Excalibur Surfreter Supra review by Vigier

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 9.6 Superb
  • Users' score: 8 (8 votes)
Vigier: Excalibur Surfreter Supra
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Sound — 9
This guitars sounds incredible; ranging from middle-Eastern sounding cleans to heavy metal riffing. The fretless fingerboard has a unique and distinct sound, lending itself for all kinds of different genres; slide blues, violin like classical tones, exotic fretless instruments or slow metal riffs, to name a few. The DiMarzio pickups (ToneZone, PAF Pro and FS-1) do an excellent job and the HSH configuration in combination with a five way Switch and remarkably responsive tone and volume controls allow for a wide array of sounds. I use this guitar with a Mesa/Boogie F50 and it's a great combination. The guitar is extremely quiet so that's a plus as well.

Overall Impression — 10
I play all kinds of music, but mainly shred, blues and rock oriented styles and it fits in perfectly. I've been playing for years and I'm currently a guitar teacher, so most of the time I'm doing something guitar related. If this were to be lost/stolen I'd be incredibly sad, but I would most certainly get a new one, despite the long waiting list. The main reason behind getting this guitar was because I wanted a new challenge and also to try something different. It will probably take a long while before I'm completely adjusted to the lack of frets, but I'll do my best! The metal fingerboard is a cool touch, because compared to a wooden fingerboard it has better sustain and it's much more durable, especially when using flat wound strings. If anyone is looking for something new and unique, but without going into the realm of gimmicks and completely different instruments, the Vigier Excalibur Surfreter might be what you're looking for.

Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar is very, very, well built and will without a doubt withstand live playing (look at players like Ron 'Bumblefoot' Thal, Shawn Lane and Christophe Godin). Everything is solid and properly installed. The finish seems very durable and would have no problem with using this Live without a backup guitar.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
When this guitar arrived at my door, it had been shipped from France to The Shred Factory in Italy and immediately shipped again to the Netherlands. When I opened up the package, I was surprised the guitar was still perfectly in tune. The action is set very low, at around 1mm and everything, including the pickups, was set up perfectly. Thanks to the carbon fiber strip, the neck is always straight, regardless of changes in temperature and tuning. The wood used for this guitar, like the maple for the neck, has been naturally aged (in case of the neck wood, for around three years). When finished, these guitars spend around five weeks at the factory to allow the finish to settle. Anything leaving the Vigier factory goes through strict quality control, so you can be pretty confident you're instrument is going to be in great condition when it arrives.

Features — 9
This guitar, like all Vigier guitars, was hand made in France (near Paris, to be precise). A quick overview of some of the features: fretless, two octave, metal fingerboard, thicker than Ibanez, thinner than Fender D shaped neck profile, 10/90 system; meaning they replaced the truss rod with a strip of carbon fiber, HardTail bridge with strings through body, Vigier's own tuners, brass nut, DiMarzio pickups (H/S/H), a five way Switch, one volume and one tone control. Very lightweight body, comes with a sturdy gig bag. That about covers the basic features.

14 comments sorted by best / new / date

    xXxC.CxXx
    i rekon id be ok knowing where the frets would be up until around the 9th but after that id be completely F U C K E D!!!
    Shred Head
    It looks amazing, the lack of frets somehow add to the looks. So if there's no frets then theres no problems of fret buzz? And are there dot markers on top of the neck at least?
    High_o
    wouldn't it be a lot easier if they had lines where the frets would be, just so you know where you are?
    Bonsaischaap
    It looks amazing, the lack of frets somehow add to the looks. So if there's no frets then theres no problems of fret buzz?
    No fretbuzz at all.
    And are there dot markers on top of the neck at least?
    It has standard side dots and small lines where the frets should be.
    wouldn't it be a lot easier if they had lines where the frets would be, just so you know where you are?
    Yup, but on the other hand, it's not too bad. The little lines on the side are actually quite useful.
    Shred Head
    More questions!!!! How does it sound compared to other fretted guitars? How does it handle distortion and cleans? I imagine open notes on both sound the same but fretted ones different. Also, is the action is lot lower than on regular guitars
    Bonsaischaap
    More questions!!!! How does it sound compared to other fretted guitars?
    On the treble strings on clean the difference is most audible. It's very hard to describe, so I'd advise you to listen to the samples in my profile or on the Vigier website.
    How does it handle distortion and cleans?
    Very well, again listen to the samples. The pickups are regular DiMarzios, so no problems there.
    Also, is the action is lot lower than on regular guitars
    It's around 1mm on the treble side and 1.2mm on the bass side.
    Bonsaischaap
    Any idea how much this would go for in the US?
    Around 3300$ (USD) with the current exchange rate.
    sambargun
    I'm currently saving up to buy a Vigier(after watching Shawn Lane of course) for their legendary 10-90 fretboard and the fabled'extremely low' action. Maybe not a fretless, just a regular. But I've seen videos of this and this is one desirable item. You're one lucky bastard, enjoy.....
    music_freeke
    looks like ti would be a great guitar to use i have used a fretless bass before but i would really like to try a fretless guitar
    slayaplaya
    Bumblefoot uses this from time to time. and Shawn Lane of course. Seems like really cool guitars... fretless... That sounds interesting... I want one!
    theangelofmeth
    I want a Vigier Marilyn Standard man! There's a video of Necrophagist playing live somewhere and Muhammed Suicmez is using one....if its good enough for him it must be f*cking hot!