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Under the Hood
Our review instrument resembles a maverick Les Paul with a cocky attitude. It’s fairly heavy and obviously built for strength and durability. The solid, single-cutaway body appears to be made of three pieces of mahogany with a maple cap. The neck is glued to the body at the 17th fret, but the single cutaway allows full access to the entire 22 frets. The neck is also mahogany, and the fretboard is of rosewood.
The appointments are very creative. A stylish faux tortoiseshell pickguard accentuates the body curves. The handmade pickup looks like something out of a ’50s sci-fi movie, and it’s mounted on a plate that’s shaped somewhere between a rectangle and a trapezoid. The chrome tailpiece looks handcrafted as well, with a convex center that tapers down at the ends. A distinctive chrome piece is mounted right where your arm would create wear on the guitar finish. Pretty smart detail. Target-shaped fretboard inlays give the axe a pop-art vibe, and the headstock logo is most unusual—a V-shaped chrome triangle with an “H” cut out of the middle and filled with faux tortoiseshell.