Vox Virage SC review

  • £1975
  • $3400

From Dartford to Japan, via San Francisco, Vox's much anticipated new-design electrics have finally landed in the UK.

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Our Verdict

The SC leans towards a solidbody in terms of sounds and resonance, producing a different array of versatile tones.


  • Stunning design; light weight; acoustic resonance; wide range of classic sounds.


  • Less resonant and more solidbody sounding – purely a matter of taste.
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The SC is a fairly bulky guitar, weighing in at 3.2kg, but it's still much lighter than a modern Les Paul (typically 4-4.5kg).

The centre block, viewed through just its bass-side f-hole, looks a little chunkier too. The neck joint is contoured but, without any binding, it looks a little more conventional. It has more than adequate access and feels balanced on the strap.


The SC has a solid and not overtly resonant acoustic sound that's got depth and character. There's a little more low-end than you might expect which, combined with a brighter voicing, creates a wider, slightly expanded sound.

Versatility and diversity are the keywords and a slightly lower set-up somehow enhances its more 'solidbody' status.

There's a bit of snap to the sound, you might need to roll off a little high-end either from the guitar or your amp, but then again that added edge enhances the clean modes that especially with FX sound lush and pristine – sort of like a more modern version perhaps of the DC, more ebony than rosewood if you like, more maple than mahogany.

Tech Specs

Country of OriginJapan
Available Controls10dB pad
Available FinishVintage Sunburst, Black
Back and Sides FinishMahogany
Back MaterialMahogany
Body BindingBound edge
Case IncludedYes
Fingerboard MaterialBound Rosewood
Guitar Body MaterialMahogany
HardwareVox Full Contact aliminium bridge, Vox Logo'd enclosed tuners with contoured buttons
InlaysMother of Pearl Inlays
Left Handed Model AvailableNo
Neck FinishMahogany, glued-in
Neck MaterialMahogany
No. of Frets22
No of Frets Clear-9999999
No of Strings6
Nut MaterialBone
OptionsBody: Honduran mahogany (Cherry/Black) or Ash
Year of Origin2008