The Vox V255 Typhoon Guitar 1965 - 1967

Vox V255 Typhoon Guitar

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The V255 Vox Typhoon guitar was offered in the 1966 and 1967 North American Vox "It's Whats Happening" catalogs. The Vox Typhoon was imported from Eko Musical Instruments of Recanati, Italy by Thomas Organ of Sepulveda CA, the US Vox distributor. It was offered exclusively in North America and made no appearances in European Vox catalogs. This semi-acoustic twin pickup arch top guitar featured a single cutaway bound body with twin bound "f holes."

The 21 fret, 25½" scale bolt-on neck featured an adjustable truss rod, white binding and a zero fret. The neck was ~1⅝" wide at the nut and 2" wide at the 12th fret. It also featured the Eko designed "Double T" aluminum extrusion that was embedded inside the length of the neck for greater stability.

The shape of the top of the Typhoon head stock was reminiscent of the classic "mustache" shape common to GIbson guitars. Six individual open gear tuners with white plastic buttons were included. A decal on the back of the head stock stated the guitar was "Made in Italy for Vox."

The ~
3" deep arched body was ~15" across at the lower bout. It was offered in transparent red, transparent brown or sunburst. A floating white plastic pickguard featured the name of the guitar.

While not mentioned in the catalog offering for this guitar, the larger size of the pickups used on the Typhoon guitar suggests that it may have been equipped with Eko "double polarity" (aka humbucking) pickups. Similar "double polarity" pickups were installed on the Eko "Florentine" model. A three position pickup selector switch and a pair of rotary controls adjusted volume and tone.

A micro adjustable floating bridge rested on the surface of the body. The bridge provided two thumb wheel posts to adjust height. The Typhoon also included a hinged chrome plated trapeze tail piece.

The 1966 US Vox catalog described the V255 Typhoon guitar as follows: "Same features as the Wildcat plus two extended range pickups and quick action toggle type pickup selector switch. Bridge adjustable for custom action."

The 1966 US Vox price list indicated that the retail price of the Typhoon was $199.90 USD. Adjusted for over fifty years of inflation, the Typhoon would retail today for over $1400.

My thanks to Roger Tessier who allowed the Vox Showroom to take photos of his Vox Typhoon guitar.


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