The dictionary defines "consort" as a companion, associate, or partner. Vox produced two versions of a guitar they named the "Consort" in their UK facilities between 1962 and 1966.
||The earlier version of the Vox Consort guitar was first offered in the 1962 "Vox - The Choice of the Stars" catalog (see black and white catalog image at left). The first generation Consort utilized three Vox V1 single coil pickups. Five dual position tone switches adjusted the pickups. A pair of rotary volume and tone controls were located on the lower pick guard.
A Vox "Standard" roller bearing tremolo "Arm de Luxe" was fitted to this 1962 Consort.
The hardwood body was finished in satin finish cellulose and offered in red or sunburst colors.
The sycamore neck had a rosewood fret board. The neck did not have an adjustable truss rod, it was stabilized with a pair of embedded steel rods. Should the neck develop an unacceptable bow, the only option to the owner was to replace the neck.
The later version of the Consort looked a bit more like a Fender Stratocaster. It was offered from 1963 through 1966. It was available in a red or sunburst polyester finish.
The second version of the Consort (see red guitar at left) featured three Vox VII single coil pickups with a three position pickup selector switch, a volume control and two tone controls. The upgraded Vox "Hank B Marvin" signature roller bearing tremolo system (see close up below) was included on the Consort. Hank Marvin was the lead guitarist with the popular UK instrumental band "The Shadows."
The sycamore neck used on the later Consort was topped with a rose wood fret board and had an adjustable truss rod.
The Consort retailed for about 79 GBP (or about $220 USD) in 1965. Adjusted for imflation, the Consort would sell today for about $1549.