The Vox V262 Invader Guitar

Vox V262 Invader Guitar

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The Vox V262 Invader guitar was offered in the 1967 "Vox, It's Whats Happening" and the 1968 "The Sound That Travels With the Stars" catalogs. A reprint of these catalogs is available at North Coast Music. This solid body double pickup guitar featured a bound carved top and contoured body making it similar in appearance to Mosrite guitars of the period. It also included onboard nine-volt battery operated special effects: treble and bass booster, distortion booster, repeat percussion, Wah-Wah, and an E tuner. This model replaced the Vox V241 Bulldog, yet another model inspired by Mosrite styling.

The 1968 US Vox catalog described the V262 Invader guitar as follows:

"A superb new 6-string super double cutaway contoured solid body guitar. Features built-in E tuner, distortion booster, treble and bass booster, Wah-Wah, repeat percussion. Has the all new easy-to-fret fast-neck featuring the VOX double T-bar and adjustable rod. One volume, two tone controls. 3-position pickup selector switch. New positive action adjustable spring tremolo. Sunburst."

The 1968 US Vox price list indicated that the retail price of the Invader was $525 USD. In today's dollars, the Invader would retail for about $3350.

The Invader was produced for Vox in Italy by Eko. A decal on the back of the head stock states: "Made for Vox in Italy."

The circuitry for all the onboard effects in the Invader 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 service or 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 probably consider the onboard features permanently inoperative. Replacement modules have not been available for over twenty years.


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