July 2021
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Guitarist is the longest established UK guitar magazine. You'll find authoritative gear reviews, artist interviews, technique lessons and advice. Plus, Guitarist's digital edition now includes all of the same audio and video content as the print edition; available to download from a special area of the Guitarist website!

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1 min.
electric dreams

Unplugged acoustic may be the fundamental voice of the guitar, but its most viscerally exciting sounds are all electric. Brought in when radio, powered flight and the internal combustion engine were still new technologies, the electric guitar was designed to give guitarists the chance to be heard above the rest of the band. As such, the pursuit of volume seemed to partner with the pursuit of speed, altitude and horsepower that defined the technological leaps of the era. The electric guitar was as exciting as any jet aircraft or car, however, and the ability to make the guitar properly heard allowed it to come out from the shadow of other stringed instruments – notably the banjo – and emerge as the instrument of the rock ’n’ roll era. That’s why,…

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top thirty

Last year was Vigier’s 40th anniversary, quite a milestone for any maker, which in different times would have been celebrated. While we couldn’t pop a cork for that birthday, we can at least honour one of the finest – and now 30-year-old – modern bolt-on designs, the Excalibur. It marks a significant point in Vigier’s history, replacing the almost experimental, pioneering, out-there designs of the company’s first decade with a much more conventional style. “The way the guitars looked was one more reason why people were reluctant to try Vigier,” said founder Patrice Vigier back in 2012. “I made my choice: what is important is that people play the instruments or at least want to try them. If they’re reluctant to do that because they don’t like the shape, it’s a…

1 min.
under the hood

Two steel pins protrude from the underside of the neck and locate into steel inserts in the French alder’s neck pocket. There is no way this neck can be misaligned, either in manufacturing or with an impact, like a standard Fender. The body cavities are not only beautifully cut (for an HSH configuration) but a copper-coloured conductive paint adds screening; the same paint is used on the treble side of the scratchplate. The five-way selector is a Schaller Megaswitch (E type), although that and the pots connect via a proprietary PCB. This makes visual ID of the pot values impossible and the orange tone cap has no code at all. Investigating further, you can see points on the ’board to insert a treble bleed circuit, but that isn’t used here. The…

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vigier excalibur indus

PRICE: £2,431 (inc gigbag) ORIGIN: France TYPE: Solidbody electric BODY: 2-piece alder NECK: Vigier 10/90 system (10% carbon, 90% maple), maple, bolt-on SCALE LENGTH: 650mm (25.6”) NUT/WIDTH: Teflon string guide with hardened 6-piece removable zero fret/42.7mm FINGERBOARD: Maple, dark abalone dot inlays, 300mm (11.81”) radius FRETS: 24 (plus zero fret), medium stainless steel HARDWARE: Chrome-plated Schaller/Vigier 2011 vibrato with ball-bearing pivot; locking tuners with over-sized rear locking wheels – chrome-plated STRING SPACING, BRIDGE: 53mm ELECTRICS: 2x DiMarzio PAF Classic humbuckers, 5-way lever pickup selector switch, master volume and master tone WEIGHT (kg/lb): 3.48/7.66 OPTIONS: Rosewood ’board and fixed bridge at no cost. Up-charges include matching headstock (£300), push-pull pickup split (£154), kill switch (£154) and strap lock system (£58) RANGE OPTIONS: Top-line Excalibur Special with bound flame maple top and Amber HSH pickups and some 18 colours starts from approx. £2,946 LEFT-HANDERS: Yes, no extra…

7 min.
torpedos away

Victory’s innovative V4 preamp pedals have proved to be a runaway success. The clever design adds a new foot-switchable front-end to any amplifier with an effects loop, transforming many a tired rig into a modern tone monster. Early last year, Victory took the next logical step with its V4 The Duchess guitar amp, cramming the Duchess electronics into a similarly sized pedal, together with a special power stage capable of delivering up to 180 watts into a suitable enclosure. The Duchess V4 guitar amp was one of the hits of 2020 for us and now Victory has responded to popular demand with the eagerly awaited V4 The Kraken amp, designed in collaboration with Victory artist Rabea Massaad and featuring the company’s dual-channel, high-gain Kraken preamp teamed with the same power stage.…

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victory v4 the kraken amp head

PRICE: £799 ORIGIN: UK TYPE: Valve preamp, Class D power amp OUTPUT: 180W RMS into 4 ohms, approx. 90W into 8 ohms VALVES: 1x EC900 triode, 3x CV4014 (EF91) pentode DIMENSIONS: 258 (w) x 174 (d) x 105mm (h) WEIGHT (kg/lb): 1.7/3.6 CABINET: Pressed steel CHANNELS: 2, footswitchable from top panel or any standard remote switch CONTROLS: Gain 1, Gain 2, Master 1, Master 2, bass, mid, treble, reverb level, 6-position cab sim pre-set select, cab sim output level FOOTSWITCH: Single-button footswitch toggles channels, external 2-button switch (not supplied) toggles channels and reverb ADDITIONAL FEATURES: Series effects loop, digital reverb, balanced line out, 9V DC power outlet, integrated Two Notes Torpedo cabinet simulation (available for Windows and Mac) with balanced XLR cab sim out OPTIONS: None RANGE OPTIONS: 180W V4 The Duchess head is £699; the non-amped V4 pedal preamp range includes The…