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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 L. Fuller finalized the design of Gibson’s first pickups

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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

        • Most finger board radi options, compound 10-16” standard

        • Most scale lengths available; 24 ¾” (Gbsn like), 25 ½” (Strt type),  28 5/8” Baritone

      • Threaded inserts installed for bolts

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

        • Better neck/body connection

Full Scale Lengths, 4! ...

  • 24.75″ Gibson

  • 25″ PRS, National

  • 25.5″ Fender, Ibanez, Jackson, Schecter, Steinberger, standard

  • 28.6″ Baritone, Agile

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