Prior to the introduction of the coffin shaped Vox Apache 1 guitar
, travel guitars
were typically small bodied acoustic guitars with short scale necks. Their compact size made it possible to stow the instrument in the overhead luggage bin of an airplane. The Vox Apache Series expanded the concept of the travel guitar and travel bass by incorporating a battery operated "drum box" and a 1 watt battery operated amplifier into the instrument. The speakers were mounted to the pick guard. Despite all their features, the US street price of the Vox Apache travel six string guitar was under $300. The Apache basses had a street price of less than $350.
The Mark III bass (shown above) was introduced by Vox in 2013. It shared the basswood body and 21 fret maple and rosewood neck with the Apache 1 bass
. The Mark III Bass eliminated the one watt battery powered amplifier, pick guard mounted speaker and drum box from the Apache 1 bass in favor of a second single coil pickup, dual volume controls and a tone control. The Apache 1 bass and the Mark III bass both shared a 30" (762 mm) scale length. The same padded soft case was included with the Mark III and Apache 1 bass.
The Vox Mark III and Apache 1 basses were both manufactured in China.
The 2013 Mark V Bass was not available in the United States, but it was offered by Vox dealers in Japan and throughout Europe.