Vox Apache Travel Guitars

In time for Summer NAMM 2012, Vox announces the US pricing of their Apache Travel Guitars, featuring the return of classic Vox guitar shapes.

Vox Apache Travel Guitars

Apache I features a Teardrop shape, while Apache II has a Phantom-style shape, both guitars have enhanced onboard amplification.

The Apache Series travel guitars are completely independent - each guitar is battery powered and features a built-in amplifier that powers two three inch speakers.

These portable instruments are meant for guitarists that want to play or practice without having to setup gear. The Apache can provide you with some tone flexibility to avoid boring monotonous practice sessions, thanks to its built-in amplifier that feature clean and overdrive channels. The amplifiers are controlled by volume, tone and gain knobs as well as an overdrive switch. The guitar runs on six AA Batteries that give you around 26 hours of playing, making it an ideal instrument for long trips.

Vox Apache I
Vox Apache I

Vox fitted these travel guitars with 66 onboard rhythm patterns, divided into musical genres. You can control the tempo and level of the rhythm section with dedicated knobs, as well as a start/stop button. The rhythm section reminds me of old portable electric keyboards, it can be fun to play with, and at the same time it is essential if for building your timing. Out of the 66 rhythm patterns, there are six extended song patterns.

With all its built-in electronics, the Apache Series are still guitars that are made of wood. They have basswood bodies, hard maple necks, and rosewood fingerboards. Each guitar is equipped with a single-coil pickup and a set of sealed precision tuners. The sound will probably not meet the demands of some, but in my opinion, it will do its job well - letting you have a fun and portable instrument with a warts-and-all approach to tone.

The Apache I Teardrop models come in traditional 3-Tone Sunburst, White, Seafoam and Salmon Red. The Apache II Phantom models also come in White, Seafoam and Salmon Red but instead of the sunburst, you get a Black finish model.

Vox Apache II
Vox Apache II

The guitar comes with a convenient headphone jack that automatically mutes the internal speakers. The guitar allows for jamming along with your favorite music tracks via its Aux input. To round up its nice features, it comes with a built-in E-String tuner, just in case it went out of tune while your up in the mountains.

Check out the official demo video from Vox:

These travel guitars are expected to have a US street price of $299.99. We will update this story once Vox announces the US availability dates. For the complete specifications of the Apache I and Apache II guitars, you can visit Vox.

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I finally got a hold of one of these "Apache" models. The Demo Video seems great, the actual electronics, unfortunately not as awesome as the video makes it seem.

The guitar itself is ok for a Chinese guitar.

I do wish VOX & or someone would make a great Reproduction of the old 1960s UK Versions of the "Teardrop" & "Phantom" with the VOX name on it. Like the 6, 9 & 12 String Models & the "Lynx" (hollow body).

There is a new VOX "Teardrop" out, but it's really a "Strat" copy with the arms cutaway to make it "Teardrop"

I am offering my help if you need some assistance.


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Would it happen to be for sale ?
Looks like fun to take on a camping trip.

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