My stunning #1 - This Excalibur Ultra sat in a London shop years ago and I checked it out when I went to see Bumblefoot there. I fell in love with it right there and then, but couldn't afford a £2500 guitar as a student, so I would just head into the shop every few months to spend some time with her. Over a 3 year period noone took her home, and the strings got a little rusty and everyone forgot about it... myself included.
Skip to NAMM 2013 and I got the chance to meet the guys at Vigier, they were lovely guys and I thought that now might be the time to get a Vigier. I went online to show my girl my dream one and it was on sale. I won't tell you how much for, but It was enough for me to call them and tell them that I was flying back the next day, I'll be getting in a cab from the airport and going straight there - now she's mine.
I've modified it a little, I took out the EMGs and loaded in some Seymour Duncans, added a push pull coil tap on the tone pot and a push pull clean boost on the volume knob.
This guitar is simply incredible - aside from the obvious Vigier things like the 10-90 carbon neck (It's never moved when traveling or changing string gauge) and the zero fret, it's also a fixed bridge. I know that sounds funny, Vigier don't even offer it anymore, but I'm a tele or SG guy at heart. Without that huge chunk of wood cut out the back, it also just sounds incredible too.
This is strung up with D'Addario NYXL 10-52s and served as the main guitar on the album in drop D tuning
And those keen eyed gamers will spot that it's named after the Final Fantasy 7 super boss!