Voxton X-215 Jazz Guitar - 1969-1970

Voxton X-215 Jazz Guitar
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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-215 shown at left.

The Voxton X-215 featured a fully hollow, double bound, 3½" deep birch body. It had a 16" lower bout, a single florentine (pointed) cutaway and a 24¾" scale. The rosewood topped birch "set" neck featured twenty frets and joined the body at the fourteenth fret. It also featured dot position markers, ten split parallelogram pearl inlays and a zero fret.

The X-215 was equipped with a hinged, brass plated trapeze tail piece and two humbucking pickups with brass plated covers. Each pickup had it's own volume and tone control. A three-way pickup selector switch was located near the cutaway. A floating, "Tune-O-Matic" style bridge allowed for precise intonation and string height adjustments. The bound headstock sported a Gibson style "moustache," six individual open tuning machines and a removable access cover for the truss rod adjusting nut.

In nearly every respect, the Voxton X-215 was reminiscent of the most popular jazz guitar in the world, the Gibson ES175D.

The 1969 retail price for the Voxton X-215 guitar was $189.50 plus case. Adjusted for fifty years of inflation, the X-215 guitar would retail for about $1350 today.


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