Skervesen Guitars

Discussion in 'Dealers & Group Buys' started by mondomg, May 20, 2012.

  1. mondomg

    mondomg SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    45
    Likes Received:
    70
    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2008
    Location:
    Gdańsk, Poland
    Skervesen H8 Chocolate

    [​IMG]

    I know some of you like Polish guitar manufacturers like Mayones or RAN, so I thought I’d show you a younger company based in Gdańsk, founded by a former Mayones employee, Jarek Konkol aka Commelina :)


    Specs:

    - mahogany neck
    - ebony fingerboard
    - mahogany Sapele one-piece body
    - two DiMarzio D Activator pickups
    - 27″ scale
    - ABM bridge
    - locked Schaller tuners
    - volume pot with a push-pull option for coil splitting
    - 3-way pickup switch
    - ivory saddle

    [​IMG]

    Quality of Build

    I’m trying to find a dent or some other flaw in the finish or wood itself but I honestly can’t find any. The gloss is really nicely done, the neck is oil-finished and very pleasant to touch. In all fairness, it may be one of the most beautiful eight strings I’ve ever seen. The only thing I don’t like are the bushings from the bolt-on but Jarek told me the bigger ones were delayed and they were impatient to finish the guitar so they stuck to those smaller ones where you can see wood from underneath of it. It’s not a big issue but worth mentioning. In his other projects, the bushings match the holes. Anyway, the quality of the craftsmanship is top notch and this comes from a Music Man JP7 owner ;)

    [​IMG]

    Comfort of Playing

    For me, the ergonomy and comfort of playing is the most important aspect of any guitar, so I dedicate a separate paragraph for just that. A lot of people asked my how does this Skervesen compare to the RAN Crusher 8 I’ve previously owned (RAN Crusher 8 « mondomg blog) and for me the Chocolate wins in terms of convenience of playing. First of all, the neck is thin and rounded, definitely better shaped for me as I don’t experience any wrist pain after playing even for four or five hours straight. The scale was never a problem for me and I think 27″ is the most universal choice anyway. Another thing is the mental comfort – the body is finished in high gloss, arguably less pleasant to touch but more stable and resistant. Apart from that? ABM bridge, locked Schallers – what’s not to love? One volume with a push-pull – simple and clear. Good jack output, straplocks and nothing to worry about. There is only one crucial question remaining…

    [​IMG]

    But can it djent?!

    As a happy BKP user, I was very surprised with the quality of the D Activators. Only until recently, they reminded me of thin-sounding Ibanez’s six and seven strings, but apparently the eight string version is somehow different. The guitar has a very powerful, compressed sound, with a lot of meat but at the same time with a very distinct attack. At first, it seems to be well suited for the heavier genres and styles of playing but after a while it proves to be quite flexible. The clean channel sounds very deep and piano-like and if you want to, you’d easily play jazz, blues or hard rock on it. It responds to articulation details extremely well, very much like the EMG 808 X pickups from Crusher. You can easily play anything from Tosin through Whitechapel to Obscure Sphinx (Obscure Sphinx - Nastiez - YouTube). I was very curious with how would it sound with BKPs but after playing it for a couple of days I cannot imagine the better sound than it already is :)

    [​IMG]

    Conclusion

    If someone told me to choose between the Chocolate and any other eight string, I’d send my cat after him. Skervesen is not only excellently crafted but also inspires me to play things I’ve never played before, which is a vital factor for me when choosing a new instrument. If you are looking for a custom-built guitar, feel free to contact Jarek while he’s still available and not charging a soul for his builds ;) (Skervesen Guitars - Kontakt)

    [​IMG]

    I’d also like to thank Jarek and Skervesen Guitars for letting me review this remarkable guitar!

    TL;DR? Feel free to just listen to a demo I’ve made with this guitar and tell me what you think :)



    Mondomg - Skervesen H8 Chocolate Test by mondomg on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free

    You can also find the full gallery of photos in high resolution here: https://www.dropbox.com/gallery/3132322/1/Skervesen H8ocaster?h=4cbbda
     
  2. simulclass83

    simulclass83 Yes, pancakes.

    Messages:
    1,111
    Likes Received:
    119
    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2011
    Location:
    NJ
    Dat finish!
    Only thing I can complain about is the headstock. Other than that it's beautiful.
     
  3. mondomg

    mondomg SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    45
    Likes Received:
    70
    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2008
    Location:
    Gdańsk, Poland
    Yeah, the headstock and the whole neck was made long before the body was chosen so it doesn't exactly match. Anyway, thanks for the comment!

    Also, I've just noticed they updated their Facebook profile (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Skervesen-Guitars/228523443929627) with this:

     
  4. jake7doyle

    jake7doyle SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    276
    Likes Received:
    0
    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2012
    Location:
    birmingham, uk
    always nice to see small companies produce such stunning instruments. HNGD
     
  5. IB-studjent-

    IB-studjent- SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    743
    Likes Received:
    105
    Joined:
    Jan 31, 2011
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    that's cool, reminds me of Vik's lotus models too
     
  6. Sebastian

    Sebastian Poland CEO / RHLC ©

    Messages:
    9,462
    Likes Received:
    1,209
    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2006
    Location:
    Cracow, Poland
  7. wayward

    wayward Banned

    Messages:
    648
    Likes Received:
    185
    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2011
    Location:
    Cairo, GA
    What's with that alien creature in that pot in the background in the last two pictures?





    Nice NGD.
     
  8. TheSixthWheel

    TheSixthWheel bangetzit

    Messages:
    1,774
    Likes Received:
    335
    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2008
    Location:
    VIC. Australia
    This looks awesome. Always a great contrast between the dark ebony boards and the polished frets. Play the hell out of it, and give us some vids while you're at it.
     
  9. Ishan

    Ishan Giant Fridge Magnet Contributor

    Messages:
    4,079
    Likes Received:
    219
    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2006
    Location:
    Paris, France.
    Looks really good. I guess the headstock could look better if the top of it was narrower and that could help achieving straight string pull. But that's nit picking :)
     
  10. Fred the Shred

    Fred the Shred Shrederick

    Messages:
    4,774
    Likes Received:
    3,102
    Joined:
    Jul 28, 2009
    Location:
    Lisbon, Portugal
    Yet another great from Jarek - gratz, man! :)
     
  11. AliceLG

    AliceLG \m/^_^\m/

    Messages:
    1,230
    Likes Received:
    119
    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2010
    Location:
    Braunschweig, Germany
    Awesome guitar ….Awesome track … Awesome composition … Awesome chops … Awesome video skills

    :yesway:
     
  12. DoomJazz

    DoomJazz Classic Lojack

    Messages:
    857
    Likes Received:
    166
    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2011
    Location:
    Chicago
    This guitar appeals to me on so many different levels.
     
  13. commelina

    commelina Banned

    Messages:
    36
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2012
    Location:
    Gdansk
    Hi all. It's probably my first post here.
    @ Fred, welcome on this side of the world ;)
    This is the result of a return to the true love.
    As mentioned mondomg, I spent 12 years at Mayo, then fu.... lost 14 years of life doing some shit, and basically since year i get back to the great passion wchis is the guitar. \m/

    Yet only in Polish but after some time, there will be English version available.
    Skervesen Guitars - Home
     
  14. GSingleton

    GSingleton Sleep on, Fly on Vendor

    Messages:
    1,859
    Likes Received:
    184
    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2011
    Location:
    United States
    Mother in heaven....dat chocolate....
     
  15. Hollowway

    Hollowway Extended Ranger

    Messages:
    11,732
    Likes Received:
    2,210
    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2008
    Location:
    California
    Looks nice. I'm not a fan of how far up the heel goes, but I'm a stickler for that.
     
  16. vansinn

    vansinn ShredNeck into Beck

    Messages:
    2,895
    Likes Received:
    147
    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2007
    Location:
    Cosmos
    Looks like a really nice build. Difficult to really see the color. I wonder if it tastes good too ;)

    First time I've seen the 8-string ABM bridge, so I'm quite curious..
    Could you add a close-up pic of the bridge?
     
  17. commelina

    commelina Banned

    Messages:
    36
    Likes Received:
    2
    Joined:
    Mar 2, 2012
    Location:
    Gdansk
    of course

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    This picture shows the color better

    [​IMG]
     
  18. mondomg

    mondomg SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    45
    Likes Received:
    70
    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2008
    Location:
    Gdańsk, Poland
    Wow, I'm blown away by the amount of people that seem to enjoy what I've done with this guitar :scratch: :blush: If only I had known, I would put more attention to the details and do something decent with it ;) Anyway, thank you for all the kind words, I really appreciate it. Unfortunately, I only had the guitar for the review and already gave it back to Jarek (I think it's on sale now, you may have to ask him directly, if you're interested) but I already know I would want an exactly same model as my next guitar but currently the bass guitar for the recording studio is my top priority... However, I'll soon be doing a test of another upcoming Polish brand, so stay tuned ;)

    Guess what - I've just went to the balcony to check what's inside the pot and... it was GONE! :ugh:

    I must admit it was a challenge to take pictures of this guitar since the colour ranges from near black mocha to milk chocolate depending on the light. Unfortunately, the sun didn't want to come out when I wanted it to... In reality, it's a bit lighter than in my photos.

    Unfortunately, I didn't take photos of the close-up of the bridge that time but I'll try to do it as soon as I have my camera back. Meanwhile, try to zoom in the pictures from the Dropbox gallery, they are rather detailed.

    Cheers! :)
     
  19. vansinn

    vansinn ShredNeck into Beck

    Messages:
    2,895
    Likes Received:
    147
    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2007
    Location:
    Cosmos
    ^ the trick to take pictures of high gloss surfaces is to use a polarizing filter, which allows to close some of the unwanted reflections, leaving a lot more depth and detail.
    Also works wonders for sunsets, making green grass not look blueish, puffy white clouds, nuclear plumes look like real biohazard, peek-a-boo through windows, catching fish in water.. :idea:

    For digital cameras, make sure to get what is known as a "circular" filter (liniar filters were for old school film-based cameras).
    The best is probably the Zeiss "Nach Käsemann" filter; maybe somewhat expensive.
    Avoid the very low grade ones, as they can render colors inaccurate. An affordable Hoya filter might be ok.

    Oh, and thanks for the bridge pics :yesway:
     
  20. MastrXploder

    MastrXploder SS.org Regular

    Messages:
    910
    Likes Received:
    235
    Joined:
    Jul 19, 2009
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA

Share This Page