Submitted June 10, 2014 by Keith O in Knoxville, TN
"Good luck finding a better guitar for even double the price of the Wildcat!"
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Right out of the box, I was in love! After much back and forth, and much soul searching I decided to go with Antique Natural. It is absolutely gorgeous! The flame, workmanship, and detailing was perfect! I knew that I had made the right choice. Then, it was time to plug her in. I run a one channel, 1-12, 16 watt tube combo. I turned the volume up to a decent level and got a beautiful shimmer on the bridge pickup along with a nice thick deepness from the neck pickup. Then it was time to boost the gain. I was met with a pleasant growl and an incredible punch. Well, more like a bodyslam. After playing that first day for 45 minutes, I never had to re-tune once. I have read other reviews with people saying that tuning was an issue for them, but after 2 weeks of playing at least an hour a day I have had none whatsoever. I also have had no problems at all with the pickups. If you are not experienced with P-90's, they will take some getting used to. This is what (in my humble opinion) makes the Wildcat so special. The Master Volume is a stroke of genius! Just backing it off a bit cleans up your sound nicely. If you keep everything cranked, you will get feedback. After all, that is why humbuckers were invented in the first place. The key is learning to master the controls and master the feedback. When you do, this will be your favorite guitar. Again, the Master Volume will come into play quite a bit. Especially when using distortion. If you just use a clean or mildly distorted sound, you will never have an issue. But if you are like me and like a bit of sonic mayhem, You are going to have to figure out what works best for you. Just be patient, don't stand too close to your amp, and have some fun exploring the possibilities! I use both a Rat and a Tube Screamer for different types of sounds. After some playing around, I was able to figure out exactly what I needed to do to make sure that I won't be driving my sound man insane. The styles of music that I play with my cover band are Blues, Punk, Alternative, Classic Rock, Pop, British Invasion, Classic Metal, Modern Rock, and Psychedelica. If need be, I could play my whole show with my Wildcat. It really is that versatile! Buy it! Buy it now! It will change your world!
The sound is everything that I expected and then some! The P-90's are amazing and it makes my Amp sound even better than I ever heard it sound before.
Again, the Master Volume is a brilliant idea. For anyone that uses an array of stompboxes or uses lots of distortion it will be your best friend. The Bigsby is solid and I have had no tuning issues whatsoever.
Ease of Use
The neck is a bit fatter than my Les Paul. Closer to that of a 50's Gibson. While it will take a bit of getting used to, it is fast and comfortable. It came right out of the box ready to rock. I could have played a gig with it that night.
I am always a bit skeptical about anything made in China. But the workmanship, quality, appearance, and materials seem to be quite solid and well worth the money. I have played guitars that cost twice as much that I liked half as much. I will be keeping this guitar for the rest of my life.
In short, don't waste your money on lesser products from lesser companies. If I had paid a higher price, I would be just as happy.
Not an issue at this point, but I really am not worried. This is a quality instrument and I doubt I will need any manufacturer support.
The Wow Factor
Every person that has laid eyes on her so far has raved about her beauty. She just seems to scream out "I am beautiful and I rock" and everyone seems to notice.
30 plus years of bar bands, recording, touring, playing in various settings from empty bars to packed stadiums.
I play both kinds of music. Rock...AND Roll!
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