The collaboration between As I Lay Dying’s Nick Hipa and Caparison has produced one very tasty looking guitar. The new Angelus-NH signature model comes with a hand-crafted mahogany-maple-mahogany body in a beautiful transparent white gloss finish. Read on to find out more on this latest model from the Japanese builder.
Caparison is well-known for building amazing guitars and sparing no expenses, so it’s no surprise that this new Nick Hipa Angelus-NH signature model is nothing short of spectacular. This hand-crafted mahogany-maple-mahogany guitar comes with a AAAAA flamed maple top and a set neck design. I also find the Trans White finish with natural binding quite fetching, as it really pops out nicely against the neck.
The set neck is made of one-piece maple and has black oval fret markers, jumbo frets, and a matte urethane finish. The guitar comes loaded with a Fishman Fluence Modern Alnico in the neck position and a Fishman Fluence Modern Ceramic in the bridge. These are wired with push/pulls on both the volume and the tone controls, and allow adjustment of the Fluence pickups’ voicing, as well as the high frequency tilt of the voice, making this a super-versatile instrument.
The hardware includes the top-of-the-range German-made Schaller S-FRT II locking tremolo which should hold tuning with zero issues. To be honest, it’s hard to find any fault in this instrument, at least on paper. The spec sheet says: this is one very high-performance guitar, and you can tell by the price-point that Caparison has cut no corners here.
I reckon Nick Hipa is very proud of this new guitar that bears his name. I know I would be, if it was mine.
Make sure to check out the official demo video below, and follow the link if you’re interested in finding out more on this great new signature model.
RRP – GBP 3999 / USD 4199