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Published on Apr 30, 2013
This Vintage brand "advanced series" guitar is a Tele Thinline inspired model with some unique and very versatile electronics. Vintage brand guitars are designed by famed pickup maker, Trevor Wilkinson. They are well known in Europe, especially the UK, and are recognized as very good value for money guitars. They are quite rare to find in Canada.
This model, the AV2HH is no longer in production. It has an american alder chambered body with a beautifully figured flamed maple top. The pickups, switches, and hardware are Wilkinson and top quality. Like the tele thinline, the strings come through the body giving it tons of sustain. The bridge is a traditional tele ashtray style cut in half with old-school brass saddles X 3 only they are thoughtfully "modernized" to make intonation settings much more accurate. The neck, much like a standard fender, is maple with a 25.5" scale length and bolts on to the body.
Where this guitar really shines is in it's tonal versatility. Although it contains 2 humbuckers, both are coil-tapped. Unique to these guitars is the "roll" control. For each pickup, instead of simply switching from all single coil to all humbucker mode, you can dial in any setting between the two. You can go from vintage tele country twang on the bridge pup in full single coil mode to LP growl on the neck pup in full humbucker mode and anything in between. There is also a master tone and master volume control and a 3-way pickup selector toggle switch.
I have just set up and intonated the guitar so it plays to it's full potential and put on a set of GHS guitar boomer strings. It comes with a basic leather strap and a high-quality gig bag.
The guitar was purchased new less than a year ago and has hardly been played. It is in like new condition. These were retailing for around $730.00 CAD last time I checked.
For someone who wants all the sounds in one axe, this is it. It plays like a dream and it's a real looker too.