In the mid 1960s, Vox announced the introduction of four of Italian made thin-line semi-acoustic guitars. Named the "Bobcat," the "New Orleans," the "Super Lynx", and the "Super Lynx Deluxe", these models were doubtlessly influenced by the then growing popularity of the Gibson ES-335 and Hofner Verythin.
The Vox Bobcat guitar was first offered to the US market in the 1966 "Vox, It's Whats Happening - Beatles Cover" catalog. It was also offered in the 1967 "Vox, It's Whats Happening - Raiders Cover" catalog. A black and white reprint of either of these catalogs is available at North Coast Music.
The Bobcat was essentially a three pickup version of the Vox Super Lynx Deluxe.
The 1966 US Vox catalog described the V219 Bobcat Guitar as follows: "The professional electro-acoustic; three six-pole extended range pickups; hinged true vibrato tailpiece; 2-position string damper; vibrato; hand-bound throughout; double T-bar and adjustable truss rod; sunburst finish."
The Bobcat guitar was produced for Vox by both Eko and Crucianelli in Italy. The Crucianelli version of the Bobcat had a 'bat wing" shaped pickguard. The Eko version of the Bobcat sports the more traditional pick guard shown at left. Eko produced guitars also have the more vivid, three color sunburst finish seen on the Bobcat on this web page while guitars produced by Crucianelli tended to have a more subdued, two color burst.
At times, Crucianelli subcontracted parts to Eko for enhance their production. The head stock on the guitar shown at left suggests that Crucianelli may have supplied the neck.
The 1966 US Vox price list indicated that the retail price of the Bobcat guitar was $329.90 USD. Adjusting the 1966 price for inflation, the Bobcat would retail today for about $2250 USD.
My thanks to Roger Tessier for not only allowing me to take photographs of his Vox Bobcat, but also for sharing his great wealth of knowledge about Vox guitars with the Vox Showroom.