NGD - The Koa Skervesen Raptor 6

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  1. cmtd

    cmtd SS.org Regular

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    I recently took delivery of my Skervesen Raptor 6, I wanted to spend a few days with it before writing up what turned out to be a lengthy review.


    I have a build thread located here http://sevenstring.org/threads/skervesen-raptor-koa-build-thread.317748/ if you want to check that out


    Specs are:

    Top: Flamed Koa

    Body: Black Limba

    Neck: 5-piece Pau Ferro/Wenge

    Frets: Jescar Stainless 57110

    Fretboard: Ebony

    Bridge: Schaller Hannes

    Tuners: Hipshot locking

    Pickups: BKP Alnico V Nailbomb (Bridge), BKP Alnico V VHII (Neck)


    This was my first experience with Skervesen. It’s no secret that the aesthetic of this guitar was heavily inspired by the look of the blackmachine Misha owns. My first step was searching out a flamed koa top. I contacted about 20+ wood suppliers looking for a top that would meet the dimensions Skervesen needed, and turned up empty. One of the last suppliers I contacted had a piece that fit the bill perfectly. So, I had the top shipped from Oregon to Skervesen in Poland. It took just over a month to arrive, which was a semi nerve racking experience as tracking info wasn’t really available once it left the US. Communication with Bogumil at Skervesen was absolutely top notch. I think we were up to close to 100 emails back and forth for the build, and he always got back to me within 2 days, most always within 24 hours. Any changes were handled with ease, and progress pics & updates were regular.

    The guitar is a joy to play. I’ve looked it over in detail from top to bottom and can’t really find a flaw. The only thing I can find is that it looks like a route for the bridge may have gotten made a bit wide. We are talking a mm or less.
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    This absolutely doesn’t concern me in the least, but it is literally the only “flaw” I can find with the guitar, and I wanted to include that to show the level of perfection I believe that Skervesen has built to. The neck pocket is very tight, the CTS pot is smooth as butter, hardware looks great, binding is flawless, nut is well cut, and the luminlay side dots are placed perfectly.


    The fret work is outstanding. The edges of the frets are some of the smoothest I have ever felt, nice rounded off edges. There really isn’t any fret buzz, which is impressive considering how low the action is. The neck is a compound 12”-16” radius. The action is great out of the box and intonation is on point. The guitar holds tune very well. The neck profile feels asymmetrical to my hand. I haven’t asked them about this or measured anything, just judging by feel. In the lower register it has a symmetrical thin c shape, that moves to a slightly asymmetrical shape towards the upper register. The thicker, center point of the neck moves towards the treble strings. I would liken it to the shape of a teardrop cut in half. It is subtle, but something I noticed and have no complaints about.

    The Nailbomb and VHII combo works well together. They are balanced and compliment each other nicely. This guitar has the “world domination mod” switching system, which is a proprietary Skervesen wiring. It provides full HB, split coil, and an acoustic mode. It’s not close to piezo sounding, I get more of an inner vs outer coil split type sound with it. I am really happy with the switching options, I find every position is useful, especially when using clean tones. It covers a lot of ground. The electronics cavity is completely copper shielded, and the wiring is exceptionally clean.

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    The guitar is very resonant and fairly loud acoustically. The guitar weighs in at 7.3lbs. It has a really strong bass response, possibly the strongest from any guitar I've personally owned. It isn't loose and flubby, but very pronounced and strong. The guitar is extremely "tight" sounding, and has a rather large amount of attack. I’m going to keep the Nailbomb in the guitar for the foreseeable future, however I may consider swapping it with something to tame the bass a bit down the road. The guitar sustains very well, I would say it is at the level, if not better than my PRS CU22.


    The guitar took exactly 1 week to arrive from Skervesen after being shipped. I had a great experience dealing with Skervesen, and would not hesitate to order from them again in the future. It was a nice suprise that they used a bit of the koa to make the electronics cavity cover, they didn't tell me they were doing this, but it is one of my favorite little nuances of the guitar. Someone posted on facebook stating that they didnt like that there was no logo on the guitar, and that I had requested this because of the blackmachine, blah blah. This is not true at all, I actually wish it had a Skervesen logo on it somewhere, but they dont put logos on the 019 headstock shape, and they decided against routing a logo into the koa backplate.


    I took a couple of phone pics I will include below, but most of the pics are from Skervesen's pictures they took before shipping the guitar out to me.

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  2. KnightBrolaire

    KnightBrolaire tinkerer/aspiring builder/8 string hoarder

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    probably the best koa top I've ever seen. congrats
     
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    technomancer Gearus Pimptasticus Super Moderator

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    Really nice top on that :yesway:
     
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    I f'ing love this guitar. F0ck!!!
     
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    Dawn of the Shred Blackest Of The Blackest

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    Congrats man
     
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    Looks great. What was the build time?
     
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    Thanks, it was right at 6 months after the deposit was paid.
     
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  8. cmtd

    cmtd SS.org Regular

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    Was just browsing the Skervesen site now and saw this. Looks like she is the current Raptor 6 cover model :)

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    M3CHK1LLA angel sword guardian

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    very nice looking top...congrats
     
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    Wow I'm not normally into Skervesens but this one is sick, congrats! Very BM-esque, which is cool.
     
  11. Lorcan Ward

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    This turned out awesome, happy NGD!
     
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    Aesthetically it gets a 10 from me. Playability, well, I would have to judge that in person ;)
     
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    HNGD dude! Love the top.

    Only thing I would have done differently was have the Viper headstock instead of the 19. Neither is a perfect BM copy but both do a great job at getting that vibe.
     
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    Nice top :yesway:
     
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    Can't decide if the top or the wiring is nicer! HNGD
     
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    That Skervy is so appealing I had to take some Vitamin C.
     
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    I would make love to that top...
     
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    That top is stunning. I saw it on FB and i got an instant boner ;-) So much win with that koa.
    Welcome to Skervesen family.
     
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    Pretty spot on I'd say. I've been planning a build like this since I first saw Misha's koa BM as well.

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    That looks absolutely amazing, makes me want a guitar with a Koa top now!

    Love the Schaller bridge as well was so gutted my mayones didn't come with one.
    HNGD!
     

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