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On the hunt for great tone at low volume? Join our columnist’s safari.

I’m on the hunt for an attenuator, so I’ve been prowling music shops and hunting online to find just the right one that will preserve my tone, but reduce it to a volume that will keep the neighbors from calling the cops—or keep a club’s soundman off my back.

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Step inside Premier Guitar’s magical, miraculous time machine and revisit the gear that stood head and shoulders above the rest as Premier Gear Award winners in 2018.


Koll Super Cub

Saul Koll’s latest creation is an upscale tribute to down-market American guitars of the 1960s, but unlike its ’60s inspirations, the Super Cub is an exceedingly high-performance instrument. Equipped with custom Curtis Novak silver-foil pickups, the guitar offers surprisingly versatile tones ranging from authoritative cleans to brash chunk. Light and ridiculously fun to play, the Super Cub will appeal to guitarists who like svelte instruments and appreciate fine hand-workmanship.

$3,600 street

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