To be recognized as a leader in the world of guitar sales, it is important that a manufacturer develop unique and iconic 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 Deluxe 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 same catalog described the V253 Super Lynx Deluxe as follows: "All the features of the Super Lynx plus true spring action vibrato and hinged tailpiece. Bridge adjustable for custom action."
The Super Lynx Deluxe guitar was produced for Vox in Italy by Crucianelli in Italy. The "Double T" neck was supplied to Crucianelli by Eko. A decal on the back of each guitar states: "Made by Vox in Italy."
The 1966 US Vox price list indicated that the retail price of the Super Lynx Deluxe guitar was $269.90 USD. Adjusting the 1966 price for inflation, the Super Lynx Deluxe would retail today for about $1829.
My thanks to Chad Speck of Encore Music in Minneapolis MN for allowing me to take photos of this Super Lynx Deluxe in his inventory.