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Just got a Vox Consort Mk2

Just got a Vox Consort Mk2
« on: March 01, 2020, 04:15:26 PM »
Hello folks,
I was very lucky to come by a red Consort this week. It's a second model with the Hank Marvin vibrato and V2 pickups, it has a serial number stamped just below the tuners in the rear of the headstock - 45154.
Overall, it's not in bad shape though it was absolutely lagged in grime when I got it. I've addressed that now and it's all clean and looks a lot better for it. The neck is pretty straight and the frets haven't got a lot of wear (though they are tiny!) The body is in good shape, as is the paintwork. It does have some dings, laquer cracks and scratches of course but nothing serious and I think it looks great with this time earned patina. The pickups all measure around 5.6 kohms.
The guitar was bought back in the 60s by the chap who sold it to me (via a neighbour agent), he's getting on a bit now!
Unfortunately, he modified the electrics. He replaced the 3 way slider switch with 3 on/off switches, 1 for each pickup. To do this he cut a hole in the pickguard so there's no going back. That's a shame of course but in reality this is a player's standard guitar and it's actually pretty nice to be able to switch all 3 pickups individually. It appears though that he has also fiddled with the tone circuitry as it seems to be doing odd things. I want to get that side of things back to normal.
So, I have a couple of questions as you may expect!

Does anyone have an original wiring diagram or the info on how they were originally wired? I imagine it was like a strat with volume and 2 tones but am not sure. The pots have Morganite embossed on their backs and it has a Hunts A300 .1uf cap in it. Is that right do you think?
Can anyone offer any advice on the rather odd bridge setup? The saddle plate is curved at the base so it's not firmly planted and can move. Is this related to the vibrato?

I'll get some pictures up later hopefully. Cheers.
« Last Edit: March 02, 2020, 04:13:29 PM by Dubmeup »

Re: Just got a Vox Consort
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2020, 04:23:01 PM »
Just seen a link on here to some pics of a first edition consort and that has the morganite pots and hunts caps so that answers that one! Cheers to that person


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Re: Just got a Vox Consort
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2020, 04:40:48 PM »
I can upload some pics of Consort circuitry - give me a day or so - looking forward to seeing your pics of the guitar!

Re: Just got a Vox Consort
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2020, 05:15:40 PM »
You beauty Jules, thanks for that! ETA - I see you're the person that posted the pics of your consort as well so thanks for that too!
« Last Edit: March 02, 2020, 12:15:11 PM by Dubmeup »

Re: Just got a Vox Consort
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2020, 07:43:05 PM »
This is how it was the evening I picked it up:

Filthy, grimy, horrid. Vibrato roller bearings were dry and notchy, tuners the same. Most of the saddle adjustment screws were stuck solid and the scratchplate screws were pretty stuck too. Luckily ALL of these things responded to coercion and lubricant :)

« Last Edit: March 02, 2020, 03:57:19 PM by Dubmeup »


Re: Just got a Vox Consort
« Reply #5 on: March 02, 2020, 01:04:52 AM »
The Hank Marvin vibrato though 😍

Re: Just got a Vox Consort
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2020, 10:32:53 AM »
The vibrato body has cleaned up really well too. I'll get some pics later of the guitar in it's now cleaned up state.
Am just about to order a few bits.

Re: Just got a Vox Consort
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2020, 11:56:15 AM »
A few pictures now it's cleaned and freshened up.
« Last Edit: March 02, 2020, 03:53:57 PM by Dubmeup »

Re: Just got a Vox Consort
« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2020, 01:11:59 PM »
The three pickup selector switches aren't great. It seems to me that the hit to the value of the guitar is already done by the hole being cut in the guard for them. I seriously doubt that I'd be able to find another guard so I have a couple of ideas.

Option 1 - Mimic a Fender Jaguar by using three white tipped slide switches. I'd need to either buy a Jaguar switch plate or cut one myself from a white pickguard I have here. This option wins on tonal variety and aesthetics but loses on ergonomics and 'originality'.
The bought Jaguar switch plate would most likely have to be chrome, whereas if I make one it could be white and less obtrusive.

Option 2 - take it more or less back to stock by using a three way lever switch. Again I'd need to fit it onto a plate to fill up the hole, this option would definitely require me making that plate. This option wins on being closer to originality and ergonomics but loses on tonal variety and aesthetics.

I'm thinking, Option 1. Afterall the Consort was Vox/JMI ripping off a Jaguar in the first place.

Any thoughts?
« Last Edit: March 02, 2020, 01:29:20 PM by Dubmeup »


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Re: Just got a Vox Consort
« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2020, 02:36:56 PM »
Here are some pics under the scratchplate of mine - hope this is helpful

Re: Just got a Vox Consort
« Reply #10 on: March 02, 2020, 03:01:35 PM »
Cheers, that's interesting. Yours doesn't have the Morganite pots or Hunts caps. Yours also has that green ground wire that I guess goes to one of the bridge studs? Yours also seems to have screened pickup wires whereas mine has a pair for each pickup. Yours also appears to be wired; tone tone, volume as opposed to a strat's; volume tone tone. Is that right?
Do you know if yours is original?

This is mine. (I've added that yellow wire which mimics your green one because mine didn't have a bridge ground) You can't see it in the picture really but there's an interesting 'fix' that the chap used when he added the three switches. Those are individual switches all sitting in the same hole. I think he must have found that this caused a bit of movement. The reason I say that is that he has bridged across the ground lugs with a big old split pin to lock them together. Ingenious if incredibly ugly!
« Last Edit: March 02, 2020, 05:02:58 PM by Dubmeup »


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