The V245 Vox New Orleans


Vox V245 New Orleans Guitar





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Made possible by the purchase of the licensing rights for Vox in North American from parent company Jennings Musical Instruments in 1966, Thomas Organ introduced a new "post Jennings" Vox product line in their 1966 "Vox: It's Whats Happening" catalog. In addition to a new series of solid state Vox amps produced in California, the new 1966 Thomas/Vox catalog also included 34 models of Vox guitars sourced primarily from Eko in Italy. Included were two unique and rare models promoted for blues guitarists, the solid body "V244 Vox Harlem" and the semi-acoustic "V245 Vox New Orleans."

While sharing the body, pickups and hardware of the Vox "Super Lynx" guitar, the New Orleans featured a recessed or "scalloped" fret board. Scalloping between the frets reduces the friction between the guitarist's fingers and the fret board, facilitating smooth note bending techniques. The fret board of the Vox New Orleans guitar had a "graduated" scallop that was deepest on the treble side of the neck but tapered to a flat fret board on the bass side (see photo below).

With production limited to just one model year, the 1966 US Vox catalog described the V245 New Orleans guitar as follows: "New blues model; undercut frets for fast blues action; T-bar reinforced neck; adjustable truss rod; hand bound throughout, 2 volume and 2 tone controls; adjustable master bridge channel, sunburst polyester finish."

The 1966 US Vox price list indicated that the retail price of the New Orleans guitar was $279.90 USD. Adjusting the 1966 price for inflation, the Harlem would retail today for about $2250 USD.

My thanks to Roger Tessier for not only offering photographs of his Vox New Orleans, but also for sharing his great wealth of knowledge about Vox guitars with the Vox Showroom.





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