The Vox Constellation IV Bass - V274

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The Vox Constellation IV Bass was offered in the 1967 "Vox, It's Whats Happening" and the 1968 "The Sound That Travels With the Stars" catalogs. A color reprint of either of these catalogs is available at North Coast Music. This bass featured the traditional Vox teardrop shaped body and onboard battery operated effects. Vox also offered a second version of this bass called the V284 Stinger IV that did not include the onboard effects.

The 1968 US Vox catalog described the Constellation IV bass as follows:

"Features the exclusive streamlined VOX teardrop body style. An electronic acoustic bass guitar with built-in G tuner, distortion booster, treble and bass booster. All new easy-to-fret fast-neck features the Vox double T-bar and adjustable steel rod. Has two high-output wide range VOX Ferro-Sonic pickups. Fully adjustable bridge. One volume, two tone controls, 3-position pickup selector switch. Jumbo size chrome plated machine heads. Sunburst or Cherry."

The 1968 US Vox price list indicated that the retail price of the Constellation IV was $395 USD. In today's dollars, the Constellation IV would have retailed for about $2500.

The Constellation IV was produced for Vox in Italy by EKO in Recanati Italy. A decal on the back of each bass states: "Made in Italy for Vox."

The circuitry for all the onboard effects in the Constellation IV was designed into a single module. Often this module was sealed and encapsulated, making it not repairable or replaceable. Additionally, the Vox wiring diagram for this guitar includes no repair information for these modules. If you find that changing the 9 volt battery that powers the internal effects does not correct a malfunctioning effects circuit, you should consider the onboard features permanently inoperative. Replacement modules have not been available for over twenty years.


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