While the inspiration for the Koll Super Cub comes from 60s American guitars like an Epiphone Wilshire, Harmony Bobkat, and Gibson Melody Maker, the Super Cub is a far more elegant build - though it still retains the feel and vibe of those classics. Details include the gorgeous Euro fingerboard inlays, aluminum pickguard and custom knobs, bridge pickup surround, and clear 3-way switch tip - definitely raising the bar on the "student model" idea.
The medium C carve (mahogany neck) is really comfortable and will appeal to a wide range of players - it lives somewhere between a Gretsch Duo Jet and a Les Paul Special. Coupled with the impeccable fretwork, this Super Cub plays beautifully and feels fast and nimble. The Mastery Bridge/Trem works perfectly and really allows for some aggressive trem work.
We plugged into a '68 Princeton Reverb Reissue, a Jetter GS 124 drive pedal, cranked the volume (and reverb) and did our best J Mascis style riffing (hey, we can try, right?). The Arcane mini-humbuckers cover a wide range of tones - anything from bright and twangy (bridge pickup) to thick and syrupy (neck pickup) are on tap. If you're into Jazzmasters but wish they had more range/versatility, you'll find a lot to like about this Cub. This a dream guitar for players who live more in an indie-rock world.
We've said it before but it's worth repeating - one of the reasons we love the Super Cub model from Koll Guitar Co. is because it's the type of guitar that reminds us of why we picked up an electric guitar in the first place. Lightweight, resonant and lively, the Super Cub embodies what makes models like vintage Melody Makers so great. Take that vibe and put it into a superbly crafted guitar and you'll get where this guitar is coming from. Fantastic stuff! Priced with hardshell case.