FAQ

General

  • Take away the unessential. How much more would you play if your guitar was ½ the weight and 1/3 the body size with the same scale length?
  • Yes and no. Travel friendly, but designed as a top-grade instrument first.
  • Shortens total length 5”
  • Plays better.
  • Better balance.
  • Better midi pitch detection.
  • Looks good?
  • Front one, behind neck-heel, Rear on top end pin jack, like an acoustic
  • Aluminum, wood, and carbon fiber. They all are in parallel load path between bridge and neck.
  • Trying to find your sound is easier with flexibility, we feel the easier a change is the more likely you are to try it.
  • Why not try more pickup locations and fore/aft angles easily without routing a body, all in pursuit of your sound and pickup blend. Want to try a Hendrix reverse bridge pickup or a Steve Morse HSSH? Easy.
  • Fast change out gives you quicker feedback, without forgetting what you felt about the last mod.
  • More sound options, good cost to improvement ratio; especially designed in from the start.
  • For lots of options
  • Steinberger, Teuffel “Bird and Fish”, Vox headless “Starstream “, Strandberg, Glitter, Rick Toone, Erlewine, Moss, Klien, David King, Murray Kuun, Norton, Xavier Padilla, Status “Streamline”, Westone “the rail”, Lap Axe , etc. etc.
  • 30 days trial, full refund w/ no damage
  • Limited 5 yr.
  • Unfortunately we only offer Hendrix style rights flipped over. Strap buttons are switched.

FAQ

HardCore

  • Shortens total length 5”
  • Plays better. All guitar structures are excited by string vibration. The mass and structure of the head, tuners, (string locks) etc. cantilevered at a distance from the body contribute to dead notes on the neck. Helmut Fleischer (’99) showed how even different shaped headstocks (Les Paul and Strat) effected the vibrational modes of the neck.
  • Better balance.  Tuning keys and headstock are big contributors to neck dive.
  • Better midi pitch detection. Less wolf and sheep tones along neck mean better midi note detection.
  • Looks good?
  • Body needs to be very stiff to compensate for lack of mass.

Neck

  • Although available necks could stand some improvements, the Strt neck accessory market provides loads of reasonably priced options to customize from. Scale lengths, wood types, number of layers, back shapes, fretboard wood/scalloping, truss rod types, fret sizes/type, inlays, etc. etc. More options to fit your hands, feel, and sound.
  • A 7-string model would have a different story, no standardized heel.
  •  Excellent, the neutral balance point is at the 21st fret
  • Zero nuts have no intonation correction (like an intonated nut)
  • They give the same 1st fret clearance to all strings,
  • Action ht. adjustment is very difficult.
  • The string still needs side to side location control.
  • Zero nuts have wear, side-friction and stiction issues (with sudden pinging noise).
  • Tradeoffs…
    • When new, they do sound more like other frets

Body

  • Not necessarily, and this guitar isn’t all aluminum. Aluminum doesn’t damp as well as wood, so a designer must be more careful.
  •  All the body vibs you feel on your belly and the vibs your clip-on-tuner feel, get back to the strings through the bridge and nut. Good luck not having any effects when you are exciting the string endpoints. Easier to hear body affects on electric resonator guitars and hollow bodied electric guitars. Also check out the sustainers mounted to the saddles ala. Keith McMillen. Vibrating saddles effect the string.

Module

  • The pickup module works in parallel with the body moving vibs between neck to bridge. Also, a wood module would dampen some of those frequencies and accent others.
  • The module delivers body vibs to the direct mounted pickup. The pickup relative motion to the string is then part of your sound.
  • Type of wood; alder, swamp ash, spruce, etc. All effect which frequencies get damped.
  • Structural design changes in the modules shape change the amplitude and frequencies delivered, like soundboard construction on acoustic guitars. Structural design especially effects pickup motion and additional piezo’s sound frequencies.
  • The pickup module, a simple internal part, is open sourced to encourage diy modules. We’ll encourage sharing of customer created designs and sales on our site.
  • Potentially, if the space between pickups is left open and played at high volume, earlier feedback can result
  • Most all SingleCoil and Humbucker pickups …. Except:
    • P90s soapbars can be used w/ no covers
    • Fender Wide Range Humbucker needs mounting flange mod
    • Fender Jazzmaster won’t work at all

Hardware

  • If an improvement could be made, we went for it.
  • Guiding the designs:
    • great sound (low string to string bleed, solid and direct – string to body contact)
    • ergonomic (smooth surfaces for palm muting, etc.)
    • mechanically robust (threads don’t strip easily)
    • low string breakage
    • quick string change
    • tuning stability

Electronics

  • Keeps guitar cable from affecting pickups, volume pot from affecting pickup swapouts.

DIY

  • The wooden pickup module is open source. We would like to encourage experimentation and various options in this area.
  • Sure, that might be a quick way to try out new pickup position layouts; but structural shapes would be hard to evaluate due to the printed-material sound properties.