Product Description

Time honored craftsmanship

The S1 is our flagship – a clean, single pickup guitar that uses select grade mahogany, precision acoustic chambering, and premium hardware in a subtly aggressive design that creates real presence. Its sonic abilities are second to none and can be further enhanced through a vast range of options including select old stock Honduras mahogany. Every component has been carefully auditioned to ensure uncompromised tone and enhanced playability. If it doesn’t make you sound better or play smoother, you won’t find it on a Vance.

A superior guitar, crafted from superior materials

The S1 is a true made-to-order custom shop instrument. Only the highest grade woods make it through our rigorous selection and grading process. We offer a wide choice of boutique pickups, hardware, neck profiles, and finishes that let you configure something truly unique and complementary to your own playing style. Our standard components include top shelf products from leading companies such as Bare Knuckle, Sperzel and Tonepros.

While each instrument is meticulously handcrafted, we leverage a number of highly sophisticated technologies that put Vance guitars ahead of the rest. Dual, ultra high strength, lightweight graphite fiber reinforcements are integrated into each neck providing remarkable tuning stability and the structural integrity to weather years of abuse. Our skinny nitro finishes are formulated to age gracefully, enhance liveliness and allow the guitar to breath. Our headstocks are strengthened through a thick Madagascar ebony face plate finished with a raw laser etched logo. Many of our behind the scene innovations come from decades of involvement in military and aerospace industries.

Other notable features include:

• Select old stock Honduras Mahogany available as a special order
• Three piece tenon set neck with a 17° high angle headstock and 2.5° neck to body tilt
• Individually selected AAA grade black Gaboon Ebony fingerboards
• Optional Madagascar Ebony fingerboards
• Optional Dark Indian Rosewood fingerboards
• Optional Premium Madagascar Rosewood fingerboards
• Matte nitrocellulose finish in black grain, creme, or translucent tobacco / burgundy
• Locking Sperzel tuners
• Schaller strap locks with dual rear buttons
• Soft V into C neck profile standard – hard V and all C profiles available
• Hand crafted strengthening ‘volute’ at the head to headstock stock joint
• Range of Bare Knuckle® humbuckers custom finished for Vance in the UK
• Custom fitted, professional quality road/flight case with genuine heavy duty fittings

Why the single volume control?

Your amp has tone controls. Your pedals have tone controls. Why dilute the natural tone of your guitar by adding even more tone controls? We offer some of the sweetest, most expressive pickups in the industry as standard. The way to really let them shine is by keeping the circuit wiring as pure as possible. For those that can’t live without a tone control, the S1 is available with an optional tone stage.


From $2,990. Price includes roadcase.


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