NAMM 2009: Vigier G.V. single cutaway

Here’s the first photo of the new Vigier G.V. series I wrote about in December.

Check out how far apart those pickups are. There seems to be more space between them than on a Les Paul, and far more than on the new Ibanez PGM401 Paul Gilbert model. Or is it just an illusion caused by the body shape and neck joint? I’m only on my first coffee of the day so I can’t quite tell. I’ll look closer once the caffeine kicks in.

I like that it includes a 5-way switch: obviously there are some coil-tapping options built in. Sweet.

Here’s the press release:

Vigier introduces a unique new addition to its lineup. After a year of intense research and development, Vigier proudly presents the G.V., which is the very first single-cutaway guitar the company has created. The G.V. is a tribute to Georges Vigier, who unselfishly contributed to the success of Vigier Guitars for over 20 years.

By using the company’s exclusive 10/90 system (10% carbon/90% wood) and a few secrets in the design, Vigier has created a light guitar with superior tonal characteristics. The G.V. offers balanced response, lots of power, no dead spots on the fingerboard, and sustain that lasts forever. Furthermore, the G.V. benefits from having a zero fret and Teflon nut, which create less friction to allow strings to glide freely across the nut, and provide better stability in tuning. Depending on the model, the G.V.’s electronics will include a pair of either Amber or DiMarzio humbucking pickups that are activated by a 5-way pickup selector switch.

For this new series, Vigier has developed an exclusive bridge and tailpiece that can be locked in place once the setup is completed. This exceptional design prevents tuning problems and guarantees better sustain.

The G.V. Series includes three models: G.V.Metal, G.V.Rock, G.V.Wood. All instruments are carefully handcrafted by master luthiers using select grades of alder and maple. Vigier, the pioneer of carbon-fiber technology in guitar design, is delighted to introduce a unique new addition to its lineup. After a year of intense research and development, Vigier proudly presents the G.V., which is the very first single-cutaway guitar the company has created. The G.V. is a tribute to Georges Vigier, who unselfishly contributed to the success of Vigier Guitars for over 20 years.

By using the company’s exclusive 10/90 system (10% carbon/90% wood) and a few secrets in the design, Vigier has created a light guitar with superior tonal characteristics. The G.V. offers balanced response, lots of power, no dead spots on the fingerboard, and sustain that lasts forever. Furthermore, the G.V. benefits from having a zero fret and Teflon nut, which create less friction to allow strings to glide freely across the nut, and provide better stability in tuning. Depending on the model, the G.V.’s electronics will include a pair of either Amber or DiMarzio humbucking pickups that are activated by a 5-way pickup selector switch.

For this new series, Vigier has developed an exclusive bridge and tailpiece that can be locked in place once the setup is completed. This exceptional design prevents tuning problems and guarantees better sustain.

The G.V. Series includes three models: G.V.Metal, G.V.Rock, G.V.Wood. All instruments are carefully handcrafted by master luthiers using select grades of alder and maple.

NAMM 2009: Vigier releases their first single cut electric

Here’s something very cool I saw on GuitarSite.com.

Vigier is preparing to release their first ever single cutaway electric guitar. It obviously seems to be very much Les Paul-inspired, with that general outline and pair of humbuckers, but check out what appears to be a stylish-as-heck carve on the bass side (it could just be a trick of the light and I’ll be on the lookout for a proper photo for confirmation), and an aggressively pointy treble side cutaway.

Over to you, press release (I always feel like Jason Lee saying ‘NOW, Silent Bob’ in Mallrats when I say that).

Vigier introduces its first single cut electric guitar

Vigier has introduced a new addition its family-the very first Vigier single-cutaway electric guitar. This elite baby will deliver the hottest sounds of all guitars in Vigier’s product line. The single-cut body design reflects a combination of modernism and tradition, which is exactly what this new Vigier model is about.

Like all Vigier instruments, the new single-cut guitar features a wood neck reinforced by a carbon-fiber bar that utilizes the company’s exclusive 10/90 system (10% carbon fiber/90% wood). The guitar is equipped with the new Vigier nut made of Teflon, which dramatically reduces friction at the nut, where most tuning problems typically occur. With a carbon-fiber reinforced neck and the new Teflon nut, overall tuning is greatly improved and the instrument itself is extremely reliable.

This sharp-looking babe has a solid alder body with a beautiful flamed maple top.

The bridge and tailpiece are Vigier’s original design and include a unique feature that makes it possible to lock any pieces of the bridge in place once the setup is done. This useful attribute guarantees an improvement in tone, greater sustain, as well as better tuning. The new single-cut model is equipped with a pair of humbuckers, a 5-way pickup selector switch for a variety of sounds, volume and tone controls.

For more information, please visit http://www.vigierguitars.com/

INTERVIEW: Bumblefoot

Guns N’ Roses guitarist Bumblefoot, or more formally Ron Thal, is known in guitar circles for his dizzyingly original compositions sense and his near impossible command of the axe, and in the new incarnation of the mighty Gunners he gets to flex his musical muscles over classic material as well as soon-to-be-classics from the forthcoming album, Chinese Democracy.

A succession of legendary axemen have occupied the guitar chair in Guns N’ Roses over the years, including not only Slash but, briefly and unofficially, Ozzy and Black Label Society shredder Zakk Wylde too. Freak-in-residence Buckethead held the coveted role for a few years before Bumblefoot picked up the baton. “It was through a recommendation – we started chatting in 2004, and it all came together by 2006,” he says. “It’s been a good year…”

Bumblefoot can’t be drawn on a single favourite Gunners track to play live, instead settling on “Every f**king one of them. I can never pick a favourite – each song has something about it, a cool riff, melody, groove, the energy and attitude, they all have something special about them, ya know? The new songs get pretty deep, really dig ’em. So yeah, all of them.” And how did Bumblefoot feel playing on stage with G n’ R for the first time? “A little hungry.”

Guitar-wise, Bumblefoot keeps his Gunners gear minimal. “I keep it as simple as I can – Gibson Flying V for most of the show, a Parkwood acoustic and Vigier fretless guitar. Plug into a Line6 Vetta2 head and 4×12 cabs, and that’s it. Plug ‘n play, real simple.”

Amongst many other feats of technical and musical daring, Bumblefoot is known for playing fretless guitar. How did he discover fretless guitar? “Vigier Guitars has been making a fretless for 25 years, but none of their artists really jumped on it. I figured I’d give it a shot, and see what comes of it. Definitely a different approach – no bending strings, vibrato more like a cello – takes a minute to adjust, but after that it feels natural.”

I once saw a DVD of Bumblefoot demonstrating some freakishly original two-handed tapping, a style often associated with dodgy 80s Van Halen ripoffs, but devastatingly awesome in the right hands. “I don’t think I’m doing anything physically different from other players, maybe just the choice of notes and phrasing. Maybe the only difference is the metal cap or thimble on one of the fingertips so I can tap above the fretboard and still get sustained notes off the string. You can hear that in the song “Guitars SUCK”, the real high notes, that’s all tapping with the thimble.”

Finally, Bumblefoot has advice for other guitarists who wish to inject more personality and uniqueness into their playing. “Just be yourself, don’t be concerned with popularity or trends or what other people think. Express yourself the way that feels right to you. Live life to the fullest so you have a lot of experiences to draw from, when you play. Enjoy yourself.”

Bumblefoot’s new album, ‘Abnormal,’ is available from Bald Freak Music.
Photo by Jarmo Luukkonen