About Us

William "Oz" Anderson

Owner/Engineer

William “Oz” Anderson is the principle behind the company and has been an engineer/scientist and played guitar for 40yrs. His wide range of experience and disciplines from government research labs, instrumentation design and manufacturing, to racing engine design; elicited a customer comment “Renaissance man”. Thus, the company logo.

Oz has turned his tireless enthusiasm to the solidbody guitar. He wanted to create a guitar that was as versatile and small as it could be, with no sacrifices. One a studio musician would choose for the sound quality, intonation, versatility, and portability. One that encourages the guitar-nerd to modify to find their own sound. A guitar design so comfortable the enthusiast would prefer it from their collection. And one that helped the midi-guitarist with accurate pitch tracking.

A “clean sheet” design provided the opportunity to investigate a different solution.  A unique top to bottom rethink.

We are committed to quality manufacture in the USA, and at a great performance/price ratio

Cindy Anderson

Owner/Software Engineer

Cindy Anderson has been programming software and firmware for 40 years in the instrumentation industry. .

From the company’s beginning, Cindy has overseen the website, accounting, and development of a phone app, which uses Bluetooth to communicate with the active Tau guitar. Chief sanity-check officer as well.

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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

      • Mag Pickups mounted directly to tonewood carrier (vs. pickguard in a typical guitar)
      • TonewoodVibes change pickups movements in relation to string