Vox Virage SC

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.

Sounds

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.

MusicRadar Rating

4 / 5 stars
Pros

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

Cons

Less resonant and more solidbody sounding – purely a matter of taste.

Verdict

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

Country of Origin

Japan

Available Controls

10dB pad

Available Finish

Vintage Sunburst, Black

Back and Sides Finish

Mahogany

Back Material

Mahogany

Body Binding

Bound edge

Case Included

Yes

Fingerboard Material

Bound Rosewood

Guitar Body Material

Mahogany

Hardware

Vox Full Contact aliminium bridge, Vox Logo'd enclosed tuners with contoured buttons

Inlays

Mother of Pearl Inlays

Left Handed Model Available

No

Neck Finish

Mahogany, glued-in

Neck Material

Mahogany

No. of Frets

22

No of Frets Clear

-9999999

No of Strings

6

Nut Material

Bone

Options

Body: Honduran mahogany (Cherry/Black) or Ash

Year of Origin

2008

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