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RIP Lapiro de Mbanga RIP Lapiro de Mbanga
March 17th 2014
Today we learned that the world has lost a true inspiration. Lapiro de Mbanga, musical “freedom fighter” and long time Vigier Guitars artist, who we very passionately helped fight, along with Freemuse, against his illegal imprisonment by the Cameroon government.

RIP Lapiro, your music will live on forever. x

(Photo by Jen Bell)
RIP Lapiro de Mbanga

Mysterious... Mysterious...
March 17th 2014
Two new colours are available from the catalogue Vigier.

Named respectively Mysterious Blue and Mysterious Green, they are available on the Excalibur's with Maple tops; Custom, Surfreter Special, Special, Ultra EMG and Ultra Blues.

It would seem that our best feminine hope, Tina S, opted for Mysterious Green...

Do not hesitate to download vRef to know the available options for every model and their costs. Enter the code HTD-UK01 for the UK retail prices.
vRef software to realise your next Vigier

Black Matte & vRef Black Matte & vRef
February 27th 2014
The colour Black Matte, appeared for the first time on the DoubleBfoot and is consequently available on most guitars and basses with an Alder body.

This colour is linked to a matched matt black pickguard. Pictured is an Excalibur Surfreter Supra in Black Matte with the Imetal fingerboard.

Download Vigier's vRef software for all the current options and prices; http://www.vigierguitars.com/vprog/ (use the code HTD-UK01 with the aid of the '€' button to acquire UK RRP's).

For those who have already downloaded software, remember to update vRef to see all the new options!
Excalibur Surfreter Supra in Black Matte

Vigier Unveils the Excalibur Ultra AP Vigier Unveils the Excalibur Ultra AP
February 07th 2014
Vigier, pioneers of carbon fibre, presented the new Excalibur Ultra AP at the 2014 NAMM Show.

This is an Excalibur Ultra HSH equipped with handwound Amber pickups and an active boost. The active boost can be controlled via a convenient and unobtrusive switch, placed near the volume pot and pickup selector.

Unlike the Excalibur Ultra, which is equipped with active EMG pickups, the Ultra AP sports passive pickups and only the boost is active. This boost is especially transparent, is controllable and has over 1000 hours of battery life.

Features:
- Alder body with Maple top
- 90/10 Maple neck with reinforced carbon
- 24 frets, Maple or Rosewood fingerboard with stainless steel frets + zero fret
- Vigier 2011 vibrato on needles bearings, teflon nut and Flexretainer
- HSH Amber pickups with chrome covers
- Vigier active boost Vigier operable via a mini switch
The Excalibur Ultra AP

In remembrance of... In remembrance of...
September 26th 2013
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the passing of Shawn Lane, Vigier, pioneers of carbon fibre technology, is proud to announce the limited edition, Excalibur Shawn Lane Signature, in Paradise White. Production will be limited to 10 guitars for the public.

Relatively unknown in France, this virtuoso guitarist inspired a cult following in the United States, so much so, that his signature model is now one of our best export models.

This special guitar incorporates all the unique features of the Excalibur Shawn Lane Signature, namely:
- A slightly shorter scale of 630mm (a typical Excalibur is 650mm)
- A flat fingerboard that allows the lowest possible action across the board.
We guarantee 0.7 mm on the 12th fret of the High E, and 1 mm on the Low E.

We're confident this is the lowest supplied action of any production guitar!

Features unique to this collectors piece are; Paradise White colour, matching pickguard, white pickup bobbins as well as special white control knobs ...
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Vigier Factory Tour June 2013 Vigier Factory Tour June 2013
August 20th 2013
DJ Scully, General Manager for Vigier in the USA was lucky enough to
spend about a week in the factory in June of this year. He tried to
take as many photos as possible (and as Patrice would allow) to give
the public a little glimpse into how we do things at Vigier HQ in
France. The way we do things is certainly not typical and hopefully
this will give you an idea of what separates Vigier from the rest. If
there's something in this post that you would like more detail on
please contact us and we'll do our best to answer you. On with the
tour!

A lot of customers believe their instruments get started when their
order is placed. This is a very reasonable assumption, but Vigier
guitars and basses start life a little differently than most other
manufacturers' products do. The process of actually building a guitar
is started years before an order is placed.

We get our Alder and Maple from a local French lumber supplier (the
wood comes from French forests, too). Then we sit ...
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5 Questions With: Tom Monda (Thank You Scientist) 5 Questions With: Tom Monda (Thank You Scientist)
July 22nd 2013
If you don’t know who Tom Monda is, you need to get hip real quick. Tom is one of Vigier’s newest additions to the artist roster and he and his band Thank You Scientist are making big waves. Thanks to his incredible chops and pop sensibilities, Tom is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. We caught up with him recently to just get some basics down on paper.

1. Tell us about what’s going on with Thank You Scientist and any other projects your working on.

We are currently super busy writing a new album and gearing up for our first major tour! We are driving ourselves crazy trying to push beyond what we did on our last album, “Maps of Non-Existent Places.” I’m also writing a jazz thing that will hopefully be complete before I’m too old to remember how to play the material. Also I’m working on growing a beard right now. I can use all the encouragement the general public is willing to offer.


2. You are a psychotically talented transcriber and songwriter. Can you tell us how ...
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Expert retro charms Expert retro charms
July 01st 2013
The Vigier Expert line has had some serious upgrading of late (teflon nut, flexretainer, stainless steel frets), now it is the looks departments turn, with two new 'retro' colours revealed.

First, unveiled at the winter NAMM 2013 show was the Normandy Red, now her sleek sister in Normandy Blue is here.

Colours inspired with all the charm and glam of a bygone era for guitars that exude the vibrance, tone and innovation of now.

The Expert. Tradition V Innovation.


Here is the technical info;

10/90 carbon reinforced neck, 22 frets (25.6" scale) - available with Rosewood or Maple fingerboard, Stainless Steel frets, Zero Fret, Teflon Nut, Flexretainer.
Vigier 2011 tremolo pivoting on needles bearings.
Body; French Alder
Pickups; DiMarzio DP416 / DP416 / DP408.
Finishes; Normandy Red and Normandy Blue.
Expert Retro '54 Normandy Blue

You might not want to watch this 14yr old girl playing guitar... You might not want to watch this 14yr old girl playing guitar...
May 28th 2013
We discovered this last week on YouTube and were staggered by her interpretation of the Eruption solo by Van Halen. Besides attacking the one of the most mythical and technical solos on the guitar, she does it with ease and a rare musical quality.

The popularity of this video has been incredible; 5,000,000 views on YouTube in one week, that represents more than 8 views per second!!

So we thank this 14yr old, Tina, proudly rockin' her Vigier Excalibur Custom in Deep Burgundy.
Watch the video!

Strap up! Strap up!
April 23th 2013
Vigier lovers will be happy to learn that two exclusive Vigier straps are now available;


- VSS7GP is a 5cm leather top / polypropylene back strap

Very high quality leather with a polypropylene support, chosen because it slides on the shoulder, leaving you free to move.

The length is adjustable and the Vigier 'V' logo is present.


- V17SS is a 6.3cm strap all leather (double face) strap.

High-class leather, flexible and particularly soft. It has a double topstitching for maximum solidity and is adjusted with the aid of 7 notches, which avoid any untimely fault.

Vigier 'V' logo is present and available in black or in white.


Both available immediately..so go on, treat your guitar!
V17SS all leather Vigier strap

Vigier Guitars cleans up with MusicNomad Equipment Care Vigier Guitars cleans up with MusicNomad Equipment Care
February 11th 2013
Vigier Guitars, pioneers of carbon fiber technology, are proud to announce the exclusive partnership with MusicNomad Equipment Care for finishing and maintenance of our guitars. Master luthier, Patrice Vigier, explains why he is so excited about this partnership;

“For 30+ years, I have tried product after product to clean our painstakingly applied finishes. From traditional guitar polishes, to household and industrial cleaning products. In all this time I have never found a product that was as effective and eco-friendly as MusicNomad. Vigier Guitars is happy to use MusicNomad products exclusively for all our instrument care needs!”
MusicNomad Equipment Care

Expert Retro 54 Normandy Red Expert Retro 54 Normandy Red
February 08th 2013
In a tribute to those who fell on the beaches of Normandy liberating France, Vigier, pioneers of carbon fibre technology, unveiled at winter NAMM 2013, a brand new Expert...the Expert Retro '54 in Normandy Red.

Specs are as follows;

10/90 carbon reinforced neck, 22 frets (25.6" scale) - available with Rosewood or Maple fingerboard, Stainless Steel frets, Zero Fret, Teflon Nut, Flexretainer.
Vigier 2011 tremolo pivoting on needles bearings.
Body; French Alder
Pickups; DiMarzio DP416 / DP416 / DP408.
Finishes; Normandy Red.
Expert Retro 54 Normandy Red

Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal Signature DoubleBfoot Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal Signature DoubleBfoot
February 07th 2013
Do not worry, you defiantly are seeing double!! At this year's NAMM show, Vigier, pioneers of carbon fibre technology released the long sought after 'DoubleBfoot' - Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal's signature double neck guitar. Ron has been rocking this guitar on stages across the globe while on tour with Gun's N' Roses. The first 5 will all be personally signed by Ron himself.

Here are the specs for this beast;

2 x 10/90 carbon reinforced necks, both 24 frets (24.8" scale) - 1 fretted (with Rosewood fingerboard, Stainless Steel frets, Zero Fret, Teflon Nut, Flexretainer 'string tree') and 1 fretless (with Imetal fingerboard).
Vigier 2017 tremolo pivoting on needles bearings, resting flat on the body.
Body; Honduras Mahogany.
Pickups; DiMarzio 2 x Chopper / Tone Zone (w/ unique 5-way switching inc. out of phase).
Finishes; Black Matte or Gold.
Other; 2 x thimbles, with special magnetic cavity storage, for quick access.
Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal Signature DoubleBfoot

Excalibur Special 2013 Limited Edition Excalibur Special 2013 Limited Edition
February 06th 2013
As well as the dark and mysterious Excalibur Thirteen, Vigier, pioneers of carbon fibre technology also launched the Excalibur Special 2013 Limited Edition at this year's NAMM show.

Here we look at the specs of this beauty;

10/90 carbon reinforced neck, 24 frets (25.6" scale) - available with Rosewood or Maple fingerboard, Stainless Steel frets, Zero Fret, Teflon Nut and Flexretainer.
Vigier 2011 tremolo pivoting on needles bearings.
Body; French Alder with Maple top.
Pickups; DiMarzio PAF Pro / FS1 / Tone Zone,
Finishes; Aluminium Purple (w/ Matching mirror pickguard), Aluminium Black (w/ Matching mirror pickguard), Aluminium Green (w/ Matching mirror pickguard) and Aluminium Blue (w/ Matching mirror pickguard).
Excalibur Special 2013 Limited Edition

Excalibur Thirteen Excalibur Thirteen
February 05th 2013
Vigier, pioneers of carbon fibre technology has stunned those in attendances with some superb new releases for 2013, including two limited edition Excalibur models (the Excalibur Thirteen and Special). Over the next few days we will look at some of the highlights and stunning new models.

To start, we look at the specs for the Excalibur Thirteen;

10/90 carbon reinforced neck, 24 frets (25.6" scale) - available with Rosewood or Maple fingerboard, Stainless Steel frets, Zero Fret, Teflon Nut, Flexretainer.
Vigier 2011 tremolo pivoting on needles bearings.
Body; French Alder
Pickups; Amber 'Rock' w/ Killswitch.
Finishes; Volcano Red.
Excalibur Thirteen

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