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Both techniques are possible, depending upon how the neck structure is pivoted in relation to the instrument's body (as well as the human body). The neck swivels as modular body contact points are user-configurable via locking ball joint mechanisms.

We have also been experimenting extensively with strings on the INSIDE of the "V" structure, which is a particularly comfortable arrangement in the upright playing position. I LOVE the way that feels.

Envisioning multiple versions of this instrument, and I'm delighted you will work with us via your EGS system.

Incredibly interesting concept, Rick and Dr. Dominic! The EGS hardware would be ideally suited for this project and I would love to be part of it. Bass hardware is on its way.

Would this instrument be used "overhand" for bass tapping, or will it be possible to reach around for the bass strings?


Thanks, Ric. This idea has been getting serious consideration. Given your unique approach to music, we'd welcome your insight into body specifications that would extend your experimentation. Contact me privately to discuss.

At the very least, we would love to have you perform using the prototype.

Mark — agreed.

One of the concepts I've been thinking about is the idea of a sliding or rolling capo (think Steinberger Transcale) but cantilevered with the ability of the capo to be positionable as a CHORD.

For example, you could have independent capo/pads pre-positioned on the bass strings as a suspended barre chord in the key of the music. This would allow the musician to pluck or hammer drone notes without the need to fret.

Hi - Very exciting concept. It would be fascinating to further explore the tactile performance interface - String technology - height, gauge tension - tonal / harmonic scale length properties - multiple sympathetic stings with adjustable nodal bridges - combination fretted and fret-less fingerboards.

The opportunity to apply new design parameters to "String Technology" could greatly enhance the tonal / dynamic performance characteristics and influence the choice and control of electronic solutions.

Now all you need to do is combine it with your detachable bodies. Very cool!

Hm....nothing special....just another revolutionary, brilliant idea on eLutherie.


Most genius ideas are very simple. It seems unbelievable that nobody came up with this earlier.

I know that this is just a prototype made in cardboard but...how does it feel to "play" ?


Just when I think y'all at eLutherie couldn't get more creative, something wild like this comes along.

It'll be cool to see a working model as it develops!

I'm a little confused as to how this works. As I understand it this is basically combining a bass and a guitar in a way that makes more sense than just having a double necked instrument. Is this correct? Because if it is that's pretty sick.

Jordan — both yes and no in response to your question. Yes, because it combines bass (or at least bass scale strings) with guitar scale strings. No, because it would be difficult to play the bass strings as you would a conventional bass due to finger reach involved (unless you use an overhand fret technique).

We're anticipating the design is going to really open up musical exploration associated with tap technique, drone strings, and two handed play. As well as whatever new techniques develop via the test pilots who play with this bold design.

(beyond my musical imagination)

Hi Rick...

Have you and Dr. Dominic considered closing off the V to create a hollow triangular cross section? This might facilitate strings on both sides of the neck, a la Fred Carlson's Sympitar. Or is this was you meant by your comment about "strings on the inside of the V"?


Mark — thanks very much for your thoughts.

We've considered the boxed design, but hope to engineer it open, if possible. The advantages of open are lighter weight and deeper/easier thumb access. Success will depend on how effectively we engineer the materials as well as the cable tensioning/damping system.

It's an exciting challenge.

Hi guys! Awesome development! Once i entertained myself with drowings of a double neck
that would not be flat and wide and had a similar idea. It seems you could make both "necks" playable
in standard way and keep your innovative ideas? Good luck!

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