Description
Up for sale, a 1968 Vox Astro IV hollowbody bass in excellent, 100% original condition and in good working order. Produced at the Eko factory in Italy for Vox, this very rare bass was only manufactured from 1967-68 and sports a pair of Vox's"Ferro-Sonic" pickups as well as onboard Fuzz and Treble/Bass Booster circuits. The best part is that these onboard effects still work exactly as they should, with a robust, sizzling fuzz tone that conjures up the best psychedelic rock. Add the Boost circuit on top for all out sonic bliss, or use the Boost on its own to punch up the already very round and deep tones from the hollow body. This bass is also particularly lightweight at a mere 7lbs 4oz with its "violin" body. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and strung with flatwound 45-100 strings, this Astro IV is a rare and complete example of a classic Vox bass!

The neck has a medium C shaped profile that stays consistent in both depth and fretboard width as you move up the neck, playing comfortably and fretting easily. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard has original fretwire which shows sparingly little wear, with only very faint flattening of the fret crowns beneath the A and D strings from frets 3-6. The nut width should be comfortable to any Jazz Bass player at 1 1/2", and the scale length is a manageable 30". Other tonally meaningful features include a lightweight aluminum nut and zero fret. The oversized headstock retains the original raised Vox logo with stock jumbo tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The small "Made in Italy by Vox" lettering is also still clearly visible on the backside of the headstock.

On the body, the electronics work as they should and despite the array of controls, this bass is very easy and intuitive to dial in to your personal tastes. The Boost and Fuzz 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 a perfect old school 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 pickups and the silicone Fuzz circuit. The Boost also helps shape the Fuzz and the bass' overall tone, proving quite useful for a primitive active EQ!

Cosmetically, the Astro IV is in particularly good condition, sporting what the original Vox catalog describes as a "Sandburst" finish. This lightly shaded deep peach sunburst is accented by very clean chrome pickup covers, bridge, control plate, and trapeze tailpiece. Even the original "Vox" branded bridge cover is intact, and all of the stock knobs retain their original silver caps. The pickguard is commonly missing on these instruments, but faithfully intact on this example, showing the typical light warpage of the plastic that uniformly affected Vox guards over the decades. Perhaps most notably, the finish is vibrant, unfaded, and has almost none of the finish checking typically seen on a Vox bass. There is one line of heavy checking right at the hinge for the trapeze tailpiece, but otherwise it's a remarkably clean finish. There are also a few light scuffs on the back between the neck plate and snap-on pad, as well as one decent sized nick in the neck profile behind the 15th fret on the treble side, which doesn't affect playability or structural integrity in the slightest.

The original hardshell case is included. While the case surely has done its job protecting the bass over the decades, its still structurally sound despite a broken handle and some lifting tolex on the edges.
Year Condition Color Case
1968 Excellent Sandburst Original Hard

$1,549.99

Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar
Michael John Ball
206.399.8518
Seattle, WA
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Orders within the Continental USA are shipped USPS Parcel Select unless they weigh over 70lbs, in which case we ship FedEx Ground. International orders are shipped via USPS Priority Mail International, and in some cases Global Express (where Priority is not offered). We are happy to oblige our buyers and use more expedited shipping services if requested and all orders are shipped within three business days or receiving cleared payment.

We are happy to offer a 48 hour approval period after delivery on all of the items sold through Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar. We will accept returns only if the item has been misrepresented in regards to originality and condition. We do our absolute best to accurately describe the tonal properties of our instruments, but will not accept returns based on the subjective nature of "tone," In the event of a return, the customer pays all shipping and insurance costs and any other credit card or Paypal fees associated with the transaction. With that said, we go to great lengths to ensure with 100% confidence that you are getting the exact item you purchased in the condition and originality described.