VERY GOOD CONDITION.
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As I have already shown by my relish for Burns guitars, I have a definite bias in favor of UK guitars from the 1960's.
Quite simply, because I remember them. They have become part of my life experience because I experienced them directly through the music of those who played them, i.e., Beatles, Rolling Stones, Shadows, et al.
Honestly, can anyone who loves the music of those times, hear the word "VOX" or see those three letters on a guitar or amp, and not be taken back to the avalanche of UK groups that changed the culture of music and popular life forever? They gave us the music, the look (hair/boots/jackets), and the excitement that America, and the rest of the world, needed to wake up from the doldrums of the 1950's in music and in our lives. I believe the music of the Beatles, and those following them, marked the real end of World War II for the world. Finally, we were allowed to enjoy ourselves without guilt and fear of conscription.
But for VOX, it is a story within a story.
The first story is one of amplifiers. Hearing them behind the Shadows and seeing them behind the Beatles. A background story.
The story within was the introduction of an art form which was unfairly labeled a "guitar".
As with Jim Burns, the VOX designers had real imaginations. From those real imaginations came real iconic art pieces with strings and electronics that made "artful" music, but more importantly brought the usually drab and distant guitar to the frontline. The guitar became fashionable. While we were seeing the black and white images of the Beatles with their VOX amps, we started staring at Brian Jones in full color playing a VOX guitar (colorful white) -on the frontline (and keeping with his defiance of the ordinary, we saw him play the Firebird-another art piece). A guitar never looked better. It became a member of the Stones. That was carried over to Bill Wyman, with one of the first "artist" designed guitars, the VOX WYMAN BASS (did he play it or not?-who cares) which defined "coolness" to an extreme (understated like Bill but so cool-just like him). From there, we saw the Hollies, Fang from the Raiders, and others who really understood that image was important to a rock star and that VOX was the new and fresh object that best fit that image. And it sounded pretty cool as well.
In my personal collection of guitars I own 100+ VOX guitars and a lot of VOX amps and keyboards. I bought them because I like them but also because they have been a very good investment for me. From that winter's day in the early spring of 1965 when I sat alone in a movie theater with five other people in a small North Carolina town to watch the T.A.M.I. show and waited anxiously to see the Stones come on-only to be knocked out of my seat by James Brown -not because he was great-I knew he was great-but because he was one of our guys-who came to town and played at the Armory-and then to see Brian step out playing that white VOX teardrop guitar was the beginning of my own personal cultural revelation and revolution. And I had to have one-and now I have several of them.
But do they qualify as "vintage collectible guitars"?
Without question, they are "vintage" both in age and culturally. We remember Brian Jones and his on stage appearances with the Stones playing his VOX on the Ed Sullivan show and in the TAMI show. Those images surpass a simple definition of "iconic". They are defining images of a cultural mash up-the freedom of the Stones to wear what they wanted and play whatever guitars they wanted and to be simply unruly. After the incredible freshness of the Beatles in their Black and White (and gray) matching suits and matching haircuts, the "odd out teens" needed a "way out", or as is so cliché today, they needed an "ALT". The Stones were their (our) ALT and they are still, fifty years later, our ALT.
And helping them along the way was the "ALT" VOX guitar.
So, yes, I believe without a doubt that ALL VOX GUITARS are collectible. They were born of an cultural paradigm shift that will never be duplicated. They are authentic because their birth was authentic. They came from the music that was surrounding the designers at VOX (and at Burns). UK music created VOX guitars. Aside from celeb owned guitars and the odd off "historic oddity", buyers determine the value of an object, electric guitar or other, based on their past experiences. That's why we collect. To remember. To recreate. To experience a happy time long past but not deleted from our brain (and our soul). That's why so many new guitars are being sold as "aged" (relic'd). Because they remind us of the past. We are old and we want to remember our youth. I think this trending will only expand so that those items that are "personally iconic" will increase in value because more of us will want to own a part of our past but those parts are becoming rarer every day.
The VOX APOLLO VI, Model V266 guitar:
NOTE: This is one of the coolest VOX guitars I own. It is a JAZZ style acoustic electric large body guiar with a Single Cut-Away. The single pickup, along with the body acoustics, gives it a warm jazzy sound but with clear high notes and deep acoutic tones. It plays great and looks great. All of the electronics work on this one and give the recording artist a full range of sounds to choose from and use. Super boost.
From the VOX catalog:
"A sensational 6 String Single Cutaway Florentine acoustic electric guitar. Has built-in E-TUNER, distortion booster, treble booster, and bass booster. ALL NEW FAST EASY-TO-FRET FAST NECK featuring VOX Double T Bar and adjustable steel rod. EXCLUSIVE VOX FERRO-SONIC PICKUP. Fully adjustable Bridge.
This guitar is all original and is complete (has damper and bridge cover) and comes with OHSC.
CONDITION: This guitar is in GOOD COSMETIC CONDITION and has AGED WELL (it is NATURALLY RELIC'D). It has lots of dents, dings, scraps, etc. It is in EXCELLENT OPERATIONAL CONDITION.
About TUNE YOUR SOUND.
More information about this guitar and others can be found at: tuneyoursound.com
TYS is a joint venture between a couple of guitar collectors who both share a passion for rock and roll music and the instruments used to make that music. Fortunately the two of us have been able to afford to buy the best examples of these instruments we could find. Many are one off, celebrity owned, and unique. And yes, we own a lot of guitars-together we are closing in on the 2,000 mark. But we have decided it is time to share our the fruits of our passion with other likewise smitten players and collectors, so please keep checking our auctions for more unbelievable pieces.
Beginning Fall, 2012, many of our instruments will be made available for rent in the USA and Europe. Please check our site for more information.
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