** While all Orca's we've gotten from Nik Huber are special, this one truly is as it's likely the last we'll see from Nik in the traditional body shape. Huber can no longer send guitars w/this body shape to the US due to legal issues - new Orcas will feature the Dolphin body shape. **
We love how Nik Huber's take on the classic Les Paul employs some slight-of-hand trickery. At first glance, the Orca '59 is all Les Paul - gorgeous maple top, mahogany body, and dual '59 Haussel humbuckers. The moment you plug it in, however, you realize there's something very different going on.
What's immediately apparent is the build quality. It's an very clean and precise build (though far from sterile) that exudes a feeling that all of that attention to detail is to showcase the gorgeous materials being used. It's as if every aspect of the guitar has been reduced to its purest, truest form and the results are stunning.
The Orca is incredibly alive, resonant, and loud (this is acoustically, btw). The neck carve is fat but slightly narrow - it never feels overbearing or fatiguing. The playability, fretwork, and feel are exceptional.
Plugged in, think Les Paul meets Tele. The 25" scale adds some beautiful snap and clarity to the traditional Les Paul punch and heft that's also present in this guitar. Add the humbucker coil tap to the mix, and some surprisingly Tele-like tones start to surface - hence our reference to sleight-of-hand trickery. This guitar won't replace your Tele by any means, but you've got a wealth of very usable tones at your disposal, not just Les Paul tones - this guitar sounds much more open and dynamic. Very Fender-y, actually.
From the elegantly presented woods, to the fit and finish (be sure to check out the neck joint!), to the playability and tones...it's an incredible expression of a master luthier's vision for what an LP-style guitar can be.
Nik-Huber-Guitars was founded by Nik Huber in 1996.
Today a team of 8 highly skilled specialists is building around 240 instruments a year. All hand-crafted. Since the first attendance at the Frankfurt Musik Messe in 1997, Nik Huber Guitars gained a worldwide reputation as a serious manufacturer of high-class electric-guitars.
In 1999 the expanding company moved to a commercial park in its hometown, Rodgau – 20 km south of Frankfurt/Germany, and resides now in a fully, state-of-the-art equipped workshop.