Old Nik says: "Caparison builds are at the pinnacle of production model guitars available today. The Brocken 8 is a shining example of impeccable playability, leading with quality components, masterfully crafted to create a synergistic dream machine that will delight You and Yours for many years to come... If You need an extreme guitar with sensibility, look no further than the Caparison Brocken 8, available at Noisebug Electronics."
With a forward-thinking, functional approach to design, Caparison’s Brocken FX-WM opened the guitar playing experience to a whole new world of possibilities and this is further realised with the 8 string model. It’s streamlined, effective and deceivingly simple specification employs a long, slender neck scale, with 27 frets that increases the realm of tuning capabilities. The beautiful 5-piece maple/walnut neck, offers up a security for its extensive size. In addition, two titanium rods were built into the neck, eliminating any chance of warping and increasing the guitar’s strength, stability and performance.
To further enhance the Brocken FX-WM 8’s playability, it has the same shape and head design as an “Apple Horn 8” developed with Mattias “IA” Eklundh. This isn’t a diversion from the existing model by any means, just a design to fit the 8 string model. Brass saddles were selected for a Hip-Shot 8 string bridge, using brass for a clearer tone and a short saddle is attached to secure a movable range. A Gotoh lock tuner is fixed to the machine head to stabilise the tuning capabilities and the nut width is set to 49mm. It has a beautiful ebony fretboard and classic Caparison neck grip, so this behemoth has a remarkable balance in its tone and along with its Matte finish is a joy to witness and play.
The Brocken Body is a Walnut/Mahogany (“WM”) structure, Walnut on the top and Mahogany on the back. The Walnut top, gives the Brocken a wide tonal range, from the richest bass to the clearest treble, whilst the Mahogany back sustains and maintains the impressive clarity and definition this guitar delivers. As the neck increases, inevitably, so does the guitar’s weight – this is stabilized and perfectly balanced by setting the thickness of the Brocken 8’s beautiful body to 40mm.
Caparison offers amazing functionality to their masterful designs and The Brocken 8 is no exception. With a simple 5-way selector switch and control over the master volume (which has been relocated on this model to its backside), a huge range of sounds can be produced by combining pickups using the Schaller mega switch. Add perfect access to all 27 frets and Caparison’s impeccable playing comfort and witness how a spectacular extended range guitar is made.
Body Shape: AH8
Bridge: Hip-Shot 8 String Fixed .175
Neck Joint: Bolt-On
Neck Material: 5 piece Maple-Walnut, Twin Titanium Support Rods
Neck Grip: AH8
Fingerboard Material: Ebony with White Binding
Fingerboard Radius: R350 to R400
Scale Length: 658.8mm (27")
Nut Width: 54mm
No. Of Frets: 27
Fret Type: Jumbo
Nut: Graph Tech Black TUSQ
Position Inlay: None
Headstock: Devil's Tail 8 with White Binding
Head Angle: 15 Degrees
Machine Heads: Gotoh SG381-07 MG-T