1963 Vox Stroller

Solid-body single pickup electric guitar

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1963 Vox Stroller
1963 Vox Stroller - reverse view
Model: 1963 Vox Stroller
Pickups: One Vox V1 pickup
Scale: 25 1/4"
Body: Laminate body. Total length 35 1/2" long, Body length 14", 11" wide, 15/16" thick.
Neck: Sycamore bolt-on neck. Rosewood fingerboard. No adjustable truss rod. 19 frets. Width at nut 1 5/8"
Hardware: 1 volume and 1 tone control. Co-axial input. Floating bridge. Open gear strip tuners.
Weight: 2.0 kg
1962 Vox "Choice of the Stars" brochure

The 1962 Vox "Choice of the Stars" was the only brochure to show the LG-50 style Shadow and Stroller guitars

The Vox Stroller was one of the simplest guitars Vox produced; a slab body, bolt-on neck, just one pickup, with a volume and tone control, a very simple wooden floating bridge and a coaxial input rather than a standard guitar jack.

This was of course a British guitar, produced in the UK by JMI.

A very rudimentary guitar indeed; although Vox's own description was more upbeat: Fine quality solo rhythm, solid electric guitar, high grade VOX electric strings and pick-up. Red or white cellulose finish, polished neck. Separate tone and volume controls.

But at just 2kg, surely one of the lightest guitars ever produced; perfect for the student guitarist of the early 1960s.

The single cutaway body style was shared with the earliest version of the Vox Shadow; both were based on the Guyatone / Antoria LG50, as played by Shadows guitarist Hank Marvin at the very beginning of the decade. The Shadows were probably the biggest guitar act in the UK, pre-Beatles, and they were certainly highly influential to a whole generation of up-and-coming guitarists. Vox certainly made the most of their endorsement, and when Hank Marvin moved over to the Fender Stratocaster, Vox followed suit, redesigning the Stroller and Shadow to a more Fenderesque double cutaway shape.

Similar Models

Vox experimented with a lot of different guitar models in the early part of the 1960s, and like many, the Guyatone-style single cutaway Stroller was short-lived; by the middle of 1963 they were no longer in the Vox range.

JMI kept offering the single-pickup Stroller (with updated body design) at least until 1967.

Vox V1 pickup with engraved Vox logo
This Vox Stroller has just one single-coil Vox V1 pickup - note the engraved Vox logo.
The Vox Stroller has one tone and one volume control
The Vox Stroller has one tone and one volume control.
The Vox Stroller had a very simple floating wooden bridge
The Vox Stroller had a very simple floating wooden bridge.
The very simple pressed-metal tailpiece is held to the body with six screws
The very simple pressed-metal tailpiece is held to the body with six screws.
Vox Stroller coaxial input
The coaxial input is on the side of the guitar. Later these would be mounted on the scratchplate.
Vox Stroller neck joint without neck plate
This Vox Stroller has no neck plate, unlike later models.
Vox Stroller headstock
Vox Stroller headstock.
Vox Stroller reverse heastock
Reverse headstock - the serial number is stamped next to the tuning gears.
Decal of the Stroller model name, in the green scripted font of the early 1960s
Decal of the "Stroller" model name, in the green scripted font of the early 1960s.

The body itself is a very simple slab with no bevels or unecessary detail. The pickup route will accept a one or two pickup (Vox Shadow) scratchplate. All components simply screw into place. Vox did use laminate wood bodies, especially on their cheapest guitars - as is the case here; see the close up of the neck pocket below - but many also had solid wood (typically mahogany or agba).

Under the scratchplate of the Vox Stroller - just two potentiometers and a capacitor
Under the scratchplate of the Vox Stroller - just two potentiometers and a capacitor.
The body route was the same for the one-pickup Stroller or the two-pickup Shadow
The body route was the same for the one-pickup Stroller or the two-pickup Shadow.
The very simple circuitry of the Vox Stroller
The very simple circuitry of the Vox Stroller.
Vox Stroller neck pocket detail
Vox Stroller neck pocket detail.
The body of this guitar is made of laminations of different woods - this can be clearly seen in the unfinished neck pocket area
The body of this guitar is made of laminations of different woods - this can be clearly seen in the unfinished neck pocket area.

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Adrian P. Comment left 10th February 2013 20:08:19 reply
how do you date these UK Vox guitars please? Does the serial number tell you anything?
Mack the Cat Comment left 3rd August 2012 11:11:33 reply
My first guitar! Well not mine, my bro's, but I started out on it when he got a real Telecaster a little later. It was old and battered even when he got it, but fine for learning the basics, very easy to play as I recall. I never knew anything about it, so good to read your page. I had many a happy hour with that guitar. I wonder, he may still have it.