"I didn't want to make Telecasters or Stratocasters or Les Paul copies, I wanted to do my own thing. Because these are original shapes, I had the flexibility to do anything I wanted." -Saul Koll
We brought back several Koll Guitar Co. instruments from our recent trip to the 2017 NAMM show in Anaheim, CA. and this stunning 12 String Duo Glide was one we simply knew we had to have.
One of the things we feel makes Saul such a brilliant builder is his ability to reference other guitars without simply copying them or making a "me too" guitar - his builds are uniquely (and brilliantly) his own. For example, the beautifully applied checkered binding recalls one of the most iconic of all 12 strings - the Rickenbacker - but when applied to Saul's original body shape, along with a Harmony-esq stamped F hole, Curtis Novak gold foil pickups, and Gretsch-like thumbnail fingerboard inlays, you arrive at something entirely fresh and new. Truly an example of the sum being greater than the parts.
Once in hand, this Duo Glide's satin finish, comfortable neck carve, and light overall weight work together to create an instant connection with the player. We are simply knocked out by how easy this 12 string is to play! It feels and reacts more like a 6 string guitar than any 12 we've ever played. There's typically an element of struggle that accompanies playing a 12 string - the neck is too big, the spacing a little too wide, or in the case of the aforementioned Rickenbacker, the spacing is too tight (never mind the awkward reversal of the octave string's orientation!) - but we deal with it because they sound amazing, right? Imagine having effortless playability and 'that' sound...
Speaking of which, this guitar sounds incredible. Curtis Novak's take on the extremely popular gold foil pickup produces both chime and punch, warmth and clarity. All the classic 12 string tones are here, period.
If you've been on the hunt for a great 12 string electric, we strongly suggest you put this Duo Glide at the top of the list. This is easily one of the best, and coolest, 12 strings we've ever played. Priced with custom Koll Deluxe G&G case.
Interested? We may have another on the way.