The legacy of Vox-branded electric guitars goes all the way back to the early sixties. This model continues the Vox tradition of exceptionally well-playing and innovative guitars. The Vox SSC33 Single... Read More
The legacy of Vox-branded electric guitars goes all the way back to the early sixties. This model continues the Vox tradition of exceptionally well-playing and innovative guitars. The Vox SSC33 Single-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar is cosmetically similar to the 55 solid-body guitars, and employs many of the same distinguished components. The 33 instruments represent a dramatic breakthrough in price for a guitar of this quality.
The signature VOX 3-D contoured body of the SSC33 ensures impeccable comfort and fatigue-free playing, offering a natural fit either seated or standing. Elegantly carved top surfaces result in a distinguished look and a comfortable playing position. Easy access to the upper frets is provided by the deeply cut inverse heel joint. Position dot markers are placed both on the fingerboard and on the side of the neck for fast reference.
The SSC33 guitar uses the same MaxConnect(tm) aluminum bridge as the Virage, offering extended saddle travel for flawless intonation with any-gauge string. Strings slide in from under the back edge of the bridge to make changing strings a snap. The full contact shape and light weight combine to deliver thick, rich tone with clear, singing harmonics. VOX Super Smooth tuners offer the SSC33 enhanced tuning stability, so you can play with confidence. The mahogany necks are topped with rosewood fingerboards.
33 guitars offer a deep range of tonal choices. New CoAxe pickups feature two pickup elements; each delivers a unique and sophisticated tone, yet each one remains whisper-quiet. The passive analog tone circuitry offers both a Master Volume and a Master Tone control to refine your individual sound. Logically laid out and easy to use, the controls allow fast changes during performance.
Neither a single-coil nor humbucker in the traditional sense, the CoAxe design incorporates a central row of pole-pieces encased in a high-impedance coil that's flanked by two blades. The entire construction is then surrounded by a low-impedance winding, which cancels the hum.
Chief designer Eric Kirkland says: "The basic idea is that the coils are coaxial: they're on the same plane, not stacked. The advantage is that the center sensing coil can work like a true single-coil and the outer, noise-cancelling coil is outside the magnetic field, between the central poles and the blades."
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This VOX is worth 3 times what I paid. Love the pickups! Definitely not P90 nasty but rather lots of overtones, variety, definition and sustain. The scale (longer than Gibson, shorter than Fender)and the unique bridge and nut produce ringing clarity while still comfortable for smaller hands. I returned a double cut because the strap button placement caused serious neck dip and awkward playing position. I love this bargain so much I just bought another one before they're all gone. Comes with high quality gig bag, but I need a hardshell case. Case for VOX Virage, available from Korg, is a perfect fit. With pedals I can get everything from almost-acoustic pure tones to screaming overtone-rich distortion.
I was familiar with the earlier Vox Virage series that sold for much more money. I liked many of the features, including the unique pickup switching capabilities which offered a single coil, a humbucking and a P90 sound choice. I also admired the carved top and contoured back that fit so comfortably against the body. I was very surprised to see that these Vox Series 33 models had many of the same features, but Guitar Center was offering several of the Series 33 models, which list around $1000.00, at the astonishing price of $299.00. So I ordered one and it arrived last week. The pickup choices have been reduced to two, but you still get a variety of tones that can cover a wide range of styles. The workmanship of this guitar is as good or better I've seen in guitars at three or four times the price. The tuners are smooth and hold tune. The volume and tone pots have a great range. My single cut is a bit heavier than the Virage double cut I saw before, but it is well balanced and comfortable to play. It has a Tusq nut and I especially like the aluminum bridge that offers string through convenience and longer string length adjustment capabilities. I collect mostly high end guitars, and I do not normally purchase new instruments, but the rare combination of higher end features at this incredible price was enough to lure me in. I really believe that this guitar is one of the best values I have seen in years. I have the Vintage Cream version of the SSC33 and the translucent gloss finish is flawless and quite attractive. I like the slightly wider nut width and the scale length, about halfway between Fender and Gibson, which makes it easier to play for players from both camps. I believe the other Series 33 Models offered at $549.00 are well worth it, but these $299.00 models are a real "steal".
I was originally looking for an SSC-55. I saw the SSC-33 on sale. Read the specs and it is just a bit different from the SSC-55. I bought it to see. Well I am impressed. The fit and finish is superb. It is a very nice guitar for the money. I had this for about a month now and have been playing it since I got it, It handles nicely and feels good in my hand. The pickups are what they say. You can get several different tones from adjusting the switches and the tone controls. It came straight out of the box ready to play but I am taking it in for a pro setup.