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dave

what kind of polymers did you use to achieve such a beautiful finish?

Nick Neilson

Rick,

What are the functional limits of skele's design?

1) Is it susceptible to feedback like some archtops (based off your youtube video of the original skele, I'm guessing it holds its own fine, but is there a limited range of pickups or distortion levels I should be aware of)

2) Is it limited to certain pickups? Could you stick a traditional humbucker on it or a three single coil strat type set up?

3) Is it limited in tonality? Could wood choice and pickups changes push it more in the vein of a traditional mahogany humbucker tone?

4) Could the headless tuning bridge be incorporated in the uni-neck?

5) If Yes on #4, could you string the headless tuning bridge with the with the skele headstock? Or would you run out of string length on typical electric strings?

6) Have you done instruments with the headless tuning system and headstock tuners? Could you have different gear ratios working on each end like a cello?

7) If it's not useful to have tuners at both ends, could you just have dummy tuners on the headstock for strictly aesthetic reasons. I absolutely love Skele's headstock, but I absolutely hate tuning my guitar with my fretting hand. Can I get both? :)

8) Are skele's components glued together? Are there options for the hand-tightening bolts you used on Misha's S2? In short, I want to be able to take this thing apart and have swappable electronics, etc...

9) Could the copper pots/controls from Orca be worked in to the design?

I guess that's enough questions for now!

Something in skele's simplified form seems to be opening doors to guitar design ideas I've had for the past 2 years, but have never been able to make all the pieces fit.

Seeing the original skele was a revelation, but I compartmentalized it cerebrally as a novelty - in the same part of my brain where I'd consider buying a cigar box guitar or something.

Seeing the prototype tele/skele gave it a more traditional form, but I still didn't catch the vision of what this could be.

Seeing this iteration - I started thinking, "I wonder if it could..." and "if it can, then why don't I just play 3 of these and get it over with?" :)

Thanks for sharing the pics. I'll be very appreciative of any answers/insights you can provide in relation to my barrage of questions.

Nick

Rick Toone

Nick ~ Many great questions.

Skele concept does not feedback at the volumes I am able to achieve in the studio here. Which is basically loud enough to require earplugs and ear muffs combined. The vibrations shake my chest.

Maybe EVH's wall of Marshalls at the Philly's Veteran's Stadium back in the day would be a different story...

I will simplify my response to say:

a. Jazz Skele will change your perceptions of what a guitar is capable of sounding like. Andrew delightedly received it last night and promised a video.

b. You will see some fascinating machines begin to emerge from my shop in the next few months. Imagine Jazz Skele and Antares guitar in a virtual blender...

JeremyB

Wow. Just wow. Beautiful work Rick, the creativity in this work of art is off the hook!!!

Stirling Elmendorf

Jeez...

The passion, excitement, creativity, originality and innovation know NO REST around here.

A thing of beauty in a world of "relic'ed" guitars!

Keep boundary smashing Rick- you do it effortlessly.

Ola Strandberg

Wow, Rick! Amazing. If I did headstocks, I would do them this way...

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Rick Toone

Neck Profiles

Tuning Systems


  • Nut

    Intonation adjustable.

  • Bridge

    Ultimate tone and sustain.

  • Tuner

    Precise headless tuning.