PHOTOS: Advantage Neck Profile™ with highly figured quartersawn claro walnut. Cherry accents.
I'm staring at the photos for this few days, more and more fascinated by this guitar! The shape of carbon-panels reminds me of Japanese sword...sharp and minimal, it's so cool.
Its blade is made of only two elements.
Carbon and Iron.
In very high temperature and special method, scouring while adding charcoal to sand-iron. The finished high purity carbon-steel is called TAMA-HAGANE, it is said to be the finest in all steels.
The blade is made by extremely high technology, and finished with a beautiful wood grip and sheath. That's also the art piece of minimalism.
As a national treasure of Japan, there is a sword regarded as the highest masterpiece. Made around 900 years ago, it has a longer and wide blade, but super lightweight...like your innovative 8-string.
The author's name is 包平 -KANEHIRA-,
I felt equivalent spirit to your (my) USM-8.
USM-8™ | 包平 KANEHIRA
Patent Pending. This beautiful eight string was commissioned by a client in Japan. Local old growth figured walnut forms the ergonomic body extensions. Quartersawn claro walnut forms the neck. Carbon fiber provides structural support throughout.
Control plates are hand fabricated from stainless steel, ergonomically shaped, and intuitively located. 5-way switching combines with 11-position ToneStyler for 55 repeatable tones, each of which can be modified with the volume potentiometer.
Precision machined individual bridges provide the ultimate string-to-string note separation. Individual notes throughout the fretboard, are clear, punchy, and warm.
Ultimate Shred Machine™ platform advances further with this build, including ergonomic contour refinements.
Your USM-8 arrived today! My 24 April ended while viewing and playing...
It is a truly splendid work!!!
I think every your works should be called Master piece, but among them, this is the most gratifying thing for me.
This guitar takes me countless surprises and no pressure. Super light weight and balanced very well, tuning is extremely stable too. Flared fretboard, visible inlays, kindly neck profile, beautiful materials and comfort details...
The pickups sounds so clearly and punchy, controls functions smooth and noiseless.
Everything is friendly to me, the guitar I met today was like an old buddy. Truly ultimate.
I will take photos, and send it you later!!
Thank you again, my best Luthier!
PHOTOS: Carbon fiber and brushed satin stainless steel.
PHOTOS: Patented Intonation Cantilever™ stainless steel individual string bridges. DiMarzio OEM custom pickups by Steve Blucher and Eric Corpus.