NGD: Vigilant Guitars Voyager clone

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  1. Pooty Skills

    Pooty Skills Island Dweller

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    So a good friend of mine started up his own luthiery company a few years ago, and his first few builds were pretty simple, but the last year or so they have been getting really great. I've always wanted a legit Ibanez Voyager, but the proper ones with the koa are notoriously hard to find in good condition. So when I saw the quality of Vigilant's builds get up to pro-level quality, it just seemed like a natural conclusion to pursue. So I present the outcome of 5 months of planning and building: A totally custom Voyager clone.

    Specs:
    -Mahogany body
    -Quilt maple top
    -5 ply maple/mahogany neck (mahogany salvaged from a kitchen I renovated)
    -Purpleheart fingerboard
    -2 piece routed copper headstock cover. Black painted copper routed to reveal plain copper underneath
    -Floyd Rose Original w/ Hollow Points
    -Fishman Fluence Moderns w/ coil split
    -Stainless jumbo frets
    -Hipshot locking tuners
    -No trem cover, on request

    Apologies for the potato pics, will try to get better ones ASAP.

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    Guitar looks amazing, and plays flawlessly. Still getting used to the Fluence pickups, but they put out a nice full sound under a variety of gain settings. Split tones seem nice and chimey. Exited to put time into really dialing them in. Hope you enjoy.
     
  2. Jarmake

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    Cool!

    How is the upper fret access on that? Looks like the neck is pretty deep in that bodywood...
     
  3. Pooty Skills

    Pooty Skills Island Dweller

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    It's a little deeper set than average for sure, but the contouring around the lower horn as well as my giant hands make it a non issue.
     
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    Ok, that's good to hear. My miniature fingers would be crying... :D
     
  5. luislais

    luislais nothing ever happens

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    Cool! Congrats!!!
     
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