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Brand New w/ Warranty. We are an authorized Shabat Dealer.
Like what you see? All photos are of the exact instrument you will receive.
The Lynx offers a lightweight alder or swamp ash body, hand-sanded and contoured to feel right at home. Set in the body is a rock-solid Gotoh Fulcrum Bridge with a steel block to provide fat tones with no tuning issues and a great-feeling tremolo response. Its fast-playing neck profile is still meaty enough to keep the guitar alive, and the Lynx offers a variety of pickup configurations, from SSS to HSS and HSH.
What Do We Think?
What a stunner! The colorshifter Cosmic Blue nitro finish bounds from a metallic blue to a majestic purple under the light. The neck is a 1-piece roasted AAAA-grade flame roasted maple neck. Very 3D and just like the Cosmic Blue finish, it dances under the light. But with the appropriate relic’ing applied by Shabat, you don’t have to feel bad playing this bad boy.
The Lollar HSS set consists of a Special S in neck and middle, and high wind Imperial humbucker in the bridge. Position 1 delivers the midrange punch and control you love in a bridge humbucker. It’s thick and rich but has plenty of clarity to handle your drop D riffs, and sings just as readily in the upper registers.
Position 2 dishes out some wonderful, souped-up Strat quack when you combine the full humbucker with the middle pickup. Engage the coil split on the humbucker (slug coil active) for those more traditional bridge and bridge/middle tones. As a bonus, you’ll get a slightly rounder top end out of that slug coil than you would out of a standard bridge pickup on an SSS, due to its increased distance from the bridge.
And of course, positions 3 through 5 are tried-and-true Strat all the way. The maple fretboard imparts a perfect transparency to the Lollar Special S pair. Big and bold, these pickups also track nicely with the volume knob to “clean up” your amp and give you a variety of flavors right at your fingertips.
The Gotoh 2-pivot trem is smooth to operate and provides excellent tuning stability that will encourage you to use it generously. The tremolo arm is precision threaded and fits snugly inside a bushing that removes the “play” in a traditional screw-in design. You’ll also find this design provides a larger range of “hold in place” than standard screw-in designs, so you can move the arm to the side if desired but won’t find yourself chasing it down after each use.
How Does It Play?
The fret work and nut work coming out of Avi’s shop are simply among the best. The string action measures just 4/64” on the low E at the 12th fret and all the way down to 3/64” on the high E. There is no fretbuzz anywhere on the fretboard! Despite its flashy appearance, the medium C neck has a decidedly vintage feel and is sanded down on the back for a perfectly smooth playing experience.
Weight: 7lb 10.8oz
The G&G custom hard case pictured is included!
Contour: Neck Heel Contour
Bridge: Modern 2-point tremolo
Pickups: HSS – Lollar Special S & Imperial High Wind HB
Inlay: ¼” Black
Radius: 9.5-12” compound
Neck: Master Grade Flame Roasted Maple
Fretboard: Master Grade Flame Roasted Maple (1pc neck)
Frets: 22, Dunlop 6105 nickel fretwire
Nut: 42mm (1.65”) TUSQ
Neck Binding: none
Neck Profile: Medium C (0.84-0.95”)
Hardware: Aged Nickel
Finish: Cosmic Blue nitro colorshifter
Pickguard: 3-ply Black
Aging Level: Heavy
Electronics: CTS Pots with Del Ritmo oiled paper capacitors, Switchcraft input jack, 5-Way pickup selector
Strings & Tuning: 10 gauge, E standard
Case: G&G custom hardshell
Notes: Natural headstock