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Vox SSC33 Single-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 SSC33 Single-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.

The signature VOX 3-D contoured body of the SSC33 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.

The SSC33 guitar uses the same MaxConnect(tm) 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 SSC33 enhanced tuning stability, so you can play with confidence. The mahogany necks are topped with rosewood fingerboards.

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
  • Single-cutaway solidbody, Mahogany with bound maple top.
  • Vox Super Smooth tuners and MaxConnect bridge
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Vox Coaxe pickups

Let Vox be your new voice. Order today.

 

SSC33 Single-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Body Style: Single-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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VoxSSC33 Single-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 15 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (12)
  • Fun to play (11)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Solid electronics (9)
  • Good pick up (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (11)
    • Practicing (10)
    • Rock concerts (7)
    • Recording (6)
    • Small venues (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (10), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Very Impressed

    I picked up this guitar a few weeks ago after shopping around for quite some time. While I was in the store I played many other guitars including Epiphones, Fenders, Squiers, Ibanez,...Read complete review

    I picked up this guitar a few weeks ago after shopping around for quite some time. While I was in the store I played many other guitars including Epiphones, Fenders, Squiers, Ibanez, and a few others in the price range and here's what I found:

    THIS THING IS SWEET.

    lets start with looks:
    I bought the "teaburst" edition with a beautifully matched 3 piece ash top. The finish is nice and although its only a set neck, it LOOKS like a neck-through; a major plus in my book. Nice binding around the body too (although it just randomly cuts off at the neck, maybe neck binding too VOX?).

    The tuners are unique and hold a decent tune, not horrible nor spectacular. Just average tuners with interesting looking pegs.

    Playability:
    Out of the box the guitar was very well set up. It took a little tweaking to get the intonation just right, but definitely playable straight out of the box (YMMV).

    The neck is fast and comfortable, frets were dressed nicely. (I'd personally prefer larger frets on this guitar, but I'm not considering them a negative aspect).

    Bridge seems a little cheap but I like the design. Again, no complaints there.

    Tone:
    This is where I'm torn. The Coaxe pickups are nice, but leave something to be desired at lower volumes. The tone is crisp and clean (run through a Fender Blues Jr.) with a bright, snappy response (don't worry, there's plenty of low end too). The switch to activate the outer blades is a neat feature, but really only at clean, higher volumes. Bedroom guitarists may not be able to enjoy the subtle versatility of the pick ups, but if you can crank your volume a bit, they do offer an interesting tonal variety.

    Overall:
    If you're looking for the Les Paul look with out the expensive price tag or a nice P90 equipped guitar with a little extra umph then this is your guitar. Heck, even if you're looking to upgrade from your first guitar or even second or third I would still suggest this guitar. A great addition to any arsenal, especially if you're a versatile player.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Disappointed with the pick up

    This guitar plays and feels great. I really like its neck width and length--it's not short like most single cut guitars. The pickups are NOT as versatile as they describe. You can't...Read complete review

    This guitar plays and feels great. I really like its neck width and length--it's not short like most single cut guitars. The pickups are NOT as versatile as they describe. You can't get a true single coil sound from the pick up, actually, no single coil sound at all. Its 2-way switch is not a coil tap, but a series/parallel option. As the pickups don't sound good either way, and their cavity are for a P-90's, I will probably replace them for a pair of Gibson P-90's.

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    5.0

    Great Guitar for the money

    By Cal

    from Cal

    About Me Experienced

    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 SSC33 Single-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

      Just bought a few inexpensive guitars after playing about 50 used ones. The Vox and the PRS SE Series where the best I found.

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      5.0

      Great Unique Guitar

      By Threadedtime

      from Arlington, TX

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Cover Bands
        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Vox SSC33 Single-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

        A very Unique Guitar...

        Body: The body is very comfortable with its Ergonomic cut and deep contours. The top is a very thick piece of Ash (I have the Teaburst Model). The Ash seems to make the highs bloom more than the Maple does.

        Neck: Nice comfortable cut...similar to the PRS "Regular" contour. Frets are spot on with no sharp edges and seem to be more "Medium" height. The nut job is well done almost too low.

        Hardware: Tuners are comfortable and function with the "S" shape to them...they are smooth and stay in tune. The Bridge is Aluminum and is a top load type...Slightly innovative. I love it...it really brings out the tone of the guitar and lets it ring. Switches and knobs are good.

        PICKUPS!!!: This is where the guitar sets itself apart from others, especially in this price range. Basically they seem to be a Hi Fidelity Pickup. The Cleans on this thing are similar to a Tele but with more body when in the "Clean" aka Singlecoil mode. Bell like but never thin. The "Lead" mode is thicker but still retains the top end but at the same time the bass is very tight and not boomy. The EQ is very flat but it seems to have a natural "Presence". If I had to compare them to anything it would be a neck P90 with A LOT of headroom. The other thing is that the pickups are DEAD SILENT.

        Overall a great unique guitar. It doesn't really sound like any other guitar but at the same time covers a lot of sonic territory.

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        4.0

        Got a character of its own

        By Schchster85

        from Mostly Miami

        About Me Novice

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Sharp fret ends

        Best Uses

        • Jamming

        Comments about Vox SSC33 Single-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

        I may not be a good player but I do own a lot of guitars to compare this one to. Most everything in gear comes down to its price point, at the end of the day, and there this heavily discounted guitar is exceptional value. It's got a tone of its own when compared to my other humbucker or P-90 equipped guitars, it is lighter than a recent Les Paul, has a fairly slim and very playable neck, has some nice contours carved in its body, has decent finish, hardware (I love the tuners, interesting bridge design) etc.

        The only real negative is that several of the frets were sharp and had to be filed down, in my experience something unusual for an Indonesian made instrument.

        So, would I pick this over, say, a LP Junior? Not if it were my only guitar, but I would certainly add it to the stable.

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        5.0

        Great feel, great sound, great buy!

        By RB3

        from Richland, WA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Vox SSC33 Single-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

          I'm very pleased with this guitar. As always, delivery from Musician's Friend was timely and it arrived in perfect shape. Only a few minor adjustments to match my personal preferences and it was ready to go. Great sound, great range of variations, nice action & feel. Also, can't beat the amazing price. Thanks MF!

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very cool guitar

          By Nellie

          from Arlington

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Practicing

          Comments about Vox SSC33 Single-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

          Everywhere I go, people tell me how cool this guitar looks. It's a Vox, after all, and it certainly looks good.

          Anyway, the components are really amazing, especially for the price point (easy to use tuners and good, smooth frets) and seem to be identical to more expensive Vox models.

          The initial setup is so horrible, it is laughable - no tension on truss rod so fret buzz is horrible, pickups (which are very hot) are positioned too close to the strings, extremely high bridge positions the strings a good half inch from the finger board, etc. But after a proper setup, the sound is amazing with good sustain. There is a clean (single coil)/dirty (humbucker emulation) settings on the pickups, but it takes a few seconds for the dirty setting. I don't get a lot of crunch though, even with the dirty setting, so I stay in clean. It is good for jazzy/bluesy sounds. Neck is pretty small and cutout/thin body makes the higher frets easy to access. I love playing this this guitar.

          I have no regrets on this purchase and can see keeping this guitar for years.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Sick Guitar

          By deytookerjaabs

          from Chicago, Il

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Bite Sustain Resonance

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Vox SSC33 Single-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

              31 now, Been a player since I was 11. Music Degree, Studio Player, Teacher, bla bla. Anyways, I play too much and love all sorts styles of music.

              My first impression just from LOOKING at the guitar: Uhg, cheap bridge, uber thick finish, cheap pickups, gross.

              Reality when picked up: Fantastic sustain, resonates well, harmonics and overtones ring off the body wonderfully, what it lacks in pick attack acoustically it makes up for with the pickups. I'm not a boutique lover but I do prefer a good simple build from a poor build (not that low end guitars can't be cool).

              A/B this guitar with a real Les Paul, Heritage, Quality Strat or Tele through a solid tweed amp and it comes out running with the pack. Which, is very rare for guitars in it's price rance, it's honestly in that league. Granted there are rare exceptions, let's face it, most Epi's, Ibanez's, Fenders, and Ebay Chinese production guitars do sound/play cheap when compared to their better counterparts. (Unless your tone is based off of your effects processor, then they'll all do the job!)

              I can't say enough about this thing, I bought it on clearance brand new (a honey sunburst version). For some reason I felt it sounded better than the DC version, just a bit more vintage. The marketing nonsense in the manual actually, for once, has a grain of truth to it. The bridge chimes wonderfully, the pickups capture a very raw/wooden tone, and the feel is almost a bit too luxury-like. I'm not too concerned about my back or belly being comfortable as long as I can feel string vibrations.

              Now, the overall tone isn't anything ground-breaking in terms of new territory. But, news flash, if you want to break ground you need to start studying electronics, computer programming, sensors, build interfaces, use Max/Msp, Csound, Buzz, Reaktor, etc..etc, rather than pretending your pedal board shows how original you are.

              What could it use? I'm going to try and pop a treble bleed in it, she loses a lot of overtones when you roll the volume back, if you don't use a volume pedal that is. It would be neat if there was a satin finish option too.

              Oh, also, everything is tight. The tuners and bridge allow for incredibly accurate tiny adjustments, even the alloy of the allen wrench seems to be of higher quality than any set you'll buy at home depot.

              This axe, like most good solid-body electric guitar designs, can pull off a gig with Howlin' Wolf, Nashville Superpickers, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Nirvana and is easy enough to play that one can run through straight 16th note nonsense even the shred dregs would approve of.

              So, if you spend more time playing rather than mulling over capacitors used in your college tuition strat yet still appreciate good tone buy this blue collar machine before they're all gone.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very good guitar

              By Guitar Critic

              from Los Angeles, California

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about Vox SSC33 Single-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

                I am very pleased with this guitar. It is balanced and comfortable to play. I like the variety of sounds that you can get from the pickups. The action and the set up is good and there are no harp edges on the frets.

                I have the vintage cream which looks OK. I also have the Vox SDS33 in tea burst which looks better. SDS33 is a bit neck heavy and not as comfortable as this guitar.

                It comes with a very good gig bag.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Not too shabby

                By Big D

                from Iowa

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Comfortable
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel

                Cons

                • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Vox SSC33 Single-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

                First impressions - I got the Blackburst, which had a somewhat green tint to the wood grain area. It doesn't look bad, it just wasn't quite what I was expecting. The frets were incredibly sharp, definitely not what I expect from a guitar that claims their 1K MSRP. My daughter's very cheap Rouge wasn't this bad. I didn't have anything to file them (ALL of them) down with the first day I got it and had pretty good scratches on my hand after an hour or so.
                Other than that it is a nice guitar. VERY comfortable contour on the backside. The pickups/tone seem to sound better and have more variation int he controls at higher volumes IMO.
                Overall, I would consider it a viable option against entry Fenders and Gibsons.
                I gave it 4 stars considering its reg price. I would give it 5 at the sale price.

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                (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A Good Choice

                By BvP

                from Minnesota

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                Ask me a question

                Pros

                • Excellent Value
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Recording And Performing

                  Comments about Vox SSC33 Single-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

                  I'm very pleased with the Vox SSC33. I'm on a tight budget, but need quality. This guitar provides for that.

                  The sound is unique, yet reminiscent of a Telecaster or Les Paul. The feel of the VOX is solid and comfortable. It also has a beautiful look. The "natural cream" finish however, is not as it appears on line. Its more of a yellow/amber color(which I prefer). The knobs and hardware are solid and smooth. The gig bag that comes with is also well-made.

                  I shopped around for quite a while before buying the Vox. I don't think there is anything out there that exceeds the SSC33's value-to-quality ratio.

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                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I think this was a great deal thanks..

                  By Gimpy

                  from Boise

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Vox SSC33 Single-Cutaway Solidbody Electric Guitar:

                    Before you spend a bunch of $$$ try this guitar. I like it better than my Les Paul.Feel, tone, neck and controls all surpass Les Paul Standard.

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