Vox Apache Bass

Vox introduces another battery-powered traveler instrument, the Vox Apache Bass, featuring built-in amp, rhythms and mini-speaker.

Vox Apache 1 Bass
Vox Apache 1 Bass

This new portable bass guitars follow the same design principle as the Vox Apache Traveler Guitars, sporting the same Teardrop and Phantom shapes.

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Traveler bass guitars are hard to come by and so it is quite surprising to find that Vox also intended to create a traveler Apache Bass series. Following the traveler guitar idea, the Apache Bass Guitars are designed to free you from an amplifier, working completely independent and running on battery power. These bass guitars combine retro looks with portability.

The body of the Apache Bass is made of basswood, and is shaped into the unique and retro shapes that Vox released in the '60s. The Apache I Bass follows the Vox Teardrop body style, while Apache II Bass has the Vox Phantom body counterpart. Aside from the shape, these two models have the same specifications.

Instead of just housing pickups, the basswood body is equipped with electronic components that turn this instrument into a self sufficient machine. It hosts a 2-channel bass amplifier, a built in 4" Vox speaker and comes with 66 onboard rhythm patterns. You can also easily tune the instrument with its E-string tuner. All of these features are powered by 6 AA batteries that can run up to 26 hours.

These play anywhere features also make it an attractive entry-level bass guitar. Aside from giving you a virtual jamming partner in the great outdoors, the onboard rhythm patterns with their tempo and level controls will make for a good practicing utility for bassists that are just starting out. The rhythm section comes with 10 genres with each genre having six patterns and an extended song. The total 66 rhythm options will cover various styles from blues, to reggae to funk that will make practice or jamming interesting.

Vox Apache 2 Bass
Vox Apache 2 Bass

The built-in amplifier comes with its own tone shaping knobs which include volume, tone and gain. It also comes with a bright switch in case you need that extra top end. It provides you with three connectivity options, a headphone output for silent practice, an aux input for jamming along with your music player and a regular output for cranking out your amps.

Other features of the Apache Traveler Bass include a maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, a Vox single coil bass pickup and sealed compact tuners. The Apache 1 Bass comes in Seafoam, 3-Tone Sunburst, Salmon Red and White finish, while the Apache 2 Bass is available in Black, Salmon Red, Seafoam and White.

The Vox Apache Bass is expected to hit stores in November of 2012, with an expected retail price of around $349, visit Vox Amps for further details.

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