PHOTOS: Patent pending USM-PRO™ 7ER guitar. Carbon fiber, swamp ash. Kill switch. Custom OEM DiMarzio pickups designed by Steve Blucher. Intonation Cantilever™ headless solo bridges precision machined from stainless steel and bearing bronze.
Yan Shi emailed me with a very clear vision of what he was seeking. USM-PRO™ design. Seven string. Extended range. Volume control only, no tone. Kill switch so he could achieve the effects of one of his influences: Buckethead.
After some additional discussion we realized his previous guitars interfere with his right hand access in the upper neck registers. I revised the contours of the lower bout area, a design change that benefits the entire USM-series.
The beautiful black finish is an homage to traditional Chinese lacquerware.
I took the guitar back to Beijing and played and it is really fantastic! I got dozens of guitars and this one is my favorite so far. I will record a video with your guitar and share with you when my technique gets better.
PAINTING: The Tree, Woodcut Mixed Media (2016). Yan's brother Zheng Wei is an artist and some of his work is on display at BANG Art Gallery.