The Vox Standard 24 Guitar (Models 3502 and 3503)
Unlike the Fender influenced Standard 25
, the Vox Standard 24 guitar was designed to appeal to fans of Gibson guitars. The Standard 24 (seen above) featured a nato wood body with a cherry (Model 3502) or black (Model 3503) polyester finish, set neck, two pickups, three way pickup selector and separate volume and tone controls for each pickup. Vox offered these guitars from 1982 through 1985.
Although the name of the guitar might seem to suggest a 24" scale length, the scale of the Standard 24 was actually 24¾." This 24¾" scale was identical to the Gibson Les Paul and enhanced the tonal warmth of the guitar.
The 22 fret "neck through body" had a "C" profile and a rosewood fretboard. The top of the head stock was contoured into a Gibson style "moustache."
The Standard 24 featured two DiMarzio Super Distortion pickups. In their website, DiMarzio explains that the Super Distortion pickup has 4-conductor wiring that allows instant access to Strat®-like split and series-parallel modes. DiMarzio also credits the use of this pickup to such artists as Ace Frehley of Kiss, Al Di Meola, and Paul Gilbert.
The Standard 24 included a micro-adjustable "Tune O Matic" style bridge and a stopbar tail piece.
The Vox Custom 24 Guitar (Model 3001)
The Vox Custom 24 guitar featured a hard rock maple body with a "neck through body" design (picture at right). All hardware was gold plated. Vox offered the Custom 24 from 1982 through 1985.
The Vox Custom 24 was equipped with a pair of DiMarzio X2N humbucking pickups. DiMarzio desctribes the X2N as a "take no prisoners, in your face" humbucker. The DiMarzio website also states that the X2N is their highest output pickup and is designed to push tube amps into "total overdrive."
Master luthier and guitarist Adrian Legg designed the passive electronics used to control these pickups. In addition to a three position pickup selector and individual volume/tone controls for each pickup, the Custom 24 guitar also included a Series/Parallel switch for each pickup and an In/Out phase switch for pickups when in the mix position.
The 24 fret maple "neck through body" had a "C" profile and an ebony fretboard. The top of the head stock was contoured into a Gibson style "moustache."
The Custom 24 included a brass micro-adjustable "Tune O Matic" style bridge, stopbar tail piece and a brass nut.
A close comparison of the location of the bridges on the Standard 24 and Custom 24 reveals another important feature of the Custom 24. The bridge on the Custom 24 is located closer to the mid point of the body than on the Standard 24. While both the Standard and Custom 24 guitars both offer a 24¾" scale, the relocated bridge and 24 fret neck of the Custom 24 allowed access to two full octaves of playing range.
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