The Vox Standard 25 Guitar (Models 3500 and 3501)
The design of the Vox Standard 25 guitar was obviously influenced by the Fender Stratocaster. The Standard 25 (seen above) featured a maple body with a black polyester finish, three pickups, a three way pickup selector, a balanced tremolo bar system and a bolt-on 22 fret neck.
Although the name of the guitar might seem to suggest a 25" scale length, the scale of the Standard 25 was actually 25½." This 25½" scale was identical to the Fender Stratocaster and enhanced the tonal brilliance of the guitar. The fretboard was available in either rosewood (Model 3501) or maple (model 3500).
The Standard 25 featured three DiMarzio FS-1 pickups. These pickups offered significantly more output and slightly less treble than the standard Stratocaster pickup.
The traditional "paddle" head stock shape of 1960 era Vox guitars was retained in the Standard 25. The head stock included six individual sealed tuners.
The Vox Custom 25 Guitar (Model 3000)
The Vox Custom 25 guitar featured a walnut body with a non-removable maple "neck through body" design (picture at right).
The Vox Custom 25 abandoned the traditional three single coil pickup configuration of the Stratocaster for 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 pickup selector and individual volume/tone controls for each pickup, a mode selector switch is also included. The mode selector allows the choice between series, parallel or coil tap wiring for the pickups.
A close comparison of the location of the bridges on the Standard 25 and Custom 25 reveals another important feature of the Custom 25. The bridge on the Custom 25 is located closer to the mid point of the body than on the Standard 25. While both the Standard and Custom 25 guitars offer a 25½" scale, the bridge location on the Custom 25 allows the neck to offer 24 frets, or two complete octaves, of playing range. The Standard 25 has a 22 fret neck.
The balanced tremolo system of the Custom 25 guitar also features a brass bridge for greater sustain.
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