PHOTO: S2 guitar deconstructed. Element™ machined aircraft aluminum neck joins the figured claro walnut Uni-Neck™ via a proprietary heel-less quick release bolt system.
I was commissioned to design & build this instrument for demonstration of Antares Auto-Tune for Guitar technology. The guitar will be on public display at the Antares 2014 NAMM booth in the convention center.
I could not resist the exciting opportunity to explore emerging technology...this will be the first multi-scale implementation.
Steve Sjuggerud brilliantly devised methods of exploiting the computer controlled note processing for composing and performance. Imagine the capabilities of Ned Steinberger's TransTrem — but nearly limitless, and processor based, rather than mechanical. Essentially you can change tunings, modulate keys, or perform pitch bends during real time performance.
NOTE: Please email me or contact Antares if you would like to schedule an appointment to demo the guitar during NAMM.
Because the computer outputs transposed pitch independent of physical string vibration, there are significant advantages to decoupling the feel/motion of the guitar from the sensory tactile and auditory input of the human performer. In order to achieve decoupling, I developed an acoustically dampened floating connection between this alternate embodiment of the Uni-Neck™ invention and the guitar's detachable body.
Significant acoustic benefits accrued. I will be further exploring Uni-Neck™ technology via pending builds.
With only thirteen days to design, build, and deliver the guitar to NAMM, project completion would not have been possible without extensive technical & logistical support from Henrik Bridger (Antares) and Steve Sjuggs. I would like to thank them especially for simplifying the design schematics, allowing for a perfect install under heavy deadline pressure.
I would also like to thank Laura Masi for her gorgeous artwork contribution, and for patiently releasing me to my craft for long hours/consecutive days.
PHOTOS: Nakashima-inspired-sculpted-ergonomic-flow-meets-cyborg. Glowing LED indicates system power. Beautifully machined patented TOONE & TOWNSEND bridges and tuner. Intricate line art by Masi.