Vintage Icon V100

Vintage Icon V100

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Icon V100, LP-Shaped Guitar from Vintage in the Icon series.

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  • Manufacturer: Vintage
  • Model: Icon V100
  • Series: Icon
  • Category: LP-Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 05/30/2007

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Vintage Icon V100 user reviews

Average Score:4.4( 4.4/5 based on 11 reviews )
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Smr162's review

Vintage Icon V100
Ok so this guitar is a vintage lemon drop, all wilkinson hardware and it has a mahogany neck and body.


Ok so this is a verrrry warm tone guitar and plays wonderfully. It's a little heavy but not really as heavy as my les paul custom. There was a slight issue with some of fret board bring very very slightly raised but I'm
Being super pedantic with this. I had a very picky luthier point it out but this seemed to
Be the only real issue. The out of phase pick up adds something a little different and makes rocky lead brakes sound amazing with a real edge verrrry suited to blues rock ( but can play anything)


I've used this guitar through most types of amp. It's been through boogies, marshalls Hughes and kettners and tons more. It's a typical led paul in terms of through a Mesa boogie or a Marshall it really its that sweet spot. I like to keep the pickups either in the middle because it gives a fat balls out full sound. I like to switch it to the bridge for lead breaks but I don't often use the neck tone on its own. The clean tone is really nice for those typical rock intros that lead into raunch.


I'll be honest and say I can't remember what I paid for this, it was somewhere between 350 and 450 in 2009. What I will say is that it's the closest Gibson copy I've ever played and for a fraction of the price. I've played les paul studios that don't compare to this guitar and that's the truth. I own a 1976 les paul custom which is an
Absolute gem.... So this guitar isn't quite as good to play and listen to but it's really not far off. Vintage have really raised there game in the last few years and wilkinson hardware is far beyond what it's being sold for. This guitar will be avoided by the guitar snobs because of its label but the truth is in my opinion is that it's better than any other les paul copy I've played and better than some cheaper gibsons. I advice you to close your eyes plug in and play... Let the guitar do the talking - it won't dissapoint!!

MGR/Mike's review"Vintage V100TSB"

Vintage Icon V100
I paid £180 (english pounds) for this beauty. As you already tell i like this axe! I bought from Dawsons as my first electric.

The Guitar is Tobacco sunburst, although it looks more like Honey burst, which is a good thing. The gold hardware sets the piece off nicely. The finish is Deep wine red at the edges melting into a creamy gold centre (sounds like a chocolate bar, and is just a sweet), without bothering with a quilted effect. The selector switch is sturdy and faces the right way up, which is suprisingly hard to find on a guitar of this price. The frets are smooth and easy to slide with and inlayed with pearl trapezia. The whole unit is cream binded, which i like, and at the end of it's fixed neck the headstock has an abalone gold brand name, set off nicely with gold tulip tuners (beware i have been warned the gold fades on the tuners, though i have noticed none). The guitar is a heavy mofo, adds to the quality, you get used to the weight. The strap buttons are solid, as if they were carved from the same peice of wood as the guitar. The sound, the guitar can produce beefy sounds, harmonics and raw riffs, the whole shabang. Sounds great, quite clear and bright.

The only disslikes so far? Maybe the neck is too "50's", too chunky. Dont get me wrong this can be a bonus for rhythm guitarists, but i prefer to solo and lick about with my axe, so i prefer a slim 60's neck. And the the Lovely finish is marred slightly by the wood underneath, the grain is very fine, almost invisable, i like a visable grain to the wood. This is in no way a knock on the unit, just one of those things you have to deal with, doesnt effect the performance, and you have to look closley to notice but nobody does that. One last thing, the tone pot (positioned underneath the bridge pick up)catches slightly on the surface of the guitar. This wont effect all models though just an unlucky pick. It doesnt catch enough to tear paint off, just over turning may result in scratches on its beautiful finish. Thats it. The likes outway the dislikes.

As i said, the quality is fine for the price. Solid, heavy and hard-wearing. Nothing really to add.

This is a great guitar. The quality is superb, it sounds brilliant and the niggles are minor. The best guitar for under £200, anywhere. Great for beginners, even better for intermediate, but a pro may finds more dislikes. I'd give it 4.75 but seems as i can't its 5 all the way. It rocks, it looks good, it damn cheap, no wait it's inexpensive not cheap. But don't expect perfection, just like everything.

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MGR/Jimbo Baron03/30/2003

MGR/Jimbo Baron's review"Vintage V100TSB"

Vintage Icon V100
After much searching on the internet and in my local shops, I found this guitar for £179 at Zings Music. Seeing as this was around £50 cheaper than the manufacturer's own website (John Hornby Skewes), I quickly placed my order online. Everything was fine until I was told that I would have to wait around 3 weeks for my guitar to be delivered - not a major hassle because I still had my old Hohner to play, but still a pain.
I chose this Vintage because I wanted a fairly decent - yet cheap - Les Paul copy and from what I'd read, this guitar seemed to fit the bill. A quick strum on it in a local shop before purchasing online confirmed my thoughts.

The guitar looks good with a tobacco sunburst finish and gold hardware. The sound is good too with a decent balance between bass and treble, instead of an excessively treble sound that I’ve sometimes heard on other cheap guitars. And as everyone always says about Vintage; the price is excellent for what you get.

If I had to pick a fault, I would say that the attention to detail on the finish wasn’t as good as it could have been. The gold on the machine heads was beginning to wear off even before I received the guitar and there was a small crack in the truss rod cover plate (which the manufacturer is going to replace when they have the part in stock). The finishing on the frets could have been slightly better and there were a few small scratches on the body. One of the volumes knobs also caught on the body when turned, until a minor adjustment.
To be fair though, I am a bit of a perfectionist so I’d probably find fault with any guitar and it may also depend on where you buy from with regards to scratches etc.

Construction is good and solid throughout with no major faults or dislikes that I could find. It weighs much more than my Hohner which takes some getting used to but does add to the overall feeling of solidity. Quality is undoubtedly very good for the price, although the finishing could be slightly better as I’ve mentioned.

Great guitar for the price, you can’t really go wrong with it. A better player than myself may not be quite so impressed, but for my own purposes (home-use, occasional jamming with friends), this guitar is ideal. Shop around to get a good deal and if you buy online, a proper shop set-up will probably also be required to get the best out of the guitar.

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iamqman's review"Vintage top"

Vintage Icon V100
The Vintage V100 guitar is a knock off Gibson Les Paul guitar. It's basically a Gibson Les Paul guitar that's made in Korea using a pseudo name. It's a very inexpensive instrument but it will contain most of the same tone that any other Gibson Les Paul guitar what have. You'll get a warm mahogany based tone that can be rich and thick but the weight, feel, and balance of the instrument can be very lacking compared to a real Gibson LP. However many Korean made instruments that I've played personally have a pretty good weight and feel. So this guitar is going to carry that similar type of build quality that you would know as similar Korean built guitars. It's not going to be priced like a $3000 custom Gibson Les Paul guitar but it certainly is going to feel very comfortable across the neck and as you play it.


Body Mahogany
Sides and Back Mahogany
Finger board Rosewood fingerboard
Bridge Tune-O-Matic
Neck Mahogany set neck
Inlay Pearloid Crown
Frets 163
Scale 24.75″/ 628mm
Tuners Wilkinson Deluxe WJ44 Chrome
Hardware Chrome
Controls 2 x Volume
2 x Tone
3-Way Toggle
Warranty One year


If you've ever played any type of Gibson Les Paul guitar or any other mahogany based guitar then you are going to feel very comfortable with this instrument. You get a warm thick juicy tone especially when you use a high gain amplifier. This is a guitar really excels with a load of distortion involved in your guitar sound. It doesn't do quite well at the clean tone settings that you would find from many single coil or lighter body guitar such as a Fender Telecaster or a Fender Stratocaster.


These guitars you can find somewhat easily online. They usually run right around $300 or so. It's not that bad of a price for a nice-looking instrument with a cool looking maple top. If you're in the market for a budgeted Les Paul instrument and don't want to pay the fees and prices then this is a great alternative for you. It's a very well-built guitar for the money and I highly recommend it to anyone who is on a budget.

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