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Aluminum and Hybrid guitars: Pros, Cons, Whys..

Aluminum and Hybrid guitars: Pros, Cons, Whys.. History All-aluminum and hybrid wood-aluminum guitar construction has been around since the inception of the electric guitar.  In fact, the first commercially viable guitar was all aluminum. The Electro Hawaiian Guitar Company (Rickenbacker)  produced an all-aluminum body lap steel guitar The Frying Pan in ~1931.  Rickenbacker history Walter …

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Unique In house Design Headpiece

  • Uses miniature headstock 

          • Works with standard wall mounts and head-stock stands

          • Cool with clip on tuners

          • Keeps good hand feel at nut

  • Works with any standard strings (single ball end)

          • String locked down over a large area, so string breakage reduced compared to using set screw’s

          • Fast! re-stringing

          • Strings don’t need a pre-bend with a tool

  • Uses standard nuts

          • String to string variations in string height at the nut are possible

          • So intonation correcting nuts are possible

    • Made from 6061T6 hard anodized aluminum

          • Not zinc pot metal

Headless

  • Works better
        • Shortens and overall lightens guitar (5” shorter! 75 gm less)
        • Better balance
        • Headless have less problems from unwanted dead notes and wolf tones on neck from vibrating headstock masses
        • Better pitch to midi conversion, in midi applications
        • Tuners at the other end (same as a locked down Floyd Rose)

            • For better overall balance

            • Pic hand tuning

  •  Less unsung string; like string-locks with no head
        • Holds tune better, less to detune after large bends
        •  Removes need for dampeners for sympathetic singing
        • More responsive bending, earlier pitch change during bend 

• Fender S-type neck heel shape

    • Largest number of options available with a popular aftermarket neck;

        • 21, 22, 24 frets, 22 standard

        • Most diverse back contours, woods, etc. available

        • Compound 10-16” radius standard

        • Most scale lengths available

      • Threaded inserts installed for bolts

        • Just say no to wood screws…poor hold and reuse

        • Better neck/body connection

Full Scale Lengths, 4! ...

  • Standard
    • 24.75″ Gibson
    • 25.5″ Fender, Ibanez, Jackson, Schecter, Steinberger
  • Options
    • 25″ PRS, National
    • 28.6″ Baritone, Agile
    •  

Body Features

  • Ergonomic sculpted body, a mix of retro and future looks

  • Aluminum, carbon fiber, and wood; very travel friendly and encourages play

  • Al-body combined with the wood-neck stay in tune better w/ changing temp

  • Deep neck heel pocket

  • Shaped carbon fiber pickguard,  flush with body

  • Aluminum allows

    • Highly contoured back heel for easy reach-around for high notes

    • Built in bridge hardware

    • Small size from high stiffness

Pickup Bay Module – Multi-function

Interchangeable Pickup Module docks in Body

  • Quickly Swap Pickups
      • 5 second swapout of pickup set
      • no string, pickguard or routing removal
  • Lots of freedom to try:
      • Different mag pickup types/locations/angles
      • Rigid or soft mounting of pickups
  • Works with most SingleCoil and Humbucker pickups

Tonally connects the neck to bridge

  • Tonewood Pickup carrier connects bridge and neck as structural element in parallel with body
  • Different tonewoods /structural shapes change what gets back to the strings

Vibes in tone wood can be an easily changed sound addition

  • Piezo sensors number and location on tonewood can be added to per-string piezo sound
  • Mag Pickups mounted directly to tonewood carrier (vs. pickguard in a typical guitar)
  • TonewoodVibes change pickups movements in relation to string