SOLD - John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd (JHS) are manufacturers and wholesale dealers based in Leeds UK. JHS supply a huge range of electric six-string and bass guitars from brands such as Fret-King, Danelectro, Italia, Vintage, Encore and more.
Vintage electric guitars are designed by JHS in the UK and built to exacting standards using quality hardware, pickups and tone woods.
This guitar was made by JHS just before Epiphone came out with a more budget friendly version of the Gibson ES 339. That is the likely reason they had to stop making them under the JHS name. Size and features are nearly identical, but the wood on the JHS is rather better than most Epis. The flamed maple top on this Vintage AV3 is very pretty.
The Vintage Advance series morphed into the Fret King Black label, so this model features all Wilkinson hardware, including Vari Coil on the pickups. This is where the pickups can be wound from humbucker output down to a single coils, allowing many tonal outcomes.
From Music Radar 2007 -
"Vintage has carved quite a market in the UK, and overseas, for its range of knock-offs, replicas, copies - call 'em what you will. Leading guitar designer Trev Wilkinson has been working with the brand for the past couple of years and we've not only seen the quality and specification rise but Wilkinson has also enlivened the range with, for example, the Icon range of affordable aged replicas.
But with the launch of the Advance series, copy cloning is put on the back burner in favour of some more original designs like this guitar on test here.
This is such a neat 'inspired-by' design you can't help smiling. A slightly downsized, 'melted' ES-335, it's one of Mr Wilkinson's finest moments. Aside from the headstock's shape, the overall outline works very well and the colouration of the dark vintage 'burst is wonderful.
Even that cheeky orange label that you can see through the bass-side f-hole is evocative of Gibson's finest period ES-335s.
Construction-wise it's interesting, too. We actually have a three-piece mahogany back that's chambered leaving a centre block, but that only runs from under the tailpiece up to the neck joint - not all the way through the guitar like on an ES-335.
And the flat back also helps to reduce the bulk. The solid maple top is carved inside and out and is topped with a figured maple veneer - again lightly flamed and perfect for the look. Gibson ES-335s, of course, are built with pressed maple laminates - as are all the copies. The thin top-edge cream binding again looks old Gibson, as does the nicely graduated top carving.
The neck is very well shaped and the sunbursting to the back of the neck almost covers the headstock splice at the back.
Hardware and pickups, aside from the black pickup rings and black as opposed to gold knobs, are identical to the Vintage AV1.
Only the placement of the controls appears a little less than classic, although ergonomically the controls all fall easily under the hand.
Lighter in weight, darker in tone but still with plenty of bite, this guitar impresses due to its versatility. You can go from a clean country twang (single-coil) to a dirty, feedback-laden soundscape with the kick of an amp channel, a change of the switch and a tweak of the roll control.
About the only thing missing is a Bigsby. It's a lot easier to handle than a ES-335 but still captures that bluesy snap and depth."
This is a fab guitar for the $$$. Mahogany body, carved maple top with maple veneer. Overall condition is very good with only a few light body marks, swirls and curls. Plays well in all positions with a medium low action. Great tonal variety is possible with judicious use of the Vari Coil control.
Comes in a quality hard shell case in new condition.