Modern Vintage MVP4 review

What does ‘Modern Vintage’ mean, anyway? Ace luthier Rob Elrick knows. His MVP4 strikes a neat balance between past and present

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Guitar World Verdict

A very affectionate update to the classic P-Bass format, with tones that can be dialed into a vintage Motown if that's your thing, or a more contemporary voicing for slap and rock styles.


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    Classic vintage looks.

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    Sensible modern updates.

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    Build is superb.

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    Very playable neck.


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    Cases sold separately.

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There’s no shortage of new instruments that build on Leo Fender’s classic designs, but the recently launched Modern Vintage bass guitars have certainly caught our attention. 

Developed with the assistance of master luthier Rob Elrick, this South Korea-built range aims to evoke those classic designs while incorporating updates and improvements that retain the sound, look and feel of the instruments that inspired them. MV currently offer Jazz and Precision-inspired instruments, and we elected to put the latter through its paces.

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