Univox guitars

Univox


In the early 1960's the Unicord Corporation, a manufacturer of electronic transformers, purchased the Amplifier Corporation of America in Westbury, New York. They began marketing a line of amplifiers under the name of Univox. The company was purchased by Gulf+Western in 1967. Guitar making operations moved to Japan in 1975 where they continued making guitars until 1982. Production under the Univox name was halted after a fire at the Matsumoku factory. After this time instruments were made in Korea under the name Westbury. The Unicord Corporation was purchased by Korg in 1985, effectively ending the line for good.

Univox was best known for making copies of instruments from better known companies such as Mosrite, Fender, Gibson, Rickenbacker, Ampeg/Dan Armstrong, Epiphone and others. These copies are often referred to as lawsuit copies among collectors. The Univox Hi-Flier was largely based on the Mosrite Ventures guitar; it was popularized in the early 1990s by Kurt Cobain, almost two decades after original production had stopped.

Around 1967, Unicord merged with Merson, an importer of various headstock-brand guitars such as Tempo, Giannini and Hagstrom. This new company was called 'Merson Musical Products, A Division of Unicord Incorporated, A Gulf+Western Systems Company.' Around 1968 they started producing the Univox guitars. In 1975 Unicord and Merson split. However, Unicord continued to make Univox guitars until around 1978, even adding some newer models.

A number of tube and solid state amplifiers were produced by Univox over the years. These ranged from small practice combo amps to powerful heads with separate cabinets. Some models had built-in spring reverb and tremolo effects. In 1971 Univox introduced the B Group amplifiers, covered in two-toned blue or gray Tolex with distinctive ovalesque cosmetics.


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Guitars

Artist Series
Badazz
Bicentennial
Coily
Custom
Deluxe
Dove
Eagle
Effie
Flat-Top Acoustic (various)
Gimme
'Grass
Hi-Flier
HR-2
Limited Edition Series
Lucy
Mother/Rhythm and Blues
Pro
Ripper
Thin Line Series
UC-2/UC-3
Westbury Performer

Bass Guitars

Badazz Bass
Bicentennial Bass
Coily Bass
Eagle Bass
Hi Flier Bass
'Lectra (1970F) Bass
Lucy Bass
Model 3340 Bass
Naked Bass
Precisely Bass
Professional Bass
Stereo Bass
Thin Line Bass
UB-1 Bass

Amplifiers

Model BT505 Bass Amp
Model Tube Lead Amp
Model U45 Trem Amp
Model U45B Bass Amp
Model U65RD Lead 65 Amp
Model U75 Amp
Model U130B Bass Amp
Model U13OL Amp
Model U155-R Amp
Model U305-R Amp
Model U1011 Amp Head
Model U1061 Bass Amp Head
Model U1220 Amp
Model U1246 Bass Amp Head
Model U1246L Lead Amp Head

Effects
EC-80 Echo
EC-100 Echo
Echo-Tech EM-200
Micro 41 FCM41 mixer
Micro Fazer
Noise-Clamp EX110
Phaser PHZ1
Pro Verb
Square Wave SQ150
Super-Fuzz
Uni-Comp
Uni-Drive
Uni-Fuzz
Uni-Tron 5
Uni-Vibe
Uni-Wah Wah/Volume