Blur 8-string extended range guitar was awarded Premier Guitar's Editors' Picks: Day 1 at NAMM 2012.
Blur has also sparked speculation and controversy at sevenstring.org where folks are trying to decide if I've built the world's ugliest instrument or (perhaps) something quite beautiful.
Personally, I find the guitar to be evocative of a deep sea creature. Part-organic organism, part-machined device, surfacing in the present moment to remind us of the future.
"I kinda like it, but i am kinda disappointed in myself for doing so. So confused!"
Blur's intended work has already begun. The purpose of this instrument is to reposition the musician far outside his comfort zone.
I wanted to create a tool that would necessitate exploration and reach. An entirely different physical reference point for approaching guitar playing. Something deliberately alien, yet fully centered within ergonomic principles discovered from my own explorations.
Tosin Abasi is the only artist poised to make this leap at this time.
He is a driven innovator, with an intense work ethic best understood via his magnificent playing technique. View Tosin as an exceptional athlete — that frame of reference will help you appreciate the coordinated skill his hands bring to the guitar.
He has been bumping up against the physical limits of traditional guitar design. What I have attempted to do with this instrument is remove all impediments to his hands.
More and more, the work I do is made possible only through coordinated efforts...
Appreciative thanks to Bill Goldy and Tom Pilant for precision machining, giving shape to mechanical art. Dave Johnson for CAD skills. Bart Townsend for sharing this uncompromising vision: TOONE & TOWNSEND.
Thanks also to Tony and Tom at DR Strings who spun custom Sunbeams on a moment's notice.
And most especially to Tosin for trusting me to take this risk.
EDITOR'S NOTE (WHISPERED ASIDE, FLASHLIGHT ON FACE): So...at this one moment in time, I am the only person who has ever heard this instrument assembled and amplified. I completed Blur late Wednesday afternoon, and it went directly from the solitude of my shop to the shipping services of UPS. Tosin takes delivery this afternoon...
"blur has. landed. Currently shredding. The neck...totally contributes to more attack, clarity/note separation and sustain! This thing SINGS. It quite interesting how it still sounds extremely guitar-like considering the unconventional materials used. I'd say it sounds like an enhanced guitar or 'hyper-real'. VERY COOL. I really think you are on to something with all this. Details to come!"
EDITOR'S NOTE (UPDATE, WHISPERED): It would seem at least one other person has now heard the guitar...