Vox Ultrasonic restoration - IT'S HERE!

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Re: Vox Ultrasonic restoration (need help/input)

Post by PorkyPrimeCut » Thu Feb 25, 2021 4:45 am

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Re: Vox Ultrasonic restoration (need help/input)

Post by Pacafeliz » Thu Feb 25, 2021 9:04 am

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It's here!!! :w00t:
No hassles, no customs probs, no import tax or such.

...but man it's a bloody mess!!! :wtf:
This one won't be easy.

Stay tuned for more, dammit my online french course begins again in 30mins :fp:
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Re: Vox Ultrasonic restoration - IT'S HERE!

Post by PorkyPrimeCut » Thu Feb 25, 2021 1:05 pm

Oh boy! What's the prognosis, doc? Is there actually any circuitry left in there at all??

...and, be prepared for everybody who realises you have this to start begging you to sell them single tuners or the vibrato arm!!
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Re: Vox Ultrasonic restoration - IT'S HERE!

Post by Pacafeliz » Fri Feb 26, 2021 3:23 pm

The neck is glorious :-*

The wiring seems complete except for the E tuner. But there's some loose wires and well, no sound currently.

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Also, quite a big chip under the low E tuner (and a split/crack)
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We'll see what I can do this weekend...
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Re: Vox Ultrasonic restoration - IT'S HERE!

Post by PorkyPrimeCut » Sat Feb 27, 2021 1:00 am

Oh wow, that's taken a bit of a beating!!
Pacafeliz wrote:
Fri Feb 26, 2021 3:23 pm
The neck is glorious :-*
Yeah, the inlay on the headstock is beautiful & I think the necks are probably the best quality part of these guitars. Really nicely constructed & very solid, thanks to the unusual "Double T" design...

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You've possibly seen, I use a 12-string neck on my Ultrasonic. The profile is basically a millimetre wider than a late 50s Gibson, which I consider perfect for my hands!!
As I remember from the oddball prototype neck I have, the 6-string necks were skinnier than Fenders at the nut. Super slim!!! Check out photos of some of the bass guitars in this series. The necks look ridiculous!! How thin??

I wish you the best of luck finding a replacement tuner. Those things are like hen's teeth but, if anybody can get lucky finding one, it's you! :)
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Re: Vox Ultrasonic restoration - IT'S HERE!

Post by Pacafeliz » Sat Feb 27, 2021 1:08 am

Thanks! Yeah I'll try to somehow make the headstock damage more solid and for now just add a pressure kinda tuner like Schaller or such.
Also found a wiring image on the vox website, so I have something to work with... So far no sound.
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Re: Vox Ultrasonic restoration - IT'S HERE!

Post by raphaël » Sat Feb 27, 2021 1:26 am

Wouhou !!! Such an exciting restoration Pat !!

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Re: Vox Ultrasonic restoration - IT'S HERE!

Post by pad » Sat Feb 27, 2021 2:05 am

This Ultrasonic is totally worth the hussle!
Hope youll bring it the glory it lost someday!

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lmk if prices drop to 1k and you REALLY need to seellll it :D
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Re: Vox Ultrasonic restoration - IT'S HERE!

Post by PorkyPrimeCut » Sat Feb 27, 2021 2:12 am

Pacafeliz wrote:
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...I'll try to somehow make the headstock damage more solid and for now just add a pressure kinda tuner like Schaller or such...
Maybe shift all the tuners up one space to see if that E position is stable & aligned? I'm not sure just how smashed in the end of the headstock is from your picture.

I wonder if someone was trying to copy Pete Townsend's infamous performance on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. ;D
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Re: Vox Ultrasonic restoration - IT'S HERE!

Post by pad » Sat Feb 27, 2021 2:15 am

PorkyPrimeCut wrote:
Sat Feb 27, 2021 2:12 am

I wonder if someone was trying to copy Pete Townsend's infamous performance on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. ;D
I think Pete used Vox guitar for that, because of that perfect slim necks :D

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Re: Vox Ultrasonic restoration - IT'S HERE!

Post by Pacafeliz » Fri Mar 05, 2021 4:29 am

Back in the mid 90s, my brother used to own an old offetish Vox bass that had an E tuner and fuzz built in, it was amazing but/because it hat SUCH a thin/narrow neck, it was incredible.

Man I loved that one. Dunno what happened to it, though.

OH FOUND IT ONLINE! It was a Hawk IV bass :-*
I still have pics somewhere. The paint was badly damaged so we had it refinished by a local car painter in Costa Rica.
Now I remember it used to be red.
Man the memories!
It was about the time when i got my 1st offset (a '66 Musicmaster II) for $20 and a mid 70s Gibson SG for $200.

We had them all refinished... :ph34r:
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Re: Vox Ultrasonic restoration - IT'S HERE!

Post by PorkyPrimeCut » Fri Mar 05, 2021 7:22 am

I'm hearing about more & more Vox guitars fitted with some or all of these built-in effects.

Originally I thought it was just the hollowbodied basses, 6 and 12 strings (with the exception of the Invader) that had them but more & more are springing up, including a number of Eko guitars, made in the same factory.

I'd never heard of the Hawk IV until now :)
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Re: Vox Ultrasonic restoration - IT'S HERE!

Post by Pacafeliz » Sun Mar 07, 2021 10:27 am

Wow I only just realized that the 3 way switch isn't even really a switch, just a pressed together kinda metal/copper(?) bar!
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When i plug the guitar in there's is only grounding buzz but I HEAR THE WAH WORKING when i move the nibble thingy!
It bums me so much I'm not coming forward with this because of the little screws that hold the on/off switches of the effects! :fp: Need to keep looking til I find something that works.
What I'm worrying about is the head crack. I'll have to have that one professionally fixed. So they can also fix the rest, instead of me screwing something up... :(
Working on a Hollowbody is hell, and full of electronics like this one, even worse.

Stay tuned!
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Re: Vox Ultrasonic restoration - IT'S HERE!

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Pacafeliz wrote:
Sun Mar 07, 2021 10:27 am
Wow I only just realized that the 3 way switch isn't even really a switch, just a pressed together kinda metal/copper(?) bar!
:derp:

Do you have any of the control plate mounting screws? If not, do you want me to measure the ones on mine?
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Re: Vox Ultrasonic restoration - IT'S HERE!

Post by Pacafeliz » Sun Mar 07, 2021 12:41 pm

PorkyPrimeCut wrote:
Sun Mar 07, 2021 11:00 am
Pacafeliz wrote:
Sun Mar 07, 2021 10:27 am
Wow I only just realized that the 3 way switch isn't even really a switch, just a pressed together kinda metal/copper(?) bar!
:derp:

Do you have any of the control plate mounting screws? If not, do you want me to measure the ones on mine?
Yes please!!!😁👍🏻❤️
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