“One of the coolest-looking guitars ever. This was custom-made for Brian as kind of a one-off. He requested it as a six-string, and at the time all of the six-strings Vox was building had vibrato bars.
If you look closely, the bridge on this guitar is a Fender Strat bridge. They probably could have put in another bridge, but put in Fender parts just so they could get the guitar to him fast in the summer of ’64. The part where the vibrato bar would screw in is cut off. On the back, where the block connects the springs, it’s in there but they had to slice the block down to make it shorter – they did this because the body of the guitar was so thick.
“Brian used it in the studio as well as live. As you can imagine, it’s a difficult guitar to play sitting down, though. During this period, Brian and Keith didn’t share guitars so much. Later on, the guitars became more communal. More than any other guitar, the Vox Teardrop is one that’s associated with Brian Jones. It was an extension of his personality.”