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Finding an adult-size school uniform is hard enough, but the real ballbreaker for AC/DC fans is trying to pin down a budget substitute for Angus’ SG. At £279, it’s hard to believe the VS6MPR can compete… but then it was built by entry-level hero Vintage, with hardware and bridge pickup courtesy of in-house expert Trevor Wilkinson. Let’s see if it shoots to thrill.
You can kinda see how Vintage keeps these models so cheap. The body is totally simple (just a faux-battered mahogany slab), the set neck is somewhat generic, and the absence of a neck pickup may frustrate rhythm players who want the beef of Malcolm to go with the bite of Angus.
Horses for courses, but we’ll take one great pickup over two lame ones, and we think the bridge item qualifies. It’s got the spit and sawdust tone of a ‘textbook’ P-90, and even though turning the tone control full treble doesn’t quite deliver the razor’s edge we’d like, it’s a decent all-round voice that you can tailor with a good amp.
Vintage knows how to make a great budget axe, so we’re not surprised how far the VS6MRP stretches our £279. Yeah, so the sonic limitations of this stripped electric may frustrate developing players who are hunting for an original sound. But live for the moment, people. If you’re just starting out, this is a great choice for first rehearsals and gigs, and perfect for nailing lead technique (played while you duck-walk across the stage, of course). This rocks. We salute it.
Pros: Brilliant value, punchy tone.
Cons: Lack of versatility.