To be recognized as a leader in the world of guitar sales, it is important that a manufacturer develop unique and desirable instruments that are instantly recognizable to the buying public. Vox introduced the Phantom and Teardrop guitar and bass models in the early 1960s to fulfill that need. However, Vox would need to offer more than two guitar body styles to round out their line. To accomplish this goal, Vox developed a number of guitar models based on the popular designs of their competition.
In 1966, Vox introduced a series of Italian made thin-line semi-acoustic guitars. Four of these models, the Bobcat, New Orleans, Super Lynx, and Super Lynx Deluxe were doubtlessly influenced by the then growing popularity of the Gibson ES-335.
The Vox Super Lynx guitar was offered in the 1966 "Vox, It's Whats Happening - Beatles Cover" and the 1967 "Vox, It's Whats Happening - Raiders Cover" catalogs. A black and white reprint of either of these catalogs is available at North Coast Music.
The 1966 US Vox catalog described the V243 Super Lynx as follows: "Neck with double T-bar reinforcement; adjustable steel truss rod; hand bound throughout; 2 volume and 2 tone controls; adjustable master bridge channel; individual string bridges; sunburst polyester finish." The Super Lynx Deluxe added a vibrato arm to the Super Lynx.
The Super Lynx guitar was produced for Vox by both Eko and Crucianelli in Italy. The vivid sunburst on the guitar at left establishes the guitar as made by Eko. Crucianelli sunburst finishes were more subdued.
The "Double T" reinforced neck with an adjustable truss rod was supplied to Crucianelli by Eko. A decal on the back of the head stock states: "Made by Vox in Italy."
The 1966 US Vox price list indicated that the retail price of the Super Lynx guitar was $249.90 USD. Adjusting the 1966 price for inflation, the Super Lynx would retail today for about $1699 USD.