5 February 2015
The "Vox Bulldog guitar" V241 was introduced to the US market in the 1966 "Vox: It's What's Happening" catalog.
The "Vox Bulldog" was designed to capitalize on the popularity of Mosrite guitars when in the mid 60s, Mosrite guitars were popularized by artists like "The Ventures" and "Davie Allan and The Arrows". Ironically, "Thomas Organ", the US distributor of Vox, signed an exclusive distribution deal with Mosrite guitars in 1968, but Mosrite declared bankruptcy before "Thomas Organ" started selling their products.
The "V241 Bulldog" guitar featured a carved top and a three color sunburst finish. It also had three single coil pickups, a three way pickup selector, a single volume and twin tone controls.
The neck featured the "Vox Double T" aluminium neck reinforcement system along with an adjustable truss rod.
The 1966 Vox catalog described the V241 Bulldog as follows: "Ebony finger-board; nickel silver frets; two-way string damper; entire body and neck hand-bound; sunburst".
The Vox V241 Bulldog guitar was produced for Vox in Italy by EKO in Recanati, Italy. A decal on the back of each guitar states: "Made in Italy by Vox".
There were two versions of the "Vox Bulldog guitar". "Thomas Organ" were selling a three-pickup Italian-made version with vibrato.
Around 1970 a two-pickup, non-vibrato, model was shown in the Giant Sounds UK Vox catalogue. With the same ebony neck, although it is not clear where these guitars were actually manufactured.