The innovative Vox Apache 2 includes a number of unusual features not commonly found in other six string guitars. However, let's set the unusual features aside for a moment and look at the instrument itself.
The Apache 2 features the iconic "Phantom" style body shape developed by Vox in 1962. Many famous British and US performers including the late Drake Levin of Paul Revere and The Raiders and Tony Hicks of the Hollies used these unusually shaped Vox guitars.
The Apache 2 guitar has a 24" scale. It features a basswood body, a bolt on maple neck with an adjustable truss rod and a rosewood fret board. The traditional "paddle" shaped Vox head stock has individual vintage style tuner keys. The chrome plated steel bridge has six individual saddles allowing for accurate adjustment of both intonation and action. The guitar includes a single coil pickup with six pole pieces, mounted into the "neck" position of the pick guard. A standard 1/4" jack allows connection to any guitar amplifier.
The Apache 2 is set apart from all other guitars by the inclusion of an internal pick guard mounted amplifier and "drum box."
The one watt battery powered amplifier in the Apache 2 was originally designed for the Vox AC1RV Rhythm Vox amplifier. It features Volume, Gain, and Tone controls plus an Overdrive/Clean switch. Two 3" speakers are mounted in the pick guard. Also included are a head phone jack that mutes the speakers, an input for an MP3 player, a digital "E" string tuner and a standby switch. Battery power is supplied by six AA cells. Vox indicates that the battery life should exceed twenty hours.
The maximum output level of the internal amplifier is suitable for practice but not really loud enough for live performance situations.
The drum box circuitry in the Apache 2 also plays through the internal pick guard speakers. The ten onboard rhythm patterns include not just standards such as 8 beat, 16 beat, and blues; but also funk, reggae, and even complex irregular patterns. There's also one song pattern containing an extended, multi-measure drum part. In addition, each rhythm pattern and song pattern provides six types of variation, for a total of 66 rhythm variations. The tempo and volume of each of the rhythm pattern are controllable and you can quickly recall a rhythm pattern with the twist of a knob.
Apache 2 - Apache 2 Guitar with Internal Amplifier, Drum Box and Gig Bag
Price: $299.00 USD each
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