Vox produced their first guitars in 1961. These earliest Vox guitar models were student level solid body instruments with Fender influenced styling and features.
When Vox decided that they also wanted to introduce professional level instruments, they determined that "copy cat" guitar designs would be unacceptable. Their new professional guitar models would need to have unique and iconic body designs that would make them immediately recognizable as a Vox instrument. As a result, Vox developed two unusual body styles for their professional models. Along with the coffin shaped Phantom, the lute shaped Mark VI "Teardrop" guitar was immediately recognizable as a Vox instrument.
The 1963 Mark VI "Teardrop" guitar had three single coil pickups, similar to a Fender Stratocaster. Pickup selection was controlled by a three position toggle. The guitar also featured a vibrato arm.
In 1998, Vox reissued the droplet shaped Mark VI guitar, calling it the Mark III. The sales of these American made instruments waned by 2001 due to a steep $1400 retail price.