OK folks, not quite an NGD since I’ve received this guitar a couple months back, but never posted it… here it goes.
First some pics:
Review/specs right below
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UPDATE: quick jam video
“Black stain” satin finish
Body contoured bevels
Eye poplar top
Macassar ebony middle layer
Swamp Ash body
Maple neck binding
5-piece rosewood/ebony neck (oiled), bolt-on
Jescar stainless frets
Bare Knuckle Aftermath pickups, open calibrated set
ETS piezo tuners w/Richter piezo preamp
Technology 4 Musicians single nuts
1 master vol knob, 1 piezo blender knob, 3-way toggle switch and 2-band piezo EQ (stacked knobs)
Single Skervesen “S”, birdseye maple, inlay 12th fret
This is absolutely a stunning piece, exceedingly comfortable and lightweight.
The objective was to create an exotic and radically looking guitar, yet classy and elegant.
Beautiful black satin finish over an eye poplar top, incredibly smooth to the touch. I guess the poplar figures would have popped up more with a high gloss finish, but I have no regrets. The macassar ebony middle layer (between the top and body) gives it a nice dimension and the birdseye maple logo it’s just classy.
The swamp ash exposed thanks to the body bevels, the maple neck binding and the thin white binding around the mini head create a nice “bound” look.
Bolt-on neck, with seamless access to the higher frets and incredible sustain. The neck is oiled which makes it very fast and comfortable to reach the lower strings and bending in general.
You get all the known goodies from the BKP Aftermaths. These, in conjunction with the swamp ash body, result in semi-scooped mids still with A LOT of definition. The low end is tight, and the highs are bright, pick attack is there… this will all be better explained with a few video demos coming soon
Piezo, yes I went all in! This gives a lot of versatility to the axe and, unlike the Graphtech piezo I have in another axe, this one has a 2-band EQ for extra tonal range. There is no on/off piezo switch, but rather it’s always on, “blendable” via a knob with the magnetic pickups.
The components are: ETS piezo tuners/saddles + Richter piezo preamp
They're awesome, they gave me 3 poplar truss rod covers with different wood tones and patterns.
As usual and expected, Skerversen delivers; the only point to consider is that depending on their workload, your build could take some time so be patient… this one took 10-11 months.
There’s not much more for me to say other than Iove this piece, it’s definitely the most comfortable and radically looking axe I’ve owned to date.
Stay tuned via my Facebook or YouTube for upcoming material of this baby in action