Vigier Expert Retro 54
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Vigier Expert Retro 54

Expert Retro 54, STC-Shaped Guitar from Vigier in the Expert series.

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iamqman 07/09/2011

Vigier Expert Retro 54 : iamqman's user review

« French Alternative »
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This is basically the French alternative ti the fender Stratocaster. These guitars are built probably much better than any Fender made today. this would be the equivalent to a custom shop Fender Stratocaster. These guitars are build with the highest standards available. The quality of workmanship is one of the best in the world. You won't be able to find many builder who take this kind of approach to guitar building.

UTILIZATION

Neck
Type: Bolt-on featuring the 10/90 System
Wood: Maple naturally dried for 3 years
Shape: D
Finish: Matte varnish
Width of neck at nut: 42mm / 1.65"
Width of neck at last fret: 56,3mm / 2.216"
Depth of neck at first fret: 20 mm / .787"
Depth of neck at 12th fret: 23.5 mm / .91"
String spacing at nut: 35mm / 1.38"
String spacing at bridge: 53mm / 2.08"
Action as supplied at 12th fret, treble: 1,5mm / .0059"
Action as supplied at 12th fret, bass: 2mm / .0078"
Type of nut: Teflon nut + hardened zero fret technology
Fingerboard
Wood: Maple or rosewood
Radius: 300mm / 11.81"
Type of frets: Medium
Number of frets: 22 + zero fret
Scale length: 650mm / 25.6"
Inlay: Dots
Body
Wood: Two center-joined pieces of solid, naturally aged alder. M
Finish: Varnish dries for 5 weeks minimum
Accessories
Bridge brand name: Vigier
End pin: Brass casing that inserts deep into the body and locks the strap button in place.
Finish: Chrome
Electronic
Pickup brand name: DiMarzio
Type of pickup: S/S/S
Pickup model: Virtual Vintage
DP405
DP405
DP406

Switch: 5 positions
Controls: Volume
Tone
Shielding: Yes

SOUNDS

These guitars sound absolutely amazing. They have been extremely popular over in Europe but recently becoming more and more popular over in the States. Many artist are already using these guitars and some very big names at that. So they must be to the highest standards of touring and recording professionals.

These guitars have a great tone to them that you would find on boutique builders shops. The resonate with the most dynamic touch of the fret board. They respond to the figures of the player in a way that feels like they were made just for you personally.

OVERALL OPINION

These guitars are not cheap by any means. I am not sure of the exact price for this model but I have seen similar ones for around $3000. That is a hefty price or a guitar but this is basically a custom guitar. Much like a Suhr or Anderson as far as the superstrats. If you get a chance to play one you won't be disappointed. These are some of the best out there in the market.