From their workshop in Elk Grove, California, Doug Kauer and his team of self-proclaimed "bearded wizards" build eye-catching, rock-n-roll-inspired axes that push the electric guitar to a new level. Kauer Guitars are built for the stage—not only do they look the part with their gorgeous finishes, but each one is a tool that is meticulously crafted and ready for any job.
The Starliner Express returns to the roots of the Kauer line with a simple, offset slab-body. Its body and neck are both Spanish Mahogany, which is not only lightweight but also highly resonant. The unique single-cutaway body shape maximizes the dynamic range while also providing effortless access into the upper register.
This brand new Starliner Express (serial #1026-171) features a stunning "Firemist Black" top finish with "Vintage Brown" back and sides. It's a flashy look that is beautiful accented by Chrome hardware and a Silver pickguard. Every detail is high-end, and the Wenge fingerboard and Jescar frets are PLEK-ed to optimize the setup. For pickups, it is outfitted with a Lollar Mini Humbucker in the neck position and Lollar P90 in the bridge. We couldn't resist ordering the P90 with a chrome cover to match the Humbucker.
This Kauer Starliner Express is a rock-n-roll machine. It is lightweight and comfortable, and it packs deep dynamic response with singing sustain. The pickup complement is somewhat unconventional, but usable in a wide variety of applications. You get single-coil bite and jangle from the bridge, and then in the neck position, the humbucker is smooth, warm, and powerful.
- Body: Spanish Mahogany
- Neck: Spanish Mahogany
- Top Finish: Firemist Black
- Back, Sides & Neck Finish: Vintage Brown
- Body Binding: White
- Neck Profile: C (0.87" at 1st, 0.92" at 12th)
- Nut Width: 1.725"
- Fingerboard: Wenge w/ Keystone inlays
- Fingerboard Binding: White
- Fingerboard Radius: 12"
- Fretwire: Jetcar 47095NS
- Scale Length: 24.75"
- Bridge: TonePros Nashville
- Tailpiece: TonePros Stop-Tailpiece
- Tuners: Sperzel Open-Back Locking
- Control Layout: Volume, Tone, 3-Way Toggle
- Pickups: Lollar Mini Humbucker neck, Lollar P90 bridge
- Weight: 6 lbs 6 oz
As to be expected from Kauer, every detail of this guitar is executed at a very high level. It has a ton of character, and it is definitely one that will get noticed on the stage. But it'll wow the audience in your living room just the same! This Kauer Starliner Express includes a Mono Vertigo Electric deluxe gig bag.