profile—though clearly derived from Vox’s
original, is cut with a shallower arc along
the bass side of the body. It’s a subtle
difference, but it does alter the classic
proportions of the original Phantom. The
headstock is also slightly smaller, though it
retains much of the original’s oval shape.
And the substantial pickguard, which is in
pearloid rather than plain white plastic,
comes off as a little glitzy.
of a ’60s Fender neck. It’s an ideal fit for
the guitar’s 25. 5" scale.
The three-in-a-row knob configuration is
carried over from the original Vox, but the
Bigsby-inspired Hank Marvin Tremolo on
the original is replaced by Eko’s own very
cool-looking and very ’60s-Italian-styled
adjustable-tension vibrato unit.
Some of the Ghost VI’s changes work quite
nicely. It has a very comfortable, fast-play-ing, satin-finished neck with a slim C profile
and vintage-sized fretwire that‘s reminiscent
Any doubts about where the Ghost VI
resides on the line between modern and
vintage, from a sound perspective, will be
answered the second you plug in and turn
up, which I did through a Fender Bassman
4x10 reissue and a silverface Fender Twin.
The bridge humbucker has a distinct
humbucker-equipped-Telecaster snap that
would cut through any band mix, and it
worked very nicely with the high-headroom
Twin and the darker, meatier Bassman for
a little chicken-pickin’ paradise. Selecting
the bridge and middle pickups transformed
the tone into a classic Richard Thompson/
Knopfler-esque, out-of-phase Strat tone
that inspired me to play along with a few
favorite Fairport Convention jams. It’s a
great illustration of how these pickups man-
age to impart a lot of single-coil character
with much greater headroom.
With an admitted predisposition about
how a Vox-style guitar should sound, I was
initially a little confused by the disparity
The Krautster totally nails the sound
and sheer power of raw music.
Its design and craftmanship,
meanwhile, demonstrate massive
scope and breathtaking ambition.
Disguised as a plain, down-to-earth
guitar, the Krautster comes proudly
stripped of everything but the very
essence of Rock!