I met Kevin Butts of Killer B guitars a couple of years back through the Gear Talk: Memphis page. He’s a luthier located just outside of Memphis, Tn building some fine instruments. He contacted me about may be reviewing and demoing one of his guitars before it got shipped off to a studio. Obviously I accepted and here we are.
I’m glad he gave me a guitar similar to a Strat (three single coils) since I’m probably more picky about how my Strats sound and play regardless of who makes them. So I feel like I can say that this was one of the best I’ve played. The neck is a bit thicker than your standard Strat neck but not as thick as a LP. I’d place it in the ’76 Explorer area (original or reissue). It was very comfortable to play and my hand didn’t get as fatigued playing on the upper frets as it does with most guitars in this style. The neck is also set neck so you don’t have a thick heal to work around. So that was a plus.
The pickups were Fishman Fluence single coils and actually sounded pretty good. They’re supposed to be noiseless but my house doesn’t have the cleanest power so I couldn’t fully experience that without going straight to my amp. But we’ll discuss these pickups another time maybe. He has other options of very good pickup companies to choose from so don’t be afraid to ask what he can get.
The build of the guitar was very good. Id have no problem gigging one of these guitars. I mean honestly, why would you get a custom $1500+ guitar if you’re not going to want to gig it? Here are the details of the guitar I demoed:
- Alder body
- Walnut top
- Mahogany neck
- Rosewood Fingerboard
- Jumbo frets
- Kluson tuners
- Wilkinson trem
Overall I was very impressed. As were the couple of friends I had try it at church. I honestly nothing negative to say. Feel was good. Build was good. I definitely wouldnt mind owning a Killer B eventually.