Vox 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Mk III Guitar - 2007

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57-05 Logo on fretboard commemorates the 50th anniversary of Vox

Serial number on back of head stock includes # of 100 produced information


2007 marked the fiftieth anniversary for Vox. In celebration, Vox introduced an extremely limited edition guitar based on a classic Vox design from the 1960s.

Iin the mid 60s Vox created a white teardrop guitar specifically for Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones. The guitar included two single coil pickups, a three position selector switch, a volume control and a tone control. This arrangement was reminiscent of the Fender Telecaster, one of Brian Jones favorite guitars.

The 2007 50th anniversary reissue guitar was faithful to this original design. It had a teardrop shaped solid body with a snap on back cushion, a bolt on Fender style neck and two single coil pickups. A three position pickup selector was mounted to a Telecaster style chrome trim ring.

As in the original guitar, the fretboard featured a zero fret for increased sustain. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Vox, the numbers "57-07" were inlaid in the neck near the joint with the body. If the neck is removed from the body, one will find a small stamped image of Tom Jennings, the founder of Vox, in the neck pocket of the body.

The headstock was painted white to match the body. Sealed tuner keys were mounted to a paddle shaped headstock. The serial was stamped on the back of the headstock. The serial numbers all started with the prefix "5707" (for 1957 to 2007) and ended with two digits that indicate the position of the guitar in the run of 100 pieces originally planned.

This guitar was produced and manufactured in the United States.

Originally, Vox planned to limit production of this guitar to one hundred pieces for the world. Vox offered five of these to North Coast Music. The remaining ninety-five guitars would be sold by selected Vox dealers in other parts of the US and world.

However, the world economy was in a downward spiral in 2007, causing the market for such an upscale collectible guitar to evaporate. As a result, Vox stopped the production at less than seventy guitars, never completing the original production plan of one hundred. North Coast Music purchased the balance of the unsold production of the Mk III from Vox in late 2007.

A plush padded, teardrop shaped hard shell case was included with the guitar, along with an owner's manual.



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