Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Vox musical instruments:

                                                            Vox musical instruments:
The Vox amplifier is famous around the world, leaping into prominence in the early 1960s when The beatles burst onto the world scene, followed by all the other British Invasion bands and solo performers!
It's not widely known that vox also made musical instruments, Electric Guitars, Bass Guitars, Guitar foot peddles and Organs!

                                                          Vox Organs:

The Vox Continental from the year 1962 had a distinctive sound that is now synominous with the sixties Pop and psychedelic era!
Groups such as The Animals , The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five, The Zombies, The Monkees, and many more made these organs popular! The vox range of organs had the colour of the keys reversed being the white keys black and the black keys white which gave them a very groovy look to match their very groovy sound. The Continental and other Vox organs such as the Jaguar, the Continental II, Super Continental, and the Continental 300 share characteristic visual features including orange and black vinyl coverings, stands made of chromed steel tubing, and reversed black and white keys.

                                                                Vox Guitars:

The first electric guitars vox produced were The Apache, Stroller and Clubman! Modelled after solid-body, bolt-neck Fenders, which wern't available in the UK at the time. A Clubman Bass followed these models shortly after!
 Vox president Tom Jennings commissioned the London Design Centre to create a unique new electric guitar, and in 1962 Vox introduced the pentagonal Phantom, originally made in England but soon after made by EKO of Italy. Aside from the unusual body and headstock shapes, Phantoms featured copies of the Fender Stratocaster neck and its attachment,
It was followed after a year by the teardrop-molded Mark VI, the model of which had just two pick-ups (instead of three) and was made particularly for Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones, again utilizing a Bigsby-like "Hank Marvin" bridge. Before the decade's end, Stones bassist Bill Wyman was demonstrated in Vox promotions playing a teardrop  hollow bodied bass made for him by the organization, consequently showcased as the Wyman Bass. Numerous guitar gear powers question that he ever really utilized the instrument for recording or live work. Vox explored different avenues regarding built affects and electronics, with guitars, for example, the Cheetah, Ultrasonic, and Invader offering various built in effects. Ian Curtis of Joy Division is known to have claimed two white Vox Phantom VI Special effects guitars which had push button effects switches on the scratch plate. Amongst numerous advancements were the Guitar Organ, which emphasized scaled down VOX organ hardware initiated by the contact of strings with fret contacts, delivering organ tones in key with guitar harmonies. This instrument was overwhelming and awkward with its steel neck and outer circuit boxes, and infrequently worked accurately, yet was a sign of the inventiveness of this organization.
In the mid-1960s, as the sound of electric 12-string guitars got to be prominent, Vox presented the Phantom XII, which has been utilized by Tony Hicks of The Hollies, Captain Sensible of early English punk band The Damned and Greg Kihn, and Mark XII electric 12-string guitars and additionally the Tempest XII, likewise made in Italy, which offered a more traditional body style. The Phantom XII and Mark XII both offered an extraordinary Bigsby style 12-string vibrato tailpiece, which made them, alongside Semie Moseley's "Wanders" show 12-string Mosrite, the main 12 string electric guitars to gimmick such a vibrato. The Stereo Phantom XII had split pickups looking like the Fender precision bass, each half of which could be sent to a different amp utilizing an installed blend control. Vox delivered various different models of 6 and 12 string electric guitars in both England and Italy. 


                                                      Effects Pedals:

Guitar effects pedals, including an early version of the wah-wah pedal used by Jimi Hendrix and the Tone Bender fuzzbox pedal used by Jimmy Page of the Yardbirdswere also manufactured. In 1967 Vox introduced a series of guitars which featured built in effects such as Distortion (fuzz tone), Repeat Percussion (percussive tremolo), Treble/Bass Booster and a wah-wah operated by the heel of the picking hand pushing on a spring-loaded lever over the bridge. The Delta phantom style guitar and bass, the Starstream teardrop 6-string, and Constellation teardrop bass had such effects.

Vox also pioneered the first radio microphone system, which freed singers from being connected by a microphone cable to their amplifier or PA.