The Vox APC-1 is inspired by the classic 1960s Vox Apache II, but packs in a whole slew of modern features. Making this travel guitar a grab-and-go solution for musicians on the go.
The core of the Vox APC-1 centers around a Tectonic Audio 180° wide-directional speaker coupled with a passive radiator. This combination enhances the guitar’s sound and delivers ample volume, powered by six AA batteries. The use of non-rechargeable onboard batteries is likely a cost-saving measure, contributing to a more affordable price point.
It uses an analog circuit amp utilising Vox’s amp technology and a rhythm machine employing VOX MINI GO, the digital modeling amp.
Vox has integrated a range of built-in effects into the mix, including chorus, tremolo, delay, and reverb. In addition to these features, the travel guitar provides onboard support with a rhythm section comprising 33 patterns spanning 11 genres. These genres include R&B, funk, dance, metal, blues, and pop, with each pattern offering three variations that encompass fundamental elements for most musicians. The inclusion of a tap tempo button and an onboard tuner adds further convenience to the package.
Controls, Hardware & Connectivity
On the guitar side of the APC-1, you’ll find essential controls such as a pickup selector, gain, boost (on/off), tone, and volume. The boost feature adds a touch of distortion to your clean sounds, offering an extra layer of grit to your guitar tone.
Constructed with a poplar body, a maple neck, and a purpleheart fretboard, the hardware features a hardtail bridge and two humbuckers. The APC-1 is available in vibrant orange, blue, and red finishes.
Vox has thoughtfully included ample connectivity options, providing a standard 3/4″ output, an aux input, and a headphones out. This makes it a versatile solution for any guitarist on the go, fulfilling the needs of a travel guitar.
Vox has officially stated that the new APC-1 will be due out in July 2024. Which is just in time for summer, so you could grab one and take it on holiday with you. Investing in a set of rechargeable AA batteries would make this a great travel companion.