1962 Vox Ace

UK produced (JMI) solid body electric guitar

1962 Vox Ace
1962 Vox Ace, reverse view
Model: 1962 Vox Ace
Scale: 25 1/2"
Body: Laminate wood body, nitrocellulose finish. Total length 40 1/2", Body length 18 1/2", 12" wide, 1.3" thick.
Neck: Sycamore neck. Rosewood fingerboard. No adjustable truss rod. 21 frets. Width at nut 1 5/8". Attached to the body with four screws.
Hardware: Open gear individual tuning keys. 1 volume and tone control; white plastic control knobs, three-way pickup selector switch. Vox Ace-de-Luxe tremolo
Weight: 3.3 kg

1962 Vox Ace?

Vox Ace headstock logo

The Vox Ace was produced from around 1961 until the mid-1960s, at least 1966. Mid 1960s JMI-produced Vox guitars often have a date stamp on the heel of the neck, and/or in the neck pocket of the body, but earlier examples can be harder to date accurately, however like most models in the Vox line, the Ace underwent subtle changes throughout the period of production, and these changes, when compared to serial number information, and dateable Vox literature can be used to establish an approximate date of production.

Vox Ace-de-Luxe Tremolo detail

This Vox Ace was most likely produced in late 1962 or early 1963. It has a number of distinct early features: laminate wood body routed for two pickups only (later in 1963, the Ace's bridge pickup route was widened to allow three pickups for the Super Ace). Various hardware changes include the use of the unsprung version of the Ace-de-Luxe tremolo, slotted-head screws throughout, Vox V1 pickups, and a single-ply 9-hole white scratchplate. Compare this guitar with a slightly later 1963 Vox Ace here.

The Vox Ace from the 1962 Vox "Choice of the Stars" catalogue

As this style of Ace was produced for such a short time, it was only pictured in one Vox catalogue, the 'Choice of the Stars' fold-out brochure from late 1962 (see it here). This catalogue shows a number of early versions of many British-built Vox solid body guitars, three have this body style: the Ace, the three-pickup Super Ace and the Duotone.

Embodying the same fine qualities as the Duotone; this model is also fitted with the patent Vox de luxe tremolo arm unit providing the effects featured by the famous "Shadows" group and others

The V1 pickup very often had the Vox logo engraved onto the cover, though in this example, both pickup covers are plain.

The controls for this instrument are very simple: a master volume, a master tone and a three-way pickup switch allowing selection of both pickups, or the neck or bridge pickup alone. For a look under the scratchplate, (schematic and circuit images), see Vox Ace wiring.

1962 Vox Ace, body detail, Ace-de-Luxe tremolo detail
1962 Vox Ace

1962 Vox Ace headstock front. The decal reads Vox Ace JMI Dartford Kent

1962 Vox Ace

The headstock reverse. The Vox Ace was fitted with individual open gear machine heads, part part 09-301-0; the serial number is stamped just below the second (A) tuner.

The long headstock was one of the early Vox Ace's most identifiable features, though this would soon disappear. By the middle of 1963, the Vox Ace had been completely redesigned; a new solid-wood body, a new, shorter neck/headstock and new Vox V2 pickups with exposed polepieces.

Have a look at the remodelled version of the Ace here.

Got an opinion on the contents of this page? Disagree with something written above? Please comment

Vox guitars for sale

Vox Super Ace



Super funky vintage electric! Chimes like some of the higher end "Strat" type guitars Tremolo has a smooth feel to it Action fairly consistent along the length of the neck Missing a few of the dot inlays Scuffed up in a few places, major scuffs pictured. Heads up to those who don't know, the original rotary switch actually rotates 360 degrees, providing the correct pickup selections on three of the settings, and silence on the rest. This is a used instrument, so please understand it may have ... more

1960's Vox Pacemaker Solid State Electric Guitar Amp with Tremelo No Reverb



Amp is in Awesome Condition Clean and Has No Cosmetic Damage. Sounds Great as a Vox Should. Please Read Entire Description and See Pics . 1960's Vox Cambridge Solid State Electric Guitar Amp with Tremelo No Reverb 1960's Vox Pacemaker Solid State Electric Guitar Amp with Tremelo No Reverb Click images to enlarge Description This a 1960's Vox Pacemaker Solid State Amp It is in Great Condition Given its Approx. 50 Yrs OldNo Rips, Tears or Major Damage AnywhereEverything Functions Amp Sounds Great ... more




´╗┐GORDY'S MUSIC $$$$$ CASH KRUNCH SALE!!! $$$$$ PRICES go back UP SOON!! IN BUSINESS for 33 YEARS!! 45 YEARS EXPERIENCE! Brick and mortar to the end! Michigan Guitar Show Promoter since 1989! Google MMR magazine NAMM issue and read page 52-53 if you would like to read a bit about us. Just hit the streets recently! Here we have a 60's Vox Bass wiring harness. It is new old stock inventory from a closed up repair shop up north here in Michigan. It will work for just about any Vox bass from the ... more

Find more vintage guitars for sale at vintageguitarsforsale.co

There are 0 comments on this article so far. Add your comment

Comment on this article

Email address
Anti-spam question - to catch web robots
How many legs does a cat have?



Facebook  Twitter  Instagram  Google+

Other Great Sites