Japanese Vola Guitars have released updated versions of their OZ and Vasti solid bodies electric guitars, with beautifully sculpted S and T types, featuring a new neck sculpture and a host of luxurious amenities.
The OZ V3 MC is a bold riff on the quintessential Superstrat style format, with a Vola VHC humbucker in the bridge position and two VS-1 single coils in the middle and neck position. The Vasti V3 MC, meanwhile, has a Vola VDR I mini-humbucker sitting in an ashtray-style bridge, with a Vola VTS I Tele-style single coil at the neck.
While both sport a most unique silhouette, with the angular headstock of the OZ V3 MC scoring bonus chipping points to be reversed, Vola applied a classic formula of violin wood to their construction – the Vasti pairing the ash. with a bolt-on maple neck, with Vola plumping for alder on the OZ.
These revised neck profiles should give the new models a contemporary feel, measuring a svelte 20mm at the first fret, with a very slight taper up to 21mm at the 12th fret. Both models divide the difference between typical Gibson and Fender dimensions by showcasing maple fingerboards with a 12 “Gibson-esque radius and a full 25.5” scale in the style of the bolts that inspired their design.
Quality material has been used everywhere. In addition to the bone nut, both models feature Gotoh bridges – the Vasti with Gotoh’s three-saddle Ti-TC1 unit, the OZ using the 510T-FE1 two-point tremolo system – and tuners. locking.
Like the hardware, the OZ and Vasti are handcrafted in Japan, and there are a number of classic finishes to choose from – all of which look pretty cool on these modern body shapes. The OZ V3 MC is available 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 sells for $ 1,199 and the Vasti for $ 1,259. For more details and photos, visit Vola Guitars.