Valery makes all of his guitars in the tradition of the guitars made in the '50s. He uses similar techniques and materials as the old masters used to create his guitars, yet he has implemented new ideas into his instruments...
Vaschenko Guitars are now available at Destroy All Guitars! As usual, we search the world far and wide for the best of the best and Vaschenko has been on our radar for some time. For those of you who worship the venerable LP Vaschenko is your ticket to heaven.
Valery Vaschenko has been making guitars for over 20 years now. He lives outside of Novopolotsk, Belarus. Valery started work in the engineering field back in the Soviet era and began playing guitar at an early age. While he was working at a Soviet space vehicle plant, his friends would bring their stringed instruments to him to repair. Soon, Valery was repairing instruments so much that he began doing it full time. He then started to build guitars for people who asked him to make instruments for them.
Valery makes all of his guitars in the tradition of the guitars made in the '50s. He uses similar techniques and materials as the old masters used to create his guitars, yet he has implemented new ideas into his instruments. Valery has created a “2-way” single rod truss rod system that moves the neck in both directions while preserving the integrity of the neck. Valery does all of his detail work by hand and the results speak for themselves.
The Vaschenko LV
In the world of near-LP replica guitars competition is fierce, prices are high, and the devil is truly in the details. Nailing the formula accurately and consistently is the stuff of legend, the realm of "world class," and "master built." To be sure, the perfect near-LP guitar is a super-instrument of epic proportions and there are few guitar builders able to take it all the way there. Here at DAG, in our ongoing worldwide search for the very best guitars we were absolutely overjoyed to discover violin builder turned near-LP perfectionist Valery Vaschenko. Why, you ask? Well, "because...amazing" is the short answer.
The long answer? Because...amazing, and...price. Nobody is doing what Vaschenko does so affordably. His LV model is solid mahogany (there's no better way to build a '59), has period-correct electronics, is fully hand made (including hand-carved tops), and is just as sexy as can be. The neck joint is innovative and, well, amazing, the guitar does that spanky thing that a real old LP does without ever getting woofy or muddy, it isn't too heavy, and it has the kind of super-clean fretwork you can completely rely on - eyes closed, no safety net. It short, Vaschenko has created one of the ultimate alternatives to the LP.
Valery Vaschenko lives in a not-often mentioned corner or the world in Belarus and builds his LV model in limited runs of roughly 3-4 per month. You owe it to yourself to explore this one further. It doesn't get better than this!
VIEW THE VASCHENKO GUITARS SECTION ON DAG
- The Vaschenko LV starts at $4,100.00