Voxton X-209 Thin-Line Acoustic/Electric Guitar - 1969-1970

Voxton X-209 Thin-Line Acoustic/Electric Guitar

The 1968 US Vox catalog offered forty-six individual models of guitars and basses. It is unlikely that any other manufacturer offered a larger variety of stringed instruments in the late 1960's than Vox. The entire 1968 Vox guitar lineup was produced for Thomas Organ by Eko of Recanati, Italy.

Thomas Organ revamped and simplified the US Vox guitar line in 1969. Only two of the prior forty-six Italian made Vox guitars were included in the 1969 "The New Sound for the New Scene" Vox product catalog; the Country Western and the Folk XII. Thomas Organ liquidated the remaining forty-four models of Italian made Vox guitars in the 1969 and 1970 Vox dealer price lists.

Thomas Organ replaced the departing Eko/Vox instruments with a new in-house guitar brand they named "Voxton." Produced for Vox in Japan, the Voxton line was comprised of twelve models. In addition to eight acoustic or "folk" guitars, there were three six-string electric guitars and one four-string electric bass. All four electric models were modeled after popular Gibson designs. One of the three electric guitar models was the Voxton X-209 shown at left.

The Voxton X-209 was a semi-acoustic electric guitar designed to resemble the Gibson ES330 and Epiphone Casino. Like the ES330 and Casino, the X-209 had a 2" deep, double-bound hollow body with a 15½" lower bout and a 24¾" scale length. It's twenty-two fret, rosewood topped birch neck joined the body at the sixteenth fret. The Voxton neck also featured double binding, eight pearloid block inlays, dot position markers and a zero fret. While the ES330 and Casino both utilized a permanently mounted "set" neck, the Voxton X209 had a removable, bolt-on neck.

The Voxton X-209 was equipped with a hinged trapeze tailpiece, micro-adjustable six saddle bridge and two single coil pickups, once again like the Gibson ES330 or Epiphone Casino. Each pickup had it's own volume and tone controls and a three-way pickup selector switch was located on the lower cutaway horn. The headstock sported a Gibson style "moustache," six individual enclosed tuning machines and a removable access cover for the truss rod adjusting nut.

The 1969 retail price for the Voxton X-209 guitar was $119.50 plus case. Adjusted for fifty years of inflation, the X-209 guitar would retail for about $850 today.

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