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Phantom Guitarworks is the exclusive manufacturer of reproduction of the Jennings Musical instruments U.K. guitar models based on original british models including the Phantom, Mando Guitar, Teardrop plus a full line of reproduction accessories, limited edition instruments guitars and basses.
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2,000 guitars later...and we are still going STRONG! We are honored and thrilled to have been building guitars for as long as we have. Our deepest gratitude to all our customers, friends and family for their support over the years. We look forward to continuing to serve you - our beloved music community! Cheers! - Jack / PGW
One of our Phantom guitars was on display in a recent PBS documentary - "ICON: Music Through the Lens". The network's six-part series debuted in July (2021) and "exposes the eye-opening, thrilling world of live music photography." It's a fascinating look at some of the most iconic photos taken in the history of popular music and the stories behind them. We highly recommend it! Our Phantom is shown here with New York retro rockers, Mystery Lights (as photographed by Sacha Lecca - one of the famous photogs featured in the documentary). Be sure to check it out! More info HERE.
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Being an avid collector of both JMI (Jennings Musical Instruments from the Golden Era of the 1960's) amps and guitars, it has always been a frustration to not be able to buy the proper plastic corners for my vintage amplifiers. Assuming there are more of my types out there, PGW spent 2 years making our reproduction corners. This corner is made of a stronge impact ABS plastic (LEFT side) for 1963-67 JMI amplifiers and all Thomas USA amplifiers. They will line up exactly as your original corners did and come with 2/ 3.5mm x 12 philips flat head black screws. The corner on the (Right) is for 80's-2013 amps commonly available everywhere. Set of 8 vintage corners with black phillips screws included. $9.95
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Vox entered the guitar market in 1961 with a series of student grade instruments with names such as the "Stroller" and "Clubman." Some of these earliest guitars were built for Vox by Guyatone in Japan. Others featured bodies and necks manufactured for Vox by Stuart Darkins Ltd, a UK furniture maker. Click here to see a JMI magazine ad from 1961 featuring some of these early Vox guitar models.
The body shapes of these early Vox guitars resembled those from Fender in America. They had inexpensive ferrite "bar magnet" pickups and lacked an adjustable neck truss rod. Vox would not be likely to attract the professional musician with these models.
Vox then moved on to develop a professional grade guitar. It was decided that this new professional guitar model should feature a body shape that would be unique, iconic and immdiately recognizable as a Vox instrument. It is reasonable to assume that the popularity of the Fender Stratocaster in the UK would encourage Vox to include "Strat" like features into the design of their new guitar.
In his 1991 book, "The Vox Story," JMI lead engineer Dick Denney reported that JMI entered into a contract with the London Design Centre in 1962 to suggest unique guitar profiles. Some dispute Denney's statement and claim that this design and development work was handled "in house" at JMI.
By 1965, the popularity and world wide demand for Vox guitars caused Jennings to supplement UK production of the Phantom by using Eko to additionally manufacture the Phantom in Italy. The Italian made Phantoms included a snap-on, padded cloth back pad, as shown at left.
In 1962 Vox introduced the pentagonal Vox Phantom guitar, originally made in England but soon after made by EKO of Italy. Phil "Fang" Volk of Paul Revere & the Raiders played a Phantom IV bass (which for some reason was eventually retrofitted with a Fender neck). It was followed a year later by the teardrop-shaped Mark VI, the prototype of which was made specifically for Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones, using a Fender Stratocaster bridge.
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Desiring a guitar line to accompany its amps, which were rapidly attaining broad popularity, JMI commissioned the London Design Centre in 1962 to come up with a design, resulting in the original Vox Phantom series.
The body shapes of these early Vox guitars resembled those from Fender in America. These early Vox models had inexpensive ferrite "bar magnet" pickups and necks that lacked an adjustable neck truss rod. Vox would not be likely to attract the professional musician with these models.Looking for an Iconic ShapeVox then moved on to design a professional grade guitar. It was decided that this new deluxe guitar model should feature a body shape that would be unique, iconic and immediately recognizable as a Vox instrument.In his 1991 book, "The Vox Story," JMI lead engineer Dick Denney reported that JMI entered into a contract with the London Design Centre in 1962 to suggest a unique body profile that would be developed into a new pro-quality guitar model. Others claim that the design for this proposed "top of the line" Vox guitar was drafted in-house at JMI. Either way, it was through these efforts that the legendary, "coffin shaped" Vox Phantom guitar body shape was born.The Vox Phantom I and Vox Phantom II - UK Production 1962-63JMI introduced two Phantom guitars, the "Phantom I" and "Phantom II" plus the Phantom Bass in the 1962 Vox catalog. These instruments featured a satin black polyester finish and were assembled at JMI in the UK using bodies, necks and hardware purchased from various outside suppliers.It is reasonable to assume that the popularity of the Fender Stratocaster in the UK would encourage Vox to incorporate "Strat" like features into the design of the Phantom. Like the Stratocaster, the Phantom I and II had three single coil pickups, a three position pickup selector, a vibrato arm, a bolt on neck and a contoured back.Like most of the other models in the 1962 Vox range, the Phantom I and Phantom II guitars were equipped with Vox V.1. single coil pickups with "bar type" magnets and chrome covers. While the Phantom I guitar was equipped with a three position rotary pickup selector, the Phantom II featured three on/off slide switches, one for each pickup. Even though Vox claimed these individual switches enhanced the frequency response of the Phantom II, it was the three position rotary pickup selector switch from the Phantom I that was incorporated into all later Phantom guitar production.
What makes this guitar special: Most of the Vox teardrop guitars you see for sale are the Italian made versions, so it's rare when we find a nice English made one. This one features the classic teardrop shape body in original black finish with tremolo tailpiece, circular back pad, mirror pickguard & three single coil pickups. A super cool, true vintage beauty with a groovy swinging sixties vibe.
Cosmetic Condition: Good honest play wear for a 50 plus year old guitar - various nicks, chips, dents & dings; surface scratches, heavy weather checking & some finish wear. Most of the headstock logo has worn off over the years & the guitar had different tuners on at one time as evidenced by the filled screw holes & some light filler in the slightly larger reamed peg holes. But the proper Vox tuners are back on & look fantastic. Overall the guitar has a wonderful look to it with a gorgeous patina.
Neck: Nicely rounded maple neck with beautiful, dark rosewood fingerboard & pearloid dot inlays. The guitar was refretted with medium jumbos which show no wear. Vox embossed nickel tuners are in perfect working condition. Serial number on truss rod cover reads 64141 which is the same number stamped on the back of the headstock. 1 5/8" nut width; 25 1/2" scale length. Neck is straight & truss rod is functioning.
The machine heads are diecast and the rest of the hardware is chrome. The pearloid scratch plate with white body and black pickups and headstock go well together, and while some people may view pearloid as a little tacky, I think it sits well with the design of this guitar (in a non-tacky way).
Tom Petty With Original 1960's VOX TeardropThese guitars sounded great but they were made poorlyThey playability, fit & finish was awful.I have several of the originals in stock and the 1960's Italian construction is pretty embarrassing.
Hilton ValentineMy First Guitar HeroHilton was responsible for naming Jimi Hendrix's Band "The Experience"He also wrote the chord changes and arpeggios for the original guitar anthemYou know, before there was a a "Stairway to Heaven"There was "The House Of The Rising Sun"
Vox Phantom IV - What do the Beatles have in common with the Breakaways? (1966)As well as featuring 3 guitars: Mark VI 222, Bobcat, and Phantom IV bass, this advert also shows the Essex bass amp, and Vox Continental organ [more]
Vox Phantom IV - Paul Revere and the Raiders Ride on Top with Vox (1966)Mid sixties Vox advert featuring Paul Revere and the Raiders and their Vox equipment. The Phantom guitar and bass, plus some Vox valve amplifiers: the AC-100 and Foundation bass amp [more] 041b061a72