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Graduated with a BA in Advertising from Glasgow University. Played guitar strangely with several unknown Gothic Rock bands. Postgraduate study PgDip, in Industrial Design from Hull University. Now writing, designing and blogging on guitardesignreviews.com and taiwanduck.com.


  1. Uwe Schmidt
    February 10, 2012 @ 4:38 pm

    My local instrument dealer can´t afford the deals with Gibson and Fender. So he “switched” this brands to Vintage. He told me, he was suprised about the quality and craftmanship of this guitars.

    • MarkGDR
      February 11, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

      Hi Uwe, I have been pleasantly surprised by the V100. I enjoy playing this guitar quite a lot with great versatile sounds from the pickups.

  2. Nadeen
    March 3, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    Absolutely! It is interesting that both used Gibsons and used EPIs sell for on average $200.00 less than they cost new. In the case of the EPI it is approximately 40-50% of the original value. Whereas with the the Gibson, it is maybe 10%. So if don’t mind having your instrument lose 50% of its value then buy an EPI. I am a drummer who just spent months deciding between an EPI and a Gibson. I just bought a brand new Standard Iced Tea!

  3. Ant
    April 22, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

    Useful review – thanks.
    Looks like you got a “distressed model” at no additional cost!

  4. Roberto
    July 5, 2012 @ 7:55 am

    hello, what do you mean when you say “adjusting a couple of frets with some files to remove fret buzz”

    good review, thanks

    • MarkGDR
      July 5, 2012 @ 4:55 pm

      Hi Roberto, there were a couple of places on the neck where when you held a note there was a slight buzz caused by the fret higher up the neck being a little high. I took a small/fine toothed file and rubbed the too tall fret a little, checked again and did this until it was all OK. After that you can go over and check all the frets you’ve filed are nicely polished for smooth playing.

  5. Pit
    July 12, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

    Well, I have already played with that model. Truly a good guitar for the price. Really good. But just one correction, the mahogany isn’t one piece at all. What you see is a veneer (like they do with the flame tops). The sides are painted so for you don’t see the end of the veneer.

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