredible.
Mr Hewitt, from Wincham, Cheshire, writes books, stages exhibitions of musical equipment and album sleeves and runs a record label.
The VOX UL730 amp was bought by Cheshire-based sound engineer Chris Hewitt from a private collector in 2010 for use in an exhibition about iconic Manchester bands Joy Division and New Order.
But when it was taken for repairs after New Order bassist Peter Hook blew it up during rehearsals, engineers discovered the words ‘The Beatles, George Harrison’ scratched under grime on the side.
The 1 or 2 digits before the hyphen show the month (1=Jan, 12=Dec.) The first digit after hyphen shows the last digit of year.
However, Vox was a classic example of a company getting too big, too fast.
As the guitar boom took off in the 1960s and many artists began using and endorsing Vox amps, their products were in extremely high demand.
An up-andrising band named the Beatles began using Vox amps exclusively, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Before long, Vox was embraced by many of the top British-invasion bands, and the AC30 played an important role in their sound.
They features in the iconic video of Lennon playing a white grand piano in a white room.