Oriolo Bag of Tricks Reviews 4

The Oriolo Felix the Cat Bag of Tricks is a solidbody electric with aq body style similar to the Gibson Explorer. Color is yellow with black plus signs -- a nod to the Baog of Trikcs that Felix carries in cartoons. The unique headstock is shaped like Felix's face. Two Oriolo-designed hot humbuckers; single Vol and Tone controls; 3-way toggle pickup selector.

This was demo unit on loan from Oriolo Guitars of New Jersey, Street price is expected to be around $800 when the instrument is available in December 2010.


test players loved the hot Oriolo-designed pickups, which produced a great shredding sound when the player gigs in. With a lighter touch, the guitar was capable of more standard rock fair, but it's designed to be hot. The body style is comfortable and the overall look is head-turning.

Banjo-style tuners with pearl buttons extend from the back of the headstock – an alignment that is unusual and provoked the only negative tester comments about the BOT: It's hard to reach around behind the headstock to tune if you're holding a chord with your fretting hand.

This was prototype and construction was first-class. It remains to be seen if mass production (in China) can repeat the quality. Good fret job, well balanced, comfortable, easy to play, unique finish and FELIX fretboard inlays.

While it may not find a home in many Contemporary Christian bands, Oriolo’s Bag of Tricks guitar is well suited for all types of rock and really shines when asked to shred. It’s visually appealing, too, and would be perfect for a younger metal player looking to attract some attention. The Oriolo-designed humbucking pickups offer the crunch necessary to drive metal or heavy rock, but when backed off also allow the guitar to produce sweet blues and even country ballad lead lines. The BOT should be available from select retailers by Decmeber2010 with an MSRP of $1149.95 USD and an estimated street price of $799.95. For more information on the Oriolo Guitars line, visit www.oriologuitars.com.

Laklander rated this unit 4 on 2010-11-04.

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