ok I found this old thread by accident while checking if VGS (VIG) was popular outside UE.
VIG is now VGS guitars. A swiss/german company. I think their 'pro' series are all manufactured in germany, while other 'low end' series are manufactured in asia (korea if I remember well) and assembled in Germany.
I personally own a 4 strings Cobra (among a Fender MIM deluxe jazz V, RB warwick STD fretless and RB warwick fortress 5) and let me tell you that VGS basses are far, far away from being ESP copies.
They are pretty high end instruments (compared to my other basses). Entry level models are shipped with Artec pickups/pre-amps (3 bands) while pro series use Duncan gear.
The finish is *extremely* good and impressive.
Mine has a solid mahogany neck and body (neck through body, which also means that VGS does not mass produce...) with a spalted maple top and a rosewood fingerboard.
Platinum gotho like tuners and hipshot A like bridge. Pictures avail on demand. She is a beauty.
Playability is very good, sound is good, seems very durable. Honestly, for the price I paid mine (500USD), you cannot go wrong!
If I had to chose b/w my warwick RB fotresss and the VGS, I'd go VGS without a doubt (and no...I ain't working for vgs!)
btw their website is now: www.vgs-guitars.com