Jerry Donahue, known as ‘The doyen of the string benders’ and founder Hellecaster is an outstanding player whose talents have seen him feature with major artists the world over.
For some years, Jerry’s ‘guitar arsenal’ has featured a Trev Wilkinson designed Vintage ICON V52, a guitar he, along with a host of other stellar players, rates very highly indeed.
Recognising the heart and soul of Vintage®, Jerry threw down the challenge to create a Vintage® guitar with his specification which he could be 100% happy with. The challenge was accepted by Trev Wilkinson with alacrity!
Using unique Wilkinson single coil pickups custom wound to Jerry's exact recipe and his custom wired five-way switch and circuitry, Trev has created an instrument which achieves Jerry’s vision – one single guitar which can emulate a huge number of the most instantly recognisable solid-body and semi-acoustic tones out there.
In just the flick of a switch, the V58JD moves seamlessly between soaring blues tones, rich dark midnite Jazz tones, ‘woman-tone’, the elusive `in-between quack-tone' and country twang!
From the playability point of view, the classic vintage style one piece fretted maple neck, with 7/14” radius fingerboard radius round off a real player’s guitar.
Jerry says; “Of all the special guitar projects I’ve ever been involved with in my quest for the perfect guitar, it’s a simple truth to say that with the V58JD Trev Wilkinson and Vintage have created (at a price I just could not have imagined possible) a most amazing guitar, and one which I use on a daily basis!”
Body: American Alder
Neck/Fingerboard: One Piece Hard Maple, Bolt-On, 7 1/4" Radius
Scale: 25.5"/ 648mm
Frets: 22 Medium
Neck Inlays: Black Dot
Scratchplate: Single Ply White
Tuners: Wilkinson® Deluxe WJ55S
Bridge: Wilkinson® WTB
2 Custom Designed Wilkinson® WJTD Single Coils (N),
Full Size, Alnico II (B) JD Spec, Alnico II
Controls: 1 Volume/1 Tone/Custom Wired 5-Way Lever Switch
Position 1: (neck-Wilkinson custom design WJDTn) Offers the rich, sparkling neck pickup tone of the traditional three-pickup guitar with that unmistakable single-coil sound that echoes the soaring, majestic blues tones of the '60s and '70s.
Position 2: (neck with custom special capacitor) Exudes the instantly recognisable tonal quality associated with the iconic full-body jazz guitars. Kick in an overdrive and capture the classic late '60s ‘Woman Tone’.
Position 3: (neck and bridge pickups with customised parallel wiring) Produces an enhanced, more contemporary version of the customary middle position timbre on the classic two-pickup guitar.
Position 4: (Neck and bridge combined with a capacitor and resistor in a controlled degree of reversed phase) Offers the popular ‘in-between quack tone’ found in this position on three-pickup guitars.
Position 5: Utilises a Wilkinson custom design WJDTb pickup with symmetrically staggered polepieces for great string balance and a special wind for increased sustain to capture the amazing gutsy lead sound found on the very best of those traditional two-pickup guitars!
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Wow - can it really be 25 years since I began selling Vintage guitars?
I have a strong feeling this brand was available when I first opened my business and it has remained my "go to" recommendation for affordable & extreme value instruments ever since.
The range over the years has expanded massively to cater for most genres and it has continued to improve in quality as well as range available.
Sadly, my Achilles heel shall we say are the "over expectant" minority (AKA Budget guitar police) who want PERFECTION at the cheapest possible price. Whilst a minority they are quite a militant bunch and tend to take the guitar out the box, run their hands down the frets to find the fret end we didn't manage to find or the 16th fret on the D that isn't as flat as it should be - or the little cosmetic blemish on the reer of the guitar that if you put the guitar to the light and look at it as 23 degrees on a sunny afternoon.... you get the idea....
Look - I am telling you as it is.... Either I NEVER sell guitars at this price - or you accept the INCREDIBLE positives of this brand at this price. The positives are MANY and I love them and you will too if your desire is to enjoy your guitar - not treat it as some kind of study for a physics project.
They contain what I call the building blocks of a great guitar.
Our meticulous quality control and setup service ensures you receive the very best example of the guitar. No stone is left unturned but PLEASE bear in mind this is a "relatively" budget brand and if you have OCD and the first thing you do is inspect every aspect of the guitar with a magnifying glass then I suggest you save up some money and go up to the next level of instrument.
If however you want a guitar that GENUINELY contains all the immense character of the original designs - the sound - the feel (and lets face it one of the brands they are mirroring have APPALLING standards that I would never allow out the door! yet cost 5x the price!) you will be blown away by Vintage.
Rest assured our meticulous quality control and preparation gets you the best. The very best - and a unique added value that NO other shop in the country can match. That I promise you!
Here are few videos I have done over the past couple of years which hopefully demonstrate why I love Vintage guitars so much and are my #1 recommendation for electric guitars under £400