Vox V229 Student Prince Electro-Acoustic Guitar
|The Vox V229 Student Prince semi-acoustic guitar was manufactured for Vox by the Italian guitar manufacturer, Eko. The 1.75" deep unbound body featured an arched top and back, twin "f" holes and measured 13.25" across the lower bout. The removable 21 fret, rosewood topped neck had a 24 3/4" scale and was 1 11/16" wide at the zero fret. The neck also featured an adjustable truss rod, four dot markers and a pair of "three on a side" open gear strip tuners. The Student Prince also included a chrome plated trapeze tail piece, an adjustable mahogany bridge and a single coil Vox pickup with volume and tone controls. Vox aimed this inexpensive model at the beginning guitarist.
The design of the Vox Student Prince appears to have been derived from the Eko "Commander" guitar. Unlike the Student Prince, the Eko Commander had a single cutaway and a perloid pick guard. The Commander also featured a different pick up than installed on the Student Prince.
The 1967 Vox catalog described the V229 Student Prince guitar as follows:
"Genuine mahogany body, rosewood fingerboard, easily adjustable bridge for custom action, 3 color sunburst."
The 1967 Vox price list indicated that the V229 Vox Student Prince guitar retailed for $99 with case. Adjusting the original retail price for almost fifty years of inflation, the MSRP of the V229 Student Prince guitar would have been about $700 today.
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