I was looking for a SG when the VS 600 caught my attention, similar size, shape and weight, very different tone. Looking back, I think I chose the right guitar, I'd buy another if I could find one. The only thing I have ever considered changing is the plastic nut. It's reliability and deep rich tone has kept it my favorite for many years. It is a little heavy so after a night on stage with it I'm ready for a break. All in all, it has been a very dependable instrument which has aged quite well.
Where Obtained: Tempo Music
Made in Japan by Matsakura Co. Body Walnut with Maple center. 22 jumbo frets. Standard 6 string. Single volume and tone controls, 3 way toggle switch and coil tap for both humbucker style pickups. Has stock pickups, dual coil humbucking. Clear satin finish on body, gloss on neck. Double cutaway with flat front and back. Strung thru body combo tail and bridge, individual adjustments for higth and intonation. Stock sealed Vantage tuners.
It has a low to med low action, high enough to feel yet low enough for comfort. The neck is somewhat wide but thin from front to back, great for bending notes and sturdy enough for the roughest players. It feels and plays similar to a Les Paul double cutaway but has more of a growling tone. Mine has some well worn areas in the finish, and well deserved after playing it almost daily for over twenty years.
I prefer Fender amps but have played the VS 600 thru various others with pleasing results almost every time. It combines very well with a Fender Princeton Chorus amp and a DOD FX7 multi efx pedal. It is well suited to hard or heavy rock and for blues, It's a bit gritty for most country but fits right in on southern rock. I've used it both in the studio and for live gigs, so far it has performed well in every situation.
This guitar has been on the road and stood up to the rigors of continuous playing, tune it once and unless there is a drastic temperature change it's good to go all night. Other than replaceing the bridge saddles all parts are still original, the pots are due a change, they are starting to sound a little scratchy.