Vox V-250 Violin Bass Semi-Hollow Body Electric Bass Guitar (1966)

Vox  V-250 Violin Bass Semi-Hollow Body Electric Bass Guitar  (1966)

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Vox V-250 Violin Bass Model Semi-Hollow Body Electric Bass Guitar (1966), made in Italy, sunburst polyester finish, laminated maple body, laminated maple neck with ebony fingerboard, original grey hard shell case.

This Vox V-250 was the obviously Hofner-inspired bass from the Eko-made Vox line, replacing a solid (or mostly solid) body Vox violin bass that was only in production briefly in 1965. With two small single-coil Vox pickups, segmented F-holes, a raised pickguard with handrest and a simple 3-knob switching system, the V-250 has a certain amount of individual character compared to most similar period basses. The small oblong single sided black headstock is a typical Vox trademark, but atypical for a "Beatle" style bass most of which followed the Hofner pattern more closely.

This model was first available in 1966; within the next two years it had morphed into an even more elaborate creation, the Astro IV with a slimmer neck and much larger headstock. This model is not particularly rare, but is a good period player in a violin style bass guitar; with its bolt-on neck the heel and heckset issues common to its German inspiration are avoided entirely. The V-250 is very light, easy to handle and a neat find in a mid-60's bass with more individual character than most of the common Beatle-inspired 4-strings. It is also a garage band classic, as used by the Chocolate Watch Band in the AIP feature RIOT ON SUNSET STRIP.
 
Overall length is 45 3/4 in. (116.2 cm.), 13 in. (33 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 29 1/2 in. (749 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.). A very clean and original bass, with little wear anywhere. The only alterations are the tailpiece baseplate has been replaced (they are very prone to shearing) and the snap-on bridge cover is missing. There is some of the typical Vox checking to the Polyester body finish, not too severe with no finish loss. Overall a very good example, it appears to still be fitted with the original (or at least period) flatwound strings. Comes complete with the original Grey HSC with all latches and the fragile handle intact, and even much of the original paperwork included. Excellent Condition.