When I first laid eyes on this guitar I immediately thought of Banjos. Is that weird? Well yes and no, I mean looking at this guitar most people would probably think of ooh I don’t know say a Parker Fly rather than a Banjo? But consider this image of a Banjo, notice any similarities? No? You’re not looking hard enough then, go back and look at the neck, see I’m not as mad as you first thought! The thing is, where the neck design of a Banjo is for the purpose of accommodating an extra string (albeit for only part of the neck not the entire length which in itself seems very weird to me) the trademark VL Neck™ is for an entirely different and not entirely convincing reason. I’ll leave the explanation to Vesica Guitars themselves:
Thanks to the VL Neckâ„¢, the guitarist is no longer constrained by only inward movement of the outer strings while soloing or playing lead. This freedom to move the strings in either direction is the logical evolution of guitar design and the ultimate way to expand the palette of the musical canvas in your hands.
Hmm… now I don’t know about you but I’m quite happy bending the high strings in an upward direction, always have, always will. Why then does Vesica seem to have invented, and might I add solved, a problem that to be honest didn’t need addressing? Well I suppose the gimmick may sell a few guitars and get the brand off the ground, or maybe it won’t considering the $2,299.00 price tag. Shame really because the guitar features high quality components, EMG Pickups, Hipshot Baby Grand bridge, Graph Tech Nut. In fact it cries Shred-machine with its Ebony fingerboard, Maple neck and Mahogany body… but you nor Vesica will ever be able to convince me that there is a need for an uncomfortable looking neck design like this. On a brighter note, it does qualify for my prestigious Crazy Guitar Designs category!