Starstream Type 1 Black/Black Metal electric guitar

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Starstream Type 1 Black/Black Metal electric guitar

Announcing a limited-edition model of the Starstream, Special in every way: playability, sound, and looks.

A new model has been added to the Starstream Type 1 lineup, whose forward-thinking approach and solid technology gave it a stunning debut in the world of electric guitars.

While carrying on the novel frame design, the carefully-calculated body balance, and the realistic modeling sound powered by the AREOS-D system, the new Starstream Type 1-24 with DiMarzio features a 648 mm (25.5”) scale length and 24-fret design that propel it to a revolutionary level of playability in high positions.

Together with the Three-90 pickups made by DiMarzio, we've also added a much-requested passive pickup mode so that you can perform without having to supply battery power, meaning that you can enjoy the sound of passive pickups from your guitar amp, just as you would with a conventional electric guitar. Gotoh tuning heads are also now used.

Colour variations include four superb see-through options for the body design that take advantage of the metallic frame and the woodgrain, as well as a hard metallic top, giving you a total of five types to choose from. Each one is beautifully finished, marrying world-class looks to the world-class sound quality of the Starstream lineup.

Quick Overview

  • Exclusively developed AREOS-D system uses the guitar’s magnetic pickups to create the electric guitar models for greater realism and accuracy. This sophisticated approach results in a highly accurate and articulate representation of the modeled instrument. We’ve updated the electric models in the Starstream VSS-1 Plus Mahogany for even greater expression.
  • New Passive Mode for standard electric guitar performance. Battery power is not necessary in this mode. Volume, Tone and Pickup Selector controls function normally in this mode.
  • Nine banks of instruments with three variations in each plus two user banks to store up to six favorites.
  • Five banks with classic and modern electric single coil and humbucking sounds, updated to take advantage of the resonant Mahogany body wood, plus three variations of electric 12-string.
  • Two acoustic banks featuring six different guitars including small body, large body, 12-string and nylon string instruments.
  • Banjo, sitar and resonator models make up the Unique bank.
  • The Special bank holds two synthesizer variations, Synth and Bass Synth and a Sustain mode that produces a distinctive organ-like effect (depth of the Sustain mode’s vibrato effect is controlled by the Tone control). For Synth, you can control both Decay and Attack parameters at once using the Tone knob. Using the Tone control, both Envelope and Resonance parameters are adjusted simultaneously for Bass Synth.
  • Onboard Drive and Reverb (model dependent) control for real-time adjustments to amount of gain or reverb depth. Depending on the model selected, either Drive or Reverb can be stored in a user bank, set to on or off.
  • FX pushbutton with an LED for instantaneous on/off switching of Reverb or Drive effect, depending on model selected.
  • Synth sounds track effortlessly and respond dynamically to touch, pick attack and vibrato.
  • Simple, intuitive volume, tone and three-way model variation selector controls make changes quick and easy.
  • 1/4" output for live performance or recording and 1/8" output for use with headphones for private listening and practice.
  • 24 fret bolt-on hard maple neck
  • 2-point fulcrum vibrato; Sealed diecast tuning machines.


Created to provide a wide range of sounds including electric guitar, acoustic guitar, synths and other stringed instruments, the VOX Starstream Type 1-24 is the ultimate product for players looking to expand on what the electric guitar is and what it can do. Whether you are playing with a band, in the studio or practicing silently at night with headphones, the VOX Starstream Type 1-24 offers exciting new possibilities.

Incorporating the AREOS-D system, the VOX Starstream Type 1-24 is the latest expression of VOX’s long-standing tradition of breaking through the boundaries of onboard guitar electronics, putting control over your sound at your fingertips. The system integrates several essential elements: magnetic pickups for authentic electric guitar models; a piezo pickup system for rich-sounding traditional instruments; a powerful DSP engine; familiar volume, tone and pickup selector controls and a Control Module that provides instant access to important parameters. Whether you are looking for the flexibility of 27 instrument models instantly at your command or desire the convenience of tailoring models to sound amazing through headphones, the VOX Starstream Type 1-24 offers an unmatched sonic experience.

Advanced ergonomic considerations led to the unique frame construction. While traditional electric guitar designs are rooted in the 1950s, the VOX Starstream Type 1-24 follows a new path. Its shape and form echo the forward thinking offered by its electronics. The frame is three dimensionally contoured for maximum comfort, easily conforming to your personal style. Equipped with a smoothly shaped neck, unlimited upper fret access, warm-toned resonant wood body, specially voiced magnetic pickups and a balanced, easy to use tremolo system; this is the ultimate modern guitar.

Three-dimensional Frame Technology
The innovative three-dimensional molded frame creates an ultra-modern look for the VOX Starstream Type 1-24, and conforms to your body in a way that no wooden guitar shape can. Extremely comfortable to hold for long periods of time, whether on the strap or sitting, the VOX Starstream Type 1-24 reduces fatigue while supporting the right hand for improved picking accuracy.

AREOS-D Control Module
Many hours of testing, revising and reconfiguring the placement and purpose of all controls on the Control Module ensure that you will have the clearest, easiest and most flexible functions at your command. There are no confusing complicated submenus - everything you need to have a seamless (and most importantly, musically creative) experience with the VOX Starstream Type 1-24 has been developed to be convenient for every player.

Passive Mode
A new Passive Mode is easily selected for standard electric guitar performance. Volume, Tone and Pickup Selector controls work normally without the necessity for battery power in this mode.

Electric Guitar Models and Drive Control
Aside from providing convincingly realistic electric and acoustic guitar sounds, the VOX Starstream Type 1-24 adds control of overdrive to electric models in a way that is user-friendly and modifiable in real time. The AREOS-D control system was specifically designed to allow you to easily and quickly change the amount of effect on a given model, turn that effect on or off and change an electric sound from clean to crunchy to full-out distorted while playing, without stopping to reset a parameter or needing to hook the guitar up to a computer and use software to modify the model before using it.

Research during the development of the VOX Starstream Type 1-24 showed that players nearly unanimously requested the instrument include classic synth models that track and provide user control over sound-shaping parameters during performance. Most attempts to get pitch-to-MIDI synth patches for guitar to track cleanly have been disappointing. Using highly developed DSP logic and fine tuning information from the string resulted in synth sounds that can be played more comfortably than on most guitar synths with less fear of glitches or missed notes.

Special Instruments
Versatility was at the top of the list of necessary major attributes when developing the VOX Starstream Type 1-24. If you want to double on other stringed instruments like banjo, sitar and resonator guitar, you will no longer have to carry additional gear that will only be used briefly.

Magnetic Pickups: The Source of the Electric Sounds
Updated electric models are built using the sound of the magnetic pickups and their position information. Specially developed DSP, further enhances the realism and character of each model. Models built this way feel and sound more natural and exhibit the dynamic response you expect from analog electric guitars.

The Result
The VOX Starstream Type 1-24 is an exceptionally versatile instrument, ready to be explored by the modern guitarist. If your goal is to have the flexibility to include a wide variety of instruments to suit your music, your mood or simply to explore new sounds, we’ve put everything you’ll need right in this guitar.





Onboard System: AREOS-D System, incorporating the Control Module, Magnetic Pickups, Piezo Pickup, Volume, Tone, Pickup Selector Switch and Passive Mode.
Body: Mahogany / Quilted Maple Top (MWTL-Q / MGTL-Q / MGBB-Q / MWRCB-Q / MWRWB-Q)
Mahogany / Metal Top (BKBK-M)
Neck: Maple
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Neck: Fingerboard Radius: 310mm,  Neck Shape: "C" Shape,  Scale Length: 25 1/2" (648 mm),
Number of Frets: 24,
Fret Size: Medium jumbo,
Nut Width: 43 mm
Pickups: VOX exclusive DiMarzio Three-90 x 2, Piezo Pickup in each Saddle
Bridge: 2 Post Tremolo
Controls: 3 position model switch, Group selector, VOLUME knob, TONE knob, DRIVE/REVERB knob, POWER button and LED, FX (effect) /CANCEL button and LED, WRITE button and LED
Number of Sounds: 27 (9 banks x 3)
User Programs: 6 (2 banks x 3)
Outputs: Guitar output jack (1/4" phone type), Headphone jack (1/8" phone type)
Power: Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4, or Rechargeable Ni-MH battery (AA, HR6) x 4
Expected Battery Life under Continuous Use: Alkaline battery: 11 hours, Rechargeable Ni-MH battery: 15 hours * These figures will vary depending on the actual conditions of use.

Colour Options:
VSS-1-24MWTL-Q (Metallic White Frame with Trans Blue Quilted Maple Top)
VSS-1-24MGTL-Q (Metallic Green Frame with Trans Blue Quilted Maple Top)
VSS-1-24MGBB-Q (Metallic Green Frame with Black Burst Quilted Maple Top)
VSS-1-24MWRCB-Q (Metallic Wine Red Frame with Cherry Burst Quilted Maple Top)
VSS-1-24MWRWB-Q (Metallic Wine Red Frame with Wine Burst Quilted Maple Top)
VSS-1-24BKBK-M (Black Frame with Black Body Metal Top)
Included Items: Tremolo Arm, Adjustment wrench, Alkaline battery (AA, LR6) x 4 (for checking the instrument purpose only), Gig bag

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