Vintage VEC380N review

  • £249

Vintage is determined to 'own' the midrange guitar market…

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Our Verdict

The price is right!


  • Looks and sweet amplified sound.


  • Slightly weak acoustic tone.
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The company that brought you the Metal Axxe guitars, the battle-scarred Icon series and the Advance range of electrics, has set its sights on the acoustic market. The VEC380N here is one of its big hitters...

The VEC380N is unique; it's as wide as a super jumbo but not as deep as a regular dreadnought guitar. It's depth is similar to Yamaha's APX500.

Cosmetically, it has an attractive old-school slotted headstock and tasty flame maple back and sides. It's even got an ebony fingerboard.

If it's a beauty queen you're after then the VEC380N is the pick of the litter here. The flame maple back and sides help it to stand out from the crowd, and that slotted headstock with its gold machine head looks ace.

The preamp and pickup system helps this guitar punch above its weight too. It's a Shadow system and what those guys don't know about amplifying acoustics, er, isn't worth knowing.

Plugged in this guitar can handle just about anything. Conversely, its shallow body results in a bright acoustic tone that lacks some depth in the bottom end.

A price of only £169 in some shops could be the real clincher!

Tech Specs

Available Controls5-Band Graphic Eq
Available FinishNatural, Burgundy burst
Back MaterialFlamed Maple
Bridge MaterialEbony
FeaturesShadow 5 plus Preamp
Fingerboard MaterialEbony
HardwareVintage style machineheads
Neck MaterialNato
Sides MaterialFlamed Maple
PickupShadow Active NanoFlex