Original post published on 2012.12.10.
I’ve been always interested and actually impressed by the precisely crafted custom handmade instruments, although I wasn’t aware that less than half an hour drive from the city I’m living there are two talented young guys, Get and Vamp building virtually perfect guitars and basses.
It has changed since the day when I met them at their booth on a rock festival at Gúta (Slovakia) and I could discover their diverse selection. It was obvious at the first sight that they are talented guys who know what they want to do and they can make the most of it.
You can visit they world on this webpage gvguitars.com.
I’ve got the chance to test and review their 7 string model called “Nordic Hammer” and I would like to write about this instruments below, so let’s start!
I’ve met the NH 728 first at Nagyudvarnok, also on a rock festival where the guys . This instrument was hard to ignore, the bold, unique design quickly attracted me. If I wan to use an ordinary cliche, it was “love at first sight”!
The most eye-catching feature of the guitar is the contrast of the wenge top veneer and the spalted ash body that makes it look really attractive. The another design detail worth to mention is the birdseye maple fretboard with inlays. Various celtic symbols emphasize its Nordic look.
There’s only one volume pot on the top, the tone is hidden at the bottom side, with 3 additional micro-switches (3-way treble cut and 2-way bass boost and the usual 3-way pickup selector)
We can get a heap of different tones from the guitar yet the top remains clean and simple. The Schaller M6 2000 locking tuners allow fast restring. That was the main benefit of the hardware for me.
There is a good reason to call NH 728 Nordic Hammer. Tough on the outside and its full tone bites! It supported by the excellent properties of the body and the two active SBS pickups. This guitar is definitely the right choice for the metal lovers! The celtic hammer could become easily an awesome tool of self expression for the tougher playing styles. From Nevermore through Korn until Meshuggah’s devastatingly powerful riffs it will handle anything, the secret of its intense power is the wide variety of tones. It has the same steady performance when recording in studio, playing on rehearsal or gigging on stage. The tone remains well defined even at high volume, it doesn’t mess up the middle and high ranges, in contrary, just enhances more the character of the instrument.
We should say that the GV guitars Nordic Hammer is multi-talented guitar built with incredible precision that will disappoint the owner. It’s no exaggeration that it strikes with the full power of an enraged Viking warrior, doing it with stylish elegance.
It worth to check the GV Guitars website () where you can find plenty of exciting guitars and basses, each for different musical needs. If you get the chance to try it, you will surely realize what amazing benefits a quality handmade instrument have.
The link below is for a home recording of the NH 728. I sent the signal through a Digitech RP 355 multi-effect.
Originally published on GSfanatic
Author: Péter Berkes
Translation: GV guitars/Active Guitar