The new Vintage Icon V65V offers player an affordable way to buy a Fender Jazzmaster-style offset, with a heavily aged, relic finish. Made to look like an old favourite, will these aged-offsets be what players are looking for?
Vintage Icon V65V
The new aged/relic Icon V65V from UK based brand Vintage has all the features you would expect from this style of guitar. It has an alder body with a 25.5” scale-length bolt-on maple neck. The neck has a soft-C profile, and a rosewood fretboard with 22-frets. Pickups inculde a pair of Wilkinson Soapbar single-coils, which should give you thicker single coil tones. However, these aren’t true Jazzmaster pickup winds.
Each model features a vibrato unit and a set Wilkinson WJ55 machine heads, which the company says will offer great tuning stability. The model is available in Distressed Black or Distressed Sunburst finishes, both of which come with a tortoiseshell pickguard, which, I think, gives them that ’60s offset guitar look.
Value for money?
I have owned a few Vintage branded guitars in the past (a Thomas Blug Strat and an SG style model) and found that they are more than capable of being used live. The hardware, in my experience, is always solid and works well. Plus, the pickups on both those guitars hit way above their price points. In fact, the Vintage Thomas Blug Summer of Love Strat I owned had one of the nicest necks I have played on a guitar, and the fretwork was impeccable.
I’m hoping this all carries across to these new Icon V65V models, as the price is very reasonable. As a fan of offset guitars myself, I would really like to try one of these new models out sometime, as my previous experiences with this brand have been so positive. Definitely ones to check out this year ,especially if you like the relic look and enjoy an offset vintage-style guitar.
RRP – GBP 429
More Information on Vintage
- Vintage V65V in Distressed Black: Vintage
- Vintage V65V in Distressed Tobacco Sunburst: Vintage