Up for sale, a 1968 Vox Apollo IV Bass model V271 in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. Manufactured in Italy at the Eko factory exclusively for Vox, this Apollo was only produced for two short years from 1967-68, and is one of the less common vintage Vox hollowbody offerings, boasting a single neck position Ferro-Sonic pickup and built-in effects which work exactly as they should. Strung with flatwound 45-100 strings, the bass has a smooth thump without lacking treble articulation. Engaging the robust, sizzling fuzz conjures the best of psychedelic rock, and adding the Treble/Bass Boost circuit increases the aggressiveness of the fuzz. The Boost effect on its own does an excellent job of punching up the already round and deep tones from the hollow body. Featherweight at 6lbs 9oz, we've had this Vox professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar with comfortable action and accurate intonation.
The three-piece maple neck has a very slender C-shaped profile carve with round shoulders, measuring .820” deep at the 1st fret and .895” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard has original fretwire which shows sparingly little wear, playing easily up the 30" scale. The fretboard measures 1 1/4" in width at the zero fret just forward of the aluminum nut, and the paddle headstock retains the original raised Vox logo with stock understated tuning machines with mini clover buttons that turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The small "Made in Italy by Vox" lettering is intact on the backside of the headstock. The four-bolt neck plate includes the Vox crest and small foil "Apollo IV" sticker.
On the body, the electronics work as they should, with Volume and Tone knobs for the single Ferro-Sonic single coil pickup. The Boost and Fuzz effects on the curved chrome control plate are powered by a fresh 9V battery which is concealed beneath a plastic cover under the original padded, snap-on cushion. The Fuzz in particular has a very nasty, raucous tone, with a buzzsaw roar that will feedback in quintessential Shoegaze fashion. Naturally if you roll off the volume just a touch, the Fuzz behaves nicely and blends very well with the clean signal for a tone that's a good balance between the natural tone of the pickup and the silicon Fuzz circuit. The Boost is also influential in shaping the Fuzz and the bass' overall tone, proving quite useful for a primitive active EQ. Hardware includes the original floating bridge with spiral saddles and trapeze tailpiece with rosewood insert and raised Vox lettering, and all of the original knobs are intact, retaining their unique reflector caps denoting their functions.
This Apollo IV sports the original Sunburst gloss finish with some unusual finish aging on top, framed by deeply ambered body binding and accented by the original white plastic pickup ring and elevated pickguard. Cosmetic wear includes some checking in the thick gloss extending from the input jack (purely cosmetic), very faint finish scratches in the clear coat on the body as a whole (particularly beneath the feet of the bridge), and some concentrated pick scuffing beneath the strings and extending to the pickguard. The maple neck has a smooth gloss finish, and there is an unusual piece of maple with a darker streak on the treble-side third, and while it looks odd, the streak is in the wood and below the finish (not a repair of any kind).
The original black tolex hardshell case with gold plush interior is included. The case retains its original latches and Vox SBU handle, and the original blue Vox "wallet" is also included.