Guitar Review – Nik Huber Krautster II – Awesome instrument

The Krautster II model from Nik Huber is a clearly inspired from the Les Paul. Made in Germany in the workshop of luthier Nik Huber (often interviewed on The Guitar Channel), the guitar reviewed below was lent to me by Gilles, a member of The Guitar Channel network (1000 thanks!).

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Setup configuration

  • Amp: Kelt V-Twin
  • Pedal: Satchurator Vox
  • Sound: SM58
  • Reverb: 20% Average Room added in Final Cut Pro

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The audio version of the video is available in the podcast on iTunes, Spotify and below:

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What I enjoyed the most

  • The many sounds possible
  • Top quality lutherie
  • The look of the flamed maple neck
  • The total class of the overall look

What I enjoyed the least

  • I had to give it back!

Conclusion

This guitar has a crazy amount of class and has the sounds that go with it. The Häussel P90 and humbucker pickups that are loaded on this instrument sound great whether in clean, crunch or with much gain as with the Satchurator Vox pedal used in this test.

I dig the total black look, I admit it! We find in this Krautster the famous German quality. It's beautiful and well built.

If you're looking for a rock machine (but not just that) and want to explore other options than Gibson and his venerable Les Paul, the Krautster II is definitely worth a serious look.

At just under 3 000 € the Krautster II is not a cheap instrument but the quality is at definitely up to this amount of money. And if you are lucky you might found one on the used market, if that's the case, do not miss it.

Until the next gear review or interview, keep on playing the guitar!

Pierre Journel.

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