The Dunable Horror MkII

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  1. Carl Kolchak

    Carl Kolchak Last of the famous international playboys

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    This arrived yesterday. A Dunable Cyclops.
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    My initial "straight out of the case" impressions were 1) it's light, and 2) it's ungodly smooth to the touch.

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    Imperfections? Blemishes? Screw-ups? None I could find, and I looked. The finish was executed perfectly. Hardware (some of it's been aged) feels sturdy. The tuners operate smoothly, allowing for a nice degree of fine tuning, believe the ratio on them is 18:1. The tone/vol pots, which look cool as fuck, rotate consistently throughout their entire respective arcs. No sharp points on the TOM bridge, or any gaps between the pickguard and body. And speaking of the body, let me say that whoever designed it is an ergonomics master. Really, these forearm and belly cuts should be recognized as industry standards. No joke.

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    As for the neck, it feels flawless, smooth beyond words. Easily the fastest feeling/playing neck I've ever felt. Width-wise, I'd say it's a medium "C". Not thick, not thin. Just a very comfortable in between sort of feel. The fretrwork also deserves special mention. No overhangs. No sharp edges. Each fret has been given a nice even uniform beveling.

    The overall impression here is one of quality and attention paid to detail.

    Tone Talk...

    Tonally, the guitar sounds extraordinarily balanced. Not hearing any freqs that need eq'ing out or around. The Dunable branded Direwolf pups sound clear and impart a very pleasing character. They're listed as being of med-hot output, and they remind me very much of the 498s that were in a Faded Special SG I used to own, but foolishly sold. In fact, everything about this guitar reminds me of that Faded Special, but only better built, better sounding, and better playing.

    Let me sum things up by saying that if you like the feel and tone of an SG then you will love the Cyclops.
     
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    steinmetzify CHUG & SLUDGE

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    Nice man, these have been on my radar for a while. Nice review, thanks!
     
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  3. Carl Kolchak

    Carl Kolchak Last of the famous international playboys

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    If you dig the aesthetic then go for it. These are well made guitars.
     
  4. Chris Bowsman

    Chris Bowsman Nu-Metal Apologist Contributor

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    The forearm cut looks pretty much like an SG. Feels different?
     
  5. Carl Kolchak

    Carl Kolchak Last of the famous international playboys

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    Not substantially, but it does feel more comfortable. I don't have an SG here atm to measure the angle of the forearm cut, but speaking subjectively, it feels like you could play this thing all day without developing any stiffness.
     
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    dr_game0ver SS.org Regular

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    That looks like those stupid Yamaha but done right. Or a Reverend. Also, the neck looks wide.
     
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    cwhitey2 BlackendCrust Metal™

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    HNGD!

    Any neck dive?
     
  8. Carl Kolchak

    Carl Kolchak Last of the famous international playboys

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    Doesn't feel in the least bit wide. Again, if you've played an SG you'd know these sort of feel.

    Nope. Guitar feels very well-balanced, like it was intended to be played for extended periods.
     
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    broj15 SS.org Regular

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    Dunable & Seger Guitars are on my short list of luthiers that I'd order a custom from of I hade a large amount of disposable income. This one looks great. I've always loved the headstocks on Dunables. HNGD.

    Edit: also those knobs are sick.
     
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    efiltsohg SS.org Regular

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    love it
     
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    ToneLab Bedroom Playa

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    Very nice. I played one in store and it felt fantastic. Congrats.
     
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    Eyelessfiend SS.org Regular

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    Congrats!! I bought a Cyclops after playing SGs for years. Absolutely amazing guitars. Super well built!
     
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    budda Do not criticize as this Contributor

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    I wish I got to spend more time with the dunable I picked up at CME, because they look awesome but neck profile has ruined me before.

    Congrats on a sweet build.
     
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    gunch Riff Chugman

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    Your thread title suggested you got yet another dud of a guitar and winning you the title of SSO’s unluckiest (besides Holloway)
     
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    Dunable for the win!
    They too are on my list
     
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    slan Fallen Shrines

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    Congrats! I want one of these so bad. Enjoy it!
     
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    budda Do not criticize as this Contributor

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    @Carl Kolchak hows that bridge for palm mutes? Im not in the market but the one canadian dealer has a similar looking build in stock.
     
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    Carl Kolchak Last of the famous international playboys

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    I find it much easier to chug on TOMs than on Hipshots, but my first real guitars all had TOMs on them, so I'm biased. But yeah, this thing chugs like a motherfucker if that's any help to you. I'll post a chuggy soundclip for you tomorrow.
     
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    budda Do not criticize as this Contributor

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    A friend has concerns about palm muting on a rickenbacher (sp) bridge and this one looks fairly similar. My bridge preference goes wraptail-TOM-everything else. Im just wondering if you notice your hand drifting back at all.

    Any custom electric I order will be adjustable wraptail.
     
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    Looks great!

    I am scratching my head, thinking about why it is called a cyclops, when it has two pickups... Surely the names leads itself to a single bridge pickup only?!?
     

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