The Super Glide Almighty represents a masterful blend of both elegant and refined looks along with a more primitive, crank-the-closest-Marshall rock n roll soul.
Why We Love This
The Super Glide Almighty (SGA) is the highest offering in the Koll lineup, featuring Saul Koll's original "Glide" body shape. Attention to detail is the name of the game here. From the knobs to the fingerboard inlays, body binding, open back tuners, pickups...there's just an endless amount of vibe on tap.
We absolutely love the Myrtle neck and Rosewood fingerboard combination and neck carve - it's the first electric we've seen utilize this tonewood. Found in parts of Northern California / Southern Oregon, it's similar to Maple tonally (and beautiful to look at!). The carve is a slightly chunky "medium C"carve, and it feels a bit like a cross between a Duo Jet and, say, a Les Paul Special (chunky, but without excessive shoulder). The action is nice and low and the Bigsby works perfectly.
Loaded with TK Smith SV-1, this Orange Tint SGA delivers authoritative, punchy tones that work really well into both clean and overdriven amps. What's cool about having a guitar loaded with these unique pickups is you can be assured you don't have anything in your collection that covers this ground (well, most of us don't at least). They're a bit of a nod to the electric guitar's earliest days when Paul Bigsby was exploring a new way to amplify a guitar - ie, not an archtop.
Truthfully, this out-of-the-box approach to pickup choice is one of our favorite things about Saul Koll's work - they fit such a wide range of contexts. Anything from trio gigs at an upscale venue all the way to beer-soaked, crowded rock clubs...this guitar would be right at home in either (or both!). Not many guitars will do that with authority, right?