We’ve Moved!

ViK Guitars has relocated to the great state of Idaho, USA. There’s plenty of things to be taken care of to complete this process (physically, legally and financially) but we are doing all we can to make that happen as soon as possible. We appreciate your patience and support and looking forward to making Idaho a new Home and a new “place of birth”

A very special kind of mahogany..

Mother Nature can be very creative and as a result of that once in a while you come across something truly spectacular.. like this piece of genuine mahogany that has very distinctive “plum pudding” figure and also curly pattern! Putting a top over that would be a crime so I ended up turning it into a one piece body ViK Duality 7ff project and named it “Nugget” which it truly is.

ViK Guitars at NAMM’20

ViK Guitars will be exhibiting at booth #2539 at NAMM show 2020 on January 16-19 in Anaheim, CA. Come see what I will have on display. This year is going to be very special! The exhibit will include some top-secret projects built specifically for the show. See you there!

”Hey! Great job, guys!”

“Hey! Great job, guys!” This is the most common comment I’m getting. While it surely is nice for someone to say that, there’s one major problem with it – there’s no “guys”. ViK guitars is a one man show which means all the instruments you see are hand made by one person – luthier Vik Kuletski. From sourcing the timbers to shipping a finished guitar. Same goes for all the pictures, videos, social media, etc including this very message)). A lot for one person to handle. This is why I believe “Luthier” is not a job or profession, it’s a lifestyle. It has its ups and downs but in the end of the day what really matters is the instruments created on this journey. I hope you enjoy what you see as much as I do! Thank you!
Vik

Do the woods actually matter when it comes to electric guitars?

Just recently I had these three custom ViK Duality 6s on my couch. The most interesting part about having them all together was the fact that they shared a whole number of common specs/ingredients like same exact make and model of pickups (SD Alpha/Omega), same Hipshot hardware, same body woods (one piece black limba), close enough selection of neck woods (2 indian rosewood necks, 1 madagascar rosewood), same nuts (buffalo horn), same scales (642mm/25.27″), same fretwire (stainless steel jumbo), same strings (DR 10-46), same tunings (standard E), close enough electronic components (2 exact same, 1 minus push-pull/tone control), same amp, same hands, same simple tunes.. The difference was in tops and fingerboards selection (2 had quilted maple tops that came off the same board, one burl maple; indian rosewood/ziricote/laos ebony fingerboards). So naturally you’d expect them to play and sound about the same… However, even plugged into a small half-digital practice amp (Boss Katana 50W) they all had very distinctive and unique tones/characters. Digging deeper would allow to find out how exactly the tone was affected by the variable elements but that’s a topic big enough for a full article. Here’s a little video comparison I shot at the shop, hopefully it will give you some idea of what I’m on here about:

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