Vox Standard 25

Posted by Drew Collier on Mon, 07/08/02 - 07:36:43.
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Can anybody tell me anything at all about the Vox Standard 25 guitar? I have had one for about 10 years now and have never been able to find out anything about it at all. Its not even listed on the Vox website. It has a strat shaped body and I'm guessing a mahogany body, maple neck and rosewood fretboard (Quite wide). It plays beautifully (great sustain) and weighs a a tonne!!
It has been played a lot (think SRV's no1 and you get the idea!) and I would like to get some of the worn out hardware replaced but want it to be as sympathetic a restoration as possible.
I'd really like to find out more about it if anyone out there knows anything?
Drew

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Re: Vox Standard 25

: Can anybody tell me anything at all about the Vox Standard 25 guitar? I have had one for about 10 years now and have never been able to find out anything about it at all. Its not even listed on the Vox website. It has a strat shaped body and I'm guessing a mahogany body, maple neck and rosewood fretboard (Quite wide). It plays beautifully (great sustain) and weighs a a tonne!!

: It has been played a lot (think SRV's no1 and you get the idea!) and I would like to get some of the worn out hardware replaced but want it to be as sympathetic a restoration as possible.

: I'd really like to find out more about it if anyone out there knows anything?

: Drew

Re: Vox Standard 25

: : Can anybody tell me anything at all about the Vox Standard 25 guitar? I have had one for about 10 years now and have never been able to find out anything about it at all. Its not even listed on the Vox website. It has a strat shaped body and I'm guessing a mahogany body, maple neck and rosewood fretboard (Quite wide). It plays beautifully (great sustain) and weighs a a tonne!!

: : It has been played a lot (think SRV's no1 and you get the idea!) and I would like to get some of the worn out hardware replaced but want it to be as sympathetic a restoration as possible.

: : I'd really like to find out more about it if anyone out there knows anything?

: : Drew

Hi drew I have a vox standard 25 which I have owned for 7 years. Plays like a dream weighs a ton it has a burgandy body with white finger plate 3 open coil pick ups and 5 way switch also has a trem! and a maple neck, just how rare are these beasts! been on the net and found it once by accident could not find it again picture was of hot rodded example in america. to date this is the only other example I have found except for advert on music-warehouse.co.uk for black jap standard 25 at £249.00 can this be correct considering the rarity of these animals.

Re: Vox Standard 25

: : : Can anybody tell me anything at all about the Vox Standard 25 guitar? I have had one for about 10 years now and have never been able to find out anything about it at all. Its not even listed on the Vox website. It has a strat shaped body and I'm guessing a mahogany body, maple neck and rosewood fretboard (Quite wide). It plays beautifully (great sustain) and weighs a a tonne!!

: : : It has been played a lot (think SRV's no1 and you get the idea!) and I would like to get some of the worn out hardware replaced but want it to be as sympathetic a restoration as possible.

: : : I'd really like to find out more about it if anyone out there knows anything?

: : : Drew

: Hi drew I have a vox standard 25 which I have owned for 7 years. Plays like a dream weighs a ton it has a burgandy body with white finger plate 3 open coil pick ups and 5 way switch also has a trem! and a maple neck, just how rare are these beasts! been on the net and found it once by accident could not find it again picture was of hot rodded example in america. to date this is the only other example I have found except for advert on music-warehouse.co.uk for black jap standard 25 at £249.00 can this be correct considering the rarity of these animals.

Guys,

I too have a standard25. It was bought second hand, although still in the box, about 20 years ago for £90.

I think you may find that they are not as rare as you may think. At the time I bought it, I seem to remember one of the big catalog companies where selling them(Kay's or the like) for around £150-£200 - making them less desirable. So they must have mass produced them and unless they sold them all, there must be a warehouse somewhere full of them. I have never seen one since, however, and they only information I have found on them is what has been already mentioned.

Where are they all...?

John

Re: Vox Standard 25

: : : : Can anybody tell me anything at all about the Vox Standard 25 guitar? I have had one for about 10 years now and have never been able to find out anything about it at all. Its not even listed on the Vox website. It has a strat shaped body and I'm guessing a mahogany body, maple neck and rosewood fretboard (Quite wide). It plays beautifully (great sustain) and weighs a a tonne!!

: : : : It has been played a lot (think SRV's no1 and you get the idea!) and I would like to get some of the worn out hardware replaced but want it to be as sympathetic a restoration as possible.

: : : : I'd really like to find out more about it if anyone out there knows anything?

: : : : Drew

: : Hi drew I have a vox standard 25 which I have owned for 7 years. Plays like a dream weighs a ton it has a burgandy body with white finger plate 3 open coil pick ups and 5 way switch also has a trem! and a maple neck, just how rare are these beasts! been on the net and found it once by accident could not find it again picture was of hot rodded example in america. to date this is the only other example I have found except for advert on music-warehouse.co.uk for black jap standard 25 at £249.00 can this be correct considering the rarity of these animals.

: Guys,

: I too have a standard25. It was bought second hand, although still in the box, about 20 years ago for £90.

: I think you may find that they are not as rare as you may think. At the time I bought it, I seem to remember one of the big catalog companies where selling them(Kay's or the like) for around £150-£200 - making them less desirable. So they must have mass produced them and unless they sold them all, there must be a warehouse somewhere full of them. I have never seen one since, however, and they only information I have found on them is what has been already mentioned.

: Where are they all...?

: John

Hi All

Maybe not as rare as we think. I bought a second hand black 25 about ten years ago for £50. It appears to be solid maple under the finish, which accounts for the weight, and has a maple neck and fingerboard. The fingerboard is laquered which will make re-fretting a pig when the time comes. I read somewhere that the standard range was introduced about 1982. Jap built first and then Korea. In mine the build quality is high and playabilty excellent. As for value I've no idea, as we seem to have discovered Vox don't mention them and I've seen no others.

Pete

Re: Vox Standard 25

: : : : Can anybody tell me anything at all about the Vox Standard 25 guitar? I have had one for about 10 years now and have never been able to find out anything about it at all. Its not even listed on the Vox website. It has a strat shaped body and I'm guessing a mahogany body, maple neck and rosewood fretboard (Quite wide). It plays beautifully (great sustain) and weighs a a tonne!!

: : : : It has been played a lot (think SRV's no1 and you get the idea!) and I would like to get some of the worn out hardware replaced but want it to be as sympathetic a restoration as possible.

: : : : I'd really like to find out more about it if anyone out there knows anything?

: : : : Drew

: : Hi drew I have a vox standard 25 which I have owned for 7 years. Plays like a dream weighs a ton it has a burgandy body with white finger plate 3 open coil pick ups and 5 way switch also has a trem! and a maple neck, just how rare are these beasts! been on the net and found it once by accident could not find it again picture was of hot rodded example in america. to date this is the only other example I have found except for advert on music-warehouse.co.uk for black jap standard 25 at £249.00 can this be correct considering the rarity of these animals.

: Guys,

: I too have a standard25. It was bought second hand, although still in the box, about 20 years ago for £90.

: I think you may find that they are not as rare as you may think. At the time I bought it, I seem to remember one of the big catalog companies where selling them(Kay's or the like) for around £150-£200 - making them less desirable. So they must have mass produced them and unless they sold them all, there must be a warehouse somewhere full of them. I have never seen one since, however, and they only information I have found on them is what has been already mentioned.

: Where are they all...?

: John

:vince
i have a 20 yr old vox standard25
it has excellent sustain
and a one peice maple neck
if you restore it
i would use original fender pickups etc orr... mighty mite

Re: Vox Standard 25

I picked up a 1970s 25 in a shop today for £135, the guy didnt have a clue what he was selling! gorgeous machine!

: : : : Can anybody tell me anything at all about the Vox Standard 25 guitar? I have had one for about 10 years now and have never been able to find out anything about it at all. Its not even listed on the Vox website. It has a strat shaped body and I'm guessing a mahogany body, maple neck and rosewood fretboard (Quite wide). It plays beautifully (great sustain) and weighs a a tonne!!

: : : : It has been played a lot (think SRV's no1 and you get the idea!) and I would like to get some of the worn out hardware replaced but want it to be as sympathetic a restoration as possible.

: : : : I'd really like to find out more about it if anyone out there knows anything?

: : : : Drew

: : Hi drew I have a vox standard 25 which I have owned for 7 years. Plays like a dream weighs a ton it has a burgandy body with white finger plate 3 open coil pick ups and 5 way switch also has a trem! and a maple neck, just how rare are these beasts! been on the net and found it once by accident could not find it again picture was of hot rodded example in america. to date this is the only other example I have found except for advert on music-warehouse.co.uk for black jap standard 25 at £249.00 can this be correct considering the rarity of these animals.

: Guys,

: I too have a standard25. It was bought second hand, although still in the box, about 20 years ago for £90.

: I think you may find that they are not as rare as you may think. At the time I bought it, I seem to remember one of the big catalog companies where selling them(Kay's or the like) for around £150-£200 - making them less desirable. So they must have mass produced them and unless they sold them all, there must be a warehouse somewhere full of them. I have never seen one since, however, and they only information I have found on them is what has been already mentioned.

: Where are they all...?

: John

Re: Vox Standard 25

Hi

I boughtr my VOX STANDARD 25 in 1995 for a price of R400 (Rand, South African currency. It translates into $40 at the current exchange rate). I have the original hardcase and leaflet. Mine is a solid maple with a maple neck and glued on maple fretboard. The neck construction is not like the Strat where thr truss riod is inserted via a groove in the back f the neck. It came with three Dimarzio pick-ups pick-ups (they sounded terrible) that I have replaced. All I have been able to find out is that these guitars were made in Japan after the Vox factory extended operations from Italy. They came out in the 70s but were priced a bit high for their feature level. I'd hold on to it since I know of only five in existance: mine, yours, the one of the other dude who replied to your message, another posted on http://www.voxshowroom.com/guestbook/ and one that used to be on a university website of which I have a picture that I can forward if you want.

Re: Vox Standard 25

Hi,
I too have one of these guitars (a vox standard 25), it is heavy, maple wood, a deep purple/red colour body, with great playing action. So I guess that makes the known number up to six. I got mine in 98 for £140. I just wanted to let you guys know, and wondered if you have any more information than I do or have found anything since you posted the messages.

Re: Vox Standard 25

Hey,
I guess I am the 7th owner of the Vox Standard 25. Got mine as a gift from a friend. It has a black body, maple wood, and weighs about 150 tons (give or take a few). How can I find out it's worth?

Re: Vox Standard 25

: Hi

: I boughtr my VOX STANDARD 25 in 1995 for a price of R400 (Rand, South African currency. It translates into $40 at the current exchange rate). I have the original hardcase and leaflet. Mine is a solid maple with a maple neck and glued on maple fretboard. The neck construction is not like the Strat where thr truss riod is inserted via a groove in the back f the neck. It came with three Dimarzio pick-ups pick-ups (they sounded terrible) that I have replaced. All I have been able to find out is that these guitars were made in Japan after the Vox factory extended operations from Italy. They came out in the 70s but were priced a bit high for their feature level. I'd hold on to it since I know of only five in existance: mine, yours, the one of the other dude who replied to your message, another posted on http://www.voxshowroom.com/guestbook/ and one that used to be on a university website of which I have a picture that I can forward if you want.

Hi!
I also got a Standard 25 mine is black ,white plastic pick guard and maple fretboard it is only missing the volume knob, that brake long ago. I bought it for 75 us$ in a garage sale. The kid who had it told me it was an uncle of his, who as given it to him. It`s all i know.

Re: Vox Standard 25

I have some info on the standard 25!!--ive had mine for about11 years and jammed with friends from highschool with it--its my baby--everyone has one guitar--this is mine--saw it in the window of a second hand guitar store and thought it looked cool-like a cross between a gibson and fender-- mine is black--white scratch plate--maple fretboard-- dimarzio pickups have huge grunt sounding even like humbucks--classy. They must be rare. ive never seen another one--except on tv. every time ive come across anything about it ive kept it--mine is mint with all the tags and i have an article on vox that tells all about it--

di marzio fsi pickups
vintage bridge
5 way toggle

Launched in 1981 and made in the Matsumoku factory (Japan) the Vox came in "Standard" or "Custom" -- Models 24 and 25. Apparrently a huge leap in quality from the 1970 Les Paul and Gretch copies made in Japan. Standard 25 had clever circuitry designed by Uk guitar maker Adrian Legg. This range was finally replaced in 1984 by the "White Shadow" Range.

Everyone (including musicians) who has played my vox 25 has raved--hope you found this useful!

Re: Vox Standard 25

I too had one of these guitars which I bought new from a catalogue back at the beginning of the 1980s when this range of guitars was introduced.

The Recommended Retail Price in the UK was £179.99.

As people have already commented it's an extremely heavy guitar - I can confirm this is because the whole thing - body & neck - is made from maple. They came with two fingerboard options - maple or rosewood. Mine was maple.

Finally, I'd recommend you try to find a copy of Greatest Hits promo videos by The Police, because if you watch the promo for "Synchronicity II" you'll see that Andy Summers is sitting a great big stack of these very guitars! (So! That's where they all got to!)

Re: Vox Standard 25

reporting two vox standard 25's from serbia. a guy came up to me trying to get rid of a perfectly maintained 25 along with the original case for like $150 bucks. i liked the piece and bought it. within two days i ran into another 25 at this guitar repair shop, but it was a ruin, with messed up redesigned headpiece, and the guy wanted like $250 for it. as all of you i've been trying to find out info about this guitar for quite a while. hey lets start a fan club!

Re: Vox Standard 25

hello, i got a black 25 last year for £125.00. these guitars are made in japan, maple construction "hense weight" demarzio pick ups,. this guitar looks so cool and sounds great, i have had several fenders and in my opinion this is as good as any but with more x factor!
so why do i have so much trouble selling? i have even got original trem arm! the price of these guitars is way under there worth, still people wont trust any thing with out a fender badge! ITS A VOX WITH DEMARZIO PICKUPS FOR £130!!!!! are they mad? or am i mad for selling?

Re: Vox Standard 25

Yo! fun...
i like it :)
John
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Vox standard 25

Hello, I can see no one has written on this in years.. I too have got a standard 25, black with cream scratchplate. I have had it for about 10 years which was passed onto me from my da, who had got it in the early 80s. Ive never came across another except on the internet, but cant find them anymore. Can anyone tell me the price range these guitars are going for theses days? Purely out of curiosity as it is extremely hard to find anything. Thanks.

Vox Standard 25

Where do I start. I bought my Vox Standard 25 in 1992..which makes me sound really old but I was just a kid at the time. I saw it second hand in a shop window and had to have it. Traded in my aria Pro II (also a great guitar) and got it..back then it was $300 (NZ dollars). If they were once common like many people say then I can tell you they arent anymore. maybe it's because the people that own one aren't selling.
In some circles they are considered to be the highest quality and best playing Vox guitars ever made (and that includes the original sixties tear drops that were more known for there distinctive shape that being a good guitar to play).
I took my Vox into the local guitar store this year to get it tweaked and tuned and it was quite an eye opener. The guitar tech hadnt seen one in years and after it was admired and inspected by the entire staff they proceeded to play the hell out of it and offer me alot of cash..I explained to them that id rather sell my grand mother first.
The Vox standard 25's were part of the whole Matsumoku made in Japan series of guitars. Build date around 1982 (give or take a year depending on what youve got). There are some guitar enthusiasts that search far and wide for matsumoku guitars, they are known as some of the best instrumnets ever made my man and if you know what to look for (and the owner doesnt know what he/she has) then you might just pick one up for cheap....but anyone who knows better probably woun't sell you theirs (definitely in the hidden gem category).
If you have one...keep it. Vox web sites tend to just focus on the old english sixites tear drop era stuff. People who really know guitars know that as far as playing is concerned the Matsumoku Vox's were superior in every way.

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