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NAMM 2018: Vox's Futuristic Starstream Guitars Updated
Vox Starstream Guitars were a radical innovation for 2016, and in 2018 Vox has updated the range with the Starstream Type 1 Plus and the Starstream Type 1 Plus Mahogany.
These new guitars feature an updated AREOS-D system with more realistic and inspiring sounds. They also now include a (much-requested) passive mode, which lets you perform without a battery using the traditional guitar pickups alone.
Additionally, the new Starstream Plus Mahogany guitars have a mahogany body that provides a traditional guitar tonewood for enhanced sustain and warmth. This new guitar is paired with a Blackwood Tek Sustainable Wood Composite fingerboard which provides (in Vox's words) "crisp attack with a balance of sparkling harmonics, rich fundamental sound and even tone that brings each modeled voice to life."
The original Starstream guitar platform enabled players to access a range of modelled electric/acoustic guitar and other instrument sounds. The guitars utilised a newly developed AREOS-D system that blended the sound of the onboard traditional guitar pickups for classic guitar tones. It also used piezo pickups to create the acoustic guitar sounds, along with a powerful DSP engine that 'filled in the gaps' and created all manner of sounds using the two pickup types in combination.
The updated Starstream guitars use an updated version of the same tech, and can create 27 modelled instrument sounds including unique synth-based patches with fast tracking for a musical response. This gives guitarists a very versatile live performance rig without having to change instruments mid-gig; an ideal solution for forward-looking cover band musicians, function groups, or theatre players. A headphone output also makes these instruments ideal for practising guitarists, who could take this guitar and practice with a multitude of different tones.
We haven't even mentioned the most stand-out feature of the Starstream range: the looks! Guitar designers are stereotypically a traditional breed and models like this don't often hit the market. The Parker Fly and the uniquely shaped Teuffnel 'Bird-Fish', along with the headless Strandberg guitars spring to mind as having similar stand-out looks.
Make no mistake, though, the Starstream guitars will certainly make an impression. With a separate body and outlining 'frame' separated by an air gap, the Starstream guitars are highly ergonomic, lightweight and offer unparalleled top-fret access.
Speaking of top-fret access, Vox has also announced a 24-fret Starstream model with upgraded Seymour Duncan pickups, but we'll have to hold on until we find out more information for those upcoming models.
If you're looking to make a mark and fancy an alternative modelling technology to the big contender, Line 6, we think that Vox guitars will stand out from the crowd and mark you out as a thoroughly forward-looking guitarist.
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By Matt WilkinsonPosted on 18 Jan 2018 14:10 to category : Instruments News
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