Up for sale, a Wildcard Pele electric guitar, brand new and hand-crafted in Oakland, CA. While guitar building traditions go back hundreds of years, luthiers like Wildcard's Steve Card are crafting compelling and wholly unique instruments that are tailor made for today's players, while still satisfying the tonal desires of vintage purists. The Cubist is the 41st guitar crafted by Steve, and although his workshop is now based in Port Angeles, WA, this particular guitar was made while he resided at his old location in California.

The Pele features a one-piece alder body and mahogany neck, paired with a grenadillo bridge and fretboard. The strong, clear, and full-bodied sound of the alder is complimented by the low end richness of the mahogany, and dialed in with the glassy attack of the grenadillo fretboard. This natural acoustic resonance is amplified through a pair of Bill Lawrence humbuckers, which have a surprising amount of top end and twang. There's a cut, snap, and overall jangly character to these powerful pickups that certainly defies expectations of what one expects from a traditional humbucker, while still retaining a focused and warm low end that doesn't get lost in the mix. Weighing 6lbs 2oz, the Pele is very easy on the back, well balanced and professionally setup with 10-46 strings.

The neck has an asymmetrical profile, with more heft on the bass side that fills the palm while also facilitating deft lead work. The generous slab grenadillo fretboard features frets that are shy of medium jumbo width, but have plenty of height and well rounded crowns. The scale length is a full 25 1/2", and the hand-carved bone nut measures 1 13/16" in width. The headstock has a set of black Gotoh tuning machines which work very smoothly, and the face of the headstock has a gorgeos polished grenadillo veneer.

The electronics are simple and elegant, with the pair of USA made Bill Lawrence humbuckers governed by single Volume and Tone knobs, coupled to a traditional three-way pickup selector toggle. Of course one of the most eye-catching elements of the Pele is the Polynesian inlays, which utilize chackta cok wood. The inlay shapes are complemented by the carved grenadillo bridge, which has a compensated bone saddle for optimal intonation. A transparent pickguard is also applied to the treble side of the pick path.

This guitar is a new instrument, although it has been in Wildcard's stock for some time and does show a few tiny marks from light use. A thoughtfully made and expertly crafted instrument, the Pele is visually unique, tonally striking, and designed to be very ergonomically pleasing for the player.

The original TKL hardshell case is included.


Body: alder
Neck: mahogany
Bridge, fingerboard, coverplate, and headstock veneer: grenadillo
Scale length: 25.5"
Neck width: 1 13/16"
Pickups: Bill Lawrence L500 (neck) and XL500 (bridge)
Fat resonant sound with telecaster bite
Polynesian inlays: chackta cok wood
Assymetrical neck profile
Year Condition Color Case
Call Brand New Natural Original Hard


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