Vola OZ 22 MF Electric Guitar Review
This article is a full review of the Vola Oz 22 MF electric guitar in a left-handed configuration. Additionally, right-handed guitarists will still get value from this deep-dive review, so hang in there! For the sale of transparency, Vola sent me this guitar out for a review video. Vola let me keep the guitar, but they have not paid me in addition to allowing me to keep it. All of my reviews are as balanced as possible, and Vola has no input into my blog or YouTube videos.
When I first took this guitar out of the case, I stunned at the quality. The first time that I see a guitar. I have been lucky enough to own and test many guitars over the years, and the Vola Oz 22 with the Maple fingerboard (MF) is a thing to behold. This guitar is simply beautiful. As soon as I took it out of the provided gig bag, I knew I was holding something exceptional. Having a Strat-style electric guitar loaded with a humbucker in the bridge position is my thing!
Unboxing and first impressions video.
Body, Neck Size, and Feel
I have owned several Fender Stratocaster guitars over the years. The nicest one of these guitars visually was the Fender 50th Anniversary Deluxe Stratocaster. Comparatively, the finish on the neck and body were unsurpassed in regards to Stratocaster guitars I had owned. The two-tone Sunburst looked terrific with the high gloss body, and the Satin neck finish is my personal favorite.
The Vola does all of this and more! The two-tone Sunburst on the Vola is every bit as nice, and the body finish looks nicer. It’s almost as if the gloss is more impressive to the eye for whatever reason. Where the Vola leaves the comparison in the dust is the neck. This Vola Oz 22 MF features a 50’s style neck that rocks. The best resemblance to the shape of this neck is similar to a boatneck Fender Telecaster. This neck shape might not be for everyone, so for those into a modern C neck, stay clear.
Frets & Hardware
Additionally, the rest of the guitar, including frets, feels nice. Vola has used a more significant fret in their Oz 22. It doesn’t specify which frets are used in this instrument, although it feels like medium-jumbo if I had to guess. Thankfully, not having the vintage frets will mean the frets will stand the test of time.
Another huge positive to Vola is they are not using third party pickups like Seymour Duncan or any number of other brands. The pickups you find in the Vola guitars are their unique makes and models.
In the neck and middle positions, we have two single-coil pickups called the Vola VS I Neck and VS I Middle. Both of these pickups will give you the classic bell-like tones with a tad more output than a vintage-spec pickup.
The Humbucker is a real deal humbucker called the Vola VHC bridge. This pickup output is well-matched with the middle pickup for that “in-between sound” that is very Strat-like. Vola’s Humbucker can handle as much gain as you can throw at it’s one of my favorite humbuckers of all time.
Value for Money
For a guitar that comes with this much mojo and tone, the asking price is extremely reasonable. I have been a massive fan of the Japanese built guitars for many years, and their quality control is some of the best in the world. The Vola OZ 22 MF comes in between $1569-$1804 USD at the time of writing this blog.
Best Deals Online and Coupon Codes
USA/Canada/Mexico: You can score a discount on the Vola Vasti using the coupon code on Tensolo Music’s website: Coupon Code: SHANE (affiliate link)
EU/UK Customers – Shop Vola Guitar online store. Coupon Code: SHANE
Included with the Vola Oz 22 MF is one of the best and most functional gig bags I’ve had the pleasure of seeing. The Vola gig bag is up there with the likes of the PRS SE gig bag that had previously set the standards. Vola does not ship with a hard case, but these gig bags are the next best thing.
Included, you also receive a tremolo arm and all the Allen Keys to adjust the bridge or truss rod. Overall, the unboxing experience was a great one.
Who is this Guitar for?
This Vola Oz 22 MF is for anyone who wants a modern take on a Stratocaster. The Humbucker in the bridge is a huge selling point, as well as the fat neck. If those things appeal to you, then this is a great choice.
Depending on where you live, this guitar will also save you money in comparison to brands like Fender, Suhr, or Tom Anderson, for example. Even though this is less expensive than those brands, the playing experience is just as good or better.
Who should avoid this guitar?
This guitar should be avoided if you are a metal player. Fans of Metal will most likely look elsewhere for something that is more in line with their style of music. There is nothing wrong with liking a Strat-style guitar for that music, either. Most folks who buy a fat neck guitar are into blues, country, and classic rock.
Concerns or Quality Control Issues
I have consistently been a vocal advocate for Japanese built guitars. The quality, feel, and overall playability is always top-notch. Furthermore, I have experienced zero issues with my Vola straight out of the box. The hardware and build quality are exceptional. As I stated earlier in this review, I put this above my old Fender 50th Deluxe Stratocaster in terms of playability, feel, and quality.
This video below covers the pros and cons of the Vola Oz 22 MF
If your bridge pickup sounds microphonic, it’s due to the floating bridge. I had to tighten the springs slightly to lock the tail-piece down just a fraction more. This quick modification allowed the pickup not to resonate from the bridge cavity. Once the spring adjustment is made, the bridge pickup will be performing as expected.
When this guitar first arrived, I did a live unboxing and first impressions video, and it was immediately something special from the moment I took it out of the box. The Vola Oz MF22 is a guitar I will be keeping for a very long time. As soon as I got the Vola Oz in my hands, I knew it was something special and something I could get behind.
Tonally, this is also one of the best Stratocaster-style guitars I have ever played. This guitar has a very different tone to my Fender American Original 50s Stratocaster and will appeal to someone who loves fat clean tones while also being able to handle a bit of gain.
Comparable Left-Handed Guitars
- Vola Vasti
- Suhr Classic S
- Shur Standards S
- Tom Anderson The Classic
- Fender American Performer Stratocaster HSS
Check out all of my Left-Handed Guitar Reviews
Comparable guitars that immediately come to mind are Suhr and Tom Anderson. Suhr and Tom Anderson are quality brands. The Vola fits in right along with these brands in regards to build quality.
I appreciate and respect that the Vola feels and looks different from a straight-up Fender clone. There are so many straight-up Fender clones; it’s getting tiresome. Distinctness is an attribute that is sorely missing in the industry these days. There’s no way you would ever get this confused with a Fender Stratocaster. Uniqueness is one of the best things about the Vola Oz 22 MF.
Best Deals Online and Coupon Codes
You can score 10% off using the coupon code on Tensolo Music’s website: Coupon Code: SHANE (affiliate link)
- Construction: Bolt-on neck
- Body: Alder
- Neck: Roasted Maple 1 piece, two way Truss Rod, Vola C shape, Thickness: 1st fret 22mm/12th fret 23.5mm
- Fingerboard: 12″ Radius, Black Dot inlays, 22 Frets – 25.5″ Scale, None
- Pickups: Vola VHS I neck, Vola VHS I middle, Vola VHC bridge
- Electronics: 1 x Volume – 1 x Tone – 5 way Lever Switch
- Hardware: Nickel, SD91MG-T-05M, Gotoh 510T-FE1 Bridge
- Miscellaneous: 42mm * 3.4T Bone nut
- Country of Origin: Handmade in Japan
- Case: Vole Deluxe gig bag (included)