NAMM 2024: A live rig in a gigbag? Vox delivers the APC-1, a guitar with a built-in speaker, drum machine and effects unit, rendering the rest of your band redundant

Vox APC-1
(Image credit: Vox Amps)

With NAMM 2024 on the horizon, Vox Amps has announced its latest guitar, which is more than just that. The Vox APC-1 combines '60s aesthetics with contemporary tech for an eye-catching all-in-one guitar and performance machine. Not content with just having six strings and some pickups, it has a built-in amp, effects unit and rhythm machine, making for a "self-contained musical experience ideal for any setting".

It might look like something Gerry Anderson dreamt up after eating some funny mushroom soup, but Vox has strived to equip this weird and wonderful guitar with high-end modern tech to make sure it stands as more than just a gimmick.

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.