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Vigier EXCESS II Original 4 string, natural (list £2199)

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Patrice Vigier pioneered graphite neck construction in the 1970s and 80s, and after much research and fine tuning Vigier moved away from the colder and brittle sounding solid graphite necks to a composite of 90% wood and 10% graphite - this yields the same strength and rigidity famed on graphite necked instruments but with more depth and warmth in the low and mid range and is smoother in the upper registers. This bass features a slim, fact neck and has a piano like clarity to the notes. Weight: 8lb 12oz/3.9kg. This is a B stock bass with a couple of very small marks in the finish on the back of the body.


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  1. Satin natural finish

  2. French Alder Body - solid, two piece

  3. Exclusive Carbon reinforced bolt on neck, 90/10 system (wood/graphite) giving unparalleled stability and consistency.

  4. 34" scale, 24 frets

  5. Rosewood Fingerboard

  6. Custom Split Single Coil Benedetti Pickups (the custom circuit eliminates the noise normally associated with single coil pickups)

  7. Two band active pre amp (Bass/Treble) plus Volume and Blend made by Glockenklang - new super quiet!!

  8. Custom Chrome Bridge

  9. Schaller Tuners

  10. Fitted Hiscox Hard case

  11. Weight - 8lb 9oz, 3.9kg

This bass is exceptionally easy to play and has a big clear tone. It has one of the best slap tones around and is perfect for where and big open sound is required; Rock/Pop/Funk.




























Vigier Excess Review Bass Guitar Magazine January 2011

Vigier Excess

The Excess is the latest offering from Patrice Vigier’s long-standing team of expert bass builders. Stuart Clayton takes a look..Hand built in France, the Excess is part of a range that includes the Indus Excess, the Excess fretless (which features a Delta Metal fingerboard), the Excess Roger Glover signature model and the Excess Original, as reviewed here. Retailing at £2,098, the Excess is a high-end purchase and will need to seriously fight its corner in order to justify the hefty price tag. It’s off to a good start, however – like all Vigier basses the Excess features the company’s 90/10 wood/graphite neck construction system as well as a particularly feisty tonal palette. Let’s see how it fares...


Body And Neck

Straight out of the branded hard case the Excess makes a good impression. The natural-finish two-piece alder body has enough detail in the grain to make it extremely visually appealing, and this simple, natural look is perfectly augmented by the rosewood board and chrome hardware. The body shaping – while quite unlike the company’s more recognisable Passion or Arpege body shapes – is similarly effective and features enough contouring to make the instrument very comfortable to play.


The main body contour (where the right hand crosses the top of the instrument) is generous and makes for a smooth and comfortable fingerstyle position. A smooth contour at the top edge of the lower bout makes accessing the upper register more comfortable, although it might have been better if this cutaway was a little deeper, as access to the top couple of frets is rather limited – a very minor gripe since this end of the neck is not often utilised by most bassists.


The Excess features a maple neck that boasts Vigier’s 90/10 construction system and is securely held in place by a six- bolt design. The 90/10 system is based on Vigier’s belief that a truss rod is unnecessary and, in fact,

is counterproductive to creating maximum sustain. Instead, in its place is a simple carbon strip which is visible along the back of the neck and is used to add strength. Vigier claim that this construction method (which they have been using for 18 years now on both guitars and basses) also adds to the instruments’ overall stability and sustain – it certainly did the trick on the Vigier Passion Custom model reviewed back in issue 38. It’s just as effective here: the natural acoustic sustain of the instrument is excellent, with a deep and resonant tone, and there was no evidence of dead spots anywhere on the fingerboard. Like the body, the neck itself has  natural finish and as a result is very quick and easy to get around. The slender profile also helps in this regard, making for a very playable bass.


Hardware And Parts

The Excess boasts an extremely solid-looking bridge, which really is a good-sized chunk of metal. It’s actually about 12 mm deep at its thickest point and is curved to match the gentle radius of the fingerboard. The bridge also features a quick-release system that makes string changes very straightforward and has suitably chunky saddles that are fully adjustable – kudos to Vigier here as all the correct adjustment Allen keys are included with the bass.


The four tone controls are also chrome and feel equally solid. All but the first control (master volume) has a centre detent as one would expect from an active instrument, but rather pleasingly, each had a detent marking on the control itself. This is such a simple detail, but is lacking from so many other instruments, despite being extremely useful.


The Excess is equipped with twin Benedetti-designed single-coil pickups that feature alnico magnets and pure copper-and-silver alloy wire coils. Each pickup has been wax potted and bolted down with four adjustment screws. At the other end of the instrument Schaller tuning pegs adorn the headstock, while the Teflon nut and zero fret remind us that this is indeed a well-researched and -crafted design.


The rear of the bass features the main control cavity and two separate battery compartments for powering the active circuitry. Opening up the cavity revealed one of the neatest cabling arrangements we’ve ever seen here at BGM. The entire cavity was neatly and thoroughly screen painted (using a particular screen paint that Vigier have spent a great deal of time researching), and the cabling was extremely neat: all wires were threaded and bundled where possible. Soldering was excellent, and at this level of workmanship it goes without saying that there was no excess sawdust or random chunks of solder floating around to impair performance. The flip-up battery covers are easy to open, making battery changes a matter of seconds – to our mind a crucial feature on instruments in this price bracket. Overall, top marks scored for build quality: the Excess is extremely well put together and the attention to detail is very impressive indeed.


Sounds

With such impressive results scored so far, we were hoping to be equally impressed when plugging the bass in – and we were. Plugging into an EBS rig, the Excess sprang to life with a flat tone that immediately won us over. The single-coil pickups have real bite, and without even touching a tone control (and with both pickups in use), the Excess delivered a monster tone that catered for both fingerstyle and slap in equal measure. Slap playing in particular seemed to really jump out: while the slapped notes had plenty of low-end grunt, the pops had plenty of that glassy top end that is favoured by many slap players. From such a great basic tone we were able to coax the expected results from the Excess with little effort: front pickup soloed was great for old-school slap tones à la Marcus Miller and Larry Graham, while favouring the bridge pickup yielded a honky bass sound that worked well for tight, funky fingerstyle grooves. All of the tone controls seemed particularly responsive, and even small adjustments made big differences. At times we were left wishing for a mid-range control, but on the whole the Excess catered for everything that we needed tone- wise.


In use the instrument itself was comfortable to play. There was no neck dive, whether seated or standing, and the overall weight was about right – certainly no hardship to use for a lengthy gig. The neck was quick and easy to get around, and inspiring tones were easy to come by.


Conclusion

Vigier have made quite an impression on this reviewer with the Excess. While anyone spending money in this area of the market could easily score exotic wood sandwiches, graphite necks and more elaborate electronics, it seems that Vigier have opted for the approach of keeping everything simple – but doing it very well indeed. The alder body looks and feels good, the 90/10 neck construction system ensures good sustain and stability, while the relatively simple electronics package offers everything that the modern bass player needs, and all without an overly fussy control set. Add top- level workmanship into the bargain and you really are getting a good deal. At £2,098 the Excess remains an expensive instrument, but in all honesty, it might just be the only one you’ll ever need!


Vigier Excess

Price: £2,098  - 2011

Made in: France

Scale length: 863mm (34 inches)

Body: Alder

Neck: Maple, bolt-on

Fingerboard: Rosewood

Pickups: 2 x Benedetti single-coils

Controls: 1 x volume, 1 x balance, bass & treble EQ controls

Bridge: Vigier quick-release bridge

Nut: Teflon

Machineheads: Schaller Custom

Weight: 3.8kg (8.3lb)

Options: Matching headstock

Plus: A simple, but very effective instrument that has an inspiring range of tones available and boasts superior playability.

Minus: It’s not cheap, but in our opinion remains a solid investment.

Overall: An excellent addition to the Vigier range.




























 

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