There’s not too much on the current market that would be an exact rival for the Virtuo, especially in terms of pickup variety. If it’s a twin humbucker semi you’re after, then Eastman’s T386 is around £1,000, Gibson’s ES-335 around £2,500. A full Gibson archtop will cost considerab­ly more, with even second-hand ES-175s coming in around the £2,000 mark. If it’s the humbucker/piezo combinatio­n that appeals, then you could look in the PRS catalogue and go for the SE Hollowbody II Piezo for around £1,349. If a MIDI output is an essential, then take a peek over Godin’s back fence and consider their Multivac range that will set you back around £1,500.

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