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Identifying an old Vox guitar [ vox scorpion ]

Identifying an old Vox guitar [ vox scorpion ]
« on: April 18, 2011, 03:48:41 PM »
I hope I can call upon the assitance of the guys on this forum. I was discussing "your first ever guitar" with my buddies recently - mine (no longer with me - given away years ago) was a bizarre "X" shaped Vox, that I picked up for £20 (this was in 1972) in a second hand shop in Welling, Kent. I've been trying to find out what it was, and I noticed, on various Vox resources online, that there is mention (but no pics) of a Vox Scorpion, supposedly "X" shaped, that came in 6, 9 (!!) or 12 string versions - mine was a 6 string.
After a lengthy hunt through some old photos, I found the attached (highly embarassing!) photo of me rehearsing with some friends in my parents front room. So, can anyone tell me what that guitar is - was it a Scorpion? If not, any idea what it was?


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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2011, 01:18:34 AM »
Yes, looks like a Vox Scorpion to me. Ultra rare guitars, they just never come up for sale. Shame you still don't have it. I'd be biting your arm off otherwise. But thanks for posting the pick - it's a privalege to see one!
What can you remember about it? Good guitar? Pile of junk?

Identifying an old Vox guitar [ vox scorpion ]
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2011, 09:41:50 AM »
Thanks for identifying it for me. Unfortunately, that's the only photo I've got of it (I was immensely camera-shy in my late teens - typical snotty adolescent!).

It was a long time ago, and I had only just started playing guitar, so my ability to comment on it's playability is a little difficult. However, I do remember it being very heavy - the body seemed very deep and the white covering was a very thick vinyl/plastic type coating, rather than a paint job. Added to that, all the extra body required to make the "wings" of the X-shape just added to the weight. There seemed to be very little difference between the three pick up settings - slightly bassy, slightly middley and slightly trebley, if I remember!

I also remember that my next guitar was a Gibson SG Special, and, compared to the Vox, it was streets ahead, so I guess it wasn't that brilliant.

However, it was quite an eye-catcher (if only I'd realised how rare it was - I've never seen one since), and the two lower legs of the "X" shape meant that you could stand it up against your amp without worrying about it falling over!!


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« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2011, 05:33:04 PM »
Wow. Great looking guitar! I thought they were all 9 strings.


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« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2011, 10:08:47 PM »
amazing...I'd never even seen a picture of one til now and wondered whether they actually made any.

Wonder where it is now...

Identifying an old Vox guitar [ vox scorpion ]
« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2011, 09:54:15 AM »
I have since found one more photo of me playing this guitar - it's in black and white, and I'm in profile/slightly with my back to the camera, so you can't really see it that well, but you can certainly see the Vox style headstock. Once I get it scanned, I'll put it up here for posterity's sake!

In answer to the "where is it now" question, I remember giving it to the younger brother of my then-girlfriend, and I believe he stripped the white coating off, sanded the body down and painted it red (or so she told me - never saw it myself). I think he also changed the pickups, so it certainly doesn't exist in its original state, if it exists at all.

This may be a stupid question (and I may regret hearing the answer!), but does anybody have an idea what price it would fetch - assuming it was as original (which it was when I had it), and in an OK/used (rather than mint) condition, but all in working order?

Thanks for your help!


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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2011, 07:01:07 PM »
At least a grand, grand and a half I would have thought. Quite possibly more if the right two Vox collectors wanted it on the same day...

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« Reply #7 on: April 21, 2011, 09:59:53 AM »
As promised, the only other photo I have of me with the Vox Scorpion - mostly obscured from view. This was taken at one of my first ever gigs, which was held in my school's sixth form common room!


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