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#1
Hey guys,


Before we get into any details I think it's best to get stuck right in with the pics





















Right, with the porn out of the way, here are some specs:

ViK Duality shape
7/24 frets, 652mm
Black limba with Canadian curly maple top
1-piece old-growth Indian rosewood set-in neck
ViK new reversed “split-design” 7 headstock
Madagascar Ebony fingerboard with compound radius
Curly maple binding around neck
Custom ViK H+H pickups
Gotoh SGS510Z locking tuners with ebony buttons (18:1 gear ratio)
Hipshot 7 fixed bridge
German fretwire
CTS 500K pots (tone pot push/pulls to switch the neck pickup to parallel mode)
3 way toggle switch
Switchcraft long type input jack
Schaller straplocks
Gotoh knobs
Buffalo bone nut
Glowing side dots
Nitro-cellulose satin natural finish


Some of you may have seen the buildstory, if not I would recommend checking the build process out HERE.


I managed to wrestle this beastie away from customs this afternoon, and have barely been able to put it down since. I'll try and organise my thoughts somewhat coherently, but there is so much to take in at once it's difficult to know where to start! Of course, I've only just started exploring what this instrument can do so these really are just first impressions..


The whole process with Vik has been absolutely top-notch - from the initial discussions to the end product he has been unwaveringly pleasant, enthusiastic and patient. One of the things that really impressed me when I started talking with him about getting a guitar built was that despite his creations being so wonderful looking, to him the most important thing about them is the way they sound. He is truly focussed on delivering the best sounding instruments he can, not just aesthetically pleasing ones.
His builds always feature drool-worthy woods, so I really enjoyed the timber selection process with him. He did not disappoint, sourcing incredible specimens of each wood for every area of the guitar.
Vik himself wound the pickups, making this the only guitar I own that doesn't have Bare Knuckles installed. It seemed to me to be the best possible representation of Vik's work to have him make the pickups too, making the whole guitar as he intended.

Holding the finished instrument in my hands it's immediately apparent just how much love and attention has been lavished on it. The whole thing is extremely tactile with the satin nitro finish on the body and the oiled/wax rosewood neck. The Duality shape looks even more beautiful in the flesh, with the liquid-smooth body carves being more noticeable. There is always something cool to see at no matter what angle you look at it. The horn carves and non-existent heel make upper fret access laughably easy. The Hipshot bridge is a favourite of mine, so it feels very homely to me. The Gotoh 510 tuners are true luxury, incredibly smooth with zero play, and the self-locking mechanism is very cool once you get the hang of it.

The neck profile is very very nice - 19mm at the nut with a fairly flat-backed D profile. Combined with the compound radius and the flawless fretwork it is effortless to play. Out of the case the action was an inutterably low 0.7mm on the top E at the 12th, though I suspect that it was intended to be that low - a few cold nights in the customs warehouse probably reduced the the neck relief. Amazingly it could be played like that, with the strings sounding only a little choked. With a little tweak of the truss rod though it's still extremely low but the strings have enough breathing room to sing.

Speaking of singing, that's exactly what this guitar does. Unplugged it rings like nothing else, such great sustain and harmonic richness! The upper frets have every bit as much body to their sound as the lower ones, making playing right up at the top end very satisfying in a way few guitars I've come across can.
Plugged in I am still exploring the sounds, but my impressions are that the bridge position (wound to 13.4kΩ with 42 AWG polysol wire) sounds rich and fat, as well as extremely clear and punchy. The guitar has a deep timbre that results in a very satisfying "purr". The neck pickup (asymmetrically wound to 8kΩ with 42 AWG plain enamel) is absolutely beautiful, with an almost acoustic quality when played clean but plenty of body when the gain is ramped up. It's very defined but has plenty of fluidity for Petrucci-ish lead tones too. The parallel option on the neck pickup makes things glassier and sparklier for super-clean and delicate tones but (of course) doesn't introduce hum like a coil-split does. This is my first guitar with a parallel switch, and I don't think it will be the last.


That's about as much as I feel comfortable saying for now since it's still so new, but you can expect lots more thoughts, pictures, clips and videos from me in the near future!

Cheers folks
#2
Incredible.

Now release your bloody album

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#3
Sorry but I cant stop looking at that. Its incredibly beautiful, I think I like it even more than your Pink Daemoness...

Congratulations Nolly thats incredible. I also heard you might be filling in for Alex on the remainder of the Periphery tour? If so, awesome

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#4
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Sorry, had to clean off my keyboard.

HNGD!


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#6
Le Want.
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#9
nolly. i h8/lurve u.

u has teh excellent taste.

you liked working with vik? how were they compared to daemoness?
Prs se Holcomb is the answer
#11
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Mind if I ask how much that beauty costs?
+1

Beautiful guitar man. HNGD! I've really been getting into 7 and 8 string guitars lately...and im not even a metal guy really
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#13
Is it weird if I've been back to this thread more than 5 times to look at that guitar? I don't give a shit, its too nice!

But seriously... How much was she?
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#17
nice
HILT!

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#18
Just amazing. I cant get over the detail by the neck join where you can see the back wood where he sanded down through the maple...

Nolly this means I can have your Blackmachine now....

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#20
Stunning...HNGD!
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#22
Just incredible, as much as I hate you for having so many I will never get tired of your NGD threads, just to reiterate the question: how much did this one set you back? So I know how many years I need to save for since everything about that thing is just beautiful.
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#23
Hmm, I like the back of the guitar. The rest doesn't really do much for me. HNGD all the same!
#24
Thank you guys, I've been getting some high-quality video footage of it today, hopefully I can get that online soon!

The Duality 7 list price is $3480, obviously depending on the options you choose it could end up more or less than that figure.
#25
Jesus, nice one. That looks incredible

HNGD !
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#27
Jesus Christ that guitar is absolutely mindblowingly GORGEOUS!!!!! To me that is probably the hottest guitar here on UG. This one and hikingdude's PRS HBII
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#30
absolutely incredible!!!! i bet that rosewood neck feels awesome!


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#31
Quote by LP_CL
Jesus Christ that guitar is absolutely mindblowingly GORGEOUS!!!!! To me that is probably the hottest guitar here on UG. This one and hikingdude's PRS HBII

what about nollys blackmachine and daemoness?
#32
That clean tone was lovely! Majorly jelous, makes my Shecter Blackjack 7 look like a toy

The metal test was awesome too, loved the lead tone and the end riff. What tuning is your 7 in by the way?
Bands:
Native State
A Titan, A Deity
Rash L.A

Gear:
PRS P245 Semi Hollow
Suhr Modern Guthrie Spec
Mayones Regius 7 Buckeye Burl
LSL CVS Studio Strat
Fender American Standard Tele
Faith Hi Gloss Venus

Mesa Lonestar Special
Bugera 333
Zilla 2x12 Fatboy
Line 6 PodHD500
#33
Quote by LP_CL
Here is the NGD topic. Pics are on various pages, just browse around:
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1129356


Ah yes I actually have seen that one! It looks phenomenal in the sunlight, but I remember thinking it lost some of its fiery magic in the other pics.

Quote by Shredx
That clean tone was lovely! Majorly jelous, makes my Shecter Blackjack 7 look like a toy

The metal test was awesome too, loved the lead tone and the end riff. What tuning is your 7 in by the way?


Thanks mate, the guitar is in standard tuning in these videos
#35
that is awesome.
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#36
Clips need more lead tones
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#37
ah just noticed the clips. excellent as usual sounds really clear, and the cleans were really nice too.
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#40
Quote by Nolly
Nice one, glad you enjoyed them!


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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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