"I'm writing just to give a little feedback on the neck profile. I feel that it's positively affected my fretting hand and actually allows me to play cleaner. In a way, I feel like the profile is actually correcting playing. Very cool stuff!
"I'm very happy that I've come to play on an instrument that actually makes me get better.
"'Sketch' is a truly noteworthy instrument. It has the loudest acoustic presence of any electric guitar that I've played. Tons of tonal clarity, note definition, and sustain.
"The body design is also landmark. It hugs my torso very comfortably. The neck angle sits at my ideal incline position and remains balanced there without me needing to support the neck.
"The impression I get from anyone I've shown the guitar to is that they've never seen anything like it. The guitar drips with innovation! I don't entirely know how to thank you for an instrument that truly feels like it was molded for me. It's truly a gift!"
Animals As Leaders & TRAM
July 23, 2011
Tosin is one of the world's finest guitarists. Coupling intense speed with music theory prowess, his playing is extending the boundaries of what is possible on guitar.
The goal of our collaboration is to remove the ergonomic obstacles that are interfering with his play. We both realize getting him a better tool will allow him to push his art where he wants it to go.
Sketch 7-string guitar was the first step in our process. I made him a series of patented Trapezoid Neck Profile™ and Intersecting Plane Neck Profile™ prototypes to explore. We refined the shapes based on his unique hand structure.
I also created a body designed to balance for Tosin through all positions of play. As he transitions from seated to standing, the guitar remains constantly oriented to his torso. The stability of these geometric relationships provides a frame of reference for his neck, shoulders, arms, and hands. Speed and accuracy are improved, as you can see in the video.
Currently I am building Tosin a second generation 8-string, based on what we've learned from the 7-string. This guitar is going to stretch us both into new territory.
Radical multi-scale. Extended range capability. Capoble™ integrated capo system for instant tuning changes. An entirely new patented lightweight aircraft aluminum neck structure we'll call Exoskeleton™. Precision patent pending TOONE & TOWNSEND headless tuning and intonation. READ: FULL SKETCH STORY