PHOTOS: Bookmatched walnut burl. Water clear modern poly/nitro finish. Stainless steel control plates. Patented Intonation Cantilever™ bridges.
My friend Stan came over last night, wheeling his Fender tube amp through the misting rain. I played roadie and hefted it beside my THD Univalve 2x12 so we could get some A/B action going in the dry warmth of the shop.
He brought his 335 as well, for reference. The venerable Gibson jazz box (rock box?) is possibly the best starting point for comparison, given the design philosophy behind Walnut Jazz Skele 6-string guitar.
Wanted to say thanks for the privilege of experiencing such a well crafted, beautiful and impressive instrument. Your dedication, innovation and passion for excellence are obvious. Deep appreciation. Would love to see what brave new exploration and refinement you will surely bring to the guitar and the guitarist. Well done and congratulations. (Stan via txt)
Essentially, I've deconstructed the form of the semi-hollow body guitar. Think of the instrument as turned inside out — the neck structure contains both intonation points (nut & bridge) and is bolted to the back of the guitar, which becomes the sound board, functioning to amplify string vibration while adding acoustic presence to the tone.
Tubes warmed up, we opened the electron flow...
Guitar volume pot halfway, the custom OEM DiMarzio humbucker neck pickup absolutely nails classic semi-hollow Jazz guitar tone. Rounded warmth and woody depth with a sparkle in the highs. Because these pickups are hot, designed to overdrive the clean channel of tube amps, rolling the volume full on results in meaty PAF roar...perfect for classic rock but edging into metal with the ToneStyler™ set to 10.
Position two is outside coils in parallel. This tone is pure magic, a favorite of so many of my clients. Strong acoustic presence, responsive to every nuance of finger touch. Harmonics and clear highs, with depth. Even frequency response. Best described as single coil clarity but with low mid bass warmth. Outstanding for classical fingerpicking or even funk rhythm!
Middle position, number three, builds on the tone character of position two, bringing in humbucker power and muscle yet retaining wide frequency response. I would also describe a slight stereo effect...which I know is impossible according to physics. Nevertheless. Inside coils in series.
Position four: inside coils parallel. I hope you like Strats. Chime. Glass. Snap and spank.
Position five is bridge only. Tele-style straight back to the roots of the genre. Enough bite to require stitches. Cotton picker's salve. Or maybe you've forgotten what The Clash sounded like live...?
All of these pickup positions are humbucking. Steve Blucher is a genius. I can never thank him enough for what he's done for me (and for all of us).
While I was initially a little cautious about the classical headstock I've come to appreciate its design, the tuners are all extremely precise and perfectly placed for maximum comfort.
The neck is also perfectly suited for my playing. The flat back of the Advantage Neck Profile™ is right where my thumb likes to be during single note lines and more complex chords, making it very comfortable. The bottom angle also aligns with that bit of palm where proximal joints (?) meet the rest of the hand for basically everything else.
The fanned frets also allow me to reach chord extensions that were either impossible or very difficult on a traditional guitar.
It's a masterpiece.
— Max McCargar
PHOTOS: Quarter sawn one piece claro walut neck with curly maple accents. Advantage Neck Profile™. Multi-scale ebony fretboard. Black walnut neck structure. Aircraft grade birch laminate top and back with quarter sawn cedar bracing.
PHOTOS: Classical guitar slotted headstock style. Polished bone nut. Engraved bronze and stainless Waverly tuners.