Our Nik Huber Orca '59 Shines in Guitar Magazine Review!

REVIEW: NIK HUBER ORCA '59

We were all incredibly excited here at The North American Guitar for the return of our magnificent Nik Huber Orca '59 from the wonderful people at Guitar Magazine for two key reasons; firstly, we were deeply excited to find out what Chris and the team thought of what I can happily dub one of the finest single-cuts to grace our London Showroom. And secondly, perhaps more urgently, because we couldn't wait to have it back in close proximity and ready to plug in and let loose!

Praised for it's build quality and show-stopping aesthetics, the Exceptionally Curly Maple Top we spec'd with Nik was highlighted for its sensational figuring and finishing, with the "three-dimensional, near-holographic nature of the flame accentuated by the Faded Sunburst and deep dish carve".

In regards to the tonal nature of the instrument, the guitar was described as "alive with top-to-toe resonance but never brash, and there’s a long, even decay with swirling harmonics" when played unplugged, with "plenty of bass and mid-muscle along with clear, complex trebles" when plugged in.

The guitar came back to us having scored a sensational 9/10 in its review, with all due praise to the incredible work of Nik and his small team out near Frankfurt in Germany.

Find out more about this fantastic instrument below:

Nik Huber Orca '59 Electric Guitar, Faded Sunburst Semi-Gloss Finish - £7,250

This beautiful instrument is a brand new, Nik Huber Orca '59 Model Electric Guitar in an exceptionally elegant Faded Sunburst Semi-Gloss Finish, and it has had us all floored since the first time that latches on the case were flipped.

Made up of Spanish Cedar for the body, with an upgraded 'exceptionally curly' two-piece maple top, this really is a stunning example of what Nik and his team are capable of doing with an iconic design and inspired custom appointments.

With a Mahogany neck and Rosewood fretboard, the guitar instantly feels like the singlecut electric you'd only previously dreamed of. With Nik's instantly recognisable and supremely comfortable chunky neck profile and impressively meticulous fretwork, the guitar plays as smooth as they come with heaps of fat, rich tones to back it up.

Speaking of which the guitar features a set of Haussel '59 Humbuckers, the final step in securing that magical 'golden era' tone while remaining versatile enough to cover most anything else you could think of, in part thanks to the wonderfully convincing coil tap on the neck pickup's tone control.

The guitar comes with a Nik Huber branded hardcase.

  • Body: Spanish Cedar
  • Top: Exceptionally Curly Maple
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Scale Length: 25"
  • Radius: Compound 10" to 14"
  • Nut Width: 1,67"
  • Nut: Polished Bone
  • Headstock: Ebony Veneer
  • Inlays: Mother of Pearl Crown Trapez
  • Binding: Curly Maple
  • Pickups: Haussel '59 set
  • Controls: Two Volume, Two Tone, Coil Tap (on Neck Tone), 3-Way Toggle Switch
  • Bridge: ABM AVR-2 and Aluminium Tailpiece
  • Tuners: Schaller Grandtune 'Nik Huber' Kluson Style
  • Finish: Faded Sunburst Semi-Gloss Nitrocellulose
  • Case: Nik Huber Branded Hardcase

If there's anything more you'd like to know about this Orca '59 or any other Nik Huber guitars, we'd love to chat so don't hesitate to send over an email here or call us on +44 (0) 207 835 5597.

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Ben Montague

PJ Lett

One of the finest Guitars made hats off to you Nik .This is at least the equal to the best of
Any of the top 3 U.S guitar makers. I would love to own this Guitar if I ever was lucky enough to be able to afford one ,for now my PRS single cut Guitar is a great Playing Workhorse U.S built guitar.

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