The original guitars had some interesting design quirks, especially for the time – most notably their unusual pickup loadouts. Vox says it has aimed to keep “the historic design of these guitars unchanged, but [has] brought them up to date by improving their playability, controlling acoustic feedback, and raising the performance of the pickups.”
The first of the pair is the Bobcat S66, featuring three single-coil pickups and a vintage-inspired design that is very close to the original Italian-made Bobcat. The pickguard and pickups use plastics of the same colour as the original, and the guitar retains the aluminium knobs as found on the original. To bring its playability up to modern standards, however, the neck joint has improved access to the higher frets. The tune-o-matic bridge also means the neck angle and action are much more friendly when compared to the original.
The pickups in the S66 are modelled after the original Italian-made pickups, but have been re-voiced for a fuller tone. Their appearance is distinctly vintage, with square bevels and thick surrounds that lend the guitar a unique retro look.
Next is the Bobcat V90, based on the Vox Lynx. The original has seen the same updates as the S66, however, the V90 features two Soapbar pickups rather than the three small single-coils found in the S66. These use Strat-type pole magnets, lending them to a bright and punchy sound.
Head to voxamps.com for more information.