PHOTO: Raj Swaminathan captures the moment.
"Safe arrival friend! Picked up S2 on the way to my night shift. Long email to follow, but in a nutshell I feel that what you've accomplished is as or more revolutionary than what your predecessors Ned Steinberger and Ken Parker had done...
WOOHOO is really all I can say right now!!!
The neck is sublime…and…yes she arrived fully in tune! The marriage between notes even with complex chords is so even and true, just a bold, clear sound! I found myself just playing with a clean sound and no effects and being mesmerized by what I was hearing. The experimentation has just begun! The guitar is incredible!
As you know, I play 90% of the time standing, but with the S2 at least for now, I'm playing it sitting because it is so comfortable and enjoyable!
People tout that a larger neck = more sustain: you've effectively disproved that, with this slick metallic wonder that allows the fingers to glide..."
PHOTO: Brad Macchioni finds love.
"Haha, I was literally laughing out loud as the first chord rang out! Sounds awesome! Laughable sustain... (in a good, unlimited, way)!!
The (DiMarzio OEM Metal) pickups are very clear and tight, plus have plenty of saturation behind them. Due to the vast tonal difference of this guitar to traditional guitars, I definitely need to create new patches in the Axe-Fx (as expected). Initial thought was to actually use the tone control to shave off some of the brightness and to turn the gain down/use a drier amp model in the Axe-Fx. This pleased me greatly because I never like running into a ceiling tonally, and I usually feel like I always have to turn up the brightness or try to get tightness AND saturation but they fight each other.
I LOVE the bridge. It's the best aspects of all worlds, without the downfalls. For example, I like a nice high bridge...makes for off the wall riffing and speed picking. However, the studs on the tune-o-matic, or especially a Schaller 456, are quite obtrusive when sliding my hand from in front of the bridge to a position up on top of it. Plus your bridge swoops down out of the way so you don't run into the horrendous bulk of something like a Floyd Rose with fine tuners.
Speaking of tuners: surgical. Very precise. Stainless frets and fret finishing? Unparalleled!
Definitely effortless speed/playability and it really does get out of the way. I remember sending my buddy a text while I was first digging into it with the quote: 'Don't play it if you like playing slow!'
More to come as I play more!
Thank you so much for everything, including the shirt, patch, extra strings, tools, note, etc! The level of attention to detail to the S2 is astounding. It was well worth the wait for the level of quality and the new technology plus enhancements/evolutions that went into it."