PHOTOS: Highly figured claro walnut body with eastern maple accents. Custom DiMarzio OEM pickups designed by Steve Blucher & Eric Corpus, voiced specifically for jazz & metal. 5-way switching. 10-step ToneStyler studio-grade EQ control.
I've wanted to make a modern archtop guitar for some time and have been slowly feeling my way towards a finalized design. I'd say we're there. I'm delighted with this guitar, and by what it can do.
To my ear a successful archtop achieves a very specific organic woodiness which is highly accurate to the nuances of the tone wood. Responsiveness and attack much like an acoustic guitar, with note fullness trending toward a solid body instrument.
But I also find traditional archtops to be tonally limited, oversized hollow boxes prone to feedback and lack of acoustic sustain.
Suppose you seek acoustic responsiveness necessary for intricate traditional jazz...combined with the ability to play fusion and modern metal?
This guitar does both, exceptionally well.
PHOTOS: Stainless steel pickup height adjust system allows for real-time tool-free control over your pickup attack and treble-to-bass string response.
Highly figured claro walnut forms the arched soundboard of the guitar. The soundboard is free floating, curved and ergonomic, supported by two pods which house electronics plus the patented TOONE & TOWNSEND tuning mechanism.
A carbon fiber structural plate forms the back of the instrument, resting against your torso and designed to allow the soundboard to vibrate without restrictive damping. The carbon fiber is lightweight, incredibly strong, and impervious to moisture.
Element™ machined aircraft aluminum neck and Hybrid™ bridges attach to the floating soundboard, creating a contiguous structure that facilitates string vibration and results in exceptionally even string-to-string balance, enhanced sustain, and smooth extended decay.
The guitar balances perfectly in right or left leg seated position, with a comfortable neck-up hands-free natural posture. Weight is 7.75 lbs. Dimensions are a compact 34.5" x 14" size, perfect for travel. Quick release stainless steel bolts enable neck removal or installation within moments.