Vintage Reissued V100PBB and V100MP review

Brit-conceived and long-running lookalike brand Vintage is going places – particularly across the pond in the USA. Is now the time to reconsider the copy? We think so…

Guitar World Verdict

If the purpose of a copy is to provide a taste of the real thing at a way more affordable price point then both these V100s pass that test in some style.


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    Tidy build for the price.

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    Acceptable price.

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    Some stylish tones.


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    Control circuit could be better.

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    The PBB's stacked humbuckers don't capture a true P-90 voice.

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    The MP is not the most subtle single-cut we've ever heard.

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When Vintage was conceived back in 1996 by UK distributor John Hornby Skewes (JHS), the new company annoyed people from the start with that name. “They’re not vintage!” Of course not – affordability and familiarity were always the plan. 

JHS might have had the last laugh, however: we’re told that Vintage electric guitars are now available in over 130 countries worldwide, not least the USA. The guitars have had considerable input from designer Trev Wilkinson, though JHS’s operations director, Paul Smith, comments that Trev’s “consultancy agreement with JHS expired in August 2018 after 12 amazing years working together developing the Vintage ranges. We continue to specify Wilkinson hardware on our Vintage models and co-operate regarding specific hardware and parts for new models.”

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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.