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VIDEO: Changing guitar strings using Rick Toone precision headless tuning system. Anodized aircraft aluminum, bearing bronze, stainless steel components. Bottle opener included. Beverage of choice optional. This tuning system uses any normal guitar string, and does not require double ball ends. Only tool needed for string changes is a coin. Patented (US 8,076,559 and 8,294,011).
The tuners are so smooth and exact, it is more a scientific instrument than a guitar. Of course, so visually impressive.
Precision machined aircraft aluminum neck with familiar tuning systems.
ANP™ | Advantage Neck Profile™
Useful for players who tend to leverage or frequently shift grip off the centerline of a neck, toward the upper or lower third.
Acoustically Isolated Body
Vibration damping between the neck or Uni-Neck™ and the body of the instrument, allowing for reduced auditory or vibrational coupling as well as resonation at differing frequencies.
Element™ Headstock Neck
Including pitch bend and tremolo capabilities.
VIDEOS: Testing the strength of the Element™ machined aircraft aluminum neck joint. Maybe don't try this with a traditional wood neck guitar...at least not one that you care about.
Exoskeleton™ Extended Range Neck & Element™ Neck
Sleek aircraft grade aluminum or carbon fiber neck.
blur has. landed. Currently shredding. The neck...totally contributes to more attack, clarity/note separation and sustain! This thing SINGS. It quite interesting how it still sounds extremely guitar-like considering the unconventional materials used. I'd say it sounds like an enhanced guitar or 'hyper-real'. VERY COOL. I really think you are on to something with all this.
Animals As Leaders
Capoble™ Integrated Capo System
Transform tuning with unobtrusive ease.
Animals As Leaders
Ergonomic fretboard increases wrist and shoulder comfort.
Neck Construction vs. Sound
The amount of air in a neck seems to influence tone.
IPNP™ | Intersecting Plane Neck Profile™
Compensating geometry for hand shapes. Patented (US D630,676).
IPNP is 'the shit'!!!!! Man, that is one comfortable, super-slinky neck! Despite being 8-string width, and still lots of material to keep it stable...
I can't believe how cool it is...
Comfortable chords and improved string bends.
This whole thing sounds like a solution in search of a problem.
Unofficial Warmoth Guitars Forum
A lot of Rick Toone's innovations seem like that until you play them. Then they make you go 'oh. Oh, right. I see.' The thing about problems is that you get used to them, and stop noticing them until one day they're not there, and you realise how much of a problem it really was.
Unofficial Warmoth Guitars Forum
Intonation Adjustable Nut™
Simple intonation adjustment. Patented (US 8,076,559).
Two methods for half-fretted vs. half-fretless fingerboards.
Interchangeable Guitar & Bass Bodies
A modular system. What color are you feeling today?
A bold leap out of the 1950's. A neck structure that includes both string intonation points (i.e., nut & bridge) in a configuration capable of functioning independently of the body of the instrument.
TNP™ | Trapezoid Neck Profile™
Getting a grip on an entirely new shape. Patented (US D630,676).
These necks are patented by Luthier Rick Toone. At first glance they seem very unconventional, but upon playing them I found them to be extremely comfortable. Rick Toone (is a) luthier very much concerned with ergonomics and reducing stress on joints, tendons, muscles etc. while playing.
Rick was awesome enough to send me 4 different template neck profiles to audition before I choose one for the guitar. Needless to say I'm very excited...(he) represents what I really appreciate about custom instruments. A progressive minded approach to the guitar!
Animals As Leaders & TRAM
Neutral Tension Bridge™
Vibrational freedom for soundboards. Patented (US 7,795516).
Lever Tuning System
A simple machine with potential. Patented (US 8,294,011).
Fanned Fret Compensating Bridge
Bridge solution to a perpendicular nut fanned fret neck.
Fun with anatomy. No, it's not what you think.
Awesome Rick! I studied classical guitar at one of the major conservatories, and I still have the curved spine, miss-placed hips and shoulders, and right shoulder injury. I'm 5'3". My teacher would not even entertain a solution for the physical problems I was having. I left after studying three years, as the physical problems effected my coordination, and I was having trouble even playing a scale without lots of misses. Thanks for doing the research and for your designs for women!!!
Finally! Somebody gets it! This female has been playing guitar for 26 years and I have not owned even ONE comfortable instrument yet. I've never seen a guitar specifically designed to accomodate a female's body, and that's even after six years of attending NAMM and walking the entire convention floor.
Thank you for noticing that when the body and the guitar have to do battle, the player and the music lose.
Perhaps the oldest and strongest joint.
Orchid Grows A Headstock
An underappreciated design element.
Composite (all wood) body building in a few simple steps.
Stacked Laminate Neck Construction
Machining and re-engineering.
Balance and control.
Ergonomic Guitar & Bass Neck Design
Ideal neck dimensions.