The Vox V283 Spyder IV Bass

Vox V283 Spyder IV Bass


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The Vox V283 Spyder IV Bass was offered in the 1968 "The Sound That Travels With the Stars" catalogs. A lithographed reprint of this catalog is available at North Coast Music.

The styling of the Vox Spyder IV bass was obviously inspired by the Hofner Beatle Bass, popularized by Paul McCartney of the Beatles. The V283 Spyder IV bass replaced the Italian made V250 "Violin Bass Acoustic" model that Vox introduced in 1966.

The 1968 US Vox catalog described the Spyder IV bass as follows:

"A bass guitar sure to satisfy the most demanding guitarist. Features the popular violin shape body with arched top and back, two sculptured f holes. All new easy-to-fret fast neck features Vox double T-bar and adjustable steel rod. Fully adjustable bridge with special arrangement for forward or backward adjustment of strings, providing perfect in-tune fretting. One volume, two tone controls, 3-position pickup selector switch. Sunburst, Cherry, or Sandburst."

In 1968, Vox also introduced a version of this bass called the V273 Astro IV. It included battery operated effects: treble and bass booster, distortion booster and a G-tuner.

The 1968 US Vox price list indicated that the retail price of the Spyder IV was $355 USD. In 2011 dollars, the Spyder IV would retail for about $2250.

The Spyder IV was produced for Vox in Italy by EKO in Recanati Italy. A decal on the back of each bass states: "Made in Italy for Vox."


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