I've been needing to build a guitar that includes all of the new technologies I've been developing, but mounted to a classic platform. Doing so allows us to evaluate the impact of the improvements on this familiar sound.
"Holy fuck, btw, look at that headless tele. Oh shitttt."
Lindy Fralin Tele pickups.
Additionally, demonstrating my hardware technologies on a production instrument helps everyone better understand the scale of the nut, bridge, and tuner. Seeing them in context will give you ideas for how to use the system in your own instrument.
Traditional wood choices are used as well. Curly maple neck. Alder body.
I also wanted the guitar to be accessible. Something you would want to play and really use. Distressed finish is perfect for that, simulating the results of sixty years of human touch. All of the mechanicals, however, are pristine: frets, electronics, hardware.
Only the appearance of wear is simulated.
Beautiful precision machining by Townsend Machine is subjected to the ravages of my imagination. Don't tell lead machinist Bill Goldy that I "improved" his anodized finish.
Quite seriously, this hardware is functioning mechanical art. Aircraft grade aluminum, bearing bronze, titanium, and stainless steel are CNC milled from solid metals. Tolerances are extremely tight. Feel and action are fluid.
"absolutely love the look of the bridge on it"
Integrated headless hardware improves the compactness of the traditional guitar design, eliminating the fragile headstock and relocating tuner mass to the body to improve balance. Aesthetics are updated to reflect our current century.
Primarily, though, this hardware system controls every aspect of string intonation and tuning, from both ends of the string. Accurate chords. Tonal nuances.
Patents pending. Contact me for licensing opportunities.
Intersecting Plane Neck Profile™ (IPNP™) is designed — in this embodiment — for thumb-over fret hand position. Note bends, chord bends, chord formations that include the thumb.
Patented. Contact me for licensing.
Below is the intonation adjustable nut that allows for accurate pitch control. Rapid string changes are tool free as the ball end of the string drops into the slot.