Vox SSC55 Single-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar
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A contoured body, comfortable set neck, flawless intonation, and innovative electronics.
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 SSC55 Single-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar embodies the same design philosophy as the original VOX Virage. Combining advanced production methods with hands-on craftsmanship results in an instrument that is sharp-looking, remarkably playable, and versatile enough to provide you with your own personal voice.
3-D Body Contouring
State-of-the-art carving methods provides the SSC55 with a contoured body that fits naturally and comfortably, whether you prefer to play sitting or standing. The top surface is also perfectly carved, resulting in additional playing comfort and a distinguished look. The set neck features an inverse heel design and deep cut that offers unobstructed access to the upper frets. The distinctive headstock and the bound fingerboard are inlaid with the winged "S" shape mother-of-pearl.
Superior String Handling
The advanced MaxConnect aluminum bridge of the SSC55 features extended saddle travel for flawless intonation with any gauge string. The full contact shape and light weight combine to deliver thick, rich tone with clear, singing harmonics. Strings slide in from under the back edge of the bridge to make changing strings a snap. VOX Super Smooth tuners offer enhanced tuning stability, so you can play with confidence. The mahogany necks are finished with rosewood fingerboards.
Rich, Refined Tone
Each of the three pickup elements in our new CoAxe pickups delivers a unique and sophisticated tone, yet each one remains whisper-quiet. By combining different pickups with different settings, the SSC55 solid-body guitar offers a deep range of tonal choices. The passive analog tone circuitry has both a Master Volume and a Master Tone control to find your individual sound. The controls are easy to use and logically laid out, allowing 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."
- Body Style: Solidbody, single-cut electric. Mahogany with ash top
- Neck Material: Mahogany
- Scale Length: 638mm (25.125")
- No. Of Frets: 22
- Nut Width: 43mm (1.7")
- Bridge Pickup: Coaxe
- Neck Pickup: Coaxe
- Controls: Three-way pickup selector toggle switch, two three-way mode switches (one for each pickup), master volume and master tone
- Hardware: Vox designed MaxConnect aluminium bridge and Super Smooth tuners - all brushed chrome-plated
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Comments about Vox SSC55 Single-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:
My Vox SSC-55 gold top has a flawless fit and finish. I didn't really want a gold guitar but I did want the extra brightness afforded by the maple top that's only available with a gold or black finish. The "maple top" is much more than a thin veneer over the mahogany body; it comprises a good portion of the top.This is obviously a guitar designed in the hands of musicians, not on a drafting table. The unconventional contours render the guitar very comfortable to play. Aside from the weight (that's considerably more than the thinline Tele's I'm accustomed to), it's one of the most ergonomically accommodating instruments I've ever played (either standing or seated). The neck joint makes playing all the way up to the 22nd fret a breeze. It is perfectly balanced on a strap (unlike the typical neck-heavy SG or body-heavy Les Paul).The neck is a little thin for my taste (obviously a concession to modern players with a thin C profile and very flat fingerboard) but I'll get used to it.The real magic with this guitar is in the versatile proprietary pickups. Each pickup features three modes (clean = single coil, crunch = pseudo P90, lead = humbucker) and you can switch in any combination you wish. Aside from the totally quiet performance, I was also impressed that each mode has the same output; no more adjusting your volume when you switch from single coil to humbucker and, when the different modes are used in combination, there is no problem with the humbucker mode overpowering the other pickup in single-coil mode. Brilliant! The different combinations yield a nice palette of very usable tones. I've used the guitar on dozens of recordings and fooled many "experts" who thought I used a Les Paul or an SG. The single-coil mode is sufficiently bright but it sounds nothing like a Tele or a Strat. Perhaps because of the Vox's set-neck construction and top-loader bridge/tailpiece (instead of bolt-on neck and strings-thru-body bridge), the Vox lacks the spank and twang of a Fender.On the subject of volume, the volume control is perfectly located for pinky volume swells.The hardware is surprisingly lightweight but solid and first rate. This guitar sings, chimes, or screams, and (for me) it's a keeper.I bought the Vox SSC-55 online without ever playing one in person and, to date, I have no regrets whatsoever about the purchase.