The Vox Stinger IV Bass - V284

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The Vox Stinger IV Bass was offered in the 1968 "The Sound That Travels With the Stars" catalog seen above. A color reprint of this catalog is available at North Coast Music. This bass featured the traditional Vox teardrop shaped body. Vox also offered a second version of this bass called the V274 Constellation IV that included such onboard effects such as a G-tuner, treble and bass booster, and a distortion booster.

The 1968 US Vox catalog described the Stinger IV bass as follows:

"Features the exclusive streamlined VOX teardrop body style. New easy-to-fret fast-neck with the Vox double T-bar and adjustable steel rod. Fully adjustable bridge with special arrangement for forward or backward adjustment of strings providing in-tune fretting. One volume, two tone controls and 3-position pickup selector switch. Sunburst or Cherry."

The 1968 US Vox price list indicated that the retail price of the Stinger IV was $359 USD. In today's dollars, the Stinger IV would retail for about $2299.

The Stinger IV 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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