1967 Vox Stroller

Solid-body UK-built (JMI) electric guitar

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1967 Vox Stroller - front view
Model: 1967 Vox Stroller
Body: One piece mahogany 43.3cm, 31.1cm wide, 27mm thick. Overall length 92cm
Neck: One-piece sycamore with non adjustable truss-rod. One-piece sycamore fingerboard with dot inlays. 19 frets, plus zero fret
Scale: 25 1/2"
Width at nut: 40mm / 1.6"
Weight: 2.24kg
Hardware: Two British Vox single-coil pickups, wedge tailpiece, rosewood floating bridge and open gear strip tuning keys. Single tone and volume controls with white plastic control knobs

The Vox Stroller was an early British solid body guitar, available from 1961 until 1967 when Vox ceased guitar production in the UK. This example hails from mid-1967, and has to be one of the very last Strollers shipped. Generally, the Stroller was a pretty rudimentary model, with just a single pickup, one volume and tone control, and no tremolo. It was the entry-level model in the Vox solid body line, having an April 1967 UK price of £18 2s - Vox's lowest price electric. At the same time, the Ace was listed at £37 5s 6d, whilst the Phantom cost £85 4s.

But like any guitar model with a production period in years, the Stroller underwent continual design upgrades; this guitar, whilst keeping the basic one-pickup/no-trem specification, is significantly improved from the earliest examples. It has a much nice solid hardwood body, an improved chrome 'wedge' tailpiece, and, perhaps most importantly, takes a regular 1/4" jack, rather than the less effective (frankly ridiculous) coaxial output of earlier versions. Compare this guitar to an early version 1961 Stroller with Guyatone single cutaway body style.

So this is actually quite a nice guitar. The body is a nice slab of mahogany (around 27mm thick) - an improvement on the thinner (22mm) laminate body used in the early/mid sixties. This extra depth, combined with a thicker pickguard, and jack surround (each 3.3mm thick), is what allows for the regular 1/4" guitar jack. But despite the extra body width, this is still a pretty light guitar, weighing in at just 2.24kg.

The (most-likely G-plan) neck is quite basic though. Like most UK-produced Vox guitars, it is made from sycamore. It has a flat, one-piece, fretboard, again sycamore, but tinted to appear darker. No rosewood in sight. It still has no adjustable truss rod, which, even as long ago as 1967, was pretty poor really. Note the zero fret and double fret dots at 5th, 12th and 17th frets.

1967 Vox Stroller - body detail

The new 'wedge' tailpiece offers no additional functionality over the original 'hump' design, however is a far better looking component. The new height adjustable rosewood bridge is an improvement, however; with no access to the truss rod, any ability to adjust string height is significant.

1967 Vox Stroller - pickup detail
The single Vox V1 pickup is in the bridge position. Note the Vox engraved chrome cover. This is the same single coil design used from around 1962 onwards. Actually pretty good sounding pickups.
1967 Vox Stroller - control detail
Controls are really simple: just a master volume and master tone control. Note the circular mount between the jack and scratchplate; made of the same material. This serves two functions - it allows the relatively thin body to accommodate a front-mounted 1/4" jack, but it also covers the two mounting holes associated with the older coaxial output.

1967 Vox Stroller - bridge/tailpiece detail
Although the floating rosewood bridge is height adjustable, and intonation can be set by correct positioning of the unit, individual string adjustments are still impossible.
1967 Vox Stroller - body edge detail
The edge of the body is smooth and slightly rounded - this is a clear indication of a solid wood body. A laminate body tends to have a squarer profile, with the individual laminations often visible beneath the paint.
1967 Vox Stroller - reverse body detail
1967 Vox Stroller - reverse body detail

Body reverse with larger neckplate (50mm x 60mm). The neck is attached to the body via four 1 1/4" screws.

1967 Vox Stroller front headstock detailThe headstock is lacking it's green Vox logo, and separate Stroller designation label. This is a very common situation: headstock decals are notoriously poor-wearing. Note the single ply white plastic nut and zero fret.
1967 Vox Stroller reverse headstock detailThe tuning keys are part 09-114-0 open gear six-on-a-plate type, commonly used on numerous JMI Vox solid bodies throughout the 1960s. Note the five-digit stamped serial number below the A tuning key.
1967 Vox Stroller body without components

Without components it can be seen how easily this body could be fitted out as a Stroller, Clubman, Shadow, or Duotone, simply by adding a different scratchplate and bridge/tailpiece. The paint is thick red poly, but the mahogany body wood is clear to see in the neck pocket.

1967 Vox Stroller with mid-60s Vox AC4

1967 Vox Stroller with 1965 Vox AC4 - check out the video clips below and in the supporting members area

1967 Vox Stroller video clips

This short clip shows the 1967 Vox Stroller played through a 1965 Vox AC4 - a great combination! The AC4 is a very small amp with a great tone - too quiet for accompanied performance, but great for home use and as a recording amp. Recorded with an Electrovoice RE-20 (left channel) and Shure SM57 (right), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - all highly recommended gear!

Check out the longer, high definition demo of this guitar/amp here

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