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Spear is a relative newcomer to the guitar scene in the UK, and it deals in high-spec, quality guitars that sell at affordable prices. We’ve previously been impressed with Spear’s Gladius SP, so let’s see how the new Tomcat Golden Tiger stacks up.
The Tomcat Golden Tiger looks like the bastard child of a Gibson Les Paul and a Fernandes Ravelle. Specification is high with a mahogany body, maple top and a striking flame maple veneer. You also get a pair of Seymour Duncan humbuckers. So we know it’s got all the right bits, but is this tiger a roaring success? Sorry…
Yep, this is a killer guitar. The chunky neck and 22 fat, well-finished frets make the Golden Tiger feel like a guitar at twice the price. String bending above the 12th fret is a joy and tuning stability is rock solid. We can’t fault the pickup selection either; there’s a rocking Seymour Duncan Jeff Beck at the bridge and a Jazz in the neck position.
We even like the slightly bonkers pussy footing fingerboard inlays including the cat-shaped inlay at the 12th fret, although we would agree that they’re an acquired taste.
The Tomcat Golden Tiger is a no-brainer contender because it offers more playability and features than we’d ever expect for £429.
Pros: value for money, killer spec.
Cons: feline inlays not for you?