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January 2010 (4 press releases) December 2010 (3 press releases)
   
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December 2010

Welcome to the Jungle

Fresh from Guns N' Roses Chinese Democracy world tour, Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal is back in the US and will be making a very special appearance at this year’s winter NAMM 2011.

Ron has been electrifying crowds in stadiums and arenas across the world with Guns N Roses spectacular live shows. Swaggering onstage with ‘the worlds most dangerous band’ night after night, Ron trusted in his Vigier Excalibur Bfoot signature model, very specially crafted Vigier double neck and the stunning Vigier G.V.Wood to keep him rocking all tour long!!

Come meet Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal and view the entire Vigier range on booth # 4762

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Back to basics

Bringing some much needed European sophistication to the winter NAMM 2011 will be bass player extraordinaire Pascal Mulot from France.

Pascal is a true master of the bass, a genius who can switch seamlessly through different music genres in the beating of a heart.

Such is Pascal’s passion for bass his talent has seen him provide solid grooves for artists such as Simmon Phillips, Steve Lukather, Steve Vai and Blues Saraceno.

Come meet Pascal Mulot and view the complete Vigier range on booth # 4762

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Limited edition Mahogany/Maple G.V.Wood

With its defying sustain and stylish lines the lightweight Vigier G.V. has been a revelation in single cut design since its release in 2009.

Incorporating innovative features such as the 10/90 neck system, ‘set and forget’ bridge as well as perfectly matched pickups the G.V. has tone that will last for lifetimes.

At winter NAMM 2011 Vigier will present a limited edition G.V.Wood featuring Mahogany back and neck as well as a flamed Maple top. Due to the small supply of this special Mahogany from Central America this will be a very exclusive edition G.V. indeed!

Come and view for yourself the inspirational G.V. series as well as the rest of the beautiful Vigier craftsmanship on booth # 4762

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January 2010

Kaos in the Excalibur line

Vigier, the pioneers of carbon fiber technology, put Kaos in the Excalibur Range by launching its first reverse headstock guitars.

This is not the only innovation; the Kaos is loaded with two hand made humbuckers from Amber with the traditional wiring for Vigier; Humbucker 1 / Single 1 / Humbucker 1&2 / Single 2 / Humbucker 2. It is also fitted with the Killswitch that originally appeared on the Excalibur Bfoot Signature.

This model is equipped with the unique non-locking tremolo mounted on ball bearings as well as benefiting from the latest innovation of the brand; a string retainer called the ‘Flexretainer’ that eliminates all friction at this level, again improving the tuning stability.

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And 5

Some artists such as Roger Glover of Deep Purple have made the Excess 4 string popular but the Vigier bass community has asked for more since the launch of the Excess series in 1996. This is why Vigier, the pioneers of carbon fiber technology, launch the first Excess 5 string Bass.

Like all Vigier 5 string basses, this instrument glows by the quality of the low B string response in both frequency and dynamics. This is achieved by the use of the 10/90 system, a system that reinforces the neck with a carbon fiber strip. A set of Delano pickups and a 3 band EQ by Vigier relay the quality tone of the instrument.

This 5 string completes the series and allows the Excess to rock the foundations.

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G.V.Wood 90

Vigier, the pioneers of carbon fiber technology, blow out its initial candle of the G.V. line by launching the first Vigier guitar to be equipped with P90 pickups.

Once again Vigier do not follow everybody’s common belief; instead they are collaborating with a pickup company from northern Europe - the G.V.Wood 90 will therefore feature a set of Ludgren P90 Vintage pickups.

Just like other G.V.s this model has a lengthy, strong and true sustain enhanced by the hot vibes of the Ludgren.

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Christophe Godin 10th Anniversary Excalibur

To celebrate 10 years of collaboration between Christophe Godin and Vigier, the pioneer of carbon fiber, we proudly present the Christophe Godin Excalibur.

The Christophe Godin Excalibur shares the same characteristics as those of the Excalibur Supra with the following modifications:
- Fatter neck
- Higher fretwire
- Pickups DiMarzio Chopper / FS1 / Tone Zone
- Personalized ‘Fluoblack’ Finish
- Matching headstock
- Pickguard matched with the body and engraved on the lower edge with a drawing of Christophe Godin
- Tuned one whole step down to ‘D’ (low to high; D, G, C, F, A, D)
- Ernie Ball 11-54 gauge strings
- Series limited to 20 instruments

The result is a guitar with the character of the artist and strength of 10 years teamwork together.

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December 2009

James Lomenzo gets heavy with Vigier

Vigier, pioneers of carbon fibre technology, are extremely pleased to welcome legendary bassist ‘James Lomenzo’ to our family of Vigier artists.

James, bass playing master, has been performing with his favourite Vigier 5 string Passion bass on Megadeth’s current world tour.

James says he is “honoured to be associated with these great basses” – just as we are honoured to have such a legend trust in Vigier to keep him thundering on stage night after night.

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June 2009

Vigier guitars and Marshall amps blend together to serve up a rocking treat!

Vigier, pioneers of carbon fibre technology in guitar design, have joined together with legendary British amplifier makers Marshall to provide three different guitars (an Excalibur Ultra, Excalibur Supra fixed bridge and an Expert Retro 54) for exclusive use in their on-site theatre.

This Anglo-French partnership will offer artists and customers who visit the Marshall factory in Bletchley, Milton Keynes an opportunity to experience the distinct British roar of Marshall amplifiers, as well as a chance to sample and enjoy the French flavour of Vigier guitars simultaneously - the perfect recipe for rock!!

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January 2009

Vigier Introduces G.V. Series Guitars

Vigier, the pioneer of carbon-fiber technology in guitar design, is delighted to introduce a unique new addition to its lineup. After a year of intense research and development, Vigier proudly presents the G.V., which is the very first single-cutaway guitar the company has created. The G.V. is a tribute to Georges Vigier, who unselfishly contributed to the success of Vigier Guitars for over 20 years.

By using the company's exclusive 10/90 system (10% carbon/90% wood) and a few secrets in the design, Vigier has created a light guitar with superior tonal characteristics. The G.V. offers balanced response, lots of power, no dead spots on the fingerboard, and sustain that lasts forever. Furthermore, the G.V. benefits from having a zero fret and Teflon nut, which create less friction to allow strings to glide freely across the nut, and provide better stability in tuning. Depending on the model, the G.V.'s electronics will include a pair of either Amber or DiMarzio humbucking pickups that are activated by a 5-way pickup selector switch.

For this new series, Vigier has developed an exclusive bridge and tailpiece that can be locked in place once the setup is completed. This exceptional design prevents tuning problems and guarantees better sustain.

The G.V. Series includes three models: G.V.Metal, G.V.Rock, G.V.Wood. All instruments are carefully handcrafted by master luthiers using select grades of alder and maple.

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Vigier Releases Bfoot 2009 Limited Edition

To celebrate a long collaboration between Vigier, the pioneer of carbon-fiber technology in guitar design, and Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal, Vigier has released a Bfoot 2009 Limited Edition signature model.

Like the original Bfoot signature model, the 2009 Limited Edition benefits from the company's exclusive 10/90 system (10% carbon/90% wood), providing flawless stability of the neck, and the Vigier Floyd Rose vibrato, which pivots on bearings for more accurate and stable tuning. Additionally, this model is equipped with a push/push kill switch, Ron Thal's unique 5-way pickup selector switch, as well as a removable thimble for slide playing.

The Bfoot 2009 Limited Edition is available in black sparkle and textblack finish, and also includes a matching headstock.

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December 2008

Vigier Introduces Its First Single-cutaway Electric Guitar

Vigier, the pioneer of carbon-fiber technology in guitar design, is proud to introduce a new addition its family-the very first Vigier single-cutaway electric guitar. This elite baby will deliver the hottest sounds of all guitars in Vigier's product line. The single-cut body design reflects a combination of modernism and tradition, which is exactly what this new Vigier model is about.

Like all Vigier instruments, the new single-cut guitar features a wood neck reinforced by a carbon-fiber bar that utilizes the company's exclusive 10/90 system (10% carbon fiber/90% wood). The guitar is equipped with the new Vigier nut made of Teflon, which dramatically reduces friction at the nut, where most tuning problems typically occur. With a carbon-fiber reinforced neck and the new Teflon nut, overall tuning is greatly improved and the instrument itself is extremely reliable.

This sharp-looking babe has a solid alder body with a beautiful flamed maple top. The bridge and tailpiece are Vigier's original design and include a unique feature that makes it possible to lock any pieces of the bridge in place once the setup is done. This useful attribute guarantees an improvement in tone, greater sustain, as well as better tuning. The new single-cut model is equipped with a pair of humbuckers, a 5-way pickup selector switch for a variety of sounds, volume and tone controls.

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Pascal Mulot Gets The Low Down On Vigier

Vigier, the pioneer of carbon-fiber technology in guitar design, is pleased to welcome esteemed bassist Pascal Mulot into the family of Vigier artists. Mulot has been surrounded by music from an early age, as his father was a jazz musician who played upright bass. Inspired by his father's legacy, in 1991 Mulot became the first rock bassist in France to record a solo album, Purple Eyes. The follow up, Bass And Love, was released in 1994, and his third disc, Can You Hear Me, Jay?, came out in 1998. Look for Mulot's new album, Tsar Bomba, in January 2009. Some tracks on this latest disc were recorded with a Vigier Passion Custom 4-string fretless Delta Metal.

Mulot's unique style and innovative use of the bass have earned high praise, leading him to share the stage with many top artists such as Steve Vai, Blues Saraceno, Simon Phillips, TM Stevens, and Steve Lukather.

Mulot has chosen a Passion Series IV 4-string bass in Deep Burgundy as his weapon of choice. "This is a bass with class!" Mulot affirms. "It feels very comfortable in my hands and it's well-balanced for playing while standing up. The neck has the legendary characteristics that make Vigier instruments unique. Intonation is extremely precise, and the tone is very sweet and warm. The Passion Series IV 4-string allows me to play things that I could not play on other basses."

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Vigier Introduces New Teflon Nut For All Models

Vigier, the pioneer of carbon-fiber technology in guitar design, constantly searches for new ways to improve its instruments. Sharp attention to detail and an ongoing quest for perfection have made Vigier synonymous with innovation. Recent experimentation using a new Teflon nut has led to a breakthrough that greatly improves tuning and overall stability of the instruments. By dramatically reducing friction at the nut, where tuning problems are most likely to occur, strings will glide effortlessly through the slots of the new Teflon nut and come back in tune when players are using the vibrato bar or bending strings.

This new Teflon nut is easily replaceable, requiring no need for glue or a luthier. Players will be able to make any necessary changes on their own instruments and select the nut that best fits their preferred string gauge.

The new Teflon nut will be installed as a standard feature on all Vigier instruments beginning in January 2009.

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November 2008

Oneida James, bass player with Joe Cocker, feels the passion for Vigier

Vigier, pioneers of carbon fiber are both proud and honored to announce that Oneida James joins the list of Vigier artists!

Oneida James has been performing as Joe Cocker's bassist since 2001. Although specialized primarily in hip-hop, funk and RnB, Oneida James has also played and recorded on numerous albums of various rock and pop genres. Oneida James has performed with many of today's cutting edge musicians including performance in the movie "For Your Consideration" with Joe Satriani and The Cree Summer Band (produced by Lenny Kravitz) opening for The Lenny Kravitz world tour for two years. She recorded and toured with the Hit TV Show Ally McBeal's musical star, Vonda Shepard.

Oneida is one of the most creative and hard working bass players in music. She is writing, producing and singing on her CD5 "Sun Song". She is the author of one of the most influential bass guides produced; Groove Mastery, The Bassist Guide to Time, Rhythm and Feel.

Oneida James will be playing the brand new Passion series IV 5 string basses.

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Vigier press releases March 2008

Marilyn is still young and charismatic.

Vigier presents a new version of its popular Marilyn guitar. The Marilyn 2008 features a bolt on neck secured by 5 screws. Patrice Vigier said "Not only the neck and body are strongly tightened together but we have preserved the sculptured heel that made this guitar so easy to access higher notes."

The Marilyn is powered by two high gain DiMarzio pickups and the jack output has been repositioned on the side for a safer connection. As an option, the guitar is ready to receive two active EMG pickups.

It is also equipped with our new Teflon/Graphite nut, material that reduces the friction at nut to zero, the result is a better tuning stability.

The Marilyn is a desirable guitar for heavy metal guitarists and therefore is available in any colour but most definitely black!


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Vigier present the brand new Excess Roger Glover Original Bass at at Musik Messe, March 2008.

Vigier, pioneers of carbon-fiber enhanced guitars and basses, are proud to announce the exclusive release of a second Roger Glover signature series bass. This exciting new instrument shares the same features found on the legendary Vigier Excess II Original Bass; body made from the finest French Alder, bolt on 10/90 carbon-reinforced neck, solid quick-release bridge and is equipped with Benedetti pickups. Yet the Excess Roger Glover Original also includes the special addition of 3-band EQ electronics, exclusively designed by Glockenklang, as well as phosphorescent fret markings.

Roger Glover has sold over 100 million albums as a bass player and producer and is highly respected by musicians around the world for his talents. Roger demands only the best and this is why he relies on Vigier basses for his incredible sound.

Vigier guitars and basses are entirely hand made in France.


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The new groundbreaking Arpege Bass.

Vigier Guitars have redesigned the elegant Arpege Bass 4 and 5 string. Benefiting from over twenty years of research and development, the Arpege features a Vigier pioneered 10/90 carbon-reinforced bolt-on neck with a carbon bar replacing the traditional truss rod. This groundbreaking technology offers the strength and stability of carbon fiber whilst retaining the natural sound and sustain of Maple.

The triple-layered, alder body with a thick maple top and back also contributes to the instrument's stability and offers outstanding tonal quality.

Vigier has always created electronic routings that stand out, and this one is no exception. The Arpege features a pair of single coil pickups with separate Bass, Medium and Treble controls for each pickup - making the Arpege Bass unsurpassed in versatility.

The New Arpege bass, with it's exceptional flexibility, stability and tone, is sure to inspire bass players everywhere who seek innovation and perfection from their instruments.



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Vigier unveils the new Passion Bass...

Vigier Guitars will unveil the all-new Passion Series IV, which includes 4 and 5 string basses at Musik Messe 2008. The Passion IV features an alder body with a maple top and back as well as Vigier's exclusive carbon-reinforced bolt-on neck. This design ensures total stability of the instrument in terms of sound, action and resistance to even the most extreme climate changes.

The innovation doesn't stop there. We've installed a pair of noiseless custom Delano single coil pickups with a new 3 band EQ electronic. This electronic has been redesigned to be very easy to use and efficient on stage. Professional bassists from around the globe rely on Vigier for their gigs. Maybe it's time for you to invest in a serious instrument as well...



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Vigier press releases January 2008

Vigier present the brand new Excess Roger Glover Original Bass at Winter NAMM, January 2008.

Vigier, pioneers of carbon-fiber enhanced guitars and basses, are proud to announce the exclusive release of a second Roger Glover signature series bass. This exciting new instrument shares the same features found on the legendary Vigier Excess II Original Bass; body made from the finest French Alder, bolt on 10/90 carbon-reinforced neck, solid quick-release bridge and equipped with Benedetti pickups. Yet the Excess Roger Glover Original also includes the special addition of 3-band EQ electronics - exclusively designed by Glockenklang - as well as phosphorescent fret markings.

Roger Glover has sold over 100 million albums as a bass player and producer and is highly respected by musicians around the world for his talents. Roger demands only the best and this is why he relies on Vigier basses for his incredible sound.

Vigier guitars and basses are entirely hand made in France.


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The new groundbreaking Arpege Bass.

Vigier Guitars has redesigned the elegant Arpege Bass. Benefiting from over twenty years of research and development, the Arpege features a Vigier pioneered, 10/90 carbon-reinforced bolt-on neck with a carbon bar replacing the traditional truss rod. This groundbreaking technology offers the strength and stability of carbon fiber while retaining the natural sound and sustain of Maple. The triple-layered, alder body with a thick maple top and back also contributes to the instruments stability and offers exceptional tonal quality.

Vigier has always created electronic routings that standout, and this one is no exception. The Arpege features a pair of Benedetti pickups with separate Bass and Treble controls for each pickup, making the Arpege Bass unsurpassed in versatility.

The New Arpege bass, with it's exceptional flexibility, stability and tone, is sure to inspire bass players everywhere who seek innovation and perfection from their instruments.


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Vigier unveils the new Passion Bass...

Vigier Guitars will unveil the all new Passion Series IV basses at the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California this January 2008. The Passion IV features an alder body with maple top and back, and Vigier's exclusive carbon-reinforced bolt-on neck. This design ensures total stability of the instrument in terms of sound, action and resistance to even extreme climate changes. The innovation doesn't stop there; we've installed a pair of single coil pickups with a brand new electronic. Versatile, you said?

Professional bassists from around the globe rely on Vigier for their gigs. Maybe it's time for you to invest in a serious instrument as well...


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