NAMM 2019: Vintage Guitars announces 2019 line-up
Including a tribute guitar to Mick Ronson, an updated VS6 line and a versatile bass.
Vintage Guitars has opened 2019 with a trio of announcements: an updated V100 line, a refreshed VS6 series and a special VS4CR bass.
Here are the details:
*Note: All models feature a mahogany body, a mahogany set-neck, an offset-and-heel-design, as well as Graph Tech NuBone XB nuts.
The latest V100 line comes with a suite of Custom Shop-inspired features. The brand offers six models with new pickup configurations, arresting finishes and premium hardware upgrades.
According to Vintage, this axe is “an electrified tribute” to Mick Ronson of the Spiders from Mars. Or in the brand’s own words, “the V100MRN calls to mind images of glam rock rebels and eight-legged, outer space travellers”.
The guitar is equipped with two uncovered Wilkinson WOHHB humbuckers, wired to two pairs of mismatched tone and volume knobs. Its hardware appointments include a stop tailpiece, a Tune-o-Matic bridge and Grover 102 tuners.
Available in a Natural Maple finish. Retails for £399.
The standout feature on this unique instrument is its triple pickup configuration – there are three Wilkinson WOHHB humbuckers. These pickups are controlled by two pairs of volume and tone knobs, as well as a three-way pickup switch. Wrapping up its features are a Wilkinson WJ303 bridge and chrome hardware.
Available in a Cherry Sunburst finish. Retails for £379.
V1003BB and V1003AW
These V1003 models share several sonic and aesthetic appointments.
Each guitar boasts a trio of Wilkinson WOHHB humbuckers designed to give access to a palette of unique tones. Other appointments on each model include a set of Wilkinson WJ303 machine heads, gold hardware, and four black control knobs.
The V1003BB is available in a Boulevard Black finish, while the V1003AW in Arctic White. Retails at £429 each.
This piece is dubbed by Vintage as the “ultimate studio-going electric guitar”.
Like its peers in the series, this axe is fitted with a pair of uncovered Wilkinson WOHHB humbuckers. These pups are capable of smooth low ends, a ‘plummy’ midrange, and piercing highs. Rounding off its features are a set of Wilkinson WJ44 tuners.
Available in a Tobacco Sunburst finish. Retails at £339.
The sixth model in this line is the V100PBB.
Unlike its cousins, this guitar boasts a pair of black Wilkinson W90 SK humbuckers. These soapbars serve up a versatile bag of tones, including the defined lows and throaty mids of a humbucker, and the articulate top end of a single-coil. According to Vintage, the W90’s are “ready-made for blues and classic rock tones”.
The guitar’s boutique sonic appointments are matched by splendid gold hardware appointments.
Available in a Gloss Black finish. Retails at £429.
Updated VS6 Line
Two models join the VS6 line: the VS63 and the VS63VCR.
Each guitar sports three Wilkinson humbuckers. Like most other Vintage instruments, these are governed by two pairs of tone and volume knobs as well as a three-way pickup selector.
Both models, however, differ in hardware. The VS63 ships with gold Wilkinson WJ303 machine heads, matching gold pickup covers, a Tune-o-Matic bridge and a stop tailpiece. The VS63VCR, on the other hand, sports WJ44 tuners, chrome Wilkinson hardware and a Wilkinson Vibrola bridge system.
The VS63 is available in Cherry Red and Vintage White finishes, and retails at £369. The VS63VCR is available in a Cherry Red finish, and retails at £449.
Here’s an affordable bass whose main highlight is its versatility.
Its tone is derived from a two-pickup configuration of a jumbo humbucker and a mini humbucker. The former produces smooth and rounded tones, while the latter is voiced for an edgier bite. You can also blend the two pickups together via a useful Roll Control.
A set of Wilkinson WJBL200 machine heads and an eye-catching Cherry Red finish complete the Gibson SG-inspired bass.
Retails at £349.
More information at vintageguitarsus.com.