Vox Bobcat S90 Guitar - 2020

Vox Bobcat S90 Reissue Guitars - Black, Sunburst and Red

1967 Vox Bobcat Guitar
Vox offered an incredible assortment of guitars during the mid to late 1960s. In addition to producing guitars that were unmistakenly their own design such as the Phantom and Teardrop, Vox also offered guitars that resembled popular models produced by Fender and Gibson. The original Vox Bobcat, shown at left and offered in 1966 and 1967, was clearly a Gibson knockoff.

During this time frame, Vox contracted with Crucianelli and Eko in Italy to produce their semi-acoustic models. While a majority of Bobcat production came from Eko, a Bobcat produced by Crucianelli, with it's characteristic "bat wing" pickguard, can be seen in the 1966 Thomas Vox fold out catalog.

The semi-acoustic, double bound body of the 1960's era V219 Vox Bobcat by Eko had a thick poly finish. The original Bobcat had three single coil pickups with white rectangular plastic covers and a kidney shaped pickguard with an engraved "Vox Bobcat" inscription. It also featured a hinged vibrato tailpiece, a three position pickup selector switch and four rotary controls with knurled aluminum control knobs. The bolt-on, removable neck featured Eko open-gear tuning machines. The neck included the Eko exclusive "Double T" aluminum extrusion plus an adjustable truss rod. A vertical Vox logo was engraved into the headstock. The Bobcat retailed for $330 in 1966, or about $2600 adjusted for 50+ years of inflation.

Like the original Bobcat, the 2020 Vox Bobcat S90 reissue featured a poly finished double bound semi-acoustic body. It as well included a kidney shaped pickguard with a "Vox Bobcat" inscription. Unlike the original Bobcat, the reissue Vox Bobcat V90 was equipped with a pair of V-90 single coil "soapbar" or P-90 style pickups and included a center block to control feedback. The first edition Bobcat S90 reissue had a simple, non-vibrato trapeze tailpiece but the Bobcat S90 Bigsby featuring a Bigsby B70 vibrato tailpiece was introduced in January 2021. Tone selection was facilitated by a three position pickup selector switch, two volume and two tone controls topped with knurled aluminum knobs. Unlike the original Bobcat, the reissue Bobcat S90 had a set-in neck with a standard truss rod and premium open gear tuners from Grover. The neck was ~1.7" wide at the nut. The Bobcat S90 retailed for $1849.99 and was made in Korea.

Vox V219 Bobcat and Bobcat S90 Comparison

Body style
Lower bout size
Center body block
Pickup selector
String mute
Pick guard
Scale length
Neck attachment
Number of frets
Fret markers
Neck support
Nut width
Country of origin
V219 Bobcat (1967) Bobcat S90 (2020)
semi-acoustic thinline semi-acoustic thinline
~16.5" ~16.5
no yes
yes yes
poly poly
three single coil two V-90, single coil
three-way switch three-way switch
2 volume, 2 tone 2 volume, 2 tone
knurled aluminum knurled aluminum
trapeze w/vibrato arm trapeze
floating, wood saddle fixed
two position none
white plastic w/logo white plastic w/logo
25" 25"
bolt on set-in
21 22
block inlays block inlays
Eko TT bar, truss rod truss rod
~1.7" ~1.7"
Eko open style Grover open style
$329.90 (1967) $1849 (2020)
Italy Korea


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