"The creatively chambered mahogany body keeps the weight down to just under 8lbs without seeming to denude the mass and sustain one jot, and the McQueen’s shape hangs just as easily on the strap as it sits comfortably in the lap. Fuqua says the design results in a somewhat “smaller and tighter” tone, and I wouldn’t call that verdict inaccurate. At first blush, though – tested through modified JTM45-style and custom AC15-style heads through a range of cabs – I’d say the guitar also ably nails just about anything you’d expect to need a traditional Les Paul for. The Wolfetones are capable PAF-style pickups, with good edge and bite, and a focused response that’s also enticingly rich and lively. As such, they help the McQueen excel at more vintage-leaning humbucker voicings, with great raw rock ‘n’ roll snarl in the bridge position with either amp pushed into breakup, or surprisingly clear twang when you clean it all up. The neck pickup is as buoyant and round as you might hope, with plenty of vocal thickness, but admirably clear, too.
In brief, given the template, there are no major surprises – yet the McQueen does everything elegantly and well, and is smoothly and superbly playable in the process. Some players like to look down and see the same old carved-top, singlecut shape that their heroes played when they were doing these tricks. Personally, it’s refreshing to be able to get there with an alternative look in your hands. I certainly don’t feel the McQueen’s fast curves and sexy slant lose anything in the rawk department; and besides, they just might inspire me to come up with something a bit... different."
- David Hunter, Guitar and Bass Magazine, June 2016