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Friday, November 16, 2012

The Excalibur by Vigier Guitars, ... (Review)


Reviewed By: Jac Harrison
Purchased from: Manufacturer
Street Price: $3,199 USD with case + shipping

About:
Vigier Guitars is the French manufacturer of hand crafted high-end boutique guitars and are best known for their "10/90" carbon fiber to wood ratio necks that do not require a truss rod.  

This Excalibur model features an alder body with a flamed maple top, the Vigier signature 25.6” hardened maple “10/90” (10% carbon fiber 90% wood) truss rodless bolt-on neck dressed with a rosewood 11.8” radius fingerboard featuring classic dot markers that stops with a zero fret.


Hardware:
Vigier 2011 tremelo  bridge  / Vigier Oversized Locking Machine Heads

Electronics:
A DiMarzio Pickups "HSH" setup with Neck/DP151 PAF Pro, Middle/DP110 FS, Bridge/DP155F "Tone Zone." 1 Volume 1 tone CTS 500k pots with 5-way blade  selector. 


Sound

Amp Used:
Bogner Alchemist 2 x 12 

Cable:
Intex

Selector position Just Neck:
Warm, clear and smooth -- So clear you could use the neck for a warm lead sound.  

Selector position Neck & Middle:
A thinned out neck with added punch on the high end. 

Selector position Just Middle:
Chimey, with bell like qualities, and very kick you in the face single coil middle. 

Selector position Middle & Bridge:
An even balance between the two, with an increase in the punch and harmonics. 

Selector position Just Bridge:
Rip your face off lead. Crystal clear and bright with creamy harmonics. 

Action, Fit & Finish:
The action was low without buzz, and the intonation was dead on. The finish was beautiful without a flaw. The guitar felt like it was built with care and attention to detail.

Reliability & Durability: 
The guitar is well built. There was no pick-up hum or crackles from the electronics--all knobs and hardware installed snug and proper.

Impression:
Where to start? This is a guitar for the lead guitarist. It is incredibly versatile giving you a wide variety of different tones and pickup combinations. I had the privilege of displaying this guitar at the Local Music Gear Magazine booth at the Bee 3 vintage guitar show for the weekend and I must have put eight hours on her fingerboard. I consider myself to be spoiled; I have had the chance to play some of the worlds most extravagant guitars made from the rarest woods and metals on earth, and this guitar would be on the top of my list for studio and stage play for more than one reason. 

To start she is a beauty -- a very classic look with curves in all the right places. But unlike most hotties, I love to hear her voice. I was able to play blues, rock, rockabilly, jazz, heavy metal and speed metal with her and get all of the right tones. Besides her looks and her amazing tone, she never needs a neck adjustment. Vigier guitars uses a "10/90" (10% carbon fiber 90% wood) truss rodless bolt-on neck; so you do not need to worry about extreme temperature change, humidity, or some roadie manhandling her. Her neck is always straight and does not need any attention, and I think that is by far one of -- if not the best--feature this guitar offers to the gigging musician besides her tone.     

What I would change:
Not a damn thing, this guitar is perfect just the way she is. 

My advice:
If you are an Ibanez, Fender Strat, BC Rich, Dean, or any other 3 pickup player you should really play a Vigier Guitar. 

Contact:
Vigier Guitars 

Posted 11/2012