how close do Nik Huber Orca's sound to les Pauls...

coolhand78

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Just wondering how close people think Nik's Orca's sound to Vintage Type Les Pauls? Close? Not Close at all? More like an SG cross LP... what are your thoughts???
 

narad

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Well you're stuck with that scale length so it never really feels quite there - I'm surprised such a small difference is even perceivable at all! So with the rest I think it really just depends on specs - full thickness vs. standard, chambering or solid, a lot differ in having ebony/snakewood boards or maple/korina necks. Some of those options will have a big effect on how close it gets, some, not so much. Still, tonally I thought they sound more LP than SG.
 

edgarallanpoe

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Definitely more LP than SG but not really close to an LP. The thicker body would help, but the totally different neck joints, scale, etc...really aren't close. That isn't a bad thing, I believe the Orca has its own thing going and it is a spectacular instrument. But in a direct comparison the really arent alike in much besides body shape.

That being said, Nik will make you one that will be very close but I shudder at the price of such a custom instrument. I know he made some Gibby scale guitars so he does do it, and you can custom order a fat back that will get you to LP thickness. Throw some PAF style pickups in there and I would imagine it would be much closer than a standard Orca.

Nik is a great guy to talk to so it wouldn't hurt to give him a holler. His instruments really are that good. I could also be dead wrong on the price as I haven't priced them in quite some time.
 

RSRD

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Definitely more LP than SG but not really close to an LP. The thicker body would help, but the totally different neck joints, scale, etc...really aren't close. That isn't a bad thing, I believe the Orca has its own thing going and it is a spectacular instrument. But in a direct comparison the really arent alike in much besides body shape.

That being said, Nik will make you one that will be very close but I shudder at the price of such a custom instrument. I know he made some Gibby scale guitars so he does do it, and you can custom order a fat back that will get you to LP thickness. Throw some PAF style pickups in there and I would imagine it would be much closer than a standard Orca.

Nik is a great guy to talk to so it wouldn't hurt to give him a holler. His instruments really are that good. I could also be dead wrong on the price as I haven't priced them in quite some time.

I think it's a fair assessment. Hubers are beautifully made guitars with a huge price tag. Id venture to say closer to a PRS CU or SC in tone then a LP. Get a historic if you like LPs. IMO.
 




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