Sceptre Ventana Deluxe review

Tanglewood Guitars in the UK commissioned veteran guitar designer Gary Levinson to create a range of affordable but contemporary guitars. Here’s the result

Sceptre Ventana Deluxe
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

Let’s face it, there’s no shortage of similarly priced HSS bolt-ons out there... But the detail is good here and those overwound sounds create a subtly different, bigger voice that will have less appeal to the vintage crowd by design but more to those of us who need some tougher, meatier voices.


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    Good build for the money with contemporary aim.

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    Excellent hardware for the price point.

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    ‘Hot’ pickup voicing.

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    Simple drive.


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    No lefties.

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    No gigbag.

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    In a crowded market, is it different enough to make a mark?

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If you were playing guitar back in the late ’80s and liked your gear, you would have undoubtedly come across Gary Levinson, the creator of Blade Guitars. 

To some, they were just another Strat-alike in some pretty contemporary colours, but virtually every facet of the benchmark design was re-evaluated, not least the dual-block Falcon vibrato and the onboard active VSC circuit, which offered a combined treble and bass boost or a midrange solo boost. For those pristine rhythm parts or gained leads – essential voices for the time – the Blade was the near-perfect tool.

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.