"Every day we try to make a better guitar, every day. You're trying to reach for more, trying to do better, not trying to do the same. A lot of companies are trying to do the same, and that's okay - that's their deal. We're trying to stretch that. Our goal is a little more." - Bill Collings
If you've never had a chance to play a City Limits, you're in for a treat. Imagine a Les Paul style guitar that honors what makes a great Les Paul, well, great, but also perfects the original's flaws - better balance when seated via subtle body contours (on the back), lighter weight, impeccable build quality, playability, and tones, and consistency of build. Sound cool? Read on...
As mentioned, the playability and set up are perfect - nice medium action that feels at once fast, yet also capable of taking a pounding when you want to crank the amp a little. The neck carve on a City Limits can vary ever so slightly from guitar to guitar, but does stay within a '59 to '60 Les Paul shape. Fans of 60s carves, take note - you'll love the flatter / less chunky feel of this Brock Burst's neck carve. Though not spec'd as a '60s carve, it does remind us quite a bit of this slightly smaller shape. Very cool!
This is our first guitar equipped with Throbak KZ-115 MVV humbuckers. According to Throbak, these pickups are wound on the same machine Gibson used in 1957 to wind the then-new PAF humbucker. The same machine Les Paul himself rescued from the Kalamazoo factory before Gibson moved to Nashville. Can you say, vibe? That's a hell of a story and makes you listen a little closer to these pickups, and honestly, it's pretty cool just to know the guitar you're holding has pickups with a direct connection to the PAF machine that started it all.
The results? Fantastic as you'd imagine. There's a clarity and somewhat neutral midrange that delivers that desired "fatter single coil" tone we all love. This is defiantly a LP style guitar that can do it all - clean and twangy, warm jazzy tones, biting bridge pickup overdrive, fat yet articulate neck pickup (looking at you Slash)....it's all here.
Looking for a perfected LP-style guitar? This City Limits will easily exceed your expectations. Priced with hardshell case.