MODERN BUILDER VAULT
Photo by Keith Carlsen
Photo by Nathaniel Shannon
An ode to the early ’50s Telecaster, the
Cavebat features a meticulously worn swamp
ash body and a 25 1/2" scale, one-piece
solid maple neck complete with a rosewood
skunk stripe. In addition, it’s set up with Joe
Barden compensated bridge saddles modeled after original ’ 53 saddles that sport
notches underneath the E string areas. The
Cavebat has Lollar Special T Series pickups
designed to give this vintage-vibed rocker a
fuller tone and drive the amp harder.
A semi-hollow beast, the Cavehound features
a swamp ash body with a carved top and
flat back, and a bolt-on maple neck with a
rosewood fretboard. Reflecting its Starcaster
heritage, the Cavehound has a 24 3/4" scale,
Callaham ABR- 1 vintage-designed alloy steel
bridge, a trapeze-style tailpiece, and Lollar
toaster-style single-coils that are inspired by
the jangly tones of ’60s Rickenbackers.
This beat and battered beauty comes with
an alder body, 25 1/2" scale maple neck,
and rosewood fretboard. To achieve a pre-CBS ’60s vibe, the Cavebean comes with
a Callaham Vintage S Model bridge and is
loaded with three Lollar Vintage Blackface
pickups. These pickups are designed to deliver a prominent midrange, clear treble, and a
full bass with a defined, piano-like attack.
Pricing and Availability
Cobra Guitars Cavebat and Cavebean start at $2750. The Old Friend
starts at $3000, while the semi-hollow Cavehound starts at $3500.
And if a customer has an off-the-wall request or idea, Cobra is will-
ing to bring it to life. “As a builder, it’s our duty to the customer to
bring them what they envisioned,” says Apollo. “In addition, it’s really
important that our clients have a great experience from moment one.
We’ve tried to create a cozy, friendly, fun workshop with cool, vintage
amps to hear our guitars through.” Currently, Cobra Guitars is a one-
man shop, so the wait time on an order is two to three months.
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