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. Classic Koll details include a gold pearloid plexi pickguard, custom aluminum knobs, and a clear 3-way switch tip - definitely raising the bar on the "student model" idea.
This gorgeous Gretsch Orange Super Cub has a slightly more stout / Gibson-esq feel vs the others we've had. Single notes and chords have a bit more 'push-back' and punch to them (think SG). 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.
We tested this beauty out through a '68 Princeton Reverb Reissue and a handful of drive pedals. The TV Jones Classic Filtertrons are a great match here - upper midrange chime and clarity mixed with humbucker-like punch, fatness, and output. This Cub is quite versatile, though our gut instinct was to crank the amp, stop being precious, and just rock. That, friends, is the whole point here - these guitars are meant to be fun, and fun they are. From the man himself: "We wanted a thin, light guitar that's just plain fun to play." Mission accomplished. What a blast!
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!