Voxton X-213 Solid Body Electric Guitar - 1969-1970

Voxton X-213 Solid Body 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-213 shown at left.

The Voxton X-213 was a solid body electric guitar that resembled the legendary Gibson Les Paul. Like the Gibson Les Paul, the X-213 had a 1¾" deep, double-bound solid body with a 13½" 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 Gibson Les Paul utilized a permanently mounted "set" neck, the Voxton X-213 had a removable, bolt-on neck.

The Voxton X-213 was equipped with a stop tailpiece, micro-adjustable six saddle bridge, dual pickups and a b/w/b laminated plastic pickguard. In addition to a three-way pickup selector switch, each pickup had it's own volume and tone controls. 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-213 guitar was $159.50 plus case. Adjusted for fifty years of inflation, the X-213 guitar would retail for about $1135 today.

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