Up for sale, a 2020 Koll Super Glide Almighty electric guitar in near mint, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original case and Koll ephemera. Koll guitars are handcrafted in Portland, Oregon, by master luthier Saul Koll and his team, utilizing only FSC-certified sustainably harvested woods. Saul developed the now-iconic Glide body shape over 25 years ago, which has endured as the main design platform for Koll ever since.
The Super Glide Almighty is Koll's top-tier model, and this particular instrument was a 2020 NAMM show release highlighting Koll's absolute best, with a carved Myrtle top framed by vintage German binding, a chambered mahogany body, and a mahogany neck capped with a genuine Brazilian rosewood fretboard. Hardware includes a Schroeder tune-o-matic bridge and Bigsby B11 vibrato tailpiece, and at the heart of the instrument are a pair of TK Smith's widely lauded C.A.R. pickups
TK Smith's C.A.R. (Cast Aluminum Replica) pickups are celebrated for being exacting replicas of Paul Bigsby's original single coil design, and the pickups command $600 for a pair. Perfect for players playing traditional Jazz, Swing, Rockabilly, Travis picking or Blues, the C.A.R single coil has a distinct hollow, wooden, and almost buoyant tone that floats effortlessly on top of a good rhythm section. The bass register response is rich, with a touch of lower midrange growl, and plenty of treble sparkle and definition. Complimented by a set of 11-52 flatwound strings, the sound is particularly broad, fat, and clear. This Koll weighs 7lbs 10oz, dialed in here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with accurate intonation and low action.
The one-piece mahogany neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve and faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .865” deep at the 1st fret and .960” deep at the 12th. The bound slab Brazilian rosewood fretboard has a compound 10-14" radius, featuring custom pearl inlay and pristine Jescar .090 x .055 medium jumbo fretwire. The neck is straight and the guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale. The unbleached carved bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width, and the headstock features a Macassar ebony veneer with pearl Koll inlay and Gotoh open-gear butterbean tuning machines.
On the body, the TK Smith pickups are governed by a three-way pickup selector, individual Volume controls for each pickup, and a Master Tone knob. The harness features Emerson pots and an oiled paper Del Ritmo Vitamin-Q tone cap, and the knobs are unique Koll creations with an Art Deco radio-esque design. The guitar is finished in satin nitro lacquer, showcasing the unique grain and visual warmth of the Myrtle top, a tonewood that's indigenous to the Pacific Northwest and similar to maple sonically. The top is framed by vintage German binding, and cosmetic wear is limited to just a couple tiny marks on the body as a whole, while the neck profile is pristine.
The original tweed hardshell case is included, with a few minor scuffs on the exterior and black leather ends. Included Koll ephemera includes a Koll polish cloth, picks, and stickers.