Up for sale, a 1960s Elk Wild Cat in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. A very rare vintage Japanese-made instrument, the Wild Cat is a mash up of Stratocaster and Jaguar features, with a semi-hollow body purportedly constructed of maple and sen ash, paired with a maple neck and multi-ply bound rosewood fretboard. The pair of single coils offer a midrange focused hollow cut in the bridge position, with a nice woofy warmth from the neck position single coil, still retaining a certain midrange peak and percussive snarl. The guitar weighs 8lbs 3oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action, and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a very slender, fast-feeling C-shaped profile carve with slight shoulders, measuring .735" deep at the 1st fret and .840" at the 12th. The fretboard edge on the multi-ply binding is lightly rolled for added comfort, and the rosewood fretboard features pearloid block inlay and slender fretwire. The frets have been leveled and crowned in the guitar's lifetime, currently showing no wear, and the fret crowns are quite low. There is some light wear into the rosewood on the treble side of the board at fret 10 as well, yet nothing that impedes playability, and the guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive truss rod. The fretboard measures a full 1 11/16" wide at the zero fret just forward of the nut, and the headstock has a dead-on late '60s Strat-style shape, painted gloss black and logo-less (a feature consistent with other examples of this model). The open-gear strip tuners turn surprisingly smoothly and hold pitch as intended.
The straightforward electronics function as expected, with the Jaguar-esque single coil pair wired to a three-way pickup selector switch and Master Volume and Tone knobs. The vibrato unit is another heavily Fender-inspired design with a taut spring for modest warbles and shimmies, while the bridge design has tail saddles, each adjustable for optimal intonation and anchored by a dedicated set screw. The chrome plating on the hardware has plenty of shine, and all original plastic parts are intact.
The slab body measures 1 5/8" in depth, framed on the top and back by multi-ply binding and fitted from the factory with a Gretsch-style back pad. There's broad finish checking on the lower bout on top, some scuffs and small dings on the body as a whole, and a bit of light chipping of the gloss at the back lower bout binding edge (all binding is stable). The neck retains its smooth lightly ambered gloss finish, showing just a few shallow marks central to the carve behind fret 4.
The original form fit hardshell case with aluminum trim and gold plush interior is included.