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1967 Vox Clubman

One of the final variants of the Vox Clubman, made by JMI in the UK

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Two 1967 Vox Clubman guitars with consecutive serial numbers
Model: 1967 Vox Clubman
Pickups: Two chrome covered Vox V1 pickups
Scale: 25 1/2"
Body: mahogany. 17" x 12" x 1" (approx). Overal length 37"
Neck: G-plan Sycamore neck with rosewood fretboard. 21 frets, adjustable at the body end
Width at nut: 1 5/8"
Weight: 2.10kg (white), 2.15 (red)

The Vox Clubman was a British built Vox solid body guitar - very much an entry level instrument, typically with a flat non-radiused sycamore fretboard, no adjustable truss rod, and for the majority of production, a laminate wood body. It was only one step above Vox's most basic model, the single pickup Vox Stroller. But this guitar isn't one of those! It was still built by JMI in Dartford, Kent, but whilst looking rather similar, and still equipped with the same dual Vox V1 pickup configuration, this guitar, hailing from early 1967 is miles above that Clubman in terms of playability.

And it all comes down to the neck. At the other end of the Vox price range were their finest guitar, the Soundcaster; based on the Fender Stratocaster, but probably overpriced in comparison to the real thing. Despite being a great guitar, it never sold well, and had been dropped from JMI price lists by late 1965. Some of these necks were fitted to examples of the Vox Consort, but even though more popular than the Soundcaster, these didn't sell in large numbers either. By early 1967 (or perhaps late 1966), JMI had started equipping some Clubman guitars with these Soundcaster necks. Now these necks had a much nicer curved rosewood fretboard, and truss rod adjustment, and because of the radiused fretboard the same metal floating bridge as fitted to the Vox Victor (and the occasional Consort, Phantom, and perhaps others). This bridge requirement prevented the combination of these necks with the Vox Standard tremolo models, such as the Shadow and Duotone, which, of course, had a combined bridge / tailpiece designed for flat necks.

Bodies were solid mahogany, and with the vastly superior Soundcaster neck, this batch of late issue Clubman were very nice guitars indeed. They are very light (just a shade over 2kg) and wonderfully resonant. It's not clear whether they sold above the normal Clubman price, but if they did not, they must have have offered exceptional value for money. It would be tempting to think that this upgrade was to be a permanent feature of the Clubman had JMI not stopped producing Vox guitars shortly afterwards, however later 1967 examples shipped with the old-style flat neck, so more likely just an attempt to use up old parts, and offer a better guitar for export to the USA, where expectations were generally higher than in the UK. Both of these examples came up for sale in the UK, however, so they were most likely not all exported. The number of Clubman in this batch was probably quite small: all examples i've found to date have very close serial numbers, and the two examples on this page actually have consecutive serial numbers.

In April 1967, the Clubman guitar was listed at £20 5s 0d - this was no significant increase on previous years and must have represented the price of a standard flat-necked Clubman. If the 'Soundcastered' Clubman were sold at a premium, it was not mentioned in printed price lists of the time.

1967 Vox Clubman - back view
1967 Vox Clubman - body and hardware detail

The actual body shape of these 1967 Clubman, although different to the early 1960s version (check out a 1963 Vox Clubman) had not changed for some years, and neither had the pickup/control layout or scratchplate. But this guitar had a few upgrades beyond the neck fitted: a larger chrome fixed tailpiece, the aforementioned metal floating bridge, and a regular 1/4" output jack. Although floating bridges can be annoying, requiring re-intonating if knocked even slightly, at least near-perfect intonation is guaranteed. The Traffolyte scratchplate is three-ply white / black / white - you can download a tracing of this plate in the Supporting Members Area.

1967 Vox Clubman - bridge and bridge pickup detail
Vox single coil V1 pickup. It was fairly common for mid-late period JMI guitars to have one pickup with Vox designation, and one with none. In this case the bridge pickup is marked Vox. Note the height-adjustable floating metal bridge.
1967 Vox Clubman - neck pickup detail
The neck pickup is also a Vox V1, but with a plain chrome cover rather than a Vox engraved one. Pickups are height adjustable and mounted to the pickguard with two screws.
1967 Vox Clubman - tailpiece detail
Late 1966 and 1967 Clubman and Stroller guitars were fitted with a new larger 'wedge' tailpiece than the very lightweight 'hump' tailpiece used for the majority of the 1960s. Although both performed the same job adequately, the new wedge design was a far more attractive component.
1967 Vox Clubman - control and output jack detail
The controls of this late period Clubman were the same volume / volume / tone as used for many years, and still capped with the usual white plastic knobs standard to the majority of 'Strat-style' Vox guitars. The output jack, however, was not the usual BNC coaxial (TV aerial) type, but a more useful 1/4" socket. Due to the shallow nature of the Clubman's body (not deep enough to accommodate this jack), and to conceal the mounting holes of the coaxial connector, an additional Traffolyte mounting ring is included as part of the jack assembly.
1967 Vox Clubman - headstock detail
The Soundcaster neck has a slightly different headstock shape to the standard Clubman, but the decals applied are true to an other Clubman: 'Vox' in green and black, and the 'Clubman' model designation above JMI Dartford Kent. Note the hexagonal tuner bushings; another higher end feature, though by no means exclusive to the Soundcaster. Most Clubman typically had lightweight rounded bushings.
1967 Vox Clubman - reverse headstock detail
Tuning keys are Van Ghent strip keys, JMI part 09-114-0. These are standard to the Clubman, and to be fair most JMI Vox guitars, though higher end models, including the Soundcaster would have had metal buttons and metal 'Vox' emblazoned covers. Note the 5 digit serial number stamped into the back of the headstock.

1967 Vox Clubman video clips

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1967 Vox Clubman / 1973 Fender Vibrolux - jazz blues (extract #1, 1m 12s)

Find out more about these instruments here: 1967 Vox Clubman, 1973 Fender Vibrolux Reverb

This clip shows a rather atypical Vox Clubman (with rosewood fretboard and adjustable neck), played through a 40w 2x10" silverface Fender Vibrolux. Nice guitar, superb amp! Strung with Gibson bright wires (10-46). Check out the link above for the specs of this unusual variant of the Vox Clubman, and watch the long version of this video in the vintageguitarandbass supporting members area, to hear a bit more of this guitar / amp under different settings.

Recorded here with a Shure SM57 (left channel) and a Heil PR-40 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!

1967 Vox Clubman / 1973 Fender Vibrolux - vintage guitar demo, long version (long version, 4m 18s)

Find out more about these instruments here: 1967 Vox Clubman, 1973 Fender Vibrolux Reverb

The Vox Clubman is known as a pretty straightforward guitar, with a flat fretboard and no truss rod adjustment. But this example from 1967 was factory fitted with the same neck as the Vox Consort or Soundcaster: i.e. a curved rosewood fretboard on a fully adjustable neck, with floating metal bridge to match. Combined with a lightweight mahogany body, and Vox's V1 pickups, it makes a pretty respectable, instrument; far better than your typical mid-sixties Vox Clubman. Read the story in the link above. Played here through a 40w 2x10" silverface Fender Vibrolux, it sounds pretty nice! This guitar is strung with Gibson bright wire strings (10-46).

Recorded here with a Shure SM57 (left channel) and a Heil PR-40 (right channel), through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface - highly recommended gear!


1967 Vox Clubman 'supporting members' content

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  • 32 extra images (with description): large detailed images including body routes, circuitry, components
  • Detailed wiring diagram
  • Pickguard tracing (PDF for accurate printing)
  • Extra video content (1 videos, 4m 18s: Fender Vibrolux Reverb)
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1963 Vox Super AceThe Vox Super Ace was a mid-priced British solid body electric guitar, produced by JMI at their factory in Dartford, Kent. It was broadly modelled on the Fender Stratocaster, and a sibling model to the dual-pickup Vox Ace. Both the Ace, and Super Ace (along with several other models), were redesigned in 1963 with a new body shape, headstock style, and pickup layout - only increasing the resemblance to the aforementioned Fender. The Super Ace had a 1963 price tag of 47 5S. It's a pretty nice playing guitar with some lovely sounds - check out the videos on this page, and in the Vintage Guitar and Bass supporting members area

1966 Vox New Escort

1966 Vox New EscortThe Vox New Escort was Vox's version of the Fender Telecaster, at a time when American guitars were out of reach for most British musicians. It was made by JMI in England, for the British market, and unlike the majority of other models, didn't have an Italian-made equivalent. But the New Escort wasn't a slavish Fender copy, adding Vox's stylish teardrop headstock to the tele-style body, with a stop tailpiece and two Vox V2 single coil pickups. And it's a pretty substantial, and nice playing guitar, with a very comfortable neck. Check out the images, specifications, and watch a video of it in action. There is also extra content in the vintageguitarandbass supporting members area.

1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin' Care

1969 Fender catalog, Fender Lovin CareCatalog scan. The 1969 Fender Lovin' Care catalog consisted of 48 pages of electric guitars, basses, amplifiers, steel guitars, acoustic guitars, banjos and keyboards. Like the previous catalog, this featured the company's guitars in a variety of interesting settings around California, from the Whiskey-A-Go-Go, to the Hollywood Bowl. Several instruments were making their first appearance amongst it's pages: the Telecaster bass, Montego and LTD jazz guitars, and the Redondo acoustic. It was the final catalog appearance, however, of the Electric XII, Bass V, Duo-Sonic, Coronado I and Coronado Bass I.

1973 Eko Ranger Folk

1973 Eko Ranger FolkThe Eko Ranger series of guitars was incredibly popular in the second half of the 1960s and through the 1970s, selling in very large numbers. The Ranger Folk was 1 1/4" smaller, and 1" shallower than the Ranger VI and XII - and with a narrower waist. Not a bad guitar; a little quiet, but pretty playable. These were great value in 1973, and because they sold so many, they are easy to find and excellent value today.

1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitar

1966 Vox Symphonic bass guitarThe Symphonic bass was built in the UK, by Vox parent company JMI. It was the Vox equivalent to the Fender Precision bass, and was one of the most expensive Vox guitars produced. It was actually a great playing bass, rather similar to the Precision in feel and sound, but was probably just too expensive compared to an actual Fender and consequently sold poorly. When Vox hit financial problems in 1968, unsold guitars and basses were passed on to Dallas Arbiter, who briefly sold the excess Symphonic bass stock as model 4537. This bass, although with a neck date of February 1966, was most likely one of the unsold Vox guitars sold on by Dallas Arbiter. Check out the bass, and the two video demos through 1960s Ampeg and WEM amplifiers.

1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog

1968 Shaftesbury catalogThe 1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog was just four pages long, and contained four guitar models: the six string Barney Kessel-style 3264; and three Rickenbacker-styled semi-acoustic models: the six-string 3261, the twelve string 3262 and the 3263 bass. Shaftesbury was the house-brand of major UK distributor Rose-Morris, and seems to have been launched as a response to the company's loss of it's distribution deal with Rickenbacker. The guitars were mid-priced, and built in (initially) Japan, and later Italy, by Eko

1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

1970 Rose_Morris catalog1970 Rose-Morris catalog, dated April 1970. It featured 6 electric guitars, 32 acoustic guitars, 3 basses and 1 steel guitar. It contains the following instruments, over 20 pages: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3262, 3264, 3265, 3400; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Colorado, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12; Aria 1674, 1675, 1676, 1679, 1680, 1695, 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk; Rose-Morris 15-11, Kansas, Georgian, Florida; Suzuki 1663, 1664, 1665, 3054, 3055, 3060; Tatay 1713, 1714, 1715; Peerless 3052; Steel guitar: Aria 3425

1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

1971 Rose_Morris catalogThe sixteen-page 1971 Rose-Morris catalog featured electric guitars by Rose-Morris' own brand, Shaftesbury, and budget brand Top Twenty; aswell as acoustics by Eko, Aria, and for the first time Ovation. The catalog contains the following instruments: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3264, 3265, 3400, 3402; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Ovation: Balladeer, 12 String, Glen Campbell, Glen Campbell 12 string; Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12, Colorado, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Studio 'L'; Rose-Morris Florida; Aria 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk

1972 Fender Precision bass

1972 Fender PrecisionA detailed look at an early 1970s Fender Precision bass guitar in custom black finish, with rosewood fretboard. 1972 list price, $307.50. The Fender Precision had been shipping since at least very early 1952 - with just one re-design circa 1957. This example, then, shows a model already two decades old, but barely changed since the '57 revamp. Fender got it right first time around, and although there are numerous minor cosmetic differences, the essence of this bass is effectively the same as it was in '52: a simple, single pickup instrument with a GREAT sound. Check out the demo video through an old Ampeg B15. It's no wonder this is the bass that everybody wants!

1967 Vox Stroller

1967 Vox StrollerThe Vox Stroller was the brand's entry level electric solid body guitar, fitted with just one pickup and a fixed tailpiece. Although aimed at student guitarists, it wasn't a terrible instrument, but did lack somewhat in adjustability, having no accessible truss rod and only a floating rosewood bridge. But this example is actually quite an improvement on earlier versions, with a standard 1/4" jack and a solid mahogany body. 1967 price £18 2s. JMI ceased UK guitar production in late '67, and combined with decreasing demand for the Stroller, this surely must be one of the last examples shipped.

1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalogHagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner PresidentThe President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.