The oval-shaped neck might feel a bit thick for players with smaller hands, but its satin finish lets your hand slide freely up and down the fretboard. The frets are perfect. They’re smooth, polished, and have rounded, “hot dog” ends that you can barely feel if you run your fingers along the edges of the fretboard. In fact, everything about the RT’s construction is pretty much perfect. I couldn’t find any flaws—even the setup was superb, right out of the box.
The Club King RT’s Reverend RevTron minihumbuckers sound fantastic, and, along with the aforementioned Bass Contour knob, you can dial in seemingly endless variations of blues, rock, jazz, funk, and country sounds. The Bass Contour adds enough bass that, when using the neck pickup with the Tone rolled off, the RT can almost sound like a baritone guitar—or like any number of evil bass motifs that warn you of danger when playing Call of Duty or Left 4 Dead. You can also crank the knob down to reduce bass, of course, and depending upon how you set your Volume and Tone controls (and pickup selector), the Contour can deliver anything from steely midrange punch to thin and chimey highs to an almost neutered sound that works great for crafting counterpoint lines you don’t want interfering with a vocal. Every tone this guitar produced sent shivers down my spine, and, in fact, the RT sounds full, balanced, and sweetly articulate even before you plug it in.
The Club King RT is a superb guitar that almost feels like it belongs in your arms. It’s nothing short of a pleasure to play—which is why it gets the “Tom Hanks” award as a “good vibes” personality who delivers masterful performances.