Vox debuts new Giulietta VGA-5TD guitar with sound modelling and gives the Phantom a £199 slight return

Vox Giulietta VGA-5T
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Vox has announced a VGA-5TD Giulietta archtop model integrates its AREOS-D sound modelling system, alongside the return of a Phantom-influenced body shape to its mini travel guitar range. 

A smaller-bodied take on the archtop with a full-scale neck aims to widen the appeal with the more compact dimensions, as well as reducing the feedback susceptibility. But the AREOS-D technology goes much further in widening the sonic horizons of the VGA-5TD beyond archtop electric guitar expectations.

Vox Giulietta VGA-5T

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The guitar features both magnetic and piezo pickups and selector switch for access to 18 modelled sounds – including synth sounds plus onboard reverb and overdrive. A Tune-O-Matic-style bridge is integrated with individual string piezo pickups while the Vox  XLM humbucker pickup aims for a more traditional electric guitar experience. 

"With a wide array of sounds at your fingertips, there’s no need to carry a banjo, sitar, resonator guitar or other instrument that may only be used once or twice in a gig," says Vox.

"The VGA-5TD also includes a detachable string mute that addresses a typical issue with archtop acoustic guitars, namely the piezo capturing the lingering vibration of strings between the bridge and the tailpiece," adds the company.

The VGA-5TD will retail for £899 and is available in Pearl Orange, Natural/Metallic and Faded Silver finishes. 

Vox Mark V Mini

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While Vox still hasn't given fans of the '60s Phantom model a full authentic reissue, there's a scaled-down one at least with the Phantom-influenced new Mark V Mini.

The 18.7" three-quarter-scale scale guitar has a regular-sized nut and can be played in standard tuning with heavier gauge strings. 

Vox Mini V

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The £199 Mark V features single-coil pickups with a three-way selector, 18:1 ratio tuners and is available in black and white finishes. 

More info at Vox

Rob Laing
Guitars Editor, MusicRadar

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar in the UK. When I'm not rejigging pedalboards I'm usually thinking about rejigging pedalboards.