Vox Folk 12 Electric
I have a wonderful old Vox Folk 12 Electric that Iâve been pounding on since 1967. my guess is that it was made around 1965 (I bought it from a friend ($125) whoâd bought it at least second-hand in a Denver pawn shop. itâs a big-body dreadnaught of quilted maple sides and back, spruce top (all aged to a nice amber color), rosewood fretboard and a gloss-black neck made of I-know-not-what. Itâs covered with a thick layer of polyester lacquer(?) which is impervious to scratches, but which has cracked in places because it expands at a different rate from the wood it covers. Heavy play for 38 years has done nothing to wear the heavy black-lacquered neck back and tuning head, which has a big âVoxâ cut into it in white. Itâs got a magnetic pickup mounted at the end of the neck and has black anodized, knurled tone- and volume-control knobs (one each). Thereâs a Â¼-inch phone jack on the bottom side, about the same place jacks are located on Fender P-Basses or Rickenbacker guitars. The only example Iâve seen in photo is on the cover of an old Dave Clark 5 album. I believe it may be the model of 12-string used by John Lennon on the Help album (âYouâve Got To Hide Your Love Awayâ). On the back of the peg-head is stamped âMade in Italy by Vox.â Iâm wondering if it was built by Eko, or did Vox actually build its own acoustic guitars in the 60s? Itâs got a big, wonderful tone and it plays like a dream. Its body shape is identical to an Eko Ranger VI, and the distinctive pickguards are nearly identical. The bridge (ebony?) cracked in two in 1971, and I had it replaced by a rosewood replica carved by a luthier in San Francisco. Later, the neck block cracked in two, and I had it replaced and the neck reset in Oklahoma City by Don Teeter, a certified Martin repair ace and author of several guitar-repair books. Itâs got a bolt-on neck with the number 238199 stamped on the mounting plate.
Have you heard of this guitar model? Do you know who the builder might have been? Thanksâ¦
Vox AC30C2X Blues Amp