Built as an exclusive batch and kicking off our 3rd calendar year working with Connor Kelly, this Flamingo Hawk delivers some seriously cool aesthetics with some specs we haven't yet explored.
Why We Love This
Not since our first couple of instruments arrived back in 2021 have we been this excited about a batch of new High Spirit guitars!
In collaboration with yours truly and Connor Kelly, esteemed Chief Everything Officer at High Spirit, we set out to bring an exclusive never-been-done-before batch of guitars that represent the wonderful short-scale lineup we've come to know and love.
Behold the newest model to grace the lineup - The Shadow Hawk!!!
The Shadow Hawk combines elements of the Tomahawk model in its asymmetrical double cutaways, but takes on an entirely different shape below the waist. Think of it almost like a compact Explorer with a little Futura sprinkled in, keeping in line with the progressive angular body style that has a more dramatic silhouette compared to other offerings. The shorter body not only makes it more comfortably compact, but keeps the weight to a minimum, resulting in a very lightweight solidbody electric.
Along with its siblings, this guitar was built using a small batch of beautiful Korina, a cousin to Mahogany generally found in Africa. This Korina - also known as White Limba - has some very distinctive grain and figure that makes it a little more dynamic in its presentation compared to Mahogany, especially when finished in its natural state (as seen here) or with lightly tinted with amber (think Flying V or Explorer). It shares a lot of sonic qualities of Mahogany as well, which makes it a perfect candidate for a High Spirit guitar that straddles the line between Fender and Gibson tonality.
Loaded with some excellent sounding handwound Hot Dog pickups and paired up with a lightly finished Mahogany neck, the Shadow Hawk has some nice midrange punch with a clear top end that sizzles with gain but never really gets fatiguing. The neck pickup has some power but doesn't muddy up, and the bridge pickup has strong definition that accents both single note leads and rhythm work equally. Of course, we can't get enough of the "lava" pickup covers which are also made in-house. They're visually stunning and pop against the parchment pickguard with great contrast. By far the coolest looking pickups of any guitar in our shop!
The neck carve on this Shadow Hawk is all about staying lean and playing fast. Comparable to a 1960 Gibson neck carve but with a little more roundness due to the narrow nut width.
The playing experience, tone, feel, and quality of construction is truly unmatched in this price range. If you want something fresh and unique that oozes personality without getting in the way of providing killer tones and playability, stop your search now.