Huber Orca Bernie Marsden Signature Goldtop #2 of 12

Huber Orca Bernie Marsden Signature Goldtop
Huber Orca Bernie Marsden Signature Goldtop
Huber Orca Bernie Marsden Signature Goldtop
Huber Orca Bernie Marsden Signature Goldtop
Huber Orca Bernie Marsden Signature Goldtop
Huber Orca Bernie Marsden Signature Goldtop
Huber Orca Bernie Marsden Signature Goldtop
Huber Orca Bernie Marsden Signature Goldtop
Huber Orca Bernie Marsden Signature Goldtop
Huber Orca Bernie Marsden Signature Goldtop
Huber Orca Bernie Marsden Signature Goldtop
Huber Orca Bernie Marsden Signature Goldtop
Huber Orca Bernie Marsden Signature Goldtop
Huber Orca Bernie Marsden Signature Goldtop
Huber Orca Bernie Marsden Signature Goldtop
Huber Orca Bernie Marsden Signature Goldtop
Huber Orca Bernie Marsden Signature Goldtop
Huber Orca Bernie Marsden Signature Goldtop
Huber Orca Bernie Marsden Signature Goldtop
Huber Orca Bernie Marsden Signature Goldtop
Huber Orca Bernie Marsden Signature Goldtop
Huber Orca Bernie Marsden Signature Goldtop
Huber Orca Bernie Marsden Signature Goldtop
Huber Orca Bernie Marsden Signature Goldtop

Huber Orca Bernie Marsden Signature Goldtop #2 of 12

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Okay, let's start this by acknowledging what some may be a little embarrassed to admit - who is Bernie Marsden? Perhaps the name sounds familiar but you can't quite pin it down? Let's cut right to chase - you have for sure heard Bernie's music. How can I be so sure? Know the tune, "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake? Bernie co-wrote that tune with David Coverdale (be sure to check out the 1982 version).

In addition to writing some of the biggest hits ever, Bernie shares a mutual friend with Nik Huber - Paul Reed Smith. The trio found themselves hanging out in Europe during a clinic tour chatting about guitars (naturally) and shortly after, Bernie phoned Nik to ask if he would be interested in building him a guitar. After getting Paul's blessing for a Huber / Marsden signature model (PRS has also made a signature model for Bernie), Nik and Bernie began chatting about designs.

Known for playing solid-body guitars, namely Les Pauls, Nik naturally sent Bernie an Orca model to check out, but Bernie was after something a little different with his Huber - more of a hollowbody. It just so happened that around this time Nik had been experimenting with new ways to chamber guitar bodies, specifically a style called 'honeycomb' routing.

"I’d seen it on surfboards, and it’s also cropped up in the world of guitars before. I was curious about where you could go with it next in terms of routing a body; the possibility of having length-grain and cross-grain connections between the body and the top can create something distinct from either a semi-hollow construction or a standard solid-body."

What Nik and Bernie ultimately landed on is a pair of Orcas that meld the best of hollowbody guitars - an airy tone with a slightly different note attack - with a solid-body guitar's heft and punch. In addition to the internal honeycomb chambering, Nik and Bernie incorporated a new design for the heel joint, three knobs instead of four, and, naturally, the addition of Bernie’s signature Cream T pickups.

The resulting guitars - limited to 12 pair, a Burst and a Goldtop - are truly special instruments that re-imagine what a set-neck style guitar can be.

  • Eastern maple top
  • Flame mahogany body w/ honeycomb routing
  • Madagascan rosewood neck
  • Madagascan rosewood fingerboard
  • Orca neck profile with custom heel joint
  • Eastern flame maple binding
  • Black pearl crown fingerboard inlays with sterling silver surrounds
  • Ebony headstock cap
  • Black pearl Bernie Marsden logo with sterling silver surround and signature headstock inlays
  • Gold-top semi-gloss finish
  • Cream T P90s
  • Nik Huber 510 open gear tuners
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with aluminium tailpiece
  • Madagascan rosewood backplates with white snake inlay and carved snake, signed by Bernie Marsden
  • Certificate of authenticity signed by Nik and Bernie
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