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Old 04-05-2015, 10:00 AM   #1
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Vintage LP clones

So i have a bit of cash left after my recent Strat purchase and was just looking at Vintage LP's and just wondered if anyone has tried one and if they are worth a look?They are super cheap.Are they terrible or decent for the price?How do they stack up against say an Epi?
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Old 04-05-2015, 10:17 AM   #2
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Vintage as in the company? I've got a Vintage V100 Les Paul, about 5 years old and I prefer it over every epiphone LP i've tried out, the neck is surprisingly thin for a LP but isn't ridiculously thin, if you can deal with it weighing as much as a tank it's worth picking up, the stock pickups are surprisingly good but I swapped them out for a set of EMGs, hardware is decent though the finish on the bridge (mine is gold) is wearing but it plays pretty great, especially for how much it costs
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Old 04-05-2015, 10:17 AM   #3
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Some of them are really good, some of them are downright god awful. It even varies among models made by the same manufacturer. Imho, the only ones looking at are Ibanez, Electra and Greco lawsuit era LP clones. I've only played a 70s Ibanez LP clone. It was really good but needed a refret. I wouldn't sink more than like $500 into one, personally.

EDIT; Silly me I forgot Vintage was actually a brand. Yeah I don't know about those.
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Old 04-05-2015, 10:25 AM   #4
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Vintage as in the company? I've got a Vintage V100 Les Paul, about 5 years old and I prefer it over every epiphone LP i've tried out, the neck is surprisingly thin for a LP but isn't ridiculously thin, if you can deal with it weighing as much as a tank it's worth picking up, the stock pickups are surprisingly good but I swapped them out for a set of EMGs, hardware is decent though the finish on the bridge (mine is gold) is wearing but it plays pretty great, especially for how much it costs

Yeah Vintage the brand.So the stock pups are ok?Not muddy at all?Nice clarity?I play mainly clean or with slight o/d.They are really cheap.Saw a 'Lemon Drop' V100 for like 260.I actually like heavy guitars.
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Old 04-05-2015, 10:28 AM   #5
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I don't think I've tried any of the Vintage LPs, but if they have the wilkinson pickups I think they're probably reasonable/decent.
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Old 04-05-2015, 12:14 PM   #6
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I can pretty much confirm everything DC Fan said. I've replaced the tuners with a PRS SE set I got dirt cheap, but only because I hate the look of traditional snot green ones. Pickups are decent, nut is good, electronics are fine, hardware is solid.
Overall, I prefer it to pretty much any epiphone I've tried.
The only real down side is the weight, but if you like heavy guitars, you'll love it.
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Old 04-05-2015, 03:02 PM   #7
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Thanks for your help guys.I'm gonna grab the Lemon Drop one.Reviews are good but i never know wether to trust the reviews on the seller site,Needed some independant opinions.Cheers
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Thanks for your help guys.I'm gonna grab the Lemon Drop one.Reviews are good but i never know wether to trust the reviews on the seller site,Needed some independant opinions.Cheers

You can't. They're usually incredibly biased wherever you look.

I've played a few Vintage models. They were okay I guess. They weren't anything too special.
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haven't tried a LP from them but i have their SG copy and it's really good. the pickups are a little on the dark side but with a tone teak at the amp they sound pretty good. prefer their SG to an Epi. overall they seem to make nice guitars and should get some more love than they do. they're tough to find in my part of the US and i get the feeling they don't find there way over here much.
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I can pretty much confirm everything DC Fan said. I've replaced the tuners with a PRS SE set I got dirt cheap, but only because I hate the look of traditional snot green ones. Pickups are decent, nut is good, electronics are fine, hardware is solid.
Overall, I prefer it to pretty much any epiphone I've tried.
The only real down side is the weight, but if you like heavy guitars, you'll love it.


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The stock tuners aren't that great, I changed mine, but then again that's because I dropped it onto concrete and the plastic tulip cracked, the rest of the tuner was fine, it's solidly built and survived, bar a couple of paint chips
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