Though it's built for players who love the look of exotic woods, this Koa Step Sister isn't just a pretty face. These guitars were designed to cover a wide range of genres in addition to looking great. Let's dig in...
B&G's Step Sister model has a lot in common with their well-known Little Sister model, but there are a few meaningful differences you should be aware of - a slightly shortened body shape, 16th fret neck joint (vs 14th on the Little Sister), solid headstock (vs slotted), 22 frets (vs 20), and in this case, solid-body construction.
The attention to detail and build quality are extremely high, and obvious from the moment you take the guitar out of its case. The one-piece, chambered African Mahogany body hosts a solid maple blank that is recessed to host a 2mm Koa overlay which "sinks" into the top, leaving just enough maple on the outer edges for a natural binding effect (which also extends to the F-holes!).
In hand, the smaller stature of the Step Sister feels great for both seated and standing playing sessions. The neck has a slightly chunky feel, much like a late 50s Gibson (though the B&G is a touch more manageable). The setup is fantastic and really easy to play on. This is a very resonant and alive feeling guitar with excellent sustain.
Plugged in, B&G's own humbuckers sound fantastic. We'll let Duke Levine's stellar playing tell the story here - be sure to watch the attached video (B&G, Jetter DTMA overdrive, and a 1968 Princeton Reverb).
If you haven't had a chance to play a B&G guitar yet, we think you'll be equally impressed - these guitars are the real deal and as good as anything we've played. Priced with B&G hardshell case.