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VG APPROVED GEAR

MR. MOJO
SUSTAININ'
The Teye Jazz Cat

T

eye Wijnterp is a top-shelf guitar
craftsman whose work brings to mind
Keith and Ronnie's famous Zemaitis
guitars of the '70s, but with an obvious
Spanish influence.
With its semi-hollow construction and
Bigsby vibrato, Teye's Jazz Cat has a bit
more twang than other Teye (pronounced
tie-uh) models. It also has quite a few
features to unpack.
For starters, the body and two-piece
set neck are made of spalted black limba.
The front and back are topped with raised
flame-maple caps stained a blood-orange
hue and edged with white binding.
Details include diamond-shaped inlays
of turquoise and, in the front, an etched
metal pickguard that playfully includes a
cat and the rockabilly saying "Go cat go."
Even the sound hole is edged with etched
metal and turquoise diamond shapes.
As with most Teyes, this is just the
beginning. The Jazz Cat has two TV Jones
humbuckers surrounded by ornate metal
rings, plus the Teye SuperSustain bridge
and a Bigsby vibrato. Even the knobs
and selector tip are unique, grooved
and shaped like Arabic minarets. The
massively decorated neck has a bound
ebony fingerboard with 25.5" scale and
24 frets (nut width 1.75"). The intricate
inlays are in Teye's Touareg fingerboard
style. The asymmetrical headstock has an
etched-metal faceplate and Grover Super
Rotomatic machine heads topped with
Teye's pronged buttons.
Likewise, plugged in, there's a lot to dig
into. Though it's a semi-hollowbody, the
Jazz Cat weighs in around nine pounds,
and like most Teye guitars, it has a chunky
neck profile; Teye adheres to the notion
that a neck delivers much of a guitar's tone,
and a big neck yields big tone. You can't
argue with that, as the Jazz Cat has real
sonic girth and resonance. Another facet
that will jump out is the guitar's sustain,
delivered courtesy of the combination of
materials, pickups, and the SuperSustain
bridge. The Jazz Cat sustains for days,

Price: $6,250
Info: www.teye.com

even without much overdrive. It's quite
remarkable.
The other kicker is the Jazz Cat's
special Mojo control. Joining two
Volume controls and master Tone,
the Mojo knob is an analog passive
circuit that delivers a genuine boost
to volume and tone. Teye is rightfully
secretive about its workings, but you
can use it to alter the tonal character of
the guitar, as if going from low-output
to high-output pickups at the roll of a
knob (or perhaps, mini humbucker

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to full-size humbucker). As you
play with the pickups, volume, and
Mojo, you'll uncover all kinds of
sonic flavors, from humbuckers to
single-coil Fender tones. The Mojo
even throws a few dB of pure boost,
too - all the more remarkable for a
passive circuit.
The Jazz Cat is an altogether
impressive achievement. No question, Teye excels at creating some
of the most decorative, ornamented
guitars around, yet it's also a serious
instrument with practical uses and
great sounds. With its sustaining
qualities and that fascinating Mojo
control, it's a wondrous piece of
guitar craftsmanship. - Pete Prown


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