60's VOX MARK XII ACOUSTIC Teardrop  Mod.V258 Sunburst, 12 Strings, Vibrola, made in Recanati, Italy, code VA233

Very sweet all original example in the coolest hollow double bound bodied Tear Drop shaped style w/a bound “F” hole in the classic 3-tone Sunburst finish its bound/dot inlaid neck the feels very comfortable, its 12 tuning machines tune well, its original mirror-like metal pickgard & control plate are very clean & tidy, its Tremolo unit is perfectly usable. Its 3 White bar pickups have a very bright tone similar to a Rickenbacker: sounds super cool. She’s exceptionally clean overall condition & very user friendly, comes with its original teardrop hard case.


Overall length is 42 in. (106.7 cm.), 12 in. (30.5 cm.) width, and 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 in. (635 mm.). Width of nut is 1 13/16 in. (46 mm.)

One of the all-time great "posing" guitars, the teardrop-shaped Vox Mark XII is still utterly distinctive and an instant 1960s classic. Like most Vox-branded instruments sold in the US, this one was built at the Eko factory in Recanati, Italy. Vox's parent company JMI (Jennings Musical Industries) in Dartford, Kent was already overstretched by 1964 supplying Vox amplifiers to the UK and world markets. So, instead of expanding their meagre guitar-making facilities, Jennings outsourced the great bulk of instrument production to the Italian firm. These Eko-made Vox guitars are more consistent than their English cousins, and in many cases are better-playing instruments. By the time Thomas Organ in California took over American distribution of JMI's products in 1965, nearly all Vox guitars sold in the US would be of Italian parentage. The teardrop-shaped Mark series was originally a stylistic outgrowth of the trapezoidal-bodied Phantom line; indeed, the earliest model was called the Phantom Mk.III. Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones got one of the first hand-built prototypes, and the exposure the model received in his hands in 1964-5 was quite enough to quickly make it the most sought-after Vox guitar, especially in the US. The solid-body "Mark" series soon expanded to include a full family of 6, 12, and 9-string guitars as well as a bass. The Mark XII features three standard single-coil Vox pickups, the bright sound of which is particularly well-suited to a 12-string. The wiring rig is derived from the Stratocaster, i.e. master volume, two tone controls, and a three-way switch. The vibrato was developed from JMI's "Hank B' Marvin" unit and is basically a close copy of the solid-body Bigsby. The Mark XII is one of the better-sounding '60s solid-body 12-strings and one of the few to be equipped with a vibrato -- for better or worse! This very sharp black-finished Mark XII is a '60s icon and an eminently posable and playable guitar!