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THE ICE MAN COMETH

Gunnar Örn Sigurðsson has been making Orn Custom Guitars by hand in Reykjavík, Iceland for over 20 years, and his ‘dipping process’ is a concept he claims is a first in the art of guitar building. Lars Mullen flies north to see Gunnar’s The Ice Man creations up close…

ORN CUSTOM GUITARS

To achieve the unique finish on his Viking Series guitars, Gunnar submerges them in one of Iceland’s volcanic hot springs – a precise, and potentially dangerous, process

While there are plenty of stunning guitars being produced by skilled luthiers around the world, it’s not often a builder can legitimately claim to be doing something unique and original in the field of guitar design. Gunnar Örn Sigurðsson can – and his approach is entirely inspired by his Norse heritage. “I’ve always been fascinated by my Viking ancestors,” Gunnar tells us when we visit his workshop in Reykjavík.

“Especially the leather and steel tunics that made up their uniforms. This is a theme that runs throughout my Viking Series guitars, which includes the Mjölnir, Thorso and the Yggdrasil models. I’ve managed to successfully capture the old worn-leather look on the guitar bodies, especially the hand-carvings, although it’s not a straightforward process.”

The truly unique aspect of the process, however, comes in the way that he uses Iceland’s most famous geological phenomenon in the making of the guitars, which ends up giving the wood a unique look that’s akin to old leather…

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The August 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine is on sale now and this month it’s all about Player power as we run the rule over four new models from the Player series: Fender’s replacement for the Mexican Standard line. As well as more traditional configurations, the Player series contains several guitars and basses that are far from standard, such as the nifty HH Jazzmaster that readers of the print mag can find behind the barn doors of our special edition cover. Elsewhere in this month’s issue we fly to Iceland to find a man dipping guitars in volcanic hot springs, investigate the issue of gender politics in the guitar industry, meet band-of-the-moment Boy Azooga, get to grips with an incredible staple-pickup ‘56 Les Paul Custom and put hot new gear from Collings, ThorpyFX, Fractal, Keeley, EarthQuaker Devices and more to test. On top of all that we have not one but two fantastic competitions with pro Audio-Technica monitor headphones and a one-off custom-painted Strat up for grabs. It’s a hot one, alright – download your copy of the August 2018 issue of The Guitar Magazine now.