One feature most loved about my guitars is the machined aircraft aluminum Element™ necks. They are extraordinarily fast and comfortable to play, with incredible sustain, note-to-note evenness, stability, and inherently sweet tonality. In our discussions, Brad Macchioni and I both agree they are one design feature we would never want to live without.
Up to this point, the Element™ necks have only been available paired in conjunction with the patented TOONE & TOWNSEND headless tuning system. CAD screen captures above indicate in the next few weeks that is about to change...
After arriving in Texas, I've been able to make development of the headstock Element™ Stealth™ neck a priority. A necessity, in fact, as these necks will be incorporated into one version of the production guitars we are about to build.
Designing this neck proved a fascinating challenge. Rather than duplicate a traditional wood headstock, the inherent strengths of carbon fiber and aircraft aluminum as structural materials allowed me to rethink how to include conventional tuning keys into an efficient compact structure. Honeycombed throughout, it weighs little more than the tuners themselves.
Some of the goals I set for the design are to eliminate string trees, create an optimal string break angle, straight-line string pull, plus reduce the extraharmonic string lengths as much as possible to negate overtones and enhance pitch stability. Also, the height-adjustable nut is stainless steel just like the frets, allowing for tonal continuity on both open strings and fretted notes.
Matched with the patented TOONE & TOWNSEND Hybrid™ bridges this combined system will bring the world's most advanced neck technology to players who prefer more familiar instrument design cues.