V100 review by Vintage

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.4 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.7 (366 votes)
Vintage: V100
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Price paid: £ 160

Purchased from: Electro Music

Sound — 9
The pickups are slimline as previously mentioned and have a really great sound! They are the perfect cross between a humbucker and single coil, the neck pickup has a warm and humbuckerish sound that is sweet and smooth whilst the Bridge is bright and sparky and sounds rather 'single coiley'. When you start to play with the tone controls you unlock a whole new vista of sound and tone. At 5 the sound becomes becomes deeper and a bit muffled and down at 0 the sound is deep and has a unique tone and quality which is really best on the neck pick-up and gives a brilliant bluesy sound and is great for light chord progressions. I play mainly blues and rock (I like playing Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, Hendrix, Rory Gallagher and the like) and this guitar is perfect for these styles and would work great with many other styles too like jazz, indie, funk etc. because of the great slim-buckers. They handle distortion rather well and this works for rock and even some metal but if you're looking for a metal guitar look else where! It has brilliant tone for a guitar this cheap and unplugged it sounds good and plugged in its just as good, if not better!

Overall Impression — 9
Well worth the money, beats the likes of Epiphone in to a cocked hat and would be perfect for a beginner or an intermediate guitarist like myself, so if you're looking for a cheap but brilliant guitar look this one up! Especially if you play anything such as blues or rock! But if you want a Metal guitar look elsewhere.

Reliability & Durability — 7
Its a very durable guitar the only thing to worry about is the tuners because if you were really rockin' out you'd have to be putting the tuning back a lot of the time and they might not last as long as some new ones. Also you might want to fit some strap locks on too because I found the strap buttons werent the best in the world! Check the soldering and wiring because I had a little trouble when one the tone controls stopped working but a quick solder solved any problems.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
It came well set-up and with a great action but this is probably the guitar shops doing. I've re-strung it and conditioned the fret board and it sounds great and feels it too! This thing dosnt chip easy on the body but be wary around the head because it chips pretty easily there but this wont happen often.

Features — 8
Please note that I am reviewing the V100Wine Red edition which has Slimline Humbuckers and a totally different colour from the regular V100! I was looking for the best guitar I could at around 250-300 (about $500) and tried out 5 guitars, such as an Epiphone Standard Les Paul, Yamaha Pacifica and some others similar but this one was cheapest and the best out all the ones I tried! Its a Les Paul style with a Wine Red finish with grain and is a great looking guitar, built from mahogany(and I have to admit it does way a lot!)and 22 frets as well set in neck.It has all the Standard Les Paul hardware in shiny gold, the only exception being the pickups which are slim humbuckers instead of the usual full fat ones (more on those later),the tuners are good for the money and do a decent job but then again if you wanted something better for gigging then maybe you could invest in some new and better ones (like I have) but there good for the money and do their job. It has the Standard control set-up with a tone knob and a volume knob for each pick-up (so four knobs in total) and also a Standard 3 way pick-up switch. It has fantastic playability and the neck had such a great feel, not 2 thick but not flat as a pancake either. It has a low action (which I prefer and find easy to play with) which really adds to the playability. The tone is another great aspect to this guitar, playing it not plugged in sounds great and wait till ya plug it in!

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