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The 100 examples of this eye-popping C-1 made available in the US sold out almost immediately, so you might be hard-pushed to pick up model in the UK or elsewhere.
It’s certainly distinctive, with its black, cream and blood red graphics courtesy of artist Bryan Wickman. Applied by decal, the images of soldiers in gas masks, ruined buildings and a hand in the ‘stop’ position are certainly thought-provoking, and even though the image is a little rough and ready around its outline, the guitar looks amazing.
The vibe is continued up the rosewood ’board via a series of red and black splitcrown inlays, to a headstock adorned with two baleful eyes. The neck itself, the maple of which has been stained a vintage honey, is suitably wide and thin, and boasts 24 extra-jumbo frets for maximum playing freedom.
With a pretty decent set-up out of the box and some cool body contouring both on the front and rear faces, the C-1 is a doddle to play - a rather dry-looking fingerboard notwithstanding. Electrics include two passive EMG-HZ H4 humbuckers, each controlled by a separate volume pot, master tone and a three-way toggle.