Following on from the recent release of the Chieftan Deluxe a few weeks ago, Sublime has now released the new Tomcat Deluxe offset model.
This new offset solid-bodied guitar is the latest from US guitar company Sublime. Much like the Chieftain Deluxe we wrote about recently, the Tomcat Deluxe is built using manufacturing and parts from around the globe, to help keep costs down.
The Tomcat Deluxe has a solid alder body with a roasted maple 25 1/2” scale length neck and an ebony 12″ radius fretboard loaded with 22 medium jumbo frets. By ‘roasting’ the neck, they are removing moisture and so it should provide better stability and less wood movement. Plus it looks good too. The Tomcat Deluxe also comes equipped with two Porter-designed pickups, an H90 in the neck and a humbucker in the bridge.
With a pretty pleasing overall aesthetic, the design will appeal to a lot of players and for under $1000 it is very well priced, much like the rest of the company’s guitars. Currently, it is available in either Delano Teal or Onyx Black,
Both models have a fairly large pickguard and the design is simple, yet effective. I like the simple control layout of two volume controls and a tone control, with a three-way switch for pickup selection. Also of note is the tidy neck and heel join on this four-bolt design, which is sculpted away for easier upper fret access.
In my opinion, on paper at least, this is quite a lot of guitar for the money. There are some good design decisions here, like the roasted maple neck and pickup combination, both of which I think are good choices for a quality guitar.
RRP – USD 899 or 1029 with a deluxe hard case, shipping Dec 1st.