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Price: $4,750
Info: www.kauerguitars.com

STYLISH STREAMLINER
Kauer Guitars' Super Chief

L

uthier Doug Kauer not only builds
guitars by hand, he designs them, as
well, combining his personal flair with a
nod to the past.
One perfect example is his Super Chief,
a semi-hollow that incorporates the timehonored features of Kalamazoo-approved
scale length, tailpiece, and bridge with
a unique body shape and flat top rather
than the traditional arch found on vintage
examples.
The Super Chief has a 15.5"-wide body
with a beautiful maple front and back, and
a mahogany core and neck. It has a 24.75"
scale length with an extremely comfortable

soft-V neck shape transitioning to a C toward
the heel. Pickups on the test instrument
included a Lollar low-wind humbucker in
the neck position and a hot version in the
bridge. Kauer also offers several options
with the Super Chief, including different
woods, hot-rod pinstriping, Bigsby vibrato,
and various brands and types of pickups.
Instruments ship in a Mono Vertigo gig-bag.
Other distinctive appointments include
open-geared Sperzel locking tuners and
super-smooth custom Emerson pots. And
knowing that guitar players change their
minds and like to mod their instruments,
the forward-thinking Kauer routed quick-

connect wiring under the pickguard to allow
for easy pickup swaps - P-90s can be installed
without modification to the instrument.
The body shape, with unique sound holes
and pickguard shape, along with the neck's
artful inlays, truly make the Super Chief
visually arresting. Its silky-smooth frets,
fretboard, and setup lend superb playability,
while the aforementioned flat top aids in the
feel. And, the twin humbucking pickups are
clear and concise, allowing for smooth and
open or loud and driving, depending on amp
and effect settings. The Super Chief's tone
is as beautiful and clear as one could hope
from this type of instrument.
With the Super Chief, playability and tone
are exceptional. Its top will appeal to players
accustomed to playing slab-bodied electrics
and flat-top acoustics and as well as those
who might be off-put by the ergonomics of
an archtop. Whether or not that's a concern,
one other thing is certain - the Super Chief's
appearance will get its player noticed,
without being ostentatious. - Zac Childs

THROBAK '63 MXV
STRATOCASTER PICKUPS

MAGNATONE SUPER FIFTEEN

Magnatone's new Super Fifteen uses a
pair of EL-84 tubes to produce 15 watts
output. It has the same EQ section and
effects loop as the company's Super
Fifty-Nine along with a speaker-emulation,
and is available as a 1x12" combo or
head with matching 1x12" cab.

MOD KITS THE PENETRATOR

Mod Kits DIY The Penetrator is a trebleboost pedal kit with Level knob to adjust
output. It operates on a 9-volt battery or
adapter. The kit includes instructions, a predrilled enclosure, and all necessary parts.

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VINTAGE GUITAR

ThroBak Electronics' '63 MXV Stratocaster Pickup Sets are wound to vintage
specs using 42-gauge Formvar wire, long
Alnico V rod magnets, cloth-covered
pushback wire, and custom-molded
nylon covers. Other options include
staggered-pole right- or left-hand
configurations, or flat polepieces.


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