The Vox Escort Guitar - 1962
1962 Vox Escort, RH. 1962 Vox Escort, LH
Photos owned by and courtesy of Martin Kelly

The solid body Vox Escort was one of the earliest Vox guitar models. The only catalog appearance for the Vox Escort was in the 1962 "Vox - The Choice of the Stars" catalog. It's contoured, dual cutaway offset body was remininscent of the Fender Jazzmaster and Jaguar.

The Vox Escort was manufactured in the UK and equipped with two chrome plated Vox V-I pickups. Each pickup had it's own rotary volume and tone control. Three slide switches provided further tonal adjustment. It also had an adjustable bridge equipped with the "deLuxe" Vox vibrato arm unit. It was available in satin red or sunburst finishes and in both right and left handed versions. It was considered to be a mid line offering from Vox.

Vox also offered a three pickup version of the Escort named the Consort.

The 1962 Vox catalog described the Vox Escort guitar as follows: "This guitar has two pick-ups positioned to provide maximum tonal response. Four tone and volume controls, three independent tone switches permitting infinite variety of combined effects. Also fitted with Vox Tremolo Arm deLuxe. Available in satin cellulose finish, Sunburst or Red."

The Vox Escort's rosewood topped sycamore neck included no truss adjustment. The neck was reinforced with embedded steel rods.

It is likely that the bodies and necks of the 1962 Vox Escort guitar were manufactured in the UK by Stuart Darkins & Co, a furniture maker in Shoeburyness England under subcontract to Vox. Final assembly and inspection was probably completed in the JMI facilities in Dartford Kent UK.

The 1962 Vox Escort guitar should not be confused with the Telecaster inspired Vox New Escort introduced in 1967.

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