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Hollowbody Vox Bass ID Needed [Edit: Vox Astro V273]

Hollowbody Vox Bass ID Needed [Edit: Vox Astro V273]
« on: June 29, 2009, 06:57:27 AM »
I am the original owner of this violin shaped hollow body bass. I can't find any information on the model number or the year it was built. My father bought it for me around 1969 or 1970. It has a full electronics package with bass/treble boost, distortion, onboard tuner and 2 pickups. The electronis still work fine although I don't play it anymore. I'm afraid to travel with it so I use a Fender for gigs around town.
More pics available if needed.

Any idea what it is?


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Re: Hollowbody Vox Bass Identification Needed
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2009, 07:49:44 PM »
yes, that is a late sixties Vox Astro

Bill Wyman used one on the Stones "rock and roll circus" concert and film.

nice basses actually. I have one, though missing a few parts.

Re: Hollowbody Vox Bass ID Needed [Edit: Vox Astro V273]
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2009, 05:48:04 AM »
Thanks for the info on my bass. I've search every where for pictures but no luck. Today my August 2009 Bass Player magazine arrived and on page 12 I see a picture of Anthony "Skeet" Anderson playing the same Vox bass at the New Orleans Jazz Festival. It looks like mine except the pick guard is removed. His is also missing the cover to the bridge. I lost my bridge cover a year after got my bass.

Thanks again for the information.

Re: Hollowbody Vox Bass ID Needed [Edit: Vox Astro V273]
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2009, 02:33:34 PM »
Hoo Haw - vintage bridge covers are $200.00 from Rhodes Music.

Take your bass and play it.

That's a beauty
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2009, 11:45:51 AM »
Beautiful bass you have there. I bought one on eBay just over a year ago and love it to bits. I don't actually play bass, I am a saxophonist, but love to play this one for fun. Just wondered if either of you know where I can get hold of a case for it. I have looked and looked but no luck yet.
I will try a post some pics sometime so you can see mine and the condition (not as good as yours).
Astro IV


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Hollowbody Vox Bass ID Needed [Edit: Vox Astro V273]
« Reply #5 on: November 10, 2009, 02:56:42 PM »
Although the bridges on most Italian VOX basses were the same, I believe they didn't start putting bridge covers on the basses until 1966.   I bought a new Cougar in 1964 and it didn't come with a bridge cover.  I also bought a '65 Cougar without a bridge cover.  In '66 (the white pickup models) they started coming with a bridge cover.

However, the bridge covers were discarded as it wasn't possible to play with them as they would buzz.  The telecaster bridge covers survived better because they were cool ash trays.

Vox Astro IV (Deluxe) Tobacco Bass
« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2010, 05:17:19 AM »
I have one exactly like your's and apparently in like condition (including the wood insert on the bridge tail that seem's to go missing). Mine is in excellent condition, and very playable.

Have you had your's appraised, or do you have a realistic value of it?


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Vox bass scratchplates
« Reply #7 on: May 31, 2010, 02:34:47 PM »
It's the scratchplates on these that I always look for. I have a badly broken and shrunken one, but really want a good condition one (anyone?)
It seems very few old vox's keep their scratchplates intact
Price wise i'm guessing mid £xxx. Theres been a few on ebay recently at high £xxx that haven't sold


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