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Vox lynx vox challenger / crucianelli / imperial tonemaster

Vox lynx vox challenger / crucianelli / imperial tonemaster
« on: August 07, 2010, 09:42:39 PM »
Came across this forum by chance, hello everyone.

I'm looking for some parts for the above Guitars!!!!

Need a neck (good condition) or a good guitar tech who can sort out my new finds....60's Vox Lynx (Crucianelli made) in red burst.
Imperial Tonemaster neck is the same, so looking for ether if i can't put this back to normal...

One i have is in mint condition but the headstock is bent!!! Can anyone fix this or is it a new neck i need????
It's not a truss rod adjustment, it's just the way the guitar has been left for 40 years (something leaning on it)...that said it plays fine!

Guitar plays well, few frets are coming loose because the rosewood has dried out really bad over the years with no play but nothing a good oil and fret dress won't sort out...

apart from that i have never seen a almost mint version of this guitar in Redburst, which is why i want to sort it.


Looking for a Batwing pick guard, with or without the Challenger logo for a Mint sunburst model i have.

Same pick guard fits the Crucinelli Elite 502/ Imperial tonemaster / Vox lynx above etc (you know the one i mean)


Looking for the early style Crucinelli made pick ups fitted to most Vox and Crucinelli/tonemaster guitars in the early 60's (they look like the front grill of a car)

If you can help me, send us a text.


Guitars are NOT for sale, i just want to restore them.



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Vox lynx vox challenger / crucianelli / imperial tonemaster
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2010, 08:42:28 PM »
I have some Crucianelli "Panaramic" guitars and basses.   The batwing pickguard appeared on some Panaramics and some 1964 VOX Crucianelli.  The VOX guitars and basses had the model name on them and the Panaramics were blank.

You might find an original, vintage Panaramic batwing pickguard if you watch ebay daily for several years (and see it before a half dozen others ready to jump on one).  I can get you a reproduction; you'll have to find your own mount (this is easy).

The correct vintage pickup for the Crucianelli with the batwing is a floating pickup with a chrome plated brass cover in a toaster pattern (slotted like a long 2x2 bread toaster).  If you could find them, my guess is that one would cost about $250-$300.  I have spare single wounds for the EKOs but no spares for a Crucianelli.

The neck is much easier to discuss.  Its impossible to find.

I have seen 4 Crucianellis semihollow bodies offered for sale on the internet in the past two years and I have bought all four.  They are just very rare in the USA.

I have a Panaramic Crucianelli guitar with all of the above parts.  Its complete and all original except for the long tremelo bar is missing and the tuners were replaced at some point with good modern tuners that stay in tune.  I did quite a bit of guitar trading over the weekend and actually played this guitar on Saturday for the first time; I was very pleasantly surprised at how well it played and how it sounded.  I believe the color is fireburst.  I'll part with it for $1,200 firm in a good hardshell case.
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Vox Challenger parts
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2010, 01:42:47 PM »
Did you see this
Vox Challenger Guitar Project
A Vox challenger project that sold for £127 - was worth more than that in parts. I had a light-hearted bid, but i've so many projects on the go just now.... but your guard was there, as well as some other nice parts.


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Vox Lynx parts
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2010, 10:06:16 PM »
There are some Vox Lynx parts here: pickups, pickguard etc - parting it out, once again, due to a warped neck...


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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2010, 10:42:32 PM »
The batwing shown on the ebay listing posted by Jules is not the batwing pickguard I have seen on Crucianelli VOX Lynx, Cougars and the Panaramic.  I guess its due to the buckhorn style on the Challenger.

The Challenger looks a lot like the semi-hollow body Conrad bass I have with the double buckhorn style.  I did a comparison of the Conrad to my VOX Crucianellis and EKOs recently, and the Conrad is superior in virtuallly all respects, but probably wouldn't command half the price of a VOX in similar condition. Go figure.


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