Flame Guitar With Dice Knobs!
Intended to play as hot as it looks, the Epiphone Flamekat may seem to have flamed out now, but don’t let that worry you.
No one who has seen one of these will ever forget it.
Although it’s now discontinued, the Flamekat portrays a striking image and brings a sound that’s hot enough to do its looks justice.
Dig around a bit and find yourself one used.
While it may be a little too pimped out for some tastes, you can hardly blame a guitar player with some serious skills for wanting to show off a little, and what’s more showy than a flame paint job and dice accents?
If sound can be showy, this model has that kind of sound too, and that’s what’s really important, isn’t it?
Equipped with two loud New York mini-humbuckers, the sound is in your face -- but the cosmetics are what first get your attention.
Flames are painted onto an ebony body and set off even further with red and white dice knobs and black and white dice neck inlays.
The chrome hardware includes a Vibratone tailpiece, and the maple-topped body is semi-hollow and mostly of mahogany.
Its brother guitars, the Epiphone Alleykat and the Epiphone Wildkat, are also striking -- and also now discontinued.
Admittedly, the target audience for a guitar like this is limited.
Rockabilly artists are clearly what Epiphone had in mind, but it takes a certain kind of player to want a guitar like this.
If you’re that kind of player, however, it’s hard to imagine you playing anything else.
Some reviewers think the dice knobs take things a bit too far and venture into gaudy territory, but changing those to simpler ones is no problem.
The dice inlays in the neck can’t be eliminated so easily, but they seem somehow more tasteful.
While some players with small hands think the neck is a bit thick on this model, we don’t know of any other playability issues.
You may wish for a different bridge that would make string changing easier and help you keep this electric guitar in tune, but you’ll soon get used to dealing with things as they are.
We don’t think the sound will disappoint you. Just as Epiphone intended, this thing delivers the kind of sound that deserves a flame paint job, so they got that right.
Look, the Epiphone Flamekat obviously isn’t for everyone. But you’re still reading, so we suspect it just might be for you. Click around now and grab one used before they’re all gone.
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