PHOTO: Chris Buono awaits cue from drummer Rodney Holmes.
I sent a few emails and response was so intense that the production run sold out via word-of-mouth before public launch. Fantastic problem to have!
Thank you for diving into this with me.
The sound of these guitars is an additive summation of the technologies involved. The neck, bridges, and tuner work in sympathetic coordination to efficiently capture string vibration.
I've been fortunate to work with Steve Blucher from DiMarzio — he's lent me his guidance and experienced ear — as we've evaluated pickups, seeking the design best capable of capturing the exciting nuances of this guitar:
"Just viewed the video. Really, extremely cool. I thought the transparency of the sound was the most striking element. Not sure if the world is ready for this — it's about as far away from a standard electric guitar sound as imaginable. Think you've got something here..."
Artist response has been equally intense. Three world-class players are joining in on this first batch of instruments: Tosin Abasi, Misha Mansoor, Chris Buono. They each deserve their own write-up, so we'll explore those details at a later date.
Those of you who are unable to join us on this first series will have an opportunity in the near future as we are working toward a second run. Please email me if you would like to join the waiting list.
"Once again as part of Rodney Holmes' Lithium Tree I made the trek to the Triumph Brewing Company in New Hope, PA for a night of Rodney's electro-rock precision. Just like last time, Rick Toone made the trek, too. This time with an entourage that included the man himself — Bart Townsend! — and the six-string all-aluminum neck prototype. It's as if he was accompanied by an undercover CIA hippie unit :)"
"Needless to say, the trek we both embarked on was one that truly sparked some things in the air as I took the stage once more with a guitar I just met, for only the second time in all my years playing live. In a word, "WOW." The aluminum neck was amazing. The guitar sounded incredibly bright, but not harsh in any way. It made my other other two stalwarts sound muffled to my paradoxical dismay."— Chris Buono