NAMM 2016: Brandishing perhaps the most distinctive guitar outline we're likely to see from a major manufacturer at NAMM, Vox's Starstream Type-1 takes a new approach not only to modelling guitars but electric guitars in general.
Reviving the name of Vox's 60s teardrop-shaped electric, the Starstream offers 27 instrument models that use the company's AREOS-D system, including electric, acoustic and synths, as well as banjo, sitar and resonator sounds, accessed using a control module on the lower part of the guitar's body.
The guitar's unconventional construction is a result of "advanced ergonomic considerations", with three-dimensional contours, easy upper-fret access and a mango body tonewood – Vox reckons it "conforms to your body in a way that no wooden guitar shape can".
To achieve the range of sounds on offer, the AREOS-D system includes magnetic pickups, a piezo pickup system and a DSP engine, serving up nine banks of instruments with three variations in each, including onboard overdrive and reverb effects – the whole system is powered by four AA batteries.
The Vox Starstream is available from May 2016 in Black and Red body finishes for £718, while Black Frame, White Frame and Red Frame options hit the shelves in June, priced at £790 – look out for more on this unusual beast in our coverage from the NAMM show floor.
- Onboard System: AREOS-D System, incorporating the Control Module, Magnetic Pickups, Piezo Pickup, Volume, Tone and Pickup Selector Switch
- Body: Mango
- Neck: Maple
- Fingerboard: Rosewood
- Neck: Fingerboard Radius: 310mm, Neck Shape: "C" Shape, Scale Length: 25 1/8" (638 mm), Number of Frets: 22, Fret Size: Medium jumbo, Nut Width: 43 mm
- Pickups: VOX XLM x 2, Piezo Pickup in each Saddle
- Bridge: 2 Post Tremolo
- Controls: 3 position model switch, Group selector, VOLUME knob, TONE knob, DRIVE/REVERB knob, POWER button and LED, FX (effect) /CANCEL button and LED, WRITE button and LED
- Number of Sounds: 27 (9 banks x 3)
- User Programs: 6 (2 banks x 3)
- Outputs: Guitar output jack (1/4" phone type), Headphone jack (1/8" phone type)
- Power: Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4, or Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) x 4
- Expected Battery Life under Continuous Use: Alkaline battery: 11 hours, Rechargeable Ni-MH battery: 15 hours * These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.
- Colour Options: Starstream Type-1 Black (VSS-1-BK/Black Frame with Semi-Gloss Black body), Starstream Type-1 Red (VSS-1-RD/Black Frame with Semi-Gloss Red body), Starstream Type-1 Frame Black (VSS-1-FBK Metallic Black Frame with See-Through Semi-Gloss Black body), Starstream Type-1 Frame White (VSS-1-FWH/Metallic White Frame with See-Through Semi-Gloss Black body), Starstream Type-1 Frame Red (VSS-1-FRD/Metallic Red Frame with See-Through Semi-Gloss Black body)
- Accessories: Tremolo Arm, Adjustment wrench, Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4 (for checking the instrument purpose only), Gig bag