Hufschmid Guitars H6E Year Of The Dragon Reviews
The H6E Dragon is a custom electric guitar made by swiss luthier – Patrick Hufschmid. This model was made to celebrate the chinese “Year of The Dragon”.
It has original “tattoo” on the back and natural, organic, hand made purifying. Even though Patrick call it “stripped down H6and#8243; there is no feel of any compromise and less-precise work or material selection.
Comparing to standard H6 it only has no top overlay and tuners are Gotoh (not Hipshot used in standard H6).
After years of experience in building guitars Patrick created his own style – very raw, natural and apparently simply but very effective.
Top surface is flat (no curved tops available) and the finish is oil / wax. That helps wood to breathe and keep better frequency response than in case of thick paint surface.
As for the uniqe features the nut and headstock strings pressure are made of Patrick’s custom material witch he called “DROID-SLIP” (one of favorite Patrick’s words – droid :) ). As the name says…it’s very slippery and helps to avoid strings stuck in the nut while tuning.
To make it more ergonomic there is an edge cutoff in the right hand holding point.
Basicly it is overall very unique guitar that might look “similar to something” on photos but believe me… it has it’s own style and feel.
Body and neck – 40 years old Sapele Mahogany (Premium grade !!!)
Fingerboard – Premium Grade Indian Rosewood
Neck joint – BOLT-ON
Bridge: Hipshot with Strings-through-body system
Nut and Strings pressure – PHD (custom material adapted for this usage by Patrick)
Frets – 24 medium jumbo (2,7 mm width, 18% nikel)
Neck shape – C
Measure – 25 1/2and#8243;
Tuners – Gotoh
Controls – Volume + Tone
Switch – 3-way Toggle-Switch
Pickups – Kent Armstrong Custom, chrome covers
Extras / Custom mods – Year of the Dragon chip carving and hand made 'organic' purfling
Finish – Tru-Oil
H6E is a very high quality instrument, hand made by Swiss luthier artisan – Patrick Hufshmid. There is nothing wrong I can say about this one. I suppose there are some details that are a matter of a guitarist’s private preferences (for me everything fits well) but overall it is a very comfortable, professional music tool. Great wood, pickups and hardware selection and a piece of really awesome luthiers work makes the H6E an amazing guitar. I found it very useful especially in rock / metal playing where guitar needs to cut through the mix with a balanced mid-range and won’t loose the clarity in the bottom end while playing muted powerchords. I also like to play some funky-fusion stuff where I use rather warm than bright tones. It this case H6E also doesn’t dissapoint me. Clean tones are full of harmonics, organic and not overloaded with Strat-like brightness.
Darek Wawrzyniak rated this unit on 2011-10-13.
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