Let me introduce The Black Swan made by the amazing Belorussian luthier Mr. Dmitry Poznysh.
I've always been amazed by the bass designs. To me, the bass industry has gone far far away from the conventional guitar building.
Belorussia, a small neighbor country, has produced a good number of amazing luthiers. Not all of them are well-known as poor command of English is a huge obstacle for them to enter the English-speaking audience. That said, it doesn't make them any worse.
Okay, now back to the subject matter.
The Black Swan
The core idea was to use various bass guitar designs and innovations to accommodate them in a 7-string standard tuning guitar. Keeping that in mind, Mr. Dmitry Poznysh has kindly agreed to make a build.
Why him? The answer's easy. Dmitry was the only one who wasn't scared off by my crazy ideas on guitar design
First, the guitar is a truly neck-through thing. By saying truly, I mean that the neck is a one piece wood slab going through the entire guitar length. More importantly, the fretboard is also going throughout the guitar, from the headstock down to the end of the body. The idea is to have a single piece of wood for the entire length of string vibration without intermediate joints.
Second, the body is of a concave shape like a semi-sphere. Think a high-end Warwick, Spector, that is.
Third, there's zero fret and individual retainers for each string. There are pros and cons on zero fret but to me it's just more comfortable to play at lower frets.
Fourth, the neck is extremely thin. It's the thinnest neck I've ever played, 16 mm (0.63") from the 1st through the 15th fret. I should also note the heelless neck-to-body joint which is amazing.
Neck wood - Brazilian rosewood (yep, it's a Brazzy!)
Body wings - Honduran mahogany
Body top - wenge
Fretboard - African ebony
27 Jescar GoldEvo jumbo frets
Multiscale 25.5 to 26.5"
Hipshot locking tuners
ABM individual string bridges
BKP Cold Sweat humbuckers
Okay, enough of the boring technicalities. Here's a short sound clip
The Black Swan Test by Chronograph on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free
This is cool.