The Vox Saturn - V287




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The Vox Saturn semi-acoustic guitar was introduced in the 1968 "The Sound That Travels With the Stars" catalogs. A reprint of this catalog is available at North Coast Music.

Vox introduced a two other models that used the same basic architecture as the Saturn. The six string Grand Prix added battery operated electronic effects to the Saturn. The Saturn IV was a four string bass guitar. 

The 1968 US Vox catalog described the Saturn as follows:

"Beautiful all new six-string Florentine cut-away guitar. Two graceful f holes in matching white binding complement the arched top. All new easy-to-fret fast-neck with the Vox double T-bar and adjustable steel rod. Fully adjustable bridge with six individual bridge rollers providing individual suspension for each string, adjustable forward or backward for perfect in-tune playing. Volume and tone controls. Sunburst or Cherry."

The 1968 US Vox price list indicated that the retail price of the Saturn was $255 USD. In 2011 dollars, the Saturn would retail for about $1625.

The Saturn 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."

EKO made Vox guitars for the US market were first shipped to the American distributor of EKO, LoDuca Brothers Musical Instruments Inc in my home town of Milwaukee WI. After inspection, the guitars were then forwarded to the American distributor of Vox, Thomas Organ.




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