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Despite looking like the kind of electric that should be kept in a display case, this is a dues-paying workhorse that’s gagging for a gigging. The VRS100 is a marriage of “ultra-modern looks with classic values”, citing in evidence the smooth knife-edge vibrato, the carved top and the Wilkinson humbuckers.
“Their meaty double-coil tone will capture the heart of the most sceptical guitarists. These versatile guitars move from fruity-toned neck pickup sounds to flat-out bridge pickup excitement.”
The VRS100 looks incredible, but this is no skin-deep performance: the tuners hold pitch, the whammy whams well and the finish is decent for the price. The neck has a chunky old-school profile and it suits this axe perfectly, prompting you to squeeze meaty rock riffs from that luxurious fretboard and suggesting you’ll always hang onto this model as a spare.
There’s a quality to the VRS100’s tone that really doesn’t belong in this price bracket. It overflows with character and class; the humbuckers roar and the chunky poplar body brings a sustain that makes your tired old riffs sound soulful and emotive. If you’re horny for humbuckers, this model is a bit of all white.
Pros: Features, characterful tone.
Cons: It’s almost mid-market.