The V286 Vox Grand Prix


Vox V286 Grand Prix Guitar
The Vox Grand Prix guitar was offered in the 1967 "Vox, It's Whats Happening" and the 1968 "The Sound That Travels With the Stars" catalogs. A black and white reprint of either of these catalogs is available at North Coast Music. This guitar featured a number of onboard battery operated special effects.

The catalog described the V286 Grand Prix as follows: "A true artist's guitar to satisfy the most demanding guitarist. In the Grand Prix, VOX provides the perfect combination of acoustic response and

electronic circuitry. Two exclusive VOX Ferro-Sonic high output pickups provide at least 25% more output, and special calibrated controls produce the purest tone amplification without impairing the acoustic response of the instrument. Has built-in E tuner, Distortion Booster, Treble and Bass Booster, Repeat Percussion, and Wah-Wah. Sunburst or Cherry."

The 1968 US Vox price list indicated that the retail price of the "top of the Vox line for 1968" Grand Prix guitar was $550 USD. In 2011 dollars, the Grand Prix would retail for a stunning $3500.

The Grand Prix guitar was produced for Vox in Italy by EKO in Recanati Italy. A decal on the back of each guitar states: "Made for Vox in Italy."

The circuitry for all the onboard effects in the Grand Prix guitar was designed into a single module. In some cases, this module was sealed and encapsulated, making it not repairable or replaceable. Additionally, the Vox service schematic for this guitar includes no repair information on 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. 2_Footer

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