PHOTO: Patent pending. USM-PRO™ headless series, shown here in 6-string. Element™ single billet machined aircraft aluminum neck. Carbon fiber and birch laminate body. Intonation Cantilever™ compact headless tuning.
This guitar should be on the cover of Guitar World. It truly defines the 21st century electric guitar. You're certainly the most creative luthier of our time. (John Wendel)
These last two years I've been systematically working to orchestrate essential design concepts into one integrated guitar: aluminum neck, headless tuning, modular advanced composites, multi-position ergonomics.
Introducing the USM-PRO™ series.
Based on my experience, guitar players have a strong preference for either headless or headstock tuners. There is a psychological aspect, based on familiarity, and a physical aspect, based on how a musician physically tunes the instrument. Many headless players I've seen pluck the string with their left hand while tuning with their right.
I really like the tuners...very accurate and easy to bring to pitch. Easy to change strings. I put on a set of NYXL's and BOOM! It is super stable with tuning. The more I sit and record with this guitar, the more I know that you freaking nailed it. It's magically delicious. You my friend, are building the most Bad Ass guitars in existence. (Ede Wright)
Objective of USM-PRO™ series is to provide a truly exceptional, light weight, travel proof instrument for professional stage and touring. Best on the market for those seeking headless design.
Tried USM6 today. DAAAAAAAAAAMN! The girth and body the birch/carbon fiber produces in the lower register creates this awesome balance against the clarity and response of the aluminum neck. Killer. One hell of a complementary combo. GREAT JOB!!! (Gabe Lopez)
PHOTOS: Patented Intonation Cantilever™ bridge, revised for precision integrated tuning. Solid machined stainless steel and bearing bronze performance, smooth pitch movement. Smart intonation and string height adjustment. Simple string changes under backstage high-pressure low-light conditions.
PHOTO: OEM DiMarzio pickups combine with 5-way switching and ToneStyler studio-grade precision EQ (above).
CAD IMAGES: Element™ machined aircraft aluminum neck is now available in 7-string extended range. Ability to instantly drop E & B strings down to D & A. The ball ends of the strings fit into blind milled slots, so the back of the neck is smooth to touch. Strings clamp at the bridge — you can actually play the extended range section without drawing blood. Readily available commercial capos have a stable surface to leverage, and the slot between the extended section allows for creative capo improvization including hair tie, tape, velcro, or rubber band (below).
PHOTOS: Acoustically resonant, light weight, advanced modular design. Ecologically sustainable, environmentally stable carbon fiber and laminated birch. These materials will withstand amazing abuse through wet, cold, and arid weather climate changes. Stainless steel fasteners survive hours of onstage sweat. Field-serviceable design disassembles and reconvenes without affecting string height or intonation.