If we had to describe the tonal character of the Viking Deluxe in a single word it would be ‘fat’. The bridge humbucker offers a chunky, warm tone with just the right amount of jangle. Perhaps thanks to the tough fingerboard material, the neck humbucker offers plenty of definition even with a bit of drive.
Incongruously, perhaps, the Viking is loved by high profile punk rockers such as Tim Armstrong of Rancid, but the sophisticated tonal range is likely to steer these guitars more towards blues- and jazz-leaning players.
Pros: First class finish; warm blues and jazz tones; great eye candy.
Cons: We won’t hear a word said against it!
Verdict: A strong performance at this price.