Vox Ultrasonic XII V275

Hollow bodied twelve-string with built-in effects

Vox Ultrasonic description | sound clips | Ultrasonic XII

Late sixties Cherry Vox Ultrasonic XII

Late sixties Vox Ultrasonic XII in Cherry finish

The Vox Ultrasonic XII, or V275, was made in Italy at the E.M.E. (Elettronica Musicale Europea) factory in Recanati, with the majority of guitars shipping between mid 1967 and at least early 1968. They were still listed in the 1970 Vox price list, though considerably reduced in price.

The Ultrasonic XII was one of a few twelve-string semi acoustics available in the late 1960s. Gibson had offered the ES-335TD-12, (plus the Epiphone Riviera 12), Fender, the Coronado XII and there were, of course, a number of Rickenbacker twelve strings, but this (along with the Vox Starstream-XII) was perhaps the only model available with built-in electronic effects.

From the 1968 Vox catalogue

An exciting double cutaway 12-string electric acoustic guitar. Has built-in E tuner, distortion booster, treble and bass booster, Wah-Wah, repeat percussion. Completely re-designad easy-to-fret fast-neck with VOX double T-bar and adjustable steel rod. Has two VOX Ferro-Sonic wide range high output pickups. One volume and two tone controls. 3-position pickup selector switch. Has chrome plated machine heads. Sunburst or Cherry.

Functionally, this guitar is the same as it's six string counterpart; the built-in effects are identical (listen to the six-string Ultrasonic sound clips), and both versions were equipped with the same Ferro-Sonic pickups, controls and vibrato tailpiece.

Vox Ultrasonic - Cherry finish, front and back body binding, with bound f-hole
Vox Ultrasonic - Cherry finish, front and back body binding, with bound f-hole
Vox Ultrasonc XII back pad, held in place by press-studs, covering the access panel to the electronics and the battery compartment
Many Vox guitars had a back pad, held in place by press-studs, covering the access panelto the electronics and the battery compartment
Vox Ultrasonc XII twelve-string tailpiece and palm operated wah-wah
The twelve-string tailpiece and palm operated wah-wah
Enclosed VOX tuning keys, and Made in Italy by VOX decal
Enclosed VOX tuning keys, and Made in Italy by VOX decal
Vox Ultrasonc XII with five-piece laminate neck
Five-piece laminate neck.
Vox Ultrasonc XII neckplate, serial number and model sticker
The serial number is stamped into the neckplate, the model name on a sticker
Vox Ultrasonic XII electronics access cover
Access to the battery is via a plastic backplate beneath the backpad
Vox Ultrasonic XII in it
In the original gold-lined Vox case
Vox Ultrasonic XII - VOX case logo
Black rectangular case with Vox logo
Two Vox Ultrasonic headstocks: top, the Ultrasonic XII, bottom, a regular six string

There is one difference from the six string Ultrasonics, necessitated by the extra strings, and that is the headstock shape. The one shown here (top left) has a slightly straighter bottom edge, a larger Vox motif and less intricate flower design, than the six string (bottom left). These are both very different from the Ultrasonic XII shown in the 1968 catalogue (below) which has a more rectangular Phantom-XII-style neck, with no finish or inlays.

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william hunt Comment left 13th November 2015 22:10:15 reply
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