PHOTOS: TOONE & TOWNSEND Element™ Stealth™ machined aircraft aluminum guitar neck. Hipshot open gear locking tuners.
It is very rare for any engineering project to proceed from concept to sketch to CAD to CNC to testing to production...without any changes. Design is always a dance: forward, backward, sidestep. Misstep.
Somehow though, we nailed this incredibly challenging neck on the first pass. Poured from my imagination into Ryan's capable hands for translation into electrons. From there to Bart & Brad for translation into machine-speak and out onto the floor to make aluminum chips.
Strung it up, tested it, and zing. Perfect.
I would especially like to thank Josh, James, and Ray for their exceptional machining on this first-ever Element™ headstock neck. Together they carried the ball all the way down the field. Ray, especially, sifting through some complex MasterCam programming code...sweet work from a fellow Northeaster stranded here in the Texas heat. I owe him a Yeungling or three, if we can ever get them distributed west of the Mississippi.
So this instrument is a one-off prototype but it hints strongly at what I'm thinking for a production 6-string guitar...
I wanted to let you know that Spearfish™ arrived in perfect condition and in the presence of my dad and my older daughter — a real treat, as they both got to weigh in on her.
We all thought Spearfish™ is beautiful, a true work of art. My father (retired architect) is always impressed by aesthetics blending seamlessly with technology and he was blown away. She's more gorgeous than in any photo.
She doesn't feel like a nine-pound guitar. The neck adds an airiness — hard to explain!
She plays effortlessly. I was intimidated by the thin neck, which is not something I gravitate to. But Spearfish just draws your hand into a comfortable position. It's almost like playing a mandolin for some reason. Very comfortable.
Won't be able to plug her in until the am (I am working overnight) but very resonant for a solid-body guitar. A real treat.
Thank you! I am absolutely thrilled and congratulate you. If you are able to maintain this beauty and technology in a mass-produced guitar, Spearfish will be a phenomenon. I look forward to following her and your progress and wish you a lot of luck!I hope to update you once I put some electricity through her,
One month followup...
Your email caught me up later than usual trying to relearn how to play guitar on Spearfish! Besides the fantastic sound and feel, it's like I can do things and even hear things differently on her than on any other guitar. She's like a new language.
I'm looking forward to your moving Spearfish™ out of prototype and into the hands of other guitarists. I'm not the only person by a long shot who would find playing her an incredible experience.
Thanks for keeping in touch and best regards,
PHOTOS: Swamp ash with a modern Nitro burst. Custom DiMarzio OEM Vintage pickups designed by Steve Blucher & Eric Corpus. 3D control surface. Carbon fiber pickguard. TOONE & TOWNSEND bridges.