Hello there, back again with another cool guitar review for you! This time, we will be looking at one of the most affordable, yet comes already upgraded Stratocaster clones, Vintage V6 reissued Stratocaster!
For those who have never heard of the Vintage brand, here is a short introduction. Vintage Guitars are a UK-based guitar company that mainly focuses on iconic guitars. They are all designed in the UK but are made in Asia.
You may have already heard of JHS company which stands for John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd. So basically, the Vintage brand is owned and managed by JHS and they have been around since 1995.
Around 2018, I had so many changes in life and almost found myself without any guitars. Most of the time, I would be planning where to move and almost lost every instrument and audio gear at that time.
However, I always needed a guitar next to me so I could play and at least keep my fingers in shape. With this in mind, I started looking for affordable Stratocaster clones. Fortunately, someone was selling his Vintage Reissued V6 Stratocaster in sunburst colour and I was immediately hooked up with the look and feel as well as very competitive tech specs!
What makes Vintage brand guitars so special?
If you are a regular reader of my blog, you would already know that I used to be a musical instruments industry professional and had the chance to play and test hundreds of electric guitars while working for MyDukkan.com. I often mentioned this to point out that my opinions regarding electric guitars had been shaped profoundly after having had this real-life experience in the business.
You can almost take this as a straight fact that clone instruments are affordable but they always need basic modifications, upgrades and setups to become really playable. It’s almost always true that if you prefer affordable clone electric guitars, you will spend money and time on these!
In one of my older posts featuring my SX SST62 Stratocaster, I also mentioned these factors when buying a clone instrument.
However, this is not the case with Vintage brand guitars! When I first saw the tech specs, I really couldn’t believe it. They almost come as upgraded!
When you buy any Vintage guitars, they always feature high-quality components and hardware even though they are made in the far east!
Let’s quickly have a look at the tech specs below.
Vintage Reissued V6 Stratocaster Tech Specs
|Construction||Double Cutaway, Bolt-on|
|Fretboard||Rosewood (Post-CITES) Lignum Rosa|
|Neck||Hard rock maply|
|Pickups||Wilkinson WVS vintage-voiced Alnico V|
|Tuners||Wilkinson WJ55 patented E-Z-Lok|
As you can see, it’s a typical, much-loved Stratocaster while offering very nice Wilkinson hardware and pickups! Unlike other Stratocaster clones, you don’t even need to worry about tuning stability or terrible stock pickups, or bad electronics…
It’s very comfortable to play and sounds exactly like a Strat does! I was able to record some videos with my Vintage V6 Stratocaster. Unfortunately, I don’t have it with me anymore but here are some videos that will show you the potential of the instrument.
At the moment, I have a Fender American Standard Stratocaster and I love it big time. But I must confess that some of the guitar tones that I was able to get with my Vintage V6 were even better than my US-made Strat!
I’m not just trying to say that it’s better than an original Stratocaster, however, it definitely had a distinct sound to it and I still miss it! 🙂
Just as a side note, as I have mentioned in the tech specs table, Vintage has started using Lignum Rosa material to replace rosewood fingerboards. The one I got was made way earlier than CITES regulations were in effect, so I can confidently say that this was a rosewood fingerboard.
For these videos below, I directly plugged my Vintage V6 reissued Stratocaster into my RME Babyface PRO using Positive Grid Bias FX (’94 Match DC amp). I used La Bella Vapor Shield strings and my lovely Chicken Picks!
In the first video, I played some random stuff featuring all pickup positions.
Here in the second video, I played one of my original themes called “Un Dive“. This time I was using the same setup but with La Bella Blues Benders strings and Peavey Revalver 4 along with TC Electronic M30 reverb and Mokafix Audio Cream Tube.
How do you like the sounds of this extremely affordable yet authentic Stratocaster? I’m sure you will keep an eye on Vintage brands from now on!
Where to buy Vintage brand guitars?
Unfortunately, Vintage guitars are not easy to find online. I would definitely look up Reverb for second-hand as well as brand-new ones. I would also recommend you check out their official website and look up dealers close to your location.
I hope you enjoy the videos and my brief review! Thanks for visiting my blog and I will hopefully see you in the next piece of content here!
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