“It’s not just immaculate craft on show – it’s a real-world player’s guitar and would be a crime to keep cosseted in a case”: Nik Huber Krautster III review

We take advantage of the rare chance to get our hands on a Nik Huber guitar and celebrate 15 years of the stripped-down Krautster. Does guitar making get any better?

Nik Huber Krautster III
(Image: © Future / Phil Barker)

Guitar World Verdict

As Nik Huber is a well-known fan of ’50s Juniors and Specials, you could suggest the Krautster is pretty much his signature guitar. It’s not just the immaculate craft on show; it’s a real-world player’s guitar and would be a crime to keep cosseted in a case or gigbag.


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    Superbly crafted.

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    Lightweight solidbody.

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    Beautifully shaped ‘big’ neck.

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    Expansive sounds and very well-dialled in control circuit.

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    Lived-in feel and appearance.


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    Nothing to see here!

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Getting our hands on a Nik Huber electric guitar is a rare occurrence as everything he and his small team makes is instantly snapped up by hungry dealers. But you only have to spend a few minutes with your hands wrapped around this Krautster III to realise you’re in a different league: guitar-making royalty.

The Krautster first appeared back in 2009, in single- ‘I’ and dual-pickup ‘II’ iterations, using Nik’s Orca outline shape: a classic slab-bodied single-cut, typically in ‘worn’ satin colours and stripped-down style. 

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.