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The Glitterbomb is a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Aus­tralia’s Vance Gui­tars and Gl­i­toris shred queen Sa­man­tha Ben­nett. Be­yond ex­press­ing Sa­man­tha’s sonic re­quire­ments and visual re­quests, the Glitterbomb was de­signed with a spe­cific goal in mind: it had to be a light­weight piece de­signed for fe­male play­ers that wrapped around the body, didn’t dig in and was com­fort­able and slick to play.


The Glitterbomb is made of pre­mium ma­hogany, 3mm thin­ner than usual, and with a larger body-re­lief carve in the back. This gives it a lit­tle more of an SG type of bal­ance than, say, a Les Paul. And of course, that means it’s nowhere near as heavy as a Les Paul ei­ther. Vance and Sa­man­tha, my shoul­der thanks you.

The neck carve is quite thin and player-friendly, and it’s con­nected at a steep an­gle to wrap around the body and get the fret­board closer to the player, sim­i­lar in style to a set neck arch­top gui­tar. The fret­board is made of pre­mium ebony, and the frets are stain­less steel. The fin­ger­board in­lays and side dots are made of Lu­min­lay ma­te­rial, so they’ll also glow in the dark.

The fin­ish em­ploys tech­nol­ogy used on high-end cus­tom car and bike builds. It’s fin­ished with DNA BaZe­coat Metal­lic flakes and di­a­mond hard gloss clear coats for the body and head­stock, along with jet black ultra-slinky poly­eth­yl­ene for the necks. It’s glit­tery as hell (and as the proud owner of two glit­ter-fin­ished gui­tars, I mean it), and looks ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble un­der strong light sources.

The elec­tron­ics con­sist of mas­ter vol­ume and tone con­trols (each of which dou­bles as a pickup coil split), a three-way pickup se­lec­tor, and a pair of hum­buck­ers: a Bare Knuckle Steve Stevens Rebel Yell in the bridge po­si­tion, and a sin­gle coil-sized DiMarzio Chop­per in the neck – al­though ‘neck’ is not en­tirely ac­cu­rate since the pickup is set back a lit­tle, mid­way be­tween where a neck and a mid­dle pickup would be.

Vance of­fers op­tions on the Glitterbomb too, in­clud­ing your choice of pick­ups and pot val­ues, up­per bout pickup se­lec­tor switch po­si­tion, cus­tom neck shapes, all DNA BaZe­coat Metal­lic fin­ishes and matte di­a­mond coat clear, and the op­tion of your own in­lay de­signs. All Glit­ter­bombs fea­ture dual rear strap pins to al­low the player the op­tion of how the gui­tar body sits and bal­ances across the body, and they also dou­ble as a ready-made gui­tar stand. A cus­tom-built, su­per light­weight flight case and toolkit are also in­cluded.


Be­fore you even plug it in, you’re go­ing to no­tice how great this gui­tar sounds. There’s a fullness to the un­plugged sound, prac­ti­cally scream­ing with har­monic over­tones and sus­tain. Se­ri­ously, you could hap­pily play this gui­tar for an hour be­fore even plug­ging it in. Is it the choice in wood? The lighter weight? The tight­ness of the neck and body joint? The en­ergy trans­fer of the wrap­around bridge and tail­piece? The stain­less steel frets? The an­swer is prob­a­bly ‘yes’ to all of the above. You don’t get a gui­tar that be­haves this nicely with­out putting a great deal of care into ev­ery el­e­ment. Plug it in, and those heav­enly over­tones re­main. The Rebel Yell is a hot hum­bucker with its own dis­tinc­tive midrange growl, and when you com­bine it with this gui­tar’s nat­u­ral voice, you’re go­ing to get a very ag­gres­sive, gutsy, hy­per-en­er­gised sound whether you’re play­ing power chords or so­los. Pop it into sin­gle coil mode, and it has nice grit and bite for clean tones or bluesy, dirty leads. The neck pickup is also a great choice. Again, it has nice mids of its own which em­pha­sise those of the gui­tar it­self, and the place­ment be­ing a lit­tle closer to the bridge than a stan­dard neck pickup means it’s a lit­tle clearer, sharper and bolder than many neck pick­ups. The sin­gle coil mode comes in handy; it’s not as char­ac­ter­ful as the Rebel Yell, but it’s still very us­able for a va­ri­ety of sit­u­a­tions.€


It’s im­pos­si­ble to over­state how well-built this gui­tar is, from the fret­work to the fin­ish to the neck joint to the po­si­tion of the pick­ups. Ev­ery­thing seems to be there for a very spe­cific rea­son, and it all adds up to a world-class gui­tar with all the tone, playa­bil­ity, looks and attitude you could want.

RRP: $2,950

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