offered. The results of this downsizing can be seen in the 1969 Vox "Giant Sounds" guitar catalog
. All British made Vox guitars were discontinued, including the iconic Phantom and Teardrop models. Only three of the previous electric models made for Vox by Eko survived the cut: the solid bodied Vox Bulldog guitar, the semi-acoustic Vox Lynx guitar and the semi-acoustic Vox Cougar Bass. Five acoustics were also sourced from Eko.
In this same catalog, Vox also introduced the Gretsch inspired V.G.4 bass, V.G.6 six string guitar and the V.G.12 twelve string guitar. All three instruments shared the same body. These models were manufactured for Vox in Japan.
The Vox V.G. 6 was designed to resemble the Gretsch 6122 "Country Gentleman" guitar. It was available in green sunburst, transparent red, triple sunburst and dark mahogany.
The 1970 Vox catalog described the V.G.6 as follows: "A six-string Semi-Acoustic guitar with double cutaway body. The cello style body style has masked "F" holes and in-built adjustable truss rod. Twin high-frequency single pole pickups, each governed by separate volume and tone controls, can be varied by three-way selector flick switch. Compensating bridge, and switchable on-off damper unit with an 'easy-action' tremolo arm. Individual shrouded machine heads. All fitments finished in gold. "
The Vox V.G.6 guitar also appeared in the 1970 and 1971 Vox catalogs.
Unlike the humbucking "Filtertron" pickups installed by Gretsch on the Country Gentleman, the Vox V.G.6 used a pair of single coil pickups sourced from Welson in Italy. The Gretsch Country Gentleman featured a B6G Bigsby tremolo while the V.G.6 used a Japanese made Bigsby knock-off. Both guitars included a string mute.
The Gretsch Country Gent had a set neck, the Vox V.G. 6 had a removable bolt on neck.
The Gretsch Country Gent featured a master volume control in the horn near the lower cutaway. The Vox V.G.6 had a three position rotary pick up selector in this location.