The Vox V260 Thunderjet Guitar

Vox V260 Thunderjet Guitar

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The Vox V260 Thunderjet guitar was offered in the 1967 "Vox, It's Whats Happening" and the 1968 "The Sound That Travels With the Stars" catalogs. A reprint of this catalog is available at North Coast Music. This solid body single pickup guitar featured a number of onboard nine-volt battery operated special effects.

The 1968 US Vox catalog described the Thunderjet guitar as follows:

"An all new six string body electronic guitar. Has built-in E tuner, distortion booster, treble and bass booster. Has an all new fast easy-to-fret neck with double T-bar and adjustable rod. Has the exclusive VOX Ferro-Sonic high output, wide range pickup. Fully adjustable bridge. Has one volume and tone control. New positive action adjustable spring tremolo. Chrome plated tuning heads. Sunburst, White, or Cherry."

The 1968 US Vox price list indicated that the retail price of the Delta was $250 USD. In today's dollars, the Thunderjet would retail for about $1600.

The Thunderjet was produced for Vox in Italy by Eko. A decal on the back of the head stock states: "Made for Vox in Italy."

The circuitry for all the onboard effects in the V260 Thunderjet was designed into a single module. Often this module was sealed and encapsulated, making it not repairable or replaceable. Additionally, the Vox wiring diagram for this guitar includes no service or repair information for these modules. If you find that changing the 9 volt battery that powers the internal effects does not correct a malfunctioning effects circuit, you should probably consider the onboard features permanently inoperative. Replacement modules have not been available for over twenty years.


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