Vola Guitars offers a fresh twist on classic electric guitar design with its refreshed OZ and Vasti models

Japan's Vola Guitars have released updated versions of their OZ and Vasti solid-body electric guitars, with the handsomely sculpted S- and T-types featuring a new neck carve and a raft of luxurious appointments.

The OZ V3 MC is a bold riff on the quintessential Superstrat-style format, featuring a Vola VHC humbucker in the bridge position and two VS-1 single-coils in the middle and neck positions. The Vasti V3 MC, meanwhile, has a Vola VDR I mini-humbucker seated in an ashtray-style bridge, with Vola VTS I Tele-style single-coil at the neck. 

While both sport a most unique silhouette, with the OZ V3 MC's angular headstock scoring bonus shred points for being reversed, Vola has applied a classic tonewood formula to their build – the Vasti pairing ash with a bolt-on maple neck, with Vola plumping for alder on the OZ.

Those revised neck profiles should give the new models a contemporary feel, measuring a svelte 20mm at the first fret, with a very gentle taper out to 21mm at the 12th fret. Both models split the different between typical Gibson and Fender dimensions by featuring maple fingerboards with a Gibson-esque 12“ radius and having a full 25.5“ scale a la the bolt-ons that inspired their design.

Quality hardware has been used throughout. Besides the bone nut, both models are fitted with Gotoh bridges – the Vasti with Gotoh's three-saddle Ti-TC1 unit, the OZ using the 510T-FE1 two-point vibrato system – and locking tuners.

Like the hardware, both the OZ and the Vasti are handmade in Japan, and there are a number of classic finishes to choose from – all of which look pretty cool on those modern body shapes. The OZ V3 MC arrives in 2 Tone Sunburst, Daphne Blue, Surf Green, Vintage Ivory, and Shell Pink Gloss, while the Vasti V3 MC is available in 2 Tone Sunburst, Butter Scotch Blonde, Surf Green, and Vintage Ivory Gloss. 

The OZ retails at $1,199 with the Vasti priced $1,259. For more details and pics, head to Vola Guitars.

Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars and guitar culture since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitar World. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.