Vox VBW-2000 Bill Wyman Teardrop Bass: Back In Style!
The classic VOX teardrop bass is back in all its glory! Like it’s sibling, the Vox Mk III Guitar, this bass has also become a favourite amongst The Rolling Stones and other sixties acts. There are only six of these available in the UK !
If you want to own a piece of Vox history, the Vox VBW-2000 is a highly-collectible, beautiful instrument, fit for the legends! After 40 years, the Wyman bass – specifically created by Vox for Bill Wyman of The Rolling Stones – has been reissued as a limited edition collectible that will be a fantastic addition to the collection of any discerning bassist who wants a truly stand out instrument.
Quite pricey (£1599 @ Dolphin – view here) but certainly gorgeous (see pics below).
Bill “All-Vox Man” Wyman as the ads used to say, played the teardrop bass during the mid to late 60s and along with Brian Jones produced some of the most memorable and iconic images of the period.
The Bass itself is Japanese made, the semi acoustic body has a carved maple top finished in 3 colour sunburst and the back and sides are natural finished mahogany with cream bound edges. As Bill had small hands, he preferred the short 30 ½” scale length and this bass also features a very slim neck all the way up to the body much like a Hofner Violin bass.
The width of the neck at the nut is 35mm and only 48mm where it joins the body. The neck is made of Maple and has 22 frets including the zero fret. The custom bridge has a chrome cover, the knobs and scratch plate are chrome and there are two single coil pickups and a three way switch. The tuners are Gotoh models and the bass comes complete with fitted case.
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