“I’m sending you this picture from last Friday, we played Hell and Heaven Festival at Mexico City, it went amazing!!
Daniela does love the feel and sound of the aluminum...she loves that the neck doesn’t get sticky because of the sweat and she can still slide her hand perfectly across the neck when playing. Also she has found that she has to apply less pressure over the strings and her hand is more relaxed while playing.” (Luis Villarreal: The Warning)
“The instrument behaves and looks *exactly* as we had planned and imagined, and wipes away all the shortcomings of the fretless guitar: I can tap or pluck the highest notes and get instant, high-energy sustain. Even without the Sustainiac engaged, notes above the octave on the highest two strings ring for a remarkably long time.
“I noticed it is balanced in two dimensions: the amplitude curve is flat and strong across the frequency range, and the instrument hangs evenly from the strap — no need to adjust while playing.
“It is truly an incredible machine.
“Thank you for your craft and vision — this guitar has ruined me for any other instruments.” (Adam Wilson)
Spearfish™ six string guitar. Swamp ash solid body. Fretless Element™ single billet machined aircraft aluminum neck. Patented Intonation Cantilever™ individual string bridges. EMG-89 pickup with custom Sustainiac system. (PURCHASING INFO)
Dark Matter 8-String Guitar
Ultimate Shred Machine™ eight string guitar. Carbon fiber, birch. Patented Intonation Cantilever™ individual string bridges. Custom OEM Bare Knuckle pickups designed by Tim Mills. (PURCHASING INFO)
Blueshift 7-String XR Guitar
Ultimate Shred Machine extended range seven string guitar. Swamp ash, carbon fiber. Element™ extended range single billet machined aircraft aluminum neck. Patented Intonation Cantilever™ individual string tuner-bridges. Tosin Abasi signature Fishman Fluence pickups. (PURCHASING INFO)
Jazz Skele 6-String
“Haven't stopped smiling since I opened the case. Wow! All I can say is that I wish all my guitars sounded and played like this.
“Effortless on all 24 frets. The Bene pickup covers any style I want, even some overdriven Hendrix thru a Leslie.
“I'm telling' you bro, you are really onto something with all the technology on this machine. Totally makes sense, and takes all the work out of practicing. Lets the mind simply concentrate on music, which is the way it should be. Very special instrument, one that I will play every day.
“Many thanks again. I sincerely appreciate everything.” (Andrew Darcangelo)
“Had to repel outta the ethereal world I've been in since the guitar arrived to type this email. Dude, you are totally insane! Mad scientist for real. Been playing guitar for 50 years, and hands down this Skele is the best guitar I've ever played.
“Almost sounds like a hollow body archtop unplugged, with very warm and deep sound. The neck is a string bender's dream for country and blues, and legato lines are effortless as well. Key to it all is your Advantage Neck Profile™. Pure genius!
“Very very well done, my friend. You totally went above and beyond. Thanks so much, Rick. Mind blowing!” (Andrew Darcangelo)
Metro Skele™ semi-acoustic six string guitar. Figured maple, ebony, swamp ash, birch, cherry, and carbon fiber. Patented Intonation Cantilever™ individual string tuner-bridges. Exclusive DiMarzio pickup. (PURCHASING INFO)
Chris Buono | Metro Skele™ Blues
VIDEO: Chris Buono rocks the blues.
Chris Buono | Metro Skele™
VIDEO: Chris Buono jazz arrangement on Metro Skele™ 6-string guitar.
Walnut Jazz Skele
“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.
“I've been messing around with different pick-up combinations and made a few discoveries.
“Firstly, that the bridge pick-up works really well with my MIDI plug-in. I get a lot less of it misreading what I'm playing and since I often double the MIDI parts with the guitar audio I also get a nice sort combo tone. You can hear that on ‘missing the point of me smoking’.
“Secondly, that the single coils just sound really fuckin' good. I've always had a bit of a bias against singles but this guitar (Skele) has completely 180-ed that. I find myself using the neck single more often than any other.
“I'm staring at the instrument for these few days, more and more fascinated by this guitar! The shape of carbon-panels reminds me of Japanese sword...sharp and minimal, it's so cool.
“Its blade is made of only two elements.
“Carbon and Iron.
“In very high temperature and special method, scouring while adding charcoal to sand-iron. The finished high purity carbon-steel is called TAMA-HAGANE, it is said to be the finest in all steels.
“The blade is made by extremely high technology, and finished with a beautiful wood grip and sheath. That's also the art piece of minimalism.
“As a national treasure of Japan, there is a sword regarded as the highest masterpiece. Made around 900 years ago, it has a longer and wide blade, but super lightweight...like your innovative 8-string.
“Now it is after midnight here in Phuket, I’m very tired after long excited evening. I was notified by UPS service 8 hours ago, while about to finish surgery at 17:30 pm. They came to my hospital office, when all nurses just returned home. I urgently called my intimate friends, to help taking picture while opening box. Everyone around me was excited as they had watched your youtube with me.
“What should I tell first......
“Cupid wood selection is gorgeous, very sturdy expensive high quality feel. It must be very smart to play in both standing and sitting. You made all specs fit to my request, perfectly fit my small hand and body with fanned fret 24-24.7 inch, 21 fret. Cupid weight is light and very ergonomic like my dream guitar.
“I have tested tone with tube amp together with my guitar tech for 2 hours: ‘SUPER SWEET AND RICH, flawless!’
“I should be the luckiest guitarist to get two Rick Toone special jazz guitars with opposite design. I will play Cupid every night and show my progress, I promise to myself!” (Dr. Dominic)
VIDEO: Berklee School of Music professor David Newsam performs his original composition “Maya The Bee” on Cupid 6-string guitar.
Blur 8-String XR Guitar
“Blur has landed! 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'. I really think you are on to something with all this.” (Tosin Abasi: Animals As Leaders)
Blur eight string extended range guitar. Old growth maple, swamp ash, titanium. Element™ single billet machined aircraft aluminum neck with integrated capo. Patented Intonation Cantilever™ individual string bridges. Patented Positional Constant String Pitch Control System™ tuner. Lace Alumitone and Bare Knuckle Nailbomb pickups. (PURCHASING INFO)
Fathom 7-String XR Guitar
“I will never forget how Fathom felt and sounded.” (Roopam Garg)
Fathom seven string extended range guitar. Swamp ash chambered body, raw aluminum, carbon fiber. Element™ extended range single billet machined aircraft aluminum neck. Patented Intonation Cantilever™ individual string tuner-bridges. Exclusive DiMarzio pickups. (PURCHASING INFO)
Chris Buono | Fathom 7-String Guitar
VIDEO: Chris Buono performs his original composition “Their Majesty” on Fathom 7-string extended range guitar.
Roopam Garg | Fathom 7-String Guitar
VIDEO: Roopam Garg explores Fathom 7-string extended range guitar. Berklee College of Music, Boston.
Spearfish™ six string guitar. Swamp ash solid body. Element™ single billet machined aircraft aluminum neck. Patented Intonation Cantilever™ individual string bridges. Custom OEM Bare Knuckle pickups designed by Tim Mills. Kill switch. (PURCHASING INFO)
VIDEO: Todd Haug takes delivery of Ghost 8-string guitar and performs live with Powermad, Chicago.
Luna 6-String Guitar
“Laurie and I just got back home from Boston to Bellingham yesterday after getting an opportunity to open for the Wailers at a charity benefit in Connecticut to raise money for cancer research. It was a lot of fun and a great cause!
“Laurie has been interviewed by Guitar Girl Magazine and the interview includes photos which we took of her and Luna.
“Luna is a beauty and will be reunited with family as I have and love Black Dove! Simply stunning!” (Dennis Kole: Raveis Kole)
Luna semi-hollow six string guitar. Figured walnut, swamp ash. Element™ single billet machined aircraft aluminum neck. Patented Intonation Cantilever™ individual string bridges. Patented Positional Constant String Pitch Control System™ tuner. 3D™ electronics control. Exclusive DiMarzio pickups. (PURCHASING INFO)
S2 6-String Guitar
“The guitar is fantastic...it is far more beautiful in person than in the pics — and it is beautiful in the pics! The neck is the fastest, most playable ever. The new profile is awesome.” (Steve Sjuggerud)
“It is no secret that I have played for a long time and it was not until I put my hands on my first Rick Toone that I felt a perfect fit to a guitar.
“Usually there is some sort of adjustment or compromise to get what you need out of a guitar. Some are even uncomfortable in some ways...but you make adjustments to get what you need out of them. Each of my Toone guitars is a perfect fit for me. I love the Element™ neck and the balance of the bodies. Everything combines to allow the player to get whatever he needs from the instrument to make his best music.
“I feel so blessed to be able to play these instruments. What is so special about your instruments to me, is that they connect with the intangible inside spiritual source which is that special place where the most profound and best music comes from. They are, in a way, spiritual guides.
“Brotherly Blessings and Peace All-Ways.” (Bob Gore)
Old Growth Walnut six string guitar. Walnut, birch, carbon fiber. Element™ single billet machined aircraft aluminum neck. Patented Intonation Cantilever™ individual string bridges. Exclusive DiMarzio pickups. (PURCHASING INFO)
“Compact and nimble. Fast and versatile. Fretless or fretted. The Walrus raises any or all bars aesthetically and functionally. It’s well-suited for conventional techniques yet excels as synthesizer catalyst; detuned third bridge transformer; video game analogue; all-purpose microtonal companion into rarefied space. And it’s super-easy as grab ’n’ go goes, a perfect traveller. It’s been a true honor to have Rick’s work and friendship in my life.” (Killick Hinds)
Cherry, maple, birch. Element™ single billet machined aircraft aluminum neck (both fretted and fretless). Patented Intonation Cantilever™ individual string bridges. Patented Positional Constant String Pitch Control System™ tuner. 3D™ electronics control. Exclusive DiMarzio pickups. Artwork by Laura Masi. (PURCHASING INFO)
Michael Manring, Jamie DeRevere & Killick Hinds | Live in Athens, Georgia
VIDEO: Michael Manring, Jamie DeRevere, and Killick Hinds performing a one-off live improvisation at ATHICA. Athens, Georgia.
“The guitar looks and sounds fantastic. It is certainly one of the best sounding guitars that we have heard with the technology installed.” (Henrik Bridger: Antares)
Figured walnut, birch. Element™ single billet machined aircraft aluminum neck. Patented Intonation Cantilever™ individual string bridges. Patented Positional Constant String Pitch Control System™ tuner. 3D™ electronics control. Integrated Antares Auto-Tune technology. Artwork by Laura Masi. (PURCHASING INFO)
Steve Sjuggerud | In Your Eyes (Solo Guitar Arrangement)
VIDEO: Steve Sjuggerud performs solo arrangement of Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” at NAMM Show. Purpose-built S2 guitar integrating Antares Auto-Tune technology.
“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.” (Yan Shi)
“My jaw dropped and face melted as if the ark of the covenant was opened.
“I love everything about this! Keep doing whatever you are doing. Thank you for delivering on the vision and creating my dream guitar! My already high expectations have been exceeded. -mind blown-
“This masterpiece will lobotomize the uninitiated.
“I'm still recovering from the initial stupor. The more I inspect the instrument, the more I begin to appreciate how incredibly difficult this must have been to make. The wood grains are so complex and the metal components are so unique, yet mysteriously necessary.
“I feel a mixed sense of terror and awe when I realize that I will never fully understand how you made this instrument or why you chiseled where you did...it is beautiful and unfathomable. I like giving feedback, but this guitar is so beyond my comprehension that I don't even know where to start.
“The best part is that I get to play music on it!
“The guitar is phenomenal. The intonation is flawless. I find the walnut body shape to be an incredible platform for my right hand/forearm.
“These pickups are extremely sensitive and dynamic. I've never played a pickup that was this responsive. The tone is very rich and resonant. It is like watching a movie in 3d.” (Daniel Frazier)