The V203 Vox Clubman Guitar



Vox Clubman Guitar

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The dual pickup "Clubman" and single pickup sister model named the "Stroller" were the first guitar models mass produced by Vox. The styling of these early Vox guitars was influenced by popular Fender guitar models from the 1960s.

Dick Denney, the lead engineer at Vox, indicated on page 21 of his 1992 book "The Vox Story," that the Clubman and Stroller models were introduced to the Vox line in 1961. These guitars were originally produced in the UK by Stuart Darkins & Co, a furniture maker in Shoeburyness England under contract to Vox. After 1963, production was shifted to G-Plan of Hemel Hempstead, another UK based furniture maker. The Stroller and Clubman were intended to be entry level, student grade instruments and not upper end models.

The necks used on early Vox guitars such as the Stroller and Clubman did not have an adjustable truss rod.

The Clubman appears in the 1962 Vox product catalog, seen below. A reprint of this catalog is available from North Coast Music, just click on the catalog image.



Vox introduced a number of other guitar models based on the body and neck used for the Clubman. The 1962 Vox catalog offers the "Shadow" with twin pickups and vibrato plus the "Dominator" with three pickups and vibrato. In 1963, three pickup Dominator became the "Shadow" and the two pickup Shadow became the "Duotone." The Stroller and Clubman names and models remained unchanged.

The 1962 UK JMI Vox Catalog described the Clubman guitar as follows: "An electric guitar with a wide variety of tone provided by two Vox pick-ups controlled by separate circuits. The finish is in white or red cellulose with polished removable neck., fine grade Vox strings and machine heads."

A fiberboard hard shell case was available.

The price list that accompanied the UK 1964-65 Vox catalog indicated that the Clubman guitar retailed for about 20 pounds, or roughly $60 USD. Adjusting this 1965 price for inflation, the Clubman would retail today or about $400.




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