Vintage V65 Icon Vibrato review

A new heavily relic’d and very affordable offset from the cheeky chaps at Vintage

Vintage V65 Icon Tremolo
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

This V65V is far from shabby, even though that’s what the finish suggests. Boutique in style, budget in price? We’d say so.


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    Affordable, quality build.

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    Good weight.

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    Very thin finish.

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    Tuning stability.

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    Credible single‑coil voices.


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    Very derivative in style.

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    Some would prefer a little more neck pitch.

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    Hardly realistic ageing.

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During a time when low-end electric guitars are continually surprising us with their build quality, style and sound, this Jazzmaster-ish knock-off from champions of the underdog Vintage is perfectly timed. 

To be fair, the V65 has been around a while in both hardtail and vibrato forms, but for 2022 you can get it in two ‘distressed’ colours. Thank goodness Vintage didn’t call it ‘aged’ because the body mangling is laughably inauthentic, and we did wonder if our courier was responsible. 

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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.