2010 Vintage electric gutiars

2010 Vintage electric gutiars
Electrics
2010
Players’ guitars designed for guitar players™
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Contents
2-13
Icon Series
14-25 Electric ReIssued Series
26-29 Metal Axxe Series
30-32 Semi-Acoustic Series
33-39 Bass Series
Front Cover: V6JMH
Page 2: V6MSSB
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Electrics2010
The 2010 ‘Vintage Electrics’ brochure has old favourites, and a
host of new models, finishes, features and innovations as the
comprehensive range of Vintage instruments continues to evolve.
Once again, internationally renowned guitarmeister Trev Wilkinson
has been responsible for the blueprint and specifications of each
guitar in the Vintage range - your confidence in your choice of
new Vintage guitar or bass is backed up by Trev’s worldwide
reputation.
Trev Wilkinson loves guitars and everything that goes with them.
His enthusiasm for guitars is infectious. His knowledge of the
guitar genre is boundless. He maintains a constant interest in why
the best guitars are how they are, what works and what doesn’t,
and what can be done about it. He’ll ask direct and forthright
questions of the people who matter, people responsible for some
of the best guitars ever made, and people who’ve played the best
guitars ever made. He looks for straight answers, and then gets
to work with what he’s found out.
This latest Vintage Electric brochure demonstrates exactly how
much effort Vintage and Trev Wilkinson have been putting into
their guitar range - and that’s a lot. As a result, Vintage has a
collection of fantastic guitars and basses on offer, all with the
usual truly incredible levels of specification attention to detail, and
dare we say it; VALUE. All of which help Vintage to be such a
huge success.
Vintage instruments draw heavily on the ‘classic’ 1950’s electric
guitar shapes but with a ‘pro’ appeal which has been achieved by
designing a range of guitars that even experienced players will
feel they can stay with - guitars that won’t be outgrown, in fact.
If you need convincing, just see how many major pro names are
now using Vintage guitars as their main instrument, in some
instances even adopting a Vintage guitar as their signature model
- surely there can be no higher personal recommendation of a
guitar’s abilities?
They choose Vintage ‘cos they understand the whole ethos of the
Vintage brand, that it performs, and over delivers.
A guitar like the Vintage V6 Thomas Blug Signature model is a
perfect example. A meticulous ‘tone hound’, the German guitarist,
famous for his venerable ‘61 double cutaway bodied electric and
melodic, eclectic style of virtuoso rock guitar, spent many hours
with Trev Wilkinson in his workshop as they examined the various
unique features developed and applied by Thomas to his own
guitar over two decades-plus of ownership and hard use and
incorporated them in to the Blug signature V6.
series of pre-distressed instruments offer a totally different vibe.
Nothing looks as cool as a guitar that’s obviously seen some
serious use where the instrument’s character shines through the
worn finish, saying ‘this guitar has paid its dues’. It feels special
to hold, and special to play.
But how many people can afford that so-special, hard-worn
vintage instrument of their dreams? That special instrument
which displays a unique level of wear from decades of playing at home, countless rehearsal sessions, smokey pubs to working
mens’ clubs, used on literally hundreds of gigs and tours at home
and abroad? And how many guitarists can wait 20 years before
their own guitar starts to show that kind of time-related character?
Now you don’t have to wait. You don’t even have to re-mortgage
the house to make the payment. Vintage and Trev Wilkinson’s
specially-aged electric guitar range ticks all those boxes. These
fantastic guitars, fully equipped with equally aged Wilkinson
tuners, hardware and pickups look like they’ve been played for
decades with all the marks, wear and tear to prove it. They’ve
been through the mill but they’re cool and ready for the next gig.
If this is your thing and these are the guitars of your dreams, why
not get one of the Vintage Icon guitars and save 40 years of your
life!.....
If new bright’n’shiny is your thing, well we do that too, in spades,
with a terrific collection of guitars and basses in all styles, all
made to the same high standards, with incredible specification
and playability, all achieved as a result of our determination to
show the world what happens when the satisfaction of the player
is put above mere commercial concerns.
How does Vintage manage to offer such incredible instruments at
the kind of prices that literally anyone can afford?
The magic is in using knowledge for good, doing it right, 'cos
that's the right thing to do, because guitarists, young and old,
new and hard bitten deserve the best, without compromise!
At Vintage, we’ve proven that with care, and a stated intent to
prove a point, we can bring all the elements together to make the
end result much more than just the sum of the parts.
What really makes the difference is NOT just build down to a
price, but instead designing in quality, building up to and achieving
an aspiration to excel.
Then, with care, consistency, attention to detail, precision and
rigorous QC, it’s possible to build great guitars to sell at a price
that won’t break anyone’s bank.
Thomas himself offers a verdict of ‘breathtaking’ when he
considers the end result - and he’s known for being impossibly
hard to please in such matters...
Whatever your guitar or bass needs, there’s a Vintage instrument
that suits you.
Now a huge internationally-successful range, the Vintage Icon
Players’ guitars designed for guitar players. It’s that simple.
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“Classic vintage feel,
awesome authentic tone
and a cool vibe”
V6MRTBG
Body: Alder
Neck: Hard Maple – Bolt On
Fingerboard: Rosewood, 21 frets, 7 1/4” radius
Scale: 25.5”/648mm
Pickups: Wilkinson® single coil x 3 aged ivory (Neck) WVSN,
(Middle) WVSM reverse wound/ reverse polarity,
(Bridge) WVSB with WHCC hum-cancelling coil
Controls: 1 x Volume, 2 x Tone (second tone control features
Thomas Blug ‘Bu kka™’ switch (push/push action), 5-Way Selector
Tuners: Wilkinson® Deluxe WJ55D EZ-Lok™
Vibrato: Wilkinson® WVCD
Scratchplate: 3-ply with Aluminium shielding
Hardware: Distressed Nickel
Finish: Distressed Vintage White
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Over recent years, guitar enthusiasts have admired the virtuosic electric
guitar style of Thomas Blug, one of Europe’s most respected players. In
addition, Thomas’ work as a product development consultant and product
demonstrator for Hughes & Kettner guitar amplification means he is a regular must-see feature at music expos and shows worldwide, alongside his
own sought-after
. CD releases and tuition DVDs, as well as
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performances
with the Thomas Blug Band which includes keyboardist This
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Thomas has one of the most recognisable guitar sounds in the world, playing with a fluid, melodic and powerful style, and has over the years,
become synonymous with his much-loved and instantly recognisable electric guitar, a well-used faded Olympic White ‘61.
As a player who has been the inspiration to thousands of players, Thomas
chose Trev Wilkinson, and UK guitar brand Vintage®, to prove the point that
it is possible to create in a signature guitar an instrument which faithfully
VintageTHOMASBLUGSignature
®
Thomas Blug
V6MRTBG Signature
...What does Thomas particularly like about his Vintage® SIGNATURE Series™V6?
“Simple really, classic vintage feel, awesome authentic tone and a cool vibe…
all at the price of the ‘good old days’...
I’ve been associated with just one guitar for so many years now, and for me this
classic electric guitar design has always been the most versatile and expressive
guitar of all times, and contributed so much to my personality as a player, my style
and my music.
So why should I change a design that has all the basic character I love?
Since I always wanted just one guitar to play on stage, I came up with some
improvements which take nothing away from the original tone, but help my guitar
work in the modern world, particularly with overcoming the issues with high gain
modern amps, and extreme whammy bar use.
With my Vintage SIGNATURE Series V6 you’ll get all the Thomas Blug electronic
tricks, the hallmark tones and mechanical improvements, all imbued with a lot of
vintage spirit.
My original ’61 guitar is just so precious to me, and so valuable, it’s getting more
and more difficult to even justify taking it to work.
When I challenged Vintage, and Trev Wilkinson to make me a credible replica of my
’61, I had no idea the guitar would be so good, so close to the original that I seamlessly swap between the two.
My ‘61 is priceless; My Vintage SIGNATURE Series V6 is no compromise,
and less price.
Awesome...!”
In addition to the already high specification of the Vintage ICON V6, the Thomas
Blug SIGNATURE Series V6 guitar also features;
Classic 21 fret neck, with 7 1/4” radius fingerboard camber, and medium jumbo
frets for a positive, authentic vintage feel.
Authentic 60’s style aluminium shielding under scratchplate to reduce inducted
hum and static noise.
Reverse polarity middle position pickup plus auto bypass of dummy coil in
positions 2 and 4.
Thomas’ secret weapon - a ‘No treble loss’ condenser in the volume pot circuit.
Switchable dummy coil for reduced hum and less glassy tone with overdrive
sounds via the Thomas Blug ‘Bu kka™’ switch, (push-push action) on the second
tone control.
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Features
Thomas and Trev wire in the ‘Bu kka™’ switch, a selectable hum-cancelling extra coil facility.
recreates the unique attributes of his beloved ‘61.
guitar. “To achieve all this, in an instrument which literally anyone can
afford, even a first time buyer, is an unbelievable result.”
With its battle-scarred body, custom electronics and personalised switching all added to the already exceptionally well-spec’d Vintage® ICON
Series™ V6 guitar, players looking for an edge with this iconic design, and
who also perhaps aspire to emulate Thomas’ spine-tingling sound, can
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now buy
the same instrument which he uses in his day-to-day work.
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V6HMR
Body: Alder
Neck: One Piece Hard Maple - Bolt On
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 25.5”/648mm
Frets: 22
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Dot
Tuners: Wilkinson® WJ55D E-Z-Lok™
Distressed
Vibrato: Wilkinson® WVCD Distressed
Pickups: Wilkinson® Single Coil x 2
(N) WVS (M) WVS (B) WHHB
Scratchplate: Mock Tortoiseshell
Hardware: Distressed Nickel
Controls: 1 x Volume/ 2 x Tone/ 5-Way Lever
Finish: 3 Tone Sunburst, Distressed
V6HMRSB
Distressed Hardware
3 Tone Sunburst
BLACK ‘N’ BLUES
V6MRBK
Distressed
Black
LV6MRBK
Left Hand
Guitarists may very
well recognise the
heavy wear ‘n’ tear
pattern scarring on the
glossless Boulevard
Black body, with the
guitar’s stripped maple
neck and fingerboard also
emulating the ageing
process of countless hours
of use in rehearsals,
recordings, in and out of
flightcases and onstage
on numerous
international tours.
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Nothing gives off that unique, so-cool vibe like a guitar that’s
obviously seen some serious use. Like a battle-scarred warrior
that always gives its best, the instrument’s character shines
through the worn finish, saying ‘this guitar has paid its dues’.
Its sound has the heart and soul of a thousand gigs in it and
you can feel it when you play it. It feels special to hold, and
special to play.
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But how many people can afford the vintage instrument of their
dreams? That special instrument which displays a unique level
of wear from decades of playing - at home, numerous rehearsal
sessions, smokey pubs to working mens’ clubs, gigs and tours
at home and abroad? Or how many guitarists can wait 20 years
before their own guitar starts to show that kind of time-related
character?
VintageICONV6Series
®
V6MR
Body: Eastern Poplar
Neck: Hard Maple - Bolt On
(MRBK) One Piece Hard Maple with Rosewood Stripe
Fingerboard: Rosewood, (MRBK) Maple
Scale: 25.5”/648mm
Frets: 22
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Dot
Tuners: Wilkinson® WJ55 E-Z-Lok™
‘...this Vintage V6 Icon guitar looks gloriously f**ked.’
Vibrato: Wilkinson® WVC
®
Pickups: Wilkinson Single Coil x 3
‘What we weren’t expecting was the sheer quality
(N) WVS (M) WVS (B) WVS
that lurked underneath those finishes.’
Hardware: Nickel
Total Guitar magazine
Controls: 1 x Volume/ 2 x Tone/ 5-Way Lever
V6MRSSB
Distressed
Sunset
Sunburst
V6MRLB
Distressed
Laguna Blue
LV6MRSSB
Left Hand
V6MRWW
Distressed
Woodstock
White
Now you don’t have to wait! You don’t even have to re-mortgage
the house to make the payment. Renowned guitar specialists
Vintage, in conjunction with acknowledged guitar guru, Trev
Wilkinson, have a specially pre-aged electric guitar range that
ticks all the boxes - the Vintage ICONTM Series.
These fantastic guitars, fully equipped with equally aged
V6MRFR
Distressed
Firenza Red
Wilkinson tuners, hardware and pickups look like they’ve been
played for decades with all the marks, wear and tear to prove it.
They’ve been through the mill but they’re cool and ready for the
next gig.
Get one of the Vintage ICONTM Series guitars and save 20 years
of your life! Best of all, you won’t believe the price...
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VintageICONV52/V62Series
®
V52MR
Body: American Alder
Neck: Hard Maple, Bolt-On
Fingerboard: Maple
Scale: 25.5”/ 648mm
Frets: 22 Medium
Neck Inlays: Black Dot
Tuners: Wilkinson® Deluxe WJ55SD
Bridge: Wilkinson® WTBD
Pickups: Wilkinson® Single Coil x 2
(N) WVTN Alnico (B) WVOB Alnico
Scratchplate: Black Single Ply
Controls: 1 x Volume/ 1 x Tone/ 3-Way Lever
V62MR
V52MRBS
Distressed
Butterscotch
Body: American Alder
Neck: Hard Maple, Bolt-On
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 25.5”/ 648mm
Frets: 22 Medium
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Dot
Tuners: Wilkinson® Deluxe WJ55SD
Bridge: Wilkinson® WTBD
Pickups: Wilkinson® Single Coil x 2
(N) WVTN Alnico (B) WVTB Alnico
Scratchplate: White Single Ply
Controls: 1 x Volume/ 1 x Tone/ 3-Way Lever
V62MRAB
Distressed
Ash Blonde
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VintageICONVJ96/V4Series
®
VJ96MR
Body: Eastern Poplar
Neck: Hard Maple - Bolt On
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 34”/864mm
Frets: Fretless
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Dot
Tuners: Wilkinson® WJBL200
Bridge: Adjustable
Pickups: Wilkinson® JB x 2
(M) WJB00, (B) WJB800
Hardware: Nickel
Controls: 1 x Volume/ 1 x Tone
V4MR
Body: Eastern Poplar
Neck: Hard Maple - Bolt On
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 34”/864mm
Frets: 20
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Dot
Tuners: Wilkinson® WJBL200
Bridge: Adjustable
Pickups: Wilkinson® PB x 1 (M) WPB
Hardware: Nickel
Controls: 1 x Volume/ 1 x Tone
If you have a taste for something different but at
the same time so well known, this is your bass.
Now you can get the true flavour of those famous
bass lines from one of the most distinctive jazz rock
bass players ever - check the fretless neck with the
fret lines and dot markers still visible; no scratchplate but with the screw holes still open, and only
the chrome control panel plate left; oooh... that
patterned scarring...keep an eye on the weather!
VJ96MRJP
Fretless
Distressed
Sunset
Sunburst
V4MRSSB
Distressed
Sunset Sunburst
‘The V4 remains
good value for money’
Stuart Clayton,
Bass Guitar magazine
“My Vintage Icon bass
is f*c*ing incredible.
It feels so natural,
like I’ve been playing
it for years!”
John McCoy – GMT
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Trev's V100 “Lemon Drop” is a real tribute.
"When I was young and in a band, we
supported the original Fleetwood Mac
to play at a gig we'd organised.
Fleetwood Mac let us use their PA,
and Peter Green even let me use his amp!
He wouldn’t let me use his guitar but he
was always my favourite guitarist...”
The reverse-fitted neck humbucker and out of
phase centre position wiring created one of the
most recognisable guitar sounds of the genre real “Black Magic”.
Differential bell type control knobs, battle
scars and sealed gear replacement
tuners all add to the mojo....
Still got the blues?
V100MRJBM
Distressed
Gold Top
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VintageICONV100Series
®
V100MR
V100MRPGM
Lemon Drop
LV100MRPGM
Left Hand
“What a brilliant guitar,
looks great and plays like
a real old rocker!”
Geoff Whitehorn
Body: Mahogany
Top: Maple Cap w/Flamed Maple Veneer (PGM),
Flamed Maple Veneer (CS/ HB/ TSB)
Neck: Mahogany - Set Neck
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 24.75”/ 628mm
Frets: 22
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Crown
Tuners: Wilkinson® Deluxe WJ44 (CS/ HB/ TSB).
WJ01 (MRPGM), WJ303 (JBM)
Bridge: Tune-O-Matic
Pickups: (CS/ HB/ TSB) Wilkinson® Nickel Plated
Humbucker x 2 (N) MWVC (B) MWVC
Pickups: (PGM) Wilkinson® Solid Nickel Covered Alnico
V Humbucker x 2 (N) WVC (B) WVC
Hardware: Nickel
Controls: 2 x Volume/ 2 x Tone/ 3-Way Toggle
‘...a cracking guitar:
one that could have its price tag doubled
and still be good value for money.’
‘The bridge pickup barks
and growls and the neck unit
is blues rock heaven.’
Total Guitar magazine
Guitar & Bass magazine
V100MRCS
Distressed
Cherry Sunburst
V100MRHB
Distressed
Honeyburst
V100MRTSB
Distressed
Tobacco Sunburst
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VintageMICKABRAHAMSSignature
®
VS6MRMA
VS6MRMA
Distressed
Cherry Red
Body: Mahogany
Neck: Mahogany - Set Neck
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 24.75”/628mm
Frets: 22
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Dot
Tuners: Wilkinson® Deluxe WJ44
Bridge: Wilkinson Wrapover, Distressed
Pickups: Wilkinson® (N) W90SKN (B) W90SKB
Hardware: Nickel, Distressed
Controls: 2 x Volume/ 2 x Tone/ 3-Way Toggle
“My Vintage Signature
is the meanest VS6
I have ever laid hands on.
It just sings, and like me,
it's the real deal!
I would defy anyone
to find a better
working axe.”
One of the founding
fathers of the 60's
British Blues movement,
pioneering guitarist and
songwriter, Mick
Abrahams enjoyed
major acclaim with
legendary folk blues
outfit, Jethro Tull
prior to forming
his own band,
Blodwyn Pig, and
has since recorded
and released
several successful
solo albums.
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Mick abrahams
VS6MRMA Signature
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VintageICONVS6Series
®
VS6MRP
Body: Mahogany
Neck: Mahogany - Set Neck
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 24.75”/628mm
Frets: 22
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Dot
Tuners: Wilkinson® WJ15 w/mini oval buttons
Bridge: Wilkinson Wrapover, Distressed
Pickups: Wilkinson® (B) W90SKB
Hardware: Nickel, Distressed
Controls: 1 x Volume, 1 x Tone
VS6MR
VS6MRPCR
Distressed
Cherry Red
Body: Mahogany
Neck: Mahogany, Set Neck
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 24.75”/ 628mm
Frets: 22 medium jumbo
Inlays: Pearloid Crown
Tuners: Wilkinson Deluxe WJ44D 3+3
Bridge: Tune-O-Matic w/stop bar tailpiece
Pickups: Wilkinson Humbucker x 2
(N) MWVC (B) MWVC
Scratchplate: Black 3-ply
Hardware: Nickel, Distressed
Controls: 2 x Volume/ 2 x Tone/ 3-way toggle
VS6MRCR
Distressed
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VintageV6ReIssuedSeries
®
The Wilkinson® WVC vibrato bridge featured on
the Vintage® V6 is a masterpiece of detail.
Positive location, 6 screw design provides
return to pitch accuracy;perpendicular bend,
high grade steel saddles enhance tonality
and “snap”. Ground base plate
corner provides authentic looks.
Balanced set of Wilkinson® WVS vintage-voiced
Alnico V pickups, with staggered, chamfered
edge pole pieces, for authentic tone and
contemporary power. Reverse wound, reverse
polarity centre pickup, provides hum cancelling
in switch position 2 and 4.
Stagger drilled cast block
significantly enhances return
to pitch accuracy and
classic vintage tone.
V6SSB
Sunset Sunburst
Medium profile frets add to
comfort, accuracy and overall
positive feel of the Vintage® V6.
American Alder body provides resonance,
tone and ‘correct weight’ comfort,
enhanced with correctly radiussed
contoured body.
Push-in delrin-bushed arm
with variable tension provides
the arm feel that suits your style.
Vintage V6 tone layout also provides
extra versatility by controlling both
the middle and bridge pickups with
the back tone control.
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The Vintage V6 Series offers an extraordinarily high level of
specification, with many built-in custom shop level features.
These include the revered Wilkinson WVC original specification
vibrato featuring authentic bent steel saddles fro that classic
sparkle and tone; precision machined pivot points for total
‘return to pitch’ accuracy and a stagger-drilled sustain block to
prevent string hang-up. An adjustable, ‘vintage bend’ push-in
arm completes this definitive vibrato system.
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LV6SSB
Sunset Sunburst
Left Hand
Attention to authentic tone continues with the use of a matched
and calibrated set of Wilkinson Alnico V single coil pickups,
using a reverse wound/reverse polarity middle pickup for clarity
and dynamics and feature true vintage-style chamfered edge
polepieces. With one volume and two tone controls, the second
neatly wired to work on both middle and bridge pickups, the 5way lever switch and control circuitry are configured for maximum
tone, evenness of response and output for supreme versatility.
Wilkinson® WJ55 patented E-Z-Lok™ tuners.
Simple, effective locking action for increased
tuning stability. Staggered string post heights
provide correct string rake angle for smooth
vibrato action and correct
playing tension.
Straight string pull headstock for
snag free vibrato.
Classic headstock design
for balance and visual appeal.
As if the cool ‘left hand neck on
a right hand body’ wasn’t enough
of a vibe, the unique inverted
Wilkinson single coil staggered
pickup polepiece layout and
reversed bridge pickup on the
Vintage ‘FILLMORE’ V6JMH is
also designed to give you a truly
authentic taste of that special
‘right hand guitar flipped over’
tone of Jimi’s masterly lefthanded genius.
Graphite top nut,
smooth and friction free.
Classic Vintage ‘soft C’
profile hard rock maple
neck: instant comfort,
speed, accuracy and
great feel.
Traditional 10" radius
fingerboard provides positive
feel, definition and superior
tone!
V6BB
Boulevard Black
V6
Body: American Alder
Neck: Hard Maple - Bolt On
Fingerboard: Rosewood. One Piece Maple (MFR/MSSB)
Scale: 25.5”/648mm
Frets: 22
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Dot. Black dot (MFR/MSSB)
Tuners: Wilkinson® WJ55 E-Z-LOK™
Vibrato: Wilkinson® WVC
Pickups: Wilkinson® Single Coil x 3
(N) WVS (M) WVS (B) WVS
Hardware: Chrome
Controls: 1 x Volume/ 2 x Tone/ 5-Way Lever
V6LB
Laguna Blue
V6MFR
Firenza Red
V6JMH
Olympia White
‘FILLMORE’
V6MSSB
3 Tone Sunburst
If you’re looking for a different kind of guitar vibe, the new
V6JMH definitely has more ‘guitar mojo’ going for it than most...
Check that left hand neck on a right hand body, for starters...
Not only that, even though it’s a right hand body, closer inspection
reveals that the full-toned, matched and calibrated set of Wilkinson
staggered pole, alnico-powered single coil pickups are a left
hand set, meaning that the polepiece sequence is also inverted,
providing a unique tonality redolent of one of the most legendary
guitarists ever... Especially as the bridge pickup position is also
inverted meaning that the pickup bass side sits nearest the
bridge with the treble side angled forward from the bridge!
Otherwise, the cool-looking, unique-sounding V6JMH offers all
the other impressive build quality and features found in V6
range, a comfortable, accurately-sculpted body; smooth, easyto-play, mid-depth C-section neck, and a full complement of
Wilkinson hardware designed for premium guitar performance.
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VintageV52/V62Series
®
V52
Body: American Alder
Neck: One Piece Hard Maple, Bolt-On
Fingerboard: Maple
Scale: 25.5”/ 648mm
Frets: 22 Medium
Neck Inlays: Black Dot
Tuners: Wilkinson® Deluxe WJ55S
Bridge: Wilkinson® WTB
Pickups: Wilkinson® Single Coil x 2
(N) WVTN Alnico (B) WVOB Alnico
Scratchplate: Black Single Ply
Controls: 1 x Volume/ 1 x Tone/ 3-Way Lever
V62
Body: American Alder
Neck: Hard Maple, Bolt-On
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 25.5”/ 648mm
Frets: 22 Medium
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Dot
Tuners: Wilkinson® Deluxe WJ55S
Bridge: Wilkinson® WTB
Pickups: Wilkinson® Single Coil x 2
(N) WVTN Alnico (B) WVTB Alnico
Scratchplate: White Single Ply
Controls: 1 x Volume/ 1 x Tone/ 3-Way Lever
V52BS
Butterscotch
V62AB
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VintageV2Series
®
V2
Body: Eastern Poplar
Neck: Hard Maple - Bolt On
Fingerboard: Rosewood (BLD) Maple (BK)
Scale: 25.5”/ 648mm
Frets: 22
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Dot (BLD) Black Dot (BK)
Tuners: Wilkinson® Deluxe WJ55S
Bridge: Wilkinson® WTB
Pickups: Wilkinson® Single Coil x 2
(N) MWTN (B) MWTB
Hardware: Chrome
Controls: 1 x Volume/ 1 x Tone/ 3-Way Lever
V2BK
Black
V2BLD
Blonde
Wilkinson® WTB Bridge
This classic 3-saddle design has been around for over 50 years
and is still regarded as the ultimate ‘tone machine’. Staggered
brass saddles offer individual string intonation never before
available in a design of this type, still widely regarded as the ‘tone
machine’. The baseplate itself is a faithful reproduction of the
original, made from steel, very important in a bridge of this style
due to the tonal effect it has on the magnetic field of the pickup
mounted in it.
‘The V2 offers the traditional
bridge single coil... with bags of
bright cutting tone and an
upper-end clang that can cut
glass, while the flutiness of the
chromed neck pickup holds its
own in the blues-lick field...’
Music Mart magazine
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VintageV100Series
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V100
Body: Mahogany
Top: Solid Carved Mahogany (GT/ WR/ BB/ AW),
Flamed Maple Veneer (HB/ TSB/ CS/ IT)
Neck: Mahogany - Set Neck
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 24.75”/ 628mm
Frets: 22
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Crown
Tuners: Wilkinson® Deluxe WJ44
Chrome (BLK/ GT/ CS) Gold (TSB/ BB/ AW/ WR)
Bridge: Tune-O-Matic
Pickups: V100TSB/BB/CS/IT/HB/AW Wilkinson®
Humbucker x 2 (N) MWVC (B) MWVC
V100GT Wilkinson® Stacked Ceramic x 2
(N) W90SK (B) W90SK
V100WR Wilkinson® Mini Humbucker x 2
(N) WMC301 (B) WMC301
Hardware: Chrome (GT/CS/IT/HB)
Gold (TSB/BB/WR/AW)
Controls: 2 x Volume/ 2 x Tone/ 3-Way Toggle
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In terms of looks and attitude, few guitars can match the out
and out appeal of the Vintage V100. Offering an extraordinarily
high level of specification, the build quality and constructional
detail of the Vintage V100 includes a solid mahogany body and
neck mated in true ‘set neck’ fashion for maximum toneenhancing rigidity. An accurately-carved gently arched body top
additionally adds to the V100’s distinctive look. The mahogany
and maple tonewoods are the ideal recipe for the kind of
sounds that this style of guitar is renowned for - smokey, sultry,
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LV100TSB
Tobacco Sunburst
Left Hand
sweet-toned bluesy licks with a warm jazzy feel from the neck
pickup help soothe the soul with an emotional calm. Charging
to the other extreme with a flick of the 3-way selector switch
allows the back pickup to rage and rampage through high gain
amplification like no other.
The Vintage V100 is a perfect example of Trev Wilkinson’s
fascination with tone. Whilst working in California, Trev’s
development work in the guitar industry led him to a meeting
‘...the V100 delivers heavy metal chords
and screaming lead runs with ease.’
‘Craftsmanship is superb for a model
within this price tag.’
V100HB
Flamed Honey Burst
Music Mart magazine
‘Classic looks coupled with a
really impressive specification....
it’s got the looks and the tones without a second mortgage.’
Gear magazine
V100BLK
Gloss Black
V100BB
Gloss Black
V100CS
Flame Maple
Cherry Sunburst
V100IT
Flamed Ice Tea
with the father of the humbucking pickup, Seth Lover.
Recognising a kindred enquiring and inventive guitar spirit, Seth
Lover imparted to Trev the exact specification of the mythical
pickup units he designed, and that same authentic vintage
voiced recipe is what Trev uses in the V100’s humbuckers to
ensure you can get that elusive iconic tone from the Vintage
V100.
The V100’s rock solid chassis allows for positive string anchoring
V100GT
Gold Top
V100TSB
Tobacco Sunburst
V100WR
Wine Red
V100AW
Artic White
and location with the precision-manufactured Tune-O-Matic
bridge and stop bar tailpiece. On the elegantly-shaped headstock, a set of three-a-side Wilkinson WJ44 tuners offers both
the precise tuning feel and accuracy you’d expect from this type
of guitar and - of course - the correct look, too.
Check out the range of classic finishes available on the V100
and we’re sure you’ll agree that this is an irresistible package of
attitude, power and tone!
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VintageV99Series
®
V99
Body: Eastern Poplar
Neck: Maple - Bolt On
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 24.75”/ 628mm
Frets: 22
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Crown
Tuners: Wilkinson® WJ44
Bridge: Tune-O-Matic
Pickups: Wilkinson® Humbucker x 2
(N) MWVC (B) MWVC
Hardware: Chrome
Controls: 2 x Volume/ 2 x Tone/ 3-Way Toggle
‘Surprisingly convincing, helped
by a really high quality finish.
Wilkinson pickups are the icing
on these tasty instruments;
plenty of poke on tap.’
Gear magazine
V99B
Black
V99CS
Cherry Sunburst
LV99CS
Cherry Sunburst
Left Hand
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VR100CR
Body: Mahogany
Neck: Mahogany - Set Neck
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 24.75”/ 628mm
Frets: 22
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Dot
Tuners: Wilkinson® Deluxe WJ44
Bridge: Wrap Over Bridge Tailpiece
Pickups: Wilkinson® Stacked Ceramic x 1
(B) W90SKB
Hardware: Chrome
Controls: 1 x Volume/ 1 x Tone
VR100LM
VR100CR
Cherry Red
Body: Mahogany
Neck: Maple - Set Neck
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 24.75”/ 628mm
Frets: 22
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Dot
Tuners: Wilkinson® Deluxe WJ44
Bridge: Wrap Over Bridge Tailpiece
Pickups: Wilkinson® Stacked Ceramic x 2
(N) W90SK (B) W90SK
Hardware: Chrome
Controls: 2 x Volume/ 2 x Tone/ 3-Way Toggle
‘Mahogany body, wrap-over
bridge and alnico soapbar pickup will get you close to the ‘tude
of New York Dolls legend Johnny
Thunders! (VR100CR).’
Total Guitar magazine
VR100LM
Limed Mahogany
Wilkinson Stacked Soapbar Pickup
The VR100 series guitars use Wilkinson W90SK
pickups. In their stacked format, these ceramic
pickups offer humcancelling performance, with all
the reassuring clarity and bite of the traditional
soapbar type pickup.
On these models, the Wilkinson wrap-over
bridge/tailpiece combination provides an authentic,
direct and lively response, aided by fixed step
intonating saddles.
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VintageVS6Series
®
‘...winding the wick down a tad
and flicking to the neck pickup
gets you a classy throaty blues
sound that’s creamier than
Unigate.’
Total Guitar magazine
VS6
Body: Mahogany
Neck: Mahogany - Set Neck
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 24.75”/628mm
Frets: 22
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Crown
Tuners: Wilkinson® Deluxe WJ44
Bridge: Tune-O-Matic with Stop Bar Tailpiece
Pickups: Wilkinson® Humbucker x 2
(N) MWVC (B) MWVC
Hardware: Chrome (VS6/ VS6B/ LVS6),
Gold (VS6VW/ VS6CG)
Controls: 2 x Volume/ 2 x Tone/ 3-Way Toggle
VS6VW
Vintage White
LVS6VW
Vintage White
Left Hand
VS6CG
Cherry Red
VS6B
Gloss Black
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Cherry Red
LVS6
Cherry Red
Left Hand
VintageVV60Series
®
VV60TA
Trans Amber
VV60
Body: Eastern Poplar
Neck: Maple - Set Neck
Fingerboard: Bound Rosewood
Scale: 24.75”/ 628mm
Frets: 22
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Crown
Tuners: Wilkinson® Deluxe WJ44,
Bridge: Tune-O-Matic
Tailpiece: V-style, through-body stringing
Pickups: Wilkinson® Gold Plated Covered
Humbucker x 2 (N) WHHBN (B) WHHBB
Hardware: Gold Plated
Scratchplate: 3-Ply w/b/w
Controls: 2 x Volume/1 x Tone/3-Way Toggle
Check out that neat gold plated 'V' tailpiece plate below
the Tune-o-matic bridge on the front of the fabulous Vintage
VV60 not only does it look totally cool, it also acts as a cover
plate for this particular guitar's through-body stringing, thus
ensuring that the Vintage VV has rock-solid string anchoring for
a truly rock-solid tone from the classy complement of dual
Wilkinson vintage-voiced humbuckers.
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VintageRockSeries
®
VRS100 / VRS110
VRS100C
Gloss Black
Body: Eastern Poplar
Top: Flame Maple Veneer (TGN)
Binding: Body, Neck & Headstock (C)
Neck: Maple - Set Neck
Fingerboard: Rosewood Scale: 24.75”/628mm
Frets: 24 Neck Inlays: Abalone Dot/ Vintage 12th
Tuners: Wilkinson® WJ807 E-Z-LOK™
Vibrato: Wilkinson® WVP (VRS100’s)
Bridge: Wilkinson® WTB Wrapover (VRS110)
Pickups: Wilkinson® Humbucker x 2 (N) MWVC
(B) MWVC
Hardware: Gold
Controls: 1 x Volume/ 1 x Tone/ 3-Way Toggle
‘The exclusive ‘wave’
knife-edge design works
like a dream and looks
just as good.’
‘...you’ll be mightily impressed
with this cool guitar. Get out
there and give it a blast.’
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VRS100AW
Arctic White
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Flame Maple Green
VintageVP6Series
®
VP6
Body: Mahogany
Neck: Hard Maple - Bolt On
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 25.5”/648mm
Frets: 22
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Dot
Tuners: Wilkinson® WJ05 E-Z-LOK™
Vibrato: Wilkinson® WVC
Pickups: Wilkinson® Single Coil x 2/
Double Coil x 1 (N) MWSC (M) MWSC (B) WHHB
Scratchplate: Pearloid
Hardware: Chrome
Controls: 1 x Volume/ 1 x Tone/ 5-Way Lever
VRS110C
Gloss Black
Aaron Carey Make It Better Later
‘Wilkinson has put a lot of
time and skill into hardware
that looks conventional but
works that little bit better.’
Gav Coulson Shield Of Steel
‘But the sustain - wow!
Even at low volume levels,
and with a moderate amount
of gain, these beauties sing,
and sing... and sing.’
VP6
Natural
Play Music Pickup magazine
‘VP6 ...it just wants to
get on with whatever
you want it to do!’
Gear magazine
VP6
A single coil/single coil/
humbucker pickup layout,
in conjunction with the
guitar’s Super 5-Way switch
and traditional vibrato system
offers huge potential for the
guitarist looking for a do-it-all
instrument that looks good
too!
VRS110C
Gloss Black
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‘...the Wraith was the best-sounding
guitar’ he’d ever heard me play...’
Guitar & Bass magazine
Wraith
™
VWR1001
Body: Eastern Poplar
Top: Quilted Maple (BRQ) Flame Maple (HBF)
Neck: Maple – Set Neck
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 25.5”/648mm
Frets: 24
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Dot/ XX 12th Fret Inlay
Tuners: Wilkinson® WJ07
Vibrato: Floyd Rose® Double Locking
Pickups: Wilkinson® Humbucker x 2
(N) WMSH (B) WMSH
Hardware: Satin Black (BRQ),
Satin Chrome (HBF)
Controls: 1 x Volume/ 1 x Tone/
Super 5-Way Lever
Accessories: Hex Key Headstock Holder
VWR1001BRQ
Blood Red Quilt
VWR999
VWR1001HBF
Helms Black Flame
VWR999HBF
Helms Black Flame
The Wraith offers the fluid, wide
ranging performance of the
legendary Floyd Rose® double
locking tremolo system, with quick
and simple push-in tremolo arm,
plus the hugely versatile Super
5-way lever switch which gives an
amazing range of tones from the
two Wilkinson double coil pickups.
Body: Eastern Poplar
Top: Flame Maple
Neck: Maple – Bolt On
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 34”/864mm
Frets: 24
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Dot/ Vintage 12th
Tuners: Wilkinson® WJB650
Bridge: Heavy Duty Multi-Adjustable,
Raised Tail
Pickups: Wilkinson® PB x 1/ JB x 1
(N) WPBE500 (B) WJB900
Hardware: Satin Chrome
Controls: 1 x Volume/ 1 x Tone/
1 x Treble/ 1 x Balance
‘The Wilkinson pickups are dark and
moody, producing brooding power
chords and thick single notes.’
‘...the Wraith stays in tune
admirably, even when you’re
totally abusing the bar...’
Guitar & Bass magazine
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Wraith Bass
The active EQ controls on the Wraith
Bass increase the tonal width of the
instrument, giving a smoother, deeper
bass response and a more crisply
defined treble with a blend control
to help you get the bass sound
you want.
‘...it more than delivers the goods,
going from grunge to grind and
crunch to metal mayhem with
equal ease (Warp).’
Guitarist magazine
VW5001BK
Gloss Black
Warp
™
VW5001
VR90001BK
Gloss Black
Body: Eastern Poplar
Neck: Maple – Set Neck
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 25.5”/648mm
Frets:24
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Dot/ Vintage 12th
Tuners: Wilkinson® WJ07
Vibrato: Floyd Rose® Double Locking
Pickups: Wilkinson® Humbucker x 2
(N) WMSH (B) WMSH
Hardware: Gloss Black
Controls: 1 x Volume/ 1 x Tone/
Super 5-Way Lever
VW9001
Active Bass
Body: Eastern Poplar
Neck: Maple – Bolt On
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 34”/864mm
Frets: 24
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Dot/ Vintage 12th
Tuners: Wilkinson® WJB650
Bridge: Heavy Duty Multi-Adjustable,
Raised Tail
Pickups: Wilkinson® PB x 1/ JB x 1
(N) WPBE500 (B) WJB900
Hardware: Gloss Black
Controls: 1 x Volume/ 1 x Tone/
1 x Treble/ 1 x Balance
®
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™
VR3001
‘The Reaper was
designed with a specific
agenda - to ‘cut the rock
mustard’ with its ‘powerhouse pickup layout of
two rampaging
humbuckers...’
Guitar & Bass magazine
Body: Eastern Poplar
Neck: Maple - Bolt On
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 25.5”/648mm
Frets: 22
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Sail-Fin
Tuners: Wilkinson® WJ05
Bridge: Tune-O-Matic with Stop Bar Tailpiece
(SWB), Floyd Rose® Double Locking (BKZ)
Pickups: Wilkinson® Humbucker x 2
(N) WMSH (B) WMSH
Hardware: Satin Black
Controls: 1 x Volume/
1 x Tone/Super 5-Way Lever
RAZER
™
VR4001
Body: Eastern Poplar
Neck: Maple – Set Neck
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 25.5”/648mm
Frets: 24
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Dot/ XX 12th
Tuners: Wilkinson® WJ07
Bridge: Tune-O-Matic with Stop Bar Tailpiece
Pickups: Wilkinson® Humbucker x 2
(N) WHHB-N (B) WHHB-B
Hardware: Matt Black
Controls: 1 x Volume/ 1 x Tone/ Coil Tap/
3-Way Toggle
VR3001BKZ
Gloss Black
VR3001SWB
Gloss Black/
Vintage White
VR4001CMO
Camouflage
'When it comes to inexpensive but
fine guitars, Vintage is really
trying to push the boundaries...
behind its hardcore looks and
Metal Axxe truss rod cover
emblem, the Razer's coil tap
option on the twin humbuckers
makes it a more versatile
instrument than you'd think'
What Guitar magazine
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VR4001BK
Black
?
V8BRQ
Body: Basswood
Top: Maple Quilt
Neck: Maple - Bolt On
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 24.75”/ 628mm
Frets: 24
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Dot/ Vintage 12th
Tuners: Wilkinson® WJ07
Bridge: Floyd Rose® Double Locking
Pickups: Wilkinson® Humbucker x 2
(N) WMSH (B) WMSH
Hardware: Gold
Controls: 1 x Volume/ 1 x Tone/ Super 5-Way
Lever
V8BRQ
Blood Red Quilt
VR2001BMS
Black Metal Sparkle
Raider
Using a Humbucker/Single/Humbucker
pickup layout gives a great palette of
guitar sounds, even more so with the
amazing Super 5-Way Lever switch,
making for a very versatile,
very usable guitar indeed.
‘Those pickups can really push
an amp, producing grit and grain
well suited to aggressive rock
styles, although their good
definition gives plenty of scope
for extra expression (V8).’
Guitarist magazine
RAIDER
™
VR2001BMS
Body: Eastern Poplar
Neck: Maple - Bolt On
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 25.5”/648mm
Frets: 24
Neck Inlays: Sail-Fin
Tuners: Wilkinson® WJ05
Bridge: Floyd Rose® Double Locking
Pickups: Wilkinson® Humbucker x 2 (N) WMSH
(B) WMSH, Wilkinson® Single Coil x 1 (M) WMSS
Hardware: Chrome
Controls: 1 x Volume/
1 x Tone/ Super 5-Way Lever
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VintageVSA555/535Series
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VSA535
Tobacco
Sunburst
VSA555/535
Body: Maple
Top: Maple Laminate (555), Maple (535)
Neck: Maple Set-Neck
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 24.75”/ 628mm
Frets: 22
Neck Inlays: Abalone/ Pearloid Block (555)
Pearloid Block (535)
Tuners: Wilkinson® Deluxe WJ44
Bridge: Tune-O-Matic with Stop Bar Tailpiece
Pickups: Wilkinson® MWVC (N) MWVC (B)
Hardware: Gold (555), Chrome (535)
Controls: 2 Volume/ 2 x Tone/ 3-Way Toggle
Paul Weller
VSA535CR
Cherry Red
VSA535-12
12 String
Tobacco
Sunburst
VSA555
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One word best describes the semi-acoustic genre of electric guitar
- versatile. Originally designed to be the link between the original
big bodied ‘jazz box’ guitar styles from the swing and big band
musical eras of the 1930’s and 40’s, and the then-new boy on
the block in the 50’s, the smaller-sized solid body electric guitar,
the slim-bodied semi-acoustic offered the best of both worlds in
many respects.
And while the solid body electrics went on to grab the headlines
and the glory, the more reserved nature of the semi-acoustic
models appealed to players across a wide range of styles who
appreciated the do-anything nature of these user-friendly
guitars. There’s just something about all that extra air inside
the body of these semi-acoustics that helps add a notably
additional sweetness to their sound that’s hard to resist.
Tonally they offer the depth and smoothness of the bigger jazzers,
backed with the firepower and ‘versatility’ of solid body electrics.
The newest addition to the Vintage range of semi-acoustics, the
VSA590, stays commendably faithful to the constructional
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®
VSA590 includes case
VSA590
Tobacco
Sunburst
Body: Maple
Neck: Mahogany - Set Neck
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Neck Inlays: Abalone Block
Scale: 24.75”/ 628mm
Frets: 22
Bridge: Tune-O-Matic with Trapeze Tailpiece
Pickups: Wilkinson® x 2 WC90 (B) WC90 (N)
w/Nickel Plated Covers
Machines: Grover Kidney Button
Hardware: Nickel
Controls: 2 x Volume/ 2 x Tone/ 3-Way Toggle
Case: Included
VSA575
Body: Maple
Top: Maple
Neck: Maple Set-Neck
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 24.75”/ 628mm
Frets: 20
Neck Inlays: Abalone/ Pearloid Block
Tuners: Wilkinson® Individual Gold Tulip Button
Bridge: Tune-O-Matic/Floating Rosewood Base
Tailpiece: Trapeze
Pickups: Wilkinson® Humbucker x 2 MWVC
Hardware: Gold
Controls: 2 x Volume/ 2 x Tone/ 3-Way Toggle
VSA575
Tobacco Sunburst
“Whether it’s blues, jazz or
a full modern rock tone,
the VSA535 does it all!”
Phil Thorell – The Force
traditions of the big-bodied slimline semi. However, the VSA590
features a solid central internal body wood section into which
the nickel-covered dog ear P90 pickups are mounted through
the accurately-shaped arched body top. As well as increasing
the tonal range and depth of the VSA590, this type of build
helps eliminate any potential feedback problems.
Also increasing the already-considerable appeal of these highspec accurately-constructed Vintage semis is the fabulous new
addition of a VSA535 12-string. This format undoubtedly offers
huge tonal interest to fans of that gorgeous ringing 12-string
jangle, with that so-distinctive lush and resonant ring - this guitar
sounds like an orchestra on its own!
These exciting new guitars, of course, join the existing VSA535
and 555 instruments, which have already won acclaim with
players who appreciate a truly attractive and impressive-looking
instrument. And with a sound which will flatter any musicians
playing in various genres of music, isn’t that what we’re all
looking for at the end of the day? So let a big-bodied, big toned
Vintage be your musical best friend from now on!
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VintageVSA850Series
®
‘...an elegant and attractive
guitar with authentic design
features which definitely give a
feel for guitars of the era.’
Gear magazine
VSA850
VSA850WH
White
Body: Maple
Top: Maple
Neck: Maple Set-Neck
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 25.5”/648mm
Frets: 20
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Block
Tuners: Wilkinson® Individual Kidney Button
Bridge: Tune-O-Matic/Floating Rosewood Base
Vibrato: Bigsby® Lever Arm System
Pickups: Wilkinson® Humbucker x 2 WHHB
Hardware: Chrome (OR) Gold (WH)
Controls: 3 x Volume/ 1 x Tone/ 3-Way Toggle
Scratchplate: Clear Acrylic
‘Plugged in, the sound is just
amazing. I used modelling and
traditional amps for my tests
and the guitar sounded superb
through both.’
‘The VSA850 was spookily close
to Brian Setzer’s sound!’
Gear magazine
VSA850OR
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Basses2010
Bass; The fundamentals, delivering low register notes with
accomplished authority.
It’s reassuring to note that an ever-increasing number of discerning
bassists, from the enthusiastic amateur to the hardened professional
who depends on the performance of their bass guitar for their living
know that, when it counts, Vintage basses can be counted on to
deliver.
From the more traditional style of bass guitar which has been a
stalwart performer of the music industry for almost six decades,
through to the beautiful and exotic wood graining of more
contemporary, boutique-style neck-thru-body instruments, Vintage
basses are infused with designer Trev Wilkinson’s unique and
invaluable knowledge, unquestionably a key element in setting the
Vintage bass guitar range apart with the almost imperceptible
nuances and finesse.
And what of the musicians who use Vintage basses? Legendary UK
session and touring bassist, John McCoy (Gillan, GMT, etc) for
instance, whose uniquely thundering yet melodic bass style naturally
drew him towards the merits of the equally rock-solid Vintage V4
Icon. If you've ever seen John's original much-used bass guitar that
he's owned since 1968, then it's no surprise that he also feels most
at home with the pre-distressed Vintage Icon finish. And that works
so well for John that when he declares his V4MRSSB Icon to be
‘..f•••••g incredible - it feels like I’ve been playing it for years,’ well,
we’re not arguing...
Thru-necks, active, passive, user-friendly organic downsized bodies,
4 and 5-string options, distressed finishes, luxury boutique-style
finishes, traditional designs, contemporary designs... Or, if you have
a taste for the more extreme, Metal Axxe bass guitars could be your
ideal weapon of choice; elegant yet aggressive, these basses are
punchy and powerful performers, totally guaranteed to get you
noticed.
The 2010 Vintage bass guitar line-up is a feasting frenzy for four
and five string fans. Looks. Build quality. Premium grade Wilkinson
pickups and hardware. Top playing performance. Attitude. Style.
Vintage basses - ready when you are.
Why compromise?
Vintage doesn’t.
John McCoy – GMT
V4 Icon Bass - see page 9.
ReIssued version page 34.
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VintageV4ReIssuedSeries
®
“I need a bass that packs
enough punch with good
playability and most importantly
offers value for money.
The V4 has this in spades!”
Jarrad Noir - Foreign Legion
Pic. Gig Sniper Photography
V4
Body: Eastern Poplar
Neck: Hard Maple - Bolt On
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 34”/864mm
Frets: 20
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Dot
Tuners: Wilkinson® WJBL200
Bridge: Adjustable
Pickups: Wilkinson® WBP Alnico V
Hardware: Chrome
Controls: 1 x Volume/ 1 x Tone
V4 Bridge
The heart of a good bass sound lies with
the string anchoring, and the V4’s bridge
makes sure that’s the way it stays.
Face mounted and fully adjustable, the rear
loaded strings pass over the V4’s chunky
brass bridge saddles for maximum bottom
end tone.
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V4BK
Boulevard Black
V4VW
Vintage White
LV4BB
Boulevard Black
Left Hand
VintageEJM96Series
®
‘Solid as a rock, grunts like a trucker.’
‘The neck is something quite special, being so slender
it just seems to dissolve under the hand.’
‘...be prepared for some serious grunt.’
What Guitar magazine
EJM96
Body: Eastern Poplar
Neck: Hard Maple - Bolt On
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 34”/864mm
Frets: 20
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Dot
Tuners: Wilkinson® WJBL200
Bridge: Adjustable
Pickups: Wilkinson® PB x 2
(M) WJB00, (B) WJB800
Hardware: Chrome
Controls: 1 x Volume/ 1 x Tone
EJM96
Wilkinson bass tuners are impressively
engineered for maximum performance,
smooth action and complete accuracy.
Chunky, open geared ‘elephant ear’ style
tuners allow a lifetime of quick and easy
no-fuss bass tuning.
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VintageEST96ActiveSeries
®
Trevor Leather
KO Kaine
“This baby plays like a dream
and sounds like a monster.
Fast neck with a full
bodied sound.
Phat with a capital V!”
Trevor Leather Nichols - KO Kaine
EST96
EST96AF
5-String
Flame Top
Brownburst
Body: Eastern Poplar
Top: Flame Maple (AF)
Neck: Maple - Bolt On
Fingerboard: Maple
Scale: 34”/864mm
Frets: 21
Neck Inlays: Black Dot
Tuners: Wilkinson® WJBL200
Bridge: Adjustable
Pickups: Wilkinson® Humbucker x 1
(B) WSM4 – 4 string
(B) WSM5 – 5 string
Hardware: Chrome
Controls: 3-Band Active EQ
Bass 12dB ± 5kHz
Middle 12dB ± 2kHz
Treble 12dB ± 100Hz
1 x Volume
EST96BA
Black
EST96SSB
Sunburst
EST96NA
Natural
EST96 Active
The combination of a chunky Wilkinson humbucker
bass pickup and powerful 3-band onboard EQ,
controlled by active bass, mid and treble rotaries,
takes the sound of the Vintage EST96 active
basses from smooth and mellow traditional bass
guitar tones all the way to super-funky
contemporary grooves.
‘The EST96NA is certainly one
of the most comfortable bass
guitars I’ve ever played.’
‘...a very capable performer.’
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LEST96SBA
Left Hand
Sunburst
VintageV940/950ActiveSeries
®
‘...I’m also keen on the Vintage because
of the bubinga body, satin finish, and great tone....’
Bass Guitar magazine
V940 / 950
V940 Machines
These slim, elegant individual
Wilkinson® WJB150 bass
tuners are designed to offer
maximum tuning efficiency
whilst their conspicuous lack
of overall unit weight prevents
a ‘neck heavy’ feel to modern,
lighter weight instruments.
The sealed gear casings also
prevent dust and grime from
interfering with the tuners’
smooth and accurate internal
gear operation.
Body: Bubinga
Neck: Maple - Bolt On
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 34”/864mm
Frets: 24
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Dot
Tuners: Wilkinson® WJB150
Bridge: Adjustable /Raised Tail
Pickups: Wilkinson® Split Coil x 1/ JZ x 1
(M) WPBE500 (B) WPBE900
Hardware: Black
Controls: 1 x Volume/ 1 x Balance/ Active EQ/
Bass/ Treble
V940 Control Group
Neat and unobtrusive, the four-rotary control
cluster on the Vintage V940/950 Series Bass
offers Volume and Balance, with active Bass
and Treble EQ controls. Central detentes on
the rotary control travel offer a useful
‘neutral’ reference point for EQ and Pickup
Balance.
‘...a solidly
constructed
bass with the
advantage of
being lighter
than other
5-strings ’
V940B
Bubinga
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V940FL
Bubinga
Fretless
V950B
Bubinga
5-string
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VintageV1000ActiveSeries
®
'With its elegant body shape,
extended cutaways, sweeping
horns and distinctive figured top,
the Vintage V1004 is a classy
and contemporary-looking
active bass guitar'
Gear magazine
V1005 5-String
Translucent Amber
“Tiger Eye”
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The new Vintage V1004 and V1005 5-string basses are superb,
high performance, neck-through-body instruments, featuring a
5-ply neck section of nato and maple, maximising the amount of
mechanical energy from the string excursion being delivered to
the magnetic field of the pickup, bringing out the inherent
natural tones of the woods used, and adding sustain, clarity,
definition and power.
Body ‘wings’ of mahogany, give a sleek, striking, contemporary
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look with the extended top horn providing optimum balance.
The elegant, sculptured body is capped with a book matched,
quilted maple veneer, and a scintillating cherry sunburst finish
on the four string, and book matched ‘tiger eye’ quilted maple
finished in glowing translucent amber on the 5-string version,
both with matching raked back straight string pull headstocks.
These luxurious finishes are perfectly complemented by Gold
plated hardware.
V1004 / 1005
Body: Mahogany Wings
Top: Maple Quilt. Spalted Birds Eye Maple (DX)
Spalted Maple (SP)
Neck: 5-Ply Thru-Neck, Nato/Maple. Maple/Walnut (DX)
Nut: Black Graphite
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Scale: 34”/864mm
Frets: 24
Neck Inlays: Pearloid Dot
Tuners: Wilkinson® WJB150
Bridge: Adjustable/ Raised Tail
Pickups V1004: Wilkinson® Single Coil x 1/
Double Coil x 1 (M) WJBE900 (B) WSME4
Pickups V1005: Wilkinson® Single Coil x 1/
Double Coil x 1 (M) WJBE900 (B) WSME5
Hardware: Gold
Controls: 1 x Volume/ 1 x Balance/ Active Treble/
Active Bass
V1005SP
5-String
Spalted
Maple
V1004DX
Exotic
Birds-eye
Maple
On both 4 and 5-string versions, the thru-neck, scooped
cutaways and ‘heel-less’ design maximises playing access.
The versatile two-octave rosewood fingerboard and low
profile neck makes for excellent playability.
V1004SP
Spalted
Maple
V1004
Cherry Sunburst
Quilted Maple
produce awesome, deep penetrating bass, controllable, musical
mids, and sparkling highs.
The Vintage V1000 basses give you the power and freedom to
be creative!
Tone, the ‘Holy Grail’, inhabits the V1000 series basses with a
vengeance. With the massive cast bridge, rock solid saddles,
hi-output balanced pickups, and active tone circuitry, all
complementing the thru neck construction, these basses
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‘Our snobbery led us to assume
that we’d be forced to lay into these guitars.
We were wrong,
and you should ensure you don’t make
the same mistake.’
Simon Bradley
THE GUITAR PLAYER’S BIBLE
A John Hornby Skewes Product
www.jhs.co.uk
EXCLUSIVE WORLDWIDE TRADE DISTRIBUTORS:
JOHN HORNBY SKEWES & CO. LTD., SALEM HOUSE, PARKINSON APPROACH, GARFORTH, LEEDS LS25 2HR, UK.
©2010 JHS & Co. Ltd. Specifications and colours are subject to change without prior notice. Vintage is a registered trademark of John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd.
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