Published On: Tue, Nov 1st, 2011

Vintage Announce Signature Bass For Big Country’s Tony Butler

Vintage Guitars have got together with Tony Butler for his first Vintage signature model.

The new model features an Eastern Poplar body, one-piece bolt-on Maple neck and maple fretboard. Pickups come in the form of two Wilkinson WPBs, and the guitar is finished in a smooth Gloss Black finish

Press Release: The Vintage Tony Butler Signature bass (V4MTB) joins the popular V4 bass range. Based around the V4's rock solid specifications, Tony's bass features a gloss black body and matching scratchplate, with an eye-catching one-piece maple neck and a maple fingerboard.

Chrome Wilkinson hardware completes the look, and the awesome split-coil Wilkinson pickup adds the thunderous, powerful sounds that give more low-end rumble than a mountain lion in a pickup truck.
The multi-million selling Big Country are known for their distinctive alternative rock sounds, with Butler's uniquely melodic bass lines simultaneously acting as a third guitar and a strong rhythmic foundation.
Tony said: “My new Vintage signature bass is a fantastic instrument. It's a comfortable weight to play, made with top quality components and it's really affordable – but the first thing I was struck by was its instant playability. It just felt good straight away, and for a new bass player to own a quality instrument from the word go is inspiring.
And the bass also has the chops to keep up with Tony's unmistakeable playing style. He said: “The Wilkinson pickup has a lovely new quality to it. It's got a very, very aggressive sound to it, which gives it incredible clarity. For a bass player like me in an orchestrated typed of band, that's seriously important. I hope everybody checks the V4MTB out!”
The Vintage V4MTB retails at %uFFE1299, and is in shops now. Vintage guitars and basses are distributed worldwide by John Hornby Skewes & Co. Ltd.

For more information, click on the links below, and click on this link to see Tony introducing the bass:

Vintage Tony Butler V4 Series Specs:
Body: Eastern Poplar
Neck: One-Piece Maple – Bolt-On
Fingerboard: Maple
Scale: 34"/864mm
Frets: 20
Scratchplate: Black/White/Black
Neck Inlays: Black Dot
Tuners: Wilkinson® WJBL200
Bridge: Wilkinson® WBBCCR
Pickups: Wilkinson® WPB
Hardware: Chrome
Finish: Gloss Black
Controls: 1 x Volume/ 1 x Tone (Note: Tony Butler disconnects the tone pot on his basses, but the Vintage V4MTB features a working Tone control)

Tony Butler demos his new bass:
Vintage basses at JHS:
Big Country:



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