The Nik Huber Orca '59 Model
A certain single cut electric guitar model from 1959 is seen by some as the holy grail of electric guitars, from its iconic neck carve and its much-lauded PAF humbuckers to its uncompromising weight and instantly recognisable burst.
But fast-forward over 60 years and here we are today with much more knowledge in guitar building than ever before, with the likes of German luthier Nik Huber building his own interpretations of the iconic single-cut from 1959.
Nik Huber's pedigree is no secret. Having been mentored by Paul Reed Smith in the 1990s, it's fair to say that the knowledge and guidance gained from Paul was what lead to the foundation of Nik Huber Guitars, and the designs that have graced his catalogue ever since.
The Orca '59 is Nik's homage to the aformentioned historical Gibson model of 1959, but is very much built for the modern day player. A Mahogany or Cedar body is topped by a carved Maple top, often featuring sensational curly figuring. A signature feature of many of Nik's guitars is his semi-gloss nitrocellulose top finish with an open-pore finish on the back and neck.
Speaking of the neck, Nik and his team take great care in designing necks for incredible comfort. The Orca '59 has a deeper profile than most 1959 Les Pauls that you'd find, but its round-shouldered design is a joy to play and Nik's heel scoop on the treble side is a satisfying addition that makes upper fret access a real pleasure.
I've mentioned in previous blogs of my love for Häussel pickups. Harry Häussel is a fellow German who builds some of the best sounding pickups I've heard, from his Tele-style single coils through to the PAF-style pickups included in the Orca '59, each of Harry's designs match perfectly with what a modern day pickup should represent.
The Häussel PAF-style humbuckers are everything you would expect. There's plenty of growl and power to them, but with an airiness to the trebles.
Here at TNAG, we're not the only ones who love the Huber Orca '59. Chris Vinnicombe at Guitar.com previously reviewed one of our first Orca '59s and awarded it an incredible 9/10 review.
You can read that review here.
We have a number of Orca models in stock now:
- Faded Sunburst Semigloss Finish
- Top: Curly Maple (Eastern/Michigan)
- Body: Mahogany
- Neck: Mahogany
- Fat Back (Gibson Thickness)
- Nitrocellulose Finish
- Fretboard: Brazilian Rosewood
- Fingerboard: Bound with Curly Maple
- Inlays: Crown Trapez Inlays
- Pickups: Set '59 Harry Häussel Humbuckers
Goldtop Semigloss Finish, Nitrocellulose
Curly Maple Top
Spanish Cedar Body
Brazilian Rosewood Fretboard
Curly Maple Fretboard Binding
MOP Crown Trepez Inlays
- Haussel 1959 Humbucker Pickup Set
- Top: Exceptional Flamed Maple
- Body: Khaya Mahogany
- Neck: Khaya Mahogany
- Fingerboard: Brazilian Rosewood
- Headstock: Brazilian Rosewood
- Inlays: Crown Inlays
- Tuners: SD 510
- Finish: D.S Faded Sunburst
- Backplates: Ebony
- Bridge Pickup: 1959+
- Neck Pickup: 1959-
These three guitars are available now in our Nashville showroom. To find out more about Nik Huber Guitars, please click here. If you'd like to chat to us about these gorgeous Orca '59 models, please get in touch here.