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Does perfection exist with regards to any electric guitar ?  If it does, then how do we actually define perfection ? – If the potential answer to either of these questions is based on build quality alone, then a Nik Huber Orca Gold Top is in with a good shout of earning a ‘perfection tag’ – Yet equally the key emotional aspects regarding feel and tone, along with the playing performance, are a matter of individual taste and opinion – So ultimately our hands and ears are the true test to evaluate any guitar, whilst our eyes can support any potential buying decision, as the guitars aesthetic appeal comes into play  – With my hand on my heart, could I possibly say this is one of the finest crafted guitars that I have ever played ? – An easy answer – Yes !!!!!!   Is it the best looking guitar you’ll ever see ? – Will it does have a lot going for it in the visual stakes – Does it feel, play and sound better than any other guitar that is currently offered for sale in the UK ? – Whilst the answer is obviously no, I can assure you that there are far more guitars out there that are offered for sale, either on a dealers wall, or via the likes of Gumtree or E-bay, that can’t get close to the Huber’s key attributes – The easy statement is that this is a mighty fine instrument, that has hell of a lot going for it – Maybe perfection does not exist, yet this Huber Orca  does a mighty fine job of getting close to the fact

So now let me introduce you to this Nik Huber Orca ’56’ gold top model and in no particular order, supply you with a few additional pieces of info :- 

Regarding the guitars feel, tonal character and playing performance, then it is impossible not to bench mark it along side any R6 ’56’ replica – The Orca neck possesses the similar full proportions you’ll find on many of the LP replicas, that are based on models from the late 50’s golden era – After all you need some meat on the neck to aid tone and stability, but it also needs to be comfortable to play – I don’t think the shape, or size of the neck alone, is the reason a guitar possesses an easy slick playing character – The fingerboard radius, frets and set-up, all have a key impact regarding this criteria – Dig in, and play the blues, or show of a few slick party licks and tricks and the Orca  is a guitar that can be tagged as ‘user friendly’ – A set of medium jumbo frets, that are impeccably installed, correctly profiled, then polished to perfection, certainly help with the overall feel – As does a 10″ to 14″ compound radius – Bottom line is you’ll find a slick easy action, that responds to a light touch – If required then the action can easily be adjusted for additional height, so you feel you have something to fight against

If you have not already done so, then I suggest you click here and gather a whole host of info direct from the Nik Huber web site regarding the Orca  and about the Huber policy, principles and mind set regarding quality – In fact the final line on the certificate of authenticity states ‘ with my signature I personally certify that I have done everything within my power to make this the best guitar possible’

I for one am a big fan of P90 pick-ups and this Orca Gold Top is effectively a 56 Gold Top replica, hence a similar tonal character – Soapbar pick-ups possess a Jekyll and Hyde character in that they can be so cool and laid back that Jazz players adore them – Yet equally the bridge pick-up can get right down and dirty and hit you with so  much energy and attack, that you can see why the punk bands loved this pick-up so much – Far more clarity than you’ll find on a regular humbucker – Yet more oooomph and depth than you’ll find on a Fender single coil based pick-up – This Orca is more than happy working on the clean channel of the amp – Laid back and soulful on either the neck or bridge pick-up – Plenty of character, so it never sounds bland – Equally add loads of gain on the amp and the neck pick-up will wailllllll all night – Just think Gary Moore and Still Got the Blues etc  – Whilst the bridge pick-up is tight and full with plenty of body and attack so great for power chords + riffs or blistering hot solos that scream

Yet to me the Orca shows all its true colours when you find just the right amount of gain on the amp – Maybe that ‘less is more’ approach is applicable in this instance – Enough gain to sing and add colour, but not to much that it is to saturated – In this format, now leave the amp alone and control the gain from the guitar – As such 10 equals full on, whilst around the 6 or 7 mark you’ll find it is now nice ‘n’ clean without losing any of the guitars goodness – Hence so much soul, character and emotion is available to you at your finger tips and by utilising the volume + tone pots – It is a guitar that is loaded with tone – To some players it might be the only guitar you’ll need – To other players I’m sure you can find a nice place for it within an existing collection

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