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Vox Mark XII 12 String Solid Body Electric Guitar , c. 1966
Vox Mark XII Model 12 String Solid Body Electric Guitar, c. 1966, made in Italy, serial # 233842, sunburst finish, hardwood body, maple neck with ebony fingerboard.
One of the all-time great "posing" guitars, the Vox Mark XII is a true 1960's classic. Like most Vox-branded instruments sold in the US, this one was built at the Eko factory in Recanti, Italy. JMI in Dartford, Kent was already overstreched by 1964 supplying Vox amplifiers to the UK and world markets and instead of expanding their guitar-making facilities outsourced the bulk of production to the Italian firm. The Eko-made Vox guitars are more consistent than their English cousins, and are often better playing instruments. By the time Thomas Organ in California had taken over American distribution of JMI's products in 1965, nearly all the Vox guitars they handled would be of Italian parentage.
The teardrop-shaped Mark series was originally a stylistic outgrowth of the trapezoidal-bodied Phantom line, indeed the earliest model was called the Phantom Mk.III. Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones got one of the first hand-built prototypes, and the exposure the model received in his hands in 1964-5 was quite enough to quickly make it the most sought after Vox guitar, especially in the US. The solidbody "Mark" series soon expanded to include a full family of 6, 12 and 9 string guitars as well as a bass. This Mark XII's dark sunburst is the standard finishe offered for the "teardrop" models; anything else is quite rare. The guitar features three standard single-coil Vox pickups-the bright sound of which is particularly well-suited to a 12-string-with a wiring rig derived from the Stratocaster, i.e. master volume, two tone controls and a three-way switch. The vibrato is derived from JMI's "Hank B' Marvin' unit and is basically copied from the solidbody Bigsby. This sharp Mark XII is a '60's icon and is also quite good sounding, and ...as well as eminently poseable and collectible!
Overall length is 42 in. (106.7 cm.), 12 in. (30.5 cm.) wide, and 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 in. (635 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.). Very clean overall, some small dings and minor wear to the finish with less checking than these usually develop. Completely original except the G-string saddle, which has been modified with a hand-cut brass insert to intonate properly. The guitar is missing the tremolo arm and spring, as are the great majority of 12 strings as the trem system gemerally puts them rapidly out of tune! The only damage is a small pressure crack in the rear wall of the neck pocket adjacent to the neck pickup, which is extremely common on this model. The frets have had a good G&P job and this is an extremely good playing Vox. A very nice example, better preserved than many! Excellent Condition.
Item # 4765
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