VSA535 Review

manufacturer: Vintage date: 09/26/2005 category: Electric Guitars
Vintage: VSA535
Big and beautiful, this double cutaway semi acoustic guitar has a presence like no other. Fitted with humbucking pickups across a solid central body section, the VSA535 guitar's acoustic chambers add natural-sounding acoustic guitar tones to the overall sound. Double edge-bound body, edge bound neck, genuine set neck construction and robust Tune-o-matic bridge make the VSA535 a real winner in its class.
 Sound: 9
 Overall Impression: 8
 Reliability & Durability: 9
 Action, Fit & Finish: 7
 Features: 8
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overall: 8.2
VSA535 Reviewed by: iya415.2365, on september 26, 2005
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Price paid: $ 457.5

Purchased from: Local Guitar Shop

Features: - Semi acoustic (335 copy) - Made in Korea - 22 frets, r/w fingrbrd, no radius - 2 humbuckers, chrome covers - 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way selector - Unique tuners (non-locking) - Maple top, back, sides and centre block - Mahogany neck - Tune-O-Matic bridge with stop tailpiece - 24-3/4" scale - Chrome hardware . all in all, prettey good (and I got a free gigbag 'cos they cudnt find a big enough box). // 8

Sound: This guitar has a nice sound that you'd expect from a semi, with a bright top end and a warm bottom. On clean it sounds quite jazzy (not that it doesn't work on rock) and on distortion it can do prettey much anything from blusey to metal distortion without much more feedback themn most solidbody insruments. I don't like the fact that because the pickups are the same and there isnt a coil tap, you don't get a very good tonal range (but hey, most "off the shelf" guitars are like that really). // 9

Action, Fit & Finish: This guitar was set up well, with a nice low action (although the stings buzz abit) at the shop, of corse, this was, apparently the funnest instrument to play in the shop (and they sell Gibson Les Pauls and PRSes there). And it's been there for more than a year so that's what you'd expect. Unforturnetley the screws are a bit, well screwed! // 7

Reliability & Durability: This guitar has lasted over a year without any breaks in the finish and it still all works (although the Switch is a bit loose) so I'd probbbably be able to depend on this without a backup (although just in case). I'll probbably need new strap buttons though. // 9

Overall Impression: I say this is a pretty good guitar for what style of music I play (grunge, not just nirvana though, heavy rock, metal and jazz, very wide range there). I'll probbably buy a peizo bridge so I can get an acoustic guitar sound aswell. I totally recommennd this to anyone looking to try out a semi and if it were stolen? I'd bloody well batter the guy and get it back! // 8

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