1966 US Vox Catalog
1967 US Vox Catalog
The Vox Tempest XII was offered in the 1966 "Vox: It's Whats Happening - Beatles Cover" and the 1967 "Vox: It's What's Happening - Raiders Cover" catalogs. A reprint of either of these catalogs is available at North Coast Music. The styling of the solid body, three pickup Tempest XII was reminiscent of a Fender Stratocaster that had been stretched diagonally.
The 1966 US Vox catalog described the Tempest XII guitar as follows: "12-string contoured body; 6 individual string bridges; quick flick 3 position pick-up switch; true spring action vibrato; adjustable master bridge channel; exclusive 2-way string damper; padded cushion on back; popular colors."
The 1966 US Vox price list indicated that the retail price of the Tempest XII was $299.90 USD with case. Adjusting for inflation, the Tempest XII would retail today for about $2069.
The body shape of the Tempest XII was shared with the two pickup Vox Hurricane six string and the three pickup Vox Spitfire guitars. All three guitars were named after British World Wat II fighter planes.
The Tempest XII was produced for Vox in Italy by Eko.
My thanks to Roger Tessier for allowing me to photograph his Vox Spitfire guitar.