New from Vintage Guitars, and proving to be a popular addition to their 'Reissued' range of classic guitar designs, the V52 is an excellent version of a classic TC style electric guitar.
Based on the design of 1952, the V52 features a Maple neck and fingerboard. And at a great price it's excellent value for money.
The headstock is slightly oversized, the 52 having a golden lacquer. The back of the headstock has a single row of 6 chrome Kluson style machine heads, all connected, with small chrome vintage style buttons.
The neck feels wide and shallow, a broad D profile, nut width is 42mm. The rear has the same finish as the headstock, a glossy feel, with a Rosewood strip running down the centre where the truss rod has been fitted.
The fretboard is Maple, golden in colour, with a slight gloss finish, though not lacquered to any extent, with dot position markers and 22 Nickel frets all well dressed.
The neck is bolted to the Alder body, joining at the 17th fret on the bass side, and 21st on the treble, so no upper fret access problems here.
Fairly weighty but not as heavy as some, the body feels solid and gives good resonance. The front has a large black scratchplate, and a long Chrome control plate with the 3 way selector switch, single tone and volume control. All very simple.
The neck pickup is a Wilkinson 'lipstick' style, with an open single coil slanting across the 'ashtray' bridge. The strings pass through the body and over 3 brass saddles.
The guitar plays very nicely, a good comfortable playing position, bright and clean tones. Plugged in, it's everything you'd expect from this style of guitar, plenty of jingle jangle, great for country, pop and blues, turn to the overdrive channel and the guitar turns into a sonic beast, punk, rock and power pop come out with loads of clarity and grunt.
An excellent addition to Vintages popular electric guitar range, this guitar has been a long time coming but it's been well worth the wait!
I gave five stars because of the value for money. The guitar is well made and has an excellent finish- it makes you question other budget guitar makes which aren't as good. The important things on this guitar are right, like the neck and fretting- frets are actually polished smooth, although some of the higher frets are not finished so smooth at the ends but no great problem. The pickups are very acceptable, as good as the MIM Tele if not better- difficult to really assess. I liked the MIM Tele out of the box- not so the MIM Strat which definitely needs a pup change. Back to the V52,you do need to play with the pup heights at the bridge end to get an acceptable even output- the bass string being too powerful (in my view) and the 1st treble sting a tad weak, but not unusably so. All in all a very impressive guitar and I will definitely get another Vintage brand guitar.
Vintage are causing me severe problems: instead of having one really expensive guitar that I'm wary of getting out of its case, this V52 - like every other Vintage I now own - provides an easily played, and paid for, alternative to the 'genuine article'. Better Tele twang and easier playing than expensive originals from California. How do they get way with it?
A real V-52 bomber... Got the guitar today, opened the box at the post office, and started playing it right there at the counter. Then could not stop playing it for several hours and the tone just kept ringing more and more...the wood vibrating in harmony from the the joy of playing music... A real solid piece of quality wood that will sound better and better with time. I plan to upgrade the electronics, put in a Seymour Duncan vintage mini humbucker in the neck position and sand off some of the laquer to let the tone come out even more. Then it will be an instrument comparable to a 2000 dollar guitar for a quarter of the price...
I'd love a proper Fender reissue of the '52 Tele but I can't afford it. But Vintage do make this affordable little beauty. While it isn't an exact copy, it is close and does give you a flavour of the real thing. Easy and comfortable to play, very well built, gorgeous looking, it's worth every penny.
This Guitar is really great sounding. And it looks really good. I love this one.
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All Guitars go through our 12 point checking procedure to make sure that it passes our standards before shipping. This helps ensure your guitar will reach you in perfect condition. All guitars are checked against our 12 point check list and once passed, have a Guitarbitz quality control sticker attached. In addition to this we want to ensure that no harm can come to your guitar on the journey between us and you and so we have a rigorous packing procedure involving multiple protective layers. If you notice that this packaging is damaged when delivered by our courier, it is important to check the goods and if damaged, refuse the delivery and call us immediately. For your peace of mind, we have outlined the 12 point check below to show how we are passionate about your instrument.
|1) Finish checked for imperfections or damage
||2) Strings tuned up and tested for tone and playability
|| 3) Neck checked for bending or humps
|4) Truss rod adjusted for correct positioning
||5) Frets examined for playability||6) Bridge checked for position and hold on strings
|7) Strap buttons tested for secure fitting
||8) Neck joint examined
||9) Machine heads turned and tested for secure grip on strings|
|10) Nut tested for secure fitting and correct string height
||11) Switches, volume and tone controls tested for faulty connections||12) Pickups checked for responsiveness|
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