I haven't spoken (much) about this guitar because I kind of hate hype NGD's where the final result of a build is only seen months after the first post, so I will just post the final, amazing product!
OK, first the things you really want to see!
The nice pics Vik took:
and some of mine!
I will post some pics of the build process once I get them on CD, Vik's old hosting died so they are sadly no longer on the internets.
Fanned Fret 27.5"-25.5"
Chambered Black Limba Body (omfg that wood is unreal)
Spalted Curly Maple top (omfg that wood is unreal )
Birdseye maple neck (with some flames for good measure!)
Gotoh 510 tuners
ABM single bridge parts
Stainless steel frets
Custom ViK fanned pickups
The guitar is just simply amazing. It has such a clear, open sound. Exactly what I would expect and wanted from a chambered guitar.
It sings sweetly and can crunch hard when it needs to.
The clean sounds are bloody awesome, really clean and defined (Which goes for the distorted sound too actually).
I have just had the guitar for a couple of days so I have yet to play it enough to appreciate it fully, but the attention to detail is just beyond anything I have ever touched or played.
The playability is spot on, the action is a little low for my tastes but it just goes to show how well the guitar plays that I haven't even bothered to change that yet even after having the guitar for 5 days! haha
The pickups are relatively low output, like I wanted and again very clear and distinct in the output they have. I figure the guy that built the guitar will be able to build the perfect pickups for it and boy was I right!
The coil tap is not quite a strat like twang, but pretty damn close. Something I really have come to love the sound of. And of course the bobbins, ziricote and birdseye maple. What could be better for this guitar??
The limba is a fucking amazing tonewood. I can't really say more!
The top: HOLY FUCKING SHIT! It stops me in my tracks every time I look at it. It's such a unique, beautiful piece of wood.
It's so good I ordered another ViK on the spot! !
Vik is amazing to deal with, a genuinely nice guy. I chatted with him pretty much everyday over facebook and he kept me updated pretty much every time we chatted, posting new pics at every step of the way. Exchanging ideas, thoughts and guitar banter
I can't thank him enough for building this for me.
Here's a quick shitty video playing a song, you can clearly hear the open, chambered sound of it which I really love.
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH0fhVlFwIM]YouTube - ‪Canonise vik ff7‬‏[/VIDEO]
It's through an Axe-Fx (powerball model, redwirez sm-57 mesa cab)