PHOTO: Exoskeleton™ 7075 alloy machined aluminum guitar neck. Patented. Note split staggered string slots for 8-string extended range fretboard. Virtually unlimited finger access to negative fret registers.
Unlike the aerospace precision CNC machining shown above, other components on Tosin Abasi's 8-string guitar are hand forged. Days of work, rather than hours, are displayed here.
We are seeking very deliberate contrast between the machined hardware and the blacksmithed components. Tension is created by competing surfaces.
The hand wrought artistry of textured stainless steel is reminiscent of Medieval armor. Tosin's music has an aggressive organic edge, and it seems to me I can feel what he is playing as I view the finished steel.
This guitar is so exceptional, in so many ways, it deserves distinctive nomenclature. Blur is both a name and a description of what will happen next, once it falls into Tosin's capable hands.
Controls are clustered in three dimensions for fingertip access. As the build progresses, the logic will reveal itself.