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Vox SDC-33 Double-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar

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A contoured body, comfortable set neck, flawless intonation, and innovative electronics.

The legacy of Vox-branded electric guitars goes all the way back to the early sixties. This model continues the Vox tradition of exceptionally well-playing and innovative guitars.

The Vox SDC-33 Double-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar is cosmetically similar to the 55 solid-body guitars, and employs many of the same distinguished components. The 33 instruments represent a dramatic breakthrough in price for a guitar of this quality.

Carved Construction
The signature VOX 3-D contoured body of the SDC-33 ensures impeccable comfort and fatigue-free playing, offering a natural fit either seated or standing. Elegantly carved top surfaces result in a distinguished look and a comfortable playing position. Easy access to the upper frets is provided by the deeply cut inverse heel joint. Position dot markers are placed both on the fingerboard and on the side of the neck for fast reference.

Quality Components
The SDC-33 guitar uses the same MaxConnect aluminum bridge as the Virage, offering extended saddle travel for flawless intonation with any-gauge string. Strings slide in from under the back edge of the bridge to make changing strings a snap. The full contact shape and light weight combine to deliver thick, rich tone with clear, singing harmonics. VOX Super Smooth tuners offer the SDC-33 enhanced tuning stability, so you can play with confidence. The mahogany necks are topped with rosewood fingerboards.

Uncompromised Tone
33 guitars offer a deep range of tonal choices. New CoAxe pickups feature two pickup elements; each delivers a unique and sophisticated tone, yet each one remains whisper-quiet. The passive analog tone circuitry offers both a Master Volume and a Master Tone control to refine your individual sound. Logically laid out and easy to use, the controls allow fast changes during performance.

Neither a single-coil nor humbucker in the traditional sense, the CoAxe design incorporates a central row of pole-pieces encased in a high-impedance coil that's flanked by two blades. The entire construction is then surrounded by a low-impedance winding, which cancels the hum.

Chief designer Eric Kirkland says: "The basic idea is that the coils are coaxial: they're on the same plane, not stacked. The advantage is that the center sensing coil can work like a true single-coil and the outer, noise-cancelling coil is outside the magnetic field, between the central poles and the blades."

FEATURES
  • Body Style: Double-cutaway solidbody, Mahogany with bound maple top.
  • Hardware: Vox Super Smooth tuners and MaxConnect bridge
  • Neck Material: Mahogany, glued-in
  • Scale Length: 638mm (25.125")
  • No. Of Frets: 22
  • Nut Width: 43mm (1.7")
  • Bridge Pickup: Coaxe
  • Neck Pickup: Coaxe
  • Controls: Master volume and master tone, three way pickup selector switch and two way mode selector switch
  • Hardware: Vox Super Smooth tuners and MaxConnect bridge
  • Case: Deluxe Gig Bag
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VoxSDC-33 Double-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 36 reviews)

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91%

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Pros

  • Good feel (28)
  • Good tone (25)
  • Solid electronics (23)
  • Fun to play (22)
  • Good pick up (19)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (10)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (20)
  • Jamming (19)
  • Recording (18)
  • Small venues (13)
  • Rock concerts (12)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great guitar once its setup correctly...

As one person already mentioned, the guitar shipped upside down. Unfortunately the person who is putting the shipping labels on these boxes is not coordinating with the person packing the boxes because the label...Read complete review

As one person already mentioned, the guitar shipped upside down. Unfortunately the person who is putting the shipping labels on these boxes is not coordinating with the person packing the boxes because the label was at the end of the box where the bottom of the body was. So that means that everyone that comes in contact with the box after the shipping label has been placed is reading the label with the guitar packed head stock down. Not too excited about that Musiciansfriend.com.

Underneath the poorly packed shipping box there was a secondary box from Vox. Once the secondary shipping box was off, I found the guitar packed very nicely in a very nice thick gig bag. For those that are not going on a world tour; the gig bag should be just fine for transporting around back and forth. If you are mindful of your gear and don't drop a 4x12 cab on this gig bag while the guitar is in it, it should be just fine.

I got the Gold top version of this guitar and it was almost flawless. There were a couple of super minor scuffs that I didn't notice till after a few minutes of strumming around.

The guitar that I got was apparently a pre 2011 model because my guitar came with the strap button on the back of the upper horn not on the tip of the upper horn as the ones that are built from 2011 and on. The guitars that were built from 2011 (don't quote me on this) and on had Strap Button Extension System (SBE) installed from the factory.

The good news was I was able to call up KORG (they oversee customer support for VOX in the US) and they were able to provide a SBE system free of charge and included full instructions on installation.

The SBE helps the neck dive issue but then again the neck dive issue wasn't that bad in my opinion without the SBE system. Some reviewers made it seem like if you let go of the neck of the guitar it would fire its self into the center of the earth or something. It just goes down and stops when the guitar is about level or maybe a smidgins below that. If you have your hand on the neck and use your strumming hand to hold the body of the guitar in the position that you need, you should be fine with the "neck dive" issue.

The factory setup on my guitar was terrible. The very fact that this made it out of the factory was absolutely unbelievable to me. After changing the strings to the gauge that I like and after a neck adjustment and after tightening down the machine head screws and after an intonation job and after a pickup height adjustment and after a string height adjustment; I was able to get the guitar properly setup. While I was contemplating buying this guitar I did some research on YouTube and noticed that there was a lot of fret noise on the guitars that people were demoing. Despite them demoing the guitar on cranked amps you could clearly hear that the action was way too low for that person's strumming style. I'm thinking that others had a similar issue as I initially did and never setup the guitar so you get that fret rattle in there when you strum. One other reviewer said that due to the thin body and over all weight of the guitar you could hear a tremolo sound as the strings vibrated....ok...I could hear something faintly but I'm going to attribute it to a bad setup as the more I fiddled with the setup the more that tremolo sound went away to the point that its indistinguishable.

The guitar sounds pretty decent. One thing that I noticed is that when the volume is on 10 the pickups produce their own distortion. It's intriguingly good sounding. I have never had pickups that did that. I found that playing on about 7-8 was the sweet spot for me, and the tone knobs seemed to stay on 10 despite the pickup selection.

The pickups were indeed dead silent in every pickup position.

I personally didn't notice that much difference (there is a difference but not much) between the P90 setting or the Humbucker setting. However within each master setting (P90 or HB) you could hear a distinct difference between the various pickup combinations that you could select from on the 3 position toggle switch.

The clean sound that this guitar produces is quite possibly one of the best clean sounds I have ever heard. Very articulate and with a clarity that you just do not find on other guitars.

The distorted tones that this guitar produced I found to be a bit on the bassy side in the middle and upper toggle switch setting but then again the model guitar that I have is mahogany top and mahogany back and neck which produces a deeper sound overall. The distorted tones are really usable though and with a bit of amp tweaking you can find what you like in any of the pickup positions.

For those of you that watched the review done by Murph from Sonicstate on YouTube he said a very interesting line; "it takes a while to get used to a guitar", referring to knowing how it will react in certain situations what pedals to press when you want to get a certain sound.

I believe this guitar is very much like that; it takes a while to get used to but once you've got the hang of it and once you get in some live rehearsal situations you will be able to see that this guitar is quite versatile and very good sounding.

My overall opinion is that this is the kind of guitar that you purchase after you already have a Gibson Les Paul and after you've got a Fender Stratocaster. That's not to knock any other brand or to say that the two referenced above are the all in all in rock music, I'm just saying that this would not be my first choice if I was looking to go out and purchase my first guitar. That's not to say that if one wanted this to be their first guitar that they would be unhappy...I just think that this particular guitar is better suited to the middle advanced to advanced guitar player that can get this guitar sounding its best in every situation.

Once properly setup this guitar is in deed a great guitar and will provide a massive amount of usefulness in the right hands.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

good and bad features all in one guitar

I've been playing for over 30 years and have had dozens of guitars over the years so my evaluation comes from some experience. This is a good guitar that almost makes it but not...Read complete review

I've been playing for over 30 years and have had dozens of guitars over the years so my evaluation comes from some experience. This is a good guitar that almost makes it but not quite. it went back to musicians friend and heres why.
First the positives. This is an extraorinarily well built guitar with superb fit and finish albeit a few minor issues. it has a nice amount of proprietary parts so it really is very interesting = not the same old thing. The guitar is just stunning in black and the finish was just perfectly applied. The tuners are some of the best I have ever seen. The nut was cut perfectly. The frets were level and crowned perfectly. The electronics all worked well (more on the sound below). The component parts were truly high quality. The build was great. So why did I send it back?
Basically the pickups were just flat sounding. They were ok clean but without the midrange growl p90's should have. overdriven they were just lifeless. I found the tones completely uninspiring. And believe me I tried everything including most importantly adjusting the pick up height. I really wanted these pickups to work. I LOVE p90's. There is nothing better than what p90's have to offer tonally but sometimes live as with any single coil pickup one can run into issues. I thought this would be the solution. Sadly it was not. These picups were so inspiring that my choice was to pull the pickups or just send back. I chose the latter. Here are some other reasons that led me to that choice. Fret ends were sharp, set up was poor, brigde a bit awkward for palm muting and finally the straw that broke the camels back.... The guitar is a bit neck heavy. I could not play this thing at a gig without significant fatigue. I might have just pulled the pickups and kept the guitar as the build was so beautiful if it were not for this issue that could not be fixed
I will add finally that this guitar was tested through a gibson goldtone all tube combo. Hard to find a better sounding amp for testing any guitar

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(13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lightweight tone machine for the gigging musician

By Chuck

from North east

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Comments about Vox SDC-33 Double-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

Overall one of the better under $600 guitars you can buy on the open market. Comes with a really nice gigbag too.
A very very sweet guitar with interesting pick-ups and many tonal variations to achieve the sound you are searching for. I use it for Blues, Classic Rock and Country guitar stylings.
I gave it a nine instead of a ten becasue of the sharp fret egdges, There is no excuse for an over $500 guitar to have this problem. I also am not a very big fan of a flatter neck, but with the clarity of sounds and definition, I can live with that. Sometimes it's cool to adapat to an instrument instead of it being torked and twisted to being like another clone of what you already have.
The value is there because of the VOX craftmanship, unique body style, ease of play within live performance paramitters, and of course the great tones you can get from this wonderful axe.

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar once its setup correctly...

By Ol' Twanger

from Bellflower, CA

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Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Fret Buzz
  • Poor Packing For Shipping
  • Terrible Setup

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues
  • Worship Team

Comments about Vox SDC-33 Double-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

As one person already mentioned, the guitar shipped upside down. Unfortunately the person who is putting the shipping labels on these boxes is not coordinating with the person packing the boxes because the label was at the end of the box where the bottom of the body was. So that means that everyone that comes in contact with the box after the shipping label has been placed is reading the label with the guitar packed head stock down. Not too excited about that Musiciansfriend.com.

Underneath the poorly packed shipping box there was a secondary box from Vox. Once the secondary shipping box was off, I found the guitar packed very nicely in a very nice thick gig bag. For those that are not going on a world tour; the gig bag should be just fine for transporting around back and forth. If you are mindful of your gear and don't drop a 4x12 cab on this gig bag while the guitar is in it, it should be just fine.

I got the Gold top version of this guitar and it was almost flawless. There were a couple of super minor scuffs that I didn't notice till after a few minutes of strumming around.

The guitar that I got was apparently a pre 2011 model because my guitar came with the strap button on the back of the upper horn not on the tip of the upper horn as the ones that are built from 2011 and on. The guitars that were built from 2011 (don't quote me on this) and on had Strap Button Extension System (SBE) installed from the factory.

The good news was I was able to call up KORG (they oversee customer support for VOX in the US) and they were able to provide a SBE system free of charge and included full instructions on installation.

The SBE helps the neck dive issue but then again the neck dive issue wasn't that bad in my opinion without the SBE system. Some reviewers made it seem like if you let go of the neck of the guitar it would fire its self into the center of the earth or something. It just goes down and stops when the guitar is about level or maybe a smidgins below that. If you have your hand on the neck and use your strumming hand to hold the body of the guitar in the position that you need, you should be fine with the "neck dive" issue.

The factory setup on my guitar was terrible. The very fact that this made it out of the factory was absolutely unbelievable to me. After changing the strings to the gauge that I like and after a neck adjustment and after tightening down the machine head screws and after an intonation job and after a pickup height adjustment and after a string height adjustment; I was able to get the guitar properly setup. While I was contemplating buying this guitar I did some research on YouTube and noticed that there was a lot of fret noise on the guitars that people were demoing. Despite them demoing the guitar on cranked amps you could clearly hear that the action was way too low for that person's strumming style. I'm thinking that others had a similar issue as I initially did and never setup the guitar so you get that fret rattle in there when you strum. One other reviewer said that due to the thin body and over all weight of the guitar you could hear a tremolo sound as the strings vibrated....ok...I could hear something faintly but I'm going to attribute it to a bad setup as the more I fiddled with the setup the more that tremolo sound went away to the point that its indistinguishable.

The guitar sounds pretty decent. One thing that I noticed is that when the volume is on 10 the pickups produce their own distortion. It's intriguingly good sounding. I have never had pickups that did that. I found that playing on about 7-8 was the sweet spot for me, and the tone knobs seemed to stay on 10 despite the pickup selection.

The pickups were indeed dead silent in every pickup position.

I personally didn't notice that much difference (there is a difference but not much) between the P90 setting or the Humbucker setting. However within each master setting (P90 or HB) you could hear a distinct difference between the various pickup combinations that you could select from on the 3 position toggle switch.

The clean sound that this guitar produces is quite possibly one of the best clean sounds I have ever heard. Very articulate and with a clarity that you just do not find on other guitars.

The distorted tones that this guitar produced I found to be a bit on the bassy side in the middle and upper toggle switch setting but then again the model guitar that I have is mahogany top and mahogany back and neck which produces a deeper sound overall. The distorted tones are really usable though and with a bit of amp tweaking you can find what you like in any of the pickup positions.

For those of you that watched the review done by Murph from Sonicstate on YouTube he said a very interesting line; "it takes a while to get used to a guitar", referring to knowing how it will react in certain situations what pedals to press when you want to get a certain sound.

I believe this guitar is very much like that; it takes a while to get used to but once you've got the hang of it and once you get in some live rehearsal situations you will be able to see that this guitar is quite versatile and very good sounding.

My overall opinion is that this is the kind of guitar that you purchase after you already have a Gibson Les Paul and after you've got a Fender Stratocaster. That's not to knock any other brand or to say that the two referenced above are the all in all in rock music, I'm just saying that this would not be my first choice if I was looking to go out and purchase my first guitar. That's not to say that if one wanted this to be their first guitar that they would be unhappy...I just think that this particular guitar is better suited to the middle advanced to advanced guitar player that can get this guitar sounding its best in every situation.

Once properly setup this guitar is in deed a great guitar and will provide a massive amount of usefulness in the right hands.

(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Ax from Vox at a Great Price

By P M S player

from Florida

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Great Paint Job
  • Lightweight
  • Original Look And Design
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Should Come In A Hardcase

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Playing Slide
  • Playing Venues
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about Vox SDC-33 Double-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

Hey Guys,
I needed something that was not a fender or Gibby or PRS or Epi, Ibanez, Dean, nor ESP, or Schecter. I thought of a G & L but I waited.

I have been waiting to buy a Vox guitar for some years now. Several times I almost bought this guitar used and low and hold it goes on sale so I bought the single cutaway and the double cutaway.
So here it the deal, the single cutaway is beautiful in red but your access to the upper fretboard. Is limited. The double cutaway looks a little strange but plays great especially in the upper register. So I love the looks of the single and the playability of the double cutaway. These are great guitars for just over three-hundred . But you do not have to run aout and buy one. let them sell out and I will be one of the few playing a Vox...that's even better.
Compared to an SG I would pick a Vox when the comparision is made...the Vox won't fade.......

Specifics...the setup was right on.
The paint was applied well and evenly.
The frets were dressed and without sharp ends.
The tuners were of good quality
The hardware was heavy duty and looked great on this guitar
Coming with a Gig Bag is a Plus that Fender needs to learn to do
The color choice is really great.
The PU are good...hot and responsive but not brittle or choatic. I would buy another if I had the Moolah.

(9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A nice Guitar

By Steve from Upstate

from Upstate NY

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Comments about Vox SDC-33 Double-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

It has soubd but not it's own..It does good at the The tele and clean sound but the humbucker is rubish (in my opinion) but it is the most comfortable and easy to plasy guitar you will ever own the neck and the frets are flawless. I did own it but sent it back
this is an incredibly comfortable guitar to play it is actually made so that the body wraps itself around you weighing in at about 7lbs or less it ahs a nice belly carve, Fantastic tuners and an aluminum Bridge that allow you to change stringe gage from 9 to 13 and intonate in just a few seconds. It is very well made and has co-Axil pickups that have one wraping for the single coil sound and another wraping around that for the Humbucker Sound...Quite unique
That quality of the nstrument is top notch and the hardware is first class the tuners are fantastic and it's the most ergonomic guitar I've ever played
This is where the guitar gets hurt. The pickups will being great on clean don't real do anything for you in the humbucker mode but muck things up a bit. I was dissapointed in the sound of the guitar especially since they've just had a drastic price cut on other sites

(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Guitar, But With Some Problems

By Bamooky

from Pittsburgh, PA

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Bad Setup
  • Fret Buzz
  • Horrible Inspection

Best Uses

    Comments about Vox SDC-33 Double-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

    Let me start off by saying that I really like this guitar, but there were some significant problems.

    I had looked at these for years. When I saw that MF had them on sale for about half of what they originally sold for, I decided to pull the trigger - I ordered the Vintage Cream DC. When it arrived, I opened the box and saw that the inner box was packed headstock down (the outer labels were oriented the other way) with NO packing materal between the outer and inner boxes, with a lot of space between them for bouncing around. When I unpacked the guitar (it comes in a gig bag which is nice), the styrofoam blocks from the inner box had disintegrated and bits were everywhere, showing a rough travel. The looks of the guitar itself were o.k. (blah yellowish with gray grain). I tuned it and played it unplugged - it played like a dream! However, when I plugged it into an amp,the neck pickup did not work AT ALL! Needless to say I returned it and ordered another - since I was getting a new one anyway, I ordered Teaburst.

    When the new one arrived, it had been shipped upside down again, with even more shredded styrofoam bits inside - I guess this one had a rougher ride. To me, the Teaburst (an orangy-brown) is a lot better looking than the Vintage Cream. There was major string buzz at the lower frets and high action at the higher frets as the setup was really, really bad - the neck was way over bowed (requiring a loosening of the truss rod)and the bridge and bridge pickup were WAY too high (both had to be lowered a lot). Also, there are a couple of fine finsh cracks. After playing around with it, I do like the feel and sound.

    The bottom line - this is a good guitar for a great price. However, there really is no excuse for Vox's lousy inspection or MF's terrible packing procedures.

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    INCREDIBLE DEAL

    By Vice

    from Denver CO

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Vox SDC-33 Double-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

      It's a wonder Musician's Friend has any of these left in stock at the price they've been selling them at. I bought the Black (mahogany with maple top) model in mid-December 2012 after the price had been deeply discounted, before it was discounted even further.

      First, some relatively inconsequential CON's:

      1. Strings. The D'Addario strings installed on the guitar were useless by the time the intrument got to me. They were wrapped in tissue paper taped in place with some of the tape having come in contact with the strings, resulting in deadening of tone. The strings were also entering the corrosion stage whether due to them not being wiped off after testing of the guitar's electronics at the factory, humidity and/or other factors. I thus couldn't make an accurate assessment of the guitar's electronics until I changed the strings, which I swapped out for GHS GBXL Boomers (.009-.042).

      2. Factory Setup. The action was way too high. After adjusting the neck and lowering the bridge as far as I could without losing volume from the bridge pickup due to the strings being so close to it, the action was still too high for my liking. I almost returned the guitar until I discovered that I could lower the bridge pickup which I did substantially, enabling me to lower the bridge further. Interestingly, after all that, I didn't have to adjust intonation any.

      3. Exposed String Wrap. One reviewer complained about the design of the bridge allowing for the string wrap above the end loops to be exposed, causing discomfort on the palm. This could be an issue for a guitarist bent on resting his palm on the bridge while playing.

      4. Neck Dive. I didn't notice this until reading other reviews. Yes, if the guitar is hung from a strap over your shoulder, the neck will dive some if you let go of it. If you think this might be problematic for you but you really want a cool-looking, symmetrical double cutaway solid body guitar, you might consider the VOX SDC-22 which has significantly less neck dive and is not only built just as well but is even less expensive, requires minimal (if any) setup, plays fast, and has awesome electronics.

      Now for the PRO's:

      1. Price. Is there a better guitar for the money? It's worth the standard discount price Musician's Friend was charging prior to the deep discount. With the deep discount (which has been discounted even further since I purchased my guitar), Musician's Friend is almost giving these guitars away. Note: This is not a cheap guitar with cheap electronics; it is an inexpensive guitar with quality electronics.

      2. Workmanship. I found no flaws in the guitar I received.

      3. Lightweight. The aforementioned neck dive concern is relative to the lightweight body. It's a tradeoff. If you want a lightweight body with a solid neck, you'll have to live with some neck dive but only when standing up and letting go of the neck. This is one of the lightest solid body guitars on the market. (Note: The VOX SDC-22 is very similar in weight and worth serious consideration.)

      4. Styling. Truly symmetrical headstock and body. Beveling on the front and contouring on the back of the body not only makes for a beautiful guitar but one that is comfortable against the body. The beveling below the tone control knob is a nice touch too.

      5. Tuners. While the S shape of the tuners isn't exactly practical for fingers, they look cool, turn smoothly, and stay in tune about as well or better than any other non-locking tuners.

      6. Nut. The Tusq man-made ivory material that the nut is made of permits strings to move through very smoothly. This is plus for those who use alternative tunings with the same guitar. Changing tunings frequently, I have yet to see a string break. Use of Tusq is but one example of VOX not sacrificing quality on an inexpensive guitar.

      7. Pickups & Tone. The tones produced by the CoAxe pickups are clean, clear, distinct and heavy. Plug the guitar into a vintage tube amp, select the bridge pickup, strum away and you just may hear it yelling , "I AM BRITISH!" (even if it was made in Singapore). Through the neck pickup you will hear jazz tones that rival the best and could even cause one to wonder whether the body is acoustically chambered. The range of tones produced by CoAxe pickups is rather remarkable, accommodating everything from jazz to country to rock and a few things in between (though the XLM pickups on the VOX SDC-22 are perhaps slightly more versatile and accommodating while not producing quite as heavy of tone). Setting the 2-way Lead/Clean mode switch to Clean thins out the tone somewhat, providing for some additional tonal variation. As output is decreased when switching to Clean, a volume pedal would be a good thing to have, particularly for live performances.

      8. Playability. The relatively thin neck and low action (may require setup) make for one fast guitar. In fact, this is one of the fastest guitars I've ever played. And with the very responsive CoAxe pickups, it's easy to make beautiful music with this thing.

      9. Fingerboard. One of the first things I check on a new guitar is the fingerboard to see if it has any dips or rises. No problem with the guitar I got.

      10. Frets. No problem here. Perfect height for my liking and dressed appropriately.

      11. Deluxe Gig Bag. This is a serious, padded gig bag. I appreciate the factory shipping the guitar inside the gig bag, inside a box. It would nonetheless be good if VOX offered a hardshell case for such a quality guitar.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Tremendous value!

      By Believer-Ha_LT

      from New Albany, Mississippi

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Light Weight
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Blues Jazz Rock

        Comments about Vox SDC-33 Double-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

        I don't see how Vox can price these things as cheaply as they do. It's a light-weight Mahogany body and neck. The hardware and electronics are excellent (Tusq nut, full-sized Alpha pots, the Co-Axe pups which are worth the price of the guitar by themselves, the aluminum bridge-a marvelous piece of engineering, and the proprietary tuners which are very good.) My gold-top double-cut has flawless wood and finish. Very light-weight. The rosewood fingerboard is beautiful, and the frets are well-dressed and level. This guitar is better than my Gibson Les Paul Studio (which I love!) in fit and finish. It sounds very different, too (in a good way!) Way to go, Vox! (Did I mention, it's comfortably light?)

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very nice for a very good price

        By Patton

        from Michigan

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        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Great Electronics
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Slight Neck Dive

        Best Uses

          Comments about Vox SDC-33 Double-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

          I love P-90 guitars and own several so when these went on sale I had to try it. I got the trans red and it's a real looker. The ash body looks great and is matched so well it's hard to tell it's three piece. The hardware is top notch and all feels much more expensive. It's extremely well built with not a single flaw I can see. Fret ends were perfect on mine and the neck is very comfortable.
          The pickups are close to P-90 sounding but with their own character. As a P-90 guy I can say that I love them. While not totally noiseless they are a big improvement over stock P-90's. The controls are normal with the addition of another two way toggle switch. That one basically kicks the sound level up no matter where the pickup selecter switch is. Perfect for leads or going from softer passages to harder edged ones in the same song. The pickups sound great with clean sounds and with an overdrive pedal. I run through an old Vox OD from the 90's into Fender tube amps from the 60's and 70's and it sounds great.
          Gig bag is very nice but I'm having trouble finding a hardshell case for it as Vox doesn't offer an aftermarket on for it.
          The neck dive is slight, less then some Gibson SG's, but a wide leather strap easily cured that.

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great Guitar

          By M67

          from Galveston

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Neck heavy

          Best Uses

            Comments about Vox SDC-33 Double-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

            Great sound, its not going to give you the same sound as a P90, humbucker or single coil, but unique and very easy on the ears. You need to adjust the tone and volume with the coil tap to get the full benifit. I will be adding led wieghts to the control cavity to help balance the wieght of the neck, if you have ever owned a Gibson SG this will remind you of the way the neck always dived when you let go of it. This guitar is finished very well and if made in the USA with the same quality of craftsmanship I believe this guitar would easily fetch Gibson Les Paul prices without question. This is not a slab guitar like most strats, this is a high end instrument for little money. If you own one enjoy, if you have only a few dimes to spend take a chance on one of these before they are gone or return to regular prices.

            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Guitar

            By RB

            from Houston, TX

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            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Vox SDC-33 Double-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

              I have a few guitars this one is very well made for indonesia. Excellent tuners, graphtech nut, solid bridge. Came full setup and intonated. Gig bag as well. Great guitar,easy to play and good value.

              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Fantastic guitar!!!

              By Warren Appleby

              from Philadelphia, PA

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Vox SDC-33 Double-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

              The Vox SDC33 is a lot of guitar for a very reasonable price. The co-ax pickups are amazing. So many great tones when you play with the tone knob and the coil tap switch. The guitar is light and easy on the shoulder. I have the gold top - the finish is perfect with a nice cream binding on a dark cherry back, sides, and neck.

              I have a Gibson and a few Fenders and the Vox SDC33 can hang with any of them.

              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Vox SDC33

              By Jeff-uYs4x

              from San Francisco, CA

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Vox SDC-33 Double-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

              Let me start with saying that I have had many high end guitars and have been playing for over 30 years. This guitar has its own place and sound, and I got to like it after using it for some time. It has great workmanship and quality of work, especially considering its price range. It sounds somewhere in between Les Paul and a Strat, the difference between single coil and humbucker sound is not strong enough but still makes a difference. There are though some issues. As other reviewers indicated it was shipped upside down that made me concerned for neck condition. As I expected it had a strong buzz at the first two frets. I had to set it up for a few days in a row and change strings to bring it to something I can live with. Eventually it got better though in my opinion it still has more than normal buzzing. Everything else on guitar is done pretty well. In fact I have seen more expensive models that have worse overall quality. Teaburst color was great with distinctive look. For the price you can't go wrong on this guitar.

              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Vox sdc 33 excellence

              By Neo

              from Tampa

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              Pros

              • Fast neck
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Noiseless Single Coil
              • Slim Taper D

              Cons

              • Neck Slightly Weak

              Best Uses

              • Blues
              • Neo Classical Shred

              Comments about Vox SDC-33 Double-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

              As good as USA prs. Tonal full frequency.

              (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Not So Good

              By K. B.

              from Seattle

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              Pros

                Cons

                • Fret Buzz
                • Poor Pick Up

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Vox SDC-33 Double-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

                  I have been playing for many years, and have had many very expensive and many inexpensive guitars. I sent this one back. At first glance this guitar was exactly what I was looking for. A set neck with P-90 type single coils that can also humbuck. The neck needed adjustment, but the truss rod did absolutely nothing. Frets buzzed and the pickups were weak. Looks super cool, but for the same amount I would go with the new Squier guitars.

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great guitar for the price

                  By Steve

                  from undisclosed

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                  Pros

                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Vox SDC-33 Double-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

                  Very nice guitar for the price.
                  Needed a back up guitar for gigs and jamming, and this is a great choice. Little getting use to the higher frets, but has a solid feel and sound. Great electronics.

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Much more than expected!

                  By Starbull

                  from Ostrander, OH

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                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Vox SDC-33 Double-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

                    The quality of this guitar is much better than I expected. Occasionally guitars in this price range are borderline useless. Not so with this baby. Everything is right-on. Fit and finish are excellent, set-up was minimal, and the brushed aluminum-like tuning buttons are awesome looking with an unusual design. The guitar feels great in your hands and the contour body rests nicely against your body. I own several electric guitars and some were very expensive, but I can't compare this to any of them because of the co-axial pickups. They are a little different sounding. Good for any kind of music but with a sound all their own. They are also very, very QUIET! No humming whatsoever. I can't imagine anyone not loving this guitar. It offers a lot, especially at this price point.

                    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    ONLY ONE RELATIVELY MAJOR CON

                    By Vice

                    from Denver CO

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                    Comments about Vox SDC-33 Double-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

                    This is as an addendum to my review of 2/23/2013.

                    The guitar's neck heaviness is something I hadn't taken note of until it was too late to send the guitar back (though I don't know that I would have since it's an incredibly well-built machine for the price). This issue applies particularly to playing while standing.

                    In utilizing an Ernie Ball 2" Poly Guitar Strap against bare skin I noted that the neck won't drop as easily as it would with the strap on a T-shirt. But how often is a guy going to play topless?

                    I found that a 2-1/2" wide leather strap will significantly reduce the potential for neck drop, though not entirely.

                    Thus, it would seem that the most logical means by which to resolve the issue is a counterweight of some sort applied to the butt end of the guitar strap and weighing perhaps 5-6 ounces. (I say "5-6" after clipping to my 2" poly guitar strap a tactical knife spec'd at 3.6 ounces, which wasn't quite enough to balance things out.)

                    A couple additional notes:

                    Some guitarists might find the bridge to be a bit uncomfortable against the palm. You would have to try it out for yourself to determine whether it would be a problem for you.

                    The CoAxe pickups are what they are; you either like them or you don't. They provide clear, distinct, heavy tone with clarity and a wide range of tonal variation.

                    I actually enjoy the VOX SDC-22 more, but the SDC-33 has its place both where style and tone are concerned. It also comes with a better gig bag.

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Bought one, had to have a second.

                    By Quad

                    from MA

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                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                    • Fret Buzz

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • School Bands
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about Vox SDC-33 Double-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

                    I purchased a gold SDC33 for my son.cant say enough about the quality like most reviews have stated.Ive owned many guitars both cheap and expensive and have to say as well that this guitar was a steal at the price.Some said they had alot of fine tuning to set theres up,but mine was great right out of the box.Incredibly crisp and clean sounding through my fender deluxe.I agree with previous reviews that there is a little fret buzz at times,although i dont hear it through my amp so no problem for me.Loved it so much i had to order a second sdc33 in red.

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great Guitar!!! Won't be disappointed!!!

                    By QUIK1

                    from Mount Pleasant,PA

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                    Pros

                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Vox SDC-33 Double-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

                        Not that I need any more guitars, but I was interested in this one. I couldn't be more satisfied. No regrets here. 2 Thumbs Up!!!

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Tonal versatility that goes well beyond

                        By ewave

                        from Chesapeake Beach, MD

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                        Pros

                        • Fun To Play
                        • Good Feel
                        • Great Tone
                        • Solid Electronics
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                        • Finish Blemish

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about Vox SDC-33 Double-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

                        Among the MANY Guitars (SG, LPs, Strats, V, Explorer, more...) that I have previously owned and own tonally (if there is such a word) this Vox Guitar is my favorite. I can get all the classic Tele, LP, Strat sounds out of this guitar. I have found that this makes it really fun to practice with because click click and I have a completely different tone set coming out of the amp which keeps my ear sharp and focused.

                        The finish is beautiful, but mine did come with some cosmetic issues with the finish on the back of the neck. I thought about returning it, but after plugging it in and hearing the guitar I did not want to take a chance that the next one would not sound this great (I suspect that it would have, but still). The neck is comfortable and fast, and the guitar fits comfortably against my body when playing, but the tone truly is the factor that sets this guitar apart for me. I am very happy with the purchase and have recommended it to a couple of friends as a great gig guitar. (First time I have thought a guitar was unique enough that I have recommended one to friends).

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