The Vox Bobcat V90

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The Vox Bobcat V90

In the Swinging ’60s, Vox guitars were all the rage, particularly among British and European players. Though stylish and visually innovative, the Italian-made guitars were also inconsistent, with anemic pickups and structural flaws such as weak tailpieces, faulty wiring, and weighty headstocks.

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Thankfully, Vox guitars of the 21st century suffer none of those issues, as exemplified by the reissue Bobcat V90, which retains much of the flavor of the original semi-hollow Bobcat and Lynx models.

Constructed of maple with a mahogany neck, Indonesian ebony fretboard, 25″ scale, and a wide, weight-relieved center block, the Bobcat V90 weighs in at a shade over six pounds, making it easy on the back and shoulders. Grover open-back tuners do the job with aplomb and are, of course, a vast improvement over Voxes of yore, which were notorious for tuning instability.

The Bobcat V90 is also perfectly balanced – another big improvement over past models. But where this guitar really shines is in its tones. The proprietary V90 pickups may look garden-variety, but that’s not the case; these have much more high-end chime, sparkle, and spank than other P-90s, giving the player more options when manipulated by the Volume and Tone knobs. Cranked to 10 through a Class A tube amp, the bridge pickup gets a tad bright, but with Volume and Tone rolled down to 8, mellows. Adding overdrive and delay brought gorgeous, singing tone reminiscent of Eric Johnson and Gary Moore. This is a versatile instrument.

Some may be put off by the price, but the included hardshell case helps make the V90 a handsome, worthwhile choice for a quality semi-hollow.

This article originally appeared in VG’s May 2022 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.

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