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Vox Stroller

Entry-level solid bodied electric guitar

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Vox Stroller (LG50 style)

1961 Vox Stroller electric guitar
1963 Vox Stroller electric guitar

The Stroller was one of Vox's first guitars produced in the UK, from 1961, with the two-pickup Vox Shadow. It was a very simple, entry level instrument: one pickup at the bridge, one volume and tone control and a simple sycamore neck made by Stuart Darkins; a Shoeburyness furniture company. The design is based on the Guyatone (sometimes branded Antoria) LG50 guitar, at the time played by Hank Marvin, of the Shadows. There were some minor differences between the earliest LG50 style Strollers; have a closer look at a two LG50-style Strollers, from 1961 and 1963. Really early examples have the Vox 50s/60s single coil, changing to the V1 single coil perhaps at the beginning of 1963.

1964 Vox Stroller

Vox Stroller electric guitar

By mid-1963 the guitar had evolved; a new body shape, perhaps reminiscent of Shadows guitarist Hank Marvin's red Fender Stratocaster. The Hardware was broadly similar to earlier Strollers, with one Vox V1 pickup, a volume and tone control, and the same pressed-metal tailpiece and rosewood bridge. The neck was made by G-plan of Hemel Hempstead; still without adjustable truss rod.

Jennings gave the Stroller a UK model reference number 238, although examples imported into America, by the US distributor Thomas Organ Co. gave it number V-2-1, or V201.

Although the overall body profile did not change beyond 1963, the model did evolve continually over the next four years in which it was produced. Firstly, probably in mid 1964, the output jack was moved from the body edge to the front, mounted onto the scratchplate. Around about this time the body wood was also changed from a thinner laminate construction, to solid mahogany.

Necks remained sycamore, with a stained sycamore unradiused fretboard.

Vox Stroller electric guitar - from the Vox "precision in sound" catalogue, 1964

This is how the instrument was described in the 1964 Vox catalogue 'Precision in Sound'.

Fine quality rhythm solid electric guitar. High grade VOX strings and single pick-up. Separate tone and volume controls. Single side machine heads. reinforced, polished neck with hardwood fingerboard. Adjustable rosewood bridge. Finished in red or white high gloss polyester.

Have a look at the 1966 Vox Stroller parts list produced by Thomas Organ Co. for US Vox dealers.

From around 1965 some (but certainly not all) Vox guitars with the coaxial-style output were offered with a regular guitar jack, typically with a circular scratchplate-material mount covering the pre-drilled mounting holes of the older output, and raising the jack so it would in the otherwise-too-shallow body route. Guitars were still shipped with the coaxial jacks though - whether this was deliberate, or purely to use up old scratchplate assemblies is not clear. Towards the end of Stroller production (1966/67), further improvements were made to the guitar - most notably a larger chrome tailpiece; far nicer than the flimsy pressed metal version used for many years previously. Many of these later Strollers were using older necks, and it is not uncommon to find Vox Strollers with 1967 serial numbers fitted with necks dated 1964 and 1965.

1967 Vox Stroller

1967 Vox Stroller electric guitar

This example, from 1967, has a nice solid mahogany body, the larger 'wedge'-style tailpiece, height adjustable floating rosewood bridge, and regular 1/4" jack output. more

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1964 VOX Super Ace  For Repair  /  Restoration

1964 VOX Super Ace For Repair / Restoration

Mission, Texas, 785**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

$399

Non-functioning. For Repair and restoration. 1964 Vox Super Ace. Originally, this guitar appears to have been a fiesta red finish. There is evidence inside the body cavities. The finish was stripped, and the Vox headstock logo faded away after many years. The loaded pickguard works! These pickups are sought after, from what I've read. They are missing their covers, but they still work. The pots, including the 3-way selector, all work. They can be a little scratchy at times, but they work. No ... more
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Rare VOX White Shadow  Late 1970s Bass Guitar Made in Japan Road worn Condition.

Rare VOX White Shadow Late 1970s Bass Guitar Made in Japan Road worn Condition.

Market Rasen Binbrook, LN8***, UNITED KINGDOM

£600

Rare VOX White Shadow Late 1970s Bass Guitar Made in Japan Road worn Condition
Great vintage Bass. shows signs of use mostly on the body, neck and frets are in extremally good condition. Electrics have been cleaned and where needed re soldered. Great sounding vintage bass and action is very good to
If you like your bass guitars in mint condition this is not for you. the signs of ageing fit the age of the guitar. no damage
Collection from my music Warehouse Lincolnshire Binbrook LN8 ... more
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Vox Clubman Short Scale Bass

Vox Clubman Short Scale Bass

London, SW2***, UNITED KINGDOM

£285

Rare vox clubman short scale bass with custom head stock. Intonation needs a tune up and pots need servicing so consider this when purchasing. Comes with strap and gig bag
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RARE VINTAGE VOX NEW ESCORT GUITAR. JMI VINTAGE VOX GUITAR. 1960s GUITAR VOX JMI

RARE VINTAGE VOX NEW ESCORT GUITAR. JMI VINTAGE VOX GUITAR. 1960s GUITAR VOX JMI

London, E17***, UNITED KINGDOM

£950

VERY RARE 1966 VOX NEW ESCORT made by JMI .
59693 stamped on headstock by tuners hard to make out numbers exactly
With V2 pickups same as Brian Jones Teardrop .so have that 60s sound
Sunburst finish on Agba hardwood body and radiused fingerboard on neck . see photos
High level VOX guitar, basically a 1960s copy of a Fender Telecaster
2 single coil pickups with 3 way selector switch. Tone and volume controls with aluminium knobs
Nice profile to neck working trussrod and ... more
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VOX White Shadow M Series Japan Keystone Blue vintage superstrat electric 60 80

VOX White Shadow M Series Japan Keystone Blue vintage superstrat electric 60 80

Betws-y-Coed, LL24***, UNITED KINGDOM

£600


My guitar playing days are over alas, so here is one of the last of my once extensive collection?? I don??t know why I have been holding Onto this one?? Certainly not one of the most valuable or glamorous of my collection, just very playable?? Looking for a new home??
The Vox White Shadow was made between the years of 1984 and 1986. The White Shadow M Series was made in Korea in the late 80's and has a very different body shape
The Vox from the 60's was just called the Shadow, it was ... more
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1964 Vox Shadow Tremolo Electric Guitar Red - Made in England

1964 Vox Shadow Tremolo Electric Guitar Red - Made in England

Nottingham, NG1***, UNITED KINGDOM

£495

Vox Shadow electric guitar dating from 1964, made in England
A vintage classic made by Vox, produced in response to growing demand in Britain for triple pickup, tremolo-adorning red electric guitars! As supplied by Selmer etc during the 60s
Specs:
3x Vox pickupsVox tremolo systemLight wood neck with rosewood fingerboardDot inlaysChicken head notched selector switch3x volume / tone controls
Condition:
Excellent condition, well looked after and playing nicely. Super thin and ... more
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Guitarra eléctrica Vox Consort 1963 / 4 JMI Dartford Kent UK

Guitarra eléctrica Vox Consort 1963 / 4 JMI Dartford Kent UK

Viladecans, 08***, SPAIN

€2000

Guitarra eléctrica Vox Consort, ideal para coleccionistas (las imágenes lo dicen todo) fabricada en 1963 y comprada en 1964 (lleva el sello del año de venta en el mástil y el número de serie en el clavijero), sin restauración, todo totalmente original, clavijero, ceja, clavija, trastes, mástil tensor, marcadores, posición, diapasón, mástil, cuerpo, pastillas, controles de volumen y tono, puente, protector o golpeador, 100% de origen!!
Vox Consort electric guitar, ideal for ... more
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1964 Vox Clubman guitar project UK JMI

1964 Vox Clubman guitar project UK JMI

Milton Keynes, MK6***, UNITED KINGDOM

£150

Nice Vox Clubman project - sold as seen: body, neck, tuners, tailpiece, neck plate and bolts
Built in the UK by JMI. 5-digit serial number on the back of the headstock
Comes with a flipped-over new old stock Vox Clubman lefty scratchplate, It is the exact same size but obviously the bevel is on the wrong side. It will work until you can find a right-handed one
The serial number is 47969 and it is dated April 30th 1964. Headstock decals in great condition. Tuners complete with all ... more
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1964 Vox Shadow electric guitar JMI UK

1964 Vox Shadow electric guitar JMI UK

Milton Keynes, MK6***, UNITED KINGDOM

£500

Really nice 1964 three-pickup Vox Shadow. Good clean condition with original case and blue Vox pouch
Built in the UK by JMI. 5-digit serial number on the back of the headstock
The serial number is 48388 and pots date to April 1964. Headstock decals in great condition
Rare to see one in such a nice state as this! This has the original coaxial output jack, so you will need to make up a cable for this if you don't already have one. Circuitry is all original. The three way switch is a bit... more
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VOX WHITE SHADOW M-SERIES BLACK RARISSIMA!! 1983 BELLISSIMA MADE IN JAPAN

VOX WHITE SHADOW M-SERIES BLACK RARISSIMA!! 1983 BELLISSIMA MADE IN JAPAN

Ameglia, 19***, ITALY

€458

CHITARRA VOX WHITE SHADOW M-SERIES MADE IN JAPAN, ANNO 1983, TENUTA IN STATO PIU' CHE OTTIMO SIA ESTETICAMENTE CHE QUALITATIVAMENTE CHITARRA DI DIFFICILISSIMA REPERIBILITA', SUONA BENISSIMO E LA TASTIERA E' MOLTO SCORREVOLE, CON LEVA TREMOLO TUTTA ORIGINALE NO FODERO SPEDIZIONE GRATUITA CON ALTRO CORRIERE (NO SDA)
FREE SHIPPING ITALY ONLY
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1963 Vox Stroller Made In England JMI

1963 Vox Stroller Made In England JMI

Buntingford, SG9***, UNITED KINGDOM

£220

A classic English 1963 made in England guitar
Feels and sounds like Carnaby street and The Searchers
All working and checked by professional Luthier
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Paul Lake Comment left 4th August 2017 22:10:40 reply
Your comments Hi Phil, I have a 1960,s vox stroller with TV jack connector, and I changed it many years ago to the 3.5mm type, just used the existing fixing screws with copper wire wrapped around the socket. I have kept the TV ( coaxial type socket ) just in case the right buyer comes along. I also have an AC4 1963 ish, that I have just paid dearly to have it restored to it,s original state. It is nice to know that these instruments still sound good.
Phil Shepherd Comment left 8th August 2016 06:06:36 reply
Interesting page of links. I have just bought a Vox Stroller ( to accompany my original Vox Phantom Special- sadly I stupidly rubbed off the original Vox transfers back in the early 80s before I knew better!!). My Stroller has a TV style connector so do you know if it will wire to a standard tv cable and 1/4 inch jack plug? Any advice on restoration of either would be welcome Phil

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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.