Sceptre SV2 Ventana Deluxe Ocean Blue Burst



It’s been over 50 years since I started building and repairing guitars. I’ve had the honor of building instruments for some of the world’s greatest guitarists over this expanse of time. During the late 60’s I was part of a small but exclusive repair shop in Champaign, Illinois. We met many of the music icons of the 60’s and 70’s when they came to play at the University of Illinois and did work for everyone from the Grateful Dead to Cat Stevens.

At the University of Illinois, I studied applied and natural sciences and continued this when I came to Basel Switzerland in 1971. The creation of tone is a wonderful science – part Physics and part magic. During my graduate studies at the University of Basel I continued guitar work and founded Guitars by Levinson in Basel, Switzerland in 1977. This is history and has been a part of the Blade Guitars story over the years.

Sceptre Guitars is the result of using my experience of these 50 years to create a line of instruments of impeccable build integrity with exceptional playability and great tone. All instruments utilize excellent raw materials, top hardware and my new line of Levinson custom wound pickups.



A guitar is the sum of its parts. Woods, finish, hardware, pickups, construction method and precision. It all has to be right and live in harmony in the instrument or the result will not be optimal. Choosing the most expensive components is no guaranty that the instrument will be excellent.

I want to tell you about the parts that I have chosen to use on Sceptre Guitars and Basses and why I chose them.

You owe it to yourself as a musician to experience these instruments.

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The Levinson Sceptre Ventana is an elegant, slightly smaller and lighter contemporary instrument built on the foundation of a classic design. The body contours are smooth and organic, reflecting its custom build. All Ventana instruments feature the exclusive Levinson Convertible Pickup Routing develop for Blade Guitars. This allows you to use any pickup configuration from SSS to HSH without the unnecessary loss of body wood and tone.

A real eye catcher – the Levinson Sceptre Ventana Deluxe adds straight-grained ash to the North American Alder body for a beautiful simplicity with the see-through finishes. The natural beauty of the finished wood is enhanced by the white pearl pickguard with its SSH pickup configuration.


  • Body: The North American Alder body gives the Levinson Sceptre Ventana a warm bite with balanced mids to accent the brightness.
  • Bridge: A Wilkinson WOV 02 tremolo sits on top for smooth tremolo action.
  • Pickups: The two Levinson S-E2 single coil pickups are bright and smooth, harmonising well with the Levinson HB-E2 humbucker. The Levinson HB-E2 humbucker is fat and warm and can be split with the push-pull tone pot.
  • Controls: One Volume and one push-pull Tone control with 5-way switch.
  • Machine Heads: DJ234 14:1 Die Cast.
  • Neck: A bolt-on North American hard rock Maple neck.
  • Fingerboard: Black Walnut fingerboard with 9.5″ radius for a contemporary feel.
  • Frets: 22
  • Nut: 42mm Bone nut.