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    Vox

    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

    Let Vox be your new voice. Order today.

     
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    VoxSDC-33 Double-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar
     
    4.6

    (based on 36 reviews)

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    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    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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    5.0

    Awesome guitar

    By Warchild

    from Rochester NY

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      This is a great guitar, it was on sale when I got it and I could not be happier. I had to do some setup once I unboxed it so be prepared for that. Take it to someone who knows what they are doing if you do not know how to set it up yourself. Overall this is a ROCKING guitar with awesome sound. I own several guitars from fender tele to gibson LP and this baby holds its own. It is a beautiful guitar and very comfortable to play. 5 stars for sure!! Thanks VOX and Musician's Friend!

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      3.0

      Nice guitar BUT...

      By 42Guitars

      from Bethel, Ct

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      Pros

      • Good Construction Quality
      • Great Finish

      Cons

      • Poor setup

      Best Uses

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

        For the sale price, this is a great guitar if you can do your own set up. When I took it out of the box, I was immediately impressed with the construction quality and the finish. Also, the sound is good. But the guitar was UNPLAYABLE out of the box. The action was set WAY too high. And the truss rod was not adjusted properly. Ok, these are easy fixes if you know how. But once I made the adjustments, I found that there were several high frets. So fret leveling was required. I suspect that is the source of the fret buzz that others have mentioned. If you get beyond these negative points, you will have a great guitar for the money. But be prepared to put either some effort or some money into it to get it in shape.

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        5.0

        Tonal versatility that goes well beyond

        By ewave

        from Chesapeake Beach, MD

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        Verified Buyer

        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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        5.0

        This a fabulous guitar-- EXCEPT

        By DAVE

        from San Francisco

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Lightweight Great Neck
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

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

          Six great tones that are GREAT for clean-- even make my Pro Jr clean-- but haven't tried any cranky tones yet. It's so well built, that if VOX keeps this up, they'll once again be known not only for AMPS, but GUITARS, too. I don't like the factory fix for "neck dive" on this one-- not all of them have it-- but it's still a guitar well worth double the money. Triple! Liked it so much I ordered another. And got me interested in their amps again, after a LOT of years.

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          5.0

          Get it before their gone

          By string #9

          from california

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Just Need A Little Setup

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

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

          This is one of the best guitars that I own, due it different sound of pickups.Nice quality and electronics,when i set this baby it awas just a little ajustment. I got the gold super nice.

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          5.0

          Wow ,Dont let the price fool you!!

          By The J.G.M.Band

          from Applecreek, Ohio

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

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

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

          Just a good set up with my guitar guy and its good to go! Great Buy!

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          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.

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            5.0

            Great take on a classic form

            By Mark Lee Hunter

            from France

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None For Me

            Best Uses

            • Playing

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

            I picked this up "gently used", and got an incredible deal. The red finish is MUCH nicer than in the site photo -- more line a deep candy red. It's a very comfortable axe to play, as others have said, very light. Also versatile sound (more single coil than HB) and has a distinct, woody voice with great resonance. No noise in any position. Keeps definition when distorted, sounds great clean. A slight back bow in the neck explains the fret rattle some have noted, mine had it too, I tuned to open A with a set of 11s and the problem went away. I use mine for slide, it rings. If you like double cut axes you won't find a better value, including the low-end Gibsons. Unlike a Gibson Tribute I recently got through a trade, the Vox needs no mods to go on stage. It's a great piece to have in my collection alongside my (mainly) Reverends. If I only had one guitar, I'd be glad to have one as good as this.

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            5.0

            better the second time around

            By guitarman

            from rhode island

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

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

              I feel compelled to write a second review on this guitar. I really disliked the first one I owned and this is reflected in my review. Well I ended up buying a second basically as it was a broken class 4 which I bought for very little. My thought was to pull the pickups after repair as I did like the body and neck on the first one I owned. It was the sound I hated. Well what a surprise this guitar is completely different in sound than the first. All because of body wood. My first one had a full mahogony body. It sounded flat with the vox pickups. My second one was a maple top (actually looks like ash not maple but the website notes maple). What a difference!! The coaxial pickups are bright and dynamic. Really not p90 sounding but a sound all their own. somewhere between a p90 and a mini humbucker in sound. Who says wood choice does not make a difference.
              Bottom line is that this is a very well made guitar with solid nice sounding pickups. It is a bit neck heavy but who cares for the price they are selling these at. Just don't buy the black mahogony. Repeat - Don't buy the black mahogony

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              5.0

              ONLY ONE RELATIVELY MAJOR CON

              By DV

              from Denver metro area

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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.

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