Sublime Guitars has just launched the latest version of its semi-hollow line with some new Chieftain Deluxe models. These guitars are built by sourcing components from around the world to keep the costs down while offering high-spec instruments. Wallet-friendly, ethically produced high-spec guitars – too good to be true? We take a look.
They call it “Globally Crafted” production. It means the components are sourced from anywhere. The neck, body and electronics for the Chieftain Deluxe all sourced from different suppliers. It is a way of saying that they have ‘shopped around’ for the best price and quality, which is never a bad thing really.
Guitarists, though, are often purists about where an instrument’s origins lay and so this goes against the collective wisdom of the old guard. However, with the planet getting smaller and production values raising across the world I think this is probably a sensible move myself.
So, what’s on offer here in terms of specifications? You get a moulded maple body with a solid maple centre block and this is attached to a C Profile 24.75″ neck with an ebony fretboard loaded with 22 medium jumbo frets. The Chieftain Deluxe also comes equipped with two Porter Gatekeeper designed H90 pickups controlled via a twin Volume and Tone control system. A pretty standard configuration that is tried and tested.
A Tune-O-Matic bridge with roller saddles is paired with a Tusq XL nut on the neck and a set of Gold Grover Tuners to keep your tuning solid. If set up correctly, you should have no issues with tuning on these guitars, as this is all good quality hardware, in my opinion.
With all the gold hardware the Chieftain Deluxe looks very classy in either Tux White or Onyx Black and so looks a lot more expensive than many guitars at this price point. The hard case is an optional extra with this guitar, but at least they offer one. This is a semi-hollow, so if it was me then I would probably add one to the price, as it isn’t a common guitar shape compared to a Stratocaster, for example.
RRP – USD 899 or USD 1,029 with a hard case due December 1st