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Vintage V100 Reissued Electric Guitar - Gloss Black - V100BB
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The rock-solid combination of mahogany bodies and set necks, matched to top quality Wilkinson hardware and pickups means the Vintage V100 really sings! 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 tone-enhancing 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, 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 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 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.
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the pickups are muddy and have poor output, also there are a lot of unfinished fret ends, and a lot of fret buzzing.
update: the tunematic bridge screws finally came off, during a practice session.
I had to replace most the hardware, and get the guitar properly set up.In the future I will stay clear of vintage guitars, and stick to known brands. it cost me more to fix the guitar, than cutting my losses and going for a new guitar.
I do not belive this guitar should be more than £120.. get an epiphone
les paul standard for £239
krammer assault 220 for £200
ltd ec256 for £ 250
prs tremonti se for £300
they are around the same price bracket and would be much better guitars
The flame top was darker than I expected with an almost burgundy colour but I prefer this and had been looking for a Les Paul with a dark shade to it compared to the brightness of my heritage cherry Epiphone or the Vintage AFD model I have.
Found the guitar to be very playable with no dead frets or sharp edges on the fret markers. I would recommend Vintage V100 to other people who are looking for a guitar within this price range. Will be adding the Vintage Peter Green/Gary Moore distressed lemon drop to my collection once I can justify having 15 guitars.
So far the only thing I have changed on this guitar is fitting guitar strap locks as this is a personal preference of mine but the original strap buttons were very solid and actually almost difficult to remove so there was no doubt they'd be fine in holding your guitar.
If the guitar became damaged beyond repair (such as snapped neck/headstock) or was stolen I would definitely buy another one of the same model unless a flamed tobacco sunburst became available but it would be a tough choice between the two.
The build quality is exceptional, whilst the finish is pleasing to the eye, and the sound is exceptional. Stay's in tune too!.
If someone steels this one. I shall just buy another to replace it. What more can I say?.
Apart from two truly tiny niggles, the V100 guitar is fantastic value for money and anyone who wants a good Les Paul-style guitar really should consider V100's as prime candidates for consideration. The bodies of all V100's are solid mahogany with various veneered finishes. Left-handed versions are also widely available. I have owned two V100's, the other being the Vintage V100 ICON Series Lemon Drop Electric Guitar Peter Green Distressed, for which I uploaded a sequence of photographs. (Guitar was great but the relic'd finish was poor). Thank heavens, JHS now produce an unrelic'd version of this guitar complete with the cross-phase wiring of the 'Lemon drop'.
Vintage V100 ICON Series Lemon Drop Electric Guitar Peter Green Distressed
However, this current review is for a standard, non-distressed V100 model, for which I have now also uploaded 7 photographs.
In terms of solidity, playability and overall feel, the guitar is excellent. The action was set on the middle-to-low side and suited me pretty well. No doubt a good guitar tech could tweak nut and bridge to get the action even lower - but that's a comment that can be levelled (no pun intended) at pretty well every mass-produced guitar that's on the market. There's always room for improvement. However, until such time as I need to re-string it, I won't be fiddling with anything.
There were no rattles or buzzes anywhere along the neck and intonation was surprisingly accurate; indeed astonishingly accurate; with harmonics ringing loud and clear at all the usual points, and were exceptionally clear the 19th fret and directly above the poles of the neck pickup. I don't know what brand of strings are fitted as standard (probably JHS's own) but they are perfectly fine until such time as you need to change them for whatever brand and gauge you prefer. (I will fit Elixr strings as I use them on all my electric and acoustic guitars).
Weight-wise, the guitar tipped the scales at precisely 8lbs which is comfortable for both standing or sitting but it is definitely lighter than a full-blown LP which can weigh anything between 11 and 15lbs!! Sustain is still perfectly acceptable but anyone who veers towards metal or grunge may need a bit more 'grunt'. All the Wilkinson hardware is excellent quality. The tuners are very stable without any hint of slippage. It is worth saying that the tulip-style tuning keys do stick out from the headstock quite a way, so be sure to take care if buying a hardcase for a V100. (In my uploaded photos, see View 2 of the guitar in its case. In this the tuners are easily visible) Measure everything first. The volume and tone pots work smoothly without any hint of crackling and they graduate the sound very smoothly with no sudden change half way round. Similarly, the pickup switch works silently, even though the actual switch itself seemed to have a bit of 'wobble' in its mount.
Sound-wise, the V100 pickups gives a good clear, strong signal that can be both subtle and jazzy or can be boosted quite successfully into overdriven distortion --- but again with the proviso that metal and grungle players may need to look for more 'oomph' by judicious choice of amp or FX unit(s). I did feel that maybe the Rhythm pickup didn't produce a distinctively different sort of tone to the bridge pickup, but that may be down to my own subjective opinion and dodgey hearing. It certainly wasn't a muddy sound.
As for the two tiny niggles ... as received, the pickup selector switch operated at an angle that bore little or no relationship to the two labels on the roundel. The straight side of the scratchplate was rather roughly finished and just looked cheap and nasty. These tiny flaws should have been spotted at the factory. It was easy to correct those two slight faults, so I took that opportunity to mod the guitar's appearance. (See uploaded photos). I'll get down to looking at the nut and bridge sometime in the near future.
In all other respects, the V100 is a fantastic range of instruments: well made, strongly built; unbelievable value and just oozing that much-valued feel (and weight) of a quality instrument. My 'Iced Tea' is a pleasure to own and play.
All-in-all, then, a genune 5 star performer!
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Well after posting this original review, I encountered uploads to YouTube by Sam Deeks of 'Reloved Guitars'. He specialises in acquiring budget guitars such as those made by JHS Encore, JHS Vintage, Squier, Benton etc. and giving them a full technical going over. His uploads tend to be very long and unedited - so if you check him out, have a big cup of coffee or a nice cold beer close to hand. I think he makes videos for every guitar he works on and then aims to sell (often via Ebay) - so if you search Youtube you might very well find that he shows you how to tweak and improve the type of guitar that you have. He certainly features the V100 range in several uploads. Check his channel playlists where uploads for specific guitar makes and models are nicely grouped.
---------------- UPDATE for info about the cosmetic modding ----------------
Following a query from someone who asked about changing the cream fittings for black, I put together a list of the sources I used, plus a link to a Youtube demo which shows exactly how to swap the pickup surrounds (that is easy but a bit fiddly). In brief, and (of course, without associated URL's which Amazon would block), my sources were as follows ....
dangleberry music (UK) bought via Ebay --- black (plain) 4 ply
CURVED PICKUP SURROUNDS
jellyfishaudio via Ebay
Black Humbucker Pickup Mounting Ring set for Gibson & other Les Paul guitars
NOTE - do NOT buy cheap Chinese versions. You get what you pay for and it's RUBBISH.
One particular seller advertises here on Amazon ... beware unless all you want is cheap tat. (I tried their 'curved' surrounds, but the plastic was cheap and one surround wasn't curved. I wasted my money, so went for jellyfish audio's items.
SWITCHPLATE (Black with white lettering)
Can't recall who I bought it from - but I DID opt for an official Gibson spare part.
They're easily found if you look for 'Les Paul Switch Plate Surround - BLACK'
I have seen examples listed on Amazon - including non-Gibson parts.
Another source for what looks to be a non-Gibson replacement is Northwest Guitars
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Rich Tone Music whom I've often used in the past.
The knobs DID need slight adjustment with a rat's tail file to enlarge the hole by a tiny amount so that they fitted onto the pots. They work perfectly.
There are several videos on Youtube about changing the pickup surrounds - most skim over the subject, but this one is pretty good. Look for this one -
'Les Paul Pickup Swap pt 3 (remove the old, get ready for the new)' uploaded by smbstressfest·
In this demo, he actually completely disconnects the pickups but you don't have to do that (I didn't). Just work very carefully and slowly and protect your guitar's body. I recommend using white cloths and a white sheet beneath so you can see anything that might slip or roll clear. The demo gets to the topic of removing pickups from the surrounds at about 2.35 and then more closely at 3.22
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