Several years of craft-honing culminated in him presenting an early prototype to one of his heroes, Mr Paul Reed Smith, at Musik Messe ’94 at which point Smith’s notorious honesty and the comment ‘this is good but not good enough’ opened up a transatlantic line of dialogue that impacts positively on both master craftsman’s work exponentially each year.
Huber’s MO for his instruments is as altruistic as his reasons for choosing his path in life. The mission as he sees it is to make not more but better guitars out of the most aesthetically and musically beautiful materials in the world. Upon first glance there is an obvious correlation with PRS, both builders make visually stunning instruments with an eye on innovative ergonomics and a totem chosen from the natural world. Some of Huber’s Orca and Dolphin builds are as awe-inspiring as the ocean that houses their namesakes with rich azure and ochre tones undulating through burl caps so deep and complex that only Gaia could’ve come up with them on one of her good days. The Krautster, with its tongue-in-cheek moniker and expansion on classic Les Paul styling, is the flagship of the catalogue and has landed in the hands of players like the Hosen themselves, Russian Circles, Red Fang and any number of riff warriors the world over.