PHOTO: TigerShark 8-string guitar. Quartersawn flame maple, carbon fiber. TOONE & TOWNSEND precision machined components. DiMarzio OEM 8-string pickups.
These two eight string guitars arrived to their owners recently. TigerShark was originally on loan to Tosin Abasi for testing purposes. During the time he had it with him on tour, then in his studio, I was contacted by Bob Gore. Bob is also known as "The German Speed Metal God" (such a fantastic nickname).
Bob wanted to purchase TigerShark, which I find a great honor, as he is Ulrich Tueffel's test pilot and trade show demonstration player. I very much respect Tueffel's work — his design sensibility is instantly recognizable, both innovative and elegant.
During the sales process, we were able to provide Bob with advice and support regarding how to maximize his signal chain. My assistant, Brad Macchioni, is intimately familiar with signal chain flow and AxeFX programming so he and Bob worked through the details prior to the guitar's arrival, basing the rig on conversations I've had with Tosin.
I love the feel of the neck! Awesome!!! I would not increase the scale lengths on the 8 string...they work well!!!!
I played Tiger Shark for 5 straight hours last night through the Axe Fx. I am beginning to bond with the Tiger Shark. I view my instruments as extensions of my hands and soul and not as a tool to make sounds.....the Tiger Shark has definitely connected with the most sacred inner part of me where my music comes from.
I did decide to get a Port City Pearl amp and cab to use with the AxeFx. I just want to add a tube tone to the Axe Fx sound without a lot of coloration. I got the 1 x 12 OS cab which is the ported one and a Warehouse speaker that Daniel Klein recommended. He said Tosin played through the cab and loved it...so once again, your friend Tosin has helped me! You must thank him for me...I would appreciate that. Feel free to pass along my email address to him.
Tschus und Veil Dank! Basically that is "Cheers and Thank you very much"! I am very grateful for all your help and support.
— Bob Gore
Old Growth Walnut 8-string guitar arrived to Philadelphia. Brad worked with Daniel on his AxeFX integration as well.
The guitar is phenomenal. The intonation is flawless. I can’t imagine how tedious installing multi scale frets must be! Whenever I notice dissonance, it means i need to tune the string. The neck is phenomenal of course, no surprise there. I find the walnut body shape to be an incredible platform for my right hand/forearm. Picking is nearly effortless and I am usually very accurate. This is the first 8 string i’ve ever played and I find it easier to play than any other guitar because my forearm is so stable.
Regarding tone, I realized these pickups are extremely sensitive and dynamic. They put the bare knuckles to shame with respect to dynamism. Most of my issues came from touch. I've never played a pickup that was this responsive. These are all positives. The tone is very rich and resonant. It is like watching a movie in 3d.
Brad, Thanks for the AxeFX advice. This makes programming patches very easy. I like djent, but also love ripping into thrash.
PHOTO: Old Growth Walnut 8-string guitar. Walnut, stainless steel, carbon fiber. TOONE & TOWNSEND precision machined components. DiMarzio OEM 8-string pickups.